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Lester Prairie School Board to hear update on building project

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – Mark Lenz of MLA Architects will present a building project update at the Monday, Dec. 16 Lester Prairie School Board meeting, which will begin at 5:45 p.m. in the school media center.

Other items on the agenda include approval of a senior class trip to New York, scheduling a reorganizational meeting, a truth in taxation public hearing, and approval of the district’s certified levy.

Dassel City Council to review budget

DASSEL, MN – There will be a special city council meeting tonight at Dassel City Hall at 5:30 p.m. The council will be reviewing the 2020 budget, with a presentation by financial advisors Mike Bubany and David Drown.



Wright County road conditions improving; still slick

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN -   An accident adjacent to Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School on County Road 6 was one of several reported in the county this morning.

photo by Jami Berg

photo by Jami Berg

As of 10 a.m. Monday, Captain Dan Anselment of the Wright County Sheriff’s Office reported that there were six accidents that involved property damage, one spinout that left a vehicle in a ditch, and no reported crashes that involved injuries.

Although the snow is winding down and moving out of Wright County, Anselment said that many roads, off-ramps, and bridge decks remain treacherous, and extreme caution should be used for those that have to be out on the roads this afternoon.

One issue that will continue to be a concern is that because of the high winds that have accompanied the storm, the Wright County Highway Department will not be able to chemically treat the roads and will depend on plowing to get the roads as clear possible.

Wright County Highway Maintenance Superintendent Steve Meyer said that all of the county’s plows were out on the roads clearing snow, but that, given the gusting wind the came behind the storm not only has created limited visibility in open areas, but that chemical treating of roads isn’t effective. It tends to collect on the road surface because of the wind and, at times, can create more problems than it solves in these kinds of conditions.


Service information for Winsted soldier, James Rogers Jr., killed in crash

WINSTED, MN – Following is the visitation and service information for the Winsted soldier who was killed in a helicopter crash south of St. Cloud Thursday:

Chief Warrant Officer 2 James Arnold RogersJr.
June 23, 1991 – Thursday, December 5, 2019
Service Information Visitation Information
Howard Lake Waverly Winsted High School-Howard Lake Chilson Funeral Home-Winsted, MN
Sunday, December 15, 2019 Saturday, December 14, 2019
1:00 P.M. 4-9 P.M.
Further visitation on Sunday, December 15th one hour prior to services at The Howard Lake Waverly Winsted High School

World’s best workforce public hearing at DC schools Monday

DASSEL, COKATO, MN – The DC School Board will conduct a world’s best workforce public hearing during its special meeting Monday, Dec. 9.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the district board room.

Other items on the agenda include presentations on the long term facilities maintenance bond and truth in taxation.






Winsted man among the soldiers who died in helicopter crash

WINSTED, MN – The Minnesota National Guard has released the names of the three soldiers killed in the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crash, Dec. 5,  southwest of St. Cloud.

The deceased are: Chief Warrant Officer 2 James A. Rogers Jr., 28, of Winsted; Chief Warrant Officer 2 Charles P. Nord, age 30, of Perham; and Sgt. Kort M. Plantenberg, 28, of Avon.

The soldiers were on a routine maintenance test flight, and lifted off from the St. Cloud Regional Airport at 1:55 p.m.

All three soldiers were assigned to Company C, 2-211th General Support Aviation Battalion, based in St. Cloud.

The unit returned from a nine-month deployment to the Middle East in May 2019, where they conducted medical evacuations in support of Operation Spartan Shield and Operation Inherent Resolve. All three soldiers deployed on this mission.