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Corbey Hentges is the newest member of the Lester Prairie School Board

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – Lester Prairie School Board appointed Corbey Hentges to fill the vacant board seat during its Dec. 15 meeting. Hentges took her seat on the board during that meeting after the appointment was approved.

Read more about Lester Prairie School Board in the Dec. 22 issue of Herald Journal.

Lester Prairie Santa photos are online!

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – Check out Herald Journal’s photo gallery from Santa’s visit to Lester Prairie by clicking the link below.

Lester Prairie Santa photo gallery

Look for selected photos to be published in the Dec. 22 issue of Herald Journal.

McLeod County approves amendments to ordinance regarding e-cigarettes

McLEOD COUNTY, MN – On December 2, the McLeod County Board of Commissioners passed two new policies to address the sale and use of tobacco products, electronic cigarettes and nicotine and tobacco related delivery devises, and similar products. The use of e-cigarettes, nicotine and tobacco related delivery devices, and similar products will now be prohibited at indoor public places within McLeod County, including bars and restaurants.

The county tobacco licensing ordinance was also updated to:

Require a county license to sell e-cigarettes, nicotine and tobacco related delivery devises, and similar products.

Prohibit the smoking (or “sampling”) of tobacco and e-cigarettes, nicotine and tobacco related delivery devises, and similar products in retail stores.

All licensed premises shall be open to inspection by the local law enforcement agencies or other authorized McLeod County official during business hours for compliance checks.

Wright County to conduct public meeting to explain budget, levy

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – Wright County will conduct a public meeting Thursday, Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Wright County Government Center in Buffalo to explain the proposed 2015 budget and levy.

Auditor/Treasurer Bob Hiivala will present information regarding “understanding your property tax statement.”

County Coordinator Lee Kelly will present a 2015 budget summary.

Hiivala will present the proposed 2015 county levy.

Residents will have the opportunity to comment on the proposed budget and levy. Comments will be limited to three minutes per person. All audience members wishing to comment will be allowed to speak before the comment period is extended.

Video: Dunwoody center in Winsted featured on KARE 11

WINSTED, MN – Click here to see the footage KARE 11 took of the Dunwoody training center in Winsted Thursday afternoon. The new facility (located in the former NAPA building) currently has 11 students enrolled in its fast-track welding program.

Enrollment is open for spring semester, which begins in March. Look for coverage of Dunwoody’s open house and ribbon cutting in the Monday, Nov. 24 edition of the Herald Journal.

Two dead after icy crash near Waconia

CARVER COUNTY, MN – A mother and daughter are dead after an icy crash near Waconia Nov. 15, the Carver County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Misty Petschl, 34, of Waconia had been traveling west on County Road 10 near 102nd Street just after 3:30 p.m. when she lost control of her 2005 Dodge Caravan on the icy road and skidded into a 2002 GMC Yukon driven by David Splettstoeszer, 59, of Waconia.

Misty and her 6-year-old daughter, Jazmine, died after being transported to Hennepin County Medical Center. Misty’s 8-year-old son was listed in critical condition.

Splettstoeszer was traveling with his wife, Cindy, his 3-year-old granddaughter, and 80-year-old Jean Harms of Waconia. All four were transported to Ridgeview Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

At the scene of the crash, Carver County Sheriff’s Office deputies were assisted by Ridgeview Ambulance, Waconia Fire and Rescue, and the Minnesota State Patrol.

All seven people involved in the accident were wearing seat belts or were fastened into appropriate child safety car seats.