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Mid-County Coop is now hiring a Full-Time Administrative Assistant


Mid-County Coop, a growing, locally owned, full service cooperative in Cologne, MN is seeking an administrative assistant. Office experience with Word, Excel and standard administrative skills is preferred. Full-time day hours, competitive wage and excellent benefits package.
Please contact Marsi Motschenbacher at
(952)466-3720, email cover letter and resume to or mail to:
Marsi Motschenbacher, Mid-County Coop
PO Box 177, Cologne, MN 55322
Mid-County Coop is looking to fill a variety of other positions in all departments immediately, visit to see all the openings.

Truck sustains significant damage in collision with CR 6 underpass bridge in Howard Lake

Howard lake, MN –Traffic had to be detoured around a semi vs. bridge underpass crash this morning (Friday) in Howard Lake.

Local residents indicate that around 9 a.m., the trailer of a semi-truck made contact with the top of the underpass bridge on County Road 6 in the City of Howard Lake, preventing use of the roadway well into the afternoon.

Local law enforcement and crash clean-up crews remained on the scene for several hours. There were no immediate reports of injury, but reports indicate the vehicle sustained significant damage.

The limited clearance underpass has been the sight of numerous incidents of vehicle vs. bridge strikes for many years.



Complete Winstock ’23 Lineup Announced, Along With Festival’s ‘Best Deal Yet’


Reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year Miranda Lambert and one of the hottest artists to emerge in recent years, Cody Johnson, were announced as headliners for the 29th Winstock Country Music Festival, set for Friday-Saturday, June 16-17, 2023, at the festival grounds in Winsted, MN. Tickets and camping are now on sale.


Lambert’s eighth studio album, “Palomino,” was released in April as the highest-debuting country album of 2022. It marks the latest installment in a storied career that has spanned seven previous number-one solo albums, 10 number-one hits, and more than 70 awards.

Heralded by MusicRow as “the future of real country music,” Cody Johnson will make his debut on the Winstock stage following the massive success of his 18-track double album “Human.” His hit “‘Til You Can’t” has set streaming records and remains one of the most played songs of the genre.
“Any time you can pair a reigning entertainer of the year with someone currently breaking down doors like Cody Johnson, you’re guaranteed a great weekend of country music,” said Winstock Country Music Festival Committee Chairman Dave Danielson.
Joining Lambert and Johnson will be Gabby Barrett, Jordan Davis, Dylan Scott, Jo Dee Messina, Diamond Rio, BlackHawk, Nate Smith, Hailey Whitters, George Birge, Chris Kroeze, Jenn Bostic, Anderson Daniels, Chad Johnson and the MN-T’s, and The Shaw Band/The Shaw Brothers. The complete artist lineup may be found HERE. 
“Each year, we work to build a lineup that features something for everyone,” Danielson said. “We’re grateful to be able to announce the lineup in its entirety so fans can make their plans for next summer.”
Organizers are excited to have Minnesota music royalty kick things off in 2023 at the pre-show beer tent party Thursday night.
“There isn’t a name more synonymous with Minnesota music than Shaw,” Danielson said. “Having both the original Shaw Band and The Shaw Brothers is going to make for a memorable Thursday night and will be a great start to the weekend.”


Get ‘em ‘Til You Can’t’

In addition to announcing the complete lineup for Winstock 2023, organizers also unveiled the festival’s “best deal yet” for camping passes and general admission tickets.


With campsites in campgrounds A, B, C, and D already sold out, this is the best opportunity – and best price – to guarantee a spot and not have to worry about it closer to the event.
“For those who didn’t renew at this year’s event for next year, or for those who may be new to Winstock, this is the best way to seal the deal and be sure you’ll be at Winstock next June,” Danielson said. “This is a limited-time offer, and once these sites are gone, they’re gone – they will go fast.”
VIP tickets sold out at this year’s event for 2023. A very limited number of reserved seats are now on sale, as is the best selection of camping sites.
For additional announcements, ticket information, and everything Winstock, go to and sign up for Winstock Email news. Be sure to follow the festival on Twitter @WinstockMNFacebook, Instagram, and Snapchat.


LP Police looking for suspect in Dollar General theft

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN–On Thursday, Dec. 9 at 11:00 a.m. a young adult male allegedly stole items from the Lester Prairie Dollar General according to the Lester Prairie Police Department. Authorities reported that the suspect then exited out a fire escape door with a black back pack. Police are asking for the publics help in identifying the man in this picture from surveillance video. Please contact (320) 395-2100 or if you know his identity.


LP breaks ground on school project

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – Members of the Lester Prairie School Board, school staff, Mayor Eric Angvall, and others participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for the school expansion project Tuesday morning. More photos will be in Friday’s Herald Journal.


Winsted women protest Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd


WINSTED – Zemirah and Ariana Riemer stood next to County Hwy 1 in Winsted, near Casey’s Convenience Store today, Friday, May 29, with protest signs regarding the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd.

Zemirah, who will be a sophomore at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School in the fall, said she felt moved to protest because of the unfairness of the situation.  She said she didn’t understand how such a tragedy could happen, and that she hoped people would become more aware of racial issues.  She said she felt the officers involved should go to jail.

Drivers coming past the protesters honked in acknowledgment.