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PHOTO GALLERY: 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit visits Winsted

WINSTED, MN – Click here to see photos of the 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit’s arrival in Winsted Thursday.

More photos will be added to the gallery over the weekend:

Select photos will be printed in the Friday, Aug. 17 edition of the Herald Journal.

Semi/car collision crashes onto Shadowbrooke Golf Course


McLEOD COUNTY – A semi-truck and a passenger vehicle collided at the intersection of State Highway 7 and McLeod County Road 1/ Babcock Avenue at approximately 9:15 a.m. today.

The impact of the crash sent both vehicles onto the southeast corner of the Shadowbrooke Golf Course.

Street signs on the corner of the intersection were broken off and landed by the vehicles, and a nearby power pole was damaged.

The driver of the car – the lone occupant – was transported to an area hospital by Ridgeview Ambulance.

Lester Prairie Police and Fire Departments, Winsted Fire and Rescue, and the McLeod County Sheriff were among the departments responding to the scene.

Traffic was not stopped in any direction, however law enforcement was directing traffic through the area slowly.

More details regarding the accident will be published as they become available.  Watch for them here and in the Aug. 10 edition of Herald Journal.

Lester Prairie School Board to approve new principal

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – Lester Prairie School Board has scheduled a special meeting at 7 a.m. Friday, Aug. 10. Among the items on the agenda is approving Michael Lee as k-12 principal from 2018 to 2021.

Natural gas facilities to be relocated near Winsted airport

WINSTED, MN – One item on the agenda for the Tuesday, Aug. 7 Winsted City Council meeting is to authorize an agreement with Northern Natural Gas “for the relocation of natural gas facilities to accommodate improvements at the Winsted Municipal Airport for an estimated cost of $1,356,429.”

A grant application was previously submitted to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for this project.

The meeting will start at 6 p.m. in the council chambers at Winsted City Hall. A work session will take place prior, starting at 5 p.m. on the top floor of city hall.

Look for coverage of both meetings in the Friday, Aug. 10 edition of the Herald Journal.


HLWW to approve football co-op Monday, Aug. 6

HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED, MN – A special Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School Board meeting is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 6 to consider approving a football co-op.

The meeting will start at 8 p.m. in the high school media center.

Look for coverage in the Friday, Aug. 10 edition of the Herald Journal.

Free new publication connects senior citizens

WRIGHT, CARVER, McLEOD, MEEKER COUNTIES, MN – The first issue of “Senior Connections” was printed last week, featuring an assortment of stories about local people.

The publication is distributed free at newsstands and targeted locations in the west metro area, from Chaska to Kimball, Rockford to Hutchinson.

The full version is also online at The website includes an email sign-up, for those who would like to be notified when the next issue is available.

The paper will be published monthly through Herald Journal Publishing. Stories may occasionally appear in both the newspapers and “Senior Connections” when appropriate.

To submit an idea for “Senior Connections,” email

For information about advertising opportunities, call 320-485-2535.

Who’s in the first issue

A few people featured in the August “Senior Connections” include:

• Marnie Glessing of Howard Lake, who went from teaching elementary students in her career to coordinating activities for senior citizens in Dassel.

• Twins George and Genevieve “Jean” Schaust of Delano, who recall growing up in the 1930s.

• Donald Becker of Kimball, who has raised and trained hundreds of horses in his 91 years of life.

• Audrey Litzau of Lester Prairie, who has spent many years volunteering in her community.

• Cathy Stifter of Mayer, who recently retired after 50 years of being a local newspaper columnist.

• Chuck Thiel of Lester Prairie, who organizes group day tours to places like the Minnesota State Fair.

• Evelyn and Jim Fowler of Winsted, who will be leading a series of cooking classes starting Thursday, Aug. 9 for people age 55 and older.

• Dale Kovar of Mayer, who has taken up running in his 50s.