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Nov. 3 levy looming large for HLWW School Board


The Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted (HLWW) School Board welcomed a new member at its meeting Monday night.

Board Chair Michelle Heuer administered the oath of office to Kelsey Puncochar at the beginning of the meeting. Puncochar was selected by the board to fill the remainder of the term of Lacy Detlefsen, who moved out of the district.


HLWW School Board to meet for study session this evening

The Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted (HLWW) District School Board will meet this evening for a planned work session.

Agenda items include discussing the upcoming levy; hearing an update on county COVID-19 numbers; and discussing home school students.

The meeting will take place in the high school media center at 6 p.m.

Watch Friday’s edition of Herald Journal for a full report of the meeting.

Funeral notice: Gerald VanBenschoten, age 72, of Howard Lake

Gerald (Jerry) Theron VanBenschoten, age 72, of Howard Lake, passed away unexpectedly, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, at the Buffalo Hospital Emergency Room. A memorial service wil take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Waverly. Following the service, all are invited to a COVID-safe box lunch at the residance.

Howard Lake City Council hosts public hearing Tuesday

HOWARD LAKE – The Howard Lake City Council has scheduled a public hearing Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 6 p.m. at city hall.  The public hearing is for residents to learn about the potential issuance of Senior Housing Revenue Notes.

Following the public hearing, the council will consider a resolution approving the issuance and sale of a
senior housing and healthcare revenue note for the Annandale Care Center project.  The council will also
consider a resolution approving special assessments for Terning Trails, Plat 4.



Traffic stopped in both directions in Hwy 7 crash Friday

McLEOD COUNTY – A collision at the intersection of Hwy. 7 and McLeod County Road 1 between Winsted and Lester Prairie took, place at approximately 2 p.m. Sept. 25.

A 2019 Subaru Outback, driven by Barbar Kaeter, 67, of Omaha, NE was northbound on Babcock Ave. A 2004 Honda Pilot, driven by Curtis Paul Windmuller, 66, of Chanhassen was eastbound on Hwy 7. The vehicles collided at the intersection.

Airbags deployed in both vehicles.  The McLeod County Sheriff’s Office, Lester Prairie Police and Fire Departments, and Ridgeview Ambulance responded to the scene.  Windmuller was not injured; Kaeter was transported to the Waconia hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  Alcohol was not a factor in the crash.  Both drivers were wearing seatbelts.

Law enforcement directed traffic around the accident scene. MnDot is in the initial planning phases of constructing a roundabout at the intersection, due to the number of crashes that happen there.  Over a five year period, between 2013 and 2017, there were 18 crashes at the intersection. 


Photo by Andrew Meuleners

Wright County update to 5-year highway construction plan

Wright County Cities & Townships
Virgil Hawkins, P.E.
Wright County Highway Engineer
September 9,2020
Five-Year Highway Construction Plan Update (2021-2025)
Wright County updates its Five-Year Plan periodically, and we welcome your input and feedback as part of that process.
The update involves adding new years to the end of the previous five-year program and updating/revising the other years within the program to reflect changes in priorities, funding, etc. The current Five-Year Plan is for the years 2019-2023 and the new updated Five-Year Plan will be for the years 2021-2025.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a public meeting will not be held for the Five-Year Construction Plan update.
We value your input and invite you to review the DRAFT Five-Year Plan and Map and provide your feedback and comments.
You can view the DRAFT Five-Year Plan and Map on the County’s website at the following address:
The website above will be active for comments through Tuesday, October 6th, 2020.
Please let us know if you have any questions and we look forward to getting your feedback on the DRAFT Five-Year Plan.
Virgil G. Hawkins, P.E.
County Highway Engineer
Published in the Herald Journal, Sept. 18, 2020.