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Posted on: February 19, 2021

Seeking Applicants For HHS Advisory Committee

Advisory Committee Application

If you would like to apply to be a part of the Wright County Health & Human Services Advisory Committee, please complete the application below. The purpose of this group is to serve as an Advisory Committee to the Board t...

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Health, Financial & Social Services

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Posted on: December 6, 2021

CSAH 3 Closed South of Hwy. 55 for Emergency Railroad Track Repair - UPDATE

The Wright County Highway Department was informed that Canadian Pacific Railroad was closing County Highway 3 at the rail road crossing south of State Highway 55 in Southside Township on December 6th,  for an emergency track repair.  Thi...

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Highway Department

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Posted on: December 3, 2021

Parks & Recreation Comprehensive Master Plan - Public Review and Comment Period

The Wright County Parks and Recreation Department has completed a DRAFT Comprehensive System Master Plan. This plan will set priorities and future direction for the Wright County Parks and Recreation Department. Park users, residents, visitors, and others...

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Draft Plan and Survey Link Parks & Recreation
Posted on: October 8, 2021

Winter Fun with Wright County Parks & Recreation

Winter is just around the corner, and we are excited to let you know what all we have going on this year in the Parks & Recreation Department. Something new this year, you can register for all our programs online!

First off, the Nature Center at Robert...

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Programs & Activities Parks & Recreation

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Posted on: December 1, 2021

Seeking Interested Candidates

District 5 Commissioner Mike Kaczmarek is seeking interested candidates to serve on the Wright County Board of Adjustment. Residents in Franklin, Marysville, Middleville, Stockholm, Victor, and Woodland townships, as well as the cities of Cokato, Delano, ...

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Planning & Zoning
Posted on: October 1, 2021

Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan

The Wright County Office of Emergency Management is working with U-Spatial at the University of Minnesota Duluth to update the county's Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan (MHMP).  The plan assesses the natural hazards that pose risk to the cou...

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New Release Planning & Zoning
Posted on: October 26, 2021

MBE, Inc. Conditional Use Permit

Wright County has received a completed citizen’s petition requesting that an Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) be done for the MBE, Inc. mining request in Buffalo Township at the intersection of State Highway 25 NE and County Road 113 NE.  ...

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Planning & Zoning

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Posted on: December 6, 2021

Wright County Sheriff Activity Report for period ending December 6, 2021

Wright County Sheriff Activity Report for period ending December 6, 2021

 

 

On November 29, Joseph James Sufka, 36, of Clearwater, was arrested in Stearns County on a Wright County warrant for 4th degree assault violations.

 

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Sheriff News Releases
Posted on: December 3, 2021

Suspected armed individual apprehended

On 12/03/21 at approximately 11:30 AM the Wright County
Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic disturbance in the area of Hwy 55 andNevens AV. NW in Southside Township. The reporting person informed dispatch
that a male party later identif...

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Sheriff News Releases
Posted on: November 29, 2021

Wright County Sheriff Activity Report for period ending November 29, 2021

On November 22, Trevor Robert Campbell-Berry, 25, of Forest Lake, was arrested in Sherburne County on Wright County warrants for 5th degree possession of a controlled substance violations.

 

On November 22, Vincent James Tran, 23, no permanent addr...

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Sheriff News Releases
Posted on: November 22, 2021

Wright County Sheriff Activity Report for period ending November 22, 2021

On November 15, Krystal Anne Hanson, 52, of Litchfield, was arrested in Cokato Township on Wright County and McLeod County warrants for 5th degree possession of a controlled substance.

On November 15, Scott Andrew Gunderson, 41, of Annandale, was arrested ...

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Sheriff News Releases
Posted on: November 15, 2021

Wright County Sheriff Activity Report for period ending November 15, 2021

On November 8, Jennifer Theresa Bowers, 37, of Little Falls, was arrested in Ramsey County on a Wright County warrant for a domestic assault violation.

 

On November 8, Owen Wesley Sailor, 19, of Elk River, was arrested in Buffalo on a Wright Count...

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Sheriff News Releases
Posted on: November 8, 2021

Wright County Sheriff Activity Report for period ending November 8, 2021

On November 1, David Franklin Bentley, 35, of Albertville, was arrested in Isanti County on a Wright County apprehension and detention order for interference with a 911 call violation.

 

On November 1, Teresa Marie Morrow, 30, of Burnsville, was ar...

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Sheriff News Releases
Posted on: November 1, 2021

Wright County Sheriff Activity Report for period ending November 1, 2021

On October 25, Matthew John Koivisto, 33, no permanent address, was arrested in St. Michael on the charges of fleeing law enforcement and theft.

 

On October 25, Victoria Lynn Prince-Esmond, 38, of Buffalo, was arrested in Hennepin County on a Wrig...

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Sheriff News Releases
Posted on: October 25, 2021

Wright County Sheriff Activity Report for period ending October 25, 2021

On October 18, Victoria Lynn Prince-Esmond, 38, of Buffalo, was arrested in Ramsey County on a Wright County warrant for 3rd degree sale of a controlled substance violation.

 

On October 18, Matthew Ryan Glunz, 39, of South Haven, was arrested in S...

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Sheriff News Releases
Posted on: October 18, 2021

Wright County Sheriff Activity Report for period ending October 18, 2021

On October 11, Maria Cristina Eyrich, 26, of St. Paul, was arrested in Anoka County on a Wright County warrant for 3rd degree DWI violations.

 

On October 11, Hope Christine De Groat, 31, of Mahnomen, was arrested in Buffalo on a Kandiyohi County w...

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Posted on: December 7, 2021

State's Driver Testing Station Reopens in Buffalo

As of this morning, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety has reopened the drivers testing station in Buffalo (15 1st Avenue South). The testing station had been closed since March of 2020 due to COVID-19 and will be open two days a week. Tuesdays wil...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 6, 2021

Parks & Rec Seeking Public Input On Comprehensive Master Plan

The Wright County Parks & Recreation Department is seeking the public’s help in providing input on the draft of the department’s Comprehensive System Master Plan. This plan will set the priorities and future of the Wright County pa...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 6, 2021

CSAH 3 Closed South of Hwy. 55 for Emergency Railroad Track Repair

A Message from the Wright County Highway Department

The Wright County Highway Department has been informed that Canadian Pacific Railroad has closed CSAH 3 at the railroad crossing south of Highway 55 in Southside Township today (Monday, Dec. 6) to make an...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 6, 2021

County Offices to Move to New Government Center in Mid-January

In the coming weeks, those entering the Wright County Government Center in downtown Buffalo or the Health & Human Services Center at the intersection of Highways 55 and 25 will be seeing signage informing them of the move from those two buildings to t...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 6, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of Nov. 29-Dec. 5. The full report can be seen here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3013

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 3, 2021

WCSO: Suspect in Custody Following Event This Morning

A Message from the Wright County Sheriff's Office:

At approximately 11:30 a.m. today (Dec. 3), the Wright County Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic disturbance in the area of Highway 55 and Nevens Ave. NW in Southside Township. The...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 3, 2021

Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard. Because there wasn’t a dashboard released last week due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the numbers reflect a two-week period instead of a seven-day accounting.

Over the last tw...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 2, 2021

MnDOT Announces Nightly Lanes Closures on I-94 in Wright County

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced that there will be intermittent nightly lane closures on I-94 in both directions and between Highway 241 and CSAH 19 between St. Michael and Albertville. The nightly closures will run through Tuesda...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 1, 2021

MnDOT Returning For Another 'Name That Snowplow' Contest

Last year, the Minnesota Department of Transportation initiated a contest called Name a Snowplow, with the eight MnDOT regions all having a plow named by Minnesotans. MnDOT didn’t know what the response would be, but it was inundated with thousa...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 1, 2021

U of M Extension Offering Food Safety Webinars In Winter Months

by Annalisa Hultberg, University of Minnesota Extension

Join University of Minnesota Extension and farmer trainer partners for the following on-farm food safety educational opportunities this winter. Dust off that food safety plan, bring your questions, an...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 29, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its Activity Report for the period covering Nov. 22-28. The full report can be seen here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3003

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 24, 2021

County Offices and Facilities Closed Thursday and Friday

All Wright County offices and facilities will be closed Thursday, Nov. 24 and Friday, Nov. 25 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

All offices, departments and facilities will reopen at 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 29

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 24, 2021

Final Culvert Project Completed for 2021 Construction Season

Molnau Trucking, LLC. has finalized their work on the county ditch 10 project along CSAH 30, just one mile east of CSAH 5 and the highway is now open.

This final county ditch 10 project wraps up the CD10 culvert replacement projects for 2021 on Wright Coun...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 24, 2021

Audubon Society to Conduct Annual Christmas Bird Count Jan. 1

The National Audubon Society invites birdwatchers to participate in the longest-running community science, the annual Audubon Christmas Count (CBC). On Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022, birders and nature enthusiasts in northern Wright County will take part in this...
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Wright County News
Posted on: November 23, 2021

U of M Extension Explains Indoor Hydroponic Winter Gardening

By Natalie Hoidal and Adam Austing, University of Minnesota Extension

As our gardens freeze over, many of us still have the gardening bug. Hydroponics, or growing plants in water, is a great way to keep growing fresh greens all winter long indoors. You can...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 23, 2021

Public Health to Host COVID-19 Booster Shot Clinic Dec. 16

Wright County Public Health has announced that it will be hosting a vaccine clinic from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16 at the Highway Department Building (3600 Braddock Avenue NE) to administer the Moderna booster shot. Individuals can now schedule an...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 23, 2021

Deadline to File for Homestead Approaching

A Message from the Wright County Assessor’s Office

The December 31, 2021 deadline to file for homestead for taxes payable in 2022 is quickly approaching. If your property is not currently homesteaded, find out if you may qualify and what you must do to cha...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 22, 2021

DNR Offering Winter Outdoors Webinars on an Array of Topics

From now through the end of February, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will be offering free lunch hour webinars on a variety of outdoor topics. The webinars will be held at noon every Wednesday and are free to sign up for on the DNR website....

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 22, 2021

Drivers Advised to Be Aware of Increased Vehicle-Deer Accidents

Drivers are being warned to be aware of deer on the move, as deer-vehicle accidents have been on a steady climb since the end of September in Wright County.

Wright County Sheriff Sean Deringer said a combination of factors lead to an increase in vehicle-de...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 22, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of Nov. 15-21. The full report can be seen here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2993

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 19, 2021

Wright County EDA Seeking At-Large Member for EDA Board

The Wright County Economic Development Authority currently has an opening for one at-large board member. Those interested in applying must be residents of Wright County. The term for the at-large board member is six years. Candidates must be experienced i...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 19, 2021

DPS Offering Advice in Winter Driving Safety

All week (Nov. 15-19) the Minnesota Department of Public Safety has been promoting Winter Hazard Awareness Week. Today is the final day of the campaign and the focus is on winter driving. Topics covered include having a winter survival kit in your vehicle...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 19, 2021

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard for the period of Nov. 11-18. Due to the Veterans Day holiday, in which numbers were not reported, this week’s dashboard contains eight days of reporting instead of seven. Mi...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 19, 2021

License Center Announces Appointment Openings for Nov. 29-Dec. 30

The Wright County License Center has announced that, as of 8 a.m. today (Friday, Nov. 19) more than 1,000 appointment slots have opened for renewing driver’s licenses – covering the period of Monday, Nov. 29 through Thursday, Dec. 30. ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 18, 2021

Wright County Currently Tied for 69th Place in COVID Case Rate in U.S.

The New York Times conducted a study of the highest case rates of COVID-19 in the 3,006 counties in the United States. As of Wednesday, the New York Times' list of the 100 counties with the highest case rates in the country (counties with fewer t...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 18, 2021

Winter Hazard Awareness Week Addresses Indoor Winter Safety

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is sponsoring Winter Hazard Awareness Week Nov. 15-19. Today’s topic is Indoor Winter Safety and includes discussions about carbon monoxide, carbon monoxide alarms, radon and mold. To learn more about th...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 18, 2021

Assessor, Taxpayer Services Departments Discuss Property Tax Discrepancy in Buffalo

A Message from the Wright County Assessor’s and Taxpayer Services Departments:

The annual Truth in Taxation notices were mailed out to Wright County property owners Monday, Nov. 15. Due to a technical glitch, property owners in the City of Buffal...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 17, 2021

Winter Hazard Awareness Week Addresses Indoor Fire Safety

This week (Nov. 15-19) the Minnesota Department of Public Safety is sponsoring Winter Hazard Awareness Week. Today’s (Wednesday, Nov. 17) topic is winter home and fire safety. This includes safety checklists for your home and for after a storm, ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 17, 2021

Highway Department Provides Updates on Two County Road Projects

The Wright County Highway Department has provided a couple of project updates for County Road 118 (Fenning Avenue)/CSAH 37 in Monticello and CSAH 30 in Stockholm Township.

The County Road 118 (Fenning Avenue)/CSAH 37 project has been completed for the seas...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 16, 2021

U of M Extension Offering Cottage Food Producer Workshop

By Suzanne Driessen, University of Minnesota Extension food safety educator

Do you get rave reviews on your homemade breads, cakes and cookies? Are family and friends asking to buy your yummy home canned salsa and pickles? Have you considered starting a fo...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 16, 2021

Outdoor Weather Today's Topic for Winter Weather Awareness Week

As part of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Winter Weather Awareness Week (Nov. 15-19). The topic for today (Tuesday, Oct. 16) is outdoor safety. This topic includes thin ice, keeping children safe, access to functional needs, winter ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 16, 2021

MnDOT Provides Update on I-94 Construction

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced that from 12:01 a.m. to 5 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17 the eastbound lane of I-94 between CSAH 37 and Hwy. 241 will be closed intermittently for up to 15 minutes while overnight construction is going on....

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 15, 2021

Winter Hazard Awareness Week Addresses Winter Storms

This week, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety is promoting Winter Hazard Awareness Week Nov. 15-19. Today’s topic is winter storms, including how winter storms form, warnings and alerts that come in advance of a storm, issues related to extreme col...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 15, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of Nov. 8-14. The full report can be found here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2977

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 12, 2021

DPS to Sponsor Winter Hazard Awareness Week Nov. 15-19

With the potential for the first significant snow of the winter season hitting Wright County over the weekend, the timing seems appropriate that the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) has designated Nov. 15-19 as Winter Hazard Awareness Week in M...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 12, 2021

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard for the period of Nov. 5-10. Due to the Veterans Day holiday, this week’s dashboard contains six days of reporting instead of seven. There were 681 new cases reported in Wrig...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 10, 2021

County Offices and Facilities Closed Thursday

All Wright County offices and facilities will be closed Thursday, Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day. All offices and facilities will reopen at 8 a.m. Friday, Nov. 12. Wright County would like to express its gratitude to the men and women who have defe...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 10, 2021

CSAH 5 Construction Expected to Reopen to Traffic Thursday, Nov. 11

The construction project on CSAH 5 on the border of Stockholm Township and Victor Township is in its final stages. The segment of road has been closed since Tuesday, Oct. 26 for a culvert replacement. The culvert replacement has been completed and the seg...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 9, 2021

Segment of Hwy. 241 in St. Michael to Close Tomorrow (Nov. 10)

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced that Highway 241 from Oakwood Parkway to O’Day Avenue in St. Michael will close starting tomorrow morning (Wednesday, Nov. 10) to repair the railroad track crossing. The segment of Highway 241 is ex...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 8, 2021

U of M Extension Offers Tips for Bringing Houseplants Back Inside

By Julie Weisenhorn and Adam Austing, University of Minnesota Extension

We have had a very nice, very long fall with warm days and cool nights. If you are like me, your houseplants spend the summer outside. By now, you’ve most likely brought them...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 8, 2021

MnDOT Warning About Frosty, Icy Bridge Decks, Overpasses and Ramps

With a wintery mix of precipitation expected later this week, the Minnesota Department of Transportation is reminding drivers to start taking precautions when you have frosty bridge decks, overpasses and ramps. Bridge decks are especially a problem becaus...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 8, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff's Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of Nov. 1-7. The full report can be seen here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2968

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 5, 2021

Monticello Indoor Farmers Market Returns Saturday

The Monticello Indoor Farmers Market returns from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. tomorrow (Saturday, Nov. 6) at the Monticello Community Center.

Once a month vendors will set up inside the Center on the second Saturday of the month, including Dec. 11, Jan. 8, Feb. 12 a...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 5, 2021

State Veterans Day Program to Be Conducted Virtually Nov. 11

The official State of Minnesota Veterans Day program will be held virtually again this year. A 30-minute recorded program will be available starting at 8 a.m. on Veterans Day (Thursday, Nov. 11) The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) invites ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 5, 2021

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard for the period of Oct. 29-Nov. 4. There were 818 new cases reported in Wright County – the most cases reported in a seven-day period since Dec. 4-10, 2020. In addition, there...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 5, 2021

Daylight Savings Time Ends Early Sunday Morning

A reminder that Daylight Savings Time ends in the early morning hours of Sunday, Nov. 7. Be sure to turn the clocks back an hour and enjoy the extra hour of sleep you will be getting – even though having the sun go down before 5 p.m. will requir...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 4, 2021

U of M Extension Conducting Farmland Rental Workshops

By Adam Austing, University of Minnesota Extension

Landlords, farmers and agri-business professionals should make plans to attend one of the informative in-person meetings being held across Minnesota in November and December. These free meetings are being ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 4, 2021

National OSHA Implements Vaccination Regulations for Businesses with 100+ Employees

This morning (Thursday, Oct. 4), the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued an emergency temporary standard (ETS) aimed to protect more than 84 million workers from COVID-19. In a release from OSHA...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 3, 2021

Final Touches Being Put on Otsego Park Streambank Restoration

A Message from Wright County Parks & Recreation

Over the last three years Wright County Parks & Recreation in partnership with the Wright Soil and Water Conservation District has been planning a streambank restoration project at Otsego County Park ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 3, 2021

Thursday, Nov. 4 Is the Last Day for Citizen Input on Local Option Sales Tax

A Message from the Wright County Highway Department

Wright County residents have until Thursday, Nov. 4 to provide input in the county’s decision whether or not to continue its Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) by going to the Virtual Online...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 3, 2021

Santa Coming to Bertram Park Dec. 4

Wright County Parks & Recreation has announced that pre-registration has opened for families to visit with Santa Claus at Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a professional photographer on hand, horse drawn wagon ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 3, 2021

All School Referendum Special Election Questions Tuesday Failed

Four Wright County school district held special election referendums Tuesday, Nov. 2 and all ballot questions failed to pass. Here is a review of the four referendums. The count remains unofficial until verified.

Annandale (Independent School District 836)...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 3, 2021

License Center Camera System Down

The Wright County License Center has announced that the program that captures photos for Driver’s License and ID card applications is currently not working. Applications requiring a new photo cannot be processed until the issue is resolved. The ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 2, 2021

"Don't Veer for Deer" Campaign Hitting Its Full Swing

With the calendar flipping to November, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) wants Minnesota residents to be aware of its “Don’t Veer for Deer” campaign.

November and December are consistently the worst months for d...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 1, 2021

Four School Districts to Hold Special Elections Tuesday, Nov. 2

Tomorrow (Tuesday, Nov. 2) four Wright County school districts will be conducting special elections – Annandale (Independent School District 876), Delano (ISD 879), Monticello (ISD 882) and St. Michael-Albertville (ISD 885).

Below you will find the pertine...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 1, 2021

DPS Offering Advice to Help Prevent Winter Heating Fires

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is offering advice to help avoid heating equipment fires as the cold descends on Minnesota and the winter heating season begins. To learn more, click here: https://dps.mn.gov/blog/Pages/20211101-heating-season-beg...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 1, 2021

MnDOT Provides Update on I-94 Construction

A message from the Minnesota Department of Transportation:

As the process of wrapping up the 2021 portion of the I-94 construction project, the Minnesota Department of Transportation is still having closures and detours as part of the project.

This week fro...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 1, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of Oct. 25-31. To See the full report, click here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2951

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 1, 2021

Hunters May Have to Have Tested for CWD This Weekend

Saturday, Nov. 6 marks the opening of the 2021 firearms deer hunting season and, depending on where you hunt, if you shoot a deer on opening weekend, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will require that the deer be brought to a sampling station...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 29, 2021

Hiring Crisis Becoming A Concern for Sheriff's Office

Over the past year, several occupations have found it difficult to find staffing to keep their businesses open. Many have resorted to reduced hours or been forced to shut down because, as hard as they may try, people aren’t answering the &ld...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 29, 2021

Buffalo Strong Accepting Donations for Construction of a Memorial Statue

A Message from Buffalo Strong

“Though months have passed, we have NOT FORGOTTEN the life lost, the warriors who survived, the heroes who emerged in the wake of the Allina Crossroads tragedy. Buffalo Strong is joining with the county, city, and th...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 29, 2021

WCSO Dispatchers Receive Award for Actions During Allina Shooting

Earlier this week, the dispatchers in the Wright County Sheriff’s Office were presented with the Making a Difference Award from the Minnesota Chapter of the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials/National Emergency Number Associat...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 29, 2021

Hunters Can Get 'Fast Pass' to Get Deer Hunting Licenses at License Center

The Wright County License Center has announced that individuals looking to get hunting licenses in advance of next week’s opening of deer hunting season will get a “fast pass” at the indoor location in the Wright County Gover...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 29, 2021

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard for the period of Oct. 22-28. There were 532 new cases reported in Wright County – a slight increase from the previous week (498), but down from the prior two weeks of report...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 28, 2021

Highway Department Wins Award for CSAH 8 Construction Project

The Wright County Highway Department was the recipient of a prestigious award from the Minnesota Asphalt Paving Association (MAPA) as a road project from 2020 was deemed the best in the state by a MAPA review panel.

Wright County Highway Engineer Virgil Ha...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 28, 2021

U of M Extension Offering Goat and Sheep Feeding Webinar

By Colleen Carlson - University of MN Extension

Due to drought conditions across much of Minnesota, many goat and sheep producers will find it necessary to take a closer look at the economics, nutritional content and availability of feedstuffs to better ma...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 28, 2021

Parks & Rec Has Openings for Fall/Winter Camping at Two County Parks

It may seem like camping season is over, but Wright County Parks & Recreation wants outdoors types to know that there is also camping in the fall and winter at two of its most popular parks – Stanley Eddy Park and Bertram Chain of Lakes Regi...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 27, 2021

County Celebrates Career of Chief Deputy Attorney Brian Asleson

At the Oct. 26 meeting of the Wright County Board of Commissioners, friends and co-workers had the opportunity to say goodbye to Chief Deputy Attorney Brian Asleson, who announced his retirement after 37 years working for the Wright County Attorney&rs...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 26, 2021

License Center Has Numerous Openings to Renew Driver's Licenses

The Wright County License Center would like to remind those looking to renew driver’s licenses that there are currently openings available from now until Wednesday, Nov. 24 (the day before Thanksgiving). Instead of the typical two-week window to...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 26, 2021

Mining Request Removed from Thursday's Planning Commission Agenda

A Message from Wright County Planning & Zoning

Wright County has received a completed citizens’ petition requesting that an Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) be done for the MBE, Inc. mining request at the northeast corner of the inter...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 25, 2021

Finance & Taxpayer Services Office to Close for Two Hours Wednesday

Wright County’s Office of Finance and Taxpayer Services will have its public window closed from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27. The closure is so staff can attend the funeral of a co-worker who passed away last week.

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 25, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its Activity Report for the period of Oct. 18-24. The full report can be viewed here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2935

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 25, 2021

Highway Department to Host LOST Open House Wednesday

A Message from the Wright County Highway Department

In 2017, the Wright County Board of Commissioners approved a 0.5% Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) for transportation projects to help cover the transportation funding gap for transportation. The current LOS...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 22, 2021

MnDOT Announces Weekend Ramp Closure on I-94/Hwy. 101

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has provided an update of road construction on the I-94 project between Clearwater to Maple Grove.

Starting at 10 p.m. tonight (Friday, Oct. 22) through noon Sunday, Oct. 24 the ramp from eastbound I-94 to Hwy. 10...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 22, 2021

Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard. Over the last week, there were 498 new confirmed cases, a drop of almost 200 from the previous week. There were 21 cases that required hospitalization, four that required treatment in...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 21, 2021

Community Health Surveys Being Mailed Out This Week

Wright County and its dedicated community partners are in the process be conducting a community health survey.  

Starting this week, some residents across Wright County will receive a community health survey by mail. Four local organizations are w...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 20, 2021

Portion of CSAH 5 to Close Tuesday for Culvert Replacement

A Message from the Wright County Highway Department

Construction on a culvert on CSAH 5 on the border of Stockholm Township and Victor Township is scheduled to begin Tuesday, Oct. 26 and will require a traffic detour.

The work will be done by Molnau Truckin...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 20, 2021

A Pair of Prescription Drug Take-Back Days Scheduled Saturday

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office, Wright County Health & Human Services and MEADA (Mentorship, Education and Drug Awareness) will be sponsoring a pair of Prescription Drug Take Back Day events from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23.

The c...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 20, 2021

County Board Authorizes Thursday as Domestic Violence Awareness Day

At its Oct. 19 meeting, the Wright County Board of Commissioners heard a presentation from Wright County 2021 Emerging Leaders, 12 county employees from several different departments that take on a project each year to better the community. This year&...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 19, 2021

DVS Announces Plan to Re-Open Buffalo Testing Station

In its weekly update today, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Driver and Vehicle Services Division announced its plan to re-open several driver testing centers, including the one in Buffalo.

The Buffalo site is scheduled to open in Dece...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 18, 2021

DNR Provides Field Reports In Advance of Deer Hunting Opener

The 2021 Minnesota firearms deer season is less than three weeks from opening (Saturday, Nov. 6) and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is providing field reports on deer numbers from throughout the state. To see the full report, click here: ht...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 18, 2021

U of M Extension Offering Advice to Farmers About Storing Hay

By Joe Armstrong, DVM, University of Minnesota Extension educator, cattle production systems

Whether there is an excess of hay or a shortage in your system, efficiently feeding your hay can drastically affect the success of your operation.

Hay is expensive,...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 18, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its Activity Report for the period of Oct. 11-17. The full report can be viewed here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2923

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 15, 2021

The Turn Celebrates National Recovery Month

The Turn, the Wright County Adult Drug Court, celebrated National Recovery Month in September by recognizing the gains made by those in recovery. 

Participants of The Turn were provided with a list of meetings, recovery events and activities that ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 15, 2021

Four Area Health Systems, Wright County Public Health Release Joint Statement

Four area hospital systems – Allina Health Buffalo Hospital, CentraCare, Ridgeview and Wayzata Children’s Clinic – and Wright County Public Health have released a joint statement regarding the reduction of the spread of COVID...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 15, 2021

Highway Department Has Update on Co. Rd. 118/CSAH 37 Project

A Message from the Wright County Highway Department

Update on County Road 118 (Fenning Avenue)/CSAH 37 Construction

Work on the County Road 118 (Fenning Avenue)/CSAH 37 project is progressing.  Paving of the bituminous surface at the School Bouleva...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 15, 2021

Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard. While the number of new cases remains as high as they have been since December 2020, for the first time in nine weeks, the number of new reported cases went down from the previous wee...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 14, 2021

License Center Announces Expansion of Appointments, Walk-In Hours

The Wright County License Center has announced a pair of changes as it prepares for its transition from its location in the current Wright County Government Center to the new Government Center.

At 8 a.m. Friday, Oct. 15, appointments for the period of Oct....

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 14, 2021

MnDOT Announces Timeline for I-94 Project

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has provided an update on the construction on I-94 in Wright County for the segments of road between St. Michael and Albertville and Monticello to Clearwater.

St. Michael to Albertville

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 14, 2021

Parks & Rec Announces Winter Activity Schedule

The Wright County Parks & Recreation Department has announced its Winter Programs for December 2021 through March 2022. Here is a summary of those offerings.

Saturday, Dec. 4 – Santa at Bertram Chain of Lakes Park (10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.). A family-orien...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 13, 2021

Second Half Property Taxes Due by Friday, Oct. 15

The Wright County Finance and Taxpayer Services Department is reminding residents that second half property tax payments are due on or before Friday, Oct. 15. For those looking to pay in person, they can bring their payment to the Finance and Taxpayer Ser...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 12, 2021

U of M Extension Offers Advice on Dealing with Fallen Leaves

By Katie Drewitz & Adam Austing, University of Minnesota Extension

Raking leaves is one of those fall chores that you likely aren’t thrilled about doing, especially if you have an abundance of trees. It seems that this time of year the questi...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 11, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of October 4-10, 2021. The report can be seen here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2910

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 11, 2021

Grand Jury Indicts Ulrich on Multiple Counts

A Message from Wright County Attorney’s Office:

Brian Lutes, Wright County Attorney, convened a grand jury last week to investigate the February 9, 2021, shooting at the Allina Clinic in Buffalo, Minnesota, resulting in the tragic death of Lindsa...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 11, 2021

Sheriff's Office Provides Details of Fatal Accident Saturday

A Message from the Wright County Sheriff’s Office:

At approximately 3:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, deputies were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash with injuries near 1851 50th St NE in Buffalo Township. The driver of a 2018 Dodge...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 11, 2021

MnDOT Announces Changes on I-94 Coming This Week

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced a pair of changes on the I-94 project between Clearwater and Maple Grove.

Starting Tuesday, Oct. 12, the westbound lanes of I-94 between Hwy. 25 in Monticello and CSAH 8 in Hasty will return to the w...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 8, 2021

Highway Department to Host LOST Open Houses

A Message from the Wright County Highway Department

In 2017, the Wright County Board of Commissioners approved a 0.5% Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) for transportation projects to help cover the transportation funding gap for transportation. The current LOS...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 8, 2021

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard. There was a significant spike in new cases over the last seven days, with 758 new cases reported – the most in one week in Wright County since the Dec.10, 2020 dashboard. A ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 7, 2021

CSAH 30 to Close in Stockholm Township Starting Oct. 11

A reminder from the Wright County Highway Department that a culvert replacement project on CSAH 30 in Stockholm Township is scheduled to begin the morning of Monday, Oct. 11. The construction will take place west of the CSAH 5 intersection. Traffic lookin...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 7, 2021

Emerging Leaders Spread the Word of Awareness of Domestic Violence

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Wright County 2021 Emerging Leaders, county staff members from numerous different departments, has taken on the challenge of shining a light on the issue of domestic violence and raising awareness about the...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 6, 2021

Explore 4-H Event Coming to Monticello Area Sunday

Wright County 4-H will be conducting an Explore 4-H Day open house event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10 at Fresh Acres Corn Maze (7385 Jason Ave. NE in Monticello Township). There will be free pumpkin painting. There is an additional cost for maze...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 6, 2021

Parks & Rec Announces Bids Open for a Pair of Projects

A Message from the Wright County Parks & Recreation Department

Request for Sealed Bids – Basins and Grade Stabilization

Wright County Division of Agriculture and Drainage in partnership with the Wright Soil and Water Conservation District is s...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 5, 2021

Red Hailstone Creeping Nearer to Wright County

A Message from University of Minnesota Extension

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has declared red hailstone (Thladiantha dubia) the October weed of the month. Also known as goldencreeper, there are known infestations of this herbaceous vine n...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 5, 2021

A Pair of Prescription Drug Take-Back Days Scheduled Oct. 23

Most people who are prescribed opioids for pain relief after a surgery or injury have unused meds. Make sure they don’t get into the wrong hands. Safely dispose of opioids and other medications at this year’s Prescription Drug Take Bac...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 5, 2021

Exit Ramp at Hwy. 241 to Change Starting Wednesday

Starting tomorrow (Wednesday, Oct. 6), the existing exit from westbound I-94 at Hwy. 241 in St. Michael will be closed and westbound traffic wanting to exit at Hwy. 241 will begin using a new loop ramp. The closure of the existing ramp is expected to rema...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 5, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period covering Sept. 27 to Oct. 3. The full report can be seen here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2890

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 4, 2021

Dense Fog Advisory In Place Overnight Until 10 A.M. Tuesday

The National Weather Service has issued a Dense Fog Advisory from 1 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, including Wright County. Visibility is expected to be as low as one-quarter of mile in many areas. The counties included in the advisory include Anoka, Be...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 4, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of Sept. 27-Oct. 3. The full report can be seen here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2890

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 4, 2021

MnDOT Seeking Public Input for Hwy. 25 Corridor Survey

A Message from the Minnesota Department of Transportation

Travelers who drive, ride, walk or do business on Highway 25 from Buffalo to Monticello are invited to take an online survey that shows potential solutions for this corridor. The survey, part of an ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 1, 2021

Spotlight Story Focuses on Wright County Sheriff's Office Response to Allina Shooting

Feb. 9, 2021 started like most Minnesota days in February. That would change at 10:52 a.m. when the Allina Crossroads Clinic came under attack and changed the lives of Buffalo residents forever. Wright County Sheriff Sean Deringer and Chief Deputy Matt Tr...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 1, 2021

Rockford Township Hosting Cleanup Day Saturday

Rockford Township will hosting Cleanup Day event from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 2. The township has a listing of items it will accept including appliances, tires, electronics and furniture. It should be noted that no brush/leaves or household hazardou...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 1, 2021

DNR Releases Updated Fall Color Map

For those traveling north this weekend, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is highlighting its annual Fall Color Map. Updated today (Oct. 1), the map shows people where in Minnesota fall colors are currently at 75-100 percent of their peak &...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 1, 2021

Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard, which included the seventh straight week of increased new cases. There were 473 new cases reported over the past seven days – the most in one seven-day period since April 15...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 30, 2021

Highway Department to Host Two LOST Open Houses

A Message from the Wright County Highway Department

The Wright County Board approved a 0.5 percent Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) for transportation projects in 2017 to help cover the transportation funding gap for transportation. The current LOST authoriza...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 30, 2021

License Center Announces Appointment Openings for Oct. 11-22

The Wright County License Center has announced that approximately 600 appointments for renewing driver’s licenses will open at 8 a.m. tomorrow (Oct. 1). The appointments will cover the period of Oct. 11-22.

Appointments are served on time and wal...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 30, 2021

County Board Declares Oct. 3-9 4-H Week in Wright County

At its Sept. 28 meeting, the Wright County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution proclaiming the week of Oct. 3-9 National 4-H Week in Wright County.

4-H has long been an empowering source for youth that teaches cooperation, achievement,...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 30, 2021

DNR Provides List of Best Viewing of Fall Bird Migration

Minnesota is one of the best areas in the country to watch many species of birds as they make their annual migration down the Mississippi River Flyway. Approximately 325 species of birds and 40 percent of waterfowl use the Mississippi Flyway during their ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 29, 2021

Sheriff's Office to Host Level 3 Predator Notification Meeting Oct. 6 in Silver Creek Township

A Message from the Wright County Sheriff’s Office

Level 3 Predatory Offender Information

According to Minnesota Statute 244.052, the Wright County Sheriff’s Office is releasing information regarding David John Kangas Jr., a Level 3 regis...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 28, 2021

County Board Approves 2022 Preliminary Levy

At its meeting this morning (Sept. 28) the Wright County Board of Commissioners approved the draft certified levy of $87,257,925, which represents a 5.75 percent levy increase from last year’s budget.

Wright County Administrator Lee Kelly explain...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 28, 2021

U of M Extension Offers Tips on Ridding Grain Bin of Insect Pests

By Anthony Hanson, Extension Educator - Field Crops Integrated Pest Management and David Nicolai, Extension Educator - Institute for Ag Professionals Program Coordinator

Late summer and early fall are the times to ensure infested and spoiled grain in bins ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 27, 2021

CSAH 30 to Close in Stockholm Township Starting Oct. 11

A culvert replacement project on CSAH 30 in Stockholm Township is scheduled to begin the morning of Monday, Oct. 11. The construction will take place west of the CSAH 5 intersection. Traffic looking to stay on CSAH 30 or access the segments on either side...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 27, 2021

Public Health, Health Care Providers Partnering for Community Health Survey

Wright County and its dedicated community partners will soon be conducting a community health survey.  

During October and November some residents across Wright County will receive a community health survey by mail. Four local organizations are wo...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 27, 2021

U of M Extension Offering Advice in Dealing with Boxelder Bugs

By Karen Johnson, University of Minnesota Extension

As the weather begins to cool, several insects begin searching for a place to overwinter. Some insects, including the boxelder bug and lady beetles, become a nuisance as they decide to move into our homes...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 27, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report covering the period of Sept. 20-26. The full report can be seen here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2873

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 27, 2021

COVID Vaccine Clinic Coming to Montrose Tuesday

A free COVID vaccine clinic will be held tomorrow (Tuesday, Sept. 28) from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Montrose Community Center (200 Center Ave. S.). The clinic will be offering both the two-dose Pfizer vaccine and the single-dose Johnson & Johnson...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 24, 2021

DNR to Hold Public Meeting to Discuss Proposed Fishing Changes

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will be conducting a public meeting from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7 at the Corinna Township Hall to discuss new proposed fish-limit restrictions on four Wright County lakes – Crawford Lake in ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 24, 2021

Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard, which included the sixth straight week of increased new cases. There were 447 new cases reported over the past seven days – the most in one seven-day period since April 15. In additio...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 24, 2021

Wright County Receives Broadband Survey Report

On Wednesday, Sept. 22, Wright County hosted a broadband public informational meeting at the Wright County Government Center. At that meeting, Design Nine, the company hired by the county to conduct a broadband survey, presented its Broadband Survey Repor...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 23, 2021

Broadband Survey Results Explained At Informational Meeting

Last night (Sept. 22), a public informational meeting was moderated by Jack Maytum of the consulting firm Design Nine, which was retained by Wright County earlier this year to conduct an extensive broadband survey. Among the survey results were that 86 pe...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 23, 2021

Highway Department Announces CSAH 37 Closure in Monticello

The Wright County Highway Department would like to inform the public of the following highway closure in Monticello Township.  

County Highway 37 will be closed at the intersection of CR 118 (Fenning Avenue) to provide a safe work zone to construc...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 23, 2021

Wright County Improves on U.S. Drought Monitor

Thanks to heavy rains over the past week-and-a-half, for the first time in two months, none of Wright County is deemed to be in severe or extreme drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

The entire state showed marked improvement in the l...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 22, 2021

Broadband Informational Meeting Tonight at Government Center

As part of the American Rescue Plan (ARP), Wright County has committed funds to improve broadband accessibility to rural areas of the county. At 7 p.m. tonight (Sept. 22), Design Nine – the firm that conducted a broadband study for the county, w...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 22, 2021

Second Half Property Taxes Due Oct. 15

Wright County Taxpayer Services would like to remind all property owners that second half property taxes for most properties are due Friday, October 15, 2021.

Payments can be mailed to:  Wright County Taxpayer Services, 10 2nd St. NW Room 230, Buf...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 21, 2021

DNR Has Fall Color Map as Autumn Officially Begins Tomorrow

With freeze warnings being issued tonight for much of northern Minnesota and tomorrow (Sept. 22) being the autumnal equinox, it’s a clear sign that colder weather is coming with the change of seasons. For those who enjoy the fall colors, with a ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 20, 2021

U of M Extension Honors National Farm Safety & Health Week

By Karen Johnson, Extension educator, University of Minnesota Extension – McLeod & Meeker counties

It’s National Farm Safety and Health Week. This year’s theme is “Farm Safety Yields Real Results.” This annual promotion initiated by the National Safety...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 20, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of Sept. 13-19. The full report can be seen here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2858

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 17, 2021

HHS Shares Links as Part of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and Wright County Health & Human Services wants people to know that we can all play a part in working toward preventing suicide.

Suicide in the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and eighth ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 17, 2021

Those Seeking Hunting Licenses Won't Have to Wait In Line at License Center

The Wright County License Center has announced that, starting today, individuals looking to get hunting licenses this fall will get a “fast pass” at the indoor location in the Wright County Government Center. Hunting licenses are extre...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 17, 2021

Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard. Over the last seven days, there have been 415 new confirmed cases reported – the most since the April 8 dashboard and the fifth consecutive week of an increased number of ne...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 16, 2021

The Turn Announces Graduation Ceremony Set for Sept. 23

The Turn, Wright County’s adult drug court, is pleased to announce the graduation of Jonathan Hareid and Jeremiah Stueven. Established in 2016, The Turn provides intensive case management, treatment and court supervision for individuals arrested...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 16, 2021

License Bureau Announces Appointment Openings for Sept. 27-Oct. 8

The Wright County License Center has announced that approximately 600 appointments for renewing driver’s licenses will open at 8 a.m. tomorrow (Sept. 17). The appointments will cover the period of Sept. 27 to Oct. 8.

Appointments are served on ti...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 16, 2021

Absentee Balloting Opens Friday for Four School District Elections

Four school districts – Annandale, Delano, Monticello and St. Michael-Albertville – will be holding elections this fall.  Wright County voters located in those school districts will be able to vote on the respective ballot que...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 16, 2021

License Center Has Open Appointment Slots Next Week

For those who have been waiting to get their driver’s licenses changed to REAL ID, there is an anomaly at the Wright County License Center next week that could be of assistance.

Tomorrow License Center appointments will go live for the period of ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 16, 2021

Wright County Remains Unchanged in U.S. Drought Monitor

Despite intermittent rain over the last week, Wright County and much of Minnesota remain in Severe Drought conditions according to the latest release from the U.S. Drought Monitor.

A year ago, none of Minnesota was in the category of D2 (Severe Drought), D...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 15, 2021

MDH Unveils App to Assist in Easily Retrieving Vaccination Records

Minnesotans can now easily access their immunization record through their smartphones or other mobile devices by using an app called Docket. Docket enables residents with a Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC) record to securely view and s...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 15, 2021

DPS Labor Day DWI Campaign a Success

Last month, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) announced that it would have additional patrols on Minnesota roads from Aug. 20 through Labor Day (Sept. 6) as part of its Labor Day DWI Campaign – designed to reduce the number of drun...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 14, 2021

COVID Vaccination Clinic Coming to Montrose Sept. 28

Wright County Public Health has announced that it will be conducting a community vaccine clinic in Montrose from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28 at the Montrose Community Center (200 Center Ave. S.). The clinic will be held in conjunction with th...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 14, 2021

Emergency Management Seeks Public Input for Hazard Mitigation Plan

A Message from Wright County Emergency Management 

The Wright County Office of Emergency Management is working with U-Spatial at the University of Minnesota Duluth to update the county’s Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan (MHMP). The plan asse...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 14, 2021

Extension Offers Tips on Root Vegetable Storage

By Katie Drewitz and Adam Austing, University of Minnesota Extension

Even with the hot dry summer conditions that we saw, many gardeners still have root vegetables to store. With canning supplies still in short supply this year, it is important to understa...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 13, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report covering the period of Sept. 6-12, 2021. The full report can be viewed here: News Flash • Wright County, MN • CivicEngage

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 13, 2021

Red Cross Blood Drive Using License Center Waiting Room Wednesday

A Message from the Wright County License Center:

The American Red Cross is hosting a blood drive on Wednesday, Sept. 15 in Room 120 of the Wright County Government Center. Room 120 is typically used as the waiting room for walk-ins looking to renew their d...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 10, 2021

Broadband Informational Meeting Coming Sept. 22

Wright County is in the process of gathering information and public input on improving the county’s broadband capability and part of that process will include a public informational meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22 in the Wright County Boa...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 10, 2021

Fallon Avenue Construction in Monticello Township Starts Monday

A Message from the Wright County Highway Department:

Construction on Fallon Avenue in Monticello Township is scheduled to begin Sept. 13. Work on the segment of Fallon Avenue (approximately a half-mile segment) begins at CSAH 37 and includes reshaping the ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 10, 2021

DEED to Begin Accepting COVID Relief Grant Applications Sept. 20

A Message from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) will begin accepting applications for the Main Street COVID Relief Grants Program on Monday, September 20....

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 10, 2021

Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 Dashboard. For the third straight week, the county saw the highest seven-day total for new confirmed cases since the end of April with 364 new cases being reported. In addition, there were 20 ca...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 9, 2021

DNR Has Fall Color Map To Assist Those Who Travel to See Autumn Leaves

Anyone who has lived in Minnesota any period of time knows that once September arrives, the leaves in different parts of the state can reach their full autumnal beauty quickly. For those who travel to see the fall colors, the Minnesota Department of Natur...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 9, 2021

GRRL Hosting September 11 Exhibit In Two Wright County Locations

With the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 tragedies coming this weekend, the Great River Regional Library is hosting a 9/11 memorial exhibit at six of its branch locations, including two in Wright County (Annandale and St. Michael).

The “Septembe...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 9, 2021

Minnesota Slowly Pulling Out of Severe Drought Conditions

The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor has been released today and thanks to heavy rains in late-August, while Wright County remains in the D2 category (Severe Drought), it is no longer in the D3 (Extreme Drought) classification. The numbers of areas in the Seve...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 9, 2021

9/11 Remembrance Day Coming to State Capitol Saturday

The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, the 9/11 Global War on Terrorism Task Force and the Minnesota Military Museum will conduct a “9/11 Day of Remembrance” Saturday, Sept. 11 at the Minnesota State Capitol grounds in St. Paul....

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 8, 2021

Preliminary Census Numbers Show Wright County Continues to Grow

While the United States Census Bureau has yet to release its final national head count numbers to the public, the Minnesota Secretary of State’s has been releasing numbers on its website and, as expected, Wright County continues to grow at a fas...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 8, 2021

MDH Running Suicide Prevention Awareness Campaign in September

September in National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and the Minnesota Department of Health is running a campaign to raise awareness. This week’s theme is promoting crisis resources available to let those at risk be made aware that they matt...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 8, 2021

Extension Looking for Master Gardener Candidates

By Adam Austing, University of Minnesota Extension Educator

Do you have an active interest in gardening?   Do you have a desire to share your gardening interest with others?  Are you willing to learn more about gardening and other horticu...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 7, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report covering the period of Aug. 30-Sept. 5. The full report can be seen here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2826

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 7, 2021

HHS Looking for Board Members for Mental Health Advisory Council

A Message from Wright County Health & Human Services

Wright County Health & Human Services is dedicated to providing essential mental health services while improving access to services and resources that support mental wellbeing across the County. ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 7, 2021

Parks & Rec Explains Otsego Park Restoration Project

A Message from the Wright County Parks & Recreation Department Concerning a Project in Otsego County Park:

Park users over the years have noticed the streambank at Otsego County Park has been eroding – some years faster than others. Over the ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 7, 2021

Public Health Releases COVID-19 Dashboard

On Friday, Sept. 3, Wright County Public Health released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard covering the period of Aug. 27-Sept. 2. There were 340 new cases of COVID reported – the most cases in a seven-day period since the last week of April. There ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 7, 2021

Westbound I-94 Access Ramp At Hwy. 241 Closes Today

Starting this morning (Tuesday, Sept. 7), the access ramps to westbound I-94 at Highway 241 in St. Michael will be closed. There are two detours for this closure. One is northbound Hwy. 241/Co. Rd. 36 detour to Hwy. 101 to access westbound I-94. The other...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 2, 2021

County Offices and Facilities to Be Closed Monday

All Wright County offices and facilities will be closed Monday, Sept. 6 in observance of the Labor Day holiday. All offices and facilities will re-open at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7.

Wright County News
Posted on: September 2, 2021

Item Scheduled for Today's Planning Commission Continued

A Message from Wright County Planning & Zoning:

A conditional use permit request from MBE, Inc. to mine gravel originally scheduled to be heard at today’s (Sept. 2) Planning Commission meeting has been continued to the Oct. 28 meeting and wil...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 2, 2021

License Center Announces Appointment Openings for Sept. 13-24

The Wright County License Center has announced that approximately 600 appointments for renewing driver’s licenses will open at 8 a.m. tomorrow (Sept. 3). The appointments will cover the period of Sept. 13-24.

Appointments are served on time and w...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 2, 2021

Drought Monitor Shows Improvement in Wright County

The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor has been released and the heavy rains of last week brought some relief from the drought that has gripped much of Minnesota throughout the summer. Rains in Wright County improved most of the county from the D-3 category (Ext...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 1, 2021

Extension Offering Tips On Harvesting Minnesota Apples

By Adam Austing and Annie Klodd, UMN Extension Educators

Apple orchards have started their seasons as early-ripening varieties hit maturity. For homeowners with apple trees, perfectly timing the harvest of your apples can be trickier that one might expect....

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 31, 2021

Highway Department Has Update on Co. Rd. 118 Project in Monticello

An Update on the County Road 118 project in Monticello

The contractor continues to make progress on the completion of the project. A majority of the grading, curb and gutter and utility work has been completed on the roundabout with the exception of the no...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 31, 2021

Highway Department Submits 2020 Annual Report to County Board

At the Wright County Board of Commissioners meeting today (Aug. 30), Highway Engineer Virgil Hawkins presented the board with his 110-page 2020 Annual Report dealing with all matters pertaining to highways and his department. The full report can be seen h...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 30, 2021

Experimental Five-Day Teal Hunting Season Opens Sunday

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has announced waterfowl hunters will have a brief window to hunt teal during an experimental early season Saturday, Sept. 4 through Wednesday, Sept. 8. Hunters can harvest up to six birds per day in any combin...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 30, 2021

Co. Rd. 137 Will Be Controlled By Signal System Starting Sept. 7

A Message from the Wright County Highway Department:

The intersection of County Highway 137 (60th St NE) and Maciver Ave NE/MacKenzie Ave NE, just east of I-94 in the Cities of Albertville and Otsego, will be temporarily controlled by a signal system begin...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 30, 2021

Driver's Testing Station Coming Back to Buffalo in January

At an Aug. 26 meeting convened by State Rep. Marion O’Neill, Wright County officials have been assured that when the new Wright County Government Center opens early next year, it will include a driver’s testing center from the Minnesot...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 30, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of Aug. 23-29. To see the full report, click here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2810

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 30, 2021

State Patrol, DPS Have Video On School Bus Stop Arm Protocol

The Minnesota State Highway Patrol and the Department of Public Safety are reminding motorists that with children heading back to school there will be many school buses on the roads. School buses are equipped with stop arms that not everyone obeys and the...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 27, 2021

DNR Has FishCam Live Streaming at the State Fair

For those who won’t be making it the Great Minnesota Get-Together this year, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is sharing one of its most popular State Fair attractions online.

Throughout the run of the Fair, the DNR will have its liv...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 27, 2021

Significant Overnight Delays Coming Early Next Week on I-94

Yesterday (Aug. 26) the new entrance ramp at CSAH 19 to eastbound I-94 opened – another box checked in the three-year process of road construction between Maple Grove and Clearwater. But, those who travel I-94, especially at night, will be in fo...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 27, 2021

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard. There were 274 new confirmed cases reported, the most in a seven-day period in Wright County since the first week of May. There were nine cases that required hospitalization, two that...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 26, 2021

Wright County HHS Looking for New Members to Mental Health Advisory Council

A Message from Wright County Health and Human Services

Wright County Health and Human Services is dedicated to providing essential mental health services while improving access to services and resources that support mental wellbeing across the County. In a...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 26, 2021

New Requirements Coming for Family First Prevention Services Act

On September 30, 2021, Minnesota will be implementing new requirements related to the Family First Prevention Services Act.  When children and youth are placed in settings such as corporate foster homes, group homes, and children residential trea...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 26, 2021

Drought Monitor Shows Continued Extreme Drought In Wright County

Most of Wright County got some much-needed rain Tuesday, but it wasn’t enough to lessen the county’s designation on the U.S. Drought Monitor, which released its weekly drought map this morning. Almost all of Wright County remains in th...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 25, 2021

Commissioner Districts Won't Be Subject to Redistricting

It’s been a long time coming, but for the first time since the 1970 Census, Wright County won’t have to redistrict the five commissioner districts. This week, Wright County received commissioner district population figures from the Min...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 25, 2021

Co. Rd. 119 Closure In St. Michael Extended Through Sept. 1

The City of St. Michael issued a press release this afternoon stating that, due to the heavy rain that came through the area Tuesday morning, the closure of County Road 119 in St. Michael will be extended through Wednesday, Sept. 1 so crews can safely con...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 25, 2021

Eastbound I-94 Ramp Off CSAH 19 to Open Tomorrow

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced that the new CSAH 19 entrance ramp to eastbound I-94 in Albertville will open tomorrow (Thursday, Aug. 26). For many years, CSAH 19 has had exit ramps in both directions coming off I-94, but only ha...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 24, 2021

Recorder's Office to Offer Land Notification Alerts Starting Sept. 1

Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 1, Wright County residents can receive notifications from the Wright County Recorder’s Office by signing up to get free Land Notification Alerts. This service will alert property owners of activity that may be possible...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 24, 2021

MnDOT Provides Update on I-94 Construction

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has provided an update to the I-94 project between Maple Grove and Clearwater that is scheduled to be completed later this year. The current focus of a lot of the work is the installation of concrete lanes and do...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 24, 2021

License Center Reminding Public of Drop Box Option for License Tab Renewals

The Wright County License Center would like to remind people that the county has drop boxes for license tab renewals. At the end of each month, there tends to be a rush of residents looking to renew their tabs – either inside the Government Cent...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 23, 2021

Extension Provides Crop Update

By Adam Austing, UMN Extension Educator

Some rain rumbled through the region on the weekend of August 20. As has been the story for 2021, it was variable and left many of us still wanting more. Some fields have dried up and are now near or total losses, es...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 23, 2021

Parks & Rec Seeks Public Input for Comprehensive System Plan Update

The Wright County Parks & Recreation Department is in the process of developing a comprehensive system plan for park facilities and recreation programs. The plan will evaluate current conditions of county parks, trails and programs and develop a plan ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 23, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of Aug. 16-22. The full report can be seen here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2790

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 23, 2021

Attorney's Office Reaches Plea Agreement with Vega

The Wright County Attorney’s Office announced late Friday that it had reached a plea agreement with Alejandro Vega, 37 of Montrose, who was scheduled to go on trial this week in connection with the murder of Justin Warnke, 34 of Buffalo, on Dec....

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 20, 2021

Early Broadband Survey Results Coming In

Wright County is asking residents to complete an online broadband survey as part of the data gathering process for the expansion of the county fiber grid with funds from the American Rescue Plan. The project is expected to get underway in 2022, but the pr...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 20, 2021

Highway Patrol to Have Increased DWI Enforcement Through Labor Day

As of today (Aug. 20), the Minnesota Department of Public Safety and the Minnesota Highway Patrol have begun increased impaired driver enforcement on Minnesota roads, which will run through Labor Day.

Its annual late-summer enforcement campaign is designed...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 20, 2021

Raptor Presentation Coming to Bertram Chain of Lakes Park Saturday

The Minnesota Raptor Center is coming to Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park tomorrow (Saturday, Aug. 21). At this event, participants will see a Red-Tailed Hawk, an American Kestrel and a Great Horned Owl. There will be two one-hour shows – on...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 19, 2021

License Center Announces Appointment Openings for Aug. 30-Sept. 10

The Wright County License Center has announced that approximately 600 appointments for renewing driver’s licenses will open at 8 a.m. tomorrow (Aug. 20). The appointments will cover the period of Aug. 30 through Sept. 10 (there will be no appoin...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 19, 2021

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard today and the total number of Wright County cases has topped 17,000. There were 204 new reported cases (the most in one seven-day period since June 10) with nine cases that required ho...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 19, 2021

Drought Monitor Shows Continued Expansion of Extreme Drought In Minnesota

The U.S. Drought Monitor has released its weekly report on drought conditions in Minnesota. While no areas in the state showed marked improvement, the classification for Wright County remained unchanged. Almost all of the county remains in the D3 category...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 18, 2021

U of M Extension Offers Tips on Using Dish Soap to Combat Garden Bugs

By Marissa Schuh, University of Minnesota Extension educator, integrated pest management

Any place gardeners gather to talk about plants, there will be talk of soap. Dish soap and water are often referred to as the “holy grail” for mana...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 18, 2021

Parks & Rec Announces Campfire Restrictions for Primitive Campsites

A Message from Wright County Parks & Recreation

Wright County is restricting campfires in fire rings in the primitive campsites located at Stanley Eddy Regional Park, the North Fork Crow River Parks and Montissippi Park until further notice. Campfires ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 12, 2021

Local Heroes Days Coming to Monticello Aug. 19-21

Next Thursday, Friday and Saturday (Aug. 19-21) Wright County will be celebrating Local Heroes Days – in honor of frontline workers, including law enforcement, firefighters, first responders, veterans, Armed Forces, educators and medical personn...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 17, 2021

Winstock Announces Full Burning Ban for This Weekend's Festival

One of the more popular music festivals during the summer months has been the Winstock Country Music Festival in nearby Winsted. The event is coming this weekend (Friday, Aug. 20 and Saturday, Aug. 21) and the campground is opening Thursday. However, due ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 17, 2021

Final Hiking Wright Event of the Summer Coming Saturday

The final Hiking Wright event of the 2021 season will take place from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 21 at Carl Johnson County Park in Cokato. The free event is part of a series of hike explorations that give participants an opportunity to get a long...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 17, 2021

Extension to Host Drought Workshop Thursday

By Adam Austing and Nathan Drewitz, University of Minnesota Extension Educator

As this summer drags on, farmers are feeling little relief from this relentless drought. As of August 5, the U.S. Drought Monitor (www.droughtmonitor.unl.edu) showed that nearly...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 16, 2021

DNR Includes Wright County Under Burning Restrictions Starting Tonight

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced today (Aug. 16) that, effective at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17, 12 more counties have been included in the DNR’s burning restriction list, including Wright County. In all, 34 Minnesota coun...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 16, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of Aug. 9-15. The full report can be viewed here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2769

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 16, 2021

Public Access at Clearwater/Pleasant Park to Close Tuesday

A Message from the Wright County Parks & Recreation Department:

Wright County Parks & Recreation has announced that the Pleasant Lake Public Water Access located in Clearwater/Pleasant County Park will close tomorrow (Tuesday, Aug. 17). Parks &...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 16, 2021

Sheriff's Office Seeking Public's Help in Locating Subway Robber in Delano

A Message from the Wright County Sheriff’s Office:

At approximately 8:15 p.m. on Sunday, August 15, Wright County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the Subway restaurant at 625 Babcock Boulevard East in the City of Delano for a rep...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 16, 2021

County COVID Numbers Climbing After Slow Summer

As new cases of COVID-19 have taken a sharp upturn as the Delta variant has made its way across the country, Wright County has been no exception. After two months of almost stagnant numbers in terms of new cases, Wright County experienced its second week ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 12, 2021

MnDOT Looking for Input Dealing with Hwy. 25 Study

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has begun the second round of public engagement for the projected 2026 Hwy. 25 construction project between Monticello and Buffalo. Earlier this year MnDOT asked for public input on the trouble spots between the ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 12, 2021

Text Scam Involving MnDOT Making Its Way to Phones Across the State

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is warning residents of a scam that is using MnDOT as the sender of a fraudulent text message asking people to provide personal information for driver’s license waiver evaluations. MnDOT has nothing to ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 12, 2021

Wright County Remains In Extreme Drought Classification

The U.S. Drought Monitor has released its weekly drought map for Minnesota and almost all of Wright County remains in the D3 classification (Extreme Drought). While locally heavy rains hit many areas of the state over the last week, Wright County didn&...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 11, 2021

Ulrich Withdraws Competency Determination

A Message from Wright County Attorney Brian Lutes

In the case of State of Minnesota vs. Gregory Paul Ulrich (Wright County District Court File No. 86-CR-21-641), Gregory Paul Ulrich appeared in Wright County District Court today (Aug. 11, 2021). The Defend...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 11, 2021

Residents Reminded to Call 811 Before They Dig

Today is Aug. 11 (8/11) and the national “Call Before You Dig” 811 number call centers – in Minnesota known as Gopher State One Call – is using this day to remind people who plan to dig in their yards or property to...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 10, 2021

Ulrich Scheduled to Appear in Court Wednesday

A Message from the Wright County Attorney’s Office

Gregory Paul Ulrich is scheduled to appear in court at 9 a.m. Wednesday, August 11, 2021. The defense previously filed an objection to the May 14, 2021 Rule 20 Competency Evaluation Report regard...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 10, 2021

DNR Releases 2021 Waterfowl Handbook

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has released its 2021 Minnesota Waterfowl Handbook, which includes the dates and bag limits for the teal, duck and goose season, as well as a listing of changes to the statewide waterfowl regulations. Pr...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 9, 2021

County Fair Drew More Than 56,000 people

The 150th Wright County Fair was held July 21-25 and, despite some extremely hot weather many of the days, Wright County Fair Board President Ward Westphal said the fair was a success and, despite taking a year off due to COVID-19, things went relatively ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 9, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period covering Aug 2-8. To see the full report, click here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2757

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 9, 2021

U of M Extension Hosting Drought Workshop Aug. 19

As this summer drags on, farmers are feeling little relief from this relentless drought. As of August 5, the U.S. Drought Monitor (www.droughtmonitor.unl.edu) showed that nearly all of Wright County was experiencing extreme drought. In response, Universit...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 6, 2021

MnDOT Recommends Zipper Merging At Lane Closure Sites

For years, motorists who see a “Lane Closed Ahead” sign and remain in the lane that is closing are viewed as somewhere between being discourteous and being an outright jerk. However, with many major highways under construction this sum...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 6, 2021

DNR Offering Updates on 2021 Deer Hunting Seasons

It may seem a little early to be thinking about deer hunting season, but the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is providing information about the coming archery season, which opens in six weeks (Saturday, Sept. 18) and the firearms season, which o...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 6, 2021

Census Results Expected to Be Released Next Thursday

After months of delays, the results of the 2020 United States Census are scheduled to be released Thursday, Aug. 12. Census data is typically released in April of the year following the Census to give states and counties time to conduct redistricting base...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 6, 2021

Public Health Issues Press Release Providing COVID-19 Updates

Wright County Public Health has issued a press release regarding updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention dealing with the rise in COVID-19 Delta variant and vaccination numbers for Wright County. To see the full release, click here: ht...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 6, 2021

MnDOT Looking for Public Input on Hwy. 12 Corridor Study

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is conducting a virtual open house dealing with the Highway 12 Corridor Study from Delano to Independence. Those who live or travel frequently in this corridor are inviting to learn more about this project and pr...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 6, 2021

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard and, for the first time since the first week of June, there have been more than 50 new confirmed cases of COVID reported.

There were 146 new cases reported over the last week &ndash...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 6, 2021

License Center Announces Appointment Openings for Aug. 16-27

The Wright County License Center has announced that approximately 600 appointments for renewing driver’s licenses opened at 8 a.m. today (Aug. 6). The appointments will cover the period of Aug. 16-27. Appointments are served on time and walk-ins...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 5, 2021

Parks & Rec to Host Paddle On! Canoeing Adventure Aug. 14

In partnership with YMCA Day Camp Manitou, the Wright Parks & Recreation Department will be sponsoring a Paddle On! event from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14. The event will be held at Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park and is an adventure for those ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 5, 2021

Drought Tightening Its Grip On Wright County

The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor has been released and the grip the drought has had on Wright County continues to grow.

In mid-July, half of Wright County was downgraded from the Severe Drought designation to Extreme Drought. For two weeks it remained that ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 4, 2021

Recorder's Office to Offer Land Notification Alerts Starting Sept. 1

Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 1, Wright County residents can receive notifications from the Wright County Recorder’s Office by signing up to get free Land Notification Alerts. This service will alert property owners of activity that may be possible...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 4, 2021

Collinwood, Clearwater/Pleasant Swimming Beaches Re-Open

The Wright County Parks & Recreation Department has announced that the swimming beaches are Collinwood and Clearwater/Pleasant Parks have re-opened this afternoon (Aug. 4). Both beaches were closed Friday (July 30) after routine testing discovered hig...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 4, 2021

Wright Carver Breakfast on the Farm Coming Saturday

The annual Wright Carver Breakfast on the Farm program will be taking place from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Diers Corporation Family Farm near Howard Lake. The event is held every year on a family farm with the goal of sharing hands-on agriculture education ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 4, 2021

Portion of CSAH 5 to Close for Three Days Starting Monday, Aug. 16

A Message from the Wright County Highway Department

The Wright County Highway Department would like to inform the public that CSAH 5 in the area near 70th Street on the border of Victor and Stockholm Townships will be closed beginning Monday, Aug. 16 and e...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 3, 2021

U of M Extension Discusses Wright County Crops During Drought

By Adam Austing, UMN Extension Educator

It is no secret that the majority of Minnesota is facing drought conditions during this summer of 2021. Extreme heat combined with an extreme lack of moisture is taking its toll on plants, animals, and humans alike. ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 3, 2021

Campfires Still Allowed in County Park Campgrounds...For Now

As more areas of Minnesota are being placed under significant burning restrictions, the Wright County Parks & Recreation Department is making campers aware that burning in county park campgrounds within the fire rings is still allowed. However, if con...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 2, 2021

Mailing Going Out to Residents to Provide Input for Broadband Survey

Wright County residents have begun receiving a mass mailing looking for public input of a Broadband Survey. The county has contracted with Design Nine of Blacksburg, Virginia to conduct a study to analyze the existing broadband assets in the county, use p...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 2, 2021

Presentation On Destigmatizing Substance Use Disorders Coming to Buffalo Aug. 12

Wright County Health and Human Services and MEADA (Mentorship, Education and Drug Awareness) will be co-sponsoring an event dealing with destigmatizing substance use disorders on Thursday, Aug. 12.

“In Other Words: Combatting Stigma and Transform...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 2, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period covering July 26 to Aug. 1. To see the full report, click here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2733

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 2, 2021

MnDOT To Close CSAH 19 Starting Wednesday

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced that Wright County Highway 19 in Albertville will be closed starting Wednesday, Aug. 4 through Friday, Aug. 6 so crews can safely demolish the westbound I-94 bridge.

Beginning Wednesday, northbound C...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 2, 2021

Lowered Flags Honoring Slain Police Officer, Buffalo Native

Some may be curious as to why flags are flying at half-staff today. On Friday, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz ordered flags at all government buildings be lowered in honor of Ryan Bialke, an officer with the Red Lake Police Department killed in the line of duty ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 29, 2021

Fenning Avenue/School Boulevard Roundabout Construction Starts Monday

A Message from the Wright County Highway Department

The Wright County Highway Department has announced a project update for the County Highway 118 project in Monticello. The contractor is making significant progress on County Highway 118, completing the ma...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 29, 2021

Drought Monitor Shows Expansion of Extreme Drought Into Wright County

The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor map was released today (Thursday, July 29) and it continues to show worsening conditions in Wright County. For the first time, a portion of Wright County is now in the D3 Category (Extreme Drought) and the southern two-thir...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 29, 2021

Parks & Rec, Vet Services to Host 9th Annual Disabled Vets Waterfowl Hunt

On Saturday, October 2, the Wright County Parks & Recreation Department will be hosting its Ninth Annual Disabled Veterans Waterfowl Hunt. The event is a chance to give back to those veterans who have put their lives on the line for the freedoms we en...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 29, 2021

MPCA Declares Air Quality Alert

For those who awoke this morning and looked out the window at what appeared to be fog found out it was actually smoke from wildfires in Canada. At 10 p.m. last night, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency declared an Air Quality Alert for all of Minnesot...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 28, 2021

Excessive Heat Warning In Wright County This Afternoon

Morning cloudiness has delayed the temperatures taking a dramatic jump, but with clouds expected to clear out this afternoon, the National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for more than two dozen Minnesota counties, including Wright Co...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 28, 2021

Veterans Career Fair Tomorrow

The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs and CareerForce Veterans Employment Services are co-sponsoring a Virtual Career Fair from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, July 29. All veterans, active military members and their spouses are invited to explore the o...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 27, 2021

Kernza Demonstration Tonight at Farm in Buffalo

By Adam Austing, University of Minnesota Extension Educator

University of Minnesota Extension-Wright County and the Crow River Food Council are partnering to share the exciting characteristics of Kernza with area farmers, food makers and sellers, and those...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 26, 2021

U of M Extension Discusses Wright County Crops During Drought

By Adam Austing, University of Minnesota Extension Educator

It is no secret that the majority of Minnesota is facing drought conditions during this summer of 2021. Extreme heat combined with an extreme lack of moisture is taking its toll on plants, animals...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 26, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of July 19-25. The full report can be seen here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2720

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 26, 2021

Co. Rd. 19 to Be Reduced to One Lane Starting Wednesday

A Message from the Wright County Highway Department

Starting Wednesday, July 28, Wright County Road 19 will be reduced to a single lane in both directions between the Albertville Mall and Wright County Road 37 in Albertville. Crews need these closures to c...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 26, 2021

National Weather Service Issues Excessive Heat Watch

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Watch for much of central and southern Minnesota, including Wright County, for Tuesday and Wednesday. The combination of temperatures in the mid-90s and high dewpoints will result in dangerously hi...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 23, 2021

Wright County Has Job Openings

Wright County currently has 10 job openings looking to be filled. The list includes an accounting clerk for Health & Human Services, a civilian corrections officer, an eligibility specialist, two Highway Department technicians, a legal administrative ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 23, 2021

Aquatic Invasive Species Found in Locke Lake Near Clearwater

A Message from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Locke Lake, near Clearwater in Wright County.

DNR invasive species specialists followed up on a report from a lake prop...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 23, 2021

County Giving Away Vintage Finance Books

For those interested in owning a piece of Wright County history, the Wright County Finance and Taxpayer Services Department is giving away more than 100 of its old register books that date back decades.

The free books aren’t a genealogical resour...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 23, 2021

Wright County Under Heat Advisory Today

The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for noon to 8 p.m. today for several Minnesota counties in central and southern Minnesota, including Wright County.

With temperatures expected to be in the mid-90s and heat indices between 95 and 100 ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 22, 2021

License Center Announces Appointment Openings for Aug. 2-13

The Wright County License Center has announced that approximately 600 appointments for renewing driver’s licenses will open at 8 a.m. Friday (July 23). The appointments will cover the period of Aug. 2-13. With the Peacetime Emergency lifted in M...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 22, 2021

National Weather Service to Update Warning System

The National Weather Service announced today that starting Wednesday, July 28 it will be better conveying the severity and potential impacts from significant thunderstorms by adding damage threats to Severe Thunderstorm Warnings – similar to its...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 22, 2021

Parks & Rec Seeking Public Input on Updated Master Plan

Wright County Parks and Recreation Department is in the process of developing a comprehensive master plan for park facilities and recreation programs. The plan will evaluate current conditions of County parks, trails, and programs, and develop a plan for ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 22, 2021

Drought Monitor Shows Expansion of Extreme Drought In Minnesota

The U.S. Drought Monitor is updated on Thursdays and Minnesota’s drought continues to expand across the state. This week’s update shows a continued spread of the “Extreme Drought” category, which was first identifie...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 21, 2021

The Cost of License Plates Set to Double Aug. 1

There was a flurry of activity at the Minnesota State Legislature last month as some of the larger omnibus bills were approved in June’s special session. With each of those bills passed, there is consequence to them. One of those will involve in...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 21, 2021

County Highway 39 Project in Otsego Nearing Completion

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The Wright County Highway Department is pleased to announce that the County Highway 39 Project in Otsego will be completed almost two months earlier than the October 15, 2021 completion date for the project! The project work is nearing completion and is a...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 21, 2021

Scam Alert Issued by Customs and Border Protection Service

A new telephone-calling scam is using the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Service to target residents in many states, including Minnesota, to obtain banking information.

Many people have received the unsolicited calls from scammers posing...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 20, 2021

Vet Services Thanks Facebook Users for Solving Civil War Veteran Mystery

The Wright County Veteran Services (WCVS) Department would like to sincerely thank the many Facebook users that assisted in helping the department track down the descendants of Lorenzo D. Johnson, a Civil War veteran whose gravestone was discovered in the...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 20, 2021

MPCA Issues Air Quality Alert Through 6 A.M. Thursday

At 1:30 p.m., the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency issued an Air Quality Alert for much of Minnesota, including Wright County, until 6 a.m. Thursday, July 22.

Most of the state is in Code Orange, which is unhealthy for sensitive groups that include those...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 20, 2021

Need a New or Renewed Passport? The Wait Time Could Pose Travel Problems

With COVID-19 restrictions starting to be lifted in many parts of the world, travelling abroad is going to begin to return to pre-COVID levels. However, if you’ve never needed a passport before or need to get your expiring passport renewed, Wrig...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 20, 2021

County Fair Opens Tomorrow; Kids Get In Free

A reminder that the Wright County Fair begins tomorrow (July 21) and everyone aged 17 or younger will be admitted free. It’s one of the many changes that have been made to the fair in honor of its 150th year.

To see what’s at the Fair, ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 19, 2021

U of M Extension Providing Tips on Dealing with Picnic Beetles

By Kylee Sherod, University of Minnesota Extension Intern, Wright County

Are you seeing small beetles feasting on your fruits and vegetables? 

Glischrochilus quadrisignatus, otherwise known as picnic beetles or sap beetles, are insects that appear ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 19, 2021

EDA Currently Taking Offers for HHS Center

The Wright County Economic Development Authority (EDA) has begun fielding offers for the purchase and redevelopment of the Wright County Human Services Center, located at 1004 Commercial Drive in Buffalo near the intersection of Highway 55 and Highway 25....

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 19, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of July 12-18, 2021. The full report can be seen here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2698

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 19, 2021

Safe Communities Warns About Dangers of Speeding

A Message from Virgil Hawkins, Wright County Highway Engineer and Safe Communities of Wright County Board Member

You may have noticed extra law enforcement on the roads recently.  They are working extra speed patrols for those motorists who drive ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 16, 2021

Annandale Fitness Club Owner Found Guilty of Filming in Tanning Booth

On Thursday (July 15), a jury in Wright County convicted Randall Roiger, 45, of Cokato of interference with privacy – a gross misdemeanor – for installing a camera in a tanning booth at Snap Fitness in Annandale.

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 16, 2021

DNR 'Honoring' Minnesota's 17 Species of Snakes on World Snake Day

There are many people who believe the only good snake is a dead snake, but, in honor of June 16 being World Snake Day, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is letting people know that six of the 17 snakes native to Minnesota (including the timber...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 16, 2021

Heatwave Forecast to Coincide with County Fair

With families readying to go the Wright County Fair next week, they are being warned to remain hydrated because the forecasted weather has six straight days projected to be 90 degrees or warmer.

According to Weather.com, starting Monday, July 19 we can exp...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 16, 2021

Parks & Rec To Host Birdwatching Event Saturday at Schroeder Park

Wright County Parks & Recreation will be hosting a Backyard Birds event from 1 to 3 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday, July 17) at Schroeder Park Campground in Corinna Township east of Annandale.

More than 400 species of birds are known to live in Minnesota and ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 15, 2021

DNR Warning Boaters About Low Water Issues at Boat Launches

A Message from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

The abnormally dry to drought conditions occurring across Minnesota are creating challenging conditions for people trying to get their boats into or out of the water at public boat launches, acco...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 15, 2021

Timeline for Co. Rd. 118 Project in Monticello Released

The Wright County Highway Department has released a tentative time schedule for the County Road 118 (Fenning Avenue) roundabout project. All the dates and time duration for the different portions of the project are weather-dependent.

Subgrade Preparation &...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 15, 2021

Talent Show for County Fair July 22 Cancelled

The Wright County Fair Board has announced that the Talent Show at the 2021 Wright County Fair has been cancelled.

A release from the Fair Board stated: “The Wright County Fair regrets to announce that the Talent Show scheduled for Thurs...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 15, 2021

Wright County Split In Drought Categories

Despite sporadic rain in the area over the last few weeks, drought conditions in Minnesota continue to be a problem and cut Wright County in half between areas considered severe drought and moderate drought.

The U.S. Drought Monitor released its weekly dro...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 14, 2021

Several County Departments to Participate in Wright County Fair

The 150th Wright County Fair opens a week from today (July 21) and several Wright County departments will have booths or tents set up to discuss and promote the work done by their offices and departments.

The Wright County Highway Department booth will hav...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 14, 2021

Presentation of Destigmatizing Substance Use Disorders Coming to Buffalo Aug. 12

Wright County Health and Human Services and MEADA (Mentorship, Education and Drug Awareness) will be co-sponsoring an event dealing with destigmatizing substance use disorders.  “In Other Words: Combatting Stigma and Transforming Cultur...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 13, 2021

MnDOT Provides Update on I-94 Construction

For those who use I-94 on a regular basis, the Minnesota Department of Transportation has provided an update on activity that will create lane changes or ramp closures starting this week.

  • There will be a one-night closure of the left local lane on westboun...
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Wright County News
Posted on: July 13, 2021

COVID Clinic Coming to Annandale Saturday

There will be a COVID-19 clinic coming to Annandale starting Saturday, July 17. The clinic will provide the Pfizer vaccine and will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 17 and Saturday, July 24 to receive the first dose of the vaccine and 10 a.m....

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 12, 2021

U of M Extension Hosting Kernza Demonstration July 27

By Adam Austing, University of Minnesota Extension Educator

University of Minnesota Extension-Wright County and the Crow River Food Council are partnering to share the exciting characteristics of Kernza with area farmers, food makers and sellers, and those...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 12, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report covering the period of July 5-11. The full report can be viewed here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2680

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 12, 2021

Reservations for Bertram Chain of Lakes Campground Open Wednesday

A Message from Wright County Parks & Recreation

The campground at Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park is preparing to open. There are a few things that you need to know as we prepare for the first campers. The first weekend for campers to be at the ca...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 12, 2021

COVID Clinic Coming to St. Michael Wednesday

A COVID-19 vaccination clinic will be held in St. Michael starting this week. The clinic will be administering the Pfizer vaccine from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 14 and 21 at the St. Michael City Center/Crow River Senior Center Craft Room (118...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 9, 2021

WCEDP Has Redesigned Website

The Wright County Economic Development Partnership (WCEDP) is happy to announce a newly updated and improved website (https://wrightpartnership.org/). 

The new website has completed a major overhaul and provides something for everyone. WCEDP aims ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 25, 2021

CMRP Posting Job for Contract Project Manager

The Central Mississippi River Regional Planning Partnership (CMRP) has posted a job listing for a contract project manager as CMRP moves to the next phase of its Framework 2030 project.

CMRP is a nine-jurisdiction body consisting of Wright and Sherburne co...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 8, 2021

County Seeking Public Input for Future Use of Current Government Center

Wright County is currently in the process of moving from the existing Wright County Government Center to the new Government Center on the county campus at Braddock Avenue and Hwy. 25 in Buffalo. The county is currently evaluating the current Government Ce...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 8, 2021

License Center Announces Appointment Openings for July 19-30

The Wright County License Center has announced that approximately 600 appointments for renewing driver’s licenses will open at 8 a.m. Friday (June 9). The appointments will cover the period of July 19-30. With the Peacetime Emergency lifted in M...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 6, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of June 28-July 4. The full report can be seen here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2672

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 1, 2021

State Has Closed Down Option of Taking Driver's License Exams Online

A Message from the Wright County License Center:

As of today (July 1), the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services Division has removed the online testing option for driver’s licenses. Like many provisions made by the St...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 1, 2021

50 Things to Know About the 150th Wright County Fair

This year will be the 150th Wright County Fair and, while many equate the fair with the food and the midway rides, there is a lot more than just eating and going on rides, especially this year as a lot of new attractions will take place for the sesquicent...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 1, 2021

County Offices and Facilities to Be Closed Monday

All county facilities and offices will be closed Monday, July 5 in observance of the Independence Day holiday. All facilities and offices will reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday, July 6.

Wright County News
Posted on: July 1, 2021

WOW Van in Monticello Today

The Wellness on Wheels (WOW) mobile health clinic will be at Monticello High School (525 School Boulevard) from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. today (July 1). Registered nurses from Wright County Public Health will be on hand to provide health services, education and a...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 30, 2021

DNR Offering Webinars Throughout July and August

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is conducting weekly webinars on a variety of outdoors topics over the next two months as part of its annual Summer Series.

The webinars are held at noon on Wednesdays throughout the rest of summer and ar...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 29, 2021

Roundabout Project in Delano to Begin Tuesday, July 6

A Message from the Wright County Highway Department

Work at the intersection of Tiger Drive and County State Aid Highway 30 (CSAH 30) in the City of Delano will start Tuesday, July 6 and will be completed before school begins. The prime contractor on this ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 29, 2021

Online Renewals of Driver's Licenses Ends Tomorrow

As a reminder, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services Division has announced that special legislation approved last year will expire tomorrow (Wednesday, June 30) that allowed Minnesotans to renew driver’s licenses...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 28, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of June 21-27. The full report can be viewed here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2661

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 28, 2021

Extension Offering Tips on Pasture Management

By Katherine Gathje, Interim Extension Educator

Hot and dry conditions have not been favorable for pasture growth this summer. Farmers have had to supplement pasture feeding with more dry forages than typical, putting a strain on available forages for wint...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 25, 2021

Trailblazer Looking Post-COVID with Fleet of Buses in Buffalo

Last week, Trailblazer Transit held a ribbon-cutting for the garage expansion at its Buffalo facility. Seven years in the system, Wright County has become the largest user of the Trailblazer system and that growth is expected to continue as more bus route...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 25, 2021

DNR Observing International Pollinator Week

Throughout the United States and in many other countries throughout the world June 21-27 is being observed as International Pollinator Week. There are thousands of pollinator species in Minnesota, including 400 species of native bees.

Pollinators play a ke...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 25, 2021

License Center Announces Appointment Openings for July 6-16

At 8 a.m. today, approximately 600 appointments to renew driver’s license became available with the Wright County License Center for the period of July 6-16. While walk-ups are accepted from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., priority is gi...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 24, 2021

DPS, Fire Marshal Warning of Dangers of Fireworks

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety and the State Fire Marshal’s Office are warning Minnesotans about the dangers of illegal fireworks this coming Fourth of July holiday weekend. On average, about 75 people are hospitalized with fireworks-...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 24, 2021

Courts Gradually Returning to In-Person Hearings

The Wright County 10th Judicial District has announced that it is adding limited hearings to in-person settings on its case docket. As of July 30, the courts will begin hearing in-person contested criminal and juvenile hearings along with criminal settlem...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 24, 2021

Wright County Downgraded to Moderate Drought Conditions

The United States Drought Monitor has downgraded Wright County from the “Abnormally Dry” category to “Moderate Drought” as warm temperatures and the lack of rain is causing a strain on the ability for crops, lawns a...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 23, 2021

County Fair Takes Months of Preparation to Pull Off

The 150th Wright County Fair is coming July 21-25 and fair organizers are going all out to make the sesquicentennial version of the fair the biggest and best ever – a year after the original 150th fair was cancelled due to COVID-19.

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 23, 2021

Limited Spots Remain for Day Camp at Ney Park Friday

Those with children ages 6-12 looking for a fun Day Camp activity, the Wright County Parks & Recreation Department is hosting a one-day camp from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, June 25 at Robert Ney Memorial Park in Maple Lake Township.

Kids will learn about...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 23, 2021

WOW Van Coming to Monticello July 1

The Wellness on Wheels (WOW) mobile health clinic will be at Monticello High School (525 School Boulevard) from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 1. Registered nurses from Wright County Public Health will be on hand to provide health services, education and...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 22, 2021

COVID-Related License Renewal Provisions to End June 30

The Minnesota State Legislature is currently meeting in special session to finish its business from the 2021 session and one key piece of legislation is going to impact Minnesota drivers.

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic last year when many Minnesota...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 22, 2021

What the Current Drought-Like Conditions Mean for Your Garden

Source: Kylee Sherod, University of Minnesota Extension Intern, Wright County

The past few weeks of high temperatures and dry weather have pushed much of Minnesota into a drought. The U.S. Drought Monitor indicates that 100 percent of the state is abnormal...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 22, 2021

CSAH 6 Culvert Replacement To Be Completed This Week

After multiple delays due to a private fiber line that needed to be moved for the installation of a culvert, CSAH 6 in Victor Township is finally going to be completed this week.

Paving is going to begin today (June 22) and is expected to be opened to traf...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 21, 2021

Wright County Fair Schedule Released

One month from today, the 150th Wright County Fair will begin its five-day run from July 21-25. There are numerous events scheduled for the five days, including several new events as part of the 150th year of the fair.

Below is the daily schedule. For more...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 21, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of June 14-20. The full report can be seen here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2644

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 18, 2021

Participants in The Turn Take Part In 'Stories Worth Telling' Project

A Message from the Minnesota 10th Judicial District

The Turn, the Wright County Adult Drug Court, celebrated National Drug Court Month in May by reflecting on the positive changes in the lives of program participants.

Through a project titled “Stories Worth...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 18, 2021

Fishing Pier at Beebe Lake Has Been Moved to a New Location

Those who have visited Beebe Lake Regional Park between Buffalo and St. Michael in recent days have noticed a pretty significant change. Last week, a project that the Wright County Parks & Recreation Department had been wanting to do for several years...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 18, 2021

Buffalo Days Celebration to be Featured on KSTP-TV This Afternoon

The annual Buffalo Days celebration will be featured tonight on the 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts on KSTP-TV Channel 5. The coverage is part of Channel 5’s “Back Together” series, which chronicles the return of time-honored eve...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 18, 2021

Fishing Clinic Coming to Bertram Park Saturday

Minnesota Trout Unlimited will be hosting a fishing clinic for all ages at Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park in Monticello from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, June 19. For the little ones in your life, it makes a great early Father’s Day gift to share th...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 18, 2021

Wright County Included in Two DNR Fire Warnings

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has included Wright County in a pair of fire danger warning areas – one for today (June 18) and one that will last until Wright County gets enough rain to be considered out of the danger zone for fir...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 17, 2021

Highway Department Releases Update of Co. Rd. 118 Project

The Wright County Highway Department has provided an update on the County Road 118 (Fenning Avenue) construction project in the City of Monticello and Monticello Township, which is scheduled to begin Monday, June 21. To see the particulars of the project ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 17, 2021

Parks & Rec to Host Day Camp June 25 at Ney Park

Wright County Parks & Recreation has announced that it will be hosting a day camp for children ages 6-12 at Robert Ney Memorial Park near Maple Lake from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, June 25. Kids will learn about the different wildlife that makes up m...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 17, 2021

County Offices and Facilities will Be Open Friday

President Joe Biden has signed into law legislation establishing Juneteenth (June 19) as a federal holiday.  While many federal government offices will be closed in observance of the new holiday,  all Wright County offices and facilities...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 17, 2021

Schroeder Park Boat Access Closed This Afternoon

The Wright County Parks & Recreation Department has announced that the boat access at Schroeder Park and Campground will be closed until 4 p.m. today as the launch undergoes repairs. Due to low water due to the lack of road, boats have been getting ca...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 17, 2021

Highway Department Provides Timeline for CSAH 39/Odean Ave. Construction

The Wright County Highway Department has released a general timeline for the CSAH 39/Odean Avenue construction project in Otsego. Dates are subject to minor changes due to weather conditions.

Remainder of this week – re-spreading of topsoil, prep...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 15, 2021

Town Ball Tour Coming to Delano Wednesday

For the second straight week, FOX-9 TV is going to highlight a city in Wright County as part of its summer Wednesday Town Ball Tour series.

Last week, the FOX-9 crew spent the full day in Buffalo, starting with the morning show, as well as live broadcasts ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 14, 2021

Spike's Farm of Buffalo Named 2021 Wright County Farm Family of the Year

By Adam Austing, University of Minnesota Extension, Wright County

The Farm Family Recognition Program has existed for more than 30 years and honors farm families from throughout Minnesota for their contributions to the agriculture industry and their local ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 14, 2021

Blood Donors Needed as Minnesota Faces Critical Shortage

A call is being put out to Minnesotans to donate blood as the state is facing a critical shortfall.

In a news release sent out today, Memorial Blood Centers (Minnesota’s largest blood bank) is recognizing World Blood Donor Day by reminding Minnes...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 14, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of June 7-13. The full report can be viewed here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2628

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 14, 2021

I-94 Split at Albertville Coming Tuesday

Starting tomorrow (June 15), the eastbound lanes of Interstate 94 will be separated between CSAH 19 and Highway 241. Traffic will merge left or right prior to Albertville. The left lane will be for through traffic. The right lane gives access to CSAH 19 a...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 11, 2021

Collinwood Park Event Coincides with National Get Outdoors Day

As part of National Get Outdoors Day Saturday (June 12), the Wright County Parks Department will be hosting an orienteering class at Collinwood Regional Park and Campground in Cokato.

The free event will be conducted from 1 to 3 p.m. and will teach partici...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 11, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Statement Regarding Fatal Accident in Monticello Township

A Statement from the Wright County Sheriff’s Office

On June 10, 2021 at approximately 6:37 p.m. Wright County deputies were dispatched to 1383 120th Street NE in Monticello Township for a report of an ATV crash involving a juvenile male. Upon arr...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 11, 2021

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard. The number of new confirmed cases for the week was just 33 – the lowest single-week total since April 2020. Despite having so few cases, there were six cases that required h...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 11, 2021

License Center Announces Appointment Openings for June 21-July 2

At 8 a.m. today (Friday, June 11), the Wright County License Center will open approximately 600 appointment slots for driver’s license renewals and upgrades to enhanced licenses and REAL I.D. The appointments cover the period of June 21-July 2. ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 10, 2021

The Turn Announces Graduation Ceremony Set for June 24

The Turn (Wright County Adult Drug Court) is pleased to announce that Benton Sothman has graduated the program. A ceremony celebrating his achievement will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 24 at Sturges Park (401 Lake Boulevard S. in Buffalo).

The keyno...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 10, 2021

DNR Sponsoring Take a Kid Fishing Weekend June 11-13

In an effort to get more young people involved in fishing, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will be hosting its annual Take a Kid Fishing Weekend Friday, June 11 through Sunday, June 13. All Minnesota Residents can fish this weekend without a...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 10, 2021

Wright County Nearing Drought Conditions

As of today (June 10), Wright County is officially listed on the Minnesota drought map created by the National Drought Migration Center. The maps are updated every Thursday and, after not being included as recently as the June 3 map, Wright County has now...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 9, 2021

Emergency Management Asking Vulnerable Groups to Stay Safe During Heatwave

As Wright County experiences its seventh straight day with temperatures of 90 degrees or above (a state record for June) with no significant drop in sight, Wright County Emergency Management is reminding residents about the dangers inherent to heat.

The Na...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 9, 2021

FOX 9 in Buffalo Tonight As Part of Its Annual Town Ball Tour

Wright County is going to be prominently featured on FOX 9 over the next eight days, as the TV station makes two stops in Wright County as part of its annual “Town Ball Tour.”

The first will be this afternoon when the Fox 9 crew comes t...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 8, 2021

MPCA Issues Code Orange Air Quality Alert Through 9 P.M. Tonight

Wright County has been included in a growing number of counties listed in an Air Quality Alert by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The five-county Twin City metro area has been under the daily alerts since last weekend, but this afternoon the numbe...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 8, 2021

DNR Providing Advice on How to Deal with Deer Ticks

In Minnesota, we’re in the middle of deer tick season. From mid-May to mid-July, the smaller nymph stage of deer ticks are feeding and potentially spreading Lyme disease.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has provided a list of tips f...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 8, 2021

U of M Extension Explains Why We're Seeing So Many Maple Helicopters This Year

By Kylee Sherod, University of Minnesota Extension Intern, Wright County

Many Minnesotans have reported seeing abundant amounts of maple helicopter seeds this year. When the seed or fruit of long-lived trees are seen in copious amounts, similar to current ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 7, 2021

Wright County Listed By DNR As Having 'Very High' Fire Danger

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources updates its statewide fire danger and burning restriction maps daily and, for the moment, Wright County is listed among the counties with “very high” fire danger and under burning restricti...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 7, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report covering the period of May 31-June 6. To see the full report, click here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2611

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 7, 2021

I-94 Project to Include Concrete Conveyor System

Those who commute from Wright County to the Twin Cities on Interstate 94 are going to be seeing an unfamiliar structure near Brockton Lane in Maple Grove – the first of its kind concrete conveyor system.

The system brings concrete above traffic a...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 7, 2021

K-9 Grizz Officially Joins Sheriff's Office Staff

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office would like to congratulate Deputy Michael Loomis and his K-9 partner Grizz for completing their K-9 certifications in Narcotics Detection, Tracking, and General Patrol duties. The K-9 certification school hoste...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 4, 2021

Minnesota State Parks to Offer Free Admission Saturday, June 12

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has announced that all 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas with offer free admission to everyone on Saturday, June 12.

The DNR offers the free entrance on four days during the year to cover all of the...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 4, 2021

Highway 6 Culvert Project Delayed Again

A Message from the Wright County Highway Department

The County Highway 6 closure in Victor Township will be extended for the County Ditch 10 improvement work by Molnau Trucking, LLC.  Originally expected to be open to traffic by the end of the day...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 4, 2021

MnDOT Warning Motorists About Potential Pavement Buckling

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is warning motorists traveling this weekend that temperatures are expected to approach 100 degrees in many parts of the state this weekend, which could cause pavement buckling on roads.

Pavement buckling occurs wh...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 4, 2021

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard. Due to the Memorial Day holiday weekend, numbers weren’t updated last week, so the new numbers reflect a two-week span.

The decline in new cases was pronounced, hitting the l...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 3, 2021

County to Keep Appointment Schedule for Driver's License Renewals

Nobody questions that COVID-19 has impacted the lives of Wright County residents over the last year – from shelter-in-place orders to mask mandates. But, in some instances, the changes created by COVID have resulted in positive changes in terms ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 2, 2021

Section of CSAH 7 in Middleville Township to Close Monday

A Message from the Wright County Highway Department

The Wright County Highway Department has announced that CSAH 7 between Co. Rd. 107 and 30th Street in Middleville Township will be closed on Monday, June 7 for a culvert replacement approximately 400 feet...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 2, 2021

EDA to Begin Taking Offers on HHS Building in July

Next month, the Wright County Economic Development Authority (EDA) will begin fielding offers for the purchase and redevelopment of the Wright County Human Services Center, located at 1004 Commercial Drive in Buffalo near the intersection of Highway 55 an...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 1, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report covering the period of May 24-31. The full Activity Report can be viewed here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2599

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 1, 2021

Highway 30 Project Delayed

A Message from the Wright County Highway Department

County Ditch 10 (Culvert) Improvements on County Highway (CSAH) 30 Delayed Until Late Summer 

The County Highway 30 closure in Victor Township will be delayed for the County Ditch 10 Improvement W...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 27, 2021

600 Appointment Slots for Driver's License Renewals to Open Friday

At 8 a.m. tomorrow (Friday, May 28), the Wright County License Center will open approximately 600 appointment slots for driver’s license renewals and upgrades to enhanced licenses and REAL I.D. The appointments cover the period of June 7-18. Wal...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 27, 2021

Wright County Facilities Closed Monday

All Wright County facilities and offices will be closed Monday, May 31 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. All offices and facilities will re-open at 8 a.m. Tuesday, June 1.

Wright County News
Posted on: May 27, 2021

Wright County HHS to Host Vaccine Clinics June 3 and 10

Wright County Public Health will be hosting a COVID-19 vaccine clinic Thursday, June 3 and Thursday, June 10 at the Wright County Human Services Center in Buffalo. The clinic will be administering the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine which provid...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 26, 2021

Wright County Requests Two Speed Studies from MnDOT

Often times when there are road construction projects in or around cities, local officials often ask the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) to get the proper speed limits posted on the newly constructed roads.

There are two speed studies that W...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 25, 2021

County Highway 6 Closure Extended to Approximately June 4

A Message from the Wright County Highway Department

The County Highway 6 closure in Victor Township will be extended for the County Ditch No. 10 improvement work by Molnau Trucking, LLC. Originally expected to be open to traffic by the end of the ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 25, 2021

Parks & Rec Moving Raptor Center Program to August

Wright County Parks & Recreation has announced that the Raptor Center program scheduled for two shows Saturday, May 29 at Bertram Chain of Lakes Park has been moved to Saturday Aug. 21. The program is operated by the University of Minnesota Raptor Cen...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 25, 2021

Increased Enforcement Coming on CSAH 39 between Monticello and Otsego

For years, the stretch of CSAH 39 between Hart Boulevard in Monticello and Odean Avenue NE in Otsego had one of the higher incident rates of rear-end crashes in Wright County. Given the large number of driveways along the road, those looking to access or ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 24, 2021

UPDATE: License Center Back Up and Running

A Message from the Wright County License Center

In an update from earlier today, the Wright County License Center came back online for renewals of driver’s licenses, enhanced licenses and REAL ID at approximately 3:15 p.m. today the issue was dis...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 24, 2021

U of M Extension Offering Advice on Container Gardening

As the days get longer many people are out in their gardens while others long for that option. If you don’t have the space for a garden, a landlord that doesn’t allow a garden space or you don’t have the physical capability t...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 24, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of May 17-23. The full report can be viewed here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=2586

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 24, 2021

License Center Unable to Renew Licenses That Require Photos Due to Software Outage

A Message from the Wright County License Center:

The connection between the Wright County License Center and the servers for the State of Minnesota have been down this morning, making it not possible to take photos needed for renewing driver’s li...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 21, 2021

Lutes Explains Rule 20 Objection in Ulrich Case

At yesterday’s court hearing for Greg Ulrich, charged with the Allina Clinic-Crossroads shooting and bomb detonation in Buffalo Feb. 9, the hearing lasted just two minutes because defense counsel filed an objection to the Rule 20 report that dee...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 21, 2021

Highway Department Announces Delay in Start of Hwy. 30 Project

A Message from the Wright County Highway Department

County Ditch 10 (Culvert) Improvements on County Highway (CSAH) 30

The County Highway 30 closure in Victor Township will be delayed for the County Ditch No. 10 improvement work by Molnau Trucking, LLC. &am...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 21, 2021

Mobile COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Coming to Monticello May 26

A mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinic will be conducted from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 26 at Monticello Tri-Valley Head Start (9375 Fenning Ave. in the back parking lot).

The vaccination bus will have Blue Cross Blue Shield heath care workers administ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 21, 2021

Highway Department Announces Sealcoating Schedule

Wright County’s Seasonal Seal Coating Program is scheduled to begin on Monday, May 24, 2021 on approximately 31 miles of Wright County Highways.   Locations of seal coating routes are below & shown on the attached map.  It ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 21, 2021

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard. Over the past seven days, there were 192 new confirmed cases, seven cases that required hospitalizations, four cases that required treatment in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and two de...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 21, 2021

Disc Golf Baskets Have Been Installed at Montissippi Park

Wright County Parks & Recreation has announced that, as of late yesterday (May 20), all 18 baskets at the disc golf course in Montissippi Park in Monticello are back up and ready for play. In the early hours of May 13, all 18 baskets were sawed of the...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 20, 2021

Ulrich Hearing Ends In Two Minutes; Next Appearance Aug. 11

Today’s court appearance on the Rule 20 competency determination of Gregory Ulrich, charged with the shooting and bomb detonation at the Allina Clinic-Crossroads in Buffalo in February, lasted just two minutes. Defense counsel contested the resu...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 20, 2021

MnDOT to Host "Let's Talk Transportation" Virtual Event June 3

Residents of Central Minnesota are invited to join MnDOT planners online Thursday, June 3 to test their knowledge of the state transportation system and share their vision for its future.

The “Let’s Talk Transportation!&rdq...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 20, 2021

Employment Opportunities Available at Wright County

When you have a workforce as large as Wright County has, there is a natural turnover of employees that create job openings. If you’re looking for employment in a fast-paced environment with competitive wages and a strong benefits package, go to ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 19, 2021

Ulrich Hearing Scheduled for Tomorrow

Gregory Ulrich, who faces charges in the Feb. 9 shooting at the Allina Clinic-Crossroads in Buffalo, will be making his next court appearance at 2:30 p.m. Thursday (May 20). The hearing will be held virtually via Zoom.

Discussion at the hearing will likely...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 19, 2021

U of M Extension Offering Advice for Farms, Gardens and Lawns

This spring has featured mostly cool and dry weather for most of Wright County. That brings about challenges both for farmers managing recently planted crops and for homeowners working to maintain trees, lawn, and gardens. Wright County residents can cont...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 19, 2021

Wright County HHS to Host Vaccine Clinic May 27

Wright County Public Health will be hosting a COVID-19 vaccine clinic Thursday, May 27 at the Wright County Human Services Center in Buffalo. The clinic will be administering the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine which provides efficacy after two ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 18, 2021

Residents Asked to Take Internet Speed Test

As part of the American Rescue Plan, Wright County is looking to lay fiber in the ground to get internet service providers to offer new or upgraded service to the areas in the county (primarily in the western portion) that have the slowest broadband speed...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 18, 2021

Highway 6 Culvert Work Delays Reopening of Road

The culvert work/detour on CSAH 6 in Victor Township, which was expected to be completed and open to traffic Monday (May 17), is now expected to continue into next week due to delays with the County Ditch 10 culvert improvement work. Due to the proximity ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 17, 2021

Wright County Announces Lifting of Mask Requirements in County Facilities

In accordance with Executive Order 21-23 signed by Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz Friday, Wright County has announced that masks will be encouraged, but no longer required, in public areas of all county facilities. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Wright Cou...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 17, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period May 9-15. To see the full report, click here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=2566

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 17, 2021

Bridge Work Complete on Co. Rd. 4 in Cokato Township

The Wright County Highway Department has announced that bridge repair work on Co. Rd 4 in Cokato Township over the Crow River has been completed ahead of schedule.

Work on the bridge began Monday, May 10 and was expected to be closed to traffic for two wee...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 17, 2021

Highway Department Announces 2021 Pavement Preservation Projects

The Wright County Highway Department has announced the list of pavement preservation projects that will take place this spring and summer.

The 2021 Pavement Preservation Contract involves the following highways in Wright County: 

  • County State Aid H...
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Wright County News
Posted on: May 17, 2021

Full Text of Governor's Executive Order 21-23

On Friday, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz signed Executive Order 21-23, which largely removed the requirement of wearing masks. As part of the decision, the option was left open for municipalities or private businesses to keep individual mask requirements in pla...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 14, 2021

Sheriff's Office Preparing for Arrival of K9 Officer Grizz to Start Work in June

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office is getting ready to welcome a new member to its ranks – K9 officer Grizz, a 15-month old German Shepherd/Malinois mix. In March, Grizz began a 12-week training program under the guidance of Steve Pear...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 14, 2021

Hwy. 241 Exit Ramp to Eastbound I-94 to Close Monday

Starting Monday, May 17, the ramp from eastbound I-94 at Hwy. 241 in St. Michael will be closed. The ramp closure is expected to remain in effect through Saturday, June 5. Motorists wanting to access Hwy. 241 should plan to follow the signed detour route ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 14, 2021

DPS Announces Increased Drunk Driving Enforcement in Wright County

Wright County residents can expect to see more Minnesota State Highway Patrol vehicles on roads on the lookout for drunk drivers this summer. On Thursday, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety announced a list of 15 counties that will be getting extra...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 14, 2021

Highway Department to Do Maintenance on CSAH 42 Bridge Monday

The Wright County Highway Department has announced that it will be doing some bridge maintenance repair work on the CSAH 42 (Parrish Avenue) bridge when it connects Otsego and Elk River on Monday, May 17. The staging is expected to begin at 6:30 a.m. Traf...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 14, 2021

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard. Over the past seven days, there were 235 new confirmed cases, 14 cases that required hospitalizations, six cases that required treatment in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and three deat...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 14, 2021

License Center Announces Appointment Openings for May 24-June 4

At 8 a.m. today (May 14), hundreds of appointment spots for driver’s license renewals and REAL ID and enhanced licenses applications have opened at the Wright County License Center. The appointments cover the period of May 24-June 4. Walk-ins are accepted...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 13, 2021

COVID Vaccination Clinic for 12-17 Years Old Coming to Monticello May 19

A COVID-19 vaccination event for those ages 12-17 will be conducted from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 19 at CentraCare Monticello Hospital (1013 Hart Boulevard). The event will be conducted by CentraCare and Wright County Public Health.

To sign up fo...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 13, 2021

CDC Expected to Drop Mask/Social Distancing Requirement for Fully Vaccinated

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to announce this afternoon at its daily briefing that those who are fully vaccinated – deemed to be two weeks after receiving their last dose of the COVID-19 vaccine – will no ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 13, 2021

Disc Golf Course Closed in Montissippi Park After Being Vandalized

The disc golf course at Montissippi Park in Monticello will be closed until further notice. In the overnight hours last night, the course was vandalized and all of the metal baskets were cut out. The vandal(s) didn’t take the baskets –...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 12, 2021

Significant Changes Coming on I-94 Project from Clearwater to Maple Grove

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has provided an update on several aspects of the ongoing construction on I-94 – several of which will be changing within the next few days.

Overnight Lane Closes and Traffic Stops between Maple Grove and...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 12, 2021

Parks & Rec Hosting Fungus Among Us Saturday at Bertram Park

Wright County Parks & Recreation is offering its free interactive event “Fungus Among Us – Spring Edition.” Can you tell the difference between a lichen and a fungus? Have you ever wanted to learn how to distinguish the d...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 12, 2021

Voters in Annandale School District Narrowly Vote Down School Referendum

Voters in the Annandale School narrowly voted down a one-question ballot on a proposed $81.55 million school bond referendum Tuesday which proposed to build a new high school for grades 9-12, renovating the existing high school from grades 5-8 and adding ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 12, 2021

MDH Releases Report on 2020 Suicide Deaths in Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Health has released it preliminary 2020 report on Minnesota Suicide Mortality. In 2020, 723 Minnesotans died by suicide – a decrease from a record-setting 830 suicides in 2019. For the last 20 years, suicides in Minne...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 11, 2021

May 9-15 Is National Police Week

A Message from the Wright County Sheriff’s Office

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed Public Law 87-726 designating May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which May 15 falls as National Police Week. This year, National Police...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 11, 2021

Produce and Dairy Giveaway Today at Five Wright County Locations

NourishingHOPE Food Drop and Second Harvest Heartland are sponsoring a free produce and dairy giveaway today (May 11) at five locations in Wright County from 3 p.m. until all the food is gone.

The locations are in Buffalo (Buffalo Covenant Church parking l...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 10, 2021

First Half Real Estate Taxes are Due May 17, 2021

The Wright County Taxpayer Services Office would like to remind all county property owners that first half property taxes for real estate properties are due May 17, 2021 If for some reason you can't locate your 2021 property tax statement and wou...

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Posted on: May 10, 2021

DNR Releases Fishing Opener Week Fish and Wildlife Almanac

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has released its weekly Fish and Wildlife Almanac leading up to this weekend’s fishing opener. The almanac includes links to answering fishing questions, tips for those new to fishing, a webinar focu...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 10, 2021

Wright County HHS Releases 2020 Annual Report

Wright County Health & Human Services has released its 2020 Annual Report. The report includes strategic highlights, an executive summary, strategic imperatives and results, COVID-19 data, a financial report and governance structure of the department....

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 10, 2021

U of M Extension Proving Advice for Those Planting Gardens

By Karen Johnson, University of Minnesota Extension

Have you put much thought into your garden yet this year? Now is a great time to take a soil sample, consider plant placement within the garden, and to get started planting some of the cool seaso...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 10, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of May 3-9. The full report can be viewed here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=2542

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 7, 2021

School Nurse Day Coming May 12, Culminating National Nurse Week

May 6-12 is National Nurse Week, a time to honor those who have been vital to the health and wellness of Americans for decades, but whose job has been critical as frontline workers in the fight against COVID-19.

The final day of National Nurse Week (May 12...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 7, 2021

License Center Announces Policy for Boat Registration Renewals

A Message from the Wright County License Center

In preparation for Fishing Opener Saturday, May 15, the Wright County License Center will allow people with just Boat renewals to skip the line inside the Wright County Government Center the week of May 10-14...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 7, 2021

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard. Over the last week there were 347 new confirmed cases (the lowest weekly total since the last week of March), 20 cases that required hospitalization, seven cases that required ICU sta...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 6, 2021

DNR Looking to Protect Mississippi River from Invasive Carp

With the 2021 fishing opener right around the corner, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is taking an aggressive approach to curb the spread of silver carp, which have been taking over habitats of portions of the Mississippi River since they we...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 6, 2021

RentHelpMN Applications Now Being Accepted

RentHelpMN applications are now open at www.renthelpmn.org/. RentHelpMN, a program operated by the Minnesota Department of Human Services, is available to Minnesotans who have experienced a financial hardship due to the pandemic. MDH needs your help shari...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 6, 2021

National Weather Service Issues Red Flag Warning

Due to high winds, low humidity and dry conditions throughout much of the state, the National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for 47 Minnesota counties, including Wright County. Red Flag Warnings are issued when areas are experiencing critic...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 6, 2021

CSAH 30/6 to Close Monday for Ditch Repairs

A Message from the Wright County Highway Department:

Beginning at 7 a.m. Monday, May 10, 2021 CSAH 30/CSAH 6 south of Howard Lake in Victor Township will be closed for County Ditch No. 10 improvement work by Molnau Trucking LLC. It is expected that CSAH 30...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 5, 2021

DNR Gives Endorsement to No Mow May Initiative

Typically a homeowner in any neighborhood that doesn’t regularly mow the lawn is viewed as being lazy, inattentive and neglectful. However, homeowners are actually being encouraged not to mow their lawns this month because it can help bees and o...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 5, 2021

Walk-Ins at License Center Will Be Reduced Thursday

The Wright County License Center has announced that due to the Waiting Room (Room 120) of the Wright County Government Center being used for a Red Cross Blood Drive Thursday, May 6, there will not be a waiting room available for walk-ins seeking to renew ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 5, 2021

Step into Spring Nature Hike Saturday at Ney Park

In the second installment of the Wright County Parks & Recreation hiking program, the Step into Spring hike will be take place from 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday at Robert Ney Memorial Park Reserve in Maple Lake. The rainy April weather has brought out the wi...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 4, 2021

Temporary Signal Coming to Co. Rd. 137/Maciver Ave. Intersection Starting May 5

 

A Message from the Wright County Highway Department

Effective Wednesday, May 5, the intersection of County Highway 137 (60th St. NE) and Maciver Avenue NE/MacKenzie Avenue NE just east of I-94 in the Cities of Albertville and Otsego will be tempo...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 3, 2021

DNR Fish and Wildlife Almanac Highlights Programs This Week

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has released its May 3 Fish and Wildlife Almanac, which includes regional fishing reports, a webinar on open water walleye fishing, advice on leaving deer fawns alone, the looming bear hunt application deadlin...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 3, 2021

U of M Extension Hosting 6-Part Seminar Aimed at Beef Producers

University of Minnesota Extension is excited to host a six-part webinar series titled: Summer Beef Essentials Webinar Series. Zoom meetings will be held on May 10, 13, 17, 20, 24 and 27 from 8-9 p.m. This webinar series will focus on different considerati...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 3, 2021

COVID Vaccination Clinic Coming to Howard Lake Thursday

Wright County Public Health will conduct a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Howard Lake High School on Thursday, May 6. Appointments are available for those seeking their first dose of the Moderna vaccine. Sign up online at http://www.co.wright.mn.us/997/CO...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of April 26-May 2. The full report can be seen here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=2526

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 30, 2021

Crash Car to Be Located At Area High Schools In May

One of the primary causes of death and serious injury to young people is the result of inexperienced drivers being behind the wheel when distracted or under the influence. In April, the Wright County Sheriff’s Office has brought a “cra...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 30, 2021

Annandale School Referendum May 11; In-Person Balloting Opens May 4

On Tuesday, May 11 residents in School District 876 (Annandale) will have a single-question ballot to vote on – a proposed $81.55 million bond referendum to build a new high school facility to house grades 9-12, renovation of the existing high s...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 30, 2021

2021 General Notice to Control or Eradicate Noxious Weeds

General Notice to Control or Eradicate Noxious Weeds

Notice is hereby given this 30th day of April, 2021, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Section 18.75-18.91, that all persons in Wright County, Minnesota, shall control or eradicate all noxious weeds on lan...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 30, 2021

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard. Over the past week, there were 397 new confirmed cases, 18 cases that required hospitalization and four deaths attributed to COVID. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, in Wright C...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 30, 2021

Appointments Open at License Center

At 8 a.m. this morning (April 30), more than 600 appointment slots opened at the Wright County License Center for driver’s license renewals. The appointments cover the period of May 10-21. The link to make an appointment can be found here: http:...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 29, 2021

County Board Approves Amendment to Solar Farm Ordinance

The Wright County Board of Commissioners took action at its April 27 meeting concerning an amendment to the county’s solar ordinance while at the same time attempting to dispel myths about the board’s plan for solar energy in Wright Co...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 29, 2021

Compost and Recycling Facility Announces Spring, Summer and Fall Open Hours

The Wright County Compost and Recycling Facility will be establishing 2021 spring, summer and fall hours beginning on Tuesday, May 4 and running through Tuesday, Nov. 23.

The hours available for public drop-off of household hazardous waste, problem materia...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 29, 2021

CSAH 4 Closed for Bridge Maintenance May 10-21

The Wright County Highway Department has announced that CSAH 4 in Cokato Township will be closed at 7 a.m. Monday, May 10 and will remain closed through Friday, May 21 for bridge maintenance. The closure is between CSAH 35 and Co. Rd 125 and a detour rout...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 28, 2021

U of M Extension Discusses Keys to Timing When to Plant Crops

By Lizabeth Stahl and Jared Goplen, Extension Educators – Crops

It is well known that planting date plays a key role in determining yield potential in corn and soybean. Long-term University of Minnesota trials demonstrate, for example, that corn ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 28, 2021

Temporary Signal Coming to Co. Rd. 137/Maciver Ave. Intersection Starting May 5

A Message from the Wright County Highway Department

Effective Wednesday, May 5, the intersection of County Highway 137 (60th St. NE) and Maciver Avenue NE/MacKenzie Avenue NE just east of I-94 in the Cities of Albertville and Otsego will be temporarily con...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 28, 2021

Parks & Rec to Host Master of Disguise Program Thursday

Wright County Parks & Recreation will be hosting its “Master of Disguise” offering for children ages 5-12 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 29 at Robert Ney Memorial Park Reserve in Maple Lake Township.

The program focuses on the ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 28, 2021

DNR Releases Spring Fish and Wildlife Almanac

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has released its spring Fish and Wildlife Almanac, which includes information on Take a Mom Fishing Weekend May 8-10, regulations regarding the spring removal of aquatic plants on lakeshore properties, a resou...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 28, 2021

County Board Proclaims May 2-8 Corrections Officers and Employees Week

At its April 27 meeting, the Wright County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to declare May 2-8 National Corrections Officers and Employees Week in Wright County.

Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Kent Lipelt read a statement to the board explai...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 27, 2021

REAL ID Deadline Pushed Back to May 2023

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced today that the deadline for Americans to be in compliance with REAL ID/enhanced driver’s licenses has been pushed back a full 19 months to May 3, 2023.

Originally, REAL ID compliance was set to t...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 27, 2021

DNR EagleCam Up and Running

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources annually has its “EagleCam” set up in southern Minnesota that follows the daily life of an eagle family. This year, two baby eagles hatched in late-March (one on the 26th and the other on t...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 27, 2021

Extension Offering Tips on Growing Strawberries in Containers

By Annie Klodd, Extension educator, fruit and vegetable production

Strawberries are a great choice to fill your pots, planters, hanging baskets or maybe even window boxes. The plants are compact and the berries hang beautifully off of the edge of the conta...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 26, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report covering the period of April 19-25. The full report can be seen here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=2506

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 26, 2021

Ramp on Eastbound I-94 at Co. Rd. 19 Closed Through Mid-May

Aside from traffic delays on westbound I-94 this morning due to a crash at the Hwy. 241 bridge, the eastbound portion of the road also is undergoing a change starting today.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced that the eastbound ramp o...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 26, 2021

Census Population Data Expected to Be Released Later Today

Later today (April 26), the first set of results from the 2020 U.S. Census will be released at a virtual news conference at 2 p.m. CT and the results could have a significant impact on Minnesota.

With populations growing in other parts of the country at a ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 26, 2021

Westbound I-94 Closed at Hwy. 241 Due to Crash

Westbound I-94 will be closed until approximately noon today at Hwy. 241 due to a semi crash. The accident occurred under the Hwy. 241 bridge and traffic is be diverted up and down the exit ramp at the intersection, causing massive delays. Motorists are e...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 26, 2021

License Center Re-Opens to Walk-In Traffic

 The Wright County License Center has announced that it is back at full staffing and will resume taking walk-ins at its indoor location at the Wright County Government Center. Last week, the License Center had to shut down walk-in traffic due to ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 23, 2021

Updated Wright County Highway Maps Now Available

The Wright County Highway Department has announced that its updated 2021 Wright County Highway Maps are now available.

The maps are available for purchase. The cost is $3 each and the maps are available at the Highway Building at 3600 Braddock Ave. NE in B...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 23, 2021

Sheriff's Office Receives Funding for Additional Speeding/Aggressive Driving Patrols

Speeding on Minnesota roads has been much more pronounced, especially on busy stretches of highways and freeways, over the last year. As a result, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety is distributing grant funds to cities and counties to provide incr...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 23, 2021

DNR Reminding Boaters About the Dangers of AIS

With the fishing opener in Minnesota just three weeks away, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reminding anglers to do their part to inspect and clean their boats before taking them to Minnesota lakes.

For the past decade, the spread of Aquat...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 23, 2021

Spring Road Weight Restrictions to Be Lifted

Seasonal Load Restrictions are scheduled to be lifted on Wright County highways, beginning at 12:01 a.m. Monday, April 26  

Wright County News
Posted on: April 23, 2021

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 Dashboard. After consecutive weeks of 500 or more new cases, there were 386 new confirmed cases. There were 18 cases that required hospitalization and no cases that required an Intensive Care Un...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 22, 2021

Co. Rd. 118 Project Comes In Well Under Estimated Cost

When it comes to bidding out a significant road or bridge project, the hope is that bids will come in under engineer’s estimate, but, with many projects, it’s a wait-and-see approach where you hope for the best, but have no assurances....

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 22, 2021

MDH Announces Masks Won't Be Required When Playing Outdoor Youth Sports

The Minnesota Department of Health announced today that school-aged athletes playing outdoor sports won’t be required to wear masks when actively playing on the field or court.

The Minnesota State High School League confirmed that the new masking...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 22, 2021

Roadside Spraying

Beginning on May 24, 2021 the Wright County Highway Department, as part of its vegetation management program, will be scheduling some roadside vegetation work along all Wright County highways.  The unwanted brush and noxious weeds will be cut and...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 21, 2021

Auditor/Treasurer's Office Shuffled to Streamline Taxpayer, Finance Duties

Wright County residents who have dealt with the Auditor/Treasurer’s Office over the years have noticed a change when they come to transact business at the county’s Government Center. The department has a new name – Finance/Ta...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 21, 2021

DNR Has Interactive Bird Song Page

One of the sure signs of spring is the return of songbirds to Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has an interactive page on its website that identifies more than 20 birds that call Minnesota home in the spring and summer along with t...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 21, 2021

Public Health Releases Statement About COVID-19 Vaccines

Wright County Public Health has been fielding questions about what the COVID-19 vaccines are and what they aren’t. There has been conflicting information put out ranging from claims that the vaccine has caused a higher infection rate to the vacc...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 20, 2021

Absentee Balloting for District 876 Bond Referendum Open

On Tuesday, May 11 residents in School District 876 (Annandale) will have a single-question ballot to vote on – a proposed $81.55 million bond referendum to build a new high school facility to house grades 9-12, renovation of the existing high s...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 20, 2021

Cottage Food Certification Available in Webinar

In recent years, there has been a marked increase in the number of individuals who have joined the cottage food industry – selling homemade items like pickles, salsa, jam/jelly and confections.

However, selling homemade products to consumers is g...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 20, 2021

License Center Closed to Walk-Up License Renewals for Remainder of the Week

Due to a COVID-19 exposure, the Wright County License Center will not be accepting walk-ins starting today and running through the remainder of the week. This only applies to those looking to renew driver’s licenses that require a photo being ta...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 19, 2021

EDA Releases Requests for Proposal for Current Government Center Sale

Today the Wright County Economic Development Authority (EDA) put out a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a redevelopment assessment of the Wright County Government Center, located at 10 Second St. NW in Buffalo. It is anticipated that, by the end of 2021, t...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 19, 2021

Annual Law Day to Be Conducted Virtually in Tenth Judicial District April 30

A Message from the Tenth Judicial District Concerning the Annual Law Day

The Tenth Judicial District is hosting free Virtual Clinics on Friday, April 30 to provide free legal advice in the areas of family law, civil/probate law, and expungement. There will...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 19, 2021

Emergency Management Asking Residents Near Nuclear Plant to Take Survey

As part of the Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) program, Wright County Emergency Management is doing an outreach program with the community to help facilitate an evacuation study for those who live near the Xcel Nuclear Power Plant. As part of th...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 19, 2021

MnDOT Releases Full 2021 Construction Project Schedule

With the arrival of spring, there are several local road projects that will be starting up, but the same goes for the Minnesota Department of Transportation. During the 2021 construction season, there are going to be more than 200 MnDOT road and bridge pr...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 19, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of April 12-18. The full report can be viewed here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=2482

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 19, 2021

U of M Extension Offering Farm Safety Tips

By Karen Johnson, University of Minnesota Extension Educator

Mother Nature has been teasing us with what seems to be spring-like weather. Although we are not quite ready to hit the fields full force, now is an excellent time to think about what you can do ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 16, 2021

Public Health Ramping Up Vaccination of County Residents

For the last year, Wright County Public Health has been on the front line in the battle against COVID-19. From the preparation more than a year ago to the launching of mass vaccination sites earlier this year, Public Health and several other county depart...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 16, 2021

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard and, despite increased vaccination rates, the April surge of cases continues.

The past week saw 502 new confirmed cases – the highest one-week total since December 2020. More ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 16, 2021

Rivers of Hope Hosting Annual Gala/Auction Virtually Tonight

Rivers of Hope, a non-profit whose mission is to provide a community-coordinated response to end family violence through advocacy, education and interagency collaboration, will be hosting its annual gala virtually tonight (April 16) from 7-8 p.m.

For more ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 16, 2021

Public Health Taking Registrations for April 22 Vaccination Clinic

Wright County Public Health has announced that it will be hosting a first-shot COVID-19 vaccination clinic for anyone age 18 or older on Thursday, April 22. The clinic will be administering the Moderna vaccine starting at 8 a.m. with appointments availabl...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 16, 2021

Licence Bureau Announces Appointment Openings for April 26-May 7

At 8 a.m. today (April 16), approximately 600 appointment slots opened at the Wright County License Center for driver’s license renewals. The appointments cover the period of April 26-May 7. Walk-ups are accepted between 8-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m., ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 15, 2021

Department of Housing Preparing to Launch RentHelpMN Program

The Minnesota Department of Housing is preparing to launch its RentHelpMN for tenants and landlords who have experienced hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic and need assistance paying rent or utility bills.

Eligible Minnesota renters can receive help wit...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 15, 2021

WCEDP Seeking Resident Input for Workforce Development Survey

The Wright County Economic Development Partnership and St. Cloud Technical & Community College are partnering in Workforce Development to gather data to better serve the residents and businesses of Wright County.

SCTCC’s Customized Training D...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 14, 2021

Two Statewide Tornado Drills Will Take Place Thursday

This week is Severe Weather Awareness Week and, as part of the annual events, Thursday will highlight tornado safety. There will be two statewide tornado drills that will sound all sirens throughout the state. The drills will be held at 1:45 p.m. at 6:45 ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 14, 2021

U of M Extension Provides Tips On Gardening in a Confined Space

By Natalie Hoidal, UMN Extension educator, horticulture & food system agriculture

Gardening in small spaces requires you to maximize the space you have and keep potential problems under control. Here we review the top things to consider when gardening ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 14, 2021

MnDOT Releases Full Timeline, Closures Related to I-94 Construction

The third (and final) year of construction on I-94 is underway and the Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced the updated schedule for the 2021 portion of project construction, which is taking place from Maple Grove to Clearwater.

There are e...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 13, 2021

Allina Health Releases Statement Dealing with Buffalo Clinic

A Statement from Allina Health

In the weeks following the senseless tragedy at our Allina Health Clinic-Buffalo Crossroads of February 9, 2021, we have collectively experienced a range of powerful emotions: grief, disbelief, heartbreak, anger and many more...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 13, 2021

Severe Weather Awareness Week Focusing on Thunderstorms, Lightning Today

This is Severe Weather Awareness Week 2021 in Minnesota and today’s topic deals with storms, hail and lightning. A typical thunderstorm is about 15 miles in diameter and lasts for 30 minutes. But, regardless of size, all thunderstorms have the a...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 13, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of April 5-11. The full report can be viewed here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=2467

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 9, 2021

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard. During the past seven days, there were 500 new confirmed cases – the highest weekly number since Dec. 17. There were 23 cases that required hospitalization – the h...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 9, 2021

MnDOT Provides Update on I-94 Project from Maple Grove to Albertville

In the coming days, if you’re driving I-94 between Maple Grove and Albertville, you are going to see changes, as long-term lane shifts and ramp closures will start taking effect as early as Monday (April 12).

Here is a breakdown of what you need ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 9, 2021

Public Health to Host COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Thursday, April 15

Wright County Public Health has announced that it will be hosting a COVID-19 vaccine clinic Thursday, April 15 in Buffalo. The clinic will provide the two-dose Moderna vaccine. Appointments are available for anyone age 18 or older.

Appointments will be req...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 8, 2021

Public Health Issues Press Release Dealing with Vaccination, Remaining Vigilant

Wright County Public Health has issued a news release entitled “Ending the Pandemic Takes Us All” – which touches on the increase in vaccinations which are ramping up quickly, as well as the increase in case numbers and hospi...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 8, 2021

Parks Department to Complete Several Park Projects in 2021

There is going to be a lot of activity in Wright County parks, as several projects are scheduled to be completed in 2021. The list is as follows:

  • Bertram Campground Playground – Designed have been completed and equipment purchased. Installation e...
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Wright County News
Posted on: April 7, 2021

HHS Lobbies Closed Until Monday, April 19

A Message from Wright County Health & Human Services

As a precaution due to potential COVID-19 exposure, the lobbies at the Wright County Health & Human Services Center will be closed until 8 a.m. Monday, April 19. Staff is able to respond to calls...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 7, 2021

County Board Continuing Fight to Get Driver Testing Station Re-Opened

Wright County has had issues with the Minnesota Department of Vehicle Services (DVS) for the last several years. Despite being the 10th largest county in Minnesota, the only DVS testing station in Wright County was in Buffalo – and only open two...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 7, 2021

Wright County Gets Road Construction Award from MnDOT

Every year, the Minnesota Department of Transportation hands out Merit Awards to local government units for what are deemed to be the best projects in several categories. The Wright County Highway Department has been informed that it is receiving a Merit ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 7, 2021

Severe Weather Sirens to Be Tested at 1 p.m. Today

With rain expected later today throughout Wright County, residents are being reminded that, as the first Wednesday of the month, emergency weather sirens will be sounding at approximately 1 p.m. These are monthly tests to assure that the sirens work and s...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 6, 2021

Wright County One of 41 Counties With Burning Ban Restrictions

Despite rains that came through Wright County the last two days, Wright is among 41 counties in which the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has placed spring burn restrictions upon. The state will not issue burning permits for brush or yard waste ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 6, 2021

County Road Projects Will Be Active In Minnesota's 'Other Season'

There’s a running joke among Minnesotans that we have two seasons – winter and road construction. With winter behind us (hopefully), the other season is about to kick in and in Wright County in 2021, it’s going to be active.

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 6, 2021

CMRP Back Up and Running with Framework 2030 Timetable

COVID-19 has been a minefield in terms of living life as normal and the Central Mississippi River Regional Planning Partnership has been no exception. CMRP was re-constituted in 2019 with the launch of its Framework 2030 initiative to provide collaboratio...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 6, 2021

DPS Announces Increased Distracted Driving Enforcement

If you have traveled I-94 this week, you have likely seen the interactive signs advising motorists about distracted driving and texting while driving. That isn’t a coincidence. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) has announced that t...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 5, 2021

U of M Extension to Host Online BQA and SBS Training

A Message from University of Minnesota Extension

University of Minnesota Extension, along with Minnesota Beef Council, will host several online Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) and Secure Beef Supply (SBS) training sessions starting in February through April. ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 5, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff's Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of March 29 to April 4, 2021. The full report can be seen here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=2450

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 2, 2021

DPS Reminding Homeowners to Call 811 Before They Dig

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is reminding homeowners to call 811 or go to the Gopher State One Call website before you dig in your yard. Many underground utilities like natural gas can run just inches below the surface and, with warming tempe...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 2, 2021

Stage 2 of CSAH 39/42 Construction in Otsego to Begin the Week of April 12

A Message from the Wright County Highway Department on the CSAH 39/42 Project

Work on Stage 2 of the CSAH 39/42 project in Otsego will begin soon. Stage 2 road construction will take place on CSAH 39 between Odean Avenue and Page Avenue. It is scheduled to...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 2, 2021

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard and, much like the rest of the country, Wright County has experienced the largest surge in new cases in three months in terms of cases, hospitalizations, ICU stays and deaths. There we...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 2, 2021

Appointments Open at License Center

At 8 a.m. today (April 2), approximately 600 appointment slots opened at the Wright County License Center for driver’s license renewals. The appointments cover the period of April 12-23. Walk-ups are accepted between 8-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m., but ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 1, 2021

County Facilities to Fly Flags at Half-Staff Friday

Tomorrow (April 2) all Wright County facilities will lower their flags to half-staff as a memorial to Regina Hughes and awareness of the devastating impacts suffered by the victims and families of domestic violence.

Hughes was a Records Management Analyst ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 1, 2021

First Half Property Taxes Due May 17

A Message from Wright County Finance and Taxpayer Services Department

Wright County Taxpayer Services would like to remind all property owners that first half property taxes for most properties are due May 17, 2021.

Payments can be mailed to:  Wrig...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 1, 2021

Parks & Rec Releases 2021 Spring/Summer Events Schedule

Wright County Parks & Recreation has announced its spring and summer 2021 events schedule. Most of the events are for the entire family and many are free of charge.

To register for any of the events, call (763) 684-2387 or email Parks & Rec at park...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 31, 2021

Severe Weather Awareness Week Coming April 12-16

Each year, Wright County Emergency Management and Homeland Security and Emergency Management in collaboration with the National Weather Service sponsors Severe Weather Awareness Week in Minnesota. This year, it will be conducted April 12-16.

Severe Weather...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 31, 2021

DNR Looking for Comments on Proposed Waterfowl Hunting Changes

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is looking for public comments about proposed waterfowl regulation changes. These proposed changes include increasing the Canada goose bag limit, extending legal shooting hours and establishing season dates th...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 30, 2021

Minnesota Housing Launching Program to Assist Renters, Landlords

The Minnesota Department of Housing is launching its RentHelpMN program to assist renters and landlords who have not be able to pay rent during the COVID-19 pandemic. Minnesota Housing will be hosting a pair of information sessions today and tomorrow.

The ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 30, 2021

HHS Opening New Phone Contact Center System Tomorrow

Effective tomorrow (Wednesday, March 31), Wright County Health & Human Services will have a new Contact Center with more direct lines to connect residents with services provided by HHS. The main Call Center line is (763) 682-7400. The list of direct e...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 30, 2021

U of M Extension Offers Tips on Pruning Hydrangeas

By Julie Weisenhorn, UMN Extension educator, horticulture

Hydrangeas are one of the most popular blooming woody shrubs in Minnesota landscapes and, as you’d expect, people often ask how and when to prune these beloved shrubs.

Hydrangea paniculata,...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 29, 2021

Wright County Included In New List of Counties with Burning Restrictions

With dry conditions and high winds, this morning 25 Minnesota counties were placed under burning restrictions. Effective Wednesday (March 31), 14 more counties will restrict open burning, including Wright County.

The 14 counties in the new restriction list...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 29, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report covering the period of March 22-28. The full report can be viewed here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=2433

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 29, 2021

I-94 Construction Ramping Up

Motorists who are traveling on Interstate 94 for their work commutes noticed this morning that work crews are on the job and the result will be lane closures in the coming days, weeks and, in some cases, months.

Starting this week, there will be multiple t...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 26, 2021

Driver's Licenses Must Be Current to Be Valid After March 31

A reminder that by order of the State of Minnesota, the COVID-related grace period extensions for operating a motor vehicle without a current license will expire Wednesday, March 31. After that, it will be a violation to not have a valid driver’s license....

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 26, 2021

Links to Getting Signed Up to Get Your COVID-19 Vaccination

With today’s announcement that many more Minnesotans will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations, many who thought they would have to wait can now get signed up with the Minnesota Department of Health’s Vaccine Connector.

By signing in t...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 26, 2021

HHS Announces New Call Center

A Message from Wright County Health & Human Services

Wright County Health & Human Services has implement Genesys Cloud as its new Contact Center for improved customer service experience.

The main Wright County Health & Human Services numbers rem...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 26, 2021

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard. For the second straight week, the county experienced an increase in the number of new confirmed cases with 274. Following eight straight weeks with less than 200 new confirmed cases, ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 25, 2021

Minnesota Expected to Open COVID Vaccine to All Adults Friday

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz is expected announce tomorrow a major expansion in COVID-19 vaccine eligibility. Minnesota is expected to join a growing list of states that will make the vaccine available to everyone over the age of 16, effective Tuesday, Mar...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 25, 2021

DNR Looking for Rainfall Monitoring Volunteers

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is looking for volunteer rainfall monitors for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS). More than 20,000 volunteers nationwide take part in the program and measure precipitation in t...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 25, 2021

Stage 2 of CSAH 39/42 Construction to Begin Week of April 12

A Message from the Wright County Highway Department on the CSAH 39/42 Project

Work on Stage 2 of the CSAH 39/42 project in Otsego will begin soon. Stage 2 road construction will take place on CSAH 39 between Odean Avenue and Page Avenue. It is scheduled to...

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Hwy. 39 Stage Two Detour Map Wright County News
Posted on: March 25, 2021

Absentee Balloting for District 876 Bond Referendum Opens Friday

On Tuesday, May 11 residents in School District 876 (Annandale) will have a single-question ballot to vote on – a proposed $81.55 million bond referendum to build a new high school facility to house grades 9-12, renovation of the existing high s...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 24, 2021

St. Cloud COVID Testing Site Has New Hours

Many Wright County residents have been having COVID-19 testing done at St. Cloud’s River’s Edge Convention Center. Starting today, there are new hours for testing – Wednesdays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturd...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 24, 2021

Sheriff's Office Warning Residents About Persistence of Phone, Email Scams

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has issued a news release warning residents about the continuing prevalence of mail, online and phone scams that have been reported to the Sheriff’s Office in recent weeks. To see the full release, cl...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 24, 2021

Free Webinars to Be Trained as Weather Spotters Coming in April

The National Weather Service has announced the dates for the 2021 virtual training sessions for those who want to be trained weather spotters in the Skywarn Spotter program. The sessions last approximately one hour and 15 minutes and will be held at 7 p.m...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 24, 2021

Extension Taking Applications for 2021 Farm Family of the Year

A Message from University of Minnesota Extension

The Farm Family Recognition Program has existed for over 30 years and honors farm families from throughout Minnesota for their contributions to the agriculture industry and their local communities. This prog...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 24, 2021

First Half Property Taxes Due May 17

A Message from Wright County Finance and Taxpayer Services Department

Wright County Taxpayer Services would like to remind all property owners that first half property taxes for most properties are due May 17, 2021.

Payments can be mailed to:  Wrig...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 23, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Names in Connection with Murder/Suicide in Rockford

A Message from the Wright County Sheriff’s Office

On Friday, March 19 at approximately 8:27 p.m. the Wright County Sheriff’s Office responded to 4031 Woodhill Court in the City of Rockford. Neighbors had reported a running vehicle in th...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 22, 2021

Judge Grants Prosecution, Defense Motions in Ulrich Case

Gregory Ulrich made his second appearance in court this morning (March 22) related to the Feb. 9 shootings at the Allina Health Clinic in Buffalo. The hearing was brief and conducted virtually. Ulrich’s attorney requested and was a granted a Rul...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 22, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report covering the period of March 15-21. The full report can be viewed here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=2411

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 22, 2021

Ulrich Scheduled for Court Appearance Today

Gregory Ulrich is scheduled to appear in court at 10:30 a.m. today in Wright County for a hearing in connection with the Allina Health shootings Feb. 9. Ulrich, 67, is facing charges of second-degree murder, attempted murder and setting off explosive devi...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 20, 2021

Wright County Sheriff's Office Conducting a Death Investigation

Wright County Sheriff’s Office Death Investigation

On Friday, March 19th around 8:30 p.m., Wright County Deputies responded to a residence in the 4000 block of Woodhill Court in the City of Rockford after neighbors reported seeing an unoccupied v...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 18, 2021

One-Year Anniversary of COVID-19 in Wright County in Spotlight Story

One year ago today, Wright County made the difficult decision to close its facilities and send employees home as COVID-19 caused the county to enact its Continuity of Operations plan. The leadup and aftermath of that day are chronicled in our most recent ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 18, 2021

15 Wright County Parks Camp Sites to Become Available Monday

A total of 15 campsites at Collinwood and Schroeder Parks that were held back when campground reservations opened for the 2021 Wright County campground season will become available at 8 a.m. Monday, March 22. There are five sites at Collinwood Park (Site ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 18, 2021

Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard. For the first time since Jan. 7 (a span of nine weeks), Wright County had more than 200 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. A total of 212 new cases were reported. Nine cases required ho...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 18, 2021

License Center Announces Appointment Openings for March 29-April 9

At 8 a.m. Friday, March 19, the Wright County License Center will open up more than 600 driver’s license renewal appointments covering the period of March 29 through April 9 on the Wright County website under the “Make an Appointment&a...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 17, 2021

Permanent COVID Vaccination Site Opening in St. Cloud

Wright County residents looking to get the COVID-19 vaccine will soon have a much better opportunity to get in the line to get their shots – if they’re willing to drive a little bit.

The River’s Edge Convention Center in St. C...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 17, 2021

MDH Releases New Guidance Concerning Visiting Elder Care Facilities

There have been many heartbreaking aspects to the COVID-19 pandemic, but one of the worst has been the isolation of residents of nursing homes and assisted-living facilities. Earlier today (March 17) as part of the loosening of restrictions in Minnesota, ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 17, 2021

Parks & Rec to Host Winter Bird Watching Event Saturday

Spring is right around the corner and Wright County Parks & Recreation is getting into the spirit as migratory birds are returning to Minnesota on their flights north. On Saturday, March 20, Parks & Rec will be hosting a guided Winter Bird Watchin...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 16, 2021

U of M Extension Offers Tips on Dealing with Nuisance Insects

By Adam Austing and Katie Drewitz, University of Minnesota Extension educators

With the recent increase in temperature you may begin to notice insects in your home. These insects include cluster flies, boxelder bugs, sowbugs, multicolored Asian lady beetle...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 15, 2021

DNR Has New Limits on Minnesota Lakes (Including Three in Wright County)

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has announced that new restrictions for number of specific fish daily limits and those allowed to be in possession have been placed on Minnesota lakes for 2021.

Much of the focus is on sunfish, but other specie...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 15, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of March 7-13, 2021. The full report can be viewed here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=2396

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 15, 2021

Snow, Rain Predicted Throughout the Day in Wright County

The Wright County Highway Department is preparing for what may turn out to be a sloppy (and potentially dangerous) spring weather event today.

Wright County Highway Maintenance Supervisor Steve Meyer said Wright County is currently forecast to pick up two ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 12, 2021

Township Election Results from March 9

On Tuesday (March 9), 15 of Wright County’s 18 townships conducted their elections. Most of the elections were uncontested. Township supervisors were elected to three-year terms. Town Treasurers were elected to two-year terms. These are the fina...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 12, 2021

MnDOT to Begin Clearing Brush, Trees on I-94 Monday Between Monticello and Clearwater

A Message from the Minnesota Department of Transportation

Crews will begin to clear brush and trees along both sides of I-94 between Monticello and Clearwater on Monday, March 15. The work will require shoulder closures along both directions of I-94.&n...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 12, 2021

Parks & Rec to Open 15 Campsites for Reservations on March 22

The Wright County Parks and Recreation Department has issued a news release regarding the impact on county campgrounds at Collinwood Park and Schroeder Park, as well as campground stores at both sites. The biggest news is that 15 sites previously closed d...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 12, 2021

The Turn to Conduct Graduation Ceremony March 25

A Message from the Tenth Judicial District

The Turn is pleased to announce the celebration of graduate Damon Rohde from Wright County Adult Drug Court. Due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, the ceremony will be held virtually via Zoom at 1:30 p.m. Thursday...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 12, 2021

Daylight Savings Time Begins Sunday Morning

A reminder that Daylight Savings Time will begin at 2 a.m. Sunday so remember to turn your clocks ahead one hour before going to bed Saturday night

Wright County News
Posted on: March 12, 2021

Sheriff's Office Looking for Public's Help Regarding Body Found in Middleville Township

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in an investigation into the death of Tony Conley Perry, who went missing in July 2020 and his remains were found in Middleville Township in December 2020. To learn ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 12, 2021

Walz to Announce Significantly Rollback of Gathering, Business Restrictions

At a press conference at 11 a.m. today, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is going to announce significant rollbacks impacting businesses and large gathering. Walz is expected to announce that the changes will begin Monday, March 15.

Here are some the restriction ch...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 12, 2021

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard. Over the last seven days, there 182 new confirmed cases – the seventh consecutive week with less than 200 new cases after averaging about 1,000 new cases a week in November ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 11, 2021

DNR Warning About Dangers of Deteriorating Lake Ice

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) urges people to be extremely cautious on and around the ice, as recent warm weather has deteriorated ice conditions across the state. Some lakes already have large areas of open water and there have been...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 11, 2021

Rivers of Hope to Host Annual Fundraising Gala April 16

Rivers of Hope will be hosting its annual gala from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, April 16 – the organization’s primary fundraising event.

For more than 30 years, Rivers of Hope’s mission has been to end family violence in Wright a...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 10, 2021

Wright County Expected to Be Missed During Intense Weather Day

In a day that is expected to bring some wild weather to Minnesota – ranging from confirmed tornadoes in southern Minnesota to snow less than 100 miles away tonight, all signs currently point to Wright County being in the clear on both ends of th...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 10, 2021

Township Election Results Available Later This Week

Township elections were conducted in 15 of Wright County’s 18 townships Tuesday (March 9), but the final results have not yet been announced.

Those townships include Albion, Buffalo, Chatham, Cokato, Corinna, Franklin, French Lake, Maple Lake, Ma...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 10, 2021

Virtual Tour of Justice Center

Wright County has released a virtual tour of the public spaces at the Wright County Justice Center. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the building opened with little in the way of fanfare in the fall of 2020, but the video gives residents a glimpse at what th...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 9, 2021

HHS Thanks Businesses for Assisting to Reduce Truancy, Educational Neglect

A Message from Wright County Health & Human Services

Wright County Health & Human Services would like to thank several community businesses for donating incentives for students currently struggling with school attendance and engaging in learning. T...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 9, 2021

Limited COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments Available Thursday

Wright County Public Health has announced that it has some COVID-19 vaccination appointments available on Thursday, March 11. Public Health will be taking appointments via phone today from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Those who are eligible include health care wor...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 8, 2021

HHS Special Needs Fund Assists Those in Dire Straits

A Message from Wright County Health and Human Services

The Special Needs Fund at Wright County Health and Human Services can meet the needs of families and individuals when no other program or community resource can be found to meet the need. Over the past...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 8, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report covering the period of March 1-7. The entire report can be viewed here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=2372

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 8, 2021

CDC Lightens Recommendations for Those Fully Vaccinated for COVID-19

This morning the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) made an announcement many have been waiting semi-patiently for over the last few weeks – fully-vaccinated Americans can gather with other vaccinated people indoors without wearing...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 8, 2021

Cottage Food Producer Webinar Coming March 27

A message from University of Minnesota Extension

Do you get rave reviews on your homemade breads, cakes and cookies? Are family and friends asking to buy your yummy home-canned salsa and pickles? Have you considered starting a food business out of your hom...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 8, 2021

K9 Grizz Beginning Training to Join Sheriff's Office

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office is beginning the process of adding its newest officer to the force – K9 Grizz.

Grizz, a hand-picked 1-year old German Shepherd/Malinois mix, replaces K9 Vader, who retired from service at the end of Fe...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 5, 2021

Parks & Rec Has Record-Setting Opening Day for Campground Reservations

Wright County parks have always been a showcase for residents of the county who utilize the parks and appreciate the commitment county leaders have made over the decades to preserve and expand the county’s park system. On Monday, the annual rese...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 5, 2021

Tomorrow Marks One-Year Anniversary of COVID in Minnesota

One year ago tomorrow (March 6), Minnesota reported its first case of COVID-19. In the year since, there have been a series of life-changing decisions that have been made as Minnesota and the world have adjusted to a year under the cloud of COVID.

It’s bee...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 5, 2021

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard for the period of Feb. 26-March 4. There were only 107 new confirmed cases reported – the lowest weekly total since early October. There were seven cases that required hospit...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 5, 2021

Licence Bureau Announces Appointment Openings for March 15-26

As of 8 a.m. today (March. 5), more than 600 appointments for driver’s license renewals at the Wright County License Bureau are open for the period of March 15-26. Appointments can be scheduled on the main page of the county website (www.co.wrig...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 4, 2021

Scammers Looking for Private Information, Money In Multiple Ways

Apparently, it is scam season in Minnesota and they’re coming at people – primarily targeting the elderly – claiming to be everything from someone who can get you to the front of the line to get the COVID-19 vaccine to being ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 4, 2021

Pair of Deadlines Approaching for Expired Driver's Licenses, REAL ID

A pair of key deadlines are approaching – one soon and one less than seven months away – that Minnesotans should be aware of.

The first is the end of the grace period for driving with an expired driver’s license. When the COVI...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 3, 2021

USDA Releases Row Crop Yield Estimates for 2020

The final estimates from the United States Department of Agriculture for row crops yields are now available. These estimates include corn and soybeans, the two most common crops in Wright County and Minnesota. In general, growing conditions in 2020 were v...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 3, 2021

Low Income Homeowners in Need Can Access Energy Assistance Program Funds

The Minnesota Department of Commerce has doubled the crisis benefits for its Energy Assistance Program as bills start arriving covering the brutal two-week cold snap that hit Minnesota in February.

The maximum crisis benefit for qualifying households has d...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 3, 2021

Absentee Voting for March 9 Township Elections Available

Absentee voting is available for the 2021 March Township Elections, which be conducted Tuesday, March 9.

A total of 15 of Wright County’s 18 townships will hold their elections in March – Albion, Buffalo, Chatham, Cokato, Corinna, Frank...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 2, 2021

U of M Extension Offers Tips on Spring Tree Pruning

By Adam Austing & Katie Drewitz, University of MN Extension educators

As March welcomes us with mild weather perhaps you are looking for something to do to get out of the house. There are a few tasks you can be focusing on to help get you ready for spr...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 2, 2021

Spring Road Weight Restrictions to Begin Friday, March 5th

The Wright County Highway Department announced today that, due to consistently warm weather projected for this week and thawing that will accompany that, the 2021 Spring Load Restrictions on county highways throughout the county road system will take effe...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 1, 2021

New COVID Cases Continue to Remain In Low-End Trajectory

As more COVID-19 vaccines are expected to come into Wright County in the coming weeks and months, the bad news is that many will likely have to wait until late-spring or early-summer to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

The good news, however, is that, as more peo...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 1, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff's Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of February 22-28. The full report can be seen here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=2355

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 26, 2021

From Slovakia to Buffalo Township: A K9 Police Dog's Journey

When one thinks about the centers of law enforcement, Buffalo Township not only doesn’t jump immediately to mind, it’s not even part of the conversation.

However, for many law enforcement agencies, Buffalo Township is a destination to a...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 26, 2021

Deadline for Public Input on Hwy. 25 Project Coming Sunday

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is looking for public input on the future construction of Highway 25 between Catlin Street in Buffalo and Kjellberg Court in Monticello, which is slated for construction in 2026.

MnDOT is currently conducting a co...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 26, 2021

What You Need to Know If You Are Going to Reserve a County Campground Space

Monday (March 1) is going to be the busiest day of the year – and the most lucrative – for the Wright County Parks & Recreation Department. At 8 a.m. Monday, the on-line application portal to reserve campsites in Collinwood and Sch...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 26, 2021

K9 Officer Retiring After Eight Years of Service to Sheriff's Office

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office is celebrating a pair of retirements this week. Captain Dan Anselment, whose final day of work after 33 years with the Sheriff’s Office is today, was honored at Tuesday’s Wright County Board...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 26, 2021

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard. For the first time since October, there were no deaths of Wright County residents during the last week.

The lowering of numbers has continued throughout the first two months of 2021 af...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 25, 2021

County Receives Prestigious Financial Reporting Award for Fifth Straight Year

For the fifth straight year, Wright County’s Finance & Taxpayer Services Office (formerly known as the Auditor/Treasurer’s Office) has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement from the Government Finance Officers Association of ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 25, 2021

Governor Lays Out Projected Timeline for COVID-19 Vaccinations

At a press conference this afternoon, Gov. Tim Walz laid out the timeline for the anticipated rate of getting Minnesotans vaccinated.

The state is still in the first phase of vaccinations, having inoculated heath care personnel, long-term care facility res...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 25, 2021

United Way Donates $2,500 to Wright County Sheriff's Office

This afternoon (Feb. 25), The Wright County Sheriff’s Office was pleased to accept a donation of $2,500 from the Wright County Area United Way. The purpose of the donation was to contribute to officer wellness.

Wright County Area United Way Execu...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 24, 2021

Interactive County Map Updated on County Website

The Wright County Surveyor’s Department has updated its interactive county map on the Wright County website.

Whether on a computer or with a mobile device, if you click on a city or township, you will be directed to their respective websites.

For ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 24, 2021

Fish Houses Must Be Off Lakes By Monday

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reminding those who ice fish in the lower two-thirds of Minnesota (including Wright County) that the deadline to remove fish houses is 11:59 p.m. Monday, March 1. The deadline for the northern third of Minn...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 24, 2021

PPP Funds Being Made Available to Businesses with Less Than 20 Employees

On Monday, President Biden announced changes to the Small Business Relief Programs conducted by the Small Business Administration (SBA) to provide more equity for small businesses with less than 20 employees, including sole proprietors, independent contra...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 24, 2021

Absentee Voting for March Township Elections Now Open

Absentee voting has opened for the 2021 March Township Elections, which be conducted Tuesday, March 9.

A total of 15 of Wright County’s 18 townships will hold their elections in March – Albion, Buffalo, Chatham, Cokato, Corinna, Frankli...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 23, 2021

Anselment Honored for 33 Years in the Wright County Sheriff's Office

In 1988, we were in the second term of the Reagan Administration, the Berlin Wall was still a year from coming down, fans of the Minnesota Twins were still celebrating their first World Series title in franchise history, the Internet wasn’t yet ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 23, 2021

Farmers Reminded That ARC, PLC Deadlines Coming March 15

A Message from University of Minnesota Extension

If you have not already made your 2021 Farm Bill Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) decision, now is the time to sign-up. U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agen...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 22, 2021

DNR Announces Changes to Married Couples Fishing Licenses

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is now requiring both members of married couple looking to purchase a 2021 combination fishing or hunting license to be present to provide and verify their own complete information.

This practice is new to Minn...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 22, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of Feb. 15-21, 2021. The full report can be viewed here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=2337

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 22, 2021

Deadline Looming for Public Input on Hwy. 25 Project

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is looking for public input on the future construction of Highway 25 between Catlin Street in Buffalo and Kjellberg Court in Monticello, which is slated for construction in 2026.

MnDOT is currently conducting a co...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 19, 2021

Parks & Rec Preparing for March 1 Opening for Campsite Reservations

March 1 is the most active day of the year in the Wright County Parks & Recreation Department. It is the annual opening of reservations for campsites in Wright County parks and most of the available spots fill up quickly. When the reservation portal o...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 19, 2021

State Launches Website for All Minnesotans to Register to Get In Line for Vaccine

There has been a lot of confusion concerning when most Minnesotans will become eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine. In a way to help streamline the process, the state has launched its “Vaccine Connector” website to help inform residen...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 19, 2021

MPCA Issues Code Orange Air Quality Alert for Tonight Through Noon Sunday

Many of us have been waiting for more than two weeks for mild weather to return, but those in vulnerable groups – the very young, the elderly and those with respiratory conditions – are being warned to limit outdoor activities over the...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 19, 2021

Public Health Issues Press Release Marking One Year of COVID-19 In the U.S.

Wright County Public Health has issued a press release concerning the last year under the cloud of COVID-19. The first release Public Health put out, dated Feb. 13, 2020, dealt with the fact that the virus had entered the United State. At that point, only...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 19, 2021

Grace Period for Renewing Expiring Driver's Licenses Coming to a Close

The Wright County License Bureau is reminding residents that the grace period for being able to drive with an expired driver’s license is ending soon.

The deadline for those with commercial driver’s licenses is Sunday, Feb. 28. After th...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 19, 2021

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard and, for the fourth straight week, the number of new confirmed cases in Wright County has been less than 200. Over the last seven days, there were just 133 new cases. Two of those requ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 19, 2021

Licence Bureau Announces Appointment Openings for March 1-12

As of 8 a.m. today (Feb. 18), appointments for driver’s license renewals at the Wright County License Bureau are open for the period of March 1-12. Appointments can be scheduled on the main page of the county website under the “Make an...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 18, 2021

Lantern Cross County Ski Event Coming to Ney Park Saturday

After two weeks in the deep freeze, Wright County Parks & Recreation’s Lantern Cross-County Ski event couldn’t come at a better time than 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 20). The event is at Robert Ney Memorial Park Reserve in Maple Lak...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 18, 2021

CMRP Looking for Public Input for Framework 2030 Project

The Central Mississippi River Regional Planning Partnership (CMRP) is entering Round 2 of its Framework 2030 Plan and is looking for input from the stakeholders involved in the project.

CMRP is a collaborative effort between Wright and Sherburne counties. ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 17, 2021

State Legislature May Be Key to Overhaul of Driver's Testing System

Last year, Wright County residents were stunned to learn that, following the state shutdown of all License Bureaus, DMVs and driver road testing stations as the first wave of COVID-19 swept through Minnesota, the Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) testing ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 17, 2021

Two 4-H Summer Internships Available

A Message from University of Minnesota Extension

Two temporary summer internship opportunities are available to provide assistance to the Wright County 4-H Program in support of youth development activities related to 4-H programs, camps, the Wright County...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 16, 2021

County Adopts Service Animal Policy (with Surprise Inclusion)

As part of its Feb. 16 agenda, the Wright County Board of Commissioners approved almost 20 items on its Consent Agenda – items that are approved without discussion. Among them was what appeared to be a housecleaning item that wasn’t pa...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 16, 2021

Members of Solar Farm Work Group Named

At its Jan. 26 meeting, the Wright County Board of Commissioners voted to implement an emergency moratorium on the construction and development of solar farms in the county. The moratorium could be kept in place for as much as one year as a study group wo...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 16, 2021

I-35W Bridge to Glow Purple Tonight

The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced this morning that the I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis that crosses the Mississippi River will be glow purple tonight in honor of the victims of the Allina Health Crossroads Clinic and in solidarity with the...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 16, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of February 8-14. The entire report can be viewed here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=2312

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 12, 2021

County Board, Staff to Conduct Moment of Silence for Victims of Tuesday's Shootings

The Wright County Board of Commissioners and several county staff will conduct a moment of silence in honor of the victims of Tuesday’s shooting at the Allina Health Crossroads Clinic at 9 a.m. at the start of its Tuesday, Feb. 16 meeting. The m...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 12, 2021

HHS Releases 2020 Social Services Block Grant Report for Public Review, Comment

A Message from Wright County Health & Human Services

Wright County Health & Human Services receives federal funding through the Social Security Block Grant. These funds are utilized to assist our community members in maintaining economic self-suffi...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 12, 2021

National Weather Service Issues Wind Chill Advisory for Wright County

At 2:20 p.m. this afternoon, the National Weather Service issued a Wind Chill Advisory for Wright County through noon Saturday (Feb. 13) with wind chill temperatures expected to reach 25 to 35 degrees below zero. Wright County is also under a Wind Chill A...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 12, 2021

Absentee Voting for March Township Elections Now Open

Absentee voting has opened for the 2021 March Township Elections, which be conducted Tuesday, March 9.

A total of 15 of Wright County’s 18 townships will hold their elections in March – Albion, Buffalo, Chatham, Cokato, Corinna, Frankli...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 12, 2021

All County Offices and Facilities Closed Monday

All Wright County offices and facilities will be closed Monday, February 15, 2021 in observance of the President’s Day holiday. All offices and facilities will re-open at 8 a.m. Tuesday, February 16.

Wright County News
Posted on: February 12, 2021

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard and the good news is that the number of new confirmed cases continue to be in decline for new confirmed cases.

This week there were 127 new confirmed cases, the lowest weekly total sinc...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 11, 2021

County Board Comments on This Week's Tragic Events

A Message from the Wright County Board of Commissioners

The Wright County Board of Commissioners extends our heartfelt condolences to the victims, families, employees and neighbors impacted by the tragic events of Tuesday. We often hear the phrase, &ld...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 11, 2021

View Today's Press Conference

UPDATE: The original video posted cut off approximately eight minutes of media questioning. The link below is the entirety of the press conference

This morning (Feb. 11), charges were filed against Gregory Ulrich in connection with the shootings Tuesday at...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 11, 2021

Flags At Half-Staff At All County Facilities to Honor Victims

Yesterday, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz ordered that flags at all state and federal buildings be flown at half-staff to honor the victims of Tuesday’s fatal shooting at the Allina Health Crossroads Clinic in Buffalo. Wright County has ordered that fl...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 11, 2021

County Attorney Files Charges Against Gregory Ulrich

At 9:16 a.m. this morning (Feb. 11), Wright County Attorney Brian Lutes filed the criminal complaint documents with the 10th Judicial District Court in the case of the State of Minnesota vs. Gregory Paul Ulrich. The full filing can be viewed here: https:/...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 11, 2021

Park & Rec Snowshoe, Boot Hike Event Scheduled for Saturday Cancelled

Due to brutally cold temperatures and wind chills forecast for this weekend, the Wright County Parks & Recreation Valentine’s Day-themed Sweetheart Snowshoe and Boot Hike scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 13 at Robert Ney Memorial Park in Maple L...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 10, 2021

Press Conference Scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Thursday with Sheriff, County Attorney

At 11:30 a.m. tomorrow (Thursday, Feb. 11), Wright County Attorney Brian Lutes and Wright County Sheriff Sean Deringer will conduct a press conference discussing the charges being filed against Gregory Ulrich in connection with Tuesday’s inciden...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 10, 2021

A Statement from the Wright County Sheriff's Office

Updated shooting information / Upcoming Press conference

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office, the Buffalo Police Department, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and the ATF continue to process evidence and interview potential witnesses...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 10, 2021

A Message from Buffalo Clinic, Central Minnesota Mental Health Center

A Message from Stephanie Barnes, Buffalo Clinic Manager/BIP Coordinator, Central Minnesota Mental Health Center

“As we all continue to process the tragic events of Tuesday in our community of Buffalo, I wanted to extend the support of Central MN ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 10, 2021

Law Enforcement Cracking Down on Excessive Speeding

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety has announced that there will be increased enforcement of speeding on Minnesota highways over the next several weeks after 2020 data produced some startling results.

Preliminary data from 2020 showed that 120 motor...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 9, 2021

Suspect in Shooting Named, First Court Appearance Set

At a press conference this afternoon, Gregory Ulrich, 67, was identified as the lone suspect in the shooting this morning at the Allina Crossroads Clinic. Given the early stages of the investigation into the shooting, Wright County Sheriff Sean Deringer a...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 9, 2021

Sheriff's Office Statement on Shooting

A Statement from the Wright County Sheriff’s Office

At 10:54 the Wright County Sheriff's Office communication's center received a call from the 700 block of Crossroads Campus Drive in the City of Buffalo for a report of shots fi...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 9, 2021

Press Conference Scheduled for 3 P.M. With Sheriff, Buffalo P.D.

A press conference has been scheduled for 3 p.m. in Courtroom 2 on the Second Floor of the Wright County Government Center in connection with this morning’s shooting at the Allina Crossroads Clinic in Buffalo.

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 9, 2021

Traffic Detoured in Buffalo Due to Active Shooter

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to stay away from the area of Highway 55 and Willems Way in Buffalo. There has been an active shooter incident at the Allina Health Urgent Care – Buffalo Crossroads clinic. A susp...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 8, 2021

Highway Department Warning Drivers About Black Ice Patches

This morning throughout the greater Twin Cities metro area, including Wright County, there were hundreds of crashes and spinouts despite a mere dusting of snow. The culprit? Black Ice.

Black Ice can be created by frozen drizzle and rain, but can also occur...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 8, 2021

U of M Extension to Host Beef Calving Essentials Webinar Series

University of Minnesota Extension is excited to host a six-part webinar series titled “Beef Calving Essentials Webinar Series.” The Zoom meetings will be held on February 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, and 25 from 8-9 p.m. each day. The series wil...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 8, 2021

First-Time Home Buyers Program Includes $2 Million for Wright County

The Minnesota Department of Housing is providing funding of more than $2 million in Wright County to assist first-time home buyers as part of the Minnesota Cities Participation Program (MCPP).

The MCPP has been around for more than 20 years and offers assi...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 8, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report covering the period of February 1-7, 2021. To see the full report, click here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=2284

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 5, 2021

Residents 65 and Older Can Sign Up for COVID-19 Vaccine Lottery

As the COVID-19 vaccine is being rolled out in greater supplies, local governments are setting up random selection processes for residents age 65 and older to sign up to be selected. Wright County Public Health has added a link to its COVID-19 page on the...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 5, 2021

Census Bureau Hiring Field Reps for Summer Survey Work

The United States Census Bureau completed its decennial population count in 2020, but there are hiring opportunities for well-paying positions for field representatives with the American Housing Survey (AHS).

The AHS is sponsored by the U.S. Department of ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 5, 2021

Emergency Management Has Tips for Dealing with Prolonged Cold Weather

Wright County is going to be experiencing potential record-breaking cold over the next several days and Wright County Emergency Management has some precautions that residents should be aware of.

The Polar Vortex that is descending on Wright County is going...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 5, 2021

Trailblazer Transit Offer Free Rides to Anyone Getting a COVID-19 Vaccination

A Message from Trailblazer Transit

Trailblazer Transit will offer transportation at no cost to customers for any rides related to a COVID-19 vaccination.  Caretakers and children may also ride along at no cost.  Customers will need to coo...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 5, 2021

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard. The number of new confirmed cases hit its lowest point since early October with 166 new cases. The county also recorded the least number of hospitalizations (3), trips to an intensive...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 5, 2021

Licence Bureau Announces Appointment Openings for Feb. 16-26

As of 8 a.m. today (Feb. 4), appointments for driver’s license renewals at the Wright County License Bureau are open for the period of Feb. 16-26. Appointments can be scheduled on the main page of the county website (www.co.wright.mn.us) under t...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 2, 2021

U of M Extension Offering Tips On How to Extend the Life of Your Garden

By Adam Austing, University of Minnesota Extension Educator

As we enter February, many Minnesota gardeners find themselves wishing they didn’t have to wait until April or May to get back in the garden. Cold fall temperatures usually shut down our...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 2, 2021

2021 Wright County Fair Remains in Limbo Amid COVID-19 Protocols

Last year, the Wright County Fair was cancelled for the first time since World War II (when the County Fairgrounds were being used as a German prisoner of war camp) due to COVID-19. Organizers held out hope entering last summer that it could come off as p...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 2, 2021

MnDOT Seeking Public Input for 2026 Construction on Hwy. 25

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is looking for public input on the future construction of Highway 25 between Catlin Street in Buffalo and Kjellberg Court in Monticello, which is slated for construction in 2026.

MnDOT is currently conducting a co...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 1, 2021

Potter Named Citizen of the Year By WCEDP

Former Wright County Commissioner Mike Potter may be done in his capacity of serving the residents of Wright County as an elected official, but he was honored Jan. 29 by the Wright County Economic Development Partnership (WCEDP) as its 2020 Outstanding Ci...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 1, 2021

See What Topics the Wright County Board Will Discuss and Watch Meetings Live

Wright County residents may be unaware that if they want to follow the decisions made by the Wright County Board of Commissioners, they can be kept up to date on what topics will be discussed and what supporting materials come along with each item to help...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 1, 2021

DPS Warns Drivers About School Bus Stop Arms

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is warning drivers about the dangers and penalties for ignoring stop arms on school buses. Last year, more than 500 tickets were given to drivers who didn’t obey stop arms. MDPS has a video explaining th...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 1, 2021

Wright County Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report covering the period of January 25-31, 2021. To see the full report, click here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=2270

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 1, 2021

Small Business Relief Grant Deadline Extended to Feb. 8

The deadline for Wright County-based small businesses to apply for Small Business Relief Grant funding has been extended. The deadline to submit an application is 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8. Small businesses that have been impacted by Executive Orders from ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 29, 2021

County Board Approves Moratorium on Solar Farm Development

At its meeting Jan. 26, the Wright County Board of Commissioners voted for a second time in five years to place an emergency moratorium on the construction and development of solar farms in the county.

The placement of solar farms on agricultural land has ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 29, 2021

Highway Department Preparing for Weekend Snowfall

Here we go again. Another weekend, another storm to contend with.

The National Weather Service has issued warnings for potentially poor road conditions as a small storm rolls through the area with the potential for a combination of snow and freezing rain t...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 29, 2021

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard and the feared post-Christmas spike in cases hasn’t materialized locally. The number of new cases over the last week was 186 – the lowest weekly increase since Octo...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 28, 2021

Bail Set at $1 Million for Suspect in Monticello Police Standoff

A message from Wright County Attorney Brian Lutes

The Wright County Attorney’s Office has charged Justin Michael Dellwo in connection with the armed standoff that occurred in Monticello on January 25 and 26. Justin Michael Dellwo is charged with ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 28, 2021

Driver's License Renewals Must Be Up To Date By March 31

Last March when the COVID-19 pandemic first hit in Minnesota, Gov. Tim Walz made numerous executive orders. Among them was to shut down all License Bureaus and DMVs, which created a backlog for those seeking to renew driver’s licenses. Because d...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 27, 2021

Small Business Relief Grant Deadline Coming Jan. 29

A reminder for those looking to access funds from the Small Business Relief Grant program that the deadline to apply is Friday, Jan. 29. The online application portal, which can be found on the front page of the Wright County website under the heading &am...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 27, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Statement Concerning Incident in Monticello Tuesday

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released details on the arrest of Justin Dellwo of St. Michael after a standoff in the City of Monticello that lasted 17 hours. The full release can be viewed here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.as...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 26, 2021

Parks & Rec Offering Four February Programs

Wright County Parks & Recreation has some exciting programs coming in February for those interested in enjoying the brisk outdoors.

From 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, Parks & Rec will host “Woodworking for Wildlife” &ndas...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 26, 2021

Sheriff: Active Incident Ongoing In Monticello

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office is currently in an ongoing standoff with a suspect in Monticello near the roundabout at Fenning Ave. NE and School Boulevard. The suspect is in a vehicle, is believed to be in possession of a firearm and has refused to e...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 25, 2021

Safe Families For Children Expanding Reach in Wright County

At a time in life when someone feels isolated, overwhelmed and alone from their normal life, having a friend to talk to or lend a helping hand can be critical. For a single parent or a family that is struggling to get from one day to the next, having some...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 25, 2021

U of M Extension Offering Online Webinars for Beef Cattle Producers

Online Beef Quality Assurance & Secure Beef Supply Training Scheduled

University of Minnesota Extension, along with Minnesota Beef Council, will host several online Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) and Secure Beef Supply (SBS) training sessions starting in...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 25, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report covering the period of January 18-24, 2021. The full report can be seen here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=2250

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 25, 2021

Drivers Advised to Have Winter Emergency Kit In Their Vehicles

Although the winter of 2020-21 has been mild by Minnesota standards, we’re far from done with winter and the hazards winter weather can bring. All drivers should have an emergency kit in their vehicles in the event your vehicle breaks down or yo...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 22, 2021

The Turn to Hold Graduation Ceremony Jan. 28

The Turn is pleased to announce the graduation of Isaac Hamilton from its program. The Turn is an adult drug court diversion program that is extremely stringent and requires those in the program to meet numerous requirements to have their felony cases red...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 22, 2021

Highway Department Preparing for Weekend Snowfall

Another round of snow is expected Saturday in much of Minnesota and the Wright County Highway Department is already out on the roads laying down de-icing brine before the storm arrives.

Currently the storm is projected to drop three to four inches of snow ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 22, 2021

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 Dashboard. The number of new confirmed cases over the past week (199) is the lowest weekly total in three months, but the other key numbers have remained consistent. Over last seven days, there ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 22, 2021

U of M Extension Offering Farm Safety Webinars

University of Minnesota Extension is excited to be partnering with North Dakota State University Extension to offer a series of farm safety webinars this winter. Each of us has been impacted in some way by an accident, injury, or fatality that has occurre...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 22, 2021

Licence Bureau Announces Appointment Openings for Feb. 1-12

As of 8 a.m. this morning (Jan. 22), the Wright County License Bureau has opened hundreds of appointment slots for driver’s license renewals covering the period of Feb. 1-12. For other License Bureau transactions, the walk-up window on the south...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 19, 2021

25 Years of Wright County Safe Schools Celebrated

In the Spotlight section of the Wright County website, we examine the 25th anniversary of Wright County Safe Schools and how this groundbreaking program started with a cup of coffee 25 years ago an had become one of the most effective collaboration of the...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 19, 2021

Wright County Public Health Releases Statement About Vaccination Pilot Project

A Message from Wright County Public Health

On Monday, January 18, the Minnesota Department of Health announced a pilot program to expand vaccine distribution in Minnesota. Nine pilot vaccination sites are opening up across the state to vaccinate adults age...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 19, 2021

U of M Extension Offers New Year's Resolutions for Gardeners

By a team of University of MN Extension educators

Did you make a New Year's resolution this month? Extension gardening educators have come up with a few gardening practice resolutions that should be easy to keep and are sure to help you help your ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 19, 2021

County Board Start Property Value Appeals Process, Sets Board of Equalization for June 14

It seems like every year, residents show up at the annual Country Truth in Taxation public hearing in early December to contest their property values. However, that process of appeal actually takes place in the spring and the first step in the process beg...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 19, 2021

Wright County Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report covering the period of January 11-17, 2021. The full report can be seen here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=2236

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 19, 2021

Sign Up to Be Notified About Community COVID-19 Vaccination Schedules

A Message from Wright County Public Health

Wright County Public Health is currently vaccinating those eligible as part of the phased approach to COVID-19 vaccination. As more people become eligible and more vaccine is available, we will provide information...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 19, 2021

Small Business Relief Grant Deadline Coming Jan. 29

A reminder for those looking to access funds from the Small Business Relief Grant program that the deadline to apply is Friday, Jan. 29 and those seeking funds are encouraged to get in their applications as soon as possible because it is anticipated that ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 15, 2021

County Offices Closed Monday, Jan. 18

All Wright County offices and facilities will be closed Monday, January 18, 2021 in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. All offices and facilities will reopen for business at 8 a.m. Tuesday, January 19.

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 15, 2021

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard and the last week witnessed Wright County surpassing 100 deaths attributed to the pandemic.

The number of new confirmed cases has continued a three-week trend of low numbers. Over the l...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 15, 2021

License Bureau Selling New Critical Habitat License Plates

The Wright County License Bureau has announced it has a new Critical Habitat License Plate available for those looking to add some color to their state-issued license plates.

The Pollinator Plate includes the state butterfly (the monarch butterfly) and the...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 14, 2021

A Message from Public Health Concerning Vaccine Distribution

A Message from Wright County Public Health

We are aware that the federal and state governments have changed direction for the guidance regarding vaccine distribution. The next priority group has changed to include those over the age of 65. Wright County Pu...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 14, 2021

Storm Expected to Accumulate Later Than Initially Anticipated

The Wright County Highway Department is dealing with the front of end of a snowstorm that is expected to continue through the rest of today and almost all of Friday.

Wright County Highway Maintenance Supervisor Steve Meyer said the biggest problem his crew...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 13, 2021

Small Business Relief Grant Program Processing Applications, Jan. 29 Deadline Looming

Small business owners that have been adversely impacted by the recent Executive Order 20-99 that forced businesses to close or reduce service are encouraged to access the $2.7 million that is available under the state’s Small Business Relief Gra...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 13, 2021

Storm Heading Toward Wright County Could Produce Significant Snow

Late last week, the Wright County Highway Department was combatting high humidity and temperatures hovering around freezing – treating roads for frost buildup. Starting Thursday morning, they’re going to be battling the more standard w...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 13, 2021

DNR Sponsoring Free 'Take a Kid Fishing Weekend'

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has announced that the annual Take a Kid Ice Fishing Weekend will be held over the coming three-day weekend Saturday, Jan.16 through Monday, Jan. 18.

Minnesota anglers age 16 and older can fish without having t...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 13, 2021

County Administrator Looks Back on 2020, Ahead to 2021

A Message from Wright County Administrator Lee Kelly

It is safe to say that 2020 was an unprecedented year presenting unique challenges that drove Wright County to adapt and change to our “new normal.” It would have seemed impossible to...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 12, 2021

WCCO-TV Filming in Buffalo Today for Thursday Early Morning Segment

Depending on what time of morning you’re up, you may want to watch or set your DVR to record “WCCO 4 News This Morning” at 5:45 a.m. Thursday. A camera crew is in Buffalo today filming the historic downtown area as part of WC...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 12, 2021

Parks & Rec to Host Lantern Cross Country Ski Event Saturday at Ney Park

The Wright County Parks & Recreation will be hosting a Lantern Cross-County Ski event from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23 at Robert Ney Memorial Park Reserve in Maple Lake Township. Almost 50 lanterns will be lit up on the pond loop trail for part...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 12, 2021

MDH Rolls Out COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Dashboard

Starting today, the Minnesota Department of Health has a new vaccine distribution dashboard dealing with the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine. According to the initial data that is provided, just 1.8 percent of Wright County (using old population data) hav...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 11, 2021

Reservations Now Being Accepted for 2021 Parks Shelter Rentals

As of 8 a.m. today, the Wright County Parks & Recreation Department has begun accepting reservations for park shelter rentals in Beebe, Bertram Chain of Lakes, Clearwater/Pleasant, Collinwood, Otsego and Schroeder Parks for 2021.

Those interested in re...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 11, 2021

U of M Extension to Host Free Gardening Webinars Feb. 16-19

University of Minnesota Extension educators are excited to bring you the second annual Gardening from the Group Up webinar series to help you achieve your garden and lawn goals. This free webinar series will take place February 16-19, 2021 from 1 to 2:30 ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 11, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report covering the period of Jan. 4-10. The full report can be viewed here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=2219

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 8, 2021

Parks Shelter Reservations Open Monday with New System

Wright County Parks & Recreation has a pair of important announcements for those intending to rent shelters at Beebe Lake County Park, Otsego County Park, Clearwater/Pleasant County Park, Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park and Collinwood and Schroed...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 8, 2021

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard and, for the fourth straight week, Wright County has seen a reduction in the number of new confirmed cases. Over the past week, there were 282 new confirmed cases – the lowes...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 8, 2021

Licence Bureau Announces Appointment Openings for Jan. 19-29

The Wright County License Bureau has opened hundreds of appointment slots for driver’s license renewals covering the period of Jan. 19-29. For other License Bureau transactions, the walk-up window on the south parking deck of the Government Cent...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 7, 2021

National Weather Service Issue Dense Fog Advisory for Friday

For those who will be on the roads for the morning commute Friday, the National Weather Service Twin Cities has issued a Dense Fog Advisory for the central portion of Minnesota. Added caution is advised and drivers are being warned to be prepared for rapi...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 6, 2021

County Board Completes 2021 Committee, Advisory Board Assignments

At the first meeting of 2021, the Wright County Board was tasked to make some of the most important decisions it makes at any point during the year. At its annual reorganizational meeting, the board named a new chairperson (Commissioner Mark Daleiden) and...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 6, 2021

Residents Warned to Be On the Lookout for COVID-19 Vaccine Scams

Wright County residents are being warned to be on the lookout for telephone and email scams dealing with the COVID-19 vaccine. Instances throughout the state and the country have been reported of emails or phone callers claiming to be able to get vaccines...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 6, 2021

U of M Extension Offering Podcast Aimed at Dairy Farmers

By Jim Salfer, University of Minnesota Extension

Dairy producers in the I-29 corridor and the United States have a new way of receiving information, thanks to the I-29 Moo University dairy consortium. Extension dairy specialists from each state develop eac...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 5, 2021

Small Business Relief Grant Application Portal on County Website Has Gone Live

The Wright County Small Business Relief Grant Application portal has gone live on the county website. It can be found on the main page of the county website on the left side of the page under the heading “Business Relief Grant Application.” To learn more ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 5, 2021

Highway Department Treating Roads Tonight and Wednesday to Combat Frost Buildup

Starting late this afternoon and for the next three days, the Wright County Highway Department will be spreading de-icing salt brine on county roads and highways because of the anticipation of frost problems in the coming days. The plan is start laying do...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 4, 2021

VIDEO: Lutes Sworn in as Wright County Attorney

Shortly after noon today (Jan. 4), Brian Lutes was sworn in as the new Wright County Attorney – the first county attorney other than retiring Tom Kelly the county has had in the last 22 years. In front of an enthusiastic, socially-distanced crow...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 4, 2021

Borrell Retires After Two Terms As the Defender of the 'Little Guy'

For the last eight years, Charlie Borrell has been an outspoken proponent of the “little guy” – residents who pay their taxes, obey the laws and basically want government to leave them alone. He was a Wright County farmer who...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 4, 2021

County to Open Applications for Small Business Relief Grants

In mid-December, the Minnesota State Legislature approved a Minnesota Small Business Relief Grant package to assist small businesses damaged by the COVID-19 pandemic and specifically losses directly resulting from Executive Order 20-99 signed by Gov. Tim ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 4, 2021

Potter Leaves County Board with Lasting Transportation Legacy

At tomorrow’s meeting of the Wright County Board of Commissioners, two new commissioners will be sworn in, replacing two sitting commissioners. One of them is Mike Potter, who has represented District 4 for the last eight years.

Potter lost a clo...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 4, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report covering the period of Dec. 28-Jan. 3. The full report can be seen here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=2201

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 31, 2020

Public Health Releases COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its latest COVID-19 dashboard through December 31. Since the pandemic began, Public Health has released an updated county dashboard every Thursday. Because county offices were closed on the afternoon of Dec. 24, th...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 31, 2020

County Offices and Facilities Closed Friday

All Wright County offices and facilities will be closed Friday, January 1, 2021 in observance of the New Year’s holiday. All offices and facilities will re-open at 8 a.m. Monday, January 4.

Wright County News
Posted on: December 31, 2020

First COVID-19 Vaccines Have Arrived in Wright County

On Wednesday, the Wright County Public Health vaccination teams received their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. In the next few weeks, our Public Health Nurses and other support staff will be hard at work vaccinating the first priority groups.

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 30, 2020

County Honors Retiring License Bureau Supervisor

If you’ve renewed a driver’s license, got new plates or license tabs or needed a fishing or hunting license at the Wright County Government Center over the last 35 years, you’ve probably met Becky Aanerud. She announced her r...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 30, 2020

County Board Appoints Veteran Services Officer to Four-Year Term

Four years ago when Greg Pickard was hired as the Veteran Services Officer (VSO) for Wright County, his department was struggling. Like many counties, Veteran Services was tied together with Emergency Management/Nuclear. Unlike most counties, Wright Count...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 30, 2020

County Board Bids Farewell to Commissioners Charlie Borrell and Mike Potter

It’s never easy to say goodbye to someone you’ve worked closely with for a long time, but that’s what the Wright County Board of Commissioners faced at its Dec.29 board meeting. It was the final meeting for Commissioners Char...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 29, 2020

Highway Department Prepared for Snow Later Today

The Wright County Highway Department wants to inform residents that the snow that is coming today is likely to begin entering Wright County from the southeast at approximately 2 p.m. – a couple hours later than was initially expected.

Plow crews ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 29, 2020

U of M Extension Hosting Six-Part Winter Dairy Series

By Adam Austing, UMN Extension educator, Wright County

University of Minnesota Extension, in collaboration with the Minnesota Dairy Initiative- SouthCentral Region, have announced the upcoming Winter Dairy Series. This series will consist of six informal c...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 28, 2020

Kelly Leaves an Imprint, Legacy on Wright County

For about 9,000 mornings, Wright County Attorney Tom Kelly has driven to his job in Buffalo. On Thursday, he will be doing so for the last time. A 37-year employee in the Wright County Attorney’s Office – the last 22 as elected by coun...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 28, 2020

Highway Department Preparing for Third Round of Snow in Less Than a Week

Here we go again.

After avoiding snow up until the days leading up to Christmas, it looks like Wright County will once again be dealing with a commute that comes in the middle of a snow event.

As it did a week ago and again on Sunday, the Wright County High...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 28, 2020

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period covering December 21-27, 2020. To see the full report, click here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=2189

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 23, 2020

County Offices and Facilities to Close at Noon Thursday

All Wright County offices and facilities will close at noon tomorrow (Thursday, December 24) in observance of the Christmas holiday. Offices and facilities will re-open at 8 a.m. Monday, December 28.

Wright County News
Posted on: December 23, 2020

UPDATE: I-94 Closed in Both Directions Due to Separate Multi-Vehicle Crashes

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has closed the eastbound lanes of I-94 from Hwy. 25 in Monticello to the Rogers exit due to a crash near the Hwy. 241 St. Michael/Albertville exit. Drivers will need to take alternate routes. MnDOT has not provid...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 23, 2020

County Moving into 2021 with New Approach to Setting Budget, Levy

At its Dec. 15 meeting, the Wright County Board of Commissioners adopted its 2021 budget and certified levy (the portion of the budget that is paid in property taxes).

The budget for 2021 will be $153,827,273 – $8.2 million less than last year &a...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 23, 2020

License Bureau Unable to Take Walk-In Appointments for Driver's License Renewals Today

Due to the inclement weather, the Wright County License Bureau will not be accepting indoor walk-up traffic for driver’s license renewals for the remainder of today (Dec. 23). The staff is shorthanded and will only be able to process those with ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 23, 2020

Licence Bureau Announces Appointment Openings for Jan. 4-15

The Wright County License Bureau has announced that at 8 a.m. Thursday, December 24, a new round of appointments for driver’s license renewals will open covering the period of January 4-15. The appointment portal can be found on the front page o...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 23, 2020

Pre-Christmas Storm Bearing Down on Wright County with Higher Totals Expected

The anticipated pre-Christmas storm that is bearing down on Wright County has been delayed from earlier projections, but it is coming and the potential snowfall totals have been ramped up.

Wright County is under a blizzard warning until late in the evening...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 22, 2020

U of M Extension Offers Tips on Saving Holiday Poinsettias

By Katie Drewitz, University of MN Extension educator

For many, 2020 has meant trying things they’ve always wanted to do but never took the time. Perhaps one of those activities can be keeping your holiday poinsettia and working to get it to chan...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 22, 2020

License Bureau Has Message for Residents About December 24 Schedule

A Message from the Wright County License Bureau

On Thursday, December 24, the License Bureau will be open from 8 a.m. to noon. Currently, the appointments are full for that day, however, limited walk-ins indoors for all types of transactions will be accept...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 22, 2020

Highway Department Out on Roads in Preparation for Winter Storm

If you’re out and about on roads in Wright County this afternoon and evening, you may encounter Wright County Highway Department vehicles spraying the roadways in advance of what is expected to be a relatively significant snow event with a combination of ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 21, 2020

COVID-19 Testing Centers Will Be Closed Dec. 24-25 and Dec. 31-Jan. 1

At her daily press briefing today, Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm announced that COVID-19 testing sites throughout the state will be closed Thursday, December 24, Friday, December 25, Thursday, December 31 and Friday, January 1. The closures ar...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 21, 2020

U of M Extension Hosting Winter Dairy Series Seminars January Through March

By Adam Austing, UMN Extension educator, Wright County

University of Minnesota Extension, in collaboration with the Minnesota Dairy Initiative- SouthCentral Region, has announced the upcoming Winter Dairy Series. This series will consist of six informal co...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 21, 2020

Opening for District 1 Citizen Member on Wright County Board of Adjustment

A Message from Wright County Planning and Zoning Administrator Sean Riley

There is an opening for a citizen member on the Wright County Board of Adjustment.  This opening is for a member that resides in District 1, which is represented by Commissi...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 21, 2020

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report covering the period of December 14-20, 2020. The full report can be viewed here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=2175

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 18, 2020

HHS Modifying Annual Foster Care Holiday Party Due to COVID-19

A Message from Wright County Health & Human Services

Wright County Health and Human Services brings holiday joy to child foster families each year with an annual holiday party. This tradition began back in 2007 with a small gathering in the lobby of th...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 18, 2020

DNR Warning Residents About Thin Ice

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is warning about the danger associated with going out on ice on Minnesota lakes. While the temperatures have been consistently below freezing, typically you need a few days of temperatures around zero have ice...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 18, 2020

Wright County Public Health Releases Updated COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard for the period covering Dec. 11-17. The past week marked Wright County experiencing its 10,000th confirmed case of COVID-19. As has been the trend throughout Minnesota, the number of n...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 17, 2020

First-Time Homebuyers Program to Have New Allocation Pool in January

For many families, the biggest investment they’re ever going to make is their first home. They need to come up with the first down payment and many haven’t built up equity to that point. There is a long-running program that has helped ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 17, 2020

Parks & Rec to Open 2021 Park Shelter Reservations January 11

The Wright County Parks & Recreation Department has announced that it will open its 2021 campground shelter reservations for county parks at 8 a.m. Monday, January 11. The shelter reservations apply to Beebe Lake County Park, Bertram Chain of Lakes Re...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 16, 2020

U of M Extension Offering Seminars for Annie's Project

Annie’s Project is a nationwide program that empowers farm and ranch women to be better business partners through networks and by managing and organizing critical information. This program is Inspired by Annie's Project and will focus o...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 15, 2020

Highway Department Seeking Public Input for Highway 19 Project

The Wright County Highway Department has set up a webpage to provide a virtual open house for a construction project in St. Michael involving the intersection of CSAH 19/Central Avenue and CSAH 19/St. Michael Parkway. Wright County has received federal fu...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 14, 2020

County Board to Honor County Attorney At Tuesday's Meeting

At the beginning of its meeting tomorrow (Tuesday, Dec. 15), the Wright County Board of Commissioners will honor County Attorney Tom Kelly, who has served the county for 37 years – the last 22 as the elected Wright County Attorney. Kelly announc...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 14, 2020

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly activity report, covering the period of December 7-13. The full report can be found here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=2161

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 14, 2020

MnDOT Seeking Public Feedback on Statewide Pedestrian System Plan

The Minnesota Department of Transportation invites public feedback on the agency’s first Statewide Pedestrian System Plan. The plan provides policy and investment guidance to improve places where people walk across and along Minnesota highways.

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 11, 2020

Sheriff's Office Beard Challenge Raises More than $18,000

A Message from the Wright County Sheriff’s Office

The Sheriff’s Office is very proud to announce that the 2020 Beard Challenge was able to raise and donate an amazing $18,330 to RiverWorks of Rockford. This wonderful organization aligns...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 11, 2020

Wright County Public Health Releases Updated COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard. Over the last seven days, there have been 1,058 new confirmed cases, 34 cases that required hospitalization, three cases that required Intensive Care Unit beds and seven deaths. The c...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 11, 2020

Public Hearing Set for Dec. 15 to Discuss Change in the Auditor/Treasurer Position

As part of its December 15 agenda, the Wright County Board of Commissioners will consider a resolution that will turn the Auditor/Treasurer’s position from an elected position to an appointed position – similar to all nine Minnesota co...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 11, 2020

License Bureau Announces Appointment Openings for Dec. 21-31

As of 8 a.m. today (Dec. 11), hundreds of new appointment slots have opened for the Wright County License Bureau. The appointments cover the period of Dec. 21-31. Appointments are primarily for driver’s license renewals, but, with the cold winter months a...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 10, 2020

Public Health Provides a COVID-19 Vaccine Update

A Message from Wright County Public Health

Over the past several weeks and for the foreseeable future, Wright County Public Health and partners are planning for distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. Initial doses of the vaccine are anticipated to be distri...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 10, 2020

MEADA Receives $125,000 Federal Grant

Congressman Tom Emmer announced today that MEADA (Mentorship, Education and Drug Awareness) was awarded $125,000 in grant funding through the federal Drug-Free Communities Support Program.

Emmer released a statement praising the efforts of MEADA, which was...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 10, 2020

Take Virtual Tour of Sheriff's Office Training Center

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office Training Center opened this summer and a virtual tour of the facility is available on the county’s YouTube channel. To see the virtual tour, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FckONQ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 9, 2020

HHS Offering Those with Child Support Cases to Text Child Support Workers

The Child Support Division of Wright County Health & Human Services is part of a pilot project in the state that will allow child support workers to text clients regarding their child support cases.

Data has showed that more people text than email or c...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 9, 2020

MDH: Likely Months Before Most Wright County Residents Get COVID-19 Vaccine

On Tuesday, Gov. Tim Walz and the state’s top health leaders gave some insight as to how Minnesota will begin the process of vaccinating residents for COVID-19, which is expected to begin later this month.

However, many residents who want to get the vaccin...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 9, 2020

U of M Extension Offering Advice for Livestock Farmers as Winter Approaches

By Karen Johnson, Extension Educator – McLeod and Meeker Counties

Recently, I was working with a farmer that was trying to get his automatic waterers functioning efficiently for winter. The heating element had been disconnected from dairy heifers...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 9, 2020

Fire Prevention Tips Available Dealing with Space Heaters, Wood Stoves and Fireplaces

Although it may not seem like it at the moment, the cold and snow of winter is coming and many Wright County residents will be using space heaters, wood stoves and fireplaces to heat their homes, garages and cabins over the winter months.

Wright County Eme...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 8, 2020

Park & Rec Announces Schedule of Outdoor Events for Early 2021

A Message from Wright County Parks & Recreation

It has been an interesting year, to say the least, and here at Wright County Parks & Recreation we’ve been working hard to come up with a plan to provide some activities for you to get out and “Explor...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 8, 2020

Department of Public Safety Warns of Dangers of Distracted Driving

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety, as part of its Toward Zero Deaths initiative, has released a video entitled “Eight Seconds: One Fatal Distraction.” The video tells the true-life story of a distracted driver and the consequences of his actions, ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 7, 2020

Vetsch Explains Purpose of Wright County EDA

In November, the Wright County Board of Commissioners voted to create an Economic Development Authority (EDA) for Wright County after receiving a recommendation from the Wright County Economic Development Authority Advisory Committee, which met in August ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 7, 2020

Wright County License Bureau Has Modified Winter Schedule

A Message from the Wright County License Bureau

Starting today (Monday, Dec. 7), the Wright County License Bureau will be utilizing Conference Room 120 on the first floor of the Wright County Government Center as a waiting area for customers utilizing our ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 8, 2020

U of M Extension Offers Tips on Picking, Caring for the Perfect Christmas Tree

By Katie Drewitz, University of MN Extension educator

As we gather with family and friends this week to give thanks for our many blessings some of our minds will wander to decorating for Christmas. While I personally wait to

put up any Christmas decorations...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 7, 2020

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly activity report covering the period of November 30 through December 6, 2020. To view the full report, click here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=2143

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Wright County News