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LP council to host public hearing regarding infrastructure project

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – Lester Prairie City Council, during its Monday, Aug. 12 meeting, will host a public hearing regarding the city’s proposed 2020 improvement project. The hearing will begin at 7 p.m.

Other items on the agenda include discussion of storm sewer ponds, a trail agreement, a redevelopment grant application, trail funding, the city compost site, and the city’s preliminary 2020 budget. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at city hall.

Lester Prairie back to school open house will be Wednesday, Aug. 28

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – The Lester Prairie school tab that was published last week included conflicting information regarding the date of the school’s back to school open house. The open house will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28.

Highway 20 is open from Winsted to Hwy. 33

McLEOD, CARVER COUNTIES, MN – Highway 20, from Winsted in McLeod County to Highway 33 in Carver County, which had been closed for a culvert replacement project, re-opened Friday, July 26, according to a release from Carver County. The east side of the project, from Highway 33 to Highway 25 near Watertown, will open in a few weeks. Until then, motorists are advised to follow the signed detour routes.

Weekend closure of eastbound Hwy. 212 August 2-5

CARVER COUNTY, MN – Starting this week, crews will begin construction on Hwy. 212 near Cologne in Dahlgren Township and will close eastbound Hwy. 212 from Cologne to Chaska to build two reduced conflict intersections, according to a release from the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, eastbound Hwy. 212 will close between Hwy. 284 in Cologne and Hwy. 41 in Chaska through 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 5. Motorists should follow the signed detour on eastbound Hwy. 212 to Hwy. 284 to Hwy. 5 to Hwy. 41 and Hwy. 212.

Motorists should plan ahead and provide additional time to reach their destinations.

What to expect next

While crews build the two new intersections in Cologne at Co. Rd. 41 and Co. Rd. 36 from August to November, motorists can anticipate lane closures.

More about this project

Reduced Conflict Intersections are intersections that decrease fatalities and injuries caused by broadside crashes on four-lane divided highways. Studies show a 70 percent reduction in fatalities and a 42 percent reduction in injury crashes where RCIs are used.

For more details, visit the Hwy 212 in Cologne project website at:

Saints Field to help host 2019 MBA baseball state tournament; volunteers needed

DASSEL – Saints Field will help play host to the 2019 MBA (Minnesota Baseball Association) Class B and C State Tournament, along with primary hosts Delano and Maple Lake.

A total of 16 Class B and 48 Class C teams will be vying for the title of State Champion over ten days during three weekends starting on Friday, August 16th. After almost 70 games, the tourney culminates with championship games on Labor Day.

Dassel is scheduled to host 13 games for the Class B and C tournaments.

Delano and Maple Lake last hosted in 2013, while Dassel was the primary host in 2017.

The Saints are looking for volunteers for the 13 games that will be held at the park.

There are a number of different jobs available, including gate workers, parking apparel sales, concessions, and team hosts.

Please visit to volunteer.

Ide Grain Farms named 2019 McLeod County Farm Family of the Year

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – Ide Grain Farms is the 2019 McLeod County Farm Family of the year.
According to a release from University of Minnesota Extension, this farm has been running since 1969 when Larry and Bertha started with 80 acres, a cow-calf and sow feeder pig operation. In 1993 their son Nate joined the business and the animals were sold. Now, the farm consists of 2,000 acres with the family working together with Nate and his sons. Look for more in a future issue of Herald Journal.