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Schools delayed two hours Monday, April 16

WINSTED, MN – several area schools will delay start times Monday, April 16 in the wake of the weekend storm. As of 8:50 Sunday, they include:

Dassel-Cokato School District – delayed two hours.

Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School District – delayed two hours, no a.m. preschool.

Lester Prairie School District – delayed two hours. No a.m. preschool. Child care open.

Mayer Lutheran High School – delayed two hours.

Waverly’s Doug Ault loved family, friends, animals, and his fire department

WAVERLY – Waverly, by all accounts, lost an admirable man last week.
Doug Ault, 57, died March 24, following complications from a massive stroke.
Current Waverly Fire Chief Ben Duske said Ault joined the fire department in March 1994.
Ault served as the independent department’s secretary and treasurer for 13 years, was an assistant chief for four years, and was Chief 2 at the time of his death.
Duske said the main thing he will remember about Ault was his vast knowledge of many different areas. Duske remembered Ault was always able to get a downed fire truck back in service.
“He was a good guy,” Duske said, “and he always had a smart ass comment.”

See the Friday, March 30 edition of Herald Journal for the complete story about a local hero.

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Lester Prairie City Council schedules special meeting regarding fire engine purchase

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – The Lester Prairie City Council will meet in special session on Monday. March 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lester Prairie City Hall to consider the authority to issue general obligation certificates of indebtedness to purchase a fire engine.

Carver County Sheriff’s Office investigating threat at Watertown-Mayer High School

WATERTOWN, MN – Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson reported that sheriff’s deputies responded to a threats complaint at Watertown-Mayer High School March 2 at about 10:49 a.m. A student reported another student had made in-direct threats toward the student body sometime the previous week. School officials, when notified, immediately reported the matter to sheriff’s deputies for investigation.
Sheriff’s deputies investigated the matter. The subject of the investigation, a juvenile male, will not be allowed to return to school until the investigation(s) is complete.
Sheriff’s deputies were in and around the school most of Friday, March 2 and will be present Monday, March 5 as a precaution. Communicated threats of violence, even when the person is not serious, can be very disturbing, terrorizing to others, and disruptive. The Sheriff’s Office takes these matters seriously by investigating these allegations thoroughly and pursuing prosecution of offenders.
This matter remains under investigation by the Carver County Sheriff’s Office and Watertown- Mayer school officials.
Anyone who needs assistance from police, fire or medical personnel should call 9-1-1. Anyone with information related to this incident or any crime is asked to contact the Carver County Sheriff’s Office at 952-361-1231or use the tip line 952- 361-1224. The tip form is at

LP man involved in crash near St. Cloud

STEARNS COUNTY, MN – A man from Lester Prairie was involved in a two-vehicle crash south of St. Cloud Wednesday morning, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

The state patrol reported that Donald Charlie Eastman, 75, of Lester Prairie was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Blazer north on Highway 15 just south of 225th Street in St. Augusta at 8:13 a.m. Feb. 21 when his vehicle rear-ended a 2016 Toyota Highlander driven by Mathias Arnie Dahl, 73, of Hutchinson.

The Highlander hit a tree, and the state patrol reported that Dahl was transported to Centra Care in St. Cloud for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

No injuries were reported for Eastman. The airbags were deployed in both vehicles. Dahl was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, and Eastman was not.

Meeker County Sheriff’s office investigating death of Waverly man

MEEKER COUNTY, MN – Meeker County Sheriff Brian Cruze issued the following release concerning a death investigation Feb. 12.

The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an unresponsive male at a rural Ellsworth Township location Feb. 11 at approximately 2:15 p.m. The exact location is being withheld at this time due to the ongoing investigation.
The initial investigation revealed the man had been deceased for quite some time and investigators believe he died somewhere other than where he was found, according to a release from Meeker County Sheriff Brian Cruze.
The deceased has been identified as Shawn Jacob Medley, 40, of Waverly. Medley had been reported missing Feb. 7 in Wright County. Medley’s vehicle, a 2010 Silver Hyundai Elantra with MN plates 748HUD, was located abandoned in Litchfield in the early morning hours on Feb. 10. The investigation into the cause and manner of death is ongoing, according to the relase.
Anyone who had contact with or knows where Medley, or his vehicle, has been during the past week is urged to call the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office at (320) 693-5400 or leave information on the confidential tip-line (320) 693-5411. Assisting with the investigation are the MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and Litchfield Police Department.

Shawn Medley