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Posted on: March 26, 2019

General Juror Guidelines

More information about Jury Duty can be found at:  http://mncourts.gov/jurors.aspx

Court Administration

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Posted on: May 26, 2020

Looking for Housing Vendors

Wright County Health & Human Services (WCHHS) is seeking interested hotels, motels, or camps to enter into a contract to ensure the health and safety of Wright County residents that require sheltering. WCHHS must ensure a safe plan for individuals tha...

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Health, Financial & Social Services
Posted on: April 20, 2020

CMMHC is here to help our community in its greatest time of need

Mental health providers are meeting
with clients by way of tele-health.

Flyer Health, Financial & Social Services
Posted on: March 25, 2020

COVID-19 Guidance and Resources for Foster Families

COVID-19 Guidance and Resources for Foster Families. This DHS article provides links you to the most updated information about the virus, linked articles on how to talk to children about COVID-19, and maintaining connections with parents and siblings of c...

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Correspondence March 23, 2020 Health, Financial & Social Services

News Flash

Posted on: May 21, 2020

2020 Pavement Preservation Construction Update

The 2020 Pavement Preservation Contract involves the following highways in Wright County: County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 8 from State Highway 55 in Maple Lake to I-94 in Hasty; CSAH 31 from the county line west of Cokato to US Highway 12; CR 106 north of...

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Highway Department
Posted on: May 20, 2020

CSAH 30 Reconstruct Project Update

Work on County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 30 near Delano, between CSAH 13 and 3rd Street Southwest in Delano, is planned to begin on Thursday May 21st, 2020. The prime contractor for this project is GMH Asphalt Corporation out of Chaska, MN. During the proj...

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Highway Department
Posted on: May 12, 2020

2020 Seal Coat Construction Update

Wright County’s Seasonal Seal Coating is scheduled to begin on Thursday, May 21, 2020 on approximately 36 miles of Wright County and Southside Township Highways. Work is scheduled to begin on township roads on May 21st. Work will begin on County...

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Highway Department
Posted on: April 21, 2020

CSAH 39/42 Construction Project Update

Work on County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 39 & 42 in Otsego, between Odean Avenue and CSAH 42, is scheduled to begin the last week in April 2020.  The prime contractor on this project is Park Construction Company, Minneapolis MN.  Duri...

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Highway Department
Posted on: April 17, 2020

Roadside Spraying

Beginning on May 26, 2020 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/or treate...

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Highway Department
Posted on: April 10, 2020

Highway 38 & 19 Construction to begin week of April 13th

Road work close

Construction of County Highway 38 and Highway 19 in Albertville and Otsego is set to begin the week of April 13th, 2020.  There will be detours of traffic and lane restrictions during different phases of construction. Below is a link to additiona...

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Highway 19 & 38 Construction Information, Detours Highway Department
Posted on: October 24, 2019

County Highway 39 Improvement Project (Odean Ave to CSAH 42)

Project Background

County Highway 39 provides east-west mobility and connectivity through the northern part of Wright County from Monticello to Highway 101 in Otsego.  As with the Twin Cities metropolitan region, Wright County and the surrounding ...

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Highway Department
Posted on: October 14, 2019

Long Range Transportation Plan Adoption

On September 17, 2019 the Wright County Board of Commissioners adopted the Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), a document that will prepare the County’s transportation system for continued growth and corresponding travel needs over the next 2...

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Highway Department

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Posted on: May 20, 2020

Campgrounds Set to Open June 1.

This afternoon Governor Walz announced that beginning June 1 recreational camping can open. This is the news we have all been patiently waiting for and we thank you for that patience. We have reviewed the “Industry Guidance for Safely Reopening ...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: May 14, 2020

Parks & Recreation Operations Update-Executive Order 20-56

Last night Governor Walz provided some hope for us all as he announced that he is allowing the “Stay at Home Order” to expire at midnight, Sunday, May 17, 2020. As good as that news is, there is still a long way to go. Us at Wright Cou...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: May 13, 2020

Congress Nearing Decision to Approve Great American Outdoors Act

One of the benefits Wright County has over many areas of the state is a robust county parks system. There is no way the county could have afforded to pay for the land acquisition and park and trail improvements on its own. Part of the reason the parks sys...

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Parks & Recreation

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Posted on: May 26, 2020

Wright County Sheriff Activity Report for period ending May 25, 2020

On May 18, Brandon Joseph Garcia, 19, of Minneapolis, was arrested in Hennepin County on a Wright County warrant for 5th degree possession of a controlled substance violation.

On May 18, Nicholas Robert Blue, 23, of Minneapolis, was arrested in Carver Coun...

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Sheriff News Releases
Posted on: May 18, 2020

Wright County Sheriff Activity Report for period ending May 18, 2020

On May 11, Karleatha Lynn Felton, 24, of Minneapolis, was arrested in Hennepin County on a Wright County warrant for 3rd degree DWI violations.

On May 11, Eldon Brady Martin, 30, of St. Paul, was arrested in Hennepin County on a Wright County warrant for d...

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Sheriff News Releases
Posted on: May 11, 2020

Wright County Sheriff Activity Report for period ending May 11, 2020

On May 4, Teresa Marie Morrow, 29, of Bloomington, was arrested in Hennepin County on a Wright County warrant for theft violations.

On May 4, Michael Alen Thunborg, no permanent address, was arrested in Sherburne County on a Wright County warrant for 5th d...

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Sheriff News Releases
Posted on: May 4, 2020

Wright County Sheriff Activity Report for period ending May 4, 2020

On April 27, Chad William Karja, 32, of Monticello, was arrested in Monticello on the charge of domestic assault.

On April 27, Jesse John Hosek, 25, of Coon Rapids, was arrested in Buffalo on a Wright County warrant for 4th degree DWI violations.

On April 2...

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Sheriff News Releases
Posted on: April 27, 2020

Wright County Sheriff Activity Report for period ending April 27, 2020

On April 20, Nicholas Theodore Kelley, 34, of Winsted, was arrested in Buffalo on a MN Department of Corrections warrant for a parole violation.

On April 20, Brandon Lee Nagel, 38, of Monticello, was arrested in Monticello on a Brown County warrant for the...

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Sheriff News Releases
Posted on: April 22, 2020

On-Line Permit-To-Carry Firearms Safety Training

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has seen an increase in the number of permit-to-carry applications in which the applicant took their required training and safety course on-line.  While we understand the current restrictions due to th...

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Sheriff News Releases
Posted on: April 20, 2020

Wright County Sheriff Activity Report for period ending April 20, 2020

On April 13, Devon William Coolen, 19, of Buffalo, was arrested in Chatham Township on the charges of 3rd degree assault, false imprisonment and domestic assault.

On April 13, Douglas Roger Johnson, 52, of Cokato, was arrested in Cokato on the charges of d...

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Sheriff News Releases
Posted on: April 13, 2020

Wright County Sheriff Activity Report for period ending April 13, 2020

On April 6, Deantae Demond Davis, 22, of La Crosse, WI, was arrested in Washington County on a Wright County warrant for 3rd degree burglary violations.

 On April 6, Craig Adam Shoemaker, 30, no permanent address, was arrested in Anoka County on a...

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Sheriff News Releases
Posted on: April 6, 2020

Wright County Sheriff Activity Report for period ending April 6, 2020

On March 30, Justice David Elletson, 26, of Monticello, was arrested in Dakota County on a Wright County warrant for 5th degree possession of a controlled substance violation.

On March 31, Lance Nicholas Schmidt, 34, of Maplewood, was arrested in Ramsey Co...

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Sheriff News Releases
Posted on: March 30, 2020

Wright County Sheriff Activity Report for period ending March 30, 2020

On March 23, Erik Samuel Garcia Salazar, 29, of Litchfield, was arrested in Victor Township on the charge of 5th degree possession of a controlled substance.

On March 23, Reed Allen Clark, 32, of Royalton, was arrested in St. Louis County on a Wright Count...

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Sheriff News Releases
Posted on: November 18, 2019

Methamphetamine manufacturing materials located in Monticello

On Saturday, November 16th around 7:50am Wright County deputies were called to a drug complaint near the intersection of 90th St NE and Haug Ave NE in Monticello Township. During the investigation deputies located items and chemicals consistent with those...

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Sheriff News Releases

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Posted on: May 29, 2020

License Bureau Driver's License Appointment Schedule Has Gone Live

After being shut down for two-and-a-half months, the License Bureau in the Wright County Government Center has “gone live” on the county website (www.co.wright.mn.us) with an online scheduling tab (“Make an Appointment&rd...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 29, 2020

Listing of County Department/Office Phone Numbers for Those In Need of County Services

Many offices and departments in the Wright County
Government Center and other county facilities have re-opened to provide servicesto residents, but for those with concerns about going out in public as COVID-19
cases in Minnesota continue to be on the ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 29, 2020

County, Buffalo Township Agree to Swap of Roads

As the construction of the Wright County Justice Center and new Government Center continues, the question of who would be responsible for the road currently known as Braddock Avenue NE has been a topic of conversation for several months. The road has been...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 29, 2020

Economic Development Partnership Initiates Small Business Loan Program

At a time of massive, sustained business closures, the Wright County Economic Development Partnership is looking to provide assistance for small businesses struggling to remain afloat during these difficult times.

The WCEDP has initiated the COVID-19 Busin...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 28, 2020

Wright County Dealing with Two Separate Crow River Watershed Districts

For decades, watershed districts throughout Minnesota created plans specific to their area to protect those waters and design plans for dealing with water runoff, typically associated with a river that flows through their county.

That was until the Minneso...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 28, 2020

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Surveillance Report

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 Surveillance Report. The number of confirmed cases in Wright County sits at 280 as of today, an increase of 80 from last week and 150 over the last two weeks.

To see the latest report, click here...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 29, 2020

Department of Human Services Approves SNAP Recipients to Buy Groceries Online

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (MDHS) announced today (May 28) that low income families who use the federally funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in Minnesota have more options to safely buy food.

Effective immediately, SNAP...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 26, 2020

County Administrator, Board Chair Discuss Limited Opening of License Bureau June 4

The Wright County License Bureau is going to open on a limited basis Thursday, June 4 and will resume issuing driver’s licenses on an appointment-only basis.

Wright County Administrator Lee Kelly said the reason for the limited opening of the Lic...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 27, 2020

Court Services to Conduct Virtual Graduation for Adult Drug Court Graduates June 4

Judge Michele A. Davis and The Turn Team from Wright County Court Services are pleased to announce the graduation of three participants from the Wright County Adult Drug Court Program.

Friends and families are invited to join in on the virtual celebration ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 27, 2020

License Bureau Installs Drive-Up Drop Box on East Side of Government Center

In an effort to ease potential foot traffic congestion
inside the Wright County Government Center, the Wright County License Bureau hasinstalled a drive-up outdoor drop box near the east entrance to the Government
Center.

There are also drop boxes at t...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 27, 2020

U of M Extension Discusses the Economic Woes Facing Hog Farmers Amid COVID-19

From University of Minnesota Extension

Hog farmers generate significant economic gains in Minnesota. What could disruptions in the pork supply chain mean for producers and their communities?

That was what University of Minnesota Extension researchers set ou...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 27, 2020

10th Judicial District Trying to Catch Up with Case Backlog from COVID-19

The lives of just about everyone has been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, but one area that is finding it difficult to operate anywhere resembling normal has been the courts system.

Cases have been pushed back. Hearings have been cancelled...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 26, 2020

U of M Extension Discusses Damage to Yards and Plants Done by Voles

By Randy Nelson and Adam Austing, UMN Extension

Voles are small brown rodents about the size and shape of a mouse. They have small ears and a short tail. Voles are common in yards and fields where they spend a lot of time eating grasses and roots and makin...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 26, 2020

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly activity report through the period ending Monday, May 25. It can be found at this link: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=1621

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 26, 2020

Recorder's Office to Continue Contactless Transactions for Licenses, Certificates

The Wright County Recorder’s Office is going to be
providing services as the county phases in opening its public counters starting Wednesday, May 27.Wherever possible, the office will strive to retain as little contact as
possible to adhere ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 22, 2020

Great River Regional Library to Keep 2021 Budget Less Than 2020

At a time of financial uncertainty as the COVID-19 pandemic has shut down or severely curtailed many businesses, the Great River Regional Library (GRRL) is taking steps to lessen the impact on its six member counties – Benton, Morrison, Stearns,...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 22, 2020

County and Court Offices Closed Monday, May 25 In Observance of Memorial Day Holiday

All Wright County facilities will be closed Monday, May 25 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. Office and departments will re-open at 8 a.m. Tuesday, May 26

Wright County News
Posted on: May 22, 2020

Planning & Zoning Explains Plans for Re-Opening Public Counters May 27

The Wright Planning & Zoning Department will be opening its public counter Wednesday, May 27, but want the public to call before they come to the Government Center because many of the tasks the department does, including building and sewer permits, we...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 22, 2020

County Approves Employee Face Covering/Mask Policy

The Wright County Board of Commissioners voted this week to adopt a face covering/mask policy for county employees. While the policy doesn’t require employees to wear masks or face coverings, it is recommended that they do so.

Some departments th...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 21, 2020

Highway Department Releases 2020 Pavement Preservation Construction Update

The Wright County Highway Department has released a 2020 pavement preservation construction update. This year’s projects include CSAH 8 from Maple Lake to Hasty, CSAH 31 from the west county line to Hwy 12 between Cokato and Howard Lake and Co. ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 21, 2020

Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Surveillance Report

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 Surveillance Report. The current number of confirmed cases in the county is 200 – an increase of 70 from last week’s total (130). The number of active cases in the county has...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 21, 2020

Veteran Services Presents Re-Opening of Public Counters Plan Starting May 27

As part of the reopening of public counters in Wright County, the Veteran Services Department has announced the following:

  • The office will continue using the call-in option to make appointments for its internal calendar. The office number is (763) 682-7325...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 21, 2020

Applications Being Accepted for Absentee Voting

With growing concerns being expressed about the length
of time COVID-19 will impact our lives, many are going to use the option of votingvia absentee ballot during the coming elections.

The State of Minnesota is now taking applications for absentee ball...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 21, 2020

Parks & Recreation Department Campgrounds Scheduled to Open June 1

Wright County Parks & Recreation is set to open
its campgrounds June 1 after Gov. Tim Walz lifted the campground restrictionsat his press conference Wednesday.

Parks & Recreation Director Marc Mattice has released a comprehensive plan about camp...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 20, 2020

Construction on CSAH 30 In Delano Will Begin Thursday, May 21

The Wright County Highway Department has announced that construction on CSAH 30 between CSAH 13 and Third Street SW in Delano will begin Thursday, May 21.

The project is expected to be substantially completed in October and will be reopened to through traf...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 20, 2020

A Message from U of M Extension Concerning Re-Opening, Summer Activities

A message to Wright County residents from University of Minnesota Extension

Extension in-person events and meetings have been cancelled through June 30. Our U of MN staff will be working remotely through that time as well, but County Support Staff will be ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 20, 2020

Assessor's Office Provides Plan for Re-Opening Public Counters Starting May 27

The Wright County Assessor’s Office is scheduled to re-open public counters Wednesday, May 27 and the department has come up with a plan for working with county residents while maintaining social distancing guidelines.

The department is taking vi...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 19, 2020

Filing for Federal, State and County Offices Officially Open

The candidate filing period for federal, state and county offices officially opened at 8 a.m. today and will remain open until 5 p.m. June 2.

A complete affidavit of candidacy and applicable filing fee must be received by 5:00 p.m. on June 2.

Individuals in...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 19, 2020

Extension Provides List of Resources for Farm Families During COVID-19 Crisis

A message from University of Minnesota Extension

We know times are difficult for Minnesota farm families, but you are not alone.

As we face an unprecedented time of uncertainty and worry, we feel the impact of even the slightest change. It can make us feel ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 18, 2020

License Bureau to Conduct Two Drive-Thru Pickups for Memorial Day Weekend

The Wright County License Bureau took a unique approach of delivering services to customers Friday, May 8 prior to the opener of the Minnesota fishing season. Staff knew that there would be request for tabs for boats, trailers and campers and they came up...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 18, 2020

Sheriff's Office Activity Report Released

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released is weekly activity report for the period ending May 18. It can be found here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=1598

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 18, 2020

County Officials Explain Obstacles to Opening Public Windows, Scheduled for May 27

The lifting of Minnesota’s “stay at home” order has opened up many businesses that had been closed, but Wright County public counters will remain closed until Wednesday, May 27.

Wright County Administrator Lee Kelly explained ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 18, 2020

Public Health Releases Statement Dealing with Questions Surrounding COVID

Wright County Public Health has issued a news release dealing with the frequently asked questions residents have about testing for COVID-19 as the situation continues to unfold and change from week to week and day to day.

Among the questions dealt with in ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 15, 2020

County to Open Public Counters on Appointment Only Basis Starting May 27

At a special meeting of the Wright County Board of
Commissioners this morning (May 15), the board responded to the announcedlifting of Gov. Tim Walz’s stay at home Executive Order – which will expire
Monday, May 18.

The board wrestl...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 15, 2020

Public Health Clarifies May 13 News Release on First COVID-19 Cluster Identification

On Wednesday, May 13, Wright County Public Health issued
a news release regarding the first confirmed case of a COVID-19 cluster at anunidentified business in Wright County. The release generated quite a bit of
feedback on social media – bot...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 15, 2020

Courts Facing Backlog of Cases as COVID-19 Changes Business as Usual

There is a saying that goes, “The
wheels of justice turn slowly.” Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, those wheels havealmost ground to a halt.

Over the last month-plus, the
courtrooms at the Wright County Government Center have become akin...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 15, 2020

Candidate Filing for 2020 Elections Opens Tuesday, May 19

The candidate filing period for federal, state and county offices begins on May 19 and ends on June 2 at 5:00 p.m.

A complete affidavit of candidacy and applicable filing fee must be received by 5:00 p.m. on June 2.

Individuals interested in filing for stat...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 14, 2020

County Mulling Mask/Face Covering Policy When Public Returns to County Facilities

Anyone who has been out in a public venue over the last few weeks has seen the growing number of people who have chosen to wear masks and face coverings. It has become a personal decision for many – some who feel a mask is a necessary precaution...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 14, 2020

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Surveillance Report

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 Surveillance Report. As of today (May 14), there have been 130 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Wright County and 84 active cases – an increase of 57 confirmed cases and 48 active cases fro...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 14, 2020

Wright County Parks & Recreation Reveals Updated Operations Plan

The Wright County Parks & Recreation Department has issued a policy statement regarding operations following Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz’s Executive Order 20-56 that will allow the stay at home order to expire Monday, May 18.

The Parks & Recr...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 13, 2020

Sheriff Discusses the Plight Facing Small Businesses During the COVID-19 Closure Order

Wright County Sheriff Sean Deringer has found himself
in an unenviable position in recent weeks. He has heard heartbreaking storiesfrom small business owners asking him to allow businesses to open up while Gov.
Tim Walz’s stay-at-home order ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 13, 2020

Wright County Public Health Announces First Case of a COVID-19 Cluster At a Business

Wright County Public Health has issued a press release regarding the first COVID-19 cluster identified at a Wright County business.

Cluster contraction has been a common occurrence throughout the state and the country, which is why some counties have marke...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 13, 2020

License Bureau Friday Drive-Through Deemed a Success and Will Continue

In the aura of COVID-19, many
decisions as to how to conduct business have been made on the fly. The WrightCounty License Bureau found itself in that position last week with the Minnesota
fishing opener coming Saturday (May 9) and decided to take a pr...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 13, 2020

County Board Chair, Administrator Respond to Data Security Issue

On Jan. 31, 2019, the Wright
County Information Technology Department discovered unusual activity in thecounty’s email system, as an unknown party was able to enter an individual
email account in the county’s Office 365 system. The...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 13, 2020

Notification of Data Security Incident

May 13, 2020

 

Wright County, Minnesota - Notification of Data Security Incident

This notice is to inform Wright County residents of a data security incident that potentially affected the personal information of county residents and non-residents in...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 12, 2020

Neaton Family Named 2020 Wright County Farm Family of the Year

By Adam Austing, University of Minnesota Extension

On behalf of University of MN Extension and the Wright County Farm Family of the Year selection committee, it is my honor to announce that the Neaton family of Sweet Beet Farm is the 2020 Wright County Fa...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 12, 2020

Highway Department Seasonal Sealcoating to Begin Thursday, May 21

The Wright County Highway
Department has announced that its seasonal sea lcoating of county highways willbegin Thursday, May 21 and will continue through mid-June.

To access links to a map of where the 36 miles of seal coating will be done, as well as a...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 12, 2020

Auditor/Treasurer Discusses First Half Property Taxes, Which Are Due Friday

As Wright County and the rest
of the world continues to try to get back to business as usual, some thingsremain in place and on schedule, among those being first-half property tax payments
– which are due by Friday, May 15.

Last month, Wright...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 11, 2020

U of M Extension Discusses the Benefits of Developing a Rain Garden

By Dawn Cole, Wright County Extension Master Gardener

Rain gardens are a way to add beauty to your property while decreasing dangerous surface water runoff that ultimately makes its way into our lakes and rivers.

We all understand erosion. Nobody likes the ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 11, 2020

Congress Nearing Decision to Approve Great American Outdoors Act

One of the benefits Wright County has over many areas of the state is a robust county parks system. There is no way the county could have afforded to pay for the land acquisition and park and trail improvements on its own. Part of the reason the parks sys...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 11, 2020

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly activity report for the period ending May 11. It can be viewed here: www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=1575

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 8, 2020

Great River Regional Library Offering Curbside Service for Members

The Great River Regional Library is opening its branch
offices to curbside service. Mike Potter, who represents Wright County on theGRRL Board of Directors, said that the process had started at some branches,
but has now been expanded to all branches ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 8, 2020

Compost & Recycling Facility Reopens to Steady Flow of Traffic and No Problems

One of the first opportunities for Wright County to
start serving residents in person came yesterday (May 7) when the Wright CountyCompost & Recycling Facility reopened for business.

Wright County Solid Waste Administrator Bill Stephens
said he kne...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 8, 2020

Public Health Releases Updated COVID-19 Surveillance Report

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly Surveillance Report of COVID-19 data as of Thursday, May 7.

The number of confirmed cases in the county is at 73, up from 43 the previous week, and 36 of those 73 cases are currently active, up from 21 la...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 7, 2020

Wright County Board Addresses Constituent Requests for County to Reopen On Its Own

At Tuesday’s meeting of the Wright County Board of Commissioners, the discussion turned to correspondence the commissioners have received requesting the county board unilaterally open businesses in Wright County.

Commissioner Darek Vetsch explain...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 7, 2020

County Board Sets a Special Board Meeting for Friday, May 15

The Wright County Board of Commissioners has become far too accustomed to having meetings on days other than their regularly scheduled Tuesday morning board meetings and workshops.

It has become commonplace since Wright County declared a state of emergency...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 7, 2020

CMRP Trying to Move Forward Amid COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken many victims – from those who have contracted the coronavirus to businesses that have been forced to close to schools being shut down.

Not all victims of the pandemic are obvious. One is the Central Mississippi Riv...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 6, 2020

County Receives Grant to Get Closer to Completion of Next Generation 911

For almost a decade, Minnesota has been in the process of creating an enhanced Next Generation 911 emergency calling system. Catching up with the challenges created with technological advancements that don’t use the traditional means of accessin...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 6, 2020

Minnesota Department of Agriculture Offering Grants for Meat, Poultry, Egg or Meat Processors

A Message from University of Minnesota Extension

The COVID-19 outbreak has severely affected the market supply chain for animals and animal products, causing serious bottlenecks and an urgent need for additional processing.

This week, the Minnesota Departme...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 6, 2020

County Continues Facility Preparation for Eventual Re-Opening

Over the last few days, there have been numerous indications that, slowly but surely, businesses around Minnesota are going to be allowed to reopen in one form or another. The same goes for county government facilities, which are preparing for a phased re...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 6, 2020

Potter Writes Op/Ed Piece on Behalf of the Minnesota Transportation Alliance

Wright County Commissioner Mike Potter has written an op-ed piece in his role as president of the Minnesota Transportation Alliance that has been picked up by numerous news sources over the last two weeks. Potter and the MTA are asking both the state and ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 5, 2020

Wright County to Be Part of Air National Guard Flyover Wednesday

For
those around the Centra Care Health Clinic in Monticello between approximately11:15 and 11:30 a.m. Wednesday are going to be in for a thrill of sound and
speed as the hospital is part of a statewide flyover to salute health careworkers.

The
Unit...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 5, 2020

License Bureau to Provide Curbside Delivery Friday at Government Center

Due to the increases in requests for license tab
renewals for campers, boats, RVs, trailers and vehicles as we lead up theMinnesota fishing opener Saturday, the Wright County License Bureau is going to
try to make that process go a little easier for c...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 5, 2020

County Board Declares May 3-9 Correctional Officers and Employee Week in Wright County

There are many facets of law enforcement that provide a service to the public. One that that doesn’t get a lot of credit for the important work they do are the correctional officers that work the jails and prisons around the country who oversee ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 5, 2020

Residents Warned About COVID-19 Related Scams That Are Duping People Out of Money

When in crisis, we’re often at our most vulnerable. It’s important to be aware of possible scams related to the COVID-19 virus. Scammers are preying on the elderly, the vulnerable and the general public during this pandemic.

People have...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 4, 2020

First Half Real Estate Taxes Are Due May 15, 2020

Robert J. Hiivala, Wright County Auditor/Treasurer, would like to remind all County property owners that first half property taxes for real estate properties are due May 15, 2020 If for some reason you cannot locate your 2020 property tax statement and wo...

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Posted on: May 4, 2020

A Segment of CSAH 32 Will Be Closed Thursday for Railroad Track Repair

On Thursday, May 7, Canadian Pacific Railroad will be closing a section of CSAH 32 at the railroad crossing between Highway 55 and Farmington Avenue SE in Rockford Township, in order to repair a defect on the track. This will be a single day closure, from...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 4, 2020

County Preparing for Logistics of Reopening Facilities When Stay at Home Order is Lifted

With Minnesota’s stay at home order extended to Monday, May 18, Wright County is looking at different options moving forward to the time when business at county facilities will return to some sense of normality.

County Administrator Lee Kelly exp...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 4, 2020

U of M Extension Offering Tips to Farmers in Planting Season Amid COVID-19

By University of Minnesota Extension

Spring planting is always a busy time for farmers and a worldwide pandemic only amplifies the stress and uncertainty that accompanies the season.

"Planting season means long hours and lots of unknowns for area farme...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 1, 2020

Wright County Public Health Updates Weekly COVID-19 Data

Wright County Public Health updated its weekly COVID-19 Surveillance Report. Wright County currently has 43 confirmed cases and 21 active cases, up from 32 confirmed cases and 15 active cases last week. The see the full report, click here: http://www.co.w...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 1, 2020

Wright County Residents Step Up with Homemade Mask Donations

Two weeks ago, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz asked residents throughout the state to help fight the shortage of masks by asking them to make cloth masks from their homes and coordinated a statewide drop-off last Saturday (April 25) at their local fire departmen...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 1, 2020

Wright County Public Health Issues Stay at Home Extension Press Release

In response to Gov. Tim Walz’s announcement that the stay at home executive order has been extended from May 4 to May 18, Wright County Public Health has issued a press release. The full release can be viewed here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/Adm...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 1, 2020

Wright County Campgrounds to Remain Closed Through May 17

May is the time of year when the first glimpses of
summer start showing up in Minnesota. People congregate outdoors and take thenumerous lakes and parks that dot the landscape of the state.

But, due to COVID-19 restrictions, many of those activities
ha...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 30, 2020

Governor Walz Extends Stay at Home Executive Order Through Monday, May 18

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has extended the current stay at home order until Monday, May 18. This is the second time that the governor has extended the stay at home protocol, which was first instituted March 25.

While the restrictions on stores was loosened s...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 30, 2020

Census Bureau Making Digital Push May 1-3 to Increase Response Rate

Despite results being adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Census Bureau has received responses from more than half the households in the country, but the bureau is making a push this weekend to get the count higher.

The Census Bu...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 30, 2020

Neighboring County Sees Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Triple in Two Days

Wright County’s number of confirmed COVID-19 continues to rise, but the numbers have remained relatively low – as of this morning’s announcement from the Minnesota Department of Health, Wright County has 42 confirmed cases &a...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 30, 2020

A Statement from Wright County Administrator Lee Kelly Concerning Opening County Facilities

A statement from Wright County Administrator Lee Kelly related to plans to reopen county facilities:

Wright County’s current closure of public counters extends through Sunday, May 3 which coincides with the State of Minnesota’s current ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 30, 2020

Parks & Recreation Prepared for Opening, Awaiting Go-Ahead from Governor Walz

A lot of eyes and ears will be focused on Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and his daily press briefing today because he is expected to announce whether his current “stay at home” Executive Order is going to be extended, allowed to expire or be...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 29, 2020

Governor Expected to Announce Tomorrow Whether Stay at Home Protocol Is Extended

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is expected to announce tomorrow whether he will extend his current statewide stay at home order beyond Monday, May 4.

At a press conference in Worthington today, Governor Walz hinted that he will announce that more businesses will ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 29, 2020

County Board Adopts Fee Reduction for Specific Permit to Carry Applications

Earlier this month, the Wright County Board of Commissioners received a request from Sheriff Sean Deringer to modify a portion of the fee schedule for his office. The proposed change would reduce the cost for a permit to carry application specific to curr...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 29, 2020

Auditor/Treasurer Issues Candidate Election Filing Notification

2020 NOTICE OF OFFICES TO BE VOTED FOR AT THE STATE GENERAL ELECTION

The following is the notice of federal, state and county offices that will be voted for at the state general election to be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. The filing period for United...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 29, 2020

Child Foster Care Orientation Scheduled for May 12 Has Been Cancelled

Wright County Health & Human Services has announced that its Child Foster Care Orientation scheduled for Tuesday, May 12 at the Wright County Law Enforcement Center has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 There remains a significant ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 28, 2020

Compost & Recycling Facility to Reopen Thursday, May 7

At today’s meeting of the Wright County Board of Commissioners, it was announced that starting Thursday, May 7, the Wright County Compost & Recycling Facility will re-open with a self-service drive-through and drop off for hazardous material...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 28, 2020

County Board Continues Today's Board Meeting to 10 A.M. Thursday

For the last month-plus, the Wright County Board of
Commissioners has met in special session outside of its standard Tuesday boardmeeting three times – all dealing with the response and reaction to the growing
COVID-19 pandemic.

Those meeting...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 28, 2020

U of M Extension Offering Advice to Farmers and Gardeners How to Maximize Their Corn Yield

By David Nicolai, Extension Crops Educator

Maximum corn yield in Minnesota is typically achieved when planting occurs in late April or early May. In years when warm weather arrives earlier than normal, planting in mid-April can produce similar yield if you...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 27, 2020

CDC Adds Six More Symptoms That May Indicate Contraction of COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced
today it has added six more symptoms that could be a sign someone hascontracted COVID-19.

Initially, the symptoms that have been warning signs
of potential contraction included a fever, a d...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 27, 2020

U of M Extension Offering Free Four-Day Webinar on Improving Gardens May 12-15

By Adam Austing, University of Minnesota Extension 

When looking to start a garden or improve your current garden it is best to start from the ground and work up. University of Minnesota Extension local educators are excited to bring you the Garde...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 27, 2020

A New Approach Being Tried to Get I-94 Funding Between Albertville and Monticello

For decades, the volume of traffic along Interstate 94
between the Twin Cities metro area and St. Cloud has been increasing at asignificant rate and the goal for the last 20 years has been to expand the
freeway from two lanes in each direction to thre...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 27, 2020

Master Gardener Offers Tips on Planting Container Gardens

By Tracy Beaufeaux, Wright County Extension Master Gardener.

Container gardens are ideal for people with little or no garden space, and they are an easy way to grow a wide variety of flowers, veggies and herbs with easy access right outside your door. Cont...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 24, 2020

Highway Department Requests a Pair of Speed Studies from MnDOT

Typically, after a road project that has made significant changes to the route is completed, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is asked to conduct a speed study to determine whether the posted speed is proper for the new conditions.

Wright...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 24, 2020

Wright County Public Health Updates COVID-19 Data

As of today (April 24), Wright County has had 32 confirmed cases, with 15 of those being active cases in isolation.

 To see the complete numbers including cases, age ranges and likely exposure setting, click here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/Docume...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 24, 2020

Wright County Offices Remain Operational to Meet Resident Requests for Service

While the Wright County Government Center and other county
facilities are closed to the public for services as the result ofCOVID-19-related precautions and statewide closure/social distancing orders, it
doesn’t mean that the county can&...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 24, 2020

County Board Asks for Review Process on Hiring or Backfilling Open Positions Due to COVID-19

As with most weekly agendas for the Wright County
Board of Commissioners, on the April 21 agenda was a pair of consent agendaposition replacement requests. Given the size of Wright County, having position
turnover in the numerous county departments is...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 23, 2020

Public Health Releases Short Video of Its Role in the Fight Against COVID-19

Wright County Public Health has produced a short video
explaining its role in the battle against COVID-19.

Public Health Director Sarah Grosshuesch narrated thevideo from the Department of Operations Center in Buffalo. She explains the job
that her tea...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 23, 2020

Governor Expected to Announce Schools Will Stay Closed Through the End of the School Year

At his daily press briefing today (April 23), Minnesota
Gov. Tim Walz is expected to announce the closing of Minnesota schools for theremainder of the 2019-20 academic year.

The governor closed public and charter schools more
than a month ago and direc...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 23, 2020

Local Fire Chiefs Caught By Surprise in Governor's Homemade Mask Initiative

During his daily press
briefings, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has made some bold statements about the expectationsof Minnesota being a leader in the national fight against COVID-19. He has
promoted aggressive timelines to get things done and sweeping ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 22, 2020

License Bureau Reminds Drivers That Law Has Changed Pertaining to Expired Licenses

The Wright County License Bureau has been receiving numerous calls from residents regarding driver’s licenses that have expired or are set to expire and are unable to renew them due to the COVID-19-related closures. Wright County License Bureau ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 22, 2020

Sheriff Sean Deringer Has Warning for Residents Regarding On-Line Permit-to-Carry Training

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has issued a statement regarding on-line training for permit-to-carry applications, cautioning that residents by wary of using on-line training courses, which Sheriff Sean Deringer believes are in violation of ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 22, 2020

County Board Approves Reducing Penalty for Those Who Pay First-Half Property Taxes Late

With much of the country shut down or limited due to stay at home/shelter in place orders, the business of government has kept moving forward because it can’t shut down completely. But, like everything else in our new reality, taking COVID-19 in...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 22, 2020

Parks & Rec Department Submits 2019 Annual Report to County Board

As part of the consent agenda at the April 21 meeting of the Wright County Board of Commissioners, Wright County Parks & Recreation Director Marc Mattice submitted the department’s 2019 annual report.

The report includes the department&rs...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 21, 2020

Wright County Fair In Jeopardy of Being Cancelled, But Organizers Still Holding Out Hope

Less than two months ago, plans were going full steam ahead for the 150th anniversary of the Wright County Fair, scheduled for July 22-26 at the Wright County Fairgrounds in Howard Lake.

Special anniversary-themed events were being planned. Prize giveaways...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 21, 2020

Highway Department Provides Timeline, Detour Routes for CSAH 39/42 Project in Otsego

The Wright County Highway Department has provided an update to the CSAH 39/42 construction project in Otsego. The project, which is expected to start next week, is going to be done in two stages – one that will be completed in the fall and a sec...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 21, 2020

NACo Releases Video on the Role of Counties During the Fight with COVID-19

The National Association of Counties (NACo) has produced a video explaining the important job counties are playing in the fight against COVID-19. The three-minute video explains the front-line role of counties in the pandemic battle. It includes the criti...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 20, 2020

Election Equipment Used in Presidential Nomination Primary Was A Big Success

Given the ongoing COVID-19 situation, it seems like
March 3 was an eternity ago. But, that was the date of Minnesota’s PresidentialNomination Primary (PNP). As Wright County voters came out to the polls to cast
their ballots, behind the scen...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 20, 2020

Wright County Sheriff's Report for April 13-19

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its activity report for the week of April 13-19. To see the report, click here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=1508 

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 20, 2020

U of M Extension Discusses Grain Bin Safety for Minnesota Farmers

Grain Bin Safety for Minnesota Farmers

By Adam Austing, University of Minnesota Extension

Last week was Stand Up 4 Grain Safety Week. This is a great time to remind all of our Minnesota farmers to stay safe this growing season. Growing up on a dairy farm, g...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 20, 2020

Highway Department to Start Roadside Spraying Program May 26

On Tuesday, May 26, the Wright County Highway
Department will begin its annual roadside spraying/vegetation managementprogram along all Wright County highways to remove unwanted brush and noxious
weeds. Because the spraying is done with herbicides, so...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 17, 2020

Governor Signs Executive Order to Allow More Outdoor Recreational Activities

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, signed Executive Order 20-38 today (April 17) and it brings some good news for those who enjoy the outdoors. The order allows for safe outdoor recreation for specific activities, including golf and boating.

The Executive Order, whi...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 17, 2020

Assistance Programs Available to Wright County Veterans Struggling During COVID-19 Pandemic

The Wright County Veterans Services Department is advising all veterans and/or surviving spouses who live in Wright County that the Minnesota State Legislature has approved a special appropriation to provide veterans with assistance during the COVID-19 pa...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 17, 2020

Construction Projects Proceeding Through COVID-19 Pandemic

Of the numerous concerns
related to COVID-19 that have impacted Wright County, one aspect that has beencritical to keeping the economy moving has been the construction industry being
deemed essential and allowed to continue.

Currently, Wright County ha...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 17, 2020

Highway 55 to Experience Delays Starting Monday, April 20

Those who drive Highway 55 between Buffalo and Maple Lake need to be prepared for a longer drive than normal starting Monday, April 20.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced that there will be delays on Highway 55 as work crews fill in a...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 16, 2020

Strange Snow Squalls Earlier This Week Were A Weather Rarity in Minnesota

For those who live along the Great Lakes, when spring comes they are subject to what are called snow squalls – as the warmth of the sun runs into a cold air mass and creates thin bands of quickly-forming clouds that drop heavy amounts of snow in...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 16, 2020

County Board Exploring Option of Creating a County Economic Development Authority

Wright County has had a problem over the years when it has come to growth. The county’s population has exploded, but the business climate hasn’t grown to the same degree.

From 1990 to 2010, the population of the county grew by 82 percen...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 16, 2020

License Bureau Remains Busy, Looking at Options for Eventual Reopening

The methods of doing business have changed markedly in the Wright County Government Center over the last month, but it hasn’t stopped the demand for service, especially at the county’s license bureau.

The public counters have been close...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 15, 2020

April 16 County Board Special Meeting Cancelled

A special meeting of the Wright County Board of Commissioners scheduled for Thursday, April 16 has been cancelled.

Last week, the meeting was tentatively scheduled because there was no board meeting scheduled for its standard time of 9 a.m. Tuesday, April ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 15, 2020

County Board Discusses Launch of CMRP's Framework 2030

Earlier this month, the Central Mississippi River Regional Planning Partnership (CMRP) launched its Framework 2030 project – an initiative to do collaborative planning for the future of cities and townships in Wright and Sherburne counties on bo...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 15, 2020

Bertram Regional Park Will Be Busy with Construction Projects This Summer

For much of the coming summer, the Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park is going to be a hotbed of construction activity as two significant projects will be taking place – a campground construction project inside the park and a road project at t...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 14, 2020

April 13-17 Is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Minnesota

With the last vestiges of winter holding on for a final prolonged gasp of cold weather this next few days, it seems appropriate that this week (April 13-17) is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Minnesota, a collaboration between the Department of Homeland ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 13, 2020

Recorder's Office Lifts Suspension on Issuance of Marriage License Requests

Much of the Wright County Government Center remains closed to the public at department and office counters, but the county is finding ways to get the services provided to the public that are needed.

One such change has come to the Wright County Recorder&am...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 13, 2020

Wright County Public Health Issues News Release of Interest to 'Snowbirds'

Wright County Public Health has issued a news release geared toward Wright County residents who are returning home from a winter residence in another state. The release can be read here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/DocumentCenter/View/19216/Wright-Co-COVID...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 13, 2020

U of M Extension Offers Soil Testing For Farmers and Gardeners

By Adam Austing, University of Minnesota Extension

It is suggested that gardeners and farmers of all kinds get their soil tested at a minimum every few years. Why? Soil tests help find potential nutrient deficiencies and other issues in your soil. A test w...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 13, 2020

May is Foster Care Month in Wright County

Wright County Health & Human Services would like to remind residents that May is Foster Care Month. The county’s Licensing & Therapeutic Services Division licenses both child and adult foster care providers and is looking for those who w...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 11, 2020

First Confirmed Death of Wright County Resident From COVID-19

Wright County Public Health has confirmed the first death due to COVID-19 in Wright County.

The death occurred April 9 to a Wright County resident in theirs 80s who tested positive for COVID-19 two days earlier.

 Here is the full release from Wrigh...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 10, 2020

Commisioner Darek Vetsch Says Thank You to Foster Parents During Stay at Home Protocol

Wright County Commissioner Darek Vetsch comes from what he likes to refer to as a “blended family.” He has a mixture of biological and non-biological children, totaling nine. All the children in this large family may not be his biologi...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 10, 2020

Highway Department Releases Detailed Project Timeline for the Hwy 19 and 38 Project

The Wright County Highway Department announced that
construction on Highway 19 and Highway 38 between the cities of Albertville andOtsego will begin Monday, April 13.

Highway Engineer Virgil Hawkins has included a
brochure on the construction website (...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 10, 2020

Wright County Community Action Offering Frozen Meals Program for Seniors

When Wright County Community Action started a program
to give senior citizens frozen meals to eat healthier, COVID-19 had yet todominate our daily lives. It was a program that WCCA Executive Director Jay
Weatherford realized was a need and WCCA wanted...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 10, 2020

Highway 38 & 19 Construction to begin week of April 13th

Road work close

Construction of County Highway 38 and Highway 19 in Albertville and Otsego is set to begin the week of April 13th, 2020.  There will be detours of traffic and lane restrictions during different phases of construction. Below is a link to additiona...

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Highway 19 & 38 Construction Information, Detours Wright County News
Posted on: April 9, 2020

Recorder's Office Reminder That Residents Can Use LandShark to Search Land Records

Up until January 2020, if an individual wanted to access documents pertaining to land records in Wright County, they were required to come to the Wright County Recorder’s Office to obtain copies of those documents. But, that changed thanks to th...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 9, 2020

5th Annual Just Drive Day to Be Virtual This Year Due to COVID-19

For the last four years, the organization Just Drive has been working to meet its mission of ending distracted driving and to raise awareness by creating a day recurring each year on a Saturday in April in Monticello.

This year, however, due to the COVID-1...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 9, 2020

County Board Approves Extending Public Counter Closures in County Facilities Until May 4

This afternoon (April 9), in keeping with the order by Governor Walz to extend his "stay at home" executive order through 11:59 p.m. Sunday May 3, the Wright County Board of Commissioners voted to keep public counters closed until Monday, May 4....

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 9, 2020

Parks & Rec Director Addresses Potential Scenarios for Campground, Shelter Reservations

During
these troubling times dealing with the day-to-day changes that have beenevolving as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to dominate the lives of most
people, there need to be plans in place for the future after the worst of thecoronavirus has run...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 9, 2020

CMRP Launches Its Framework 2030 Initiative

The Central Mississippi River Regional Planning Partnership launched its Framework 2030 initiative Wednesday (April 8) with a press release announcing the collaboration between Wright and Sherburne counties for mutual planning and economic development.

For...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 8, 2020

Wright County Parks & Recreation Department Provides a COVID-19 Operations Update

This afternoon Governor Walz extended the “Stay at Home order (EO 20-20)” and EO 20-04 (Public Accommodations) to expire on May 4, 2020. As a department we have been preparing for many different scenarios over the past few wee...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 8, 2020

Governor Extends Minnesota's Stay At Home Protocol Through 11:59 P.M. Sunday, May 3

At his daily COVID-19 briefing today, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz extended the stay at home executive order that was scheduled to expire Friday. The extension runs through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, May 3.

The same rules are expected to apply as in his initial stay at...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 8, 2020

Trailblazer Using Its Fleet to Deliver Meals to Those in Need in Wright County

With many Wright County residents forced to stay at home and many others struggling to make ends meet, Trailblazer Transit has stepped up its efforts to help alleviate some of that burden.

Wright Commissioner Darek Vetsch, who sits on the Trailblazer Joint...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 8, 2020

County Board Sets Public Hearing to Discuss Reduced Concealed Carry Permit Fee

For decades, Wright County has been known as a county that issues a lot of concealed carry gun permits. Currently, there are more than 13,000 active permits to carry for residents of Wright County and Sheriff Sean Deringer wants to make it more affordable...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 8, 2020

County Board Applauds Effort IT Department Has Put In During COVID-19 Crisis

There aren’t many who haven’t been impacted in a profound way by the COVID-19 pandemic. Thousands have died across the country. Places where people typically gather in large groups have been eliminated, whether it has been schools, mal...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 7, 2020

License Bureau Has Table Set Up With Forms for Most Frequent Requests

The Wright County License Bureau re-opened for business Monday to re-start the process vehicle-related requirements like license plates/tabs and vehicle title transfers. But, after being shut down for two weeks by the state, the license bureau is attempti...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 7, 2020

Wright County Public Health Has Produced a Flyer About COVID-19 Precautions

Wright County Public Health has created a flyer reminding
residents of the importance of social distancing and staying at home as part ofprotocol being brought forward by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The flyer puts in simple terms the...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 7, 2020

Construction on CSAH 19/38 Project To Start Monday

Wright County Highway Engineer Virgil Hawkins has released the timeline for the Highway 19 and 38 project between Otsego and Albertville, which is going to begin Monday, April 13. Here is that timeline:

Construction to begin on Highway 19 and Highway 38 Re...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 7, 2020

Extension Has Hotline for Residents to Contact Master Gardeners with Lawn and Garden Questions

By Adam Austing, University of Minnesota Extension Educator

University of Minnesota Extension events have been canceled through Friday, May 15. However, Extension is still fully operational; the ways in which we work have just been changed. This is also tr...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 6, 2020

Wright County Health & Human Services Releases Annual Report

Wright County Health & Human Services has released its 2019 annual report “Strengthen, Support and Serve Our Community.”

The report includes a message from Wright County HHS Director Jami Goodrum Schwartz, an executive summary, stra...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 6, 2020

Parks & Recreation Department Using Facebook to Take Our Minds Off COVID-19 With Daily Posts

For those looking to get a break from the inundation of COVID-19 pandemic, the Wright County Parks & Recreation Department has been updating its Facebook page daily with information and tips for Wright County residents.

Among the topics that have been ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 6, 2020

License Bureau Now Able to Process Motor Vehicle Paperwork After Two-Week Shutdown

At 5:07 p.m. Friday, Emma Corrie, director of Driver and Vehicle Services for the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, released a memo stating that local license bureaus and deputy registrars can begin processing motor vehicle title and registration doc...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 3, 2020

Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs Has Programs to Assist Wright County Vets

Wright County veterans who are having struggles during the COVID-19 crisis can access services being offered through the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs.

These services include COVID-19 financial assistance, disaster relief grants and special need...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 3, 2020

Wright County Public Health Issues Press Release Dealing with Mental Wellness During COVID-19

Wright County Public Health has issued a press release dealing with mental wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic. The release includes links to Wright County Public Health, the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevent...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 3, 2020

IT Department Has Connected Employee Voicemail and Email for Remote Workers

During the time of people being asked to stay at home and, if possible, work remotely from home as well, in Wright County, a lot of employees have been asked to step up and take on the challenges associated with living in a world that has been altered dra...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 3, 2020

County Parks Continue to Provide Respite from COVID-19

As the weather has started to warm up as the calendar flipped from March to April, the impact of the isolation of COVID-19 is starting to take as big a mental toll on people as it has a physical and financial toll.

One area that has remained robust through...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 3, 2020

County Saves $1.5 Million Under Estimate for CSAH 39 Construction Project

In June 2017, the Wright County Board of Commissioners
followed suit with numerous other counties in the state that were struggling tokeep up with the funding needs for county highway and road infrastructure by
implementing a half-cent Local Option Sa...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 2, 2020

Wright County Extends Public Counter Closure Period Through April 18

The Wright County Board of Commissioners met in special session today (April 2) and accepted the minutes of the March 24 Committee of the Whole meeting. As part of those minutes, the board, which had closed all public facing counters until Saturday, April...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 2, 2020

MnCHOICES Offering Help for Those in Need of In-Home Assistance

A MESSAGE FROM WRIGHT COUNTY HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

Are you concerned about the welfare of a loved who needs extra help with taking care of themselves at home? Do you know someone that needs senior living care? Services to help with dressing, bathing,...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 2, 2020

Decision to Switch to VPN Has Helped County Get Through First Wave of COVID-19

When Mark Kellogg was hired by Wright County as an
Information Technology (IT) Technical Services Manager in July, 2019, one ofhis first assignments was to assist a county department in equipping its
employees with the ability to work remotely outside...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 1, 2020

CSAH 8 in Maple Lake Expected to Be Closed for Most of the Summer

For a lot of Wright County residents, CSAH 8 serves as a feeder road to access the lakes areas of the county as it runs between Maple Lake at Hwy. 55 and I-94 in Hasty.

But, this summer, that stretch of road will be under construction and the portion that ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 1, 2020

Commissioner Charlie Borrell Explains Decision to Self-Isolate During COVID-19 Crisis

Anyone who has attended or streamed
a Wright County Board meeting the last couple of weeks has noticed a significantchange – there are only four commissioners sitting at the board dais instead of
five. Commissioner Charlie Borrell and his wi...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 31, 2020

Trailblazer Transit Expands Service Area to Assist Veterans to Get to Medical Facilities

Trailblazer Transit, which serves Wright County’s bus transit needs, has announced that it will be expanding the locations it typically provide rides outside of their service area to assist veterans in need.

In a press release issued today, Trail...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 31, 2020

U of M Extension Offers Advice As Farmers Deal with COVID-19

By Adam Austing, University of Minnesota Extension Educator

As we learn more and more about the COVID-19 pandemic, it seems to be harder and harder to predict how long this crisis could last. So as we creep closer and closer to the growing season, I have b...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 31, 2020

Recorder's Office Places Drop Box at Office Door to Assist in Processing Documents

Several Wright County departments are attempting to come up with solutions to dealing with the public during the time of public facing counter closures in the Wright County Government due to the COVID-19 pandemic. One of them is the recorder’s o...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 31, 2020

Governor Extends Driver's License Expiration Dates by Two Months

A notification from the Minnesota Department of Vehicle Services: “Governor Tim Walz signed a bill Monday that includes an extension for Minnesotans whose driver’s licenses or ID cards expire during this time. The law extends ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 31, 2020

Spotlight Stories Highlighted on Main Page of County Website

A portion of the Wright County website includes the Spotlight section located at the bottom of the main page. The Spotlight focuses on the issues, programs and people of Wright County. Whether it’s a deep dive on the budget process, the changes ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 30, 2020

Court Administration Issues Release Dealing With Court Forms and Contact Numbers

The following is a message from the 10th Judicial District, which has been operating during the COVID-19 pandemic under changing state laws that include three different Minnesota Supreme Court rulings. Cases are still being heard. The following is a list ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 30, 2020

Court Administration Has Amnesty Box to Accomodate Large Filing Paperwork

The Court Administration Office of the 10th Judicial District located in Buffalo at the Wright County Government Center wants to inform residents that there is an alternative to bringing large document packets to its office.

Most of the documents people ar...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 30, 2020

Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Sends Message to Minnesota Vets

Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) Commissioner
Larry Herke has sent out a message to all Minnesota Veterans containing thenumbers of Veterans Administration health care facilities for those who are experiencing
symptoms of COVID-19. He u...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 30, 2020

Parks & Recreation Department Urging Families Not to Use Playground Equipment in County Parks

Wright County Parks & Recreation is advising residents that, despite the need for children to get the opportunity to play outside, families should not be using the play structures in county parks.

Parks & Recreation Director Marc Mattice said that,...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 27, 2020

A Message from Wright County Sheriff Sean Deringer to County Residents

I have received several phone calls and emails since Governor Tim Walz released Executive Order 20-20 on Wednesday, also known as the “stay home order” so I thought that I would release some information that you may find helpful.

The Wr...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 30, 2020

Highway Department Maintaining Operations

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic the Highway Department will be implementing the following procedures beginning Monday, March 30, 2020.  These procedures have been put in place to protect both the public and county employees in following the ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 27, 2020

License Bureau Looking for Solutions to Line Issues When It Re-Opens

One of the more frustrating aspects for many of those who have come into the Wright County Government Center in recent months been consistently long waiting lines at the county’s license bureau. The combination of the length of time it took to p...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 27, 2020

Food Shelf and Health Care Facilities Need Donations During Difficult Time

At a time when all Americans are being asked to pull together to fight the spread of COVID-19, the need for assistance at food shelves and health care facilities are becoming more desperate as the crisis deepens.

Wright County Public Health has sent out a ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 27, 2020

Recorder's Office Still Providing Vital Services for County Residents Needing Vital Records

While a lot of our daily lives are being adversely impacted by the COVID-19 coronavirus, essential job duties are still being performed in Wright County. One of those positions deemed essential is the county recorder’s office.

Wright County Recor...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 27, 2020

County's Compost and Recycling Facility Closed to Public Drop-Off Until Further Notice

Due to the Emergency Declaration by the Wright County Board of Commissioners that was adopted earlier this month to close public facing counters in the battle against the COVID-19 coronavirus and the potential for community spread, the Wright County Compo...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 27, 2020

Residents Have Until 3 PM to Drop Off License Tab Renewal Paperwork

With yesterday’s announcement that the State of
Minnesota was shutting down local license bureaus statewide after Governor TimWalz enacted a Shelter in Place stay at home Executive Order that takes effect
shortly before midnight tonight, the...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 26, 2020

County Board Chair, County Administrator Release Statement on Facility Operations

March 26, 2020

A Statement from Wright County Board of Commissioners Chair Christine Husom and Wright County Administrator Lee Kelly

On March 25, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz sent out an Executive Order for Minnesotans to stay at home and shelter in place, a...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 26, 2020

REAL ID Enforcement Deadline Pushed Out One Year to Oct. 1, 2021

The
U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Public Affairs announced today(Thursday, March 27) that the deadline for people to switch over to the REAL ID
has been extended one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thedeadline for REAL...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 25, 2020

Governor Makes Shelter in Place Order, Updates for Child Care Providers and Foster Families

As part of his daily COVID-19 address, Minnesota Governor
Tim Walz announced that a two-week “Shelter in Place” order in an attempt to flattenthe spread of the virus and buy more time to put other plans in place will be
begin at 11...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 25, 2020

County Board Approves Nature Preschool at Ney Park

A growing educational tool around the country has been
exposing youngsters to nature by having outdoor-themed preschools that teachand, at the same time, getting impressionable young minds feeling comfortable
with the outdoors in a learning environmen...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 25, 2020

County Departments Collaborating to Assist Residents During COVID-19 Crisis

At a time of crisis, it is essential that individuals
and organizations alike work collaboratively for the better good. As we waitfor the next response from the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention to provi...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 25, 2020

Wright County Public Health Issues Release Listing Resources for Residents

Wright County Public Health has been the lead agent on the local front of the preparation and implementation for combatting the COVID-19 coronavirus at the local level. Today (March 25), WCPH issued a news release that lists many of the resources that res...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 25, 2020

Sheriff's Office Receives Federal Grant for Water Patrol This Summer

At a time of isolation like most of us are experiencing at the moment and will be for the short-term future, thoughts of being out on a boat on a Wright County lake in the summer seems like a dream. However, the Wright County Sheriff’s Office is...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 24, 2020

Assessor Announces Cancellation of Open Book Meeting Scheduled for April 9

A Memo from Wright County Assessor Tony Rasmuson

Cancellation of the Wright County Open Book Meeting on April 9th, 2020

“Due to concerns over the health and safety of Wright County property owners and employees, the Open Book meeting scheduled to ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 24, 2020

2020 Will Be A Big Year for Central Mississippi River Regional Partnership

For years, there have been mutual interests of cities, townships and drivers on both sides of the Mississippi River, primarily focused on getting a third bridge crossing on the Mississippi River to connect Wright and Sherburne counties. The two existing b...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 24, 2020

Wright County Board of Commissioners to Conduct Special Meeting April 2

Last week when the Wright County Board of Commissioners declared a state of emergency and instituted its Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP), it put a two-week employment window in place to address social distancing and allow those with the ability to do...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 24, 2020

County Surveyor Lays Out Operations Plan During Public Distancing Period for Wright County

Wright County Surveyor Steve Jobe has provided information as to how his department will be operating under the constrictions placed on his office by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

“We are committed to keeping everyone as safe as possible,&am...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 23, 2020

Parks & Recreation Department Recommending Children Not Use Playground Equipment in Parks

Wright County Parks & Recreation is advising residents that, despite the need for children to get the opportunity to play outside, families should not be using the play structures in county parks.

Parks & Recreation Director Marc Mattice said that,...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 23, 2020

Wright County Assessor Issues Statement Concerning Boards of Equalization

A memo from Wright County Assessor Tony Rasmuson to county residents and representatives of cities and townships concerning the schedule for Local Boards of Equalization:

As local governments adjust to protect their citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic, w...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 23, 2020

Be Aware of the Potential Danger of Mixing Cleaning Products As Part of Home Sanitization

Wright County Planning & Zoning, which oversees the county’s Compost and Recycling Facility, wants residents to be informed about the potential hazards of mixing cleaning products, which can be deadly if the wrong chemicals are mixed togethe...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 23, 2020

Court Administration Remains Operational, But Public Windows Have Been Closed

The following Administrative Order was released from the 10th Judicial District pertaining to closing the public windows of Court Administration at the Wright County Government Center. Those with court cases pending or looking for forms should contact the...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 20, 2020

County Board Meets In Emergency Session to Take Action on COVID-19 Issues

The Wright County Board of Commissioners met in emergency session this morning (Friday, March 20) to make official what the county leadership has been working on this week with the rapid response to the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The meeting began with Wright C...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 20, 2020

Public Health Issues News Release on Importance of Social Distancing

NEWS RELEASE

March 20, 2020

Importance of Social DistancingEvery person can work to halt the spread of COVID-19

BUFFALO, MN – The ideal goal in fighting a pandemic is to halt the spread of disease. As the number of COVID-19 cases in Minnesota conti...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 20, 2020

County Recorder Releases Policy for Residents Seeking Documents

Many of the functions of the Wright County Recorder’s Office have been changed. With the closure of public counters Tuesday, Wright County Recorder Tanya West has released the following statement of procedures moving forward:

Wright County Record...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 20, 2020

DMV Exam Station in Buffalo Stopping Driver's Tests Effective Immediately

The Department of Motor Vehicles testing office in Buffalo has closed off its driver testing program effective immediately, according to Wright County License Bureau Supervisor Becky Aanerud. The Buffalo Exam Station, which is located at 15 First Ave. S i...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 20, 2020

Court Services Remains Open, Providing Those Using Its Services With an Update

An update from Wright County Court Services:

  • Court Services is open

  • Group Check-in will be by phone – 763-684-8952 – during April and May

  • It is recommended that those on probation remain in contact with their probation agents by phone or ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 20, 2020

Auditor/Treasurer's Office Offering Alternative Options for Some Services

Many Wright County residents find themselves looking for services from the county’s Auditor/Treasurer’s office and are looking for options with the public counters currently closed. The A/T office has made the following suggestions to ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 19, 2020

Wright County Parks Are Open and Being Used As an Oasis of Outdoor Activity

Wright County is proud of its parks system and
residents utilize them throughout the year. But, there are slow times in betweenseasons, with March being one of them. With no snow left for winter activities
and it is too early for the springtime warmup...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 18, 2020

County Public Counters Closed, But Departments and Offices Are Still Open

Wright County government has closed public access to
window counter service to most areas (exceptions being the Sheriff’s Office,Court Administration and Court Services/Probation), but that doesn’t mean that
the Government Center, ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 17, 2020

Great River Regional Library Closes All Branches Through End of March

The Great River Regional Library announced Monday that it had closed all 33 of its branches effective at 6 p.m. Monday, March 16, and will remain closed through the end of the month.

Nine of GRRL’s 33 branches are in Wright County, serving the co...

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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

Wright County Government Center Closing Most Public Counters

With the Wright County Emergency Declaration that was adopted this morning (March 17) in the battle with the COVID-19 coronavirus, in preventing community spread of the virus, the Wright County Board of Commissioners voted to close all public facing count...

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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
Posted on: March 16, 2020

License Bureau Requesting That Residents Avoid Long Lines if Possible

At a time when the COVID-19 outbreak has schools and businesses
cutting back hours or closing their doors completely, one place that hasn’tseen a change is the License Bureau in the Wright County Government Center.

With the guidance from the M...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 16, 2020

Parks and Recreation Releases a Statement in Response to COVID-19 Restrictions

Wright County Parks and Recreation Administrator Marc Mattice has released a statement about the operations of Wright County parks facilities moving forward in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The press release can be seen by clicking here: http://www.c...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 13, 2020

First Confirmed Case of COVID-19 Indentified in Wright County

The first confirmed case of COVID-19 has been identified in Wright County. A press release dealing with the issue has been sent out by Wright County Public Health and can be accessed by clicking here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/DocumentCenter/View/19004/W...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 13, 2020

County Administrator Releases Statement Dealing with Wright County Government's Operation Plan

A statement from Wright County Administrator Lee
Kelly:

The outbreak of COVID-19 has resulted in many changesto the daily lives of our residents. With the first confirmed case of COVID-19
identified in Wright County, we want to inform our residents tha...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 11, 2020

Methamphetamine Remains a Critical Issue in Wright County

Last month, the Wright County Sheriff’s Office
coordinated with local police departments in a multi-jurisdictional investigationof several suspects believed to be trafficking methamphetamine. It was a
reminder that, while meth was a scourge ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 9, 2020

Second Case of Coronavirus Confirmed in Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) stated a month ago that it wasn’t a matter of if Minnesota would see its first case of the COVID-19 coronavirus, but when. On Sunday, the state confirmed the second case of coronavirus in Minnesota, as a ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 6, 2020

Bertram Chain of Lakes Parks Campsite Project Expected to Finish Ahead of Schedule

Whenever there is a construction project of any kind,
one of the biggest fears is that the project will take longer than anticipatedand the potential for cost overruns come in. Just the opposite is true with the
Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park pr...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 6, 2020

County Roads and Highways Are In Awful Shape, But Not for Long

Anyone who has driven any distance over the last couple of weeks has likely noticed that many of the roads are choppy and make smaller vehicles bounce up and down as if they’re driving on a rumble strip.

Wright County Highway Engineer Virgil Hawk...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 5, 2020

Why Do County Highways and Roads Have Spring Load Restrictions?

Every spring, in an attempt to preserve the more than
500 miles of roads on the county’s road system, the Wright County HighwayDepartment places weight restrictions for vehicles on County State Aid Highways
(CSAH) and county roads. The weigh...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 4, 2020

Trailblazer Ridership on the Rise

When Wright County joined Trailblazer Transit, it
wasn’t by choice, it was by force. The State of Minnesota had mandated thatfunding for transit systems be regional, including multiple counties to create
fewer, more uniform systems. For deca...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 4, 2020

Wright County Dental Clinic Passes A Big Hurdle at the State Legislature

The proposed inclusion of a dental clinic in the new
Wright County Government got a big boost Tuesday when a bill introduced at the MinnesotaState Legislature (House File 3644) got a hearing before the House Capital
Investment Committee.

One of the big...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 4, 2020

Trump, Biden Winners in Wright County in Tuesday's Presidential Nomination Primary

For the first time in 28 years, Minnesota conducted a
Presidential Nomination Primary and President Donald Trump and former VicePresident Joe Biden were decisive winners in Wright County.

President Trump ran unopposed on the ballot and
received 3,298 v...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 3, 2020

Minnesota Department of Commerce Urging Residents to Consider Flood Insurance

The Minnesota Department of Commerce is informing
Wright County residents that they may want to look into purchasing floodinsurance due to risks of flooding during the spring runoff season and may want
to act soon because of policy requirements.

The Na...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 3, 2020

Wright County Board Adopts Second Amendment Dedicated County Resolution

On Tuesday, March 3, the Wright County Boardroom was
filled to capacity as the county board of commissioners voted to make WrightCounty the sixth county in Minnesota to adopt a “Second Amendment Dedicated
County” Resolution, joinin...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 2, 2020

University of Minnesota Extension Looking for Wright County Farm Family of the Year Nominations

By Adam Austing, University of Minnesota Extension

Wright County has over 1300 farms and ranks in the top ten in Minnesota in the following categories according to the 2017 Census of Agriculture: horses (#1); fruits, nuts and berries; poultry and eggs; and...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 2, 2020

Compost & Recycling Facility Taking On-Line Appointments for Drop-offs

With spring right around the corner, a lot of Wright
County residents will look to the annual rite of passage spring cleaning –getting rid of some of the clutter in their houses, garages and yards.

The Wright County Compost & Recycling Fac...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 2, 2020

County Adds Link to Latest COVID-19 Information to Its Website Main Page

With concerns growing about the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, Wright County Public Health has established a link the county’s website home page.

The link is on the left side of the main page under the heading “Coronavirus (COVID-1...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 28, 2020

Wright County Public Health Issues Press Release Dealing with COVID-19

Wright County Public Health has sent out a press
release on developments with the COVID-19 coronavirus dealing with preparednessin the event cases start being confirmed in Minnesota. The release also has
valuable links to the Minnesota Department of H...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 28, 2020

Twin Cities Public Television to Air Weekly Programs Dealing With COVID-19

Amid the growing concerns over the potential impact locally of the worldwide spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) announced that it will be partnering directly with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to brin...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 26, 2020

Potter Pushing for Legislative Bonding for Highway 55 Project

Wright County Commissioner Mike Potter has been spending
a good portion of the last two weeks between Wright County and the State Capitolin St. Paul. One of the proposals he is trying to shine a light on is bonding
for the beginning stages of a propos...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 26, 2020

HHS Special Needs Fund Gets a $10,000 Donation From Wright County Area United Way

Wright
County Health and Human Services has a program called the Special Needs Fundthat helps Wright County residents in significant financial straits meet their
basic needs when no other resources are available.

TheSpecial Needs Fund seeks out donat...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 25, 2020

County Assessor Explains Process of Appealing House Valuations

In March, Wright County residents are going to start
receiving the valuation notices for their homes, businesses and properties fromthe Wright County Assessor’s Office.

County Assessor Tony Rasmuson said that his department
oversees 67,000 pa...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 24, 2020

Sheriff's Office Special Investigations Unit Partners With City Police for Meth Bust

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office is tasked as the lead law enforcement agency in all of the county with three exceptions – the cities of Annandale, Buffalo and Howard Lake, all of whom have city police forces.

But, it was the collabor...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 24, 2020

Extension Office to Run Weekly Stories From Master Gardeners On How to Be Successful Gardeners

Submitted by Adam Austing, extension educator

What is the University of MN Extension? In 1914, the
Smith-Lever Act created a “Cooperative Extension Service” associated with the landgrant institution in each state. For us, that would ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 20, 2020

Minnesota Department of Health Releases Information Pertaining to Northern Metals Fire in Becker

The information below was developed by the Minnesota Department of Health and shared with local public health agencies on February 20, 2020 in dealing with the fire and smoke emanating from the Northern Metals facility in Becker. Wright County Public Heal...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 19, 2020

The Census is Coming and Why It Is Important That Everyone Is Counted

In less than a month, citizens throughout the United States will be receiving their 2020 United States Census forms, as the country’s population is counted. The early projection is that the U.S. population is going to grow to approximately 333.5...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 19, 2020

Highway Department Releases 2020 Spring Load Restriction Map for County Highways

Every spring, in an attempt to preserve the more than
500 miles of roads on the county’s road system, the Wright County HighwayDepartment places weight restrictions for vehicles on County State Aid Highways
(CSAH) and county roads. The weigh...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 14, 2020

County Looking for Legislative Relief to Reduce Long Wait to Take a Driver's Test

Among the issues of interest to Wright County officials
during the current session of the State Legislature is a problem that has been growingover the last several years and may finally be hitting a tipping point –
scheduling a road test wit...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 14, 2020

Wright County Public Health Issues a Press Release Discussing COVID-19

Much of the news in recent weeks has been dominated
with the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak that began in Wuhan, China in Decemberthat has created a worldwide public health emergency to be declared by the
World Health Organization and in the United S...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 13, 2020

For the First Time In 40 Years Wright County Won't Have to Change Commissioner Districts

 

For the first time in 40 years, barring a shocking
development when the 2020 United States Census is completed, the five Wright Countycommissioner seats will not be subject to redistricting.

Redistricting is the process of redrawing political ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 13, 2020

County Board Receives Annual Medical Examiner's Report of 2019 Deaths In the County

One of the more unpleasant rituals the Wright County Board of Commissioners undertakes every year is to accept the annual Medical Examiner’s Report, which details all deaths that occurred in the county over the course of the previous year.

Dr. A....

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 12, 2020

County To Change a Pair of Road Designations in Buffalo, Buffalo Township

Having nothing in the bank typically isn’t something positive,
but when it is in the realm of the Wright County Highway Department, havingnothing in the mileage bank is ideal and the department is going to be close to
getting their balance d...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 12, 2020

Residents Can Use Drop Boxes to Avoid Lines When Renewing License Tabs

Anyone who has gone to the License Bureau in the Wright County Government Center knows that, thanks to the failed MNLARS computer system that routinely extends transaction times as well as the conversion to Real ID for driver’s licenses, the wai...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 10, 2020

County Preparing Comprehensive Strategic Planning Update

One of the more significant projects Wright County is
going to embark on in 2020 is going to be tackling strategic planning for thecounty’s future – assessing the wants and needs of county residents in
determining the county&rs...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 10, 2020

Wellness Program Showing Results for Wright County Employees

For almost 30 years, Wright County has made a
concerted effort to promote employee health through its Wellness Committee. Themission of the Wellness Committee is to provide educational and physical activities
and programs that contribute to the overal...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 5, 2020

Local Option Sales Tax Funding Several Needed County Highway Projects

At a time when state funding for road projects fluctuates
and the need to improve and repair an aging infrastructure system is becomingmore of an issue, for more than a decade Minnesota counties and larger cities
have looked for ways to increase reven...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 5, 2020

Auditor/Treasurer's Office Wins Prestigious Award for Financial Reporting and Disclosure

For years, Wright County officials have expressed the desire to have full transparency with the public on how they conduct business. At the core of that pledge is making their financial books accessible to the public to scrutinize.

On Jan. 28, the Wright C...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 4, 2020

Husom Reflects on County Plans for 2020

As part of the Feb. 4 meeting of the Wright County
Board of Commissioners, Christine Husom, the board chair for 2020 opened themeeting with a statement of where she feels Wright County has been and where it
is going.

Husom was the chair in 2015 and ref...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 4, 2020

New Flagger Law Empowers Road Crew Employees to Report Dangerous Drivers

It may not always seem like it, but spring isn’t that
far away and, with the change of seasons, Minnesota drivers will beencountering road construction work zones, which can be a dangerous place for
workers and drivers alike.

From 2014-18, th...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 31, 2020

Wright County Leading a Push to Get a Medical Assistance Dental Clinic

Earlier this week, the Wright County Board of Commissioners and several department employees met with three state legislators that represent the county to discuss issues of importance to Wright County for the coming legislative session. Among those topics...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 30, 2020

County Officials Meet with State Legislators to Discuss Key Issues for the 2020 Legislative Session

On Tuesday, Jan. 28, the Wright County Board of
Commissioners and several staff members had a sit-down visit with three statelegislators that represent Wright County in St. Paul – Sen. Bruce Anderson
(IR-Buffalo Township), Rep. Eric Lucero (...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 30, 2020

Full List of Presidential Nomination Primary Polling Places in Wright County

The Presidential Nomination Primary is coming Tuesday,
March 3 and there are 45 voting precincts in Wright County. Six cities and one townshiphave multiple precincts within their borders (Albertville, Buffalo, Hanover,
Monticello, Otsego, St. Michael ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 30, 2020

Official Notice of Presidential Nomination Primary

Pursuant to Minnesota Statute 207A.11, a Presidential Nomination Primary will be held on March 3, 2020, in the State of Minnesota, the County of Wright.

Presidential nomination primary voters must be registered to vote pursuant to Minnesota Statute 201.054...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 29, 2020

Potter Begins Term as Minnesota Transportation Alliance President for 2020

Wright County Commissioner Mike Potter oversaw his
first meeting Monday, Jan. 27 as the 2020 president of the MinnesotaTransportation Alliance (MTA).

The MTA is in its 127th year, making it the
oldest transportation lobbying firm in the country. It is ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 29, 2020

County Board Approves Moving Forward With Turn Lane Project at Bertram Chain of Lakes Park

There are often times when a project needs to get done,
whether it’s a small home remodel or a larger government project, and thequestion comes up, “Where will the money to pay for it come from?”

That was a topic of discuss...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 28, 2020

County Board Approves Carrying Over Department Budget Dollars to Complete Projects

Every year, the Wright County Board of Commissioners deals with budget issues that include carrying over unused portions of county budgets from one budget year to the next – often referred to as turnback dollars.

At its Jan. 28 meeting, the count...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 27, 2020

Wright County Looking to Connect Two of the State's Largest Bike Trail Systems

For more than a decade, the State of Minnesota has
prioritized enhancing bike trail systems that can connect large segments of thestate. That commitment included Minnesota residents voting to approve a half-cent
sales tax in 2008 to create Legacy fund...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 24, 2020

Only One of Wright County's 15 Townships Will Have Contested Election In March

Fifteen of Wright County’s 18 townships will be conducting
elections for township board supervisor and clerk positions on March 10, butonly one of the elections will be contested and one will be determined by
write-in voting because nobody f...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 24, 2020

Survey: More Than Half of Wright County High School Juniors Still Text and Drive

The Hands-Free Law, which prohibits talking or texting on a cell phone while driving, has been the law in Minnesota since Aug. 1, 2019, but compliance with the law among teens hasn’t fully caught on with teens.

Wright County Commissioner Christin...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 23, 2020

Ney Park to Host Master Naturalist Volunteer Program Aug. 10-15

The Wright County Parks & Recreation Department
will serve as host this summer for the annual Minnesota Master Naturalist VolunteerProgram, which is run by the University of Minnesota Extension Office.

Registration is currently open and the class si...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 23, 2020

Potter Hopeful of Obtaining Federal Transportation Dollars for I-94 Completion

When it comes to highway construction that will be ongoing
in Wright County over the next year to 18 months, drivers will be experiencinga “good news, bad news” scenario, especially in the northeastern portion of the
county. In the...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 23, 2020

Highway Department Looking for Alternatives to Salt to De-Ice Roads in Winter

Whenever there is a snow or ice event in Minnesota,
you don’t need to see the area that got impacted to know where it hit. All youneed to do is look at vehicles that are streaked with road salt. However, the
day may be coming soon where high...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 22, 2020

County Board Tables Discussion of Refugee Resettlement Amid Legal Battle In Federal Court

An Executive Order issued September 26, 2019 by
President Donald Trump requiring state and local governments to provideofficial consent to allow refugee resettlement in their jurisdictions has been
the source of nationwide discussion over the last fou...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 22, 2020

Annual Dog Sledding Adventure A Big Success for Wright County Parks & Recreation

A True Minnesota Adventure – by Brad
Harrington, Parks & Recreation

After the holidays, winter starts to set in. Thetemperatures drop and the realization that all we might see for the next couple
of months is a blanket of white snow. What...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 21, 2020

Commissioner Debunks Rumor Concerning Government Center Construction

There is plenty of business that comes before the
Wright County Board of Commissioners during its weekly meetings, but at itsJan. 21 meeting, the board had an unusual topic of conversation – quelling a
rumor that the county was looking to ex...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 16, 2020

Recorder's Office Now Offering Option for Residents to Download Land Records

Prior to this week, if an individual wanted to access
documents pertaining to land records Wright County, they were required to cometo the Wright County Recorder’s Office to obtain copies of those documents.
But, that has changed thanks to t...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 15, 2020

Sheriff's Office Presents Rivers of Hope $14,805 Raised From 2019's Beard Challenge

In November and December of 2019, Wright County
Sheriff Sean Deringer ran a contest in his office – the Beard Challenge. Itallowed deputies and sheriff’s office staff to grow beards, which they are
forbidden to do ordinarily. The p...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 15, 2020

Veteran Service Office Completes Massive Records Digitization

There are times when a task seems a little too overwhelming
to take on, but when it something that will make life better and easier for alot of people down the road when the hard work is done, it can be gratifying.

It was one such challenge that greeted...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 10, 2020

Backpack Buddies Program Helping Hungry Families

Sometimes the reality of those who are struggling
the provide their kids with the basic necessities of life can be a little overwhelming.Not every child gets three meals a day and Buffalo-Montrose-Hanover School District
has decided to do something ab...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 9, 2020

Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park Constructing Camping Sites for a 2021 Opening

One of the most beautifully aesthetic pieces of property in Wright County is the Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park in Monticello Township. It is a pristine park that, on weekends in the summer, will attract more than 800 visitors a day.

But, those who v...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 7, 2020

County Board Makes Commitee/Advisory Board Assignments for 2020

When someone typically thinks of the job of a county commissioner, it involves their Tuesday board meetings that are live-streamed on YouTube. But, their jobs go far beyond that.

In reality, the primary job of the commissioners – or at least the most time-...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 7, 2020

Feds Take Another Big Step In Combatting Vaping Among Children

The
tightening of regulation on the vaping industry is continuing to change thelandscape of e-cigarettes.

Last
month, President Donald Trump signed into law an act of Congress to raise thelegal age to purchase tobacco/e-cigarette products from 18 to ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 6, 2020

County Departments Collaborating for Jail Release Assistance Program

There are several unsung programs operated by Wright
County that are often in-house initiatives by employees to help people improvetheir lives – whether the programs receive much outside recognition or not.

One such program is the Wright Count...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 3, 2020

Confusion Remains Over New T-21 Law

There has been a lot of confusion raised in recent
days about the changes made to the federal law that raised the legal age topurchase tobacco/e-cigarette products from 18 to 21. If you’re confused, you’re
not alone.

There have been...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 3, 2020

Sheriff's Office Seeking Information From the Public Concerning Death Investigation

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office is seeking anyone with information to assist the department in an active death investigation.

On Dec. 29, a body was found in Kingston Township in Meeker County, near the western border of Wright County. The body was iden...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 2, 2020

Qualified County Residents Can Apply for First-Time Home Buyer Program

For many, the dream of home ownership is a goal set at
a young age, but often can be a daunting challenge for young people looking toavoid building a debt burden early in life or have difficulty coming up with
the needed money to make a down payment a...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 2, 2020

Board Approves 2020 Meeting Schedule

The Wright County Board of Commissioners has announced its 2020 schedule authorizing board attendance at a series of meetings outside of the standard board meeting or workshop format. In keeping with Minnesota’s Open Meeting Law, which requires the public...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 31, 2019

Wright County Social Services Receives $10,000 Grant From Wright-Hennepin Electric Trust

For those who find themselves in dire need of assistance there is only so much that government can typically do in trying to provide for those necessities. However, one such Wright County program has recently partnered up with an area business to help pro...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 31, 2019

County Moving Forward On History Wall at Justice Center

The summer of 2020 is going to mark the opening of the new Wright County Justice Center and one of the aesthetic aspects of the building that is planned to be incorporated will be an iconic image for those entering the building.

Part of the design is going...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 27, 2019

County Board Likely To Continue Lobbying Effort for 2020 Legislative Session

The Dec. 31 agenda of the Wright County Board of Commissioners will include a consent agenda item dealing with retaining the lobbying firm of Flaherty & Hood to represent Wright County’s interests during the 2020 session of the Minnesota Sta...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 24, 2019

Spouses of Vietnam Vets May Be Eligible for Benefits Under Blue Water Navy Veterans Act

The Wright County Veteran Services Office is reaching
out to the surviving spouses and dependent children of Vietnam veterans who maybe eligible for benefits for “Blue Water Navy” veterans who, for decades, were
denied benefits related to potential ex...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 23, 2019

Tobacco 21 Ordinance To Take Effect Jan. 1

On Jan. 1, Wright County will begin enforcement of its
Tobacco 21 ordinance, which officially raises the age in which someone canpurchase tobacco products from 18 to 21.

The county had to go out on its own to get a Tobacco
21 ordinance passed because t...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 20, 2019

WCCA Gets Grant Award From Otto Bremer Trust

For the last 75 years, the Otto Bremer Trust, a
philanthropic arm of Bremer Banks, has given out grants to worthy causes inMinnesota, North Dakota and western Wisconsin. Each year, there is a lot of
competition for grant funding because the trust, whi...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 20, 2019

Sheriff's Office Beard Challenge Raises Money For Rivers of Hope

During the month of December, things were pretty hairy at the Wright County Law Enforcement Center, as more than 90 deputies, correctional staff and sheriff’s office employees took part in the Wright County Sheriff’s Office Beard Chall...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 17, 2019

County Board Sets 2020 Budget, Levy

A year after Wright County initiated one of the biggest
levy increases in county history, at its Dec. 17 meeting, the Wright CountyBoard of Commissioner adopted its 2020 budget and certified taxable levy (the
amount paid by county residents through pr...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 18, 2019

County Awards Contract For Hwy. 19 and 38 Construction

For those who have fought the congestion attempting to get in and out of the Albertville outlet mall on Highway 19 next to I-94, help is on the way. It will take some time and will cause some traffic headaches along the way to get there, but the process o...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 18, 2019

Parks & Rec To Partner Up To Combat Aquatic Invasive Species

Less than a year ago, Wright County was looking to
expand its pilot project to require boat inspections for Aquatic InvasiveSpecies (AIS) on county lakes from three lakes to nine. One of the six lakes that
was to be part of the expansion was Cedar Lak...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 16, 2019

REAL ID Deadline Getting Closer

Over the coming months, the State of Minnesota will be reminding residents that many of them may want to get their driver’s licenses updated.

In 2018, Minnesota began implementing REAL ID, an upgrade to the standard driver’s license or ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 13, 2019

Wright County Board to Set 2020 Budget, Levy at Dec. 17 Board Meeting

The Wright County Board of Commissioners is scheduled
to set the 2020 budget and certified levy at its next board meetingTuesday, Dec. 17.

The proposed 2020 budget is $160,944,532, while the
levy (the amount paid in property tax by residents), will be ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 10, 2019

Sign Up for Free Alerts of County News and Programs

Want to have your devices connected to Wright County
events or programs of interest to you? You’re only a couple of clicks away withthe county’s Notify Me system, which is located on the county’s homepage at www.co.wright....

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 24, 2019

County Highway 39 Improvement Project (Odean Ave to CSAH 42)

Project Background

County Highway 39 provides east-west mobility and connectivity through the northern part of Wright County from Monticello to Highway 101 in Otsego.  As with the Twin Cities metropolitan region, Wright County and the surrounding ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 14, 2019

Long Range Transportation Plan Adoption

On September 17, 2019 the Wright County Board of Commissioners adopted the Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), a document that will prepare the County’s transportation system for continued growth and corresponding travel needs over the next 2...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 29, 2018

Justice Center construction on live video

Justice Center rendering

The new Justice Center is co-located with the existing Law Enforcement Center and jail for secure inmate transfer to courts. The 150,562 sq. ft. facility includes nine advanced-technology courtrooms. The building also features full security screening, dir...

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Wright County News