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Winsted Township man injured in hunting accident


Nov. 3 at 7:54 a.m. the Carver County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call of a hunting accident, according to a release from Carver County Sheriff Jason Kamerud.

David Hoese, 61, of Winsted Township, was wounded when he was struck by BBs/shot fired from a shotgun while duck hunting in Hollywood Township.

Hoese’s hunting partner was moving his boat into position behind Hoese’s boat in the weeds. It was also noted the hunting partner’s dog was in the boat. The hunting partner put his shotgun down to secure his boat, and the gun went off.

Hoese was hit in the chest and face in his own boat approximately 10 to 15 feet away.

Carver County Sheriff’s Office and Ridgeview Medical Center ambulance responded to the scene. Hoese was taken by Ridgeview paramedics via ambulance to Hennepin Health Care with non-life threatening injuries, according to the release.

The Carver County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation in this case.

Kamerud would like to remind people of the importance of practicing firearm safety. To learn more, or to find a Minnesota DNR firearms safety certification course, follow the featured link at

Kamerud would like to remind people of the importance of practicing firearm safety. To
learn more, or to find a Minnesota DNR firearms safety certification course,


Winstock announces Luke Combs and Darius Rucker as headliners for Winstock 2020

WINSTED, MN – Winsted, MN – Winstock just announced their all-star lineup for 2020 and welcomes Luke Combs and Darius Rucker! The 2019 CMA Male Vocalist of the Year nominee Luke Combs has become one of the fastest rising acts in country music. The multi-platinum, No. 1 Country singersongwriter, Combs stormed onto the music landscape as one of Country’s brightest stars with the release of his critically-acclaimed, double Platinum, No. 1 debut album, This One’s For You. Since its release, the album has spent a total of 27 non-consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart, including 16 weeks in 2018—the most of any album in a calendar year. The first five singles—3x platinum “Hurricane,” 3x platinum “When It Rains It Pours,” platinum “One Number Away,” platinum “She Got The Best of Me” and 2x platinum “Beautiful Crazy”—have all reached #1, making Combs the first artist ever to score five consecutive career-opening #1’s on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart. His new album What You See Is What You Get is due out November 8th and features Top 10 hit “Even Though I’m Leaving.” Darius Rucker first attained multi-Platinum status in the music industry as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of GRAMMY award-winning Hootie & the Blowfish. Since re-introducing himself to the world as a country artist, he has released four consecutive albums to top the Billboard Country albums chart and earned a whole new legion of fans. In 2014, Rucker won his third career GRAMMY award for Best Solo Country Performance for his 4x Platinum selling cover of Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel,” off his album, True Believers. Also joining the 2020 Winstock lineup is multi Grammy, CMT, CMA and ACM award winning country duo Big & Rich with Cowboy Troy, one of the most successful and flamboyant duos in country music history. 2018 ACM Best New Vocal Group Runaway June rounds out an outstanding Friday of country music. Platinum-selling singer-songwriter Brett Eldredge will be joining Combs on Saturday along with youngest living member of the Grand Ole Opry Chris Janson. Legendary country band Shenandoah and Phil Vassar, who is celebrating 20 years of charttopping hits, will be appearing on the T-Mobile Stage. The Winstock “West Stage” will play host to Drew Baldridge and Drew Parker. More artists will be added to the festival lineup. About Winstock: THE ULTIMATE SUMMER GET-TOGETHER! Winstock will take place at the Winstock Festival grounds in Winsted, MN on June 12-13, 2020. Celebrating their 27th year, Winstock is one of the premier country music festivals. Winsted is located 45 miles west of the Twin Cities. A volunteer driven festival, 100% of net proceeds go towards youth education at the Holy Trinity School. Winstock Reserved Seats, General Admission tickets and Camping are on-sale now by calling 320-485-4287 or online at FRIDAY, JUNE 12TH SATURDAY,JUNE 13TH

Sheriff’s employees investigated

Carver County Sheriff Jason Kamerud referred a complaint to the Scott County Sheriff’s Office for investigation to ensure no conflict of interests during the investigation, according to a release from the Carver County Sheriff’s Office.
October 9, the Scott County Attorney’s Office filed criminal charges against Carver County Detention Sergeant Kenneth Koski and Detention Deputy Donald Severs. Both employees remain on administrative leave pending further investigation.
According to the release, Kamerud believes transparency and accountability are critical to maintaining an atmosphere of trust within the community and is committed to upholding these values.
Additionally, the Carver County Sheriff’s Office is committed to objectively and thoroughly investigating allegations of employee behavior or actions inconsistent with organizational values – both for the benefit of the community and involved employees.

Howard Lake man injured in crash

SOUTHSIDE TOWNSHIP, MN – A Howard Lake man was among those injured in a three-vehicle crash at 2:17 p.m. Friday.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a 2013 Ford Expedition driven by Garrett Fronk, 44, of Howard Lake, was eastbound on Highway 55 in Southside Township, while a 2010 Mercedes E350 driven by Marilyn Sundberg, 84, of Minneapolis, was westbound on Highway 55 and attempted to make a left turn on County Road 3, causing it to collide with the Expedition. The Expedition then spun out in the intersection and collided with a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Jesse Mengelkoch, 29, of Annandale.

Fronk suffered noncritical injuries and was transported to Buffalo Hospital.

Sundberg was also transported to the hospital with noncritical injuries.

Mengelkoch was not injured.

Alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

Road conditions were dry at the time of the crash.

All three individuals were wearing seat belts.

Lester Prairie crowns homecoming royalty

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – Congratulations to Lester Prairie High School’s 2019 homecoming king and queen, Evan Lee and Emily Rademacher!

CLICK HERE to see a photo gallery from the Sept. 29 homecoming coronation. Selected photos will also be published in the Friday, Oct. 4 edition of Herald Journal.


HLWW crowns homecoming royalty


Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School has crowned its 2019 homecoming royalty.

The royal court includes: Princess Gracie Mallak, Prince Drew Oestreich, Queen CJ Decker, and King Quinn Mathison.

Watch next week’s Herald Journal for full coverage of the coronation and the pep fest that followed.