UPDATED – HOWARD LAKE – Jami Berg was an eyewitness on the scene of a truck fire at Munson Lakes Nutrition Monday night, and captured the image above. “I happened to notice it because the smoke was coming across Highway 12 and we thought it was fog at first, which seemed odd,” Berg said. Berg said his father, Joey, placed the call to 911, and the Howard Lake Fire Department was on-scene within three to four minutes.
Brian J. Yager, a Safety Compliance/Credit Manager for Munson Lakes Nutrition said Wednesday afternoon that the cause of the fire remains a mystery.
Yager confirmed the Munson Lake Nutrition-owned vehicle involved was a delivery van/truck used for the transportation of bagged animal food. Yager also indicated the vehicle was nearly a total loss, but said the lift gate might be salvageable. No one was injured during the incident, and Yager confirmed there was no further property damage.
Both Yager and Munson Lakes Nutrition General Manager John Zander expressed “high regard” for the fast action of the Howard Lake Fire Department.
See the Friday, Sept. 21 edition of Herald Journal for additional information.
SILVER LAKE, MN – Todd Brown, 52, of Washington, formerly of Glencoe, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, July 28, 2018. There will be a celebration of Todd’s life Saturday, Sept. 29 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the county park at Swan Lake, in Silver Lake.
LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – Lester Prairie City Council, following a performance evaluation of Community Development Coordinator Adam Birkholz during a closed session, re-opened the meeting to the public and voted to re-classify the community development coordinator position to a city administrator position. The city will work with a consultant to develop a job description and wage scale for the city administrator position.
Read more in the Friday, Sept. 14 issue of Herald Journal.
LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – The City of Lester Prairie hired Angel Achen to fill its vacant assistant city clerk position July 23. She resigned Aug. 23. During Tuesday’s city council meeting, the council approved the hiring of Justine Damlow, one of the other two finalists from the recent search, to fill the position at a wage of $16.43 per hour. She will be eligible for a pay increase in six months.
For more from Tuesday’s council meeting, see the Sept. 14 issue of Herald Journal.
WAVERLY, MN – This year, the Minnesota Department of Education recognized 526 public schools across the state as top performers in multiple areas of progress in school performance, according to a release from the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School District.
The recognition is a key part of the state’s new North Star accountability system that aims to create more equitable and well-rounded learning opportunities for all students across the state. Using data from the five key indicators that make up North Star:
• Academic Achievement Technical Specifications
• Progress Toward English Language Proficiency Technical Specifications
• Academic Progress Technical Specifications
• Graduation Rates Technical Specifications
• Consistent Attendance Technical Specifications
The state is better able to identify and learn from schools that consistently perform at high levels across multiple domains.
Humphrey Elementary in the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School District, ISD #2687, is proud to have made this list of schools for its progress in mathematics. Humphrey Elementary students progressed at a rate that ranks them in the top 5 percent of progress made by students across the state.
“HLWW Public Schools is very proud of the work our staff does, pleased with the efforts of our students, and appreciative of the support from our parents and communities,” the release stated.