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Semi/car collision crashes onto Shadowbrooke Golf Course


McLEOD COUNTY – A semi-truck and a passenger vehicle collided at the intersection of State Highway 7 and McLeod County Road 1/ Babcock Avenue at approximately 9:15 a.m. today.

The impact of the crash sent both vehicles onto the southeast corner of the Shadowbrooke Golf Course.

Street signs on the corner of the intersection were broken off and landed by the vehicles, and a nearby power pole was damaged.

The driver of the car – the lone occupant – was transported to an area hospital by Ridgeview Ambulance.

Lester Prairie Police and Fire Departments, Winsted Fire and Rescue, and the McLeod County Sheriff were among the departments responding to the scene.

Traffic was not stopped in any direction, however law enforcement was directing traffic through the area slowly.

More details regarding the accident will be published as they become available.  Watch for them here and in the Aug. 10 edition of Herald Journal.

Letters to the editor policy

WINSTED, MN – Letters to the Editor policy 2018
Letters are welcome at Herald Journal ( and will be printed whenever possible. We may edit them for grammar, style, etc.
Letters should be 300 words or fewer.
Those referring to a previous letter may be edited to avoid embarrassment for the original writer. Please address the issue in question, but do not attack another writer.
Form letters sent to numerous newspapers, or from writers beyond our circulation area, may be rejected unless the letter significantly contributes value to the viewpoints page.
All letters must carry at least one writer’s name and city of residence. If it is on behalf of a group or organization, that may be stated, but the letter must be from a person(s).
Please include a daytime phone number (not for publication)  for verification when submitting your letter.
Each person is limited to two letters of a political/campaign nature during the “political season” which is defined the opening of the filing period through Election Day.
We will not publish form letters that are political in nature, or endorse or condemn a candidate for office.
We do not promise or guarantee that all letters will be published.
Preference will be given to local letter writers. We typically do not publish letters from writers outside our core circulation area. Those from outside our core circulation area may contact our display advertising department and purchase an ad to get their message published.
We will publish one announcement when a candidate announces he/she will run for office, either at the time of the announcement or at the time the candidate files. These will run in the news section and will be limited to a maximum of 100 words and include a mug shot photo if provided by the candidate.
We may publish letters in the final issue before an election, but not late attacks or charges that cannot be responded to. The editor is responsible for preventing such occurrences, and will err on the side of safety when necessary.
“Legislative updates” from current elected officials will be considered separate from letters to the editor, provided they are issue-based, rather than political in nature.

Highway 12 lane closure delayed until July 24

COKATO, HOWARD LAKE, MN – Motorists who travel Highway 12 between Cokato and Howard Lake will encounter daytime delays, including during rush hours, while segments of the road are reduced to a single lane beginning Tuesday, July 24.

The lane closures will occur from sunrise to sunset, up to seven days per week, while crews resurface the road. Flaggers and a pilot car will allow one-way, alternating traffic through work zones on the two-lane segment of Highway 12 located in Cokato.

Delays of up to 15 minutes are expected during peak travel times. Motorists should plan their travel, and consider alternate routes or staggering their typical travel times. Motorists approaching the daily work zones should slow down, be prepared to stop, and move over to give crews room to work safely.

All lanes of Highway 12 will open by mid-August.

When complete, the project will provide a smoother ride along five miles of Highway 12 between Seventh Street E in Cokato and 13th Avenue in Howard Lake, extend the life of the road, upgrade guardrail and restripe a short segment of Highway 12 east of downtown Cokato.

For information on state road projects in Wright County, follow MnDOT District 3 on Twitter @MnDOTCentral and visit

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota visit or dial 5-1-1.

Prairie Days medallion hunt starts Monday, July 9

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – The Prairie Days medallion hunt starts Monday, July 9. Clues will be posted on this site until the medallion is found. Below are the rules for the hunt:

2018 Prairie Days Medallion Hunt

Begins July 9th!

Hosted by the Prairie Arts Council.

Funding provided by the Prairie Days Committee and the Prairie Arts Council.

The prize is $200 in Prairie Bucks.

3 simple rules you need to follow:

  1. The medallion is outside. It will never be on private property. You will not need to cross, search or go on private property to find it. Please stay off and out of ALL private property!
  1. The clues will be on the Herald Journal website, the Prairie Arts Council Facebook page and at the Cornerstone Hardware Store by 8:00 a.m. each day from July 9th- July 13th or until found.
  1. If you are under 18 years of age, you MUST have a parent or guardian with you to claim the prize. Your picture will be taken and put on Prairie Arts Facebook page and online at the Herald Journal.

If you have questions or concerns, please ask any member of the Prairie Arts Council. Or you can email Tasha Schiedel at or call 320-296-1579.

Howard Lake City Council calls special meeting for tonight

HOWARD LAKE – The Howard Lake City Council announced it will convene at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 28 at council chambers.  Items on the agenda for the meeting include the consideration of a utility project for Golf Lake Estates; discussion about the historic city hall preservation and access project; and the consideration of the confirmation of four new members of the Howard Lake Fire Department.  The meeting is open to the public.

PHOTO GALLERY – Coronation for Good Neighbor Days in Howard Lake – June 24, 2018

The new Miss Howard Lake for 2018 is Lanney Lobertmann (left), and the princess Ari Higgins.

The new Miss Howard Lake for 2018 is Lanney Lobertmann (left), and the princess Ari Higgins.

The Good Neighbor Days celebration for 2018 concluded with a beautiful coronation ceremony under the big white tent downtown.

This was the 40th year of Howard Lake sponsoring a royal ambassador, and several former members of royalty were in attendance.

The big moment came when candidates Lanney Lobertmann and Ari Higgins opened large boxes to reveal crown-shaped pillows.  One pillow  said “queen” and other said “princess.”  Lobertmann is the new Miss Howard Lake, and Higgins is the princess.

Many family members, friends Sparkle Sections of other towns’ royalty, and townsfolk stayed to greet the new Howard Lake royal team following the ceremony.

Click the link below to see photos from the event.

Pictures from many other events during Good Neighbor Days may be seen here:

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