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Waverly Daze 2020 canceled

WAVERLY- At a meeting this evening, May 12, the Waverly City Council struggled to make a decision about the fate of this year’s Waverly Daze celebration.

After a lengthy discussion, the council did regretfully decide to cancel the town celebration.

The  council also agreed to use an already-contracted fireworks show on a Friday or Saturday night in August, pending vendor availability, and social distancing rules at the time.

Lester Prairie’s Prairie Days has been canceled for 2020

LESTER PRAIRIE – The Prairie Days Board has decided to cancel the July 2020 event.  Board members agreed there are too many uncertainties to be able to plan a large event. The board wants to ensure the safety of volunteers and community members.

Fireworks fundraising buckets will remain at local businesses to raise funds for next year’s celebration.

The board will start planning next year’s event soon –  Lester Prairie will be celebrating its 135th birthday in 2021.

Fire extinguished at Watertown-Mayer Elementary playground

The Carver County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information about a fire at the Watertown-Mayer Elementary School playground Sunday night.  Local firefighters responded to the playground at approximately 10 p.m. and extinguished the blaze.  Anyone who has information about the fire is encouraged to contact the Carver County Sheriff’s Office at 952-361-1231.

Howard Lake Good Neighbor Days canceled

HOWARD LAKE – The Good Neighbor Days Committee has announced the 2020 celebration has been canceled.


McLeod County Board requests end to stay-at-home order

MCLEOD COUNTY – The McLeod County Board of Commissioners unanimously adopted a resolution requesting Minnesota Governor Tim Walz officially end the state’s stay-at-home order at its meeting Tuesday.

The resolution reads, in part, “The County of McLeod Board of Commissioners requests the Governor of Minnesota, Timothy Walz, end the Stay-at-Home order for Minnesota on May 4, 2020 in an effort to resume activities and operations that contribute to the economic recovery of McLeod County, Minnesota, and the United States of America.”

Commissioners expressed gratitude for the time given to prepare the medical industry for the impact of COVID-19, and for educating citizens to slow the infection rate through social distancing.They also indicated a need to proceed with caution.  “I would caution the public to remember that should we have another recurrence of this pandemic, an emergency break out, we need to be smart about handling this,” Board Member Rich Pohlmeier said. “It will take time to figure all this out.”


Winstock 2020 Postponed to June 18-19, 2021

Following much thought, discussion, and prayer, the Winstock Country Music Festival Committee is saddened to announce the Winstock Country Music Festival, scheduled for Friday-Saturday, June 12-13, 2020, in Winsted, MN, is being postponed until Friday-Saturday, June 18-19, 2021.

“We held out on making this decision as long as we could, but we realize people need to adjust their plans accordingly,” Winstock Country Music Festival Committee Chairman Dave Danielson said. “With the COVID-19 pandemic, there are just too many unknowns with what the world will look like by June. As much as it hurts us to postpone Winstock, we think it is the right thing to do.”

Going into its 27th year, Winstock Country Music Festival is an annual fundraising event for Holy Trinity Catholic Schools in Winsted.

“This is a tough one,” Danielson continued. “Without Winstock in June, it is going to be very hard financially on Holy Trinity Schools.”


All ticket and camping orders placed at last year’s event or through Winstock’s online/phone ordering system for Winstock this year will be valid for the rescheduled dates in June 2021. Fans who have placed orders with Winstock will receive correspondence via US Mail within the next 7-10 days with additional information on their tickets/camping. As organizers work through additional details, the Winstock website will also be updated accordingly. Please watch for this mailing and an opportunity to contribute to Holy Trinity Catholic Schools.

“This is something we’ve never had to deal with,” Danielson said. “We are asking for everyone’s patience and support as we work through this to make sure we take care of our fans in the best manner possible. While we understand times are tough for a lot of folks, we are also hopeful some of them will consider giving a contribution to the school if they are able.”

The Winstock phone information line and e-mail system is manned by volunteers. To avoid it being overwhelmed, please refrain from calling or e-mailing at this time, and watch for communication via US Mail. If you do need to reach out with specific questions, organizers ask you be patient for a response.

The Winstock Committee is working with artist management in Nashville in an attempt to keep the artist lineup as in tact as possible for the event in 2021. Some artists may not be able to perform on the rescheduled dates, and updates to the lineup will be shared once known. The dates in 2021 are one week later than the normal weekend of Winstock due to a scheduling conflict with a large event in Nashville, but organizers feel moving it a week later provides the best opportunity to secure talent.

“Our fans can be rest assured we will work hard to provide the best lineup possible,” Danielson said. “As we’ve said before, the health and safety of our volunteers, fans, the artists and their crews, as well as our community of Winsted, is our top priority. We are hopeful to work through this together with our fans and that they will join us in 2021 for the best Winstock yet.”