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The Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity girls basketball team has been named grand marshals for this year's Prairie Days festival and will ride in the parade Saturday, July 9. Also that weekend are Waverly Daze and Mayer's Rising Community Festival; see details and event schedules for all the festivals in today's Herald Journal.
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After one year and eight months as associate pastor at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted, Fr. Cornelius Ezeiloaku has received a new call to serve as parochial vicar in the Holy Cross Area Faith Community for Lafayette, New Ulm, and Searles.
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Maureen Ogle won the Waverly Daze 2015 Commodore Award, and is pictured with her niece Shelby Ogle, who was a 2014-2015 Waverly ambassador.
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John Zander named parade grand marshal
HOWARD LAKE, MN – Munson Lakes Nutrition General Manager, John Zander was chosen as grand marshal for the Good Neighbor Days Parade, which took place June 26.

LP/HT girls basketball team named Prairie Days grand marshals
LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – “When we started the season, I told the girls that we were preparing for the last game,” said Mike Lee, head coach for the Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity varsity girls basketball team. “And they bought into it.”

New homeowners aim to keep ‘Weinbeck spirit’ alive
WINSTED, MN – Nestled in the middle of a block on Main Avenue in Winsted stands a large white house with green shutters and a flag waving from the lawn – the Weinbeck family home, built in 1861.

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