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Former publisher Floyd Sneer passes away
Jan. 31, 2020

WINSTED, MN – Former local newspaper publisher Floyd Sneer, 91, passed away Nov. 2, in Hueytown, AL.

His ashes will be brought to Winsted for burial later this year.

Floyd and his wife, JoAnn, published the Winsted Journal from 1961 to 1986.

The Journal was known for becoming the first newspaper in McLeod County switching to the offset printing method in 1963.

They later began the Lester Prairie Journal in 1980 as a new publication, and purchased the Howard Lake Herald in 1983. Those newspapers were the predecessors of what is now the Herald Journal.

Floyd was very active in the Winsted community, both during his working years and after retiring, before moving to Alabama to live near his daughter Brenda.

Among his activities were several years on the Winsted City Council and Winsted School Board, plus serving as mayor of Winsted from 1981-85 and 1999-2001.

He also was active on the Winsted Civic and Commerce Association, Pioneerland Library Board, Ridgeview College Curriculum Board, St. Mary’s Nursing Home Board, Southwest Minnesota Economic Development Board, McLeod County HRA Board, and St. John’s Lutheran Church of Howard Lake.

If there was a community activity or promotion going on during his newspaper tenure, Floyd was probably involved in it. For example, he was one of the original “Bratbusters,” an annual event in Winsted that still continues.

His full obituary is on an inside page.

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