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May 20, 1944, Private First Class Harlan Melinsky disappeared while on duty in Italy and was never seen again. The government eventually assigned him the death date of May 21, 1945, for insurance purposes. Melinsky was born in Howard Lake, and his relatives who live in the area recently installed this new bronze headstone in the Howard Lake Village Cemetery to honor his memory.
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Third-graders Kaden Otto and Trent Otto display the projects they created during a special art event at Lester Prairie School hosted by Prairie Arts Council. See more in the May 30 issue.
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The Winsted Area Chamber of Commerce conducted its May 19 meeting at the Winsted Arts Council building downtown.
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Howard Lake soldier who disappeared in WWII
HOWARD LAKE, MN – When he was only 23 years old, after only 11 months overseas, Private First Class Harlan W. Melinsky disappeared in WWII and what happened to him is still a mystery.

Artistic summer on the way in Winsted
WINSTED, MN – Brazilian street drumming, stilt-walking, a social painting class, and an outdoor orchestra concert are just a few of the cultural experiences taking place in Winsted over the next few months.

Lester Prairie students enjoy creative art event
LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – The Prairie Arts Council of Lester Prairie hosted an art event for elementary and middle school students at Lester Prairie School for six days in March.

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