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Photo Gallery: Halloween bash in Winsted

WINSTED, MN – Halloween is almost here! Click the link to see photos from the Oct. 18 WHAT UP Halloween Bash:

(Photos submitted by Winsted Holding Activities That Unite People (WHAT UP) committee member Jeff Campbell.)

HL City Council will consider approval of city administrator contract

HOWARD LAKE, MN – Howard Lake City Council will consider approval of a contract for its city administrator position, which has been offered to Interim City Administrator Jennifer Nash, at its meeting Tuesday, Oct. 21.

Other items the council will discuss include:

  • a resolution regarding the municipal liquor store on-sale operations;
  • a resolution regarding refinancing its bonds; and
  • rescheduling the November council meeting.

For an update after the meeting, check back with HJ Blogs.


Lighting contest for Winsted businesses; sign up before Nov. 21

WINSTED, MN – The Winsted Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a lighting contest for Winsted businesses. The best exterior decorating will win a free chamber membership for 2015. To participate, e-mail before Friday, Nov. 21. Judging will be Wednesday, Dec. 3 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Better Business Bureau offers tips for buying or renting Halloween costumes

BURNSVILLE, MN – If you’re looking to buy or rent a fun or frightful Halloween costume this season, you’re not alone. The National Retail Federation expects a record number of consumers will buy costumes this year, spending roughly $7.4 billion on candy, pumpkins, decorations and costumes. It’s a holiday many love, and retailers respond to that with specialty “boo”-tiques which set up shop in October and are gone by the time the calendar flips over into November. When shopping for a costume this year, Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) advises that you read the fine print to ensure your night is a treat.

“Halloween offers something for almost everyone, even if you just like candy,” said Dana Badgerow, president and CEO of BBB of Minnesota and North Dakota. “But for those buying or renting costumes, it’s important to be clear on all of the terms and conditions.”

Here are some BBB tips to make sure you won’t be haunted by impulse purchases this Halloween:

Look for a brick and mortar store. Though not extremely commonplace, some costume shops are open year-round. For more elaborate costumes or simply for peace of mind, you may want to consider transacting with a shop that has a permanent address. Even so, you’ll still want to be clear on their rental and return policies.

Do your research. Many seasonal stores are run by reputable retailers who take advantage of short-term leases on vacant space to set up temporary stores. However, other shops may be “here today and gone tomorrow.” While it’s always a good idea to research BBB Business Reviews at, it may also beneficial to read customer reviews to learn more about costume stores in your area.

Read the fine print. Even seasonal stores have the same responsibilities as a year-round operation. Make sure to note the store’s refund and return policies; familiarize yourself with all of the terms and conditions – they have to be made available. Keep in mind that some stores may not accept returns on Halloween costumes you’ve purchased.

Know what to expect before renting a costume. Many rental costumes tend to be sturdier than the average Halloween costume, but make sure you understand your responsibilities. What happens, for example, if the costume rips, or you get a stain on it or lose it altogether? Do you have to pay a penalty in addition to the price of the costume? Be sure everything is spelled out clearly in the rental agreement.

If you’re renting, return your costume on time. Most stores rent costumes on a daily/nightly basis, meaning you pick up your costume the day of your event and return it the following day. Failure to do so may mean you’ll be charged with additional fees.

When purchasing costumes online, do it securely. Check a site’s security settings. If the site is secure, its URL (web address) should start with “https.” You also may see a small picture of a closed lock in the lower right corner of the screen.

New Germany City Council to consider approval of updated contract with Broadband

NEW GERMANY, MN – New Germany City Council will consider approval of an updated contract with Broadband Corporation of Victoria during its Tuesday, Oct. 21 meeting.

Other items on the agenda include final approval of the city’s infrastructure improvement project, and an employment review for the city clerk.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at city hall.

Wright County Board to designate committee for public works building project

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – Wright County Board will consider designating an owners committee for the public works facility project during its Tuesday, Oct. 21 meeting.

Other items on the agenda include authorizing signatures on an easement agreement, approval of out-of-state travel for a planning and zoning conference, and a resolution of support for a federal economic development district.

The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at the Wright County Government Center in Buffalo.