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Rich Fitzgerald holds the Bible while his wife, Patty, takes her oath of office as a Winsted City Council member, read by Winsted Mayor Steve Stotko. See the full story in the Feb. 8 issue of Herald Journal.
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A group of women sewed dresses and pants for needy children in Africa. Pictured are: front – Tanya Minnick, Clara Leverich, Elsie Silseth, Shirley Minnick; back – Dorothy Klobe, Janelle Birkholz, Donna Machemehl, Lois Raduenz, Jane Holasek, Emma Becker, and Angela Leverich.
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Students at St. James Lutheran School in Howard Lake wore clothes representing Minnesota’s history or sports teams Feb. 1, in celebration of Minnesota Day during National Lutheran Schools Week.
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Keeping talent in town: Winsted looks at city administrator retention
WINSTED, MN – When Winsted searches for a city administrator – a task that has occurred four times in the past six years – the city looks for someone bright and eager, with progressive ideas to keep the community moving forward.

Smoke-free housing workshop in Howard Lake Feb. 17
HOWARD LAKE, MN –Years ago, before the health risks became evident, cigarette smoke often filled businesses, restaurants, and even schools.

LP moves toward job classification and compensation changes
LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – Lester Prairie City Council has been working with consultants over the past few months to review job classifications and compensation for city employees.

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Jeffery Bilger
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