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Lester Prairie recommends residents take action to avoid frozen pipes

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – The City of Lester Prairie has received several reports of frozen residential water lines. The city recommends that residents monitor their water temperature, and if it is getting close to freezing UPDATE: IF THE WATER TEMPERATURE BEGINS HOVERING NEAR 45 DEGREES, they run a pencil-size stream of water running to help keep pipes from freezing. At this point, no water usage allowances have been approved. The city is recommending this action in the residents’ best interest to avoid damage and expense from frozen pipes.

Howard Lake to conduct special meeting to review report on library and community room

HOWARD LAKE, MN – Howard Lake City Council will conduct a special meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 5 at city hall, 625 8th Ave. to consider a report and recommendations related to an indoor air quality report regarding the Howard Lake Library and community room. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, contact City Administrator Nick Haggenmiller at or 320-543-3670.

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.