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SPONSORED POST – This morning, the full Winstock Country Music Festival 25th anniversary celebration lineup was unveiled and features a combination of tried-and-true favorites and some of today’s hottest stars.

Joining Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, and Brothers Osborne June 8-9 in Winsted will be Billy Currington, Luke Combs, Neal McCoy, Sawyer Brown, LANCO, Walker Hayes, Trick Pony, Jordan Davis, Jake McVey, Maiden Dixie, Mitch Gordon and the Unleaded Band, and Jake Nelson.

“We wanted this to be a special lineup that represents Winstock and how we’ve grown over the years,” said Winstock Country Music Festival Chairman Dave Danielson. “For our 25th anniversary, we really wanted to blend some of our favorites along with the top artists of today.

Neal McCoy holds the record for most Winstock performances with five (1998, 01, 05, 09, and 13), and Sawyer Brown has taken the Winstock stage four times (2000, 04, 08, 13).

“To have Neal and Sawyer Brown be part of our 25th anniversary lineup is very special to us,” Danielson said. “They have been with us since the early years, and they’re two acts our fans absolutely love.”

Pairing them with hot newcomers Luke Combs and LANCO, who recently had the number-one hit “Greatest Love Story,” is sure to make it a weekend that all will enjoy.

“We built our foundation as a band on ‘Greatest Love Story’ because we believed in the power of Country music storytelling,” said LANCO lead singer Brandon Lancaster. “To see how much it has resonated with so many people makes us feel a little less crazy for believing in it so much.”

Combs also has hit big with “When It Rains It Pours,” and “Hurricane,” and that’s just the start. The North Carolina native has been featured on many “artists to watch” lists and is currently headlining his own “Don’t Tempt Me With a Good Time” tour into the spring.

Also in 2018, Winstock goers will see a new flair for what has been coined the Emerging Artist Stage over the years. Moving forward, the name of Winstock’s second stage will be more expansive to allow not just newcomers to take the stage. This year, Trick Pony will entertain fans from the new West Stage, along with Walker Hayes, Jordan Davis, and Jake McVey.

To see the complete Winstock ’18 schedule, click HERE. To learn more about the Winstock ’18 artists, visit HERE.


Tickets and camping for Winstock Country Music Festival 2018 went on sale online Oct. 16, with VIP tickets and campgrounds A, B, C, and D having sold out at this year’s event for 2018.

General admission tickets to Winstock ’18 cost $115 before the early-bird deadline of March 15. Note the early-bird date is earlier this year than previous years. Reserved seats cost $185, and camping passes cost $125. All are available now at or by calling (320) 485-4287.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Santa visits New Germany

NEW GERMANY, MN – Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus had a great time in New Germany Dec. 1. Click here to see our photos:

Select photos will appear in the Friday, Dec. 8 edition of the Herald Journal.

PHOTO GALLERY: Winsted Winter Festival 2017

WINSTED, MN – Click here to see photos from the 2017 Winsted Winter Festival. 

Select photos will appear in the Friday, Dec. 8 edition of the Herald Journal.

Winsted’s truth-in-taxation hearing set for Tuesday, Dec. 5

WINSTED, MN – Winsted’s truth-in-taxation hearing for 2018 property taxes will take place during the regular Winsted City Council meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5 at Winsted City Hall.

Look for coverage of the meeting, and of the work session (which starts at 5 p.m. in the Lewis Room of city hall) in the Friday, Dec. 8 edition of the Herald Journal.

Winsted seeks nominations for service awards

WINSTED, MN – Nominations for Winsted’s Don C. Guggemos Community Service Award are due Monday, Dec. 11. The award was created to recognize residents and businesses in the City of Winsted who have demonstrated a commitment to civic participation and/or volunteer service.

Categories include: 18 and under, individual, and business/organization.

Forms are available at Winsted City Hall. Call (320) 485-2366 for more information.

Winsted lighting contest winners announced

WINSTED, MN – The Winsted Area Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners of the Winsted Winter Festival residential lighting contest, as follows:
• First place $100 – Brandon & Kim Kutz, 614 Hunter Circle
• Second place $75 – Anthony & Laura Laxen, 461 2nd St. N.
• Third place $50 – Brad & Leah Mallak, 616 Hunter Circle

Winsted Area Chamber of Commerce Jeff Campbell noted that the chamber appreciates everyone who decorates their homes for the holidays.

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