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Posted on: July 13, 2021

Destigmatizing Substance Use Disorders August 12th

"In Other Words" Combatting Stigma and Transforming Culture Through Language Change

Dr. Alëna A. Balasanova has presented and published nationally and internationally on addiction psychiatry education and destigmatizing substance use dis...

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Health, Financial & Social Services
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: June 17, 2021

County Road 118 (Fenning Avenue) Construction Update

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Work on County Road 118 in the City of Monticello and Monticello Township between School Blvd. and County State Aid Highway 37 is scheduled to begin on Monday, June 21st.  The prime contractor on this project is Duininck Inc, Prinsburg MN. &n...

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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.

Aside from work that will be do...

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Highway Department
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 Highway Department
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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Posted on: August 4, 2021

Clearwater/Pleasant and Collinwood Beaches Re-Opened

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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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: August 3, 2021

Burning Restrictions at Campgrounds

Campfires are currently still allowed in the fire rings at the Wright County Campgrounds (Bertram, Collinwood, Schroeder). Due the dry conditions the state has issued burning restrictions and as of this morning we are still allowed to permit campfires wit...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: July 22, 2021

Wright County is Seeking Public Input on Long-term Planning

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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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Comprehensive Master Plan Website Parks & Recreation
Posted on: April 2, 2021

Parks & Recreation Spring Summer Programs

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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Posted on: August 2, 2021

Wright County Sheriff Activity Report for period ending August 2, 2021

On July 26, Scott Arnold Boche, 51, of Waverly, was arrested in Woodland Township on the charge of fleeing law enforcement.

 

On July 26, Thomas Phillip Zarembinski, 59, of Vadnais Heights, was arrested in Stearns County on a Wright County apprehen...

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Sheriff News Releases
Posted on: July 26, 2021

Wright County Sheriff Activity Report for period ending July 26, 2021

Wright County Sheriff Activity Report for period ending July 26, 2021

 

 

On July 19, Joshua Lee Hill, of St. Cloud, was arrested in Stearns County on Wright County warrants for 5th degree possession of a controlled substance and driving af...

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Sheriff News Releases
Posted on: July 19, 2021

Wright County Sheriff Activity Report for period ending July 19, 2021

On July 12, Kayla Ann Harmston, 31, of St. Paul, was arrested in Monticello on the charge of 5th degree assault.

 

On July 12, Jesse Michael Midas, 41, of St. Cloud, was arrested in Stearns County on Wright County warrants for terroristic threats a...

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Sheriff News Releases
Posted on: July 12, 2021

Wright County Sheriff Activity Report for period ending July 12, 2021

On July 5, Matthew James Roberts, 32, of Crystal, was arrested in Delano on the charge of 2nd degree assault.

 

On July 5, Christine Marie Colling, 33, of Fridley, was arrested in Sherburne County on a Wright County warrant for 5th degree possessio...

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Sheriff News Releases
Posted on: July 6, 2021

Wright County Sheriff Activity Report for period ending July 5, 2021

On June 28, Lance Nicholas Schmidt, 35, of Hudson, WI, was arrested in Washington County on Wright County warrants for violation of a domestic abuse no contact order and 2nd degree DWI violations.

 

On June 28, Connor Jason Olson, 28, of Rush City,...

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Sheriff News Releases
Posted on: June 28, 2021

Wright County Sheriff Activity Report for period ending June 28, 2021

On June 21, Blake Ryan Hanson, 42, of Mound, was arrested in Carver County on a Wright County warrant for 5th degree possession of a controlled substance and a Scott County warrant for false information to law enforcement.

 

On June 21, Shayla Rose...

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Sheriff News Releases
Posted on: June 21, 2021

Wright County Sheriff Activity Report for period ending June 21, 2021

On June 14, Timothy James Anderson, 52, of White Bear Lake, was arrested in Monticello Township on the charge of driving after cancellation inimical to public safety.

 

On June 14, David James Potratz, 36, of St. Cloud, was arrested in Stearns Coun...

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Sheriff News Releases
Posted on: June 14, 2021

Wright County Sheriff Activity Report for period ending June 14, 2021

On June 7, Steven Robert Keesling, 27, of Monticello, was arrested in Monticello on the charge of violation of a no contact order and Wright County warrants for 1st degree burglary and motor vehicle theft violations.

 

On June 7, Alan Dominque Youn...

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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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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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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.

The Wright County Sheri...

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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

Destigmatizing Substance Use Disorders August 12th

"In Other Words" Combatting Stigma and Transforming Culture Through Language Change

Dr. Alëna A. Balasanova has presented and published nationally and internationally on addiction psychiatry education and destigmatizing substance use di...

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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.

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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.

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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.

Wright County Sheriff Sean Deringer ...

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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.

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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
Posted on: December 4, 2020

Wright County's 2021 Proposed Budget, Levy Available for Residents to View

At its Dec. 15 meeting, the Wright County Board of Commissioners will have as one of its agenda items approval of its 2021 budget and certified levy.

The 2021 budget is scheduled to be $153,827,373 with a certified levy of $78,944,903, which represents a 5...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 4, 2020

Wright County Public Health Releases Updated COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its most recent COVID-19 dashboard. Previously, the Wright County numbers were updated Thursday afternoons. Starting Nov. 30, the local numbers are updated twice a week on the county website – on Monday a...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 3, 2020

U of M Extension to Hold Virtual Meeting Dec. 10 to Discuss Caterpillar Tunnels

By Adam Austing, University of Minnesota Extension

The University of Minnesota Extension and the Crow River chapter of the Sustainable Farming Association (SFA) have partnered to bring you a conversation about caterpillar tunnels, simple structures that ha...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 2, 2020

Residents Facing Financial Difficulties Can Apply for Emergency Assistance

Wright County Health & Human Services wants residents who are facing severe financial difficulties to be aware that they may be eligible to apply for emergency assistance.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been record numbers of people who were ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 2, 2020

A Message from the Wright County Compost & Recycling Facility

A Message from the Wright County Compost and Recycling Facility

The Wright County Compost and Recycling Facility will be establishing winter hours beginning on Tuesday, December 1.  The hours available for public drop-off of household hazardous wa...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 2, 2020

Public Health Director Interviewed on Area Podcast

Wright County Public Health Director Sarah Grosshuesch was a guest on the most recent edition of the Buffalo Community Podcast. The hosts interviewed Grosshuesch at length about the COVID-19 pandemic and specifically how the pandemic has impacted Wright C...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 2, 2020

Section of Westbound I-94 Reduced to One Lane Tonight

The westbound lane of I-94 between Co. Rd.180 and Hwy. 101 will be reduced to one lane starting at 8 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, Dec. 2) until 6 a.m. Thursday (Dec. 3). Motorists are advised to expect delays on that stretch of road, especially during the ear...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 1, 2020

MnDOT Announces Completion of I-94 Road Work for 2020 Construction Season

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced that it has completed its 2020 work on I-94 between St. Michael and Albertville for this construction season. All four lanes will remain as they are between the Crow River Bridge in St. Michael and ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 1, 2020

Truth in Taxation Hearing Tonight to Be Live-Streamed on YouTube

At 6 p.m. tonight, the Wright County Board of Commissioners will conduct its annual budget/levy public meeting (often referred to as Truth in Taxation) in the Wright County Board Room. Due to COVID restrictions, seating will be limited, but the meeting wi...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 30, 2020

Public Health Releases COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its new COVID-19 dashboard and, as expected, the surge in cases, hospitalizations and deaths are on a sharp climb in Wright County.

For the last several months, Wright County Public Health has been releasing its wee...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 30, 2020

Sheriff's Office Releases Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly activity report for the period covering November 23-29, 2020. To see the full report, click here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=2130

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 30, 2020

Truth in Taxation Hearing Tomorrow Night (Dec. 1)

The Wright County Board of Commissioners will conduct its annual budget levy public hearing (also known as the Truth in Taxation hearing) at 6 p.m. tomorrow (Tuesday, Dec. 1) in the Wright County Board Room. The meeting will be conducted in person with ac...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 25, 2020

County Facilities Will Be Closed Thursday and Friday

All Wright County offices and facilities will be closed Thursday and Friday (Nov. 26-27) in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Offices and facilities will reopen at 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 30 

Wright County News
Posted on: November 24, 2020

Planning & Zoning to Close Office from Noon to 1 p.m. Daily Beginning Wednesday

Beginning tomorrow (Nov. 25), the Wright County Planning & Zoning Office public-facing counter will be closed from noon to 1 p.m. daily. The reason is due to a short staff and COVID-19 requirements for sanitizing surfaces and equipment. For those who ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 24, 2020

Public Health Issues Press Release on Isolation and Quarantining

As numbers of new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Wright County and throughout the country continue to surge as we near the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Wright County Public Health has issued a press release dealing with quarantining and isolation and how th...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 24, 2020

DNR to Offer Free Park Friday Nov. 27 In All 75 State Parks

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has announced that Friday, Nov. 27 will be a Free Park Friday at all 75 Minnesota state parks. Those looking to enter a state park for a hike won’t need to have the required seasonal sticker on their...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 24, 2020

No COVID-19 Dashboard This Thursday due to Thanksgiving Holiday

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, Wright County Public Health will not be posting its weekly COVID-19 dashboard on Thursday, as is the custom. Starting Monday, Nov. 30, Wright County Public Health will begin updating county COVID-19 numbers on Mondays and ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 23, 2020

Parks & Recreation Department Announces Continuity of Operations Plan

The Wright County Parks & Recreation Department has issued a statement about the Continuity of Operations Plans for the Wright County parks system. To see the full statement, click here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2120

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 23, 2020

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 Nov. 15-22. It can be viewed here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=2121

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 20, 2020

License Bureau to Open Up Driver's License Renewal Appointments Wednesday, Nov. 25

A Message from the Wright County License Bureau

The next round of appointments for the Wright County License Bureau for driver’s license renewals will be at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25. The appointments will cover the period from Monday, Dec. 7 to ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 20, 2020

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard and, for the third straight week, the county has shattered the existing highs for the number of confirmed cases as the surge in new contractions throughout Minnesota and the United Sta...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 19, 2020

County Board Asks Legislative Delegation to Help Get Buffalo DVS Exam Station Re-Opened

Wright County officials are going to be picking up the torch of trying to get the driver’s testing station in Buffalo re-opened in 2021 and they will have the backing of the county’s state legislative delegation.

On Wednesday, Nov. 18, ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 19, 2020

WCEDP Announces Cancellation of Annual Holiday Networking Social

The Wright County Economic Development Partnership regrets to announce that its annual Holiday Networking Social, scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 3 has been cancelled due to COVID-19. It has been one of WCEDP’s most popular annual events. Executive...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 18, 2020

Full Text of Governor Walz's Executive Order 20-99

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz will announce a four-week dial-back of gatherings at 6 p.m. tonight. Here is the full text of Executive Order 20-99 and what it entails: https://beta.documentcloud.org/documents/20412665-executive-order-20-99-four-week...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 18, 2020

Veterans Encouraged to Join Virtual Career Fair Thursday

CareerForce Veterans Employment Services and the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs will be conducting a Virtual Career Fair from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday, Nov. 19). All veterans, active military members and their spouses are invited to t...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 18, 2020

Social Security Scam Calls Being Made to Wright County Residents

Residents are being warned about scammers attempting to obtain Social Security numbers under the threat of arrest.

The auto-message that comes with the call, many of which have out-of-state area codes from places like Texas and Georgia, claims that there h...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 18, 2020

Walz to Address Minnesotans at 6 P.M. Today to Announce COVID-19 Related Restrictions

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz is going to address the state at 6 p.m. tonight to discuss further restrictions that are expected to be imposed as the number of new cases and deaths related to COVID-19 continue to skyrocket.

While no official pronouncements ha...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 18, 2020

MnDOT to Reduce Eastbound I-94 to One Lane In Albertville the Next Two Nights

Those who travel on I-94 are being advised by the Minnesota Department of Transportation that the eastbound lane of I-94 in the Albertville area between Hwy. 241 and Co. Rd. 19 will be reduced to one lane for the next two nights.

Traffic will be reduced to...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 17, 2020

Wright County Voters Turned Out In Record Numbers

Wright County residents came out in record numbers to vote earlier this month in the Nov. 3 elections and many of them did so by absentee/early mail-in voting.

In all, 82,723 Wright County residents voted, an increase of 18 percent above the number of resi...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 16, 2020

License Bureau Reopens with New MNDRIVE Software System

At 8 a.m. this morning, the Wright County License Bureau and other DMV offices around the state re-opened with the new MNDRIVE software system to process requests from residents for new driver’s licenses, tab/plate renewals, title transfers, etc...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 16, 2020

U of M Extension Hosting Crop Management Input Seminar Dec. 4

The Annual University of Minnesota Extension Crop Management Input Seminar will be held virtually Friday, Dec. 4. The online Zoom seminar is free, but preregistration is required by logging on to https://z.umn.edu/2021cropseminar.

The program runs from 8:4...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 16, 2020

Sheriff's Office Releases Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly activity report covering the period of November 9-15, 2020. To see the report, click here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=2106

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 16, 2020

MDH to Start Text-and-Call Contact Tracing for COVID-19

Starting today, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) will be sending text messages to those who have been exposed to or have tested positive for COVID-19.

The text will inform the recipient that an interviewer from MDH will be calling them. The purpose...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 13, 2020

Assessor Clarifies Special Budget/Levy Hearing Dec. 1 Is Not a Forum to Appeal Property Values

At 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, the Wright County Board of Commissioner will meet in special session to discuss the 2021 draft budget and certified levy – a meeting often called a Truth in Taxation hearing. Wright County Assessor Tony Rasmuson wants ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 13, 2020

Links to Follow for Specific Guidelines, Information for Impacts of COVID-19

There are numerous links that Minnesota residents can access to help better understand the requirements that have taken effect for different groups of people based up Gov. Tim Walz’s Emergency Executive Order 20-96.

The links include the full Exe...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 13, 2020

Walz to Take Part in MDH Briefing at 2 P.M. Today

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz is going to join the daily briefing by the Minnesota Department of Health at 2 p.m. today (Nov. 13) to discuss measures being taken to dial back some business operations and social gatherings in an attempt to slow a significant...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 13, 2020

U of M Extension Conducting Meetings to Discuss Farmland Rental Prices

Landlords, farmers, agri-business professionals should make plans to attend one of the informative meetings being held across Minnesota and online. These free meetings are being provided by University of Minnesota Extension. Farm land rental rates are the...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 13, 2020

A Message from Wright County Public Health About the Recent Spike in COVID-19 Cases

A Message from Wright County Public Health

“Wright County Public Health officials are concerned with the recent COVID-19 case growth (now at 4,440 total cases), increase in people dying from the virus (25 total deaths) and the ripple effects we a...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 12, 2020

Wright County Has More Than 1,000 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in the Last Seven Days

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard, which mirrors the results statewide in record-setting surges in numbers of confirmed cases and deaths.

Positive cases of COVID-19 in Wright County exploded this week, shattering existi...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 12, 2020

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

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has released a detailed outlook for construction on I-94 between Maple Grove and Clearwater that includes current lane closures and what to anticipate during the winter months.

The outlook includes traffic impacts...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 12, 2020

Department of Public Safety Warns of Dangers of Carbon Monoxide Poisining in Winter

This week is Winter Weather Awareness Week in Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Safety’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division is warning Minnesota about the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning and the reasons why it is vi...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 12, 2020

License Bureau Closed Today and Friday for Software Changeover

A reminder to Wright County residents that the Wright County License Bureau will be closed today (Nov. 12) and Friday (Nov. 13) as the Minnesota Department of Public Safety switches over from the failed MNLARS software system to the new MNDRIVE system.

All...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 10, 2020

Wright County Under Winter Storm Warning Until Midnight

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning effective until midnight tonight (Nov. 10) with the forecast of heavy mixed precipitation. The snow projection is between 4-6 inches of new snow with the potential of ice accumulation mixed in...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 10, 2020

Nov. 9-15 Is National Traffic Incident Response Awareness Week

November 9-15 is National Traffic Incident Response Awareness Week, an educational campaign to remind motorists of the dangers and caution needed to assist first responders on the scene of traffic crashes.

Every minute of every day, emergency responders ac...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 9, 2020

Compost & Recycling Facility Announces Holiday-Related Hours Modification

A Message from the Wright County Compost & Recycling Facility

The Wright County Compost & Recycling Facility has announced modified hours for the holiday season.

The facility has standard operating hours of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays an...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 9, 2020

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly activity report for the period covering Nov. 2-8. To see the full report, click here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=2091

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 9, 2020

License Bureau to Close Wednesday Through Friday

A reminder from the Wright County License Bureau

The Wright County License Bureau will be closed from Wednesday, Nov. 11 to Friday, Nov. 13 (as well all other License Bureaus/DMVs throughout Minnesota) as part of a mandatory shutdown as the state replaces ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 6, 2020

County Board Appoints Lutes as New County Attorney Effective Jan. 1

On Sept. 30, Wright County Attorney Tom Kelly announced that he was going to be retiring effective at the end of 2020. In his statement, Kelly specifically asked that the Wright County Board of Commissioners appoint Brian Lutes, Chief of the Criminal Divi...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 6, 2020

County Board to Welcome Two New Commissioners in January

When the Wright County Board of Commissioners convenes its first meeting of 2021 on January 5, it will do so with two new commissioners. 

Three commissioners were up for election earlier this week. In District 2, incumbent Darek Vetsch won re-elec...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 6, 2020

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard and, for the second straight week, the county has shattered the previous weekly record for new confirmed cases and saw a significant spike in the number of cases requiring hospitalizat...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 5, 2020

Wright County Has Completed, Submitted All Absentee Ballots Received On or Before Election Day

As of 5 p.m. today, Wright County Elections announced that it had uploaded absentee vote totals to the State of Minnesota. That finishes out all absentee votes received on or before Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 3). Any additional ballots postmarked on or b...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 5, 2020

MnDOT Announces Road Work on Hwy. 12 in Cokato Will Be Completed Tomorrow

Travelers will experience smoother lanes, wider sidewalks and safer accesses along Highway 12 through Cokato as crews finish the four-month project Friday, Nov. 6, the Minnesota Department of Transportation announced in a statement today. 

Road si...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 5, 2020

U of M Extension Offering Online Horse Certificate Courses in 2021

Adam Austing & Krishona Martinson, University of Minnesota Extension

Back by popular demand, five online horse certificate courses will be offered by UMN Extension in 2021! Courses include equine biosecurity, manure management, basic horse nutrition, g...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 5, 2020

Santa Coming to Bertram Park Dec. 5

A Message from Wright County Parks & Recreation

Is it ever too early to start getting into the Christmas spirit? We will leave that debate between you and your family. What we do know is that Santa Claus is coming to Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Par...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 4, 2020

Wright County Turns Out in Record Numbers for 2020 Election

One of the talking points of the 2020 election as it pertains to Wright County is that, once again, county residents took the privilege of casting their vote extremely seriously and came out in record-setting numbers to let their voices be heard and their...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 4, 2020

County Board to Have Two New Commissioners in 2021

The votes have been counted and the Wright County Board of Commissioners is going to have to two new members in 2021.

In District 2, Commissioner Darek Vetsch was elected to a second term with a win over Tom Perrault. With all eight precincts reporting, Ve...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 3, 2020

Important Election Day Reminders for Those With Absentee Ballots

It’s Election Day and Wright County Elections has some important reminders for voters.

1. Voters can’t vote in-person at the Wright County Government Center today. It served as one of the sites for voting absentee prior to the election, but now voters need...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 2, 2020

Minnesota OSS Offering Ballot Tracking Link for Those Who Voted By Mail, Absentee

A record number of Minnesotans have voted by mail. For those who are wondering if their ballot has been received, the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office has a link where you can track your vote to determine it has been received and, if so, wh...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 2, 2020

MDH Continuing to Offer Free At-Home COVID-19 Saliva Tests

With COVID-19 cases on the rise and many people wondering if they potentially are carrying and spreading the virus, the Minnesota Department of Health continues to offer free at-home saliva tests to those who think they might have COVID-19. Wright County ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 2, 2020

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its activity report for the period covering October 26 to November 1. The full report can be seen here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=2074

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 2, 2020

Today is the Final Day for Absentee Voting In-Person

Those looking to beat the crowds anticipated for Election Day tomorrow (Tuesday, Nov. 3) have one more day to vote absentee in-person today at the Wright County Government Center in Buffalo and City Halls in Albertville, Buffalo, Delano, Hanover, Howard L...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 31, 2020

State Voter Registration Software Experiencing Difficulties This Morning

The statewide voter registration system is experiencing issues this morning and has been going down intermittently through the morning as most county and city early voting sites have been open since 10 a.m. today. Wright County Elections said that residen...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 30, 2020

Reminder to Turn Back Your Clocks Saturday Night

A reminder to turn back your clocks Saturday night before you go to bed because Daylight Savings Time ends in the early morning hours of Sunday, Nov. 1. Enjoy the extra hour of sleep you have the chance to get.

Wright County News
Posted on: October 30, 2020

Hwy. 24 in Downtown Annandale Closed This Afternoon for Trick-or-Treat Car Parade

Highway 24 in downtown Annandale will be closed from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. today for the annual Trick-or-Treat Car Parade. Through traffic is asked to use Poplar Avenue or Highway 55 as alternate routes. Motorists are asked to use caution and slow down in t...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 30, 2020

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

October has been a brutal month for COVID-19 in Wright County. Over the last reporting period for Wright County Public Health’s COVID-19 dashboard (Oct. 23-29), the number of positive COVID-19 cases almost doubled the previous weekly high. There...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 30, 2020

Auditor/Treasurer Dispels Social Media Rumors About Polling Place Closures Tuesday

The Wright County Auditor/Treasurer’s Office wants to dispel rumors that are making the rounds on social media this morning that claim polling places throughout the state will be closed on Election Day. That is not true. Seven cities in Wright C...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 30, 2020

Important Message for Those Intending to Mail In Ballots

A message from Wright County Elections

Voters,

Late Thursday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit overruled the State of Minnesota’s approved consent decree extending the deadline for submitting an absentee and mail ballots. The Court...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 30, 2020

License Bureau Announces New Appointment Schedule, Office Hours Changes

At 8 a.m. today (Oct. 30), the Wright County License Bureau opened hundreds of new driver’s license appointment slots, which can be accessed on the main page of the county website (www.co.wright.mn.us).

License Bureau staff was residents to be aw...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 29, 2020

Monticello City Hall Closed to Absentee Voting Due to COVID-19

In-person absentee voting at Monticello City Hall has been closed due to positive COVID-19 tests among the staff. Those looking to vote in-person prior to the Nov. 3 elections are being instructed to drive to the Wright County Government Center in Buffalo...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 29, 2020

Hwy. 24 Traffic in Clear Lake Will Be Detoured Next Week

Those who drive from I-94 in Clearwater to Hwy. 10 in Clear Lake will be subject to a detour next week. Hwy. 24, which connects I-94 on the Wright County side of the Mississippi River to Hwy. 10 on the Sherburne County side of the River, will be closed in...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 29, 2020

Early Voting Locations to Be Open Additional Hours Saturday and Monday

With in-person absentee voting underway at the Wright County Government Center and eight City Hall locations (Albertville, Buffalo, Hanover, Howard Lake, Delano, Monticello, Otsego and St. Michael), residents looking to vote prior to the Nov. 3 elections ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 28, 2020

An Open Letter from Safe Communities of Wright County

An open letter from Lieutenant Eric L Kunkel, Wright County Sheriff’s Office/Member of Safe Communities of Wright County

In Minnesota the months of October and November tend to be the transition months between fall and winter but in 2020 many thi...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 28, 2020

U of M Extension Offer Tips on Storing Root Vegetables

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

Since we got snow last week it’s pretty safe to say that the growing season has come to an end. With canning supplies being in short supply this year the question on how to prop...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 27, 2020

Eight City Halls Open for Absentee In-Person Voting

A Message from Wright County Elections

Wright County residents are being advised that if you are a resident of the following cities, to avoid congestion in the early voting period between now and Monday, Nov. 2, your City Hall is open for absentee in-perso...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 26, 2020

Highway Department Provides Update on CSAH 30 Project in Delano

The Wright County Highway Department has provided an update on the CSAH 30 reconstruction project in Delano.

Over the coming week, the contractor will continue asphalt paving on CSAH 30, pave the trail along McKinley Parkway, perform asphalt patching along...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 26, 2020

Emerging Leaders Launch Holiday Initiative Working with Local Food Shelves

Starting today (Oct. 26) and running through Monday, Nov. 23, the Wright County Emerging Leaders Program is preparing baking boxes – containing items used in baking holiday treats for the Thanksgiving and Christmas season that aren’t t...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 26, 2020

Wright County Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly activity report for the period of Oct. 19-25. It can be viewed here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=2056

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 26, 2020

Absentee Voting In-Person Begins Tuesday, Oct. 27

Absentee voting in-person begins tomorrow (Tuesday, Oct. 27) at all absentee voting locations, including the Wright County Government Center. In addition, the absentee voting in-person locations be open additional hours on Saturday, Oct. 31 (10 a.m. to 3 ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 23, 2020

County Board Adopts Strategic Planning Initiatives to Plan for Future County Growth

What started as a suggestion to use a free product has become a focal point of where Wright County will be heading in its future as it takes a measured approach to strategic planning for the county’s future.

As part of a technology contract the c...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 23, 2020

State Bonding Bill Includes $1.4 Million for Dental Clinic in New Government Center

It took five months longer than expected, but when the Minnesota State Legislature met in special session last week, it finally passed its enormous bonding bill – a collection of thousands of individual projects throughout the state – ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 23, 2020

KSTP Channel 5 to Air Story on At Home Saliva Testing for COVID-19

Tonight on KSTP Channel 5’s Eyewitness News at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. the station will be airing a segment dealing with the new COVID-19 at home saliva testing program that was launched yesterday by the Minnesota Department of Health. The pilot project involve...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 23, 2020

Minnesota Shattering Number of Votes Being Made Absentee

With less than two weeks remaining until the 2020 general election, Minnesota is shattering the record for absentee voting. Likely the result of the COVID-19 pandemic that is expected to keep many Minnesotans away from polling places, the numbers are impr...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 23, 2020

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard. The number of confirmed cases in Wright County rose to 2,334 – an increase of 191 from the previous week’s report. The number of cases requiring hospitalization in...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 22, 2020

Wright County to Be Part of Free COVID-19 Saliva Test Pilot Project

The Minnesota Department of Health announced today that it has started a pilot project for the COVID-19 Test at Home Saliva Program. The program involves 23 counties, including Wright County, as well as the Red Lake Nation.

The testing is free and resident...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 22, 2020

Highway Department Preparing for Second Wave of Winter Weather

Residents are asked to be on the lookout for Wright County Highway Department trucks because the storms that were predicted in Wright County have started popping up and the highway department is currently monitoring the roads closely in preparation of get...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 21, 2020

Wright County Elections Office Has Important Message About Mail-In, Absentee Voting

A message from Wright County Elections Division

Options for Returning Absentee/Mail Ballots

Voters have multiple options for returning their absentee or mail ballot.

* Return it in the first-class, postage-paid envelope included with their ballot. Ballots mu...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 21, 2020

Ready for Round 2 of Winter Storms in Wright County? Or Even Round 3?

As much of Minnesota digs out from the first snowstorm of the season, which dumped anywhere from four to eight inches of wet, heavy snow throughout a significant portion of the state, the hope was that it wouldn’t last long because Thursday was ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 21, 2020

View the Ballot You Will Be Filling Out

Those preparing to vote between now and Nov. 3 may not know the number of elections and the candidates in the races that will appear on the ballot specific to the city or township they live in. There are numerous federal, state, county and local races tha...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 21, 2020

CSAH 19 Closure Over I-94 Bridge Postponed Until Tonight

Due to the snow that fell Tuesday, Oct. 20, the second night of closure of CSAH 19 in Albertville over the I-94 bridge was postponed until tonight (Oct. 21). Work crews were expected to do night closures of the bridge to install beams for the expansion of...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 20, 2020

Highway Department Trucks Out in Force to Plow, Salt County Highways, Roads

Shortly after noon today (Oct. 20), the Wright County Highway Department sent out its trucks to plow and salt roadways that quickly became snow covered. The same is true for the Minnesota Department of Transportation. MnDOT trucks are out on I-94 and, wit...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 20, 2020

Highway Department Preparing for First Snow Event of the Season

Minnesotans know the drill by now when it comes to driving in Minnesota weather. While a little earlier than most expect or prefer, this afternoon and into te evening commute, drivers in Wright County are going to be dealing with their first snow event of...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 19, 2020

Public Health Issues Press Release on the Challenges Around Halloween This Year

Wright County Public Health has issued a press release about safety around Halloween and the fact that many will likely avoid taking children trick or treating or answering their doors for trick or treaters this year. To see the full release, click here: ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 19, 2020

License Bureau Warns Walk-Up Traffic Outside Government Center to Prepare for Wait, Weather

The Wright County License Bureau is asking residents who are coming to the Wright County Government Center for transactions other than driver’s license renewal appointments to dress accordingly for the weather. Other transactions (tabs, title tr...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 19, 2020

Sheriff's Office Releases Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report, It can be viewed here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=2034

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 16, 2020

CMRP to Hold a Pair of Public Engagement Events in Monticello Oct. 19 and Oct. 26

A message from the Central Mississippi River Regional Planning Partnership

As we enter Round 2 of engagement on the Framework 2030 Plan, we encourage you to provide your feedback on the developing vision, strategic commitments, a...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 16, 2020

Co. Rd 19 to Be Closed Monday, Tuesday Nights Over I-94 Bridge in Albertville

Motorists should plan for Wright County Road 19 to be fully closed under the Interstate 94 bridge in Albertville. Work is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 19 and Tuesday, Oct. 20 from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. nightly. These closures are necessary to set beams at the I-...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 16, 2020

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

It was a grim week of milestones for Wright County in its battle against COVID-19 as three one-week highs were reported by Wright County Public Health in its most recent COVID-19 dashboard. The county set a single-week high in the number of new confirmed ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 16, 2020

Scammers Claiming to be Representatives of the Social Security Administration

In recent weeks, several Wright County residents have been receiving both live calls and robot calls from individuals claiming to be from the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) saying that there is a problem with their Social Security Number and, i...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 16, 2020

Northbound Lane of Hwy 101/169 Closed After Crash

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced that the northbound lane of Hwy. 101/169 at the Elk River/Otsego interchange has been closed due to a crash. Motorists are asked to use alternate routes until the crash site has been cleared. MnDOT ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 16, 2020

County Highway 38 Set to Open in Albertville/Otsego

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With the completion of the roundabout at the intersection of Highway 38 (70th Street NE) & MacIver Avenue NE, the Wright County Highway Department is excited to announce all-new lanes, roundabouts, and pedestrian trails along County State Aid Highway ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 16, 2020

Road Resurfacing Begins Today on Hwy. 12 in Cokato

As of today (Oct. 16), drivers traveling on Hwy. 12 in Cokato will be encountering an increase in work crew and equipment activity. Resurfacing of the road in the city begins today and is expected to last two weeks. For more information about the project,...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 16, 2020

900 New Driver's License Renewal Appointments Now Open

As of 8 a.m. this morning, 900 new appointment slots have opened up at the Wright County License Bureau for driver’s license renewals. The appointments can be accessed at the county website (www.co.wright.mn.us). All other non-driver’s...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 15, 2020

MDH, Local Public Health Officials to Conduct Free COVID Testing Oct. 20-22 in Monticello

The Minnesota Department of Health is partnering with local public health officials to conduct free COVID-19 testing for anyone who wishes to be tested – with or without COVID symptoms. Wright County Public Health has issued a press release for ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 15, 2020

CARES Act Wright County Funds Ready for Disbursement for Small Businesses

The Oct. 8 deadline for small businesses and non-profit organizations to apply for CARES Act grants has come and gone and the numbers are in. In all, 203 small business and 51 non-profits applied for grants for as much as $20,000 to help assist them in bu...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 15, 2020

U of M Extension Discusses the Necessity of Raking Leaves

By Katie Drewitz & Adam Austing, University of Minnesota Extension Educator

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 t...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 15, 2020

Today Is the Deadline for Second Half Property Tax Payments

A reminder from the Wright County Auditor/Treasurer’s Office that today is the deadline for payment of 2020 second half property taxes. Those wishing to make their payments in person at the Government Center in Buffalo can go to the customer ser...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 14, 2020

Parks & Rec Announces the Return of Some of Its Winter Programs

The Wright County Parks & Recreation Department has announced its annual winter program offerings that will start back up in January. The release from Parks & Rec can be seen here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2017

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 14, 2020

BNSR Railroad Crossing Project at CSAH 5 Won't Be Completed Until Thursday

Those who travel on CSAH 5 in Middleville Township are going to have an extra day of the road being closed north of Hwy. 12.

The project, being done by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSR) Railroad to do a reconstruction at the railroad crossing on CSAH...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 14, 2020

Auditor/Treasurer's Office Closes Public Window Today After Potential COVID-19 Exposure

A statement from Bob Hiivala, Wright County Auditor/Treasurer:

“The public window of the Wright County Auditor/Treasurer’s Office will be closed for the remainder of today (October 14) due to potential COVID-19 exposure. In discussions ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 14, 2020

Highway Department Hosting Virtual Open House on the Co. Rd. 118 Project in Monticello

The Wright County Highway Department is holding a virtual open house concerning the Co. Rd. 118 (Fenning Avenue NE) reconstruction project in Monticello. To learn more about the project, visit https://cr118-wsbeng.hub.arcgis.com/ where you can learn about...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 13, 2020

Buckthorn a Problem in Woodland Areas

By Karen Johnson, University of Minnesota Extension

Do you know if buckthorn is present in your woodlands? Buckthorn is one of Minnesota’s most damaging invasive plants. It can outcompete native vegetation and degrade wildlife habitat. Buckthorn ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 12, 2020

I-94 Closed in Both Directions in Albertville

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced that Interstate 94 is closed in both directions between Co. Rd. 18 (Exit 194)  and Co. Rd 37 (Exit 202) in Albertville after a significant crash took place shortly before 2 p.m. MnDOT said ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 12, 2020

CMRP Launches Second Round of Public Engagement

A message from the Central Mississippi River Regional Planning Partnership

The Central Mississippi River Regional Planning Partnership is seeking feedback on its regional vision and strategic commitments through the next phase of the Framework 2030 project...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 12, 2020

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly activity report covering the period of Oct. 5-11. The entire report can be seen here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=2009

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 9, 2020

Court Administration Announces Change of Address

A message from Wright County Court Administration/10th Judicial District

As of Monday, Oct. 12, our office has moved to a new location. Our new address is 3700 Braddock Avenue NE, Room 1100, Buffalo, MN 55313. This is in the new Wright County Justice Cente...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 9, 2020

Links for Residents Looking to Vote Absentee on the Front Page of the County Website

With less than four weeks remaining until the Nov. 3 election, those interested in voting absentee can access the information they seek about voting absentee by mail and in-person on the front page of the Wright County website (www.co.wright.mn.us) at the...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 9, 2020

MnDOT Announces Completion of Road and Sidewalk Improvements on Hwy. 24 in Annandale

A statement from the Minnesota Department of Transportation

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is excited to announce all new lanes, cross street connections and sidewalks along Highway 24 between Highway 55 and Poplar Avenue will open this afterno...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 9, 2020

Emerging Leaders to Start Holiday Initiative Working with Local Food Shelves

As challenging and, at times, depressing 2020 has been under the cloud of COVID-19, as the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season approaches, that angst may become even more pronounced – especially for families struggling to make ends meet.

In...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 9, 2020

U of M Extension Offers Tips to Storing Bulb Plants Indoors

Katie Drewitz and Adam Austing, University of Minnesota Extension

Have you finished everything on your autumn to do list? It can be hard to get everything done. However, if you are hoping to enjoy some of your favorite flowers and save some money next spri...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 9, 2020

County Records Most Confirmed COVID-19 Cases for a Single Week in Latest Public Health Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard covering the period of Oct. 2-8. Wright County set a one-week high of 185 new cases, bringing the county’s total number of confirmed cases to 1,915. There have been 114 cases...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 8, 2020

Public Health Offering Free COVID-19 Tests for Uninsured, Underinsured County Residents

Wright County Public Health has issued a press release offering uninsured and underinsured residents of Wright County access to free COVID-19 testing. Both adults and children are eligible. To see the full release, click here: http://www.co.wrigh...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 8, 2020

MSHSL Announces Parameters for Attendance at High School Events

High school sports have returned to Wright County and throughout the state and the Minnesota State High School League has announced guidelines for attendees at indoor events for the 2020-21 school year, ranging from sports events to plays to band concerts...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 8, 2020

County Organizations Combining for Prescription Drug Take Back Event Oct. 28

A Message from Wright County Public Health

Wright County Public Health, the Wright County Sheriff’s Office, and the Mentorship, Education, and Drug Awareness (MEADA) Coalition are partnering to host two medication disposal sites for this year&...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 8, 2020

Free COVID-19 Testing Being Offered Next Week in St. Cloud

Those looking to be tested for COVID-19 will have the opportunity to get tested for free next week in St. Cloud. The testing will be done at the St. Cloud Rivers Edge Convention Center from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, Oct. 13-15. The testing requires...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 6, 2020

CSAH 5 in Middleville Township Will Be Closed Oct. 12-13 for Railroad Crossing Construction

CSAH 5 in Middleville Township will be closed north of Hwy. 12 on Tuesday and Wednesday Oct. 12-13 at the railroad crossing. Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railroad is reconstructing the railroad crossing on CSAH 5. This will be a two-day closure and...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 5, 2020

Prospective Young Drivers Can Take Learner's Permit Knowledge Test Online Starting Thursday

Since the start of COVID-19, young prospective drivers looking to get their learner’s permit often had to travel many miles to one of the few Minnesota Department of Vehicle Services (DVS) exam stations that remained open around the state during the pande...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 5, 2020

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its activity report for the period covering Sept. 28-Oct. 4. The report can be viewed here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=1994

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 5, 2020

Highway Department Has Update on CSAH 30 Project in Delano

A message from Virgil Hawkins, Wright County Highway Engineer

Work on Highway 30 is on track to be completed for the season by mid-October (weather permitting). The Highway 30 Project is a collaborative effort between the county and city with both agencies...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 2, 2020

MnDOT Reminding Motorists of Increased Farm Equipment on Minnesota Highways in October

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is reminding drivers to be aware of slow-moving farm equipment on Minnesota highways this weekend and over the next couple of weeks. Harvest season is in full swing and farm equipment is on area roads transportin...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 2, 2020

Four Offices Currently in Government Center to Move to Justice Center Oct. 12

Residents who have visited the Wright County Government Center recently have seen signage in the lobby, outside of Court Administration and on the Fourth Floor of the Annex that four offices currently located in the Government Center – Court Administratio...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 2, 2020

County Adds Disclaimer to Beacon Parcel Summary Page to Reduce Confusion

Many Wright County residents use the Beacon interactive GIS (Geographic Information System) to view aerial photos of land parcels and specific information on those properties, such as the parcel ID, the section/township/range of the parcel, deeded acres a...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 2, 2020

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 have been 156 new confirmed cases – the second highest weekly total since the pandemic began recording cases in Minnesota – bringing the ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 2, 2020

900 New Driver's License Renewal Appointments Now Open

At 8 a.m. today (Friday, Oct. 2), 900 new appointment slots will open for those wishing to renew their driver’s licenses at the Wright County License Bureau. The appointments will cover the period of Oct. 12-23. To make an appointment, go the ma...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 1, 2020

U of M Extension Offering Farmers Tips to Set Up Livestock Operations Contingency Plan

By Emily Krekelberg, University of Minnesota Extension

The University of Minnesota Extension Livestock Team has released a set of customizable forms that can be used to create an operations contingency plan for their farm. The contingency forms are meant t...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 1, 2020

Construction, Detour on CSAH 39 in Otsego Completed for 2020 Construction Season

The Wright County Highway Department has announced that the roundabout construction on CSAH 39 is done for the 2020 construction season and the detour that had been in place has been taken down. The project has two phases. The first was officially complet...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 1, 2020

MRBC Looking for Participants In Rural Minnesota to Take Broadband Speed Test

The Minnesota Rural Broadband Coalition (MRBC) is looking for participation from residents in rural areas of Minnesota to help identify issues they face with slow internet speeds by launching the Minnesota Speed Test Initiative.

This issue of the lack of b...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 1, 2020

DNR Has Maps to Locate What Portions of the State Have Reached Fall Color Peak

As we flip the calendar to October, one of the annual rites of autumn is the vibrant change in the color of leaves, especially in the forests of Greater Minnesota. Many families make an annual pilgrimage to travel to parts of the state where the fall leav...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 30, 2020

County Attorney Tom Kelly Announces Retirement

A Statement from Wright County Attorney Tom Kelly

I have been with the County Attorney’s Office representing the citizens of Wright County for almost 37 years, the past 22 as your elected County Attorney. I started my career as a prosecutor for W...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 30, 2020

Auditor/Treasurer Reminds Residents That Polling Places Will Be Open Election Day

There has been a lot of confusion in recent weeks about the process of voting in the Nov. 3 election. As the result of COVID-19, there has been a push by many groups – government and independent alike – promoting absentee voting and vo...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 30, 2020

MDH Announces Increases in Hot Spots, Hospitalizations Due to COVID-19

As Minnesota nears its 100,000th confirmed case of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is cautioning that the worst of the pandemic may not be over.

Earlier today, MDH announced there were 16 deaths reported in the state attributed to COVID-...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 30, 2020

Extension Offering Resources to Assist Farmers Suffering Stress from COVID-19

Midwest farmers and ranchers are facing unprecedented stressors and uncertainly imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, weather related concerns, and the derecho storm that impacted parts of the Midwest. As a result, mental health experts are predicting an incr...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 28, 2020

Voters Have Options for Voting Absentee and In Person for the November Elections

Amid concerns as to whether votes are going to be counted properly in the coming election and if the U.S. Postal Service will be able to handle the volume of ballots expected, there are a couple of simpler options for those who want to be sure their ballo...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 28, 2020

U of M Extension Offers Tips for Fall Care of Vegetable Gardens Before Winter Hits

By Tracy Beaufeaux, University of MN Extension Master Gardener - Wright County

With the impending winter looming just on the other side of fall, we might be ready to call it quits on our gardens for the year. But, don’t put your tools away just y...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 28, 2020

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 Sept. 21-27. To view the full activity report, click here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=1972

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 25, 2020

Potter to Renew Fight to Get Final Segment of I-94 Funded Between Albertville and Monticello

When Oct. 1 rolls around, Wright County Commissioner Mike Potter is going to renew his annual efforts to get highway funding for Wright County. That is when the federal fiscal year begins and funding for road projects starts being discussed.

Potter has bee...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 25, 2020

CASPER Study Halted Due to Fears for Workers, But Wright County Had No Such Issues

In what was intended to be a research study to help determine how the COVID-19 virus is spread in communities throughout Minnesota, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) began dispatching two-per...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 25, 2020

Compost & Recycling Facility to Be Open Additional Hours in October and November

A Message from Bill Stephens, Wright County Environmental Health Officer

The Wright County Compost and Recycling Facility will be providing additional public drop-off hours during the months of October and November through Thursday, Nov. 24. The hours avai...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 25, 2020

Parks & Recreation Announces Seasonal Closing Date for Facilities in County Parks

A message from Wright County Parks & Recreation

Public restrooms in four Wright County parks are going to be closed for the season Sunday, Sept. 27. Those parks include Bertram Chain of Lakes Park, Beebe Lake Park, Clearwater/Pleasant Park and Otsego P...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 25, 2020

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 have been 97 new confirmed cases, bringing the county total to 1,574. Of those, 94 have required hospitalization, an increase of six from the previous week. ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 24, 2020

Highway Department Provides Update on CSAH 19 & 38 Road Project

The Wright County Highway Department has posted an update to the progress on the CDAH 19 &38 road improvement project. The update includes a map of the Stage 1B detour with a timeline, project background, an aerial map of the project layout, project v...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 24, 2020

MDVA Has COVID Relief Program for Families of Veterans Forced into Distance Learning

To assist Minnesota Veterans impacted by distance learning expenses, the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) recently introduced the COVID-19 Distance Learning Support Grant. The purpose of the COVID-19 K-12 Distance Learning Support Grant is ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 24, 2020

A Pair of Roundabout Projects Will Be Completed by Next Week

A pair of roundabout projects are at or near completion in the northeast corner of Wright County.

The CSAH 19 roundabouts in Albertville have opened and roundabouts on CSAH 39 and 42 will be fully open next week. All that remains on the CSAH 39/42 roundabo...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 24, 2020

Small Businesses Have Until Oct. 8 to Apply for CARES Act Grants

In July, the Wright County Board of Commissioners earmarked up to $3 million of its CARES Act funding for economic development – assisting small businesses that have struggled to keep their doors open during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The program is ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 23, 2020

U of M Extension Explains Why So Many Lilac Plants Are Dying

By Adam Austing, University of Minnesota Extension Educator

There are widespread reports of lilacs dying throughout Wright County and Minnesota this year. In many cases, affected plants were mature and never had noticeable issues in the past. The common li...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 23, 2020

Project Update Provided on CSAH 19 and 38 Project

An update on the CSAH 19 and 38 Improvement Project

On Monday, Sept. 21, the contractor for the project closed the intersection of Hwy. 38 and MacIver Avenue to construct a roundabout. The intersection is expected to be reopened approximately Monday, Oct. ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 23, 2020

MnDOT Wants Public Input on Howard Lake Project

The Minnesota Department of Transportation invites the community of Howard Lake to an online open house to learn about future Highway 12 road and sidewalk improvements between 13th Avenue and Sixth Avenue in Howard Lake. 

The venue is open for pub...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 21, 2020

Wright County HHS Seeking Foster Care Providers for Teens

Can you be the light for a teen in foster care?

Wright County Health & Human Services has an immediate need for foster care providers willing to care for teens. Orientation is now being offered online.

If you are interested or would like additional info...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 21, 2020

MDH to Conduct COVID-19 Surveys in Wright County today Through Wednesday

Today through Wednesday (Sept. 21-23), the Minnesota Department of Health will be conducting in-person surveys in many Minnesota communities asking questions about the impact COVID-19 is having on communities. While specific areas that the interviews will...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 21, 2020

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 Sept. 14-21. It can be viewed here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=1956

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 21, 2020

Courts Will Continue to Conduct Most Hearings Virtually During Move to Justice Center

A message from Wright County Court Administration

The Wright County court system continues to hear the majority of court hearings virtually, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Parties receive hearing notices that provide the information needed to sign in to the...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 18, 2020

Trailblazer Transit Groundbreaking Thursday A Sign of the System's Success in Wright County

A little less than 10 years ago, Wright County was at acrossroads when it came to public transit. The county had a bus service called River Rider that it shared with Sherburne County. But, when Sherburne County unilaterally decided to pull out of River Ri...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 18, 2020

Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day

There has been as big a movement to get people to vote in the 2020 election as any election cycle in our history. Voter advocacy groups as both as the political parties and the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office are going to great lengths to ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 18, 2020

U of M Extension Explains Evergreen Needle Drop in the Fall

By Adam Austing and Katie Drewitz, University of Minnesota Extension

Despite their name, evergreen needles do not stay green forever. Older, inner needles discolor and drop off after one or more years, depending on the species. Sometimes the drop occurs sl...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 18, 2020

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard. After four straight weeks of having 100 or more new positive cases of the coronavirus, over the last week the number of new cases rose by 71, bringing the county total to 1,477. A tot...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 18, 2020

What Is the Start-to-Finish Process of Voting Absentee?

Absentee voting for the Nov. 3 general election has opened today and voters are expected to use the absentee option more than ever before due to concerns over crowds at the polls amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Because of concerns about community spread of COV...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 17, 2020

Department of Health to Conduct In-Person Survey Dealing with COVID-19

Wright County Public Health would like to inform residents
that on Monday, Sept. 21 through Wednesday, Sept. 23, the Minnesota Departmentof Health (MDH) will be conducting voluntary in-person surveys with residents
to understand the effect COVID-19 is...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 17, 2020

900 New Appointment Slots Open Tomorrow for Driver's License Renewals

At 8 a.m. tomorrow (Friday, Sept. 18), 900 new appointment slots will open for those wishing to renew their driver’s licenses at the Wright County License Bureau. The appointments will cover the period of Sept. 28 to Oct. 9. To make an appointme...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 16, 2020

Temporary Signal System Coming to Albertville and Otsego Next Monday

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 beginning on Monday, Sept. 21.

The signal system is tempor...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 16, 2020

U of M Extension Looking for Those Interested In Joining Its Master Gardener Program

By Adam Austing, Wright County, University of MN Extension

BUFFALO, Minn. (09/14/20) – 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 ga...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 16, 2020

Absentee Ballots to Start Being Mailed Out Next Week

A Message from the Elections Division of the Wright County Auditor/Treasurer’s Office

The start of the period prior to the Nov. 3 general election for people to vote absentee by mail opens Friday, Sept. 18. The Wright County Auditor/Treasurer&...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 16, 2020

Veterans In Need of Counseling Assistance Have Resources at Their Disposal

The Disabled Veterans National Foundation wants to remind vets and non-vets alike that September is Suicide Prevention Month and wants to shine a light on the crisis of suicide among veterans.

DVFN data shows that, on average, approximately 22 veterans a d...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 14, 2020

County to Adopt Preliminary Budget, Levy at Tuesday's County Board Meeting

At its meeting tomorrow (Tuesday, Sept. 15), the Wright County Board of Commissioners has on its agenda adoption of its 2021 preliminary budget and levy. At a time when the world has changed dramatically due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Wright County ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 14, 2020

U of M Extension Offering Webinar for Sheep and Goat Producers

University of Minnesota Extension will be hosting a webinar 6:30 p.m. Wednesday September 30 focusing on the different factors and steps to connect goat and sheep producers with consumers.

Discussion will center on the different types of processing and dir...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 14, 2020

Wright County Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its activity report for the period covering Sept. 7-13. The report can be seen in full here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=1938

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 14, 2020

One Southbound Lane of Hwy. 25 in Monticello Closed for Road Repairs

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has closed one of the southbound lanes of traffic on Hwy. 25 in the City of Monticello between the Mississippi River and I-94 for roadway maintenance. Traffic delays are possible in the area of the work and drive...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 14, 2020

Absentee Voting In Person Starts Friday

The Wright County Auditor/Treasurer’s Office has provided on update on absentee voting, which is scheduled to open Friday (Sept. 18).

For those wishing to absentee vote in-person, that process will begin Sept. 18. For a full list of polling place...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 11, 2020

Court Administation Provides Update on Court Schedule, Planned Move to Justice Center

A message from Wright County Court Administration

The Wright County court system continues to hear the majority of court hearings virtually, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Parties receive hearing notices that provide the information needed to sign in to the...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 11, 2020

Highway Department Provides Update on CSAH 30 project in Delano

The Wright County Highway Department has provided a project update as of today (Sept. 11) on the CSAH 30 project in Delano.

Here are some of those updates:

• The contractor is completing the aggregate base work throughout the project.

• The...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 11, 2020

Auditor/Treasurer's Office Has Links for Those Interested in Absentee Balloting

One week from today (Friday, Sept. 18), the Wright County Auditor/Treasurer’s Office will begin accepting absentee ballots for the Nov. 3 general election. As part of this effort, there are two web pages on the county’s elections web p...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 11, 2020

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard. For the fourth straight week, Wright County has topped 100 new confirmed cases. Over the last seven days, 107 cases have been reported, down from 162 the previous week. The total numb...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 10, 2020

County Board to Adopt 2021 Preliminary Budget and Levy At Its Sept. 15 Meeting

The Wright County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to adopt its 2021 Preliminary Budget and Levy at its next meeting (Tuesday, Sept. 15).

To see a breakdown of the budget and levy amounts from 2020 and 2021, click here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/Agenda...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 10, 2020

County Residents Asked to Be On Alert for Rising Number of Catalytic Converter Thefts

Residents are being warned to be on the lookout for thieves
involved in catalytic converter thefts. Throughout the 11-county metropolitanarea, which includes Wright County, the number of catalytic converter thefts
has skyrocketed over the past few mon...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 10, 2020

CARES Act Funding for Small Businesses Application Forms ARE Live On WCEDP Website

The Wright County Board of Commissioners earmarked up to $3 million of its CARES Act funding for economic development – assisting small businesses that have struggled to keep their doors open during the struggles of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The pro...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 10, 2020

Highway Department Looking for Public Input on Its 5-Year Plan for Future Road Projects

A Message from Wright County Highway Engineer Virgil Hawkins

Wright County updates its Five-Year Plan periodically, and we welcome your input and feedback as part of that process.

The update involves adding new years to the end of the previous five-year pro...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 9, 2020

It's Not Too Late to Be Counted in the 2020 Census

With the 2020 United States Census expected to shut down its tabulation at the end of September, Minnesota continues to lead the way with self-reporting data for the state and national total population.

As of data collected through Sept. 8, Minnesota curre...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 9, 2020

Fingerprinting No Longer Being Done at Government Center

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office would like to inform residents in need of fingerprinting that those services are now located exclusively in the Wright County Law Enforcement Center, 3800 Braddock Ave. NE, Buffalo. The LEC has always done fing...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 9, 2020

Residents Being Warned About Scammers Dealing with Social Security Numbers

Residents are being warned about scam calls being made
regarding problems with Social Security numbers. Several Wright Countyresidents have been receiving robo-calls claiming there is something wrong with
their Social Security numbers that needs to be...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 8, 2020

Farmers Warned About Invasive Weed Species In Minnesota Found In Contaminated Cattle Feed

By Nathan Drewitz, Jared Goplen, Adam Austing, Chryseis Modderman - UMN Extension

Keep an eye out for Palmer amaranth hitching a ride into Minnesota via contaminated feed ingredients. Minnesota has at least one infestation in the state that arrived via con...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 8, 2020

Wright County Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly activity report for the period covering Aug. 31 through Sept. 7. It can be viewed here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=1919

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 8, 2020

CSAH 30 Project Nearing Completion

The CSAH 30 project in Delano is nearing completion. The project contractor is completing the aggregate base work on the west end of the project, as well as near the intersection of CSAH 30 and McKinley Parkway. Following the completion of the aggregate b...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 4, 2020

Wright County HHS Prepared to Assist Care Providers and Families with CARES Act Funds

On March, 27, 2020, the United States Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security CARES Act with overwhelming, bipartisan support. The intent of the CARES Act funding is to provide fast and direct economic assistance for American wo...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 4, 2020

Construction at Bertram Chain of Lakes Parks Near Completion

In a year that many people would just as soon get through and forget, one of the rare positives of 2020 has been Wright County residents enjoying the county’s robust parks system.

The crown jewel of the system is Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional P...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 4, 2020

U of M Extension Explains Warning Signs of Bur Oak Blight

By Karen Johnson, UMN Extension Educator in McLeod & Meeker counties

Does your oak tree have brown leaves? If it is a Bur Oak tree, then it may be affected by Bur Oak Blight.

The Extension office has seen several pictures over the last couple of weeks o...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 4, 2020

Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard and, for the third consecutive week, the county registered a one-week high in the number of new confirmed cases.

Since cases started being reported in March, Wright County had never had...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 4, 2020

County Offices Closed Monday in Observance of Labor Day

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

Wright County News
Posted on: September 3, 2020

Road Work on Hwy. 25 Starting Sept. 8

Those driving on Highway 25 south of School Boulevard in Monticello in the Kjellberg neighborhood may have noticed road signs in both directions stating that road work is going to be taking place starting Tuesday, Sept. 8. While not a city or county proje...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 3, 2020

MnDOT Looking for Residents to Complete Survey Dealing with Pedestrian Safety

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is looking for public input as it prepares to start a new educational campaign designed to improve pedestrian safety throughout Minnesota. MnDOT is asking for feedback to assure its new campaign messages are easy...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 3, 2020

Master Gardener Explains His Lifelong Passion for Gardening

This article was written and submitted by Gary Cobus, UMN Extension Master Gardener, Wright County

I have enjoyed gardening since I was 5 years old and had the honor to be asked by my grandfather to help him in his garden. He grew vegetables, but he also h...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 3, 2020

A Message to Parents Who Will Be Driving Their Children to School

A message to parents from Wright County School Districts

Wright County school districts are anticipating a dramatic increase in traffic levels in and around the schools’ properties as many more families are choosing to self-transport their childr...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 3, 2020

License Bureau to Open 900 Appointment Slots Tomorrow

The Wright County License Bureau will be opening 900 new appointments for driver’s license renewals tomorrow (Friday, Sept. 4). The appointments, which can be accessed on the front page of the Wright County website (www.co.wright.mn.us) by click...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 2, 2020

Court Services Employee Wins Award from National Guard

Whenever an employer hires a member of the Minnesota Army National Guard, they are aware that the potential exists that the call to duty can come at any time and the employer needs to adjust on the fly. In the four years Danny Heikkinen has been employed ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 2, 2020

Minnesota to Be Part of COVID-19 Vaccine Trial

Minnesotans will be among the first to volunteer for a COVID-19 vaccine trial. Today (Sept. 2), Bloomington-based HealthPartners announced that it is seeking 1,500 volunteers for a study for the vaccine AstraZeneca’s Phase III study.

Previous tri...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 2, 2020

AMC Fall Policy Conference Faces Significant Challenges Being Conducted Virtually

In a typical September, the Wright County Board of Commissioners cancels a Tuesday board meeting so the commissioners can attend the Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) Annual Fall Policy Conference. The conference is designed to bring commissioners a...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 2, 2020

Sirens to Sound at 1 P.M. Today, But Why?

At 1 p.m. today, Wright County will observe a ritual it has done for more than 50 years – sounding sirens at 1 p.m. to make sure they are operational during an emergency.

Commonly known as “tornado sirens” because that is what...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 1, 2020

County to Allocate Up to $3 Million of CARES Act Funding to Small Businesses

When Wright County received $16.5 million from the federal CARES Act to help with costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, $3 million of that funding was earmarked for economic development – helping small businesses that have struggled to ke...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 31, 2020

CSAH 39/42 Roundabout in Otsego Now Open to North/South Traffic

The roundabout at CSAH 39 and 42 (Parrish Avenue) in Otsego has re-opened to north-south traffic as of this morning (Aug. 31).

East-west traffic remains closed to through traffic. There remains paving to be done west of Parrish Avenue to Page Avenue that w...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 31, 2020

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly activity report for the period covering Aug. 24-30. It can be viewed here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=1896

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 31, 2020

License Bureau Appointments Filled Through Sept. 11, Some Walk-Ups Available

The Wright County License Bureau has announced that all appointments for driver’s license renewals are booked through Friday, Sept. 11. However, the office is accepting limited walk-up business for license renewals, pointing out that those with ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 31, 2020

DPS, State Patrol Reminding Drivers to Be Aware of School Buses Returning to Roadways

With schools starting to open throughout Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Minnesota State Patrol are co-branding the message of driver awareness now that school buses are back on the roads.

Despite the efforts of alerting ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 28, 2020

Vetsch: The Work of CMRP Continues to Move Forward Despite the Challenges Posed by COVID-19

As with many ongoing projects, COVID-19 has thrown a hurdle in the planning process of the Central Mississippi River Regional Planning Partnership (CMRP) – a collaborative effort between cities and townships along the Mississippi River in both W...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 28, 2020

Tour the Virtual Hot Zone As Part of Celebrating Fire Prevention Day at the State Fair

Like so many aspects of our life in 2020 under the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the pleasures Minnesotans derive that they have missed out on is the State Fair, or as the locals call it, The Great Minnesota Get-Together because almost two million people atte...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 28, 2020

Wright County Election Officials Provide Resources for Absentee, Mail-In Voting

The November 3 general election is a little more than two months away and many Minnesotans are looking at the options for voting – from showing up at the polls on Election Day as has been the common practice of voters for centuries to voting ear...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 28, 2020

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard for the period ending Thursday, Aug. 27. For the second consecutive week, Wright County set a one-week high for confirmed cases with 118, bringing the county’s total number o...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 27, 2020

MnDOT To Post Road Closures, Detours on Hwy. 12 in Cokato From Aug. 31 Through Sept. 5

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced that motorists who travel on Highway 12 through Cokato will encounter a detour and road closure starting Monday, Aug. 31 and expected to continue through Saturday. Sept. 5, as crews replace an under...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 27, 2020

Minnesota Department of Housing Looking to Help Those Facing Eviction, Foreclosure

For those struggling to make mortgage or rent payments during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Minnesota Department of Housing has a program that can assist those struggling to make ends meet.

The COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program provides assistance payments ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 27, 2020

License Bureau Online System Back Up and Running

The Wright County License Bureau has announced that, shortly after 10 a.m. today, the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) national online system that went down overnight is back up and running. Anyone with driver’s licen...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 27, 2020

License Bureau Temporarily Unable to Process Driver's Licenses Due to National Outage

The Wright County License Bureau wants to inform those with appointments to get driver’s license renewals inside the Government Center today that the national connected system for the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 26, 2020

How to Combat White Grub Lawn Infestations

By Adam Austing, Wright County, and Robin Trott, Douglas County, University of MN Extension

If you are seeing unsightly brown patches in your lawn, you might be having a problem with white grubs. White grubs are soil-dwelling larvae of beetles. The adult b...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 25, 2020

MDH to Announce Saliva Testing for COVID-19 Coming to Minnesota By Early-October

At its daily press briefing at 2 p.m. today, the Minnesota Department of Health is expected to announce the establishment of a new saliva testing lab in Minnesota that will double the state’s current test processing capacity.

Gov. Tim Walz announ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 24, 2020

Road Closure in Monticello Tuesday

Edmonson Avenue in Monticello will be closed between Dundas Road and Chelsea Road tomorrow (Tuesday, Aug. 25). Suggested alternate detour routes are Cedar Street or Fallon Avenue. The closure is the result of watermain work related to the Deephaven projec...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 24, 2020

Wright County Parks & Rec to Allow Food Trucks to Operate in Five Parks

If you’re heading to a Wright County park in the future, you may see something different as you enter – food trucks.

Food trucks have become increasingly popular because of their mobility and a way for restaurateurs to serve their speci...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 24, 2020

U of M Extension Accepting Applications for Master Gardener Program

By Adam Austing, Wright County, University of Minnesota Extension

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 horticultural topics? ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 24, 2020

Wright County Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly activity report for the period covering Aug. 17-23. The full report can be found here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=1879

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 21, 2020

Minnesota Department of Health Links Howard Lake American Legion to Outbreak of COVID-19

Earlier this week, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) tied 29 Minnesota restaurants to outbreaks of COVID-19, including Howard Lake American Legion Post 145.

MDH considers an outbreak to be where at least seven people who tested positive for COVID-19...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 21, 2020

U of M Extension Offers Advice on How To Prepare Lawns and Gardens for Autumn

This article was written and submitted by Alannah Sperr, UMN Extension intern, Wright County

In Minnesota, we can usually expect fall to come at the end of September or beginning of October. Fall freeze dates can start as early as September 22, which means...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 21, 2020

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard for the period ending Thursday, Aug. 20. It includes several milestones to the pandemic. The county had a one-week high for positive COVID tests with 101, the number of confirmed cases...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 21, 2020

Next Round of Driver's License Renewal Appointments Opens Today

The Wright County License Bureau has announced that the next round of 900 appointments for renewing driver’s licenses at the Wright County Government Center became available at 8 a.m. today (Aug. 21).

The timeframe covered under the new release w...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 20, 2020

Options for Those Looking to Vote Early, Absentee or By Mail

In the Minnesota Primary Election last week, a record number of Minnesotans cast votes, despite there not being a contentious statewide contest that typically brings and uptick to the numbers. In a typical primary, approximately 10 percent of eligible vot...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 19, 2020

Swimming Beach at Beebe Lake Park Re-Opens

After being closed since Wednesday, Aug. 12, Wright County Parks & Recreation has announced that the swimming beach at Beebe Lake Park has reopened this afternoon.

On Aug. 12, the beach was closed through the weekend after water quality testing discove...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 19, 2020

Why Are Flags at Half-Mast Today?

For those wondering why flags at several buildings are being flown at half-mast today (Aug. 19), it is because Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz directed all flags at state and federal buildings to be flown at half-staff from sunrise until sunset to remember, mourn...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 19, 2020

Sheriff's Office Reports Drowning in Granite Lake

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has reported a drowning at Granite Lake in Albion Township. To see the sheriff’s new release, click here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=1869

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 19, 2020

U of M Extension Discusses White Mold on Soybeans

By Eliza Carlson, University of MN Extension intern, Stearns, Benton, and Morrison County

White mold or Sclerotinia Stem Rot is a destructive disease that is quite common throughout Minnesota. The occurrence of white mold varies widely from year to year an...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 18, 2020

River Street In Monticello Closed to Thru Traffic Today As Part of Storm Sewer Project

As part of the Maple Street storm sewer project in Monticello, River Street will be closed to through traffic at Maple Street today (Aug. 18). The street is closed to allow a crane to install a new storm sewer structure. The purpose of the new structure w...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 17, 2020

MDH Announces More Than 1 Million Minnesotans Have Been Tested for COVID-19

The Minnesota Department of Health announced this morning (Aug. 17) than more than 1 million Minnesotans have been tested for the COVID-19 coronavirus (approximately 18 percent of the population of the state), including almost 13,000 in the previous 24 ho...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 17, 2020

Wright County Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its activity report for the period covering the week of Aug. 10-16. The report can be found here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=1864

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 17, 2020

Work Begins Tuesday on the Removal of The Corner Bar in St. Michael

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has issued a statement for those who will be driving on Hwy. 241 in St. Michael this week.

Work will be done at the intersection of Hwy. 241/St. Michael Parkway and Main Street S. The work being done is the demoli...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 17, 2020

Aug. 25 Webinar to Have Industry Experts Discussing Dairy Outlook for U.S., Global Markets

There has been unprecedented milk and product price volatility over the last few months. Rabobank’s global dairy strategist Mary Ledman and Vice President of Dairy Research Ben Laine discuss their outlook on the global and U.S. dairy markets on ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 17, 2020

License Bureau Not Accepting Walk-Up Traffic for Driver's License Renewals Today

The Wright County License Bureau announced this morning (Aug. 17) that, due to staffing shortages today, the office won’t be taking any walk-up business inside the Wright County Government Center for driver’s license renewals.

The other...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 14, 2020

Wright County to Be One of 13 Counties Targeted with Extra DWI Patrols Through Labor Day

Wright County is going to be one of 13 Minnesota counties targeted with increased DWI enforcement patrols thanks to a program enacted by the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety – starting today (Aug. 14) and continuing through Labor Day (Sept. 7)...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 14, 2020

Highway Department Releases Construction Project Updates

A message from the Wright County Highway Department

Here are the latest updates for each county road project on the 2020 construction schedule (see map attached for locations):

  • 2020 Pavement Preservation (Highways 8, 31, 106, 145): All work complete except ...
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Wright County News
Posted on: August 14, 2020

Trailblazer Transit Project In Buffalo Comes In Almost 25 Percent Under Projections

Wright County has had extremely good luck in recent years when it comes to the timing of putting projects out for bid. When it put its new Government Center out for bonds, the low bid came in $6 million under projection and many other recent projects have...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 14, 2020

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard for the period ending Thursday, Aug. 13. After five straight weeks of increases in confirmed cases in July, the number of new cases dropped for a second week in a row to bring the coun...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 14, 2020

MnDOT Announces Revised Timeline for I-94 Project from Maple Grove to Clearwater

The Minnesota Department of Transportation sent out an update Thursday (Aug. 13) concerning the I-94 project between Maple Grove and Clearwater. The project is in its second year (it will be completed in 2021) and MnDOT provided both a project update and ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 13, 2020

Beebe Lake Park Beach Closed At Least Through This Weekend

The Wright County Parks and Recreation Department has temporarily closed the Swimming Beach at Beebe Lake County Park (St. Michael, MN) as of Thursday, Aug. 13 and will remain closed through the weekend. Regular sampling of bacteria found that E. coli bac...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 12, 2020

Invasive Turf-Eating Beetle Found in Minnesota for the First Time

As if 2020 hasn’t witnessed enough misery, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is warning residents about swarms of an insect that has been found in Minnesota for the first time.

The European chafer beetle has been spotted in large swar...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 12, 2020

Buffalo Driver's Exam/Testing Station Won't Open Any Time Soon

At Tuesday’s workshop meeting of the Wright County Board of Commissioners, the board received an update on some of the legislative actions that have taken place over the last two special sessions. As it turned out, not much was accomplished in t...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 12, 2020

County Commissioners Races Set After Tuesday's Primary Election

The field of candidates for two of the open Wright County commissioner seats was reduced down to two in Tuesday’s primary, setting the stage for the November general election.

In the District 4 primary, Mary Wetter led the three candidates for th...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 11, 2020

Wright County Shatters Record for Number of Absentee, Mail-In Votes

There was a lot of discussion in the weeks and months
leading up to today’s Primary Election that the option of voting absentee or bymail would be the preferred option for many more voters due to the COVID-19
pandemic and the wish for some t...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 11, 2020

Sheriff's Office Issues Release Informing Residents That Census Takers Will Be Knocking on Doors

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has issued a release informing residents who have yet to fill out the 2020 U.S. Census that census takers will be visiting residences in person between now and Sept. 30. The release also includes information as...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 11, 2020

P&Z Releases Public Notice Concerning Low-Interest Septic System Loan Program

A Public Notice from Bill Stephens, Wright County Environmental Health Officer

“In previous years, Wright County has been able to provide low-interest loans to homeowners to upgrade failing or non-compliant septic systems on their property. Fundi...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 10, 2020

What You Should Know If You're Going to Own a Horse

By Alannah Sperr, University of MN Extension intern, Wright County

Hay burner and lawn ornament are two of the more popular terms used to describe horses in the ag world. If you’re looking to invest in a horse, you should know the facts first.

Acc...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 10, 2020

Where Is My Polling Place Location?

Despite a record number of absentee and mail-in balloting for the primary election tomorrow (Aug. 11), the majority of votes that will be cast will be done at the polls on Election Day.

There are a total of 45 voting precincts in Wright County. Six cities ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 10, 2020

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 Aug. 3-9. It can be viewed here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=1840

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 10, 2020

Primary Elections Often Don't Mirror General Election Results

For as much as Wright County residents take voting in the general election seriously – routinely turning out in higher numbers than almost any county in the nation – the turnout in primary elections has been surprisingly low.

The number...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 7, 2020

Wright County HHS Has Message for Recipients of SNAP or Cash Assistance

A message from Wright County Health & Human Services

If you are currently receiving SNAP or Cash Assistance, you were recently notified by the Department of Human Services (DHS) the requirement to recertify monthly benefits will begin effective Sept. 1...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 7, 2020

MnDOT Has Timeline Schedule of I-94 Construction-Related Road Closures

Starting this week, there have been a number of changes in the I-94 road construction project between Rogers and Clearwater. These current changes impact Wright County Road 19, Wright County Road 37and Hwy. 101 in Otsego.

Co. Rd. 19 closed Monday (Aug. 3) ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 7, 2020

Absentee, Mail-In Voters Can Track Their Ballots to Assure That They're Counted

Amid largely unsubstantiated concerns about the sanctity of mail-in or absentee voting, the Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State has provided a link that allows absentee voters to track their ballots to make sure that they are processed and included...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 7, 2020

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard for the period ending Thursday, Aug. 7. After five straight weeks of increases in confirmed cases, the number of new cases leveled off this week at 87 to bring the county’s t...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 6, 2020

Next Round of Appointments for License Bureau Open at 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 7

The Wright County License Bureau has announced that the next round of 900 appointments for renewing driver’s licenses at the Wright County Government Center will become available at 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 7.

 The timeframe covered under the...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 6, 2020

Office of Traffic Safety Providing Refresher Material on One-Year Anniversary of Hands Free Law

Saturday, Aug. 1, marked the one-year anniversary of the Hands Free Law, which prohibits the use of cell phones in vehicles. To mark the anniversary, the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety, a sub-division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, has ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 6, 2020

Road Work On Highway 12 Between Montrose and Delano to Begin Aug. 17

Drivers who use Highway 12 between Montrose and Delano may be looking for alternate routes later this month.

Road work is scheduled to begin Monday, Aug. 17, between Zephyr Avenue in Montrose and Bridge Avenue in Delano, which will result in lane closures ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 5, 2020

Sheriff's Office On the Lookout for New Deputies

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office is hiring for the position of deputy sheriff. The office is seeking extraordinary individuals with strong communication skills who are passionate about being involved in the communities they serve. If you are l...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 5, 2020

U of M Extension Offers Tips for Growing Peonies Late in the Season

This article was written and submitted by Laurie Jensen, Wright County Extension Master Gardener

Peonies in July, August or even September? Peonies are a favorite wedding flower, yet they flower in our Minnesota gardens in late spring and early summer &...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 5, 2020

Health & Human Services Looking for Child Foster Care Providers

Wright County Health & Human Services has cancelled its Child Foster Care Orientation classes for the foreseeable future due to the restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, but has made the orientation courses available online.

Wright County c...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 4, 2020

County Board Prepares for 2021 Budget Meetings with Department Heads Aug. 17-26

The Wright County Board of Commissioners will be in for a busy 10 days later this month, as it begins the process of determining a budget for 2021 with a 10-day flurry of activity Aug. 17-26.

At the Aug. 4 meeting of the Wright County Board of Commissioner...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 4, 2020

Department of Education Provides Links for Safe Learning Plan for 2020-21

The Minnesota Department of Education has released a comprehensive “Safe Learning Plan for 2020-21” to address the numerous unanswered questions related to the state’s three-tiered, individualized-by-district plan to open sch...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 17, 2020

Court Administration and Court Services/Probation Counters Remain Open

Earlier today (March 17), the Wright County Board of Commissioners declared a State of Emergency that included closing public facing counters in the Government Center. However, two areas of the Government Center remain open – Court Administratio...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 17, 2020

Trailblazer Transit Remains Open for Business

Trailblazer Transit released a statement today (March 17) informing the public that it plans to remain fully operational while many schools, businesses and government entities are closed or cutting back on services.

Here is the statement from Trailblazer:

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 17, 2020

County Board Adopts Emergency Declaration In Response to COVID-19

Wright County Emergency Declaration

WHEREAS, Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019, commonly known as COVID-19, a respiratory disease-that can result in serious illness or death, is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which is a new strain of coronavirus that had not...

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Wright County News