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Two vehicle collision near Hutchinson yesterday resulted in two injured and one fatality

McLEOD COUNTY – On Tuesday Dec. 4 at 1:07 p.m., the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office responded to a two- vehicle fatal accident in the area of Jefferson Rd S and Airport Rd, west of Hutchinson.

Also responding were Hutchinson Fire, Allina Ambulance, Minnesota State Patrol, and McLeod County Highway Dept.

Vehicle #1 was a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, owned and driven by Rodney Manderscheid, age 52, of Hutchinson. The driver of Vehicle #1 was wearing his seatbelt, and was transported to the Hutchinson Hospital.

Vehicle #2 was a 1999 Volkswagon Jetta, owned and driven by Isaak Erickson, age 21, of Hutchinson. The driver of vehicle #2 was not wearing his seatbelt, and was pronounced dead at the scene. The passenger of Vehicle #2, Alexander Schmidt, age 22, of Hutchinson, was wearing his seatbelt. He was transported to the Hutchinson Hospital for serious injuries, and later airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center.

This case remains under investigation, accoriding to the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office.

Winsted Medallion found Wednesday afternoon


WINSTED – Lisa Veaderko stopped at the Herald Journal office this afternoon to show off the Winsted Medallion she found around 2 p.m.  Veaderko lives in Cokato, and works at Littfin in Winsted.  She’s got some experience in the medallion-finding area – she found the Winsted Medallion last year, too!

Veaderko said following the trail of today’s clue was a little scary, since she discovered the Winsted Medallion on a fence near the police station and Winsted City Hall, and she wasn’t sure she could legally be there.  But, she bravely took a quick glance at the fence, and spotted the coveted circle.

Veaderko has won $100 in Winsted Chamber of Commerce Bucks for her big find.  Congratulations, Lisa!

(Medallion hunters best be on their toes next year, so Veaderko doesn’t score a hat-trick!)

Lester Prairie Lions welcome Santa, a cuddly lion, and lots of little ones Dec. 2

PHOTO GALLERY – Lester Prairie City Hall was the site of much excitement on Sunday, as children were delighted to see Santa and a big lion while they attended a breakfast there.  Lester Prairie Lions club members served pancakes, eggs, sausage, toast, juice and coffee.  (All proceeds from the breakfast support local Lions’ projects.)

Check out the fun here:

Santa and Mrs Claus spotted at HL Lions Club Dec. 2

HOWARD LAKE – Little ones got a big surprise when they stopped at the annual Howard Lake Lions pancake breakfast Dec. 2. Santa and Mrs. Claus were upstairs waiting to greet everyone, and listen to Christmas wishes.  (All proceeds from the freewill donation breakfast, which featured pancakes, french toast, sausage, eggs, biscuits, gravy, desserts, coffee and juice, were designated for the Silent Santa program.)

Check out pictures of the famous duo and area visitors in our photo gallery, located here:

CLUE #3: Winsted Winter Festival medallion hunt

WINSTED, MN — Wednesday’s Winsted Winter Festival medallion hunt clue is:

“Some say defense wins the game- some say offense.

To tell you the truth, I’m on the fence”

CLUE #2: Winsted Winter Festival medallion hunt

WINSTED, MN — Tuesday’s Medallion Hunt Clue:

“Having fun on your hunt?
Well, you should!
Today’s clue may help –
I am attached to wood”