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PHOTO GALLERY: McLeod County Fair 2017

McLEOD COUNTY, MN – Click here to see photos from the 2017 McLeod County Fair in Hutchinson. Select photos will be printed in the Friday, Aug. 25 edition of the Herald Journal.

Camper loses roof after striking bridge in Howard Lake

HOWARD LAKE, MN – The 11-foot-7-inch bridge on Wright County Road 6 in Howard Lake claimed another victim the afternoon of Friday, Aug. 18 when a camper struck the bridge, causing the camper’s roof to be peeled off. Submitted photos courtesy of Thom Bogdan.
































What happened to the front page of the Herald Journal?

WRIGHT, MEEKER COUNTIES, MN – This year marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the newspaper industry in Minnesota.

We joined nearly 200 newspapers across the state in running front pages with no news this week to get attention and make the point: “What if there was no local newspaper?”

The media landscape is constantly changing, but new media does not replace what existed.

Radio did not replace newspapers, TV did not replace radio, and although the internet and social media significantly changed the game, the others are still in place.

Technology allows the new media forms to make many things instant, even to the point of livestreaming crimes in progress.

At the same time, it allows many people a voice, which can create problems, including:

• overload: there is such an avalanche of media messages coming at us every day in so many forms that one must learn to block much of it out and find ways to key in to those that really matter.

• abuse: anybody can say almost anything and present it in a manner to suit their purpose – thus “fake news” is born.

So what’s a person to do?

Well, when something important is taking place, who are you going to turn to? Whether it’s a foreign country launching missiles at us, or the city council preparing to raise property taxes, who are you going to believe?

It’s the trusted media outlets that have over time established their credibility by presenting the “true news” as well as possible.

By the way, the real front page and everything else you’d expect this week is in the paper, just not on the front page.

Minnesota "Whiteout"
Minnesota “Whiteout”

It’s back to school time in Mayer

MAYER - Schools in Mayer will begin during the next two weeks.

• Students of Mayer Lutheran High School will start classes Wednesday, Aug. 23.

There will be a new student orientation session Monday, Aug. 21 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

For more information or to enroll, contact the school at (952) 657-2251 or visit

• The first day of school for students at Zion Lutheran School will be Monday, Aug. 28.

The first day of preschool for 3-year-olds is Tuesday, Sept. 5, and the first day of preschool for 4-year-olds is Wednesday, Sept. 6.

Zion will be starting off the year with its annual “Back to School Picnic” Sunday, Aug. 27 at noon at the school. For more information, contact school administrator Josh Baumann at (952) 657-2339.

• Watertown-Mayer Public School will start the school year Tuesday, Sept. 5, except for the kindergarten classes, which will start Wednesday, Sept. 6.

Kids Company registration is almost full. To learn more about Kids Company in Watertown and Mayer, contact Amy Dimmler at (952) 955-0283.

PHOTO GALLERY: Carver County Fair

CARVER COUNTY, MN – Photos from the Carver County Fair have been uploaded to the Herald Journal photo gallery. View them at

PHOTO GALLERY: Winsted’s Summer Festival parade and coronation

WINSTED, MN – Photos from Winsted’s Summer Festival parade and coronation have been uploaded to the Herald Journal photo gallery. View them at

Winsted's newly crowned 2017-2018 ambassadors are Heidi Otto and Ellen Guggemos.

Winsted’s newly crowned 2017-2018 ambassadors are Heidi Otto and Ellen Guggemos.