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LP Superintendent Jeremy Schmidt gets the nod for job in Becker

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – Lester Prairie School Superintendent Jeremy Schmidt was among four finalists for the superintendent job in the Becker School District, and is now in negotiations for that position.

Following is a release from the Becker School District:

“The Board of Education for the Becker Public Schools screened four strong finalists for the position of Superintendent on February 20. The group was assisted by community, staff and administrative teams who helped provide feedback on all of the candidates. Following a thorough discussion of these candidates, the Board unanimously agreed to engage in contract talks with Jeremy Schmidt who has enthusiastically accepted the offer to enter negotiations with the Board. Should these talks proceed as expected, a formal work agreement is slated to be approved at an upcoming Board meeting. Mr. Schmidt is expected to begin here in early July when well-respected Superintendent Steve Malone will retire.”

Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School Superintendent Brad Sellner was also a finalist for the Becker job.

LP School Board votes to go for single-question, $13 million referendum in May

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – Lester Prairie School Board, after an hour of intense discussion, voted during a special meeting Feb. 13 to ask voters to approve a single-question, $13 million referendum in May. The vote was not unanimous, and it was a departure from the two-question option recommended by the committee. Read about it in the Feb. 15 issue of Herald Journal.

Lester Prairie School Board to approve bond referendum

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – Lester Prairie School Board will conduct a special meeting Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 5:45 p.m. in the school media center. The purpose of the meeting will be to approve a bond referendum Tuesday, May 14 asking two questions for school building projects. The cost of the proposed projects will be presented during the meeting.

LP School Board to hear results of district survey

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – Sue Peterson of School Perceptions will present the results of the district survey during the Wednesday, Feb. 6 Lester Prairie School Board meeting. The meeting will begin at 5:45 p.m. in the school media center.

Local weather-related school changes for Monday, Jan. 28

Following are changes as of 7:45 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27:

Changes for Monday, Jan. 28

Dassel-Cokato Schools – starting two-hours late.

Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Public Schools – starting two-hours late, no morning preschool.

Lester Prairie Schools – UPDATELP schools will be CLOSED Monday, January 28th. No after school activities or Kid’s Depot. Snofest Coronation will be rescheduled.

UPDATE: Holy Trinity School in Winsted – starting two hours late.

Pursuit in Clearwater ends with arrests in South Haven, including HL woman

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – Deputies from the Wright County Sheriff’s Office were involved in a pursuit Jan. 14 with a vehicle that concluded with the apprehension and arrest of two individuals, according to a release from the sheriff’s office.

At approximately 11:45 p.m. a Wright County Deputy observed a passenger car driving slowly through multiple lots of closed businesses in the Clearwater area. As the marked squad car approached to investigate, the passenger car fled at a high rate of speed. A pursuit was initiated that continued through portions of Stearns County and into the Fairhaven area. Assisting deputies disabled the suspect vehicle with use of spike strips. The two suspects fled on foot in the City of South Haven. The male suspect stole a separate vehicle and drove into nearby farm fields before crashing on the railroad tracks east of South Haven. The male suspect was taken into custody. With the assistance of the Minnesota State Patrol Air Unit the other suspect, an adult female, was located hiding in a wooded area close to where the first vehicle involved in the pursuit had stopped. The female was also taken into custody. There were no injuries to any of our deputies or to either suspect, according to the release.

The involved male was identified as Robert Bohach, 36, of Saint Louis Park. Bohach was arrested on multiple charges including Felony Fleeing in a Motor Vehicle, Felony Theft, and Felony Controlled Substance Possession.

The involved female was identified as Jessica Hanson, 27, of Howard Lake. Hanson was arrested for Felony Controlled Substance Possession and Misdemeanor Fleeing on Foot.