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Single vehicle crash reported near ShadowBrooke Golf Course May 15

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – Lester Prairie and Winsted first responders were paged to the scene of a single-vehicle crash on Highway 7 near ShadowBrooke Golf Course shortly before 2 p.m. Saturday, May 15. McLeod County dispatch indicated unknown injuries.


McLeod County now offering QLess scheduling system

MCLEOD COUNTY – QLess, the virtual waiting line, is now available at the McLeod County Government Center!
“Join the Line,” or schedule an appointment from your computer, mobile device, tablet, or in person at the Government Center.QLess is a virtual check-in and appointment service which allows you to check-in and/or monitor current wait times for various services provided at the McLeod County Government Center.QLess can be utilized in two ways: For select services, you can either schedule an appointment in advance or you can join the line by checking in.

To schedule an appointment or to join the line, you may do either of these actions using your personal device, computer or a check-in station located at the McLeod County Government Center reception desk.

Estimated wait times and your place in the line can be observed on a monitor posted in the lobby of the
McLeod County Government Center or from your personal device. If you are using a mobile device, you may also receive text updates on your place in the queue or your upcoming appointment.
QLess is available to schedule appointments in advance for the following services: License Center, Assessor’s Office and Veteran Services. Joining the line is available for the following services, including: License Center, Assessor’s Office, Auditor-Treasurer’s Office, Recorder’s Office and Passports.
People may call 320-864-5551 for help or questions regarding QLess during regular business hours.
Regular business hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Reminder: real estate taxes due no later than Monday, May 17

MCLEOD COUNTY – McLeod County Auditor-Treasurer Connie Kurtzweg reminds taxpayers that the first half of property tax is due on or before Saturday, May 15, 2021.  With May 15 falling on a Saturday, tax payments will be accepted Monday, May 17, without penalty.

MDH releases report on 2020 suicide deaths in Minnesota

MINNESOTA – The Minnesota Department of Health has released its preliminary 2020 report on Minnesota suicide mortality. In 2020, 723 Minnesotans died by suicide – a decrease from a record-setting 830 suicides in 2019. For the last 20 years, suicides in Minnesota have increased steadily, and 2020 was the sixth consecutive year than Minnesota has seen more than 700 suicides.

To view the full report, click here:

Wright County slates hundreds of appointments for driver’s licence renewals

WRIGHT COUNTY – Hundreds of appointment spots for driver’s license renewals and REAL ID and enhanced licenses applications have opened at the Wright County License Center today, Friday, May 14. The appointments cover the period of May 24-June 4. Walk-ins are accepted, but those with an appointment are given priority when their appointment time arrives. All other License Center business (plates, tabs, title transfers, fish and game licenses, etc.) can be completed at the walk-up window on the south parking deck of the Wright County Government Center.

DNR addresses Winsted Lake carp winterkill, restocks lake

WINSTED – Dead carp have been washing up in a shallow area on Winsted Lake in McLeod County, according to DNR Hutchinson Area Fisheries Office supervisor Scott Mackenthun. Lowered dissolved oxygen levels over the winter claimed mostly common carp, but also northern pike, largemouth bass and walleye. DNR Fisheries crews sampled the lake, and found many of the surviving fish to be black crappies, mostly under five inches. DNR Fisheries have stocked 191,000 newly-hatched walleye fry and will conduct another lake survey in July.


This photo was taken earlier this spring by Dale Maus of Winsted.