Huskies get No. 3 seed


The Jackson County Central baseball team is seeded No. 3 in the south half of the Section 3AA bracket. The Huskies will open against No. 6 St. James in the first round, which is single elimination. That game takes place Saturday at 1 p.m. in  Fairmont. The winner advances to the double-elimination portion of the tournament against either No. 2 […]

Countywide salutes set

Local residents will gather in cemeteries, churches, community centers and veterans halls across the county Monday to honor America’s fallen soldiers. The public is invited to attend any and all of the programs, services and commemorations. Lakefield Lakefield’s service will begin at the cemetery on Mill Road at 9:30 a.m. In the event of inclement weather, the service will move […]

HL-O to graduate 23 Friday evening

It’s been a year of challenge, setback, struggle and success for Heron Lake-Okabena high school seniors — a year that will be celebrated during a special commencement ceremony this Friday evening. Twenty-three students will walk across the stage on Friday, receiving their high school diplomas and bringing their years of K-12 education to a close. Paul Bang, school superintendent and […]

PEBC hosts pollinator workshops

The Prairie Ecology Bus Center is out to educate the local public about the importance of pollinators. While some folks might be afraid of bumblebees, beetles and other pollinators, PEBC Naturalist Stepheney Studer said they’re crucial to life as we know it. “As humans, we rely on them to pollinate fruits, vegetables and flowers,” Studer said. The PEBC hosts two […]

Library launches summer programming next month

The Jackson County Library System will rely on a cadre of critters to help tell the story of the importance of reading and learning all summer long. The theme of this year’s summer library program is “Tails and Tales” — a nod, said library assistant Mackenzie Schley, to the library’s animal-themed programming set to take place from June 1 through […]

Fines 5-21-20


State of Minnesota Beaver, Christopher R., Jackson, Move over law violation – 2 lanes in same direction $140.00 Bell, Rian H., Belleville, Mich., Speed $290.00 Cumplido Ortiz, Alejandro, Oakfield, N.Y., Speed $130.00 Decory, Ralina M., Maplewood, Speed $150.00 Desutter, Maria A., Willmar, Speed $140.00, No Minnesota driver’s license $100.00 Felix Santana, Luis D., Jackson, Speed $230.00, Instruction permit violation (18 […]

Sheriff’s Report 5-27-21


May 18 Deputies assisted the Jackson Ambulance with a medical call. Deputies responded to a verbal domestic disturbance. May 19 A deputy responded to a theft-of-services report in Jackson. The matter remains under investigation. May 20 Deputies responded to a report of a wrong-way driver on I-90 near Alpha. A pickup was reported to be traveling west in the eastbound […]

Local reps frustrated as session ends

FREE Hamilton, Olson expect a special session mid-June

Local state legislators are disappointed so little was accomplished during the 2021 legislative session. Though the 2021 legislative session was constitutionally mandated to adjourn on May 17, local state Reps. Rod Hamilton, R-Mt. Lake, and Bjorn Olson, R-Elmore, say they were appalled by the lack of urgency displayed by legislative leaders in crafting and approving a new two-year state budget. […]

Things I Have Learned: A few thoughts on the satisfaction of honesty

Today’s wisdom: “No legacy is so rich as honesty.” -William Shakespeare- A while back, I did something very normal and usual — something I almost take for granted as everyone’s experience. I stopped at my local gas retailer, removed the nozzle from the pump and filled my car, then returned the nozzle to the pump. I glanced at the dollar value […]



NOTICE OF HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Economic Development Authority of the City of Lakefield will meet on Friday, June 11, 2021, at noon in the City Hall chambers for the purposes of considering a sale of a lot to Luther & Theodora Hall and deciding if the sale is advisable. The public may view the terms and […]