Archive for News

Waverly native wins $100,000

WAVERLY, MN – Waverly native Micheal Hoiland, who currently lives in Glencoe, won $100,000 playing Super Cash scratch game. He purchased a Super Cash ticket at Casey’s General Store, 300 Nelson Blvd. in Montrose. After he revealed a $100,000 prize, he said, “I didn’t know what to think!” Hoiland claimed the prize Feb. 5.

Micheal Hoiland

Micheal Hoiland

McLeod Co. attorney responds to deputy involved shooting

McLEOD COUNTY, MN – The McLeod County Sheriff’s Office released a letter from McLeod County Attorney Michael Junge today (Feb. 9) regarding the deputy-involved shooting that occurred in Hutchinson Nov. 1, 2015.

According to the letter, no charges will be filed against McLeod County Deputy Matthew Wyatt for the shooting of Ray Christensen. “Deputy Wyatt’s use of force was authorized by law,” the letter states, noting that Minnesota state statute allows for the use of deadly force to protect any person from apparent death or great bodily harm. The letter notes that an autopsy found methamphetamine, morphine, alprazolam, and citalopram in Christensen’s body.

To see the letter, click here:


HLWW to set school calendar for next two years

HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED, MN – Students and staff at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School District will soon be able to plan breaks and holidays for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school year.

Approval of these calendars is one item on the agenda for the Monday, Feb. 8 school board meeting, with starts at 6 p.m. in the high school media center.

A few other items include approval of additional custodial help, approval of an estimate for track resurfacing, and approving overnight student trips.

Look for coverage in the Monday, Feb.15 edition of the Herald Journal. Click here to subscribe online or in print.

Artist lineup for Winstock ’16 now complete

WINSTED, MN – This morning (Feb. 4) on K102, the announcement was made that seven more bands have been added to the schedule for the Winstock Country Music Festival June 10-11 in Winsted. With the announcement, the artist lineup for the 23rd annual festival is now complete.

Dylan Scott, Lindsay Ell, The Last Bandoleros, Maiden Dixie, Mitch Gordon and the Unleaded Band, Roadhouse 6, and 2 Mile Final will all appear at Winstock ’16, joining previously announced Brad Paisley, Lee Brice, Thomas Rhett, Big & Rich with Cowboy Troy, Tyler Farr, Parmalee, A Thousand Horses, and Clare Dunn.

“These new artists to the lineup are a good mix of tried-and-true local favorites and a couple of the hottest acts emerging from Nashville,” said Winstock Country Music Festival Committee Chairman Dave Danielson. “We’re also thrilled to bring the music of The Last Bandoleros to our fans – they’re in for a treat.”

Dylan Scott is an old soul with a young spirit, a dreamer who imagined himself following his father’s path to Nashville, a man’s man with a lifelong love for hunting and country music, and a heartthrob whose wide smile and deep-voiced Louisiana drawl have already turned many a woman’s head. Even in the tide of hopeful young singers rising daily in Music City, Dylan Scott stands out.

Starting on piano at six, guitar at eight, and singing in her church youth group at 10 (“the most forgiving audience ever”), 24-year-old Calgary native Lindsay Ell was discovered at age 13 by BTO and The Guess Who’s Randy Bachman (“American Woman,” “Takin’ Care Of Business”).

And then, there is The Last Bandoleros. Ever since the members of the San Antonio-forged, Tex-Mex/Pop-Rock outfit can remember, they’ve been surrounded by dynamic and diverse musical influences. The Last Bandoleros combine their unique cultural experiences with a rare musical camaraderie to deliver exuberance and joy both essential and contagious. And, in today’s fast-moving world of instantaneous information and converging influences, their original yet universal sound might just be best labeled “great music.”

Rounding out the Winstock ’16 lineup are local favorites Maiden Dixie, Mitch Gordon and the Unleaded Band, Roadhouse 6, and 2 Mile Final. For a complete schedule, click HERE.

Information on the Winstock Rumble on the Road dates, campsite decorating contest, and additional promotions will be coming in the near future.

For ticket and camping information, sponsor and promotion details, and everything Winstock,, sign up for the Winstock E-mail news, follow the festival on Twitter @WinstockMN, and like Winstock on Facebook. More information and tickets are also available by calling (320) 485-4287. The Winstock early-bird ticket deadline is Monday, April 15.



HLWW Schools closing early

HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED, MN – Howard-Lake-Waverly-Winsted Schools are closing early Tuesday, Feb. 2 due to snow in the forecast. High school and middle school will dismiss at 12:45 p.m. and elementary at 1p.m.

All evening activities and events are cancelled.

Lester Prairie Schools closing early Tuesday, Feb. 2


School Closing at 1:15 pm

Lester Prairie School will be closing at 1:15 pm today, Tuesday, Feb. 2, due to snow in the forecast.

Kindergarten registration is rescheduled to Thursday, February 4 at 4:30 p,m.

Kids Depot will be in session.

All after school activities are cancelled.