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2023 Land Castle Summer Extravaganza sees its best year so far

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The 2023 Land Castle Summer Extravaganza occurred outside of Winsted on the Winstock fairgrounds Sept. 15 and Sept. 16, and event founder Brandon Gatz said it was the biggest one yet.
The event allows people to camp in and show off their ice fishing houses, or wheelhouses, during the summertime when it is still warm.

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Howard Lake City Council approves levy increase

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The Howard Lake City Council met for its regular monthly business meeting Monday night. Nate Walbruch, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted (HLWW)  School District’s superintendent, and school board members Katie Koch and Kelsey Puncochar presented information on the upcoming operating referendum.

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Lester Prairie School Board reviews student MCA scores

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The Lester Prairie School Board heard from teachers Julie Malady and Amy Smith regarding the district’s 2023 Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) score data at its meeting Monday.
The Lester Prairie educators used a presentation to show the board the areas in which students at the school meet standards on the statewide exam and which areas they need to improve.

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Aldean, Swindell to headline Winstock’s 30th anniversary festival

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It was announced recently that three-time ACM Entertainer of the Year Jason  Aldean and first-time Winstock artist Cole Swindell will headline the 30th anniversary  Winstock Country Music Festival, set for Friday and Saturday, June 14 and 15, 2024, at the festival  grounds in Winsted. Best-available tickets and camping are on sale now.

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Fire erupts at Steeple View Farm in Franklin Township

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, MN - In the early hours of Sept 15, a fire broke out at Steeple View Farm and Equestrian Center located at 9685 County Rd. 13 SW in Franklin Township, Wright County. The fire was reported at approximately 2 a.m., primarily affecting the farm’s arena area.

Deputies from Wright County responded to the incident and found the arena area of the farm engulfed in flames. They assisted farm employees in removing horses from the barn before it became fully involved in the fire. One employee sustained injuries and was transported to the hospital for treatment; these injuries are reported as non-life-threatening. There are currently no reported injuries or deaths among the horses at the facility.

The Delano Fire Department was called to the scene and received assistance from neighboring fire departments, including the Watertown Fire Department, to combat the fire. The Minnesota State Fire Marshal’s office has been called to investigate the cause of the fire.

As the investigation proceeds, further details may emerge regarding the incident.

Lester Prairie City Council votes to tentatively raise tax levy by 2.33%

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Lester Prairie property owners will be able to enjoy one of the lowest annual increases in their tax levy since 2015.
The City Council voted Tuesday on a proposal to set the levy at $1,200,794 in 2024, which would be 2.33% higher than this year’s levy.

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