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Crash involves Howard Lake, Dassel residents

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – Sharon Lehtola, 68, of Howard Lake sustained non-life threatening injuries after an accident on Highway 12 at 7:41 a.m. Sept. 29, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
Lehtola was driving a 1999 Cadilac Deville northbound on County Road 5, turning to drive west on Highway 12, when she pulled out in front of a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe, driven by Gerardo Gonzalez, 36, of Dassel. The vehicles collided, causing moderate damage to both automobiles. Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts, and Gonzalez did not sustain any apparent injuries. Lehtola was taken to Waconia Hospital.

HLWW School Board: Book fine raises questions

HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED, MN – At the Sept. 26 Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School Board work session, Board Member Charles Bush used a different problem-solving procedure than the school typically follows.

The problem at hand was a book fine complaint from a parent, and Bush’s method was to address the issue with the school board rather than having the parent meet with a principal directly.

“A couple parents approached me, one very upset,” Bush said. “She was faced with a $35 book fine, and was told her kid wouldn’t get grades if it wasn’t paid.”

Bush asked how the fine is determined, and where the money goes.

Middle School Principal Jim Schimelpfenig  said fines for lost or destroyed textbooks are based on the cost of the book, taking into account the book’s age. He said fines for books are uncommon, with only one or two a year normally.

Bush said he “hates to see [students] be held so accountable for accidents.”

High School Principal Jason Mix said Bush has spoken in the past about teaching responsibility to students.

“A student who damages something should help pay for it,” Mix explained, adding that he doesn’t want taxpayers to have to pay for property damage.

Schimelpfenig added that part of the reason book fines are rare is because students know they are responsible for taking care of the material. He said students are taught that the books need to last eight years, so they work to make the book as usable for the last student as the first.

Look for the rest of the story, along with other school board coverage, in the Monday, Oct. 3 edition of the Herald Journal. Click here to subscribe online or in print.

McLeod County parks to be closed for the season

MCLEOD COUNTY, MN – The McLeod County Parks will be officially closed for the season Monday, Oct. 3.
Gates will be closed, but anyone wanting to hike or walk through the area parks is welcome.
The following parks will be closed: Buffalo Creek Park in Glencoe, Swan Lake Park in Silver Lake, William May Park in Winsted, Stahl’s Lake Park in Hutchinson, Lake Marion Regional Park in Brownton, and Piepenburg Regional Park in Hutchinson.
The tentative opening of the parks in the spring will be May 1, 2017.

PHOTO GALLERY: HLWW homecoming coronation

HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED – Click here for photos of the 2016 homecoming coronation at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School. Select photos will be printed in the Monday, Sept. 26 edition.

HLWW homecoming court

HLWW homecoming court

Hutchinson Technology merger takes step forward

McLEOD COUNTY, MN – A pending merger between Hutchinson Technology, Inc. and TDK Corporation took a step forward today (Sept. 22), with an early end to a legal waiting period.

The termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 satisfies one of the remaining conditions to the closing of the pending merger, according to a company press release.

As of Aug. 21, 2016, HTI’s level of cash (subject to certain adjustments) less any outstanding borrowings on its revolving line of credit, was approximately $47.1 million. Based this position, TDK plans to acquire all outstanding shares of common stock of HTI for $4 per share.

The merger is currently expected to close no later than Oct. 5, and remains subject to other customary closing conditions set forth in the merger agreement.

PHOTO GALLERY: Holy Trinity High School homecoming coronation

WINSTED, MN – Carrie Ogram was named homecoming queen Sept. 21 at Holy Trinity High School’s homecoming coronation in Winsted.

Click here to see photos of the event – including the surprise crowning of an honorary homecoming king.

Select pictures will be in the Monday, Sept. 26 edition of the Herald Journal.