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Lester Prairie residents injured in 4th of July crash in Crow Wing County

Two residents of Lester Prairie were injured on Independence Day when their vehicle rear-ended another vehicle in Crow Wing County, according to the Minnesota State Patrol (MSP).

MSP said that around 1 p.m. Monday, a Jeep Cherokee driven by 37-year-old Jenny Efta of Lester Prairie rear-ended a pickup truck when that truck slowed for stopped traffic on westbound Highway 18 in Oak Lawn Township.

Efta and a passenger in her vehicle, 12-year-old Cayden Efta, also from Lester Prairie, both were taken to the Brainerd Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the pickup, a 53-year-old man from Mora, and a passenger, a 37-year-old woman also from Mora, were not injured.

The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Department assisted the State Patrol.

Wages subject of a special work session of Lester Prairie City Council


As the summer continues to move forward, the Lester Prairie City Council faces decisions on what pay scales it will offer employees moving forward, as well as where those employees will start on the new scale. At a special meeting in early June, members of the council, along with Tessa Melvin of David Drown & Associates, discussed options for potential new pay scales for several city employees.
A special workshop took place June 27, at which Mayor Chris Mike updated Council Members on the progress made in determining the new pay scales.

The Winsted Farmers Market is ‘ripe’ with excitement


In Winsted, the annual farmers market got started up this past week. It took place at Hainlin Park Wednesday, June 22. The market had been on Thursdays the year before. However, organizers moved the date back to the original Wednesday date to avoid conflicting with Howard Lakes Farmers Market, which takes place on Thursdays.
Organizers hope the date change will allow more growers and customers to participate in the market.
With the market starting again, organizers have already gained vendors and are hoping to get even more as the summer goes on. This year, the market has an assortment of items from vegetables, baked goods, canned goods, eggs, soaps, and even handcrafted items.

North Dakota native to replace Mix as HLWW High School Principal


Memories and family roots are among the things that brought North Dakota native Stephanie Kuehn to apply for the vacant principal position at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted (HLWW) High School. Kuehn spent childhood summers in the Winsted area with grandparents and on a family dairy farm.
Kuehn’s education-rich background, a strong passion for education, and serving students wowed school administration and are what made Kuehn the first choice of several applicants to fill the principal position, according to members of the school board.

New GM takes over at Munson Lakes Nutrition


Waverly native Brian Yager accepted the position of General Manager at Munson Lakes Nutrition (MLN) located in Howard Lake June 6. He has been with MLN for nine years in various management positions. Immediately before accepting the permanent general manager’s post, he served as Interim General Manager since last March.
As the GM, Yager will oversee all day-to-day operations of the business. Before his employment with MLN, he had a long history of executive-level work in the agricultural industry, including a Regional Client Service Manager position at Milliman Co-Op and an eight-year post as CEO and General Manager of Lake Regional Cooperative Oil Association.

Updated: Crash reported on Highway 7 and Dairy Avenue

Several motorists reported on social media a crash on Highway 7 at about 5:32 p.m. Thursday, June 30 and Dairy Avenue. They reported hat the highway was closed from both directions. We will update this when an official report has been posted by the Minnesota State Patrol (MSP).

Update from MSP:

A three vehicle crash east of Silver Lake shut down highway 7 for a time Thursday, June 30 in the afternoon.

According to MSP, the crash involved a 44-year-old woman from Excelsior, a 27-year-old man from Eagan, and an 18-year-old man from Corona, South Dakota, however, the Patrol has not released names or details on any injuries.

The crash happened on Highway 7 at Dairy Avenue just before 5 p.m.