News Flash

Posted on: December 2, 2022

Sheriff Oversees Swearing-In Ceremony of 37 New Employees

Yesterday afternoon (Dec. 1), the Wright County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) conducted a swearing-in ceremony for 37 new employees – including the presentation of Challenge Coins and certificates by the WCSO Command Staff and the pinning of...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 1, 2022

CP Holiday Train to Make Stops in Buffalo and Annandale

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train is making its 24th annual run through the northern United States and Canada and, again this year, there will be three stops in and near Wright County Wednesday, Dec. 14.

The first area stop will be in Loretto at the railw...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 1, 2022

Wright County in Wind Advisory Friday into Saturday

The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory to be in effect from 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 to 3 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. Winds are expected out of the northwest with steady winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour with gusts up to 50 mph expected. A total o...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 30, 2022

DEED Offering Automation Loans/Grants to Small Businesses

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has announced a new program to support automation for manufacturers as part of the $97 million State Small Business Credit Initiative.

Loans of up to $500,000 are available for manufact...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 28, 2022

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of Nov. 21-27. The full report can be seen here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3678

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 23, 2022

All State Parks Offering Free Admission Friday

For those who will be around this weekend regardless of where you are in Minnesota, all Minnesota state parks will have free admission. Whether it’s going to a state park you are very familiar with or a park you’ve never been to, it&am...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 23, 2022

County Offices Closed Thursday and Friday

All Wright County offices and facilities will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 24-25 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. All offices and facilities will re-open at 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 28.

Wright County News
Posted on: November 23, 2022

Assessor's Office Announces Important Homestead Notification

The Wright County Assessor’s Office has released a statement regarding those who purchased or moved into homes during 2022 dealing with filing a homestead application. This application is due by Dec. 31 and will impact property taxes and eligibi...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 22, 2022

License Center to Conduct REAL ID Information Session

The Wright County License Center will be hosting a REAL ID information session from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29 at Room 1103 of the Wright County Government Center (3650 Braddock Ave. NE, Buffalo).

REAL ID has been delayed from implementation several t...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 21, 2022

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of 14-20. The full report can be seen here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3671

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 18, 2022

License Center Taking Walk-Ins for Class D Written Tests Tuesday

A Message from the Wright County License Center:

The License Center is an approved third-party proctor for the Class D Written Knowledge Exam.  The License Center offers this service by appointment on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Since our o...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 18, 2022

Public Health Conducting Flu Shot Clinics

Due to the sharp increase in flu cases reported throughout Minnesota, Wright County Public Health will be conducting two flu clinics at the Wright County Government Center. They will be from noon to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28 and 8:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday,...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 18, 2022

DPS Promoting Winter Weather Awareness Week

This week is Winter Weather Awareness Week in Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety has tips for staying safe and preparing for the worst winter has to throw at us. To learn more about winter storms, outdoor winter safety, winter fire sa...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 17, 2022

Department of Revenue Announces Valuation Changes for Townships

A Message from the Wright County Assessor’s Office:

This is to inform Wright County township property owners that the Minnesota Department of Revenue has implemented State Board Orders for the 2022 assessment of property values payable in 2023 fo...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 14, 2022

Three Women Commissioners Make Wright County History

Change is inevitable and at times it can be historic.

On Nov. 8, voters in Wright County elected three new county commissioners – all of them women. In the 167-year history of Wright County, it marked the first time that the majority of commissio...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 14, 2022

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of Nov. 7-13. The full report can be seen here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3661

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 14, 2022

CSAH 37 Project Open to Traffic Between CSAHs 18/19

A Message from the Wright County Highway Department:

The County Highway 37 improvement project in Albertville/Otsego has been substantially completed and was opened to traffic on Friday, November 11.

The County Highway 37 project (between CSAH 19 and CSAH 1...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 10, 2022

Wright County Offices, Facilities Closed Friday

All Wright County offices and facilities will be closed Friday, Nov. 11 in observance of the Veterans Day holiday. All offices and facilities will reopen at 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 14.

Wright County News
Posted on: November 10, 2022

Virtual Tour Available of Wright County Law Library

The Wright Law Library provides residents with public information, local ordinances, state statutes, public forms and other legal resources. It is located on the ground floor of the Wright County Justice Center (3700 Braddock Ave. NE, Buffalo). To see a v...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 10, 2022

Drought Worsening in Minnesota

Hopefully the rain of the last couple days and more expected today and tomorrow will make a dent in the drought that has gripped all of Wright County – some areas worse than others – but the latest data from the U.S. Drought Monitor sh...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 9, 2022

County Makes History Electing Three Women to County Board

At the first meeting of the Wright County Board of Commissioners in 2023, there will be three new county commissioners sworn into office as Tuesday’s election witnessed three close, contested election.

It should be noted that election results are...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 8, 2022

County Will Post Election Results As Vote Totals Are Finalized

It’s Election Day in the United States and there are five county-level races in Wright County. Sheriff Sean Deringer and County Attorney Brian Lutes are running unopposed in their bids for a second term. Three county commissioner races are also ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 7, 2022

License Center Offering Class D Written Knowledge Exams

A Message from the Wright County License Center:

The License Center is an approved Third-Party Proctor for the Class D Written Knowledge Exam. We released additional appointments this week for Wednesday, November 9 and Thursday, November 10 at 10 a.m. and ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 7, 2022

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of Oct. 31-Nov. 6. The full report can be seen here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3648

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 7, 2022

Voters Guide for Tuesday's General Election

Wright County Voter Guide

Tomorrow (Tuesday, Nov. 8) is Election Day.  Polls will open across Wright County at 7:00 a.m. and will remain open until 8:00 p.m.  Below are some helpful tools to help you prepare to vote on election day.

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 7, 2022

CSAH 19 Construction in St. Michael Completed

The road closure (and detour route) for County Highway 19 in Saint Michael was removed on Monday, Oct. 24. 

This segment of CSAH 19 had been closed and detoured since July 25, 2022, while Wright County and the City of St. Michael completed waterma...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 4, 2022

Operation Green Light to Honor Veterans Nov. 7-13

Those driving past the Wright County government campus next week along Hwy. 25 after dark will notice a change next week – the Government Center and Justice Center will be illuminated green.

The National Association of Counties and National Assoc...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 4, 2022

Community Dental Doing Brisk Business in Buffalo

When Community Dental was announced to be opening a clinic in Wright County on the ground floor of the Wright County Government Center to help the underserved people of the region, the hope was to have the clinic extensively used. In the first month of op...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 3, 2022

Reminder to Turn Back Clocks Saturday Night

A reminder to set your clocks back an hour before you go to bed Saturday night, because it may be the last time you ever have to do it.

In March 2022, the U.S. Senate passed the Sunshine Protection Act, which would end the process of turning clocks forward...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 2, 2022

Early Vote Center Open Saturday for Those Wishing to Vote Early

The Wright County Early Vote Center will be open Saturday, Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Room 1104 on the first floor of the Wright County Government Center (3650 Braddock Ave. NE, Buffalo) to service voters who wish to cast a ballot for the 2022 State...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 2, 2022

Applications Being Accepted for Planning Commission District 5 Seat

Wright County is seeking interested citizens to submit a letter of interest to be considered for the posting of Wright County Planning Commission Representative (a term running from Jan. 1, 2023 to Dec. 31, 2025) for Commissioner District 5 (Commissioner ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 2, 2022

License Center Opens Additional Appointments for Written Driver's Testing

A Message from the Wright County License Center:

The last two mornings, MNDRIVE, the state software used for processing driver’s license transactions, motor vehicle transactions and written driver’s testing, went down statewide. Yesterd...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 31, 2022

Safe Communities of Wright County Offering Halloween Safety Tips

A Message from Safe Communities of Wright County:

Halloween is an exciting time for kids and for adults as well. We need to all do our part to make Halloween events are fun and safe.

Drivers can do their part to help protect trick-or-treaters by following t...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 31, 2022

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of Oct. 24-30. The full report can be seen here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3636

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 28, 2022

Residents Advised About Fire Dangers with Ongoing Drought

Those who will be outdoors this weekend are being cautioned to take additional care if they’re going to have bonfires. All of Wright County remains in significant drought conditions due to the driest September on record.

All of Wright County rema...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 28, 2022

Ribbon Cutting for Highway 12 Safety Improvements Coming Monday

At 11 a.m. Monday, October 31, the Highway 12 Safety Coalition chair Chief Gary Kroells will be holding press conference/ribbon cutting celebration recognizing the completion of two years of highway construction safety improvements which have included two...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 27, 2022

Wright County Elections Are Accessible to Those with Voting Challenges

A Message from Wright County Elections staff:

Wright County Elections are Accessible

In Wright County it is our goal to ensure that all eligible voters can cast their ballots securely and independently. To that end, we offer several services that make votin...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 26, 2022

Highway Department Wins Award for CSAH 14 Project

The Wright County Highway Department has been announced as the winner in a statewide evaluation of road projects. The award is given by the Minnesota Department of Transportation in cooperation with the Minnesota Asphalt Pavement Association. The project ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 25, 2022

Bertram Boo-tacular Coming Saturday

A reminder for families wanting to get out for a Halloween party that Bertram Chain of Lakes Park in Monticello will be hosting its Bertram Boo-tacular event from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29.

There will be approximately 15-20 vendors on hand in a tr...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 25, 2022

Absentee Voting Information Available

The 2022 general elections are two weeks from today (Tuesday, Nov. 8), but those looking to avoid the line can vote absentee up until the day before Election Day.

Here are some tips on commonly asked questions about the 2022 elections that you should know,...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 24, 2022

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of Oct. 17-23. The full report can be seen here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3628

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 20, 2022

Co. Rd. 107 to Re-Open Friday

At 9 a.m. Friday, October 21, the Wright County Highway Department will open County Road 107 to traffic. The section was closed for a culvert replacement project. The location is 350 feet West of County Highway 8 on County Road 107 in Marysville Township....

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 18, 2022

Hunters Get Fast Pass to Purchase Hunting Licenses

A Message from the Wright County License Center: All customers purchasing a hunting license will be “fast passed” at our service counter starting Monday, Oct. 17 through Friday, Nov. 4 in preparation for the opening of firearm...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 17, 2022

HHS Thanks Wright-Hennepin Co-op for Donation

A Message from Wright County Health and Human Services:

Wright County Health and Human Services recently received $2500 from Wright Hennepin’s Operation Round Up.  

 The Special Needs Fund helps fulfill the needs of individuals a...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 17, 2022

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of Oct. 10-16. The full report can be seen here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3622

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 14, 2022

DNR Addresses Drought in Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has addressed the second straight year of significant drought in the state. While 2021 was a record-setting drought, the follow up drought of 2022, which included the driest September in Minnesota history, has...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 14, 2022

License Center Has Driver's Manuals for Sale

A Message from the Wright County License Center: 

It’s been more than 10 years since the State of Minnesota stopped printing Driver’s Manuals for the public. Our customers frequently ask if we have any manuals available for stu...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 7, 2022

Section of County Road 107 to Close Oct. 17

A Message from the Wright County Highway Department:

Beginning on Monday, October 17, the Wright County Highway Department will be closing a section of County Road 107 for a culvert replacement project. The location is 350 feet West of County Highway 8 on ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 13, 2022

Suicide Prevention Training Course Coming Monday

Wright County Health & Human Services will be offering QPR Suicide Prevention Training from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17 in Room 1103 of the Wright County Government Cenyter (3650 Braddock Ave. NE, Buffalo). QPR stands for “Question, ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 13, 2022

MnROAD Back Up and Running on I-94

After being shut down for a couple of years during the COVID period, a staple of I-94 traffic is back – the MnROAD testing facility.

Westbound traffic on I-94 between Albertville and Monticello has shifted to the two MnROAD lanes, which tests dif...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 12, 2022

WCFLO Looking for Nominations for Needy Families at the Holidays

Wright County Frontline Outreach, a non-profit consisting of first responders, will be hosting its Second Annual Christmas Giving program. Thee WCFLO is taking nominations for families that are struggling and could use some help this holiday season. The d...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 11, 2022

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The purpose of the month is to better understand the warning signs of breast cancer. This year it has even more significance since many delayed regular breast cancer screenings during COVID in 2020 and 20...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 10, 2022

Disabled Veteran Duck Hunt A Big Success

On Saturday, Oct. 8, Wright County Parks & Recreation hosted its Annual Disabled Veterans Waterfowl Hunt at Robert Ney Regional Park. This would have been the 11th year for the event if it had not been cancelled in 2020 due to COVID restrictions and t...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 10, 2022

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of Oct. 3-9. The full report can be seen here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3612

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 7, 2022

Zebra Mussels Confirmed in Buffalo Lake

On Thursday, Oct. 6, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources confirmed the presence of the invasive aquatic species zebra mussels in Buffalo Lake. The DNR was contacted by a lakeshore owner who observed zebra mussels and a search conducted found you...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 7, 2022

Second Half Property Taxes Due By Monday, Oct. 17

A Message from Wright County Taxpayer Services:

Wright County Taxpayer Services would like to remind all property owners that second half property taxes for most properties are due Monday, October 17, 2022.

Payments can be mailed to:  Wright County...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 6, 2022

Drought Worsening in Minnesota

Coming off the driest September in Minnesota history in many parts of the state, a significant change has taken place in the weekly U.S. Drought Monitor.

In the span of a week, the majority of the Twin Cities metro area was reclassified to Extreme Drought ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 5, 2022

Senior Linkage Line to Open for Medicare Open Enrollment

The Minnesota Senior Linkage Line is conducting its Medicare Open Enrollment starting Saturday, Oct. 16 and running through Wednesday, Dec. 7. Even if you are happy with your Medicare plan, it’s important to review your plan every year to make s...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 4, 2022

Eastbound I-94 to Close from 7 p.m. Wednesday to 3 a.m. Thursday

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced that there will be a short-term full closure of eastbound I-94 at CSAH 19 in Albertville. The closure will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5 and continue through 3 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 6. The closure...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 3, 2022

Compost Center Open Additional Hours to Accept Yard Waste

A Message from the Wright County Compost & Recycling Center:

The Wright County Compost & Recycling Center will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to accept yard waste only (grass clippings, leaves, branches, etc.) now thr...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 3, 2022

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of Sept. 26 to Oct. 2. The full report can be seen here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3602

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 30, 2022

County Road 107/Clementa Avenue Construction Open to Traffic

The Wright County Highway Department closed a section of County Road 107 for a culvert replacement project located 1,000 feet west of Clementa Avenue SW on County Road 107 in Marysville Township. The work has been completed and the road is now open to tra...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 29, 2022

Sheriff's Office Addresses Fatal Accident Monday

A Message from the Wright County Sheriff’s Office:

At 2:33 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, the Wright County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center received a report of a motor vehicle crash at the intersection of County Road 30 SW and Clementa ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 29, 2022

Energy Transition Advisory Committee Seek Public Input on Survey

The Energy Transition Advisory Committee to working on their Energy Transition plan (State Statute 116J.5493) to advise the Governor and Legislature on energy “transition issues, establish transition programs, economic initiatives and transition...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 29, 2022

License Center Offering Class D Written Knowledge Exams

A Message from the Wright County License Center:

The License Center is an approved third-party proctor for the Class D Written Knowledge Exam. We offer this service by appointment only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. No road tests of any type, Commer...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 29, 2022

DNR Looking for Citizen Representatives on Committees

Want to have your voice heard on behalf of those who hunt and fish? The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has openings on several of its advisory groups and is looking for Minnesotans to appoint to advisory boards and committees to add their persp...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 27, 2022

Early Voting for City of Buffalo at the Wright County Government Center

If you vote at a Buffalo city polling place your in-person absentee early vote location is now the Wright County Government Center. Buffalo voters wishing to vote early should visit the Finance and Taxpayer Services counter at the Wright County Government...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 27, 2022

Hennepin County Doing Bridge Maintenance on CSAH 19 in Hanover

Hennepin County will be starting the second phase of bridge maintenance on County Highway 19 over the Crow River in the City of Hanover beginning Tuesday, October 4. The work will be completed under traffic but expect delays and watch for lane sh...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 27, 2022

MnDOT Provides Update on I-94 Construction

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced that there will be nighttime lane closure at the intersection of I-94 and Hwy. 25 in Monticello beginning today (Sept. 27) and running through Friday, Oct. 7.

The nighttime closures will be in place ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 26, 2022

Deadline for REAL ID Coming in May 2023

May 3, 2023 is still more than seven months away, but that is the deadline for people to get REAL ID – an identity card/driver’s license that will be required to fly domestically and enter federal facilities after that date.

REAL ID has...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 26, 2022

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of Sept. 19-25. The full report can be seen here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3588

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 23, 2022

WCCA Energy Assistance Program Opens Oct. 1

Wright County Community Action (WCCA) will be opening its 2022-23 Winter Energy Assistance Program, which is designed to assist income-eligible households with their energy costs during the winter months, starting Saturday, Oct.1.

Applications are availabl...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 23, 2022

County Growth Continues at Rapid Pace

Wright County has been growing a high rate for the last four decades and, from the looks of things, not only is it not slowing down, it’s speeding up.

In between Census periods, the official population totals for states, counties, cities and town...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 23, 2022

Parks & Rec Announces Fall Activity Schedule

The Wright County Parks and Recreation Department is offering several youth programs this fall season, including the Little Naturalist for ages 1-5 with an adult and Nature & Learn program for children 6-13.

The Little Naturalist program will have thre...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 22, 2022

Drought Monitor Shows Expansion of Extreme Drought Into Wright County

The U.S Drought Monitor has released its weekly drought map of Minnesota and the expansion of the Severe Drought designation continues.

Wright County has three separate drought designations. The northern two thirds of the county is in the Abnormally Dry de...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 21, 2022

Day Use at Schroeder Park Closed Thursday

The day use area parking lot in Schroeder Park (northeast of Annandale in Corinna Township) will be closed Thursday, Sept. 22 for repairs to a water line inside the park. The parking area is expected to re-open Friday, Sept. 23. 

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 21, 2022

988 Line Available for Those in Mental Health Crisis

A reminder that the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is now 988. The new, shorter phone number will make it easier for people to remember and access mental health crisis services. Please not that the previous Lifeline phone number (800-273-TALK) will ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 20, 2022

County Board Approves Draft Levy Increase of 3.89 Percent

At its Sept. 20 meeting, the Wright County Board of Commissioners adopted its 2023 draft budget and certified levy with an increase in the levy of 3.89 percent – one of the lowest levy increases in the last decade. It was a difficult process to ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 20, 2022

Absentee Balloting Opens Friday for Nov. 8 Elections

Friday, Sept. 23 will be the first day of the 46-day absentee voting period. Eligible Wright County voters will be able to begin casting their ballots for the 2022 general election. Voters may request an absentee ballot by requesting one online or by cont...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 19, 2022

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of Sept. 12-18. The full report can be seen here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3576

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 16, 2022

Wright County's Population Continues to Grow at Rapid Pace

In the years between Census periods, official population numbers are determined by the State Demographer and become the official population statistics used in determining funding based on population.

Wright County’s continued growth is reflected ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 16, 2022

CSAH 37/18 Project, Closures/Detours Begin Monday

A Message from the Wright County Highway Department:

The County Highway 37 project is moving to the final stage of construction. The final stage involves the construction of a roundabout at County Highway 18 and County Highway 37. A revised detour route wi...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 16, 2022

Co. RD 107 to Close Sept. 26 for Culvert Replacement

A Message from the Wright County Highway Department:

Beginning on Monday, September 26, the Wright County Highway Department will be closing a section of County Road 107 for a culvert replacement project. The location is 1,000 feet West of Clementa Avenue ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 16, 2022

County Has Job Openings Available

Wright County currently has employment opportunities in several different positions, including a public health nurse, a property tax administrator, an elections training and equipment coordinator, a highway maintenance worker/sign technician, a deputy cou...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 15, 2022

Public Notice on Crawford Lake Improvement District

A Message from Wright County Administration:

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the Wright County Board of Commissioners (County Board), at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 4, 2022 will hold a public hearing on the establishment of a lake improvement district for Craw...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 15, 2022

Highway 55 Closed Between South Haven and Kimball

Highway 55 has closed and a detour is in place between Kimball and South Haven. The closure began Monday, Sept. 12. 

The closure in necessary to allow the city of South Haven to complete underground utility work on Highway 55 as part of a larger c...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 14, 2022

Sheriff's Office to Host Youth ATV Safety Field Day

The Wright County Sheriff's Office will be hosting ATV youth safety field day classes on Sunday, October 9 for youth ages 11-15. There will be a morning class from 8 a.m. to noon and an afternoon class from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. These are two separate...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 14, 2022

Dental Clinic to Have Ribbon Cutting Friday, Open Monday

Community Dental Care and Wright County, along with funders and community leaders, celebrate the opening of a new dental clinic with a ribbon cutting from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Wright County Government Center at 3650 Braddock Ave NE, #200, Bu...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 13, 2022

Trail in Ney Park Closed for Two Weeks

A Message from Wright County Parks & Recreation:

Starting today (Tuesday, Sept. 13), the Silver Creek Trail at Robert Ney Regional Park will be closed for construction. At this time, it is expected to be closed for two weeks.

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 13, 2022

CSAH 35/ CR 117 Intersection to Get 4-Way Stop Signs

A Message from the Wright County Highway Department:

The Wright County Highway Department would like to inform the public of the following highway work at the intersection of County Highway 35 and County Road 117 (Edmonson Ave. NE) in Buffalo Township.

The ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 26, 2022

Culvert Replacement Project on CSAH 8 Starts Sep. 12

A Message from the Wright County Highway Department: 

Beginning on Monday, September 12th, 2022, the Wright County Highway Department will be closing a section of County Highway 8 for a culvert replacement project. The location is 1,500 feet south...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 12, 2022

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of Sept. 5-11. The full report can be seen here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3560

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 9, 2022

License Center Has Deer Licenses for 2022 Hunting Seasons Available

A Message from the Wright County License Center:

A reminder that deer hunting licenses can be purchased in person using the indoor service counter at the Wright County License Center (3650 Braddock Ave. NE, Buffalo) or by using the drive-thru window. All f...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 9, 2022

Fair Board Has Openings for Multiple Seats

The Wright County Fair Board currently has open seats in four of its five zones. If you have an interest in the operations of the Wright County Fair and would like to run for a seat on the Fair Board, you should be able to meet the following expectations ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 9, 2022

Explore Minnesota Offering Weekly Fall Color Updates

With Labor Day behind us, many are preparing for the change of color on leaves throughout the state. Explore Minnesota presents weekly Fall Color Reports, letting people know where the leave at or nearing their peak – which can be weeks apart in...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 8, 2022

Public Health Offering Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters

Wright County Public Health is taking appointments to schedule a Moderna Bivalent COVID-19 booster vaccine for those interested on Monday, Sept. 12, Tuesday, Sept. 20, Thursday, Sept. 22 and Wednesday, Sept. 28 at the Wright County Government Center, 3650...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 6, 2022

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity for the period of Aug. 29-Sept. 4. The full report can be seen here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3554

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 2, 2022

Road Work on Highway 12 Ramps Up in Mid-September

Roadwork has begun on Highway 12 between Howard Lake, Waverly and Montrose. Work will ramp up in mid-September as crews mill and pave a new layer of asphalt or resurface. Drivers will encounter some delays and periodic stops as traffic will be reduced to ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 2, 2022

Offices Closed Monday, Sept. 5

All Wright County offices and a facilities will be closed Monday, Sept. 5 in observance of the Labor Day holiday. All offices and facilities will reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6

Wright County News
Posted on: August 31, 2022

I-94 Project from Monticello to Clearwater Update

It would appear our long regional nightmare will be over by a week from Friday…at least for those driving on I-94 in the section between Monticello and Clearwater.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced that following Labor Day...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 30, 2022

CSAH 30 to Reopen to Traffic Wednesday

A Message from the Wright County Highway Department:

As of 8 a.m. Wednesday, August 31, the Wright County Highway Department will have completed work on the section of County Highway 30 that was closed for a roadbed stabilization project, and the road will...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 29, 2022

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of Aug. 22-28. The full report can be seen here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3546

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 26, 2022

Otsego Park Playground Closed Today

The Wright County Parks Department has announced that the playground at Otsego Park is closed today for some maintenance updates. This will only be a one-day closure and the playground will reopen Saturday, Aug. 27.

Wright County News
Posted on: August 23, 2022

DNR State Fair Fish Cam Has Gone Live

Work got you stressed out? In-laws in town for visit? Kids driving you nuts? If you need something to take your mind off it, check out the Fish Cam at the Minnesota State Fair.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has stocked 40 different species ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 22, 2022

Sheriff's Office Provides Update on Clearwater Bank Robbery

A Message from the Wright County Sheriff’s Office:

At approximately 1:44 p.m. today (Monday, Aug. 22),Wright County Communication center received a call reporting a robbery at the American Heritage Bank in the City of Clearwater. Deputies respond...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 22, 2022

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of Aug. 15-21. The full report can be seen here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3536

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 3, 2022

Portion of CSAH 30 to Close Monday, Aug. 22

A Message from the Wright County Highway Department:

Beginning Monday, Aug. 22, the Wright County Highway Department will be closing a section of CSAH 30 for a roadbed stabilization project. The closure is located at the intersection of CSAH 30 and CSAH 6 ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 19, 2022

HHS Offer Tips on Preparing Kids to Return to School

A Message from Wright County Health & Human Services

August is National Back-to-School Month and here are some tips for a great school year:

  • Get plenty of rest. Roll bedtime back in 15-minute increments for an easier transition. At least a week before s...
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Wright County News
Posted on: August 17, 2022

Finishing Work Taking Place on I-94 Between Monticello and Hasty

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has provided an update on the finishing work on the I-94 project between Monticello and Hasty.

Traffic has been separated off into eastbound and westbound lanes and the Enfield Rest Area on eastbound I-94 is now o...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 16, 2022

Local Heroes Days Coming to Monticello Aug. 18-20

The Second Annual Local Heroes Days will be held from Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 18-20 in Monticello at Open Road RV (formerly Monticello RV Center) located at 3880 Chelsea Road W.

The purpose of Local Heroes Days is to celebrate our local heroes &...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 15, 2022

County to Host Open House for County Buildings Aug. 23

Wright County will be hosting an open house for residents to see the new Government Center as well as other county facilities from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23. The open house will include guided tours of the Government Center, Justice Center, Hig...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 15, 2022

U of M Extension Offering Small Farm Start-Up Workshop

By University of Minnesota Extension

Do you dream of starting or expanding a small farm or buying an acreage? Is it time to take the next step?

The small farm start-up workshop series will provide you with a solid background in all aspects of small farm ope...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 15, 2022

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of Aug. 8-14. To see the full report, click here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3528

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 12, 2022

U of M Extension Offering Master Gardeners Course

By Emily Hansen, University of Minnesota Extension

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 12, 2022

Sheriff's Office Looking for Civilian Dispatchers

A Message from the Wright County Sheriff’s Office:

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office is currently hiring for the position of civilian communications officer (dispatch). If you are looking for an opportunity to work with one of the larg...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 12, 2022

License Center Drive-Thru Window Closed This Afternoon

A Message from the Wright County License Center:

The drive-thru window of the License Center will be closed this afternoon (Friday, Aug. 12). The closure is due to caulking work being done on the windows. Those needing transactions at the License Center ca...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 12, 2022

Wright County Remains in Moderate Drought

Hopefully this morning’s rain will knock a dent in it, but Wright County remains in Moderate Drought status according to the weekly U.S. Drought Monitor. All of Wright County remains in Moderate Drought condition, coming on the heels of record-s...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 5, 2022

Virtual Open House Ends Today for CSAH 35 Project

County Highway 35 (Kahl Avenue NE) is an important route that is seeing an influx in traffic volumes related to growth in the area.  The current highway is not designed to handle this growth, which is why the Wright County Highway Department and ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 4, 2022

73rd Street NW in Maple Lake Township to Close Aug. 12

Maple Lake Township will close 73rd Street NW from CSAH 8 to Ferman Avenue on Friday, August 12 to complete a culvert replacement project. A detour will not be posted, please use alternate routes to access Robert Ney Memorial Park. This is expected to be ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 11, 2022

WCEDP to Host Hiring Event

The Wright County Economic Development Partnership, in association with Express Employment Professional, will be hosting its first hiring event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15 in Room 1300 of the Wright County Government Center (3650 Braddock Ave. ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 10, 2022

MnDOT Updates I-94 Project

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has provided an update on the I-94 project between Hasty and Monticello.

Eastbound traffic on I-94 that has been diverted to the westbound lanes since late-April will return to the eastbound lanes starting Saturda...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 10, 2022

Four County Commissioner Candidates Move On with Primary Wins

The field is officially set for the Nov. 8 general election for three Wright County Commissioner openings after Tuesday’s primary run-off in two districts.

In the District 1 primary, Tina Diedrick led the way with 1,054 votes (42.26 percent), but...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 9, 2022

Link for County Commissioner Primary Election Results

Today is Primary Election Day in Minnesota and there are two county elections of significance – county commissioner primaries for Districts 1 and 3. The District 1 seat is currently held by Commissioner Christine Husom. The District 3 seat is cu...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 8, 2022

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of Aug. 1-7. The full report can be seen here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3518

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 8, 2022

Find Your Polling Place for Primary Election Tuesday

Tomorrow (Tuesday, Aug. 9) is primary election day in Minnesota. For those who aren’t sure of their polling place, there are a couple of links that can help you out.

A full list of polling places can be found here https://www.co.wright.mn.us/Docu...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 7, 2022

Officer-Involved Shooting in Otsego

A statement from the Wright County Sheriff’s Office

At approximately 12:52 a.m. today (Aug. 7), deputies from the Wright County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 12000 block of 72nd Court NE in the City of Otsego. Reports indicated a ma...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 5, 2022

Early Voting Center Open Saturday and Monday

The Wright County Early Vote Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6 for to service voters who wish to cast a ballot for the 2022 State Primary Elections. Eligible voters will be able to vote absentee in-person and they will insert the...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 4, 2022

I-94 Project from Monticello to Hasty Update

After four years, we can finally see the finish line of the I-94 project between Clearwater and Maple Grove.

This afternoon (Aug. 4), the I-94 Monticello to Clearwater Maintenance of Traffic Task Force met and announced the timeline for concluding construc...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 4, 2022

All of Wright County in Moderate Drought Conditions

For the first time in 2022, Wright County has been downgraded to Moderate Drought from the Abnormally Dry category in the latest update from the U.S. Drought Monitor released today (Aug. 4). The drought in central and south central Minnesota has expanded ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 2, 2022

Sample Ballot of Aug. 9 Primary Election Available for Viewing

A Message from Wright County Elections:

Wright County Elections has released sample ballot for the primary elections Tuesday, Aug. 9. The ballot includes state and local elections that are taking place, including two county commissioner primary.

In District...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 2, 2022

National Night Out is Tonight

Wright County residents can expect to see a lot of Wright County Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies on the streets tonight. I won’t be because of anything crime related, but because Aug. 2, 2022 is National Night Out – a nation...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 1, 2022

Wright County Under a Heat Advisory Tuesday

The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for Tuesday when dangerously high heat indices for much of the southern half of Minnesota, including Wright County.

Air temperatures are expected to be in the mid-90s in Wright County with a Heat Inde...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 1, 2022

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of July 25-31. The full report can be seen here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3501

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 29, 2022

HHS Hosting Foster Parenting Orientation Monday, Aug. 1

Wright County Health & Human Services will be hosting a foster parent orientation session from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1 at the Wright County Government Center (3650 Braddock Ave. NE, Room 1150, Buffalo). The county has a significant need for lo...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 29, 2022

License Center Taking Appointments for Written Driver's Testing

A message from the Wright County License Center:

The License Center is an approved Third-Party Proctor for the Class D Written Knowledge Exam. We currently offer this service by appointment only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. We have six computers a...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 29, 2022

Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall in Winsted

The traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall is making a stop in Winsted this week. The exhibit, entitled “The Wall That Heals,” is a three-quarter sized replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall located in the Constitution G...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 29, 2022

Zebra Mussels Confirmed in Limestone Lake

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the presence of zebra mussels in Limestone Lake near Clearwater. To see the DNR’s release about the issue, click here: https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/news/2022/07/28/zebra-mussels-confirme...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 20, 2022

Public Accuracy Test of Voting Equipment Coming Aug. 1

A Message from Wright County Elections:

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Public Accuracy Test of the DS450 central count, DS200 ballot tabulator and the OmniBallot assistive voting device for absentee and mail ballot precincts, to be used for the August 9, ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 29, 2022

Drought Monitor Shows Wright County In Need of More Rain

The U.S. Drought Monitor has released its weekly report on drought conditions. Wright County remains in the “Abnormally Dry” designation with the very southern portion of the county in the “Moderate Drought” categor...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 27, 2022

Artwork from Renowned Artist Now In New Government Center

Tens of thousands of people have made their way through the Wright County Government Center over the last 60 years and may have no idea that an iconic sculpture from one of Minnesota’s most renowned artists that is part of Wright’s Cou...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 27, 2022

CSAH 32 to Close Thursday for Railroad Track Repair

A Message from the Wright County Highway Department:

The Wright County Highway Department has been informed that Canadian Pacific Railroad will close County Highway 32 at the railroad crossing west of Highway 55 in Rockford Township, Thursday, Jul...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 26, 2022

CSAH 35 Construction Open House Wednesday in St. Michael

An open house dealing with the construction on CSAH 35 (Kahl Avenue NE) in St. Michael will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 27 at St. Michael City Hall (11800 Town Center Drive). The project is a collaboration between the Wright County Hi...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 20, 2022

Recorder's Office Closed for a Portion of Tuesday, July 26

The Wright County Recorder’s Office will be closed from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today (Tuesday, July 26). During this period the Public Records Room will be closed and the closure will impact the following services: recording, birth and death ce...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 26, 2022

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of July 18-24. The full report can be seen here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3490

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 22, 2022

Parks & Rec Hosting Disabled Vet Waterfowl Hunt Oct. 8

Wright County Parks & Recreation will be conducting its Ninth Annual Disabled Veterans Waterfowl Hunt the morning of Saturday, Oct. 8 at Robert Ney Memorial Park Reserve followed by a luncheon, dog demonstration and trap shoot hosted by the Hasty-Silv...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 22, 2022

County Conducting Online Auction for Compost Facility Items

Periodically, Wright County puts used and expired materials up for auction. These items range from electronics to furniture to scrap metal. In a recent cleanup of the Wright County Compost and Recycling Center, several items were put up for auction with a...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 22, 2022

Sheriff's Office: Woman Severely Injured in Train/Pedestrian Incident

A Message from the Wright County Sheriff’s Office:

At approximately 2:07 a.m. this morning (Friday, July 22) deputies responded to the area of 4th Street South and Franklin Avenue East in the City of Delano for a report of an injured adult female...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 20, 2022

Friday is the Deadline to Apply for Frontline Worker Pay

The State of Minnesota’s Frontline Worker Pay Program portal will close Friday, July 22. The Frontline Worker Pay program, which was approved by the State Legislature this spring, is intended for people who had to work during the time of the ons...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 21, 2022

Skip the Line With License Center Drop Box

A Message from the Wright County License Center:

Customers can continue to “skip the line” and utilize our exterior Drop Box located near the Northwest corner of the Government Center building (3650 Braddock Ave. NE, north of Buffalo). ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 6, 2022

Daily Schedule of Events for 2022 Wright County Fair

The 151st Wright County Fair begins tomorrow (Wednesday, July 20) and runs through Sunday, July 24.

Here is the full schedule by time and date.

TUESDAY, JULY 19

Noon-8 p.m. – General exhibit entries (flowers in by 4:30 p.m., judging begins at 5:30 ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 18, 2022

Road, Bridge Projects Coming to St. Michael and Hanover

A Message from the Wright County Highway Department:

There will be multiple construction projects along County Highway 19 and County Highway 22 in both the City of St. Michael and the City of Hanover beginning in mid-July 2022.  

The City of St. Mi...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 18, 2022

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of July 11-17. The full report can be seen here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3477

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 18, 2022

Wright County Under a Heat Advisory This Afternoon

With temperatures expected in the mid- to upper-90s and a heat index of more than 100 degrees for at least the next three days, the National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for much of central Minnesota, including Wright County. Later this afte...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 15, 2022

988 Line Goes Live Saturday for Those in Mental Health Crisis

Starting Saturday, July 16, people facing a mental health crisis can dial 988 to connect to support. The change is part of a nationwide effort to transition the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to a phone number people can more easily remember and acc...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 15, 2022

DPS Advising People to Get REAL ID Before Rush Starts Next Year

May 3, 2023 may still be a long time from now, but the Minnesota Department of Public Safety is reminding residents that May 3, 2023 is the date that REAL ID will take effect. REAL ID began as a requirement from Homeland Security and the 911 Commission th...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 15, 2022

MDH Releases Startling Report on Overdose Deaths

On Thursday (July 14) the Minnesota Department of Health released figures on the increase in overdose deaths in 2021 – an alarming 22 percent increase from 2020 and more than double the numbers of overdose deaths in 2018. There were 1,286 overdo...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 15, 2022

Wright County Remains Unchanged in U.S. Drought Monitor

The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor was released Thursday and, while the vast majority of Minnesota has received enough rain to not be included in the monitor, a small section of east central Minnesota is – including all of Wright County.

A year ago ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 14, 2022

MnDOT Announces Planned Completion Date for I-94 Construction

We are getting closer to the four-year I-94 road construction project between Maple Grove and Clearwater from finally being completed. The last step in the project is completing the three lanes in both directions between Monticello and Hasty. This afterno...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 14, 2022

U of M Extension Has Advice for Getting Rid of Wild Parsnip

By Emily Hanson, University of Minnesota Extension

In the 1990s, the non-native plant, Wild Parsnip was first discovered in Minnesota and landed itself on the Minnesota Noxious Weed List due to its aggressive spread and physical harm to humans. Correctly i...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 13, 2022

County Looking for Individuals to Join Opioid Settlement Advisory Council

As a result of national opioid settlements, Wright County will receive just under $3.8 million to use toward opioid treatment, recovery, and prevention. Wright County is seeking individuals interested and well-suited to serve on the Opioid Settlement Advi...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 13, 2022

FEMA to Conduct Flood Map Information Open House Aug. 2

Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will host a Flood Map Information Open House for com...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 12, 2022

HHS Thanks United Way for Donation

A Message from Wright County Health and Human Services:

Wright County Health and Human Services recently received grant funding from Wright County Area United Way for two different programs:  The 60+ and Healthy Foot Care Clinic ($500) and The Spe...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 12, 2022

Safe Communities Warns About Dangers of Speeding

A Message from Safe Communities of Wright County

As the weather heats up, so do speeds. We all know that traveling faster gives you less time to react to hazards and makes maneuvering more difficult, but did you know that increased speeds create longer sto...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 11, 2022

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report covering the period of July 4-10. The full report can be found here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3465

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 5, 2022

Construction on CSAH 35, Dague Avenue Intersection Begins Monday

The City of Buffalo and Wright County are partnering on an important intersection safety improvement project at the intersection of CSAH 35 and Dague Avenue NE/Bison Boulevard.

The work includes the construction of a roundabout and will require a closure o...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 8, 2022

Foster Care Orientation Coming Monday

A Message from Wright County Health and Human Services:

Wright County Health and Human Services will be conducting a foster care orientation meeting from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, July 11 in Room 1103 of the Wright County Government Center, 3650 Braddock Av...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 8, 2022

Elections Office Providing Tips to Avoid Absentee Ballot Mistakes

A Message from Wright County Elections

Absentee voting for the Tuesday, Aug. 9 primary election is open and can be done two ways – requesting an absentee ballot online (Voter Information Portal (state.mn.us)) or downloading a paper copy and emailing to ele...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 8, 2022

Veteran Service Bonus Application Portal Open

The application period for veteran services bonuses for those who served in the armed forces from Sept. 11, 2001 to Aug. 30, 2021 has opened.

In its 2022 session, the Minnesota Legislature unanimously passed a veterans omnibus bill that included $25 millio...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 7, 2022

Wright County Included in Abnormally Dry by U.S. Drought Monitor

In a year where many portions of Minnesota have been hammered by severe thunderstorms and heavy rainfall, the U.S. Drought Monitor has released its weekly map of Minnesota and a swath of the central and southern portion of the state has been included in t...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 5, 2022

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of June 27-July 3. The full report can be found here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3455

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 1, 2022

County Offices and Facilities Closed Monday

All Wright County offices, departments and facilities will be closed Monday, July 4 in observance of the Independence Day holiday. All offices, departments and facilities will reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday, July 5.

Wright County News
Posted on: July 1, 2022

DNR Cracking Down on Drunk Boating Over Holiday Weekend

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is asking those who will boating over the holiday weekend to select a designated driver for their boat because BWI (Boating While Intoxicated) is a crime that carries many of the same penalties as drivin...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 30, 2022

County Road 119 Construction Largely Completed, Open to Traffic

A Message from the Wright County Highway Department:

The roundabout constructed on County Highway 119 at the intersection of Jansen Avenue is substantially complete and open to traffic.  There will still be work in the area with restoration items ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 29, 2022

HHS Looking for Foster Parents

Wright County Health and Human Services is looking for foster parents because of a significant need for foster parents that can provide the love, attention and guidance these children need. The next orientation session for prospective foster parents is fr...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 28, 2022

Numerous Events Scheduled for 2022 Wright County Fair

The 2022 Wright County Fair is less than a month away – Wednesday, July 20 to Sunday, July 24 – and the fair is gearing up for its 151st annual celebration.

A list of events have been announced. For those looking to save some money, a p...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 28, 2022

Lambert Family Named 2022 Farm Family of the Year

By Adam Austing, University of Minnesota Extension

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 27, 2022

Veterans Service Bonus Program Opens July 7

The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs has a long history of awarding service bonuses to Minnesota veterans who showed the sacrifice and courage to defend our country for more than a century serving in America’s wars.

In 2022, the Minnesota...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 27, 2022

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

In this week’s Wright County Sheriff’s Office Activity Report for the period of June 20-26, (https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3446), the charges against Brandon Gardas, who was involved in a 44-hour standoff with law en...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 24, 2022

Absentee, Early Voting for August Primary Begins Today

A Message from Wright County Elections:

Today (Friday, June 24) is the first day of Minnesota’s 46-day absentee voting period which leads up to the Tuesday, August 9 Primary Election. The Wright County election office and participating cities wil...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 24, 2022

YMCA Camp Manitou Pool and Splash Pad Opens Saturday

A Message from Wright County Parks & Rec:

We are excited to announce that YMCA Day Camp Manitou will be opening the pool and splashpad on weekends starting Saturday, June 25 at Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park.

The hours of operation are noon to 6 p...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 24, 2022

BCA Provides Details on St. Michael Standoff

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has released some details regarding the two-day standoff between law enforcement and Brandon Gardas of St. Michael.

The BCA is reporting that there were exchanges of gunfire during the long standoff including t...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 23, 2022

HHS Looking for Public Input on ARP Allocations

A Message from Wright County Health & Human Services:

The Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (SLFRF), part of the American Rescue Plan Act was passed and became law in March of 2021. The Act provides $350 billion to State, Local, and Trib...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 23, 2022

Sheriff's Office Turns Gardas Case Over to BCA

A 44-hour standoff between law enforcement and 39-year-old Brandon Gardas in St. Michael ended at approximately 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 22 when officers entered the residence where Gardas had barricaded himself.

This confrontation resulted in Gardas bein...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 22, 2022

Sheriff Deringer Makes Statement on St. Michael Incident

A Statement by Wright County Sheriff Sean Deringer from a press conference conducted at 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 22:

“On Tuesday, June 21 at 12:37 a.m., Wright County Deputies were dispatched to a gun complaint on the 500 block of Central Avenue We...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 22, 2022

Sheriff's Office to Hold Press Conference at 4 p.m.

A Message from the Wright County Sheriff’s Office:

The Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a press conference at 4 p.m. today at Gutzwiller Park (10050 45th St. NE in St. Michael) to address the ongoing incident/standoff in St. Michael....

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 22, 2022

EDA Releases Requests for Proposal for Old Government Center Sale

The Wright County Economic Development Authority (EDA) has put out Requests for Proposals (RFP) for the old Wright County Government Center in search of a developer to transform the property in downtown Buffalo for a new use.

EDA Chairman Darek Vetsch said...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 22, 2022

Sheriff's Office Updates Standoff Situation in St. Michael

A Message from the Wright County Sheriff’s Office:

At 12:37 a.m. Tuesday, June 21, Wright County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a gun complaint at 599 Central Ave. W in the City of St. Michael. The reporting party stated a...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 21, 2022

MDA Program Assisting Farmers Hurt by 2021 Drought

Wright County livestock and specialty crop producers can now apply for up to $7,500 per farm in reimbursement for expenses incurred during last year’s intense drought. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s 2021 Agricultural Drought...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 21, 2022

County Board to Approve 2021 Highway Department Annual Report

At today’s (Tuesday, June 21) meeting of the Wright County Board of Commissioners, the 2021 Wright County Highway Department Annual Report will be approved. The 98-page report includes projects completed, projects slated for the future, maintena...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 20, 2022

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of June 13-19. The full report can be found here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3424

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 20, 2022

HHS Office Closed Tuesday

An important notice from Wright County Health & Human Services:

The Wright County Health & Human Services office will be closed Tuesday, June 21 for all-staff training. The hours of the office closure will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 20, 2022

Wright County Under Severe Heat Advisory Until 1 a.m. Tuesday

Wright County will be under a Severe Heat Advisory until 1 a.m. Tuesday. Air temperatures are expected to reach near 100 degrees today with a heat index approaching 105 degrees. Those with health conditions are strongly encouraged to stay indoors today in...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 20, 2022

County Offices Open Today, Federal Offices Closed

A reminder that postal service will not be taking place today as the United States Postal Service and other federal offices are closed in observance of the Juneteenth holiday. State and county offices are open today. Minnesota has yet to observe Juneteent...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 20, 2022

HHS Expresses Thanks for Donation

A Message from Wright County Health & Human Services:

Thank you to the residents of Marysville Township for your generous donation!

The Marysville United Fund which is supported by the residents of Marysville Township in Wright County recently donated $...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 17, 2022

Ulrich Sentenced to Life Without Parole in Allina Shootings

More than 50 onlookers, including victims and family members, packed into a courtroom Thursday afternoon in the Wright County Justice Center to witness the sentencing of Gregory Ulrich – convicted of the shootings and bombing of the Allina Cross...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 17, 2022

MnDOT Warning About Potential for Pavement Buckling

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is warning drivers that the excessive heat this weekend heading into Monday could result in pavement buckling. When temperatures forecast for the high 90s Sunday and potentially hitting 100 degrees Monday, the ch...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 16, 2022

Parental Reminder Concerning Kids at Home Alone Laws

A Message from Wright County Health & Human Services:

Each summer after schools let out, the State of Minnesota reminds parents and caregivers about Minnesota’s Child Supervision Guidelines. The guidelines lay out the amount of time that chil...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 16, 2022

County Has Job Openings Available

Looking for a job with competitive pay and a very strong benefits package? Wright County has job openings that come up on a weekly basis on the county website’s employment page https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/wrightcountymn.

Currently, there are ope...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 15, 2022

Governor Signs Opioid Settlement Bill

Wright County Public Health Director Sarah Grosshuesch was among those in attendance Tuesday when Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz ceremoniously signed a bill that will direct how the state will spend its $303 million opioid lawsuit settlement aimed at funding the...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 14, 2022

Pre-Sale Tickets for 2022 Wright County Fair On Sale Tomorrow

Pre-sale tickets for events at the 2022 Wright County Fair (July 20-24) go on sale at the fair’s website https://www.wrightcountyfair.org/p/tickets at 11 a.m. tomorrow (Wednesday, June, 15). Among the events that tickets go on sale for include w...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 14, 2022

CSAH 12 in Montrose to Close for Construction Monday

A Message from the Wright County Highway Department:

CSAH 12 in Montrose will be closed for construction starting Monday, June 20. The construction is expected to be completed by Friday, July 1. The closure will take place at the intersection of CSAH 12 an...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 14, 2022

Highway 5 in Annandale to Close Today for Railroad Track Repair

On Tuesday, June 14, the Canadian Pacific Railroad will be closing Highway 5 (Excelsior Avenue North), just south of Highway 55 in Annandale for an emergency track repair. Work is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Work is expected to be completed by the end o...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 13, 2022

MnDOT Announces I-94 Lane Closures

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced that there will be short-term lane closures on I-94 on eastbound I-94 between Co. Rd. 8 in Hasty and Hwy. 25 in Monticello. Traffic will be reduced to a single lane at various times for the installa...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 13, 2022

HHS Has Drive-Thru Drop Box

A Message from Wright County Health & Human Services:

Health & Human Services has a drive-up drop box on the west side of the new Government Center parallel to Braddock Ave. NE. HHS clients off their paperwork via the drive-thru lane any time of th...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 13, 2022

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

Wright County Sheriff’s Office Activity Report For Period Ending June 13, 2022

On June 6th, Sara Ann Bassett, 31 of Blaine was arrested in Ramsey County on a Wright County warrant for Theft of a Motor Vehicle.

On June 6th, Devin Michael Dougherty, 33 of Ann...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 13, 2022

Wright County in Heat Advisory Tuesday

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Advisory for the Twin Cities metro area and a Heat Advisory for much of the eastern part of Minnesota for Tuesday, including Wright County. Air temperatures are expected to be in the mid- to high 9...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 10, 2022

Highway Department Starts Preservation Projects June 20

A Message from the Wright County Highway Department:

The Wright County Highway Department has provided an update on the 2022 Pavement Preservation Schedule. The 2022 Pavement Preservation Contract involves the following routes in Wright County:

  • County Highw...
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Wright County News
Posted on: June 10, 2022

Sheriff's Office Hosting Canine Trials June 12-14 in Monticello

The United States Police Canine Association Region 12 will be conducting Patrol Dog Trials June 12-14 at Monticello High School Stadium.

This is a free event open to the public to watch. The event is hosted by the Wright County Sheriff’s Office. ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 10, 2022

Explore Minnesota Highlights Minnesota Vacation Spots

With gas prices soaring and inflation taking too much of our disposable income, many families that typically take a summer vacation to somewhere else in the country or a foreign country are adjusting plans and staying home out of financial necessity.

The M...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 10, 2022

County Has New Assistive Voter Device

A Message from Wright County Elections

Introducing the OmniBallot

The OmniBallot is Wright County’s new assistive voting device. Federal and state law requires that all polling places must have equipment which allows for private and independent vo...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 9, 2022

HomeHelpMN Taking Application to Assist with Overdue Mortgages

Many Minnesotans have been struggling since the COVID-19 pandemic began, falling behind on mortgages that threaten to lose their homes due to nonpayment.

The Minnesota Department of Housing has a program open called HomeHelpMN that can provide assistance t...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 8, 2022

Frontline Worker Pay Applications Open Today

The State of Minnesota opened its portal today (June 8) for the Frontline Work Pay program – intended for those people who had to work during the time of the onset of COVID-19. Among the professionals targeted for Frontline Worker Pay include building ser...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 8, 2022

Sheriff's Office Hosting Open House Friday

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting an open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, June 10 at the Law Enforcement Center (3810 Braddock Ave. NE, Buffalo). There will be K9 demonstrations with Sheriff’s Office K9 officers C...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 7, 2022

County Road 119 in St. Michael to Close Today

The Wright County Highway Department has been informed that the City of St. Michael will close County Highway 119 at the intersection of Jansen Avenue beginning today (Tuesday, June 7) to construct a roundabout. This closure expected to last appr...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 6, 2022

June 10-12 Take A Kid Fishing Weekend

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has announced that Friday, June 10 through Sunday, June 12 is Take a Kid Fishing Weekend.

Under the program, Minnesota residents can fish without licenses as long as they children age 15 or younger with them.

Le...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 6, 2022

License Center Offering Class D Written Knowledge Exams

A Message from the Wright County License Center:

The License Center is an approved Third-Party Proctor for the Class D Written Knowledge Exams only. No road tests of any type, Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) written tests, or the motorcycle per...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 6, 2022

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of May 30-June 5. The full report can be seen here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3395

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 3, 2022

The Turn Announces Graduation Ceremony Set for June 23

The Turn, Wright County Adult Drug Court, is pleased to announce the graduation ceremony for participant Shawn Provost. The ceremony will take place at noon Thursday, June 23 at Sturges Park (401 Lake Boulevard S., Buffalo). The keynote speaker will be Vi...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 3, 2022

Highway Department Sealcoating Begins Monday, June 6

The Wright County Highway Department will begin its annual sealcoating of county highways on Monday, June 6. A total of 26 miles of road will be part of the 2022 schedule, including CSAH 39 between Hwy. 24 and CSAH 8 northeast of Annandale, CSAH 7 between...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 3, 2022

Wright County Master Gardeners Host Plant Sale Saturday

The Wright County Master Gardeners (WCMG) will be hosting its first plant sale from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 4 at the Wright County Extension Office located at 3500 Braddock Ave. NE in Buffalo (the Public Works Building). A wide variety of shade and ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 3, 2022

Kinship Grants Available for Family Members Raising Children

A Message from the Minnesota Department of Human Services:

MDH is offering a one-time grant program through Lutheran Social Services Kinship Navigator, which is open to relatives and kin who are caring for children that came into their care outside of chil...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 3, 2022

Sheriff's Office Hosting Open House June 10

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting an open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, June 10 at the Law Enforcement Center (3810 Braddock Ave. NE, Buffalo).

There will be K9 demonstrations with Sheriff’s Office K9 officers Ch...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 2, 2022

Ulrich Found Guilty on All 11 Charges

A jury in Buffalo deliberated for approximately six hours before returning a guilty verdict against Gregory Ulrich an all 11 charges he faced stemming from the Feb. 9, 2021 shootings and bombing at the Allina Crossroads Clinic in Buffalo.

Ulrich was convic...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 2, 2022

Ulrich Takes Stand, Jury Gets the Case

This afternoon, the case against Gregory Ulrich, who is on trial for the shooting and bombing of the Allina Crossroads Clinic in Buffalo that left medical assistant Lindsay Overbay dead and four others critically injured, went to the jury.

Against the advi...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 1, 2022

June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month

A Message from Wright County Health & Human Services

June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month. This includes those considered Vulnerable Adults. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is Wednesday, June 15, and was launched 2006. Elder abuse is a largely ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 1, 2022

Election Field for 2022 Set

Filing for the 2022 elections closed yesterday (May 31) and several candidates for elected office will be moving on the general election unopposed.

In two of the bigger races on the 2022 ballot, incumbent Sheriff Sean Deringer and County Attorney Brian Lut...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 31, 2022

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of May 23-29. The full report can be seen here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3378

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 31, 2022

Railroad to Close CSAH 6 South of Hwy. 55 Starting June 6

The Wright County Highway Department has been informed that Canadian Pacific Railroad will close County Highway 6 at the railroad crossing south of State Highway 55 in Corinna Township, June 6 to June 9 to complete a track repair. This is expecte...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 31, 2022

County Road 119 in St. Michael to Close June 7

The intersection of County Road 119 and Jansen Avenue in the City of St. Michael will close Tuesday, June 7 for the construction of a new roundabout. The closure is expected to be approximately four weeks dependent on weather. To see a detour map of the p...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 31, 2022

Candidate Filing Ends Today

Candidate filing for the 2022 general election which opened on May 17, 2022 will close at 5 p.m. today (Tuesday, May 31). Wright County Election Staff will be available as required by law until 5 p.m. today to process affidavits of candidacy at the Financ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 31, 2022

Week 2 of Ulrich Trial Gets Underway Today

Week 2 of the Gregory Ulrich trial begins this morning at 9 a.m. Ulrich has been charged with first-degree premeditated murder and four counts of premeditated attempted murder in the Allina Crossroads shooting that left one dead and four injured.

Through f...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 27, 2022

County Offices and Facilities Closed Monday

All Wright County offices and facilities will be closed Monday, May 30 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. All offices and facilities will open at 8 a.m. Tuesday, May 31.

Wright County News
Posted on: May 26, 2022

MnDOT Provides List of Road Construction, Detours for Holiday Weekend

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has released a list of road projects throughout the state that will be ongoing or having detours associated with them during the Memorial Day Weekend. To see the complete list, click here: https://www.dot.state.m...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 25, 2022

Otsego Park Playground Construction Finish Delayed

On Monday, May 2, 2022, the Wright County Parks & Recreation Department started the process of replacing the playground at Otsego County Park. The changes to the playground will include new equipment, safety surfacing, and an expanded play area.

Initia...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 25, 2022

Details on Fatal Accident in Middleville Township Tuesday

A Message from the Wright County Sheriff’s Office:

At approximately 2:55 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24, Wright County deputies responded to a two-vehicle crash on CSAH 6 SW near the intersection of 30th Street SW in Middleville Township. Deputies along...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 24, 2022

MnDOT Issuing Full Summer Overweight Permits

A Message from the Minnesota Department of Transportation

Full-summer overweight permits will start in the Central Zone at 12:01 a.m. Friday, May 27.

Spring load restrictions have ended statewide and full-summer overweight permits have started in the south,...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 23, 2022

MnDOT Suggesting to Download 511mn App Before Weekend Travel

For those who will be driving over Memorial Day weekend – expectations are that holiday weekend traffic will return to pre-pandemic levels this year – the Minnesota Department of Transportation is advising people to visit www.511mn.org...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 23, 2022

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of May 16-22. The full report can be seen here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3365

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 3, 2022

Bertram Chain of Lakes Advisory Council Looking for At-Large Member

The Bertram Chain of Lakes Advisory Council is looking for Wright County residents to apply for a vacant at-large seat currently available on the council. Wright County Parks & Recreation has created a page with links explaining the Advisory Council a...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 5, 2022

Wright County HHS Seeking RFPs to Support Community Wellbeing

A Message from Wright County Health & Human Services

Wright County Health and Human Services Department recognizes that trauma, injustice, health inequities, and other systemic forces create persistent barriers to individual and community wellbeing. In...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 20, 2022

Jury Impaneled in Ulrich Case

The jury has been impaneled in the trial of Gregory Ulrich, who is facing one first-degree premeditated murder charge, four counts of first-degree premeditated attempted murder and numerous other charges stemming from the shooting and bombing at the Allin...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 19, 2022

MnDOT Promotes the Practice of Zipper Merging

With several projects going on throughout the state that are reducing lanes of traffic, the Minnesota Department of Transportation has taken sides on how drivers should merge in traffic – promoting the practice of “zipper merging.&...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 18, 2022

Seven Jurors Seated in Ulrich Trial

Jury selection in the trial of Gregory Ulrich, accused in the Feb. 9, 2021 shooting and bombing of the Allina Crossroads Clinic in Buffalo, enters a third day today (Wednesday, May 18). To date seven jurors have been seated – five on Monday and ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 17, 2022

U of M Extension Offering Youth Tractor and Farm Safety June 14-15

University of Minnesota Extension will be offering a Youth Tractor and Farm Safety Certification at six locations across the state in 2022. The youth tractor and farm safety certification program provides youth 14 years and older the opportunity to learn ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 16, 2022

Zebra Mussels Confirmed in Lake Pulaski

In a statement released today by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the aquatic invasive species zebra mussels have been confirmed in Lake Pulaski north of Buffalo. To see the full DNR release, click here: https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/news/2022...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 16, 2022

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of May 9-15. The full report can be seen here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3357

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 13, 2022

License Center Now Offer Class D Written Driver's Testing

A Message from Wright County License Center:

Starting Monday, May 16, the Wright County License Center (3650 Braddock Ave. NE) will be offering the Class D Written Knowledge Exam. The test is offered electronically only and it can be taken in English or Sp...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 13, 2022

Highway 12 in Montrose Closed for One Week Starting May 16

Highway 12 will be closed for construction starting Monday, May 16 and will be open to traffic by Monday, May 23. The road closure will occur at the intersection of Highway 12 and Center Avenue S. Highway 12 traffic will be detoured south of Montrose util...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 13, 2022

Click It or Ticket Seatbelt Enforcement Campaign Coming

From May 23 to June 5, 2022, state and local law enforcement agencies across the nation are conducting enforcement efforts for motorists who aren’t wearing their seat belts. For this year’s Click It or Ticket seat belt mobilization eff...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 13, 2022

Filing for Elected Offices Opens Tuesday, May 17

A Message from Wright County Elections

Candidate filing for the 2022 general election opens Tuesday, May 17, 2022. Office seekers may file their affidavit of candidacy until May 31. For more information about filing for office in Wright County, please visi...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 13, 2022

Highway Department Announces 2022 Overlay Projects

A Message from the Wright County Highway Department:

The 2022 Maintenance Overlay Program involves the following routes in Wright County: County Road 113 from County Highway 12 to County Road 117 and County Road 104 from State Highway 24 to County Highway ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 13, 2022

First Half Property Taxes Due By Monday, May 16

Wright County Taxpayer Services would like to remind citizens that first Half Property Taxes are due on or before May 16, 2022. Wright County Taxpayers can pay their property taxes in several ways.

In Person: Our office is located at the new Government Cen...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 12, 2022

Jury Selection in Ulrich Trial Begins Today

Jury selection in the trial of Gregory Ulrich begins today at the Wright County Justice Center. Ulrich is charged in the Feb. 9, 2021 shooting and bombing of the Allina Crossroads Clinic in Buffalo that left one person dead and three critically injured. H...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 11, 2022

Highway Department Announces 2022 Seal Coating Sites

A Message from the Wright County Highway Department:

Wright County’s Seasonal Seal Coating is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, June 7, 2022 on approximately 26 miles of Wright County Highways. Locations of seal coating routes are shown a map availa...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 11, 2022

License Center Ready as Fishing Opener Approaches

A Message from the Wright County License Center:

The Minnesota fishing opener is this weekend and the Wright County License Center wants those in need of boat registration/tabs or licenses that its drive-thru window is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekday...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 10, 2022

Fatal Accident Monday in Maple Lake Township

A Message from the Wright County Sheriff’s Office

At approximately 4:11 p.m. Monday, May 9, Wright County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of County Road 12 NW and County Road 37 NW in...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 9, 2022

Segment of CSAH 7 in Howard Lake to Close for Two Days

The Wright County Highway Department has announced that beginning Monday, May 16, a section of CSAH 7 in Howard Lake will be closed for a drain tile repair. The location of the repair is 2,500 feet north of Imhalff Avenue SW on CSAH 7. This is expected to...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 9, 2022

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of May 2-8. The full report can be seen here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3340

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 5, 2022

How to Get Involved in Elections in Wright County

A Message from Wright County Elections:

The Wright County elections team has fielded numerous questions about how to get involved with elections in Wright County. There are many ways to get involved with elections in the county depending on what kind of ti...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 5, 2022

CSAH 37 Construction to Start Monday, March 16

A Message from the Wright County Highway Department:

County Highway 37 from Highway 19 in Albertville to Highway 18 at the boundary line of Otsego and Monticello Township will begin construction Monday, May 16 and is scheduled to be completed by Saturday, ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 5, 2022

First Half Property Taxes Due By Monday, May 16

Wright County Taxpayer Services would like to remind citizens that first Half Property Taxes are due on or before May 16, 2022.  Wright County Taxpayers can pay their property taxes in several ways.

In Person: Our office is located at the new Gove...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 4, 2022

County Board Approves Updated Parks Master Plan

At its Tuesday, May 3 meeting, the Wright County Board of Commissioners approved the Parks & Recreation Department’s updated Master Plan – a comprehensive document that serves as a guide for the short-term and long-term goals of th...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 2, 2022

Highway Department Roadside Spraying Starts Today

Beginning today (Monday, May 2), the Wright County Highway Department, as part of its vegetation management program, will be scheduling roadside vegetation work along all Wright County highways. The unwanted brush and noxious weeds will be cut and/or trea...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 2, 2022

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of April 25 to May 1. The full report can be seen here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3329

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 2, 2022

No Mow May Has Begun

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 29, 2022

Spring Load Restrictions to Be Lifted May 13

A Message from the Wright County Highway Department:

Spring Load Restrictions (SLR) will be removed on highways under Wright County’s jurisdiction at 12:01 a.m. Friday, May 13. 

Wright County highways typically follow the Minnesota Depart...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 29, 2022

County Board Meetings Moving to New Government Center Tuesday

Despite delays due to supply chain issues, the Wright County Board of Commissioners meetings will now take place on the first floor of the new Government Center (3650 Braddock Ave. NE north of Buffalo) at 9 a.m. Tuesdays when regular board meetings are sc...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 28, 2022

Sheriff's Office Announces Program to Combat Catalytic Converter Theft

A Message from the Wright County Sheriff’s Office:

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office is excited to announce the partnering with the Minnesota Department of Commerce with the Catalytic Converter Pilot Program. This program allows Wright...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 28, 2022

Otsego Park Playground to Close for Replacement May 2

On Monday, May 23, 2022 we will start the process of replacing the playground at Otsego County Park. We are excited about the changes that will be coming to the playground with new equipment, safety surfacing, and an expanded play area.

What does this mean...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 28, 2022

License Center Offers Tips on Getting Boat Registrations

A Message from the Wright County License Center

Memorial Day Weekend is a month away which means boating season is right around the corner (hopefully). Here are a few quick ways to renew your boat registration/tabs at the Wright County License Center.&...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 27, 2022

CSAH 3 to Close May 9-12 for Railroad Track Repair

A Message from the Wright County Highway Department

The Wright County Highway Department has been informed that Canadian Pacific Railroad will close County Highway 3 at the railroad crossing south of State Highway 55 in Southside Township, May 9th-12th to ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 27, 2022

Board Proclaims May 1-7 as Correctional Officers & Employees Week

At its Tuesday, April 26 meeting, the Wright County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a proclamation naming May 1-7 as National Correctional Officers and Employees Week in Wright County.

Created in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan, corrections off...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 27, 2022

Veterans Virtual Open House Coming May 10

Two Veterans Administration (VA) medical facilities that serve Central Minnesota – the St. Cloud VA Health Care System and the Brainerd VA clinic – will be conducting a virtual Veterans Town Hall meeting at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 10.

The m...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 27, 2022

MnDOT Announces Lanes Closures for Today, Thursday

Those traveling on I-94 between Clearwater and Monticello may be experiencing delays over the next two days. The Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced that there will be short-term topsoil and pond grading that will result in right lane clo...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 26, 2022

County Board Approves Revised Commissioner Districts

At today’s (Tuesday, April 26) meeting of the Wright County Board of Commissioners, the board continued a public hearing concerning the potential redistricting of two county commissioner districts – a process that required a pair of 3-...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 25, 2022

Taxpayer Service Addresses Tax Statements Being Returned

A Message from Wright County Taxpayer Services

Late last week, our office began getting reports of property tax payments mailed to the county being returned to the sender as undeliverable. The return envelopes had the former Government Center address (10 2...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 25, 2022

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of April 18-24. The full report can be found here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3312

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 25, 2022

MnDOT Provides Monday Update on I-94 Construction

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced an update on the I-94 construction. As of this morning (Monday, April 25), all traffic from the westbound lanes between Hasty and Monticello have been shifted to the eastbound lanes of traffic. In a...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 22, 2022

MnDOT Announces Off-Peak Hour Lane Closures for the Next Week

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced nighttime lane closures over the next week until the switch to head-to-head traffic begins on the westbound lanes of I-94 between Monticello and Hasty. Here is the schedule for the next week of lane...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 22, 2022

DNR Advises Boaters About Danger of Cold Water

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has put out a news release dealing with cold-water boating. Air temperatures have been unseasonably cold and the same has been true with water temperatures. Ice-out periods came later than a typical year and c...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 22, 2022

MnDOT Provides Update on I-94 Construction

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced a closure piece to its I-94 project in Wright County coming next week.

The closures will be in the St. Michael-Albertville portion of the project and will take place in the overnight hours of Sunday,...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 21, 2022

U of M Extension Discusses Farm Safety

By Karen Johnson, University of Minnesota Extension 

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 21, 2022

Earth Day Hike Postponed One Week

The Wright County Parks & Recreation Department’s scheduled “Hiking Wright: Earth Day” program scheduled for 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, April 22) at Harry Larson Memorial Forest has been rescheduled to 5 p.m. to 6...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 21, 2022

Roadwork Ramping Up on I-94 Between Monticello and Hasty

Roadwork is picking up on the section of I-94 between Monticello and Hasty this morning. Work to divide the westbound lanes to accommodate two-way traffic starting next week has begun and westbound traffic has been reduced to one lane approximately two mi...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 20, 2022

County Board to Discuss Potential Commissioner Redistricting

At its Tuesday (April 19) meeting, the Wright County Board of Commissioners conducted a public hearing regarding county commissioner districts. For the first time in 50 years, the populations of the five county commissioner districts were close enough in ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 20, 2022

County Board to Continue to Meet in Old Government Center

The Wright County Board of Commissioners announced Tuesday that its April 26 meeting will be held at the old Government Center – hopefully being the last before moving county board meetings to the new Government Center at 3650 Braddock Ave. NE n...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 19, 2022

Husom Announces She Won't Seek Fourth Term

A Message from Christine Husom, Wright County District 1 Commissioner on not seeking a fourth term:

“I was one of four new commissioners sworn in January 2013, and fifth joined us four years later. We had goals, different things we hoped to accom...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 18, 2022

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its Activity Report for the period of April 11-17. To see the full report, click here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3299

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 18, 2022

Traffic Diversion on I-94 Delayed One Week

Drivers on I-94 this morning (April 18) didn’t see what they were expecting – all lanes of traffic between Monticello and Hasty being shifted to the westbound lanes.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced that, due to ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 30, 2022

CSAH 7 In Howard Lake to Close April 18

A Message from the Wright County Highway Department

Wright County Highway 7 Closure – Howard Lake

Closure Beginning: Monday, April 18, 2022

Closure Ending: Mid-June

The City of Howard Lake and Wright County are partnering on an important pedestrian safety and...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 15, 2022

Daleiden Announces He Won't Seek a Fourth Term as County Commissioner

A message from County Commissioner Mark Daleiden

"I would like to announce that I will not be running for District 3 County Commissioner this year. It’s time for fresh new ideas to keep the County moving forward. I have enjoyed my time as co...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 15, 2022

License Center Drive-Thru Now Open

The Wright County License Center Drive-Thru is now open for motor vehicle tab renewals and DNR renewals. You can also apply for a disability certificate or file your CDL medical certificate. Please remember insurance information is required to renew any v...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 15, 2022

Prescription Drug Take Back Day Coming April 30

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office, Wright County Health & Human Services and MEADA (Mentorship, Education and Drug Awareness) are partnering to host National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, Saturday, April 30.

There will be two drive-up loc...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 15, 2022

MnDOT Releases List of All 2022 Construction Projects

This week is Work Zone Awareness Week in Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Transportation is reminding people that 2022 will be an active construction season. MnDOT advises anyone traveling this construction season to check out the path to their d...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 13, 2022

MnDOT Seeks Input on Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Plan

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is looking for public input in its Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Plan (EVIP). In Minnesota, the state is expected to invest about $68 million for EVIP over the next five years with the early focus on fast charg...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 12, 2022

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report covering the period of April 3-9. The full report can be seen here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3288

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 11, 2022

MnDOT Announces Closure Plans for I-94 Project

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced that a section of I-94 in both directions and another section off the interstate, but part of the same project, will be undergoing intermittent lane and shoulder closing as part of the final constru...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 11, 2022

Deringer Announces He Is Running for Re-Election

A Message from Wright County Sheriff Sean Deringer

I, Sheriff Sean Deringer, am formally announcing my campaign for re-election as your Sheriff of Wright County.  Four years ago, I humbly asked for your vote to become the 28th Sheriff of Wright Co...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 11, 2022

Wright County Remains in Burning Restriction Area from DNR

For those looking to burn brush this spring, Wright County remains in the restricted category by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Despite being viewed as being in the Low category for fire danger, the county remains restricted and require va...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 11, 2022

Community Dental Releases Promotional Video

Community Dental Care, a non-profit dental clinic that is leasing space in the new Wright County Government Center with the goal is helping those in financial need receive proper dental care, has put out a seven-minute promotional video about its expansio...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 1, 2022

Assessor's Office Announces Local Boards of Review Start Today

Starting Monday, April 11, the Wright County Assessor’s Office will be conducting Local Boards of Review for residents who wish to challenge/appeal their property valuation or classification.

All cities and townships are listed below. Nine cities and three...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 8, 2022

Department of Agriculture Looking to Identify Emerald Ash Borer Infestations

In 2018, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture confirmed the presence of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in Wright County. There are 32 counties in the state with Emerald Ash Borer. To help control the spread, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture enacted a q...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 8, 2022

MnDOT Provides Updated Start Time on I-94 Construction

 The Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced a change to the road work that will be done in preparation of moving four lanes of traffic to the westbound lanes of I-94 between Highway 25 in Monticello and CSAH 8 in Hasty/Silver Creek ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 8, 2022

Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health had some encouraging news with its weekly COVID-19 dashboard, covering the period of April 1-7.

The number of new cases continue to remain at the lowest weekly levels since July 2021. Over the last seven days, there were just 47...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 8, 2022

Severe Weather Awareness Week Focusing on Heat Today

Today (April 8) is the final day of Severe Weather Awareness Week and today’s safety topic is extreme heat. Although it’s a little difficult to imagine given the cold we’ve experienced through winter and spring arriving late,...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 7, 2022

I-94 Work Between Monticello and Hasty Starting Friday

Although it doesn’t look even remotely springlike today, at 6 p.m. Friday, April 8, work on the fourth and final year of I-94 construction between Clearwater and Maple Grove will resume for the next four months.

Today (April 7), the Minnesota Dep...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 7, 2022

Work Zone Awareness Week Coming April 11-15

At its April 5 meeting, the Wright County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution naming April 11-15 as National Work Zone Awareness Week in Wright County.

The National Work Zone Memorial has more than 1,500 names on it from workers who were killed in ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 7, 2022

Severe Weather Awareness Week Focusing on Tornadoes Today

As part of Severe Weather Awareness Week, today’s focus is on tornadoes. On average there are more than 1,200 tornadoes each year in the United States. As part of the Severe Weather Awareness Week campaign, there will be statewide tornado siren ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 6, 2022

Severe Weather Alert Sirens to Sound Three Times in Two Days

There may some confusion over the next two days about weather alert sirens going off throughout the county. Despite ugly weather, it won’t rise to the level of being severe that would activate warning sirens. However, they will be going off thre...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 6, 2022

Severe Weather Awareness Week Focusing on Flooding Today

This week (April 4-8) is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Minnesota. Today’s theme is flooding. Communities most at risk for flooding are those located in low-lying areas, near water or downstream from a dam, but this doesn’t mean floo...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 5, 2022

Deputy Loomis, K-9 Grizz Have Great Showing at Competition

Last weekend (April 2-3), K-9 narcotic trials were hosted by the Brainerd and Baxter Police Departments. This was Wright County Sheriff Office Deputy Michael Loomis and K-9 Grizz's first trial outside of the small certification trials Grizz took ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 5, 2022

2022 Candidate Filing Opens May 17

A Message from Wright County Elections

Candidate filing for the 2022 general election opens on Tuesday, May 17, 2022.  Office seekers may file their affidavit of candidacy until Tuesday, May 31.  For more information about filing for offi...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 5, 2022

Severe Weather Awareness Week Focusing on Storms, Lightning Today

This week is Severe Weather Awareness Week and, as today’s topic is lightning and severe thunderstorms.

Winds in thunderstorms can exceed 120 miles per hour, which is stronger than most tornadoes. What people refer to as “heat lightning...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 4, 2022

County Board to Continue to Meet in Old Government Center

A reminder that, while all Wright County offices have moved into the new Government Center Building north of Buffalo, Tuesday’s Wright County Board of Commissioners meeting will be conducted at the old Government Center in downtown Buffalo. Boar...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 4, 2022

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of March 28 to April 3. The full report can be seen here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3272

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 4, 2022

April 4-8 Severe Weather Awareness Week

April 4-8 is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Minnesota and there will be a pair of tornado warning drills conducted – one in the afternoon designated for businesses and an evening drill designed for second shift workers and families. The purpos...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 1, 2022

Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health had some encouraging news with its weekly COVID-19 dashboard, covering the period of March 25-31.

For the fourth straight week, the number of new cases dropped to the lowest weekly numbers since July 2021. Over the last seven da...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 1, 2022

All County Departments Now Located on Braddock Ave. Campus

As of 8 a.m. today (April 1), all Wright County offices and departments are on the county campus on Braddock Avenue north of Buffalo. The last office to reopen was the License Center, which is now fully open to customers. The old Government Center in down...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 31, 2022

MnDOT Seeking Public Input for Long-Range Transportation Plan

The Minnesota Department of Transportation Region 7W, which serves Benton, Sherburne, Stearns and Wright counties are inviting residents who live and drive in the area to take an on-line map survey to pinpoint the issues for the area’s Long-Rang...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 31, 2022

License Center Accepting Appointments

A Message from the Wright County License Center:

The License Center is scheduled to open at 8 a.m. tomorrow (Friday, April 1) and staff wants the public to know that, starting Monday, April 4, appointments will be accepted. Because more staff will be able ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 31, 2022

Parking Won't Be An Issue at the New Government Center

For years as Wright County outgrew the old Government Center, parking became a bigger issue, as the front parking lot could only handle about 15 vehicles at any given time. That won’t be an issue at the new Government Center. Given the volume of...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 30, 2022

County Board to Conduct Public Hearing April 19 on Redistricting

At its March 28 meeting, the Wright County Board of Commissioners authorized setting a public hearing for the Tuesday, April 19 county board meeting prior to approving a redistricting documents to the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office.

Howeve...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 30, 2022

Recorder's Office Opens at New Government Center

The Wright County Recorder’s Office has announced that has opened for business at the new Government Center (3650 Braddock Ave. NE north of Buffalo). As a reminder, the public records room won’t open until 8 a.m. Monday, April 4.

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 30, 2022

County License Center Does Not Do Written, Road Driver Testing

A Message from the Wright County License Center

There has been some confusion surrounding the move of the Wright County Government Center offices and departments that the License Center is doing driver testing. The office hopes to start offering written te...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 30, 2022

All County Offices, Departments Closed at Old Government Center

As of today (March 30), all Wright County offices and departments have vacated the old Government Center in Buffalo and have moved to the new Government Center at 3650 Braddock Ave. NE north of Buffalo.

All offices are open in the new facility with two exc...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 29, 2022

Property Tax Statements Mailed Out Today

As of today (March 29), Wright County has mailed the 2022 Tax Statements for real and personal property. If you are a Wright County property taxpayer and do not receive yours, please call the Taxpayer Services Office at 763-682-7573 or 763-682-7574 or cli...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 28, 2022

License Center to Close at 3 P.M. Tuesday, Re-Open Friday

An Important Message from the Wright County License Center

The Wright County License Center will close at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 29 in preparation for the move into the new Government Center (3650 Braddock Ave. NE). The drive up drop box located on the east...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 28, 2022

Roadside Spraying on County Highways to Start May 2

Beginning Monday May 2, 2022, the Wright County Highway Department, as part of its vegetation management program, will be scheduling roadside vegetation work along all Wright County highways. The unwanted brush and noxious weeds will be cut and/or treated...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 28, 2022

County Board Meetings to Remain in Current Government Center

A reminder that, while the move from the old Government Center in downtown Buffalo to the new Government Center at 3650 Braddock Ave. NE north of Buffalo off Hwy. 25 will be completed this week, the Wright County Board of Commissioners meetings will conti...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 28, 2022

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of March 21-27. The full report can be seen here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3253

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 25, 2022

Assessor's Office to Mail Out 2022 Valuations for Property Taxes Next Week

A Message from Wright County Assessor Tony Rasmuson

The Wright County Assessor’s office recently completed the 2022 property assessment. Proposed 2022 valuations for property taxes payable in 2023 will be mailed out Tuesday, March 29. Property owners recei...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 25, 2022

Recorder's Office Closed Monday Through Wednesday

The Wright County Recorder’s Office will be closed Monday March 28 through Wednesday March 30 as the department moves into the new Government Center building. If the move is completed earlier than anticipated, the office may reopen Wednesday aft...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 25, 2022

Planning and Zoning Office Closed Until Tuesday

Wright County Planning & Zoning closed for business at 2:30 p.m. today (March 25) as part of the move of county departments from the old Government Center in downtown Buffalo to the new Government Center at 3650 Braddock Ave. NE north of Buffalo. The ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 25, 2022

Both Eggs on DNR Eagle Cam Have Hatched

The first of two eggs hatched Tuesday for the pair of nesting eagles on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resource’s Eagle Cam. The second egg hatched this morning.

The Eagle Cam livestream can be found here: https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/features/webcams/...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 25, 2022

Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard for the period of March 18-24 and, for second straight week, the number of new cases over that seven-day period was the lowest since July 2021.

There were just 33 new confirmed cases ov...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 24, 2022

MnDOT Looking for Input for Region 7W Long Range Plan

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is inviting residents in Region 7W (Benton, Sherburne, Stearns and Wright counties) to provide input to identify and develop the Region 7W Long Range Transportation Plan.

MnDOT has an interactive survey map that w...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 24, 2022

Assessor's Office Closed at Old Government Center Friday

The Wright County Government Center will be moving (March 21-30) to its new location at 3650 Braddock Ave NE, north of Buffalo, next to the County Jail and Justice Center. The County Assessor’s Office will be closed Friday, March 25 at ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 24, 2022

City Street Sweeping to Begin March 28

Wright County has hired Pearson Bros. of Hanover, Minnesota to do street sweeping on our county highways this year. Street sweeping will begin Monday, March 28 on county highways that are within the city limits of Albertville, Annandale, Buffalo, Clearwat...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 23, 2022

HHS Now Open in New Government Center

Wright County Health & Human Services has opened at its new location on the second floor of the new Government Center (3650 Braddock Ave. NE). The public in need of services will need to go to the new facility.

Wright County News
Posted on: March 22, 2022

Finance/Taxpayer Services to Close at Noon Wednesday for Move

The Wright County Government Center will be moving (March 21-30) to its new location at 3650 Braddock Ave. NE north of Buffalo, next to the County Jail and Justice Center. The Finance/Taxpayer Services Office will close at noon Wednesday, March 23 to begi...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 22, 2022

Vet Services, Admin Offices Moving Wednesday

The Wright County Veteran Services Department and Administration Office will be moving into the new Government Center at 3650 Braddock Ave. NE Wednesday, March 23. The Administration Office will have very little in the way of a disruption of service. Vete...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 21, 2022

The Turn Announces Graduation Ceremony Set for March 24

The Turn, the Wright County Adult Drug Court is pleased to announce that a graduation ceremony for Brian Johnsted and Cody Bechtold will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 24 at the Wright County Sheriff’s Support Services Building (north side...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 21, 2022

HHS Limited to Customers Today and Tuesday During Move

Today (Monday, March 21) and tomorrow (Tuesday, March 22), Wright County Health & Human Services will be moving into the new Government Center at 3650 Braddock Ave. NE north of Buffalo. The office will no longer being conducting business at its previo...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 21, 2022

Storm System This Week Expected to Remain Primarily Rain

There will be a slow-moving weather system moving through Minnesota starting tonight (Monday, March 21) and continuing through Wednesday morning (March 23). The current projection from the National Weather Service is that the system will be almost exclusi...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 21, 2022

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of March 14-20. See the full report at https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3233

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 21, 2022

Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard for the period of March 11-17 and the number of new cases over that seven-day period was the lowest since July 2021.

There were just 53 new confirmed cases over the last seven days. In ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 17, 2022

Government Center, HHS Center Move Starting Next Week

A reminder that the Wright County Government and Health & Human Services Center will be moving beginning next week. During the move dates, departments will be closed or extremely limited for a day or two. Here is the full schedule of move dates, notin...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 17, 2022

MnDOT Provides Update on I-94 Construction

In a meeting yesterday (March 16), the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s Maintenance of Traffic (MOT) Task Force laid out the tentative schedule for the final year of construction on I-94 between Monticello and Clearwater.

Among the highli...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 16, 2022

Full Daylight Savings Time Will Bring Big Changes in Winter

Yesterday (March 15), the United States Senate unanimously passed a bill to keep Daylight Savings Time throughout the year instead of moving ahead an hour in March and dropping back an hour in late-October/early November.

While good in theory, if approved ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 15, 2022

Sheriff's Office Releases Statement on Fatal Crash Monday

 

A Statement from the Wright County Sheriff’s Office

On March 14, 2022 at approximately 5:58 a.m., Wright County Sheriff's Office (WCSO) Communications received a report of a motor vehicle crash with injuries at the intersection of Co. Rd. 37 NE/E...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 15, 2022

Former Sheriff Profiled on KARE-11 Monday

Former Wright County Sheriff Joe Hagerty was featured last night on KARE-11 TV dealing with his transition from being sheriff to a beloved paraprofessional at St. Michael Elementary School. Hagerty was profiled in Boyd Huppert’s Land of 10,000 S...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 14, 2022

Spring Load Restrictions on County Highways, Roads Begin Friday

The Wright County Highway Department has announced that spring load weight restrictions on Wright County highways and roads will take effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday, March 18.

The restrictions are put in place annually to preserve the life of roads, which are...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 14, 2022

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of March 7-13. The full report can be seen here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3222

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 14, 2022

Fatal Crash This Morning in Monticello Township

The Wright County Sheriff’s Department was called to a two-vehicle accident at 6:01 a.m. this morning (March 14) the intersection of CSAH 37 and Edmonson Avenue NE in Monticello Township that resulted in a fatality.

A 2013 Ford F150 was traveling...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 11, 2022

Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Sunday (March 13) will mark the two-year anniversary of when COVID-19 first started appearing in Minnesota and Wright County Public Health began releasing its weekly COVID-19 dashboard. The most recent dashboard covers the period of March 4-10 and the num...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 11, 2022

Spring Road Weight Restrictions Expected to Come Soon

With temperatures expected to approach 50 degrees early next week and daytime highs above freezing all week, at some point expect the Wright County Highway Department to enact its annual spring load restrictions for the county’s road system.

The county fol...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 11, 2022

Daylight Savings Time Begins at 1 a.m. Sunday

At 1 a.m. Sunday, March 13 Daylight Savings Time will take effect. Remember to set your clocks one hour ahead when going to bed Saturday night.

Wright County News
Posted on: March 11, 2022

2022 Township Election Results

On Tuesday, March 8, 15 of Wright County’s 18 townships conducted elections. Township elections are not administered by the county Elections Divisions, so there was a delay for the final results to be reported.

Most elections saw one candidate fi...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 10, 2022

Open House in Buffalo Tuesday to Discuss Hwy. 25 Reconstruction

The City of Buffalo, in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Transportation, will host an open house from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 15 in the Buffalo City Council Chambers (212 Central Ave.) to discuss the 2023 reconstruction of Hwy. 25 betw...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 10, 2022

Extension Looking for Farm Family of the Year Nominations

By Adam Austing, University of Minnesota Extension

University of Minnesota Extension is accepting nominations for the 2022 Wright County Farm Family of the Year. 

The Farm Family Recognition Program honors farm families from throughout Minnesota fo...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 9, 2022

Numbers to Know During Government Center Move

Starting Monday, March 21, the offices currently in the Wright County Government Center and Health & Human Services Center will be moving to their new facility at 3650 Braddock Ave. NW. Most offices will see some minor disruptions during the move, but...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 9, 2022

Wright County Social Workers Honored with Resolution

March is National Social Work Month, which honors those who work in the field as the largest group of mental health providers in the country.

As part of National Social Work Month, the Wright County Health & Human Services Board adopted a resolution sa...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 8, 2022

Parks & Rec Has Record-Setting Day for Campsite Reservations

Wright County Parks & Recreation was expecting a big day Monday as the 2022 campground reservation portal opened. Parks & Recreation Operations Manager Brad Harrington has become accustomed to the flood of on-line, in-person and over-the-phone res...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 8, 2022

Wright County Master Gardeners to Hold 2022 Spring Days March 26

A Message from University of Minnesota Extension

The Wright County Master Gardeners invite you to attend our 2022 Spring Days Gardening Workshop from 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Saturday, March 26 at the St. Michael-Albertville Middle School West (11343 50th St. N...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 8, 2022

Feds Authorize Second Round of Free COVID Home Rapid Tests

With COVID-19 approaching its second anniversary of impacting the world, the U.S. federal government is allowing households to request a second round of four COVID rapid tests at no charge. Those who have already received four tests to a mailing address c...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 7, 2022

County Provides Closure Dates for Departments Moving to New GC

Wright County departments currently in the existing Wright County Government Center in downtown Buffalo will be doing a phased move March 21-30 to the new Government Center at 3650 Braddock Ave. NE north of Buffalo. Below is the expectation of when specif...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 7, 2022

Township Day Coming Tomorrow

Tomorrow (Tuesday, March 8) will be Township Day in Minnesota for all of the 1,780 townships in the state.

March 8 is Township Election Day, which coincides with township annual meetings where residents gather to express their concerns/opinions about local...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 7, 2022

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of Feb. 28-March 6. To see the full report, click here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3203

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 4, 2022

Campsite Reservations for 2022 Open at 8 a.m. Monday

A Message from Wright County Parks & Recreation

Campground reservations for modern campsites will open at 8 a.m. Monday, March 7. Be sure to have your account active and ready for that morning. Just a couple of items to note.

  1. We will pull down the maps ...
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Wright County News
Posted on: March 4, 2022

MnDOT Holding Virtual Open House March 9 for Hwy. 12 Project

The Minnesota Department of Transportation will be conducting a virtual open house Wednesday, March 9 concerning the Hwy. 12 project from Delano to Independence. This project will have traffic impacts on all that live along Hwy. 12 or use it for their dai...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 4, 2022

County Board Meetings to Remain in Current Government Center

Offices and departments in the Wright County Government Center will begin to move into the Government Center on Braddock Avenue NE in two weeks. But due to supply chain problems, the sound system and livestream/recording technology needed for Wright Count...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 4, 2022

Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard for the period of Feb. 25-March 3 and the number of new cases continue to remain low after peaking in January into early February.

There were 162 new confirmed cases over the last seven...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 3, 2022

Lutes Announces Intent to Run for Re-Election as County Attorney

A Message from Wright County Attorney Brian Lutes:

I am pleased to announce my intention to continue to serve as Wright County Attorney.  I’m proud to live and work in Wright County where law enforcement is appreciated and law and order ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 3, 2022

Find an Office in the New Government Center

The offices currently housed in the Wright County Government Center will begin moving out the new Government Center (3650 Braddock Ave. NE) starting Monday, March 21 and running through Wednesday, March 30. For those looking to access a county department ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 1, 2022

MnDOT Preparing for Final Year of I-94 Project

The surest sign that we’re on the back side of winter is that construction on I-94 is getting ready to resume and, as the project enters its fourth and final year in mid-April, all the remaining work is going to be taking place in Wright County....

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 1, 2022

Township Election Day Information to Know Before March 8

A Message from Wright County Elections

Tuesday, March 8 is Township Election Day. Eligible voters in Townships holding March elections will be able to participate. Below is a list of Townships holding a March election, their polling location, and polling h...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 28, 2022

Ulrich Has Hearing Today, Trial On Schedule to Start May 16

Gregory Ulrich, the accused shooter at the Allina-Crossroads Clinic in February 2021, had a preliminary hearing today (Monday, Feb. 28).

Wright County Attorney Brian Lutes laid out the timeline that will be coming over the next three months. At today&r...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 28, 2022

Highway Department Has Job Opening for Sign Technician/Maintenance Worker

The Wright County Highway Department has an immediate opening for a Sign Technician/Highway Maintenance Worker. There is a positive combination of life balance, flexibility and variety to the position. During the summer months, the position is four 10-hou...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 28, 2022

Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard for the period of Feb. 18-24 and the number of cases has once again dropped significantly after peaking in January into early February. Last week’s numbers represent the lowest weekly ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 28, 2022

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of Feb. 21-27. To see the full report, click here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3189

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 25, 2022

County Announces Move Schedule for Government Center Departments

The offices and departments in the Wright County Government Center will be moving into their new facility in March. As with many significant building projects, the county has learned firsthand about the supply chain issues and worker shortages among the t...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 24, 2022

Township Election Absentee Ballot Drop Box Open at Government Center

A Message from the Wright County Elections Division

The Wright County absentee ballot drop box is available to all eligible Wright County voters participating in this March’s township elections. The drop box is located on the north side of the Wr...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 24, 2022

Fish Houses Need to Be Removed from Lakes by March 7

Anglers who were looking to spend this weekend taking their fish houses off area lakes may not have to because of a calendar anomaly this year.

In previous years, the deadline to have fish houses removed from lakes has been earlier than it will be this yea...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 23, 2022

Lantern Cross County Ski Event Coming to Ney Park Saturday

One of the final winter recreation opportunities through Wright County Parks & Recreation will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26 at Robert Ney Memorial Park with Lantern Cross-Country Ski.

The event is free for those who have their own skis...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 23, 2022

Rivers of Hope Brings Awareness to Teen Dating Violence

A Message from Rivers of Hope

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Every year people join together for a national effort to bring awareness about the issue of teen dating violence. Our advocates work with youth experiencing this on a regular b...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 23, 2022

DNR Has EagleCam Up and Running

For those looking for a break in their day, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has started up its EagleCam, which follows the life of a nesting pair of eagles. Currently, the female has laid two eggs that she is caring for in the nest. Eagle eg...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 22, 2022

Sheriff's Office Bids Farewell to 35-Year Employee

In an emotional ceremony at this morning’s (Feb. 22) Wright County Board of Commissioners meeting, family and work colleagues honored Captain Annette Habisch-Peterson with a retirement plaque after more than 35 years of service to the citizens o...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 22, 2022

MnDOT Provides Safety Tips for Dealing with Snowplows

A Message from the Minnesota Department of Transportation:

Snowplows will be out in full force again today keeping our state, county and city roadways safe. 

Snowplows have a job to do and they need room to do it. Driving too close to plows can be ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 22, 2022

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity report for the period of Feb. 14-20. The full report can be seen here: https://mn-wrightcounty.civicplus.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3178&PREVIEW=true&fbclid=IwAR1pKIFyA17g...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 22, 2022

Early Details of 2022 County Fair Coming Out

On a day like today with accumulating and blowing throughout Wright County, the last thought many have would be the Wright County Fair coming July 20-24, 2022. However, the fair is front of mind for the organizers and, while still months away, the prepara...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 20, 2022

Winter Storm Could Bring Biggest Snow Totals of the Season

The Wright County Highway Department is currently in the “calm before the storm” stage of preparation for what may end up being the biggest winter storm of the season to date. Wright County is included in a Winter Storm Warning area th...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 18, 2022

Legislative Redistricting Changes Many Jurisdictions

With the announcement of Minnesota’s redistricting maps, a lot of Wright County voters will find themselves in new legislative districts. Below are all the precincts in Wright County, the district they are currently in and the district they will...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 18, 2022

Wright Offices, Facilities to Close Monday for Presidents Day

All Wright County offices and facilities will be closed Monday, Feb. 21 in observance of the Presidents Day holiday. All offices and facilities will reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22

Wright County News
Posted on: February 18, 2022

Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard for the period of Feb. 11-17 and the number of cases has dropped significantly in the last two weeks after peaking in January into early February. Last week’s numbers represent the low...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 18, 2022

County Extends Local Option Sales Tax Through 2032

At its Tuesday, Feb. 15 meeting, the Wright County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to extend the county’s half-cent Local Option Sales Tax through 2032.

Wright County adopted LOST in the fall of 2017 with a five-year end date of Dec. 31, 2022. If ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 16, 2022

Recorder's Office See Most Plats, New Parcels in 15 Years

The Wright County Recorder’s Office had its busiest year in the better part of the last two decades in 2021. It recorded 64 plats that represent 1,978 new parcels and lots – the most in both categories since 2006 and more than three ti...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 15, 2022

Wright County to Remain Completely in Congressional District 6

Earlier today, the Minnesota Special Redistricting Panel released the new Minnesota Congressional District maps that occur following the U.S. Census every 10 years. While there were some critical changes to the map, which become the districts for Minnesot...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 14, 2022

All 75 State Parks Allowing Free Admission Saturday

Every year, Minnesota state parks allow free admission to all 75 state parks. The first of these free days will be Saturday, Feb. 19. The other dates will be Saturday, April 23, Saturday, June 11 and Friday, Nov. 25. To learn more about the free state par...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 14, 2022

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of Feb. 7-13. The full report can be seen here https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3168

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 11, 2022

Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard for the period of Feb. 4-10 and, similar to the rest of the country, it appears as though the omicron variant has reached its peak and is receding.

There were 628 new confirmed cases ov...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 10, 2022

DNR Backlogged with Processing Boat, ATV Registration Renewals

A Message from the Wright County License Center

Due to a supply line shortage for cardstock, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has experienced delays in sending out renewal statements for boats and all-terrain vehicles. Some people received the...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 10, 2022

National Weather Service Provides Storm Update

The National Weather Service has provided an update on the winter storm that is heading toward Wright County this afternoon.

The storm is expected have heavier amounts north of Wright County with the snow totals differing depending on where you live or wor...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 9, 2022

Wright County Expected to See Snowy Evening Commute Thursday

The Wright County Highway Department is likely going to be out on the roads tomorrow afternoon if conditions warrant for what is shaping up to be a messy evening commute.

Wright County is currently expected to get an inch or two of snow from the storm Thur...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 9, 2022

Parks & Rec Has Openings for Buckthorn Hiking Stick Program

Wright County Parks & Recreation has filled out almost all of its winter activities from its 2021-22 schedule. One of the few programs that still has openings – and they are very limited – is a free class to cut and make a buckthor...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 9, 2022

Deringer Reflects on Tragic Events of Feb. 9, 2021

Feb. 9, 2021 started like just about any frigid February day in Buffalo. People were moving quicker than the usual to get out of the cold air as soon as possible. Smoke was everywhere – from the tops of homes and businesses to the plume of exhau...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 7, 2022

Application Portal for Matching Broadband Grants Now Open

Wright County has allocated a portion of American Rescue Plan (ARP) State and Local Fiscal Recovery funds to a matching grant program for broadband projects. The purpose of the grant program is to support broadband projects that provide high-speed, reliab...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 7, 2022

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its Activity Report for the period of Jan. 31-Feb. 6. The full report can be seen here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3159

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 4, 2022

Township Election Absentee Voting Opens Today

Today (Friday, Feb. 4) is the first day of absentee voting leading up to the Tuesday, March 8 Township elections. The County election office will begin mailing ballots to voters who have requested them, and in-person absentee voting is now available at th...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 4, 2022

DNR Deems Vehicle Can Traffic Can Take Place at Maple Lake Fishing Derby

The 47th Annual Maple Lake Ice Fishing Derby organizers have announced that, as of this afternoon (Friday, Feb. 4), Maple Lake has achieved the threshold of 20 inches of ice required by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to have vehicles drive ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 4, 2022

Foster Parent Recruitment Meeting Coming Feb. 7

Wright County has a pressing need for foster parents. For those interested in learning more about child foster care, Wright County Health & Human Services will be hosting a foster care informational/recruitment meeting from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Fe...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 4, 2022

Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard for the period of Jan. 27-Feb. 3.

There were 1,320 new confirmed cases over the last seven days – a slight decrease from the previous week and a hopeful sign that the Omicron variant ha...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 4, 2022

K9 Officer Grizz Gifted a Bulletproof Vest

A Message from the Wright County Sheriff’s Office:

Wright County Sheriff’s Office K9 Grizz has received donation of body armor

Wright County Sheriff’s Office K9 Grizz has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-pr...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 3, 2022

MnDOT Announces Winner of Name a Snowplow Contest

For the second straight year, the Minnesota Department of Transportation sponsored a “Name a Snowplow” contest for all eight MnDOT districts in the state. In its inaugural event, arguably the worst name that made the list of 50 finalis...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 2, 2022

License Center Announces Appointment Openings for Feb. 14-25

The Wright County License Center has announced that it has opened appointment slots for the period of Feb. 14-25 for driver’s license renewals. Appointments can be made for other transactions like license tabs and title transfers, but those can be handled...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 1, 2022

CMRP Offering Placemaking Microgrants

A Message from the Central Mississippi River Regional Planning Partnership:

Love your community? Creative? Want to contribute to the region's future? Get your project together and apply for a Placemaking Microgrant now. 

Placemaking is a c...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 1, 2022

DNR Suggest Pruning Oak Trees in Winter Months

Wright County is in a high-risk area in Minnesota for the oak wilt, a deadly disease that impacts all species of oak trees that grow in the state. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources recommends that people prune oak trees during the cold winter ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 1, 2022

Precinct Caucuses Held Throughout the County, State Tonight

Precinct caucuses are going to be held throughout the state tonight (Tuesday, Feb. 1). Precinct caucuses are the first step used by Minnesota’s major political parties to select the candidates and issues they will support in the upcoming electio...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 31, 2022

Buffalo Strong Day Coming Feb. 9

On Wednesday, Feb. 9 the City of Buffalo is going to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the shooting and bombing at the Allina Crossroads Clinic with Buffalo Strong Day.

Event organizers said that Buffalo Strong Day “is our opportunity to re...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 31, 2022

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period covering Jan. 24-30. The full report can be found here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3130

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 28, 2022

Elections Office Announces Township Election Absentee Ballot Dates

A Message from the Wright County Elections Office:

Fifteen townships in Wright County will be holding Township Officer elections Tuesday, March 8. Wright County voters located in those townships (Albion, Buffalo, Chatham, Cokato, Corinna, Franklin...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 28, 2022

Flags to Fly Half-Staff Monday in Honor of South Haven Firefighter

Flags will fly at half-staff Monday, Jan. 31 in honor of Allen Fischer, a South Haven firefighter who died earlier this month due to complications from a medical condition that occurred in the line of service.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz made the proclamation ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 28, 2022

MnDOT Announces Temporary Closure on I-94 Monday

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced a temporary lane closure that will be coming on I-94 Monday, Jan. 31. The temporary closure of the left lane and left shoulder is expected to be begin at 7 a.m. and conclude by 3 p.m. in the eastbou...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 28, 2022

Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard for the period of Jan. 21-27 and the omicron variant continues to produce extremely high infection numbers in Wright County.

There were 1,503 new confirmed cases over the last seven day...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 27, 2022

MDH Unveils 10-Year Plan to Improve Quality of Life for Those with Asthma

The Minnesota Department of Health has announced a 10-year strategic plan to improve the health care and quality of life for the more than 400,000 Minnesotans who have asthma. The primary goal is to create a robust network of partnerships with health syst...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 26, 2022

Today Is Annual Point In Time Count of Homeless in Minnesota

Today (Jan. 26) is Minnesota’s annual Point in Time (PIT) Count – an annual count of all persons experiencing homelessness in both sheltered and unsheltered situations. To learn more about the PIT Count, click here: https://www.hmismn....

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 25, 2022

Wright County in Winter Weather Warning Overnight

The National Weather Service is projecting the coldest temperatures of the winter season – and bone-numbing wind chills – for this evening (Jan. 25) heading into Wednesday. Wright County is included in a Winter Weather Warning for toni...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 25, 2022

County Board Sets Local Option Sales Tax Public Hearing

At its meeting today (Jan. 25), the Wright County Board of Commissioners approved setting a public hearing for 9:30 a.m. at its Tuesday, Feb. 15 to discuss the future of the county’s Local Option Sales Tax (LOST).

Enacted in Wright County in late...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 25, 2022

Parks & Rec Offering Advice in Advance of 2022 Reservations Going Live

A Message from the Wright County Parks & Recreation Department:

The time is fast approaching to reserve campsites for the summer at your favorite Wright County Campground. The three camping parks, Schroeder (near Annandale, MN), Collinwood (near Cokato...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 24, 2022

Wright County in Winter Weather Advisory Tonight into Tuesday

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory that includes Wright County for tonight into tomorrow morning (Tuesday, Jan. 25). Temperatures are going to drop significantly tonight, with air temperatures by sunrise Tuesday expected to ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 24, 2022

U of M Extension Hosting Gardening from the Ground Up Webinar Series

University of Minnesota Extension educators are excited to bring you the Third Annual Gardening from the Ground Up Zoom webinar series. Free virtual workshops will take place February 22-25, 2022 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. each afternoon. The series will cover a...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 24, 2022

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report covering the period of Jan. 17-23. The full report can be seen here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3116

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 21, 2022

Winter Storms Expected to Drop Measurable Snow Next Three Days

The Wright County Highway Department is expected to be busy over the weekend as three separate clipper systems are expected to be snow producers that, when all is said and done, could drop four to eight inches of snow on Wright County.

The first system is ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 21, 2022

HHS to Host Child Foster Care Information Meeting Feb. 7

Wright County has a need for foster parents. Wright County Health & Human Services will be hosting an informational meeting for those interested in learning more about child foster care. The meeting will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7 at...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 21, 2022

Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard for the period of Jan. 14-20 and the omicron variant continues to make its way to Wright County.

There were 1,491 new confirmed cases over the last seven days – the most in a one-week p...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 20, 2022

Jan. 25 Is National Poll Worker Recruitment Day

Monday, Jan. 25 will be National Poll Worker Recruitment Day. Signing up to work the polls on Election Day is an amazing way to strengthen democracy, give back to your community and ensure safe, secure and accessible elections this November. To learn more...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 20, 2022

County Board Sets Board of Appeal and Equalization for June 13

At its Jan. 18 meeting, the Wright County Board of Commissioners sets the annual Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting to run from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, June 13. The Board of Appeal and Equalization is the opportunity for residents to appeal their a...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 20, 2022

County Launches Redesigned Website

Wright County has redesigned its website (www.co.wright.mn.us), which launched this morning. The changes are designed to make the site more user-friendly and provide easier access to what people are looking to find. It was determined that when most people...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 20, 2022

MnDOT Reopens I-94 in Albertville

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Eastbound I-94 was closed at approximately 5 a.m. this morning when a crash occurred involving a semi truck that dropped a load of potatoes on the freeway near CSAH 19 in Albertville. Crews came out to remove the potatoes, which almost immediate froze to ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 20, 2022

Eastbound I-94 Closed Near CSAH 19 in Albertville

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced that eastbound I-94 is closed near CSAH 19 in Albertville.

At approximately 5 a.m. this morning, a truck hauling potatoes crashed and the potatoes spilled onto the roadway, almost immediately freezin...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 19, 2022

MnDOT Looking for Input on Transportation Services Survey

A Message from the Minnesota Department of Transportation

Travelers who depend on transportation services in the Region 7W area of Benton, Sherburne, Stearns and Wright counties, are invited to take an online rider survey. Service providers in the four-cou...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 19, 2022

Federal Government Offering Four Free COVID Tests to All

The federal government announced last week that, as of today (Wednesday, Jan. 19), a website would go live that will allow every address (home or rental property) to order four at-home rapid tests for COVID-19.

That website (www.covidtests.gov) went live w...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 18, 2022

County Board Approves Spring Road Weight Restriction List for 2022

The Wright County Board approved the annual Spring Weight Restrictions annually placed on Wright County roads. The restrictions are made to restrict heavy vehicles from damaging road surfaces when they are their most vulnerable in the spring. The weight r...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 18, 2022

County Board Sets 2022 Committee, Advisory Board Appointments

At today’s (Jan. 18) meeting of the Wright County Board of Commissioners, the board conducted one of its most important jobs of the year – making selections to the 17 committees and 41 advisory boards the commissioners sit on.

The commi...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 18, 2022

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of Jan. 10-16. The full report can be viewed here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3101

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 14, 2022

County Offices and Facilities Closed Monday for MLK Day

In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, all Wright County offices and facilities will be closed Monday, Jan. 17. All offices and facilities will re-open at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18.

Wright County News
Posted on: January 14, 2022

MnDOT Seeking Input on Railroad Crossing Safety Plan

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is looking for public input on a survey and local comment map to increase safety at railroad crossings. MnDOT’s Rail Crossing Action Plan is designed to increase safety where rails cross roads, sidewalk...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 14, 2022

Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard for the period of Jan. 7-13 and it would appear the omicron variant has made its way to Wright County.

There were 1,251 new confirmed cases over the last seven days – the most...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 14, 2022

Highway Department Plows On Roads Throughout Today's Storm

Wright County Highway Department Maintenance Superintendent Nate Helgeson said that, as of 9 a.m. today, all Wright County roads and highways have had a first pass from snowplows and that the entire county fleet of plows will be out throughout the duratio...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 14, 2022

County Attorney Announces Charges Against Three in Drug Arrest

A Message from Wright County Attorney Brian Lutes:

In less than 24 hours, agents with the Special Investigations Unit of the Wright County Sheriff’s Office arrested three individuals on 1st degree controlled substance offenses in which more than ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 14, 2022

License Center Announces Appointment Openings for Jan. 31-Feb. 11

The Wright County License Center has announced that it has opened appointment slots for the period of Jan. 31-Feb. 11 for driver’s license renewals. Appointments can be made for other transactions like license tabs and title transfers, but those can be ha...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 13, 2022

Highway Trucks On the Road This Afternoon, Evening In Advance of Storm

The Wright County Highway Department has announced that, in advance of the snowfall expected Friday (Jan. 14), the department will be pre-treating county highways and roads throughout the afternoon and into the evening. County Highway Maintenance Superint...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 13, 2022

Snow System Rolling Through Wright County Friday

The National Weather Service has begun issuing advisories for winter weather coming Wright County’s way on Friday, Jan. 14.

While Wright County is expected to be spared the worst of the storm system – the current track has western and s...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 12, 2022

A Pair of Lane Closures Coming Thursday in Clearwater/Hasty Area

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced a pair a lane closures for Thursday, Jan. 13 on I-94 in the Clearwater/Hasty area of I-94.

The first will be a short-term lane closure in the westbound lanes between County Road 7 east of Clearwater ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 12, 2022

Dates Set for Ulrich Pretrial Hearing, Jury Trial

Wright County Attorney Brian Lutes has announced the schedule for the trial of Gregory Ulrich, who will stand trial for the Feb. 9 shooting and bombing of the Allina Crossroads Clinic in Buffalo.

There will be a contested omnibus pretrial hearing at 9 a.m....

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 11, 2022

MnDOT Announces Three Lane Closures on I-94 for Wednesday

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced three areas of repair work that will be done that will reduce the available lanes of traffic on I-94 in Wright County Wednesday, Jan. 12.

The first is a westbound lane closure between Hwy. 8 in Hasty...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 11, 2022

Extension Reminding Farmers to Renew Pesticide Applicator Certification

Source:  Adam Austing, University of Minnesota Extension

Farmers with Private Pesticide Applicator certifications (PPA) that expire on March 1, 2022, will need to renew that license for the 2022 growing season. The process to renew your license re...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 10, 2022

MnDOT Releases 2022 Construction Project Schedule

There’s a saying that goes that there are two seasons in Minnesota – winter and construction season. We’re feeling the sting of winter at the moment, but road construction projects are right around the corner.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 10, 2022

Sheriff's Office Releases Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of Jan. 3-9. The full report can be seen here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3086

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 7, 2022

County Bids Farewell to Employee of 41 Years

Terrie Piram showed up for work today (Friday, Jan. 7) as office manager in the Wright County Planning & Zoning office much in the same way she has for just short of the last 15,000 days – a span of 41 years. What made today different was it would be ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 7, 2022

Parks & Rec Highlights Winter Experiences at Bertram Park

Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park is quickly becoming a top winter destination in Wright County. Location is key, and this wonderful park is located on the southwest side of Monticello and a little more than a mile off I-94. With easy access, the park ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 7, 2022

Husom Named Chair of Highway 55 Corridor Coalition

Wright County Commissioner Christine Husom was selected as Chairperson of the Highway 55 Coordinator Coalition for 2022. The coalition celebrated its 20th anniversary in December. The mission of the coalition is to secure right-of-way and related infrastr...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 7, 2022

Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard for the period of Dec. 31-Jan. 6.

There were 742 new confirmed cases over the last six days, along with 18 cases that required hospitalization, three cases that required treatment in an...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 6, 2022

Wright County In A Wind Chill Advisory Through Saturday Morning

The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Advisory for much of the state, including Wright County through 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 8. Temperatures will not get above zero today and air temperatures in the early morning hours of Friday, Jan. 7 are...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 6, 2022

Park & Rec Releases Statement on Sharing It's Trail System

Wright County Parks & Recreation has issued a release regarding the parks trail system and how skiers, snowshoers and bike riders can share the trails while respecting the other trail users. To see the full release, click here: https://www.co.wright.m...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 6, 2022

Minnesota Had Most Driving-Related Deaths Since 2007 Last Year

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety has issued a press release summarizing the traffic deaths that took place in 2021. There were 497 traffic deaths – the most in a year since 2007. This is a significant increase – from 2016-2020...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 6, 2022

Highway 5 in Annandale to Close Today for Emergency Railroad Track Repair

Starting at 9 a.m. today (Jan. 6), the Canadian Pacific Railroad will be closing Highway 5 (Excelsior Avenue N.), just south of Highway 55 in Annandale for an emergency track repair. Work is scheduled to be completed by 3 p.m. today. This is expected to b...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 5, 2022

Husom Named County Board Chair for 2022

At its first meeting of 2022 on Tuesday (Jan. 4), the Wright County Board of Commissioners elected Christine Husom as board chair. Husom, who doesn’t intend to run for re-election in November, was selected board chair for the second time in three years.

Wh...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 4, 2022

U of M Extension Offering Summer Internship Program

By Karen Johnson, University of Minnesota Extension

Each summer, the University of Minnesota Extension welcomes undergraduate students interested in crops, livestock, horticulture, natural resources or communicating science to gain experience through inter...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 3, 2022

License Center Announces Appointment Openings for Jan. 18-28

The Wright County License Center has announced that it has opened appointment slots for the period of Jan. 18-28 for driver’s license renewals. Appointments can be made for other transactions like license tabs and title transfers, but those can ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 3, 2022

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report covering the period of Dec. 27-Jan. 2. The full report can be seen here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3071

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 30, 2021

Opportunities Available to View County Board Meetings

For those interested in knowing more about the actions taken by the Wright County Board of Commissioners, there are ways to keep up to date on the decisions made at the county board level.

Every Friday before a county meeting, the agenda and accompanying m...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 30, 2021

MnDOT Increases Load Restrictions for the Central Frost Zone

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced that, as of 12:01 a.m. Friday, Dec. 31, winter load limits for vehicles will be increased by 10 percent on unrestricted highways in the Central frost zone, which includes all of Wright County.

Vehicl...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 30, 2021

National Weather Service Issues Dangerous Cold Advisory

The National Weather Service has issued a warning for dangerously cold temperatures this weekend. Air temperatures in Wright County Friday night (New Year’s Eve into New Year’s Day) are expected to reach between 15-20 degrees below zer...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 30, 2021

Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard for the period of Dec. 23-29. Due to a technical issue, the dashboard on the county website is unable to be updated. The problem is being worked on and may be fixed by later today.

Over...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 30, 2021

County Offices and Facilities Closed Friday

All Wright County offices and facilities will be closed Friday, Dec. 31 in observance of the New Year’s holiday. All offices and facilities will reopen at 8 a.m. Monday, Jan. 3.

Wright County News
Posted on: December 28, 2021

County Seeking Quotes for Tree Removal in Stockholm Township

The Wright County Division of Agriculture and Drainage is seeking quotes for the removal of trees and other wood species for a section of Joint Ditch 15 in Stockholm Township, totaling 1,300 linear feet. All specified work must be completed by Friday, Mar...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 28, 2021

Highway Trucks on the Road All Day Before Temperatures Plunge

The National Weather Service is warning those who will be out on the roads or traveling any distance in Minnesota to be aware of conditions that will be going from bad to worse in the coming days.

A storm system that is moving its way across the state star...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 27, 2021

Deputy Involved in Motor Vehicle Crash in St. Michael

An announcement from the Wright County Sheriff’s Office:

At approximately 7 p.m. Thursday, December 23, 2021, a Deputy with the Wright County Sheriff’s Office was responding to an unknown medical call on the 400 block of Main Street Nor...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 27, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report covering the period of Dec. 20-26. The full report can be seen here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3054

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 23, 2021

The Turn Announces Graduation Ceremony Set for Jan. 6

The Turn, the Wright County Adult Drug Court, is pleased to announce the graduation of Thomas Nickleby from the program. Established in 2016, The Turn is a voluntary program designed to hold participants accountable for their actions and providing with a ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 23, 2021

All County Offices Closed Friday, Dec. 24

All Wright County offices and facilities will be closed Friday, Dec. 24 in observance of the Christmas holiday. All departments and offices will reopen at 8 a.m. Monday, Dec. 27

Wright County News
Posted on: December 23, 2021

Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard for the period of Dec. 17-22. Due to lack of staffing in Public Health of the holidays, the weekly counts for this week and next week will be released at the end of the day Wednesday, ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 22, 2021

Filing for Township Elections Opens Tuesday, Dec. 28

On Tuesday, Dec. 28, the candidate filing period will open for 15 Wright County township for the March 8 election. The candidate filing will end Tuesday, Jan. 11.

To file for a position, an affidavit of candidacy needs to be submitted to the local town cle...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 22, 2021

DNR Issues Guidelines for Being Out on Ice

With colder temperatures arriving, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reminding people about the different ice depths needed to walk or drive on ice-covered lakes. To learn more about this process and ice depths, click here: https://www.dnr....

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 21, 2021

Wright County Jail Graduates Three from Food Service Program

A Message from the Wright County Sheriff’s Office:

Recidivism continues to be a major issue for the United States correctional system. Studies have shown that education and job training have significant impact on reducing repeat offenses. As a re...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 21, 2021

County Board Approves 2022 MCPP Participation

At its meeting this morning (Dec. 21), the Wright County Board of Commissioners approved participation in Minnesota Housing Finance Agency’s Minnesota Cities Participation Program. Wright County has been part of MCPP since 2008 – a pro...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 21, 2021

Passport Fee to Raise by $20 Next Week

The U.S. State Department announced Monday (Dec. 20) that beginning Monday, Dec. 27, fees are going to go up for passports – raising the price of each $20 for its “security surcharge fee.”

Passports book prices vary by age. Tr...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 20, 2021

Winter Storm Could Hit Wright County Tuesday During A.M. Commute

While the weather for Christmas weekend travel in Minnesota is expected to be good, the same likely won’t be the case tomorrow morning (Tuesday, Dec. 21). Depending on the track of a storm that is going to begin overnight in western Minnesota an...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 20, 2021

U of M Extension Hosting 3-Part Pollinator Webinar in February

By Tarah Young, University of Minnesota Extension Educator

Are you interested in bees and pollinators, but you don’t know where to begin? Check out thisupcoming webinar series to help guide you in your apiary ambitions. University of Minnesota Ex...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 20, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report covering the period of Dec. 13-19. The full report can be seen here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3041

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 17, 2021

Commissioners Competing at WCHS Festival of Trees

As part of its annual Festival of Trees, the Wright County Historical Society is running a competition among trees designed by Wright County Commissioners. The Historical Society has released a video of the four participating commissioners – Chr...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 17, 2021

State Announces Supply Chain Issue with License Tabs

Over the last two years, we’ve all had to deal with supply chain disruptions, but one that is currently impacting Minnesotans who need to renew their license tabs or cab cards in 2022. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety has released a sta...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 17, 2021

Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard. Over the past week, there were 573 new cases reported, with 27 hospitalizations, four cases that required treatment in an Intensive Care Unit and eight deaths. Since the pandemic bega...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 17, 2021

License Bureau Announces Appointment Openings for Jan. 3-14

As of 8 a.m. today (Friday, Dec. 17) the Wright County License Center has announced the opening of approximately 600 appointment slots for driver’s license renewals covering the period of Jan. 3-14. Appointments can be made on the county website...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 15, 2021

Highway Department Preparing for A Potentially Wild Night

When there is a weather emergency in December, the Wright County Highway Department typically has a plan in place before the storm arrives. But, with the unique set of circumstances coming this evening – severe thunderstorms, dangerously high wi...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 15, 2021

Unprecedented Weather Day Expected Today

The National Weather Service and Wright County Emergency Management are preparing for an unprecedented series of winter weather events today (Dec. 15), some that will impact Wright County.

Dense fog in enveloping much of the area this morning as temperatur...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 14, 2021

Stearns County Sheriff's Office Releases Statement About I-94 Incident

Anyone who was on I-94 yesterday afternoon between St. Michael and Hasty were aware of a massive traffic backup in the eastbound lanes of I-94. It was the result of a shooting in St. Cloud that led to a high-speed chase on I-94 that was initiated by Stear...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 14, 2021

Random Drug Testing Request for Proposals

Wright County Health & Human Services has put forth a Request for Proposals seeking qualified applicants to provide random drug testing for clients of Wright County Health & Human Services. Please review the Request for Proposals (RFP) document fo...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 13, 2021

Annie's Project Bringing Females in Agriculture Together

By Katie Drewitz, University of Minnesota Extension

University of Minnesota Extension is committed to supporting women in agriculture and the unique opportunities and challenges they face. Our collaboration with Annie’s Project brings these women...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 13, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report covering the period of the Dec. 6-12. The full report can be viewed here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3029

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 10, 2021

CSAH 9 East of Waverly Lake to Be Closed to Traffic Tuesday, Dec. 14

A Message from the Wright County Highway Department:

On Tuesday, Dec. 14, CSAH 9 on the east side of Waverly Lake will be closed between North Shore Drive and Lake Avenue. Bear Care Tree Service and Wright County High Department maintenance staff will be r...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 10, 2021

Highway Department Preparing for First Major Snow Event of the Season

The Wright County Highway Department is preparing for the first major winter storm of the season and all 26 plow drivers will be ready to get out on the roads beginning this afternoon and working throughout the overnight hours.

The amount of snow that come...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 10, 2021

MnDOT Provides Final 2021 Update on I-94 Construction

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has provided an update on the I-94 project from Maple Grove to Clearwater, which has largely finished its work for the winter.

MnDOT reports that all lanes and ramps in Wright County between Highway 241 in St. Mic...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 10, 2021

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard for the period of Dec. 3-9. Minnesota has had one of the highest rates of new cases in the country over the last few weeks and Wright County was no exception. There were 879 new cases ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 9, 2021

Ice Fish House Licenses Can Use 'Fast Pass' Option at License Center

A Message from the Wright County License Center:

Those looking to get fish house licenses can use the “fast pass” at the Wright County Government Center to purchase their license. No appointment is necessary for the purchase of ice fish...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 9, 2021

Friday Storm Now Expected to Impact Wright County

The National Weather Service has updated the track of a winter storm expected to arrive Friday afternoon (Dec. 10) to now include Wright County. As recently as yesterday, the storm track was expected to remain 50-60 miles south of Wright County, but the l...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 8, 2021

MPCA Issues Air Quality Warning Through This Afternoon

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has issued a Poor Air Quality Warning for much of eastern and central Minnesota for the rest of today – with Wright County directly in the middle of the warning area.

The Air Quality Index (AQI) is at the Ye...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 8, 2021

Truth in Taxation Hearing Tomorrow Night (Dec. 9)

The Wright County Board of Commissioners will be conducting its annual Truth in Taxation hearing at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9 in the Wright County Government Center in downtown Buffalo. At that time, County Administrator Lee Kelly will make a presentation r...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 7, 2021

State's Driver Testing Station Reopens in Buffalo

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 6, 2021

Parks & Rec Seeking Public Input On Comprehensive Master Plan

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 6, 2021

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 6, 2021

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

A Message from the Wright County Highway Department

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 3, 2021

WCSO: Suspect in Custody Following Event This Morning

A Message from the Wright County Sheriff's Office:

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 3, 2021

Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

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

Over the last tw...

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