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Hydrant flushing in Winsted Oct. 15-17; city recommends not washing white clothing

WINSTED, MN – The Winsted’s public works department will be flushing water hydrants Wednesday, Oct. 15 through Friday, Oct. 17. During this time, water may be rusty and water pressure may drop. As a result, the public works staff recommends that residents do not wash white or light-colored clothing during this time.

Anyone with questions can contact public works at (320) 485-2201.

Missing girl has been found in Winsted – UPDATED

WINSTED, MN – According to information shared on the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, as of 4:20 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, Winsted Police were searching for a missing 13-year-old autistic girl who has been missing for two hours. The Minnesota State Patrol helicopter has been requested.

UPDATE 7 p.m. Sept. 28 The girl has reportedly been found.

Wright County Board to approve preliminary levy

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – Wright County Board will approve the county’s preliminary 2015 budget and levy during its Tuesday, Sept. 30 meeting.

Other items on the agenda include a Tri-County Regional Forensics Laboratory report, appointment of a veterans service officer and a planning commission member, and approval of ditch assessments.

The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at the Wright County Government Center in Buffalo.

David and Kari Schwantes’ bearded dragon is ‘Pet of the Month’

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – David and Kari Schwantes of Lester Prairie have their own real live dragon – but it’s not the kind that has wings and breathes fire.

Look for a story about their bearded dragon, Rosie, in the Monday, Sept. 29 edition of the Herald Journal.

Ideas for “Pet of the Month” are always welcome. If you have a unique pet, e-mail Starrla Cray at

HL class attendees learn correct way to search for a missing person

HOWARD LAKE, MN – More than 40 people attended a search and rescue class Wednesday, arranged by the family of Christopher Rossing, a man who has been missing for more than a month.

“We want to be more efficient, save time, and bring Christopher home soon,” Deanna Villella, Rossing’s sister, said.

The class took place at the Howard Lake Legion.

The class began with a moment of silence for Rossing and his family, and was followed by a reading about the difficulty of searching for a missing person.

“I’m here to educate everyone about successful searching. It’s like adding tools to your toolbox,” class instructor Scott Doering commented.

For full story, see Sept. 29 issue.


HL City Council is requesting community input on liquor store future

HOWARD LAKE, MN – After receiving the findings of a municipal liquor store analysis, Howard Lake City Council wants citizen input on the future of the Howard Lake Municipal Liquor Store.

It will hold a public hearing Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m., at which council members want community members to voice their opinions of what should be the future of the on-sale portion of the business.

For full story, see Sept. 29 issue.