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Reception to be held for retired Fire Chief

WINSTED, MN – Following the Winsted City Council meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 2, there will be a reception for retired Fire Chief Chad Engel from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

This event, which will take place in the Vollmer Room at city hall,  is open to the public and all are invited to attend.

Engel is to be acknowledged for the years he spent as a volunteer firefighter during the meeting, which begins at 6 p.m.

Truck strikes bridge in Howard Lake

HOWARD LAKE, MN – Another truck struck the bridge in Howard Lake Thursday (July 28) afternoon.20160728_134141

Safety first, then Pokémon

McLEOD, WRIGHT, CARVER COUNTIES, MN – Nintendo’s Pokémon Go dropped in the App Store Wednesday, July 6. Immediately, it picked up popularity around the country – including local communities.

This game makes players physically move around in order to capture animated creatures in “Pokéballs.”

“It’s a lot of fun, and I’ve gone outside a lot more,” said Donavon Decker of Howard Lake. “It’s also a way to meet new people.”

Some may believe this game to be a great motivator for people to get exercise, but others have seen some safety issues arise when players become unaware of their surroundings.

The Winsted Police Department, for example, has recently observed several people playing Pokémon Go and nearly walking into traffic, and trespassing on private property.

“The police department would like to remind people who are playing these games that they cannot go onto private property without permission, and if they do so, they may be charged with a crime,” Police Chief Justin Heldt noted. “Please pay attention while walking up to – and across – roadways, to avoid being struck by a vehicle.”

Look for the full story on page 11A of the July 25 edition of the Herald Journal. Click here to subscribe online or in print.

Donavon Decker and Dylan Borrell  were spotted playing Pokémon Go in Howard Lake a week after the game was released. They said they are careful to stay safe while playing, always using sidewalks and staying on public property.

Donavon Decker and Dylan Borrell were spotted playing Pokémon Go in Howard Lake a week after the game was released. They said they are careful to stay safe while playing, always using sidewalks and staying on public property.

VIDEO: Zip line tour!

HENDERSON, MN – Have you tried zip lining? Kerfoot Canopy Tour in Henderson, MN is a neat place to go.

I (Starrla Cray) went yesterday with my husband and sister, and it was the best day ever. Make sure your sound is up when you watch the video – My sister is a little bit scared at the beginning, and it’s pretty funny!

Look for a feature story about our experience in the “Fall Destinations” section of the Monday, Aug. 29 edition of Herald Journal.


History of fire department presented in Winsted

WINSTED, MN – One of Winsted Fire Chief Brian Langenfeld’s first duties after recently taking on his new position was to prepare a presentation on the history of the department.
Langenfeld, along with Mike Laxen, the senior current member of the department with 35 years of service, and his father, Vince Laxen, who retired from the department with 21 years of service, presented facts and anecdotes about the history of the department and how things have changed over the years.
The program July 24 was sponsored by the McLeod County Historical Society (MCHS) as part of its 2016 theme, which will explore the history of firefighting in the county. See more in the Aug. 1 issue of Herald Journal. Click here to subscribe online or in print.



Winsted’s Kassandra Scherping named a 2017 Aquatennial princess

WINSTED, MN – Kassandra Scherping of Winsted was crowned as one of the 2017 Aquatennial princesses July 23.

The Aquatennial Ambassadors represent the Aquatennial festival and Minneapolis throughout North America.  The AAO Ambassadors consist of the Queen of the Lakes, Commodore, two Aquatennial Princesses an two Captains.winsted

The Aquatennial Crew completes approximately 300 appearances annually at local and international festivals and other community events. At the end of their year of service as an Aquatennial Ambassador, the Queen of the Lakes and Princesses each receive educational scholarships provided by the AAO.

Kassandra attends North Dakota State University where she studies Human Development and Family Science with Elementary Education and a Special Education Endorsement. Upon graduation, she hopes to work as a special education teacher. In high school, Kassandra was the recipient of the AAA award for her achievements in athletics, arts, and academics. Kassandra enjoys photography, singing, and dancing.