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Wright County Sheriff’s Office offers citizens academy

Wright County, MN – The Wright County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for the 2015 Citizens Academy. This free five-week course is designed to give participants an in-depth look into the sheriff’s office. This course fills fast, and is on a first-come basis. Registration ends Friday, April 3. For more information, or to register for this course, follow the link below.

Wright County citizens academy

Superintendent Mike McNulty leaving Lester Prairie Schools

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – Lester Prairie Superintendent Mike McNulty announced during a staff meeting Feb. 19 that he will be leaving Lester Prairie Schools to accept a position at a charter school in Prior Lake. McNulty was hired by Lester Prairie Schools in 2009.

Read more in a future issue of Herald Journal.

Mail thefts are on the rise

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has received an increased number of calls reporting suspicious vehicles and mail theft recently. These incidents are under investigation, and no suspects have been arrested.

If anyone has any information about these mail thefts, they are encouraged to call the Wright County Sheriff’s Office at (763) 682-1162.

How to protect your mail from thieves:

• Use the letter slots inside your post office for your mail, or hand it to a letter carrier.

• Pick up your mail promptly after delivery. Don’t leave it in your mailbox overnight. If you’re expecting checks, credit cards, or other negotiable items, ask a trusted friend or neighbor to pick up your mail.

• If you don’t receive a check or other valuable mail you’re expecting, contact the issuing agency immediately.

• If you change your address, immediately notify your post office and anyone with whom you do business via the mail.

• Don’t send cash in the mail.

• Tell your post office when you’ll be out of town, so they can hold your mail until you return.

• Report all suspected mail theft to a postal inspector.

• Consider starting a neighborhood watch program. By exchanging work and vacation schedules with trusted friends and neighbors, you can watch each other’s mailboxes, as well as homes.

• Consult with your local postmaster for the most up-to-date regulations on mailboxes, including the availability of locked centralized or curbside mailboxes.

If you see a mail thief at work, or if you believe your mail was stolen, call 911 immediately.

Alan Page to share newest children’s book in Winsted March 7

WINSTED, MN – Alan Page will be sharing his newest book, “The Invisible You,” at the Winsted Arts Council building downtown (141 Main Ave. W.) Saturday, March 7, with readings at 1 and 3 p.m.

Look for a preview of the event in the Monday, March 2 edition of the Herald Journal.

The first time Page visited the Winsted Arts Council building was in October 2013, when he shared his first book, “Alan and his Perfectly Pointy Impossibly Perpendicular Pinky.”

Page is a Minnesota Supreme Court Justice and former Minnesota Vikings player.

American Workshop hosting job fair in HL

HOWARD LAKE, MN – American Workshop, in partnership with RAM Buildings of Winsted, will be hosting a series of construction and building trades job fairs in the area this spring.

“We found out there was a need for this type of worker in that area, and decided to help bridge the gap,” American Workshop Director of Professional Training Christy Morrell-Stinson commented.

The next job fair in the series will be at the Howard Lake American Legion Saturday, Feb. 14 from 10 to 11:30 a.m., followed by job fairs in Glencoe, March 14; Buffalo, April 11; Delano, May 9; and Hutchinson, June 6.

The job fairs are “geared” toward high school students, but open to anyone interested in a construction trade career, according to RAM Buildings owner Gregg Machemehl.

Other area contractors and sub-contractors are also involved with the job fair including Spindler Construction, K-Construction, Radtke & Associates, RAM Excavating Services, Inc., Jackels & Ross Concrete, Ultra Concrete, Inc., he said.

*Post edited to include the time of the job fair.



Update: Two Lester Prairie residents injured in rollover

McLEOD COUNTY, MN – Two Lester Prairie residents suffered non-life threatening injuries in a one-vehicle rollover just after 4:30 p.m. Feb. 3, according to the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office.

Joanie Anne Bull, 44, was driving a 2001 Pontiac Montana in the area of Falcon Ave. and 150th St., north of Glencoe when the vehicle rolled over. Joanie and her 9-month-old baby were both taken to the Glencoe Hospital for minor injuries.

The Pontiac received more than $1,000 in damages.

The McLeod County Sheriff’s Office, the Glencoe Fire Department, and Glencoe Regional Health Services (GRHS) ambulance service provided assistance at the scene.

The McLeod County Sheriff’s Office report noted that six other vehicles were in the ditch in the Glencoe, Plato, and Hutchinson area Feb. 3, as well.

* Note: This post has been updated to reflect accurate information about who was involved in the crash. The owner of the vehicle, Brian Bull, was not in the vehicle at the time.