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Winsted house slated for a controlled burn

WINSTED, MN – Once the necessary paperwork has been obtained, the Winsted City Council plans to approve a controlled burn of the structure at 340 McLeod Ave. W. across from Hainlin Park.

Pending wind conditions, the burn would likely take place Saturday, Oct. 10.

“It’s going to be all-day training,” Fire Chief Chad Engel said.

To minimize smoke exposure, nearby residents are encouraged to keep their windows closed and have their HVAC systems  turned off during that time.

See the full story in the Sept. 7 issue of Herald Journal. Click here to subscribe online or in print.

340 McLeod Ave. W

340 McLeod Ave. W

More than 1 mile of new trail territory to explore near LP

SPONSORED POST – Dakota Rail Regional Trail enthusiasts will have some new territory to explore Saturday, Sept. 12, when a 1.3-mile segment west of the Carver/McLeod County line opens to allow users to enter Lester Prairie.

Previously, the trail ended just over the county line, so travelers wishing to venture further west had to share County Road 23 with road traffic.

In the summer of 2014, the DNR closed a trail gap by upgrading and completing a bridge east of Lester Prairie.

In the spring of 2015, the DNR, working with the McLeod County Rail Authority, leased a 2-mile segment of the trail to the City of Lester Prairie. At that time, the Lester Prairie Trail Committee pursued obtaining estimates for constructing a path in the rail corridor. Fundraising efforts were supported very well, and in a matter of weeks, donations had exceeded the initial goal.

The initial plan was to connect with County Road 9 at the eastern edge of Lester Prairie, but funds allowed construction to continue west into the city to connect with the Pine Street intersection.

From the Carver County line to Lester Prairie, the trail is a packed class 5 gravel surface.

Opening the corridor will allow trail users expanded adventure opportunities. In the city of Lester Prairie, there are several beautiful city parks, one with a community swimming pool. A number of local businesses are available for food, refreshments, and supplies. The Crow River is a short distance south of the trail, and beautiful Sunrise Nature Park – with trails – is a short distance north, both on County Road 9. Perhaps the most attractive aspect for bicyclists is the direct connection north to the Luce Line State Trail via County Road 1 on the west edge of Lester Prairie.

Grand opening Sept. 12 for Dakota Rail Regional Trail

SPONSORED POST – The Lester Prairie Trail Committee is excited to invite the public to the Dakota Rail Regional Trail grand opening Saturday, Sept. 12, at 9 a.m.

The event will take place near the intersection of the trail and Pine Street, just north of the City Park in Lester Prairie. Refreshments will be available, and the police department will provide bicycle favors for children.

A short presentation will take place before the ribbon cutting ceremony. Afterward, attendees are encouraged to walk, run, or ride their bicycles in the Grand Trail Ride, which will officially initiate the new path linking Carver County with McLeod County and Lester Prairie.

The Lester Prairie Trail Committee is proud to have assisted the community in the development of this trail for everyone’s enjoyment, and committee members sincerely appreciate all efforts to make this happen.

Sweet Seedless Whole Watermelon item of the week at Prairie Market


Featured in this weeks Prairie Market grocery ad is Sweet Seedless Whole Watermelon, $2.98, each. See Full listing on page 3 in this weeks Herald Journal or click here for complete ad.

Mayer schedules budget work session Aug. 31

MAYER, MN – Mayer City Council will conduct a budget work session Monday, Aug. 31 at 6:30 p.m.

Items on the agenda include a review of general fund revenues and expenditures, the city compost site, land purchase and lots for a fire station and public works, and a public works building.

Waverly wife and mother undergoes life-saving bone marrow transplant

WAVERLY, MN – Faced with a rare and potentially fatal disease, Kristen Soley of Waverly trusted that God’s plan was perfect, even though she didn’t understand.

The family of Kristen and Nate Soley of Waverly includes Andrew, 13; Elizabeth “Libby,” 10; Mary-Francis, 2; Thomas, 6; William, 11; Patrick, 4; and Charlie, 8.

The family of Kristen and Nate Soley of Waverly includes Andrew, 13; Elizabeth “Libby,” 10; Mary-Francis, 2; Thomas, 6; William, 11; Patrick, 4; and Charlie, 8.

The journey began shortly after Christmas 2014, when Kristen noticed little red spots on her feet and shins, and swelling in her ankles.

She was also bruising more easily than normal.

“Yes, being a mother of seven, ages 13 on down, spotting them in gymnastics and engaging in a family wrestling match can provide its bumps and bruises, but I had no memory of so many bumps and bruises in the past,” she recalled.

Concerned, Kristen scheduled an appointment with her family practitioner at the end of January. The doctor concluded Kristen had Schamberg’s Disease, but asked for blood tests to be certain.

By the time Kristen got home from the lab, she had missed at least two calls from her doctor.

“When he did reach me, he spoke in a bit of a hurried manner, explaining that all of my blood cell counts were low – dangerously low,” Kristen said.

See the full story on page 6A of the Monday, Aug. 31 edition of Herald Journal. Click here to subscribe online or in print.