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Tanya Olson, center, caught the first fish at the Howard Lake Fishing Derby Feb. 9, and won second place with her northern.
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Andrea Carlson presented information about changes to this year's Prairie Days celebration during the Feb. 12 Lester Prairie City Council meeting. The event will move to Saturday, June 22 this year, instead of July.
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Learning to rollerskate: Jack Otto, Samantha Bender, Lily Mielke, Amelia Johnson, Alexis Lipke, and Jakayla Purdimon, second-graders in Jodi Sanken's clas at Winsted Elementary School.
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LP council hears plans for Prairie Days changes
LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – Speaking for the Prairie Days committee, Lester Prairie resident Andrea Carlson presented a tentative agenda for the 2019 festival. The date chosen is Saturday, June 22, followed by church in the park Sunday, June 23.

Not too cold for ice fishing contest
HOWARD LAKE, MN – Howard Lake residents and visitors from the surrounding area showed their Minnesotan mettle and braved subzero temperatures to attend the 73rd annual Howard Lake Sportsmen’s Club Ice Fishing Derby Feb. 9. From 1 to 3 p.m., participants entered the ice fishing contest in hopes of winning some cash prizes for largest northern, bass, sunfish, walleye, and crappies.

Keaveny Drug to have location in Cokato as well as Winsted
WINSTED, MN – When Shopko announced it would be closing many of its stores and auctioning off its pharmacy operation in January, some Cokato residents were left wondering where they would get their prescriptions filled. They got their answer from a familiar name. Kelly and Deb Keaveny, owners of Keaveny Drug, have announced they will be re-opening their Cokato location Monday, Feb. 18.

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