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Kyla Mauk of Howard Lake crowned Princess Kay of the Milky Way

HOWARD LAKE, MN – Kyla Mauk, 19, of Howard Lake, representing Wright County, was crowned the 62nd Princess Kay of the Milky Way in an evening ceremony at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds August 26.

Mauk will serve as the official goodwill ambassador for nearly 3,500 Minnesota dairy farm families. Kyla is the daughter of Chris and Harlan Mauk, and attends South Dakota State University, where she is pursuing a degree in agriculture education.

PHOTO GALLERY: McLeod County Fair 2015

McLEOD COUNTY, MN – Click here to see pics of the 2015 McLeod County Fair. A few will be printed in the Monday, Aug. 24 edition of the Herald Journal. Click here to subscribe online or in print.

Time change for LP/HT football game

Due to forecasted bad weather, the Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity football game vs. Windom Area will be played Saturday, Aug. 22 at 3:30 p.m. (instead of 7 p.m.) in Lester Prairie.

Winsted Police Department receives reports of people going through vehicles

WINSTED, MN – The Winsted Police Department has taken several reports of people entering and rummaging through vehicles in the city the night of Aug. 12. The police department urges people to lock their vehicles and report any suspicious activity they see. The Winsted Police Department can be reached at (320) 485-2600.

PHOTO GALLERY: Winsted Summer Festival

WINSTED, MN – Click here to see photos from the Winsted Summer Festival!

Family safe following house fire in Mayer UPDATE

MAYER, MN – The home of Brian and Sarah Grimm in Mayer caught fire during early morning storms July 28.
The family was sleeping when lightning struck the roof of the home, and started it on fire at 6:10 a.m., according to Mayer Fire Chief Rod Maetzold. “A neighbor saw their house on fire, and ran over to tell them,” Maetzold said. “Everyone made it out safely.”

Read more in the Aug. 3 issue of Herald Journal.

UPDATE 7-28-15: It has come to our attention volunteers are seeking donations for the family. See a request from volunteers below:

The morning of July 28, Sarah, Brian, Andrew (5th grader), and Lauren (2nd grader) Grimm of Mayer experienced a home fire. They are all safe but they have essentially lost everything.  Volunteers are asking the community to pull together to support this Watertown-Mayer family with donations. The Matertown-Mayer Elementary school will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. today (Tuesday, July 28), Wednesday, July 29, and Thursday, July 30.  Donations may be taken to the school and volunteers will sort them and take them to the family.  Donations can be dropped off in the foyer area along the wall.   Gift cards can be turned in to the office.

Items needed include:

Women’s size 12 pants and size large shirts
Mens 32×32 pants and medium shirts
Boys size 12 clothing (interested in all sports)
Boys shoes 9.5
Girls size 8 clothing
Girls shoes size 3-4
Toiletries (deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc)
Toys – Andrew loves legos (all of his melted)
Gift Cards (these are often a great support because the family can use it for hotel stays, food, etc).

There is also a drop off point at Katherine Scotting’s house. 1216 Meadow Parkway, Mayer.

The public is asked to respect the privacy of the family during this time of need.