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Good Neighbor Days photo gallery is now online

Howard Lake’s Good Neighbor Days may be over for 2017, but you can re-live the memories at the photo gallery.  Click this link to check it out.

Congratulations to Howard Lake’s new royalty!

HOWARD LAKE – The City of Howard Lake officially crowned a new royal court this evening.  Shelbi Johnson (right) is the city’s New Miss Howard Lake, and Natelee Gillmore Is Howard Lake Princess.  For complete coverage of Good Neighbor Days 2017, see the June 30 edition of the Herald Journal.


Howard Lake man badly injured in crash

ALBION TOWNSHIP, MN – A Howard Lake man suffered serious injuries in a crash with a Wright County Highway Department dump truck in Albion Township Thursday morning.

According to the Wright County Sheriff’s Office, at about 11:40 a.m. Thursday, a 2002 Chevrolet S10 pickup driven by Lucas James Meinstad Klages, 23, of Howard Lake, was northbound on Wright County Road 7 when it failed to yield at a stop sign and continued into the path of a 2009 International dump truck that was eastbound on County Road 35.

The front of the International struck the left side of the S10.

Klages, who was the lone occupant of the S10, was transported to North Memorial Hospital by North Air Care for treatment of his injuries.

The driver of the International, James Timothy Casari, 39, of Montrose, was not injured.

The sheriff’s office did not indicate what factors may have contributed to the crash or if either driver was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Wright County Sheriff’s deputies were assisted at the scene by Maple Lake Fire and Rescue, Maple Lake Ambulance, and Allina Ambulance.

Good Neighbor Days Medallion Hunt Clue Number Two

Here’s clue number two:

Located in a public space,

An easy search won’t be the case,

Might be by water, might be by land,

You will be able to find it by hand.

If found call Cindy at 320-543-2209

Good Neighbor Days Medallion Hunt Clue Number One:

Good Neighbor Days is soon to be,

Who will find the medallion, we will see,

Be sure to join in on the fun,

You might just be the one.

Wright County Sheriff’s Office recovers body from Crow River – UPDATED

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – Wright County Sheriff Joe Hagerty reported that June 5 at 6:56 p.m. the Wright County Sheriff’s Office Communications received a 911 call of a suspected drowning in the North Fork Crow River near the Keats Ave bridge in Middleville Township. The caller reported that a person they had been swimming with had went underwater and did not surface. At this time the name of the missing person is being withheld, but is described as an 18 year old male.

Rescue personnel from the following agencies responded to the scene: Wright County patrol deputies, Wright County Water Patrol, Howard Lake Police Department, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota State Patrol Helicopter, Waverly Fire Department, Howard Lake Fire Department, Maple Lake Fire Department, and the Winsted Fire Department. At approximately 9:30 p.m. the search was suspended due to lack of daylight. The search for this missing person will continue today, Tuesday June 6.

UPDATE 6-6-17 4:35 p.m.

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office is continuing the search for Levi Wuollet who was last seen swimming in the North Fork Crow River on Monday near the Keats Ave SW bridge in Middleville Township. Levi Wuollet, age 18 of Dassel, was swimming with friends and relatives in the river when he went under and did not resurface.

The search includes deputies from the Wright County Sheriff’s Office Water Patrol, MN DNR, as well as numerous volunteers. Hennepin County Sheriff’s office Water Patrol responded with specialized underwater sonar equipment to also assist in the search.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind citizens to be cautious around fast moving water. After some heavy rains this spring many of the area rivers and streams are flowing rapidly and have may have hidden hazards including logs and boulders. For more information on water safety tips please visit the following Red Cross and MN DNR websites:


UPDATE 6-9-17 9:15 a.m.

Sheriff Joe Hagerty reported at approximately 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 8,the Wright County Communications Center received a call from volunteers assisting in the search in the Crow River for a missing 18-year-old male. The volunteer searchers reported they had located a body in the Crow River downstream from where Levi Wuollet went missing days earlier.

With the assistance of the Howard Lake Fire Department, Sheriff Deputies recovered the body from the river.  The body was taken to the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office in Anoka County for identification.  The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank all of the volunteers that spent countless hours in the search efforts over the past few days.