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Winsted to present housing study results Tuesday, Aug. 4

WINSTED, MN – The results of a recent Winsted housing study will be presented at the Tuesday, Aug. 4 Winsted City Council work session, which starts at 5 p.m. in the Lewis Room of city hall.

The regular council meeting will follow, starting at 6 p.m. in the council chambers of city hall. Look for coverage of both meetings in the Monday, Aug. 10 edition of the Herald Journal. Click here to subscribe online or in print.

National Night Out events this week in HL, Winsted, NG, and Waverly

HOWARD LAKE, WINSTED, WAVERLY, NEW GERMANY, MN – Several local communities have planned events as part of National Night Out, Tuesday, Aug. 4.

According to, “National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. Together, we are making that happen.”

National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement, and provides an opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

On National Night Out, neighborhoods across the nation host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and other various community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel and exhibits.

Following is a summary of some local NNO events set for Tuesday, Aug. 4:

Howard Lake

There will be a big party at Memorial Park in Howard Lake from 6 to 8 p.m.

The theme is bike safety, and the event will include a bike rodeo.

There will be a free hot dog roast, as well as sno cones and popcorn provided by the Howard Lake Lions.

The Howard Lake Police Department and the Howard Lake Fire Department will have equipment on display for children to explore.

The event will also feature drawings for prizes provided by local businesses.

Also in Howard Lake there is a neighborhood party at 5361 Imhoff Ave., which is on the lake.

New Germany

New Germany will celebrate NNO from 6 to 8 p.m.

LifeLink helicopter is scheduled to make a landing, and there will be a visit from the Carver County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse.

There may be street walkers from the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, and there will be horse-drawn buggy rides.

The city will be providing popcorn and refreshments in front of city hall, where there will also be face painting.

Down South Bar & Grill, T-Road Tavern, and Heimey’s will also have food items available in front of their establishments.


The NNO event in Waverly is scheduled 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Waverly Village Hall.

There will be games for children organized by the Waverly Boosters, and face painting by Angie.

The Waverly Fire Department will be on hand with a fire truck on display, and the Wright County Sheriff’s Office will have a representative present.

Fat Matt’s will serve pizza, and The Waverly royalty will serve ice cream provided by Citizens Bank.

The Waverly Heart Healthy Communities Committee will be on hand to provide information about this new initiative.

Lester Prairie

Lester Prairie is not hosting a NNO event this year, but plans to do so again in 2016.


Mayer is not hosting a NNO event this year, but encourages residents to host their own neighborhood get-togethers.


Winsted does not have NNO events scheduled Aug. 4, but has its own Winsted Night Out event scheduled at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug 6 at Weinbeck Field.

Food and beverages will be provides, and prizes will be distributed.

Betty Crocker Helpers item of the week at Prairie Market


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Photos of the 2015 Wright County Fair in Howard Lake

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – Click here for pictures of the Wright County Fair:

More photos will be uploaded of events up until the end of the fair.

Littfins named Winsted Summer Festival grand marshals

WINSTED, MN – Although Jack and Petie Littfin have made countless contributions to Winsted through the years, the last thing they expected was a call from Winsted Summer Festival organizer Dale Maus telling them they’d been chosen as grand marshals.

“It was a shock,” Petie said. “We are very honored.”

The couple is looking forward to riding in the parade, which will start at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9.

Look for their story in the Monday, Aug. 3 edition of the Herald Journal. Click here to subscribe online or in print.

Jack and Petie Littfin

Jack and Petie Littfin

Who should pay for school supplies – HLWW district taxpayers or parents of students?

HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED, MN – “You know that I am opposed to fees of any kind, because I think it’s a horrible, hidden tax,” Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School Board Member Charles Bush said at the July 27 work session.

Bush was specifically referring to school supplies – things like backpacks, folders, and pencil boxes – which each student purchases before the start of the school year.

The lists vary per grade level.

High school students, for example, are asked to bring a USB drive, calculator with trigonometry functions, and gym clothes, among other items. Kindergarten through second-grade students each have a $20 fee, which the school uses to purchase many items in bulk.

At the end of the school year, students take their supplies home with them.

Bush stated that he believes it is the school’s obligation to supply everything the student needs, a stance other board members were concerned about.

“I get your compassion, but I don’t think it would have as much of an impact as you think,” Board Member Joanie Kocher told Bush. “I’ve never heard anybody else but you complain about supplies.”

Board Member Michelle Heuer said that for her kids, going to the store to purchase school supplies helped them get excited for school.

“It gives students a sense of personal contribution,” she said. “Those who can’t afford it, we find ways to make it happen.”

Superintendent Brad Sellner agreed, noting that buying the items gives students a sense of ownership, and it encourages them to take care of their supplies.

“If a student loses their pencils or breaks their crayons, what then? Should the school keep providing more?” Sellner asked.

Board Member Jesse Tintes said he agrees that students should supply their own personal items, but noted that some items on the list – such as Kleenex and napkins – are shared by the class.

“My kid might never use a Kleenex,” he said, and suggested that the school consider possibly purchasing these types of items.

Sellner said it would be difficult to make a change so close to the start of this school year. The board plans to revisit the topic before the start of the 2016-17 school year.

Find out what else the board talked about in the Monday, Aug. 3 edition of the Herald Journal. Click here to subscribe online or in print.