News Flash

Posted on: January 13, 2020

County and Court Offices Closed in Observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday on January 20, 2020

County and Court offices will reopen on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 8:00 A.M.

Wright County News
Posted on: January 16, 2020

[UPDATE] Wright County Highway Department Prepared for Friday/Saturday Snow Event

At the Wright County Highway Department, this is the
calm before the storm.

Highway Maintenance Superintendent Steve Meyer saidThursday afternoon that there are new projections for the storm as it gets
closer.

“Right now, the forecast has it s...

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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 15, 2020

[UPDATE] Highway Department Now Bracing for Up to 12 Inches of Snow Friday, Saturday

Anyone who has been following the weather forecasts
are likely aware that a significant snow event is going to hit Minnesota Friday.The National Weather Service is now projecting 8-12 inches of snow for the majority
of the state. The path of the storm...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 13, 2020

Early Voting for Presidential Nomination Primary Opens Friday

Beginning Friday, Jan. 17, those wishing to cast their
votes early for the Presidential Nomination Primary (PNP) to be conducted March3 can do so at the Auditor/Treasurer’s Office on the second floor of the Wright
County Government Center in...

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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 14, 2020

Road Conditions Expected to Go From Bad to Worse As Storms Roll Through

Those who were out on the roads early Tuesday can
already attest that Minnesota weather in January can bring a mixed bag of problems,ranging from snow to rain to ice to wind to cold.

Before the week is out, Wright County drivers could be
dealing with a...

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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

Husom Named County Board Chair for 2020

The Wright County Board of Commissioners held its annual board reorganization to start its Jan. 7 meeting, unanimously voting District 1 Commissioner Christine Husom as the board chair for 2020 and District 4 Commissioner Mike Potter as the vice chair for...

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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 13, 2020

County and Court Offices Closed in Observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Jan. 20, 2020

County and Court offices will reopen on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 8:00 A.M.

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 3, 2020

County Board to Select New Chairperson, Make Committee/Advisory Board Assignments Jan. 7

The Wright County Board of Commissioners will conduct one of its most important meetings of the year Tuesday, Jan. 7. Even though it only lasts a few minutes, the decisions made at the beginning of the first meeting of each year are ones that will have a ...

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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

Ney Park to Open Weekends for Snoeshoeing, Cross Country Skiing Starting Saturday

For those who have made New Year’s resolutions to lose
weight or exercise more, beginning this weekend, they can enjoy outdooractivities at Ney Regional Park in Maple Lake.

The Wright County Parks & Recreation Department announced
that st...

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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

[UPDATE]: County's Tobacco 21 Ordinance Rendered Moot By Federal Law's Immediate Enaction

Wednesday was going to be the start of Wright County’s stand-alone Tobacco 21 policy, which would have raised the legal age to purchase or use tobacco and e-cigarette products from 18 years of age to 21. But, a change in the federal policy regarding the l...

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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 26, 2019

County and Other Organizations Seeking To Identify Homeless Residents For Annual Count

Throughout the country, the growing rate of homelessness has been an issue that is impacting more individuals and families all the time.

With 2020 being a census year where all populations are counted, an effort is being made to accurately track how many p...

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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 26, 2019

Ney Park To Offer Ski, Snowshoe Rental in January

With the holiday season winding down, next up for many
people will be the annual New Year’s resolutions, which often include vowing tolose weight gained over the holidays.

The Wright County Parks & Recreation Department
can help those mak...

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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 19, 2019

County Receives $227,000 Allocation To Combat Aquatic Invasive Species

Although Wright County no longer has a regional boat
inspection program to combat Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS), it doesn’t meanthe county won’t have a big presence over the summer months.

This week, Wright County received $227,249 ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 19, 2019

Health & Human Services Has Urgent Need For Volunteer Drivers

This time of the year is known as the season of giving
and Wright County Health & Human Services (HHS) is looking for area residentsto give of their time to help fellow residents in need.

HHS has an urgent need for drivers in its Volunteer
Transpor...

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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 17, 2019

CSAH 17 in Delano to Re-Open to Traffic Friday

The flood wall project along County Highway 17 in the City of Delano north of the U.S. Highway 12 overpass is in its final stages and the Wright County Highway Department announced Tuesday that the road will re-open on Friday, Dec. 20, by the end of the w...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 16, 2019

Parks Open for Winter Recreation Programs

While much of the activity in the Wright County parks
system comes during the peak summer months, there are several parks open towinter recreational activities. These include cross country skiing, winter
walking trails, snowshoeing, sledding, dog sled...

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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

Notice Given for Two Special Elections for District 30A House Seat

Notice was given Friday that two special elections will be held to fill the vacant State House of Representatives seat for District 30A in Sherburne and Wright counties. The majority of District 30A is located in Sherburne County. The only portion of Wrig...

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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 11, 2019

Wright County Parks & Rec Taking Winter Program Reservations

The Wright County Parks & Recreation Department is
preparing for a busy start to the new year as it will be opening Robert Ney RegionalPark and Nature Center in Maple Lake on weekends starting Jan. 4 for a series
of events that run through March.

O...

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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: December 6, 2019

Several Elections Coming in 2020

As the days tick down to close out 2019, the Wright
County Auditor/Treasurer’s Office is preparing for what is going to be one ofthe busiest election cycles the county has ever experienced.

The department will oversee six different elections &...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 5, 2019

Filing Period Opens for House District 30A Vacancy

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has issued a Writ of Special Election to fill a vacancy in the Minnesota House of Representatives District 30A caused by the resignation of Rep. Nick Zerwas. House District 30A represents portions of Wright and Sherburne counties.

T...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 3, 2019

Election Judges Needed!

Attention Wright County residents!  Election Judges are needed to help administer elections in Wright County!  Election Judges are temporary, paid employees trained to handle all aspects of voting at the polling place on election day. Be...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 3, 2019

County Fair to Be Free For Kids in 2020

The 150th anniversary of the Wright County
Fair is still eight months away (July 22-26, 2020), but the preparation isalready taking place and the Wright County Fair Board made a decision Monday
night that will be good news for young people attending t...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 25, 2019

Wright County Compost & Recycling Facility - On-line Appointment Scheduling

Wright County residents can now schedule their own appointments to drop off materials by using the On-line Scheduling area on the Compost & Recycling Facility webpage, instead of calling for an appointment.  With a little typing and a couple ...

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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: October 2, 2019

Wright County Parks & Recreation Winter Programs

The Wright County Parks Department is now taking registration for our Winter programs! Don't miss any of these opportunities to visit Robert Ney Memorial Park Reserve this winter. We have programs ranging from Dog Sledding to Buckthorn Hiking Sticks with ...

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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