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Look for Small Business Saturday deals Saturday, Nov. 28

HOWARD LAKE, NEW GERMANY, LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – Local businesses  encourage  customers to shop small, and shop local Saturday, Nov. 28 as part of Small Business Saturday (SBS).

Small Business Saturday is a nationally recognized day, when hometown businesses show the public why shopping local makes sense.

Friendly service, convenient proximity, and unique options translate to sales in the frenzied rush of holiday shopping.

Over the past six weeks, the Herald Journal has featured businesses that hope to be considered when it comes to completing your holiday wish lists.

Look inside for a summary of the participants, where to find them, special hours, and sales (not all sales listed) being offered during Small Business Saturday.

This year’s list includes the following local businesses:

• Paws Inn Resort, New Germany;

• Twisted Piston Apparel, Howard Lake;

• Howard Lake Tire & Auto Service, Howard Lake;

• Genie Drain Cleaning, Hutchinson, Waconia, Cokato, and Glencoe;

• Holasek Flower Power Garden Center, Lester Prairie;

• Howard Lake Municipal, Howard Lake;

• Pit Stop Tire & Auto, Howard Lake.

Pet of the Month: Goats in Lester Prairie

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – “Goats are really fun,” stated 11-year-old Julia Quast, the daughter of Brad and Rita Quast of rural Lester Prairie.

Julia and her two brothers, Timothy, 9, and Andrew, 13, began showing these playful, floppy-eared creatures at the McLeod County Fair four or five years ago.

Look for the November “Pet of the Month” story in Monday’s edition of the Herald Journal.

This series runs in the last issue of the Herald Journal each month highlighting local pets (and their owners). If you have a unique pet, email Starrla Cray at

Timothy Quast, 9, is a 4-H Cloverbud with the Winsted Jolly Juniors.

Timothy Quast, 9, is a 4-H Cloverbud with the Winsted Jolly Juniors.

Missing person update – Wright County Sheriff’s Office seeks volunteer searchers

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – The family of Tyler Berg and the Wright County Sheriff’s Office have partnered with volunteer search organization United Legacy to continue the efforts to locate Tyler.

The sheriff’s office is asking for volunteers to be part of a foot search this Friday (November 27th) in and around the Monticello area.

The Monticello Community Center will be designated as the Volunteer Support Center. All Volunteers will need to register at this location starting at 9:30 am on Friday morning. Once registered as a volunteer searcher, volunteers will be transported by bus to various search locations around Monticello.

Volunteers are asked to dress warm, wear waterproof boots and a reflective vest/jacket if they have one.

This will be a ground search on foot and no ATV’s, horses or other motorized vehicles are needed at this time.

The address for the Monticello Community Center is 505 Walnut Street in Monticello, Mn 55362.

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office is investigating reports of a missing person, Tyler Berg, 24, of St. Cloud. Berg was last seen at his residence in St. Cloud the evening of Nov. 22.

Berg’s vehicle, a black Mercury Cougar, was found abandoned near Otter Creek Park in Monticello Nov. 23.

Winsted Winter Festival set for Dec. 4-5

WINSTED, MN – Minnesota winters can be frosty, but one warm spot every year is the Winsted Winter Festival.

The 27th annual community event will take place Friday, Dec. 4 and Saturday, Dec. 5, but a few activities will start earlier in the week.

The outdoor lighting contest, for example, will be judged by residents of St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted Wednesday, Dec. 2. People who would like to have their display considered should have their lights turned on by 5:30 p.m. that day. First place wins $100 in Winsted Bucks, second place receives $75, and third place is $50.

Businesses will also have a chance to light up the town. From Friday, Dec. 4 through Friday, Dec. 18, community members can email their votes for the best business display to, vote online at, or call the Herald Journal at (320) 485-2535.

Artwork from the Winsted Arts Council summer and after-school clubs will be shown at the Winsted Arts Center (141 Main Ave. W.) Thursday, Dec. 3 through Saturday, Dec. 5, with a reception Friday, Dec. 4 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Other events Dec. 4 include open houses at local businesses, a Christmas concert at St. John’s Lutheran Church, a Giving Tree at Flagship Insurance Services, and a silent auction at the Winsted Public Library.

The auction will continue Saturday, Dec. 5, along with an assortment of other activities.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Blue Note Ballroom, there will be photos with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, hayrides, face painting, food, a coloring contest, a dessert social, craft sale, and more.

In the Blue Note parking lot, vintage snowmobile owners will show off their collections from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In the afternoon, a chili contest will take place at city hall.

Evening attractions include a Winsted Legion Club dinner, lighting of the Winsted Christmas tree, and singing of Christmas carols.

The lighted Christmas parade will take place at 6:30 p.m. through downtown Winsted. No pre-registration is required. Participants should line up near the Blue Note. A few downtown businesses are planning open houses/extended hours for people to step inside and warm up before and after the parade.

In honor of the years of dedication parade grand marshal Marietta Neumann has given to the McLeod Emergency Food Shelf, Lakes and Prairie Girl Scouts will be collecting non-perishable food donations during the parade.

Wright County Sheriff’s Office searching for missing St. Cloud man

MONTICELLO, MN – The Wright County Sheriff’s Office is investigating reports of a missing person, Tyler Berg, 24, of St. Cloud. Berg was last seen at his residence in St. Cloud Sunday evening.

Berg’s vehicle, a black Mercury Cougar, was found abandoned near Otter Creek Park in Monticello early Monday morning.

Articles of clothing suspected to belong to Berg were discovered in Otter Creek Park and the Monticello Country Club golf course.

The sheriff’s office is requesting anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Berg, or anyone who had contact with Berg early Monday morning, to contact Sgt. Albert Lutgens at (763) 682-7637.

Howard Lake Planning Commission to conduct hearing regarging former golf course property

HOWARD LAKE, MN – Howard Lake Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing at city hall Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. to consider rezoning that would allow the former golf course property at 5055 County Road 7 to be converted to an agricultural use.