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Plea deal reached in Rossing case

WRIGHT, McLEOD COUNTIES, MN – Robert Nuttall, 29, of Hutchinson, pleaded guilty Friday to charges of second-degree unintentional murder in the disappearance of Christopher Rossing of Annandale  Aug. 23, 2014.

Rossing was last seen at Troubles Bar in Howard Lake.

According to prosecutors, Rossing and Nuttall got into a fight outside the bar. Nuttall allegedly killed Rossing and disposed of his body, FOX 9 reported.

Nuttall had originally been charged with kidnapping. A grand jury later indicted him on first-degree murder charges.

Under the plea deal, Nuttall Admitted to the assault that caused Rossing’s death, and to concealing his body from Aug. 23 to Sept. 10. He did not admit to burning the body, and didn’t reveal when Rossing died – only that his death was the result of an assault after they left Troubles Bar in Howard Lake.

Nuttall also pleaded guilty to second-degree assault stemming from an unrelated incident in 2013.

According to Wright County Attorney Tom Kelly, Nuttall will serve 22 years in prison total, FOX 9 reported.

Nuttall’s sentencing is set for Oct. 30 at 9 a.m.

Nuttall’s girlfriend, Gwen Butcher, was with him the night Rossing disappeared. She has been charged with aiding and abetting, as well as second-degree murder. Her trial is scheduled to begin in January.

Brad Paisley to headline Winstock 2016

medium_rectangle_FINALSPONSORED POST. Brad Paisley will make his Winstock debut in 2016 Winstock Country Music Festival organizers have announced. Paisley will take the stage Saturday of Winstock weekend with Lee Brice on stage Friday.
Along with the lineup announcement, comes more camping opportunities. New campgrounds F/G will be added on land west of Cable Ave., across from existing Campground C. More information on performers and camping is available at

Hutchinson Health helps protect against the flu

SPONSORED POST – Seventy-nine percent of Hutchinson Health’s employees received the flu vaccine in the 2014-15 season, helping to protect patient safety.

For this effort, Hutchinson Health recently received white ribbon status from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) as part of the FluSafe program.

Participating in this program represents the high level of commitment at Hutchinson Health. Getting vaccinated is the first step in protecting against getting the flu.

According to the MDH, unvaccinated health care workers pose a greater risk of passing highly contagious influenza to vulnerable patients, without even knowing it. The FluSafe program aims to get all health care personnel, except those with medical exemptions, at hospitals and nursing homes in Minnesota vaccinated against influenza each season.

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It’s Fire Prevention Week – Look for photos in Monday’s paper

McLEOD, WRIGHT COUNTIES, MN – If your home started on fire tonight, would you and your family have enough warning to get out safely?

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) urges homeowners to install a smoke alarm in every bedroom, and on every level of the house, including the basement.

Look for more photos from local fire prevention efforts in the Monday, Oct. 12 edition of the Herald Journal. Click here to subscribe online or in print.

Winsted firefighter Rose Heimerl shows Winsted Elementary preschool students how heavy the jackets are that firefighters wear.

Winsted firefighter Rose Heimerl shows Winsted Elementary preschool students how heavy the jackets are that firefighters wear.

Excursion train to pass through Howard Lake Oct. 11

HOWARD LAKE, MN – Passengers of a fall color train ride from  Minneapolis to Willmar will travel through Howard Lake Sunday, Oct. 11.

A passenger train will make its way through Howard Lake Sunday, Oct. 11 on its way to Willmar.

A passenger train will make its way through Howard Lake Sunday, Oct. 11 on its way to Willmar.

The 186-mile round trip excursion is being organized by the “Friends of the 261” in cooperation with Amtrak and BNSF Railway.

The fully restored Milwaukee Road 261, which was built at the height of World War II, is the centerpiece of Friends of the 261. The group is formally incorporated as Railroading Heritage of Midwest America, and its mission is to promote public understanding of the history of railroading in the Midwest.

This weekend’s fall color train ride has coach, first class, and premium class seats available at different price ranges. The first 250-mile round trip excursion is Saturday, Oct. 10, and goes from Minneapolis to Boylson, just south of Superior, WI, and back.

The Sunday, Oct. 11 excursion will travel over the former Great Northern Railway main line.

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Tintes leaves HLWW Board

HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED, MN – After almost 18 years in the community, and seven years of service on the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School Board, Jesse Tintes announced at the Sept. 28 work session that he has accepted a new job in the Alexandria area with his current company.

Because he will no longer reside in the school district, Tintes is not eligible to continue as a school board member. He noted that his son will finish the rest of his senior year at HLWW, and that he couldn’t ask for a better school district.

Jesse Tintes

Jesse Tintes