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Posted on: March 26, 2019

General Juror Guidelines

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

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Posted on: February 19, 2021

Seeking Applicants For HHS Advisory Committee

Advisory Committee Application

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

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Posted on: March 2, 2021

Spring Road Weight Restrictions to Begin Friday, March 5th

The Wright County Highway Department announced today that, due to consistently warm weather projected for this week and thawing that will accompany that, the 2021 Spring Load Restrictions on county highways throughout the county road system will take effe...

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Posted on: January 26, 2021

Wright County Adopts Spring Load Restrictions for County System

Wright County Highway Engineer Virgil Hawkins said the purpose of the spring load restrictions is to protect the roads when they are their most vulnerable.

“This is an annual thing that we do,” Hawkins said. “It’s me...

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Posted on: October 2, 2020

Delano CSAH 30 Project nears completion (for 2020 work)

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

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Posted on: March 1, 2021

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

On February 22, Gerald Lamont Bland, 26, of Coon Rapids, was arrested in Anoka County on a Wright County warrant for 5th degree possession of a controlled substance violation.

 

On February 22, James Earl Meyer, 57, of Sauk Rapids, was arrested in ...

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Sheriff News Releases
Posted on: February 22, 2021

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

On February 15, Hillary Anne Kircher, 36, of Monticello, was arrested in Monticello on the charge of domestic assault.

 

On February 16, Benjamin James Lindquist, 33, of Monticello, was arrested in Monticello on the charge of making harassing phone...

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Sheriff News Releases
Posted on: February 16, 2021

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

On February 8, Jeffrey Nash Hanson, 55, of St. Cloud, was arrested in Stearns County on a Wright County warrant for 2nd degree DWI.

 

On February 8, George Thomas Holmes, 48, of St. Michael, was arrested in Sherburne County on a Wright County warra...

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Sheriff News Releases
Posted on: February 8, 2021

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

On February 1, Ashley Nicole Olson, 24, of Brainerd, was arrested in Clearwater on the charge of 5th degree possession of a controlled substance.

 

On February 1, Craig Adam Shoemaker, 31, of Blaine, was arrested in Anoka County on a Wright County ...

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Sheriff News Releases
Posted on: February 1, 2021

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

On January 25, Vinson Anthony Charette, 43, of Chaska, was arrested in Sherburne County on a Wright County warrant for theft violations.

 

On January 25, Allison Rachel Payne, 25, of Woodbury, was arrested in Goodhue County on a Wright County warra...

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Sheriff News Releases
Posted on: January 25, 2021

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

On January 18, Scott James Nichols, 34, of Becker, was arrested in Monticello on the charge of 5th degree possession of a controlled substance.

 

On January 18, Jordan Enrique Przybylinski, 22, of Monticello, was arrested in Monticello on Wright Co...

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Sheriff News Releases
Posted on: January 19, 2021

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

On January 11, Brendan Andrew Durant, 20, of Maple Grove, was arrested in Anoka County on a Wright County warrant for 1st degree burglary violations.

 

On January 11, Marviell Ji’Col-Quyntor James, 19, of Brooklyn Park, was arrested in He...

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Sheriff News Releases
Posted on: January 11, 2021

Wright County Sheriff Activity Report for period ending January 11, 2021

On January 4, Deanna Marie Sells, 43, of Waite Park, was arrested in Stearns County on a Wright County warrant for 2nd degree DWI violations.

 

On January 4, Rebecca Lynn Bullock-Echols, 36, of Litchfield, was arrested in Meeker County on Wright Co...

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Posted on: January 4, 2021

Wright County Sheriff Activity Report for period ending January 4, 2021

On December 28, Lamina May Harris, 43, of Waverly, was arrested in Buffalo on Wright County warrants for violation of a domestic abuse no contact order, 5th degree possession of a controlled substance, theft and domestic assault, a Hennepin County warrant...

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Posted on: March 5, 2021

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

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

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Posted on: March 5, 2021

Tomorow Marks One-Year Anniversary of COVID in Minnesota

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

It&r...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 5, 2021

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 5, 2021

Licence Bureau Announces Appointment Openings for March 15-26

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 4, 2021

Scammers Looking for Private Information, Money In Multiple Ways

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 4, 2021

Pair of Deadlines Approaching for Expired Driver's Licenses, REAL ID

A pair of key deadlines are approaching – one soon and one less than seven months away – that Minnesotans should be aware of.

The first is the end of the grace period for driving with an expired driver’s license. When the COVI...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 3, 2021

USDA Releases Row Crop Yield Estimates for 2020

The final estimates from the United States Department of Agriculture for row crops yields are now available. These estimates include corn and soybeans, the two most common crops in Wright County and Minnesota. In general, growing conditions in 2020 were v...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 3, 2021

Low Income Homeowners in Need Can Access Energy Assistance Program Funds

The Minnesota Department of Commerce has doubled the crisis benefits for its Energy Assistance Program as bills start arriving covering the brutal two-week cold snap that hit Minnesota in February.

The maximum crisis benefit for qualifying households has d...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 3, 2021

Absentee Voting for March 9 Township Elections Available

Absentee voting is available for the 2021 March Township Elections, which be conducted Tuesday, March 9.

A total of 15 of Wright County’s 18 townships will hold their elections in March – Albion, Buffalo, Chatham, Cokato, Corinna, Frank...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 2, 2021

U of M Extension Offers Tips on Spring Tree Pruning

By Adam Austing & Katie Drewitz, University of MN Extension educators

As March welcomes us with mild weather perhaps you are looking for something to do to get out of the house. There are a few tasks you can be focusing on to help get you ready for spr...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 2, 2021

Spring Road Weight Restrictions to Begin Friday, March 5th

The Wright County Highway Department announced today that, due to consistently warm weather projected for this week and thawing that will accompany that, the 2021 Spring Load Restrictions on county highways throughout the county road system will take effe...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 1, 2021

New COVID Cases Continue to Remain In Low-End Trajectory

As more COVID-19 vaccines are expected to come into Wright County in the coming weeks and months, the bad news is that many will likely have to wait until late-spring or early-summer to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

The good news, however, is that, as more peo...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 1, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff's Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of February 22-28. The full report can be seen here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=2355

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 26, 2021

From Slovakia to Buffalo Township: A K9 Police Dog's Journey

When one thinks about the centers of law enforcement, Buffalo Township not only doesn’t jump immediately to mind, it’s not even part of the conversation.

However, for many law enforcement agencies, Buffalo Township is a destination to a...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 26, 2021

Deadline for Public Input on Hwy. 25 Project Coming Sunday

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is looking for public input on the future construction of Highway 25 between Catlin Street in Buffalo and Kjellberg Court in Monticello, which is slated for construction in 2026.

MnDOT is currently conducting a co...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 26, 2021

What You Need to Know If You Are Going to Reserve a County Campground Space

Monday (March 1) is going to be the busiest day of the year – and the most lucrative – for the Wright County Parks & Recreation Department. At 8 a.m. Monday, the on-line application portal to reserve campsites in Collinwood and Sch...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 26, 2021

K9 Officer Retiring After Eight Years of Service to Sheriff's Office

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office is celebrating a pair of retirements this week. Captain Dan Anselment, whose final day of work after 33 years with the Sheriff’s Office is today, was honored at Tuesday’s Wright County Board...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 26, 2021

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard. For the first time since October, there were no deaths of Wright County residents during the last week.

The lowering of numbers has continued throughout the first two months of 2021 af...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 25, 2021

County Receives Prestigious Financial Reporting Award for Fifth Straight Year

For the fifth straight year, Wright County’s Finance & Taxpayer Services Office (formerly known as the Auditor/Treasurer’s Office) has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement from the Government Finance Officers Association of ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 25, 2021

Governor Lays Out Projected Timeline for COVID-19 Vaccinations

At a press conference this afternoon, Gov. Tim Walz laid out the timeline for the anticipated rate of getting Minnesotans vaccinated.

The state is still in the first phase of vaccinations, having inoculated heath care personnel, long-term care facility res...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 25, 2021

United Way Donates $2,500 to Wright County Sheriff's Office

This afternoon (Feb. 25), The Wright County Sheriff’s Office was pleased to accept a donation of $2,500 from the Wright County Area United Way. The purpose of the donation was to contribute to officer wellness.

Wright County Area United Way Execu...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 24, 2021

Interactive County Map Updated on County Website

The Wright County Surveyor’s Department has updated its interactive county map on the Wright County website.

Whether on a computer or with a mobile device, if you click on a city or township, you will be directed to their respective websites.

For ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 24, 2021

Fish Houses Must Be Off Lakes By Monday

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reminding those who ice fish in the lower two-thirds of Minnesota (including Wright County) that the deadline to remove fish houses is 11:59 p.m. Monday, March 1. The deadline for the northern third of Minn...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 24, 2021

PPP Funds Being Made Available to Businesses with Less Than 20 Employees

On Monday, President Biden announced changes to the Small Business Relief Programs conducted by the Small Business Administration (SBA) to provide more equity for small businesses with less than 20 employees, including sole proprietors, independent contra...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 24, 2021

Absentee Voting for March Township Elections Now Open

Absentee voting has opened for the 2021 March Township Elections, which be conducted Tuesday, March 9.

A total of 15 of Wright County’s 18 townships will hold their elections in March – Albion, Buffalo, Chatham, Cokato, Corinna, Frankli...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 23, 2021

Anselment Honored for 33 Years in the Wright County Sheriff's Office

In 1988, we were in the second term of the Reagan Administration, the Berlin Wall was still a year from coming down, fans of the Minnesota Twins were still celebrating their first World Series title in franchise history, the Internet wasn’t yet ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 23, 2021

Farmers Reminded That ARC, PLC Deadlines Coming March 15

A Message from University of Minnesota Extension

If you have not already made your 2021 Farm Bill Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) decision, now is the time to sign-up. U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agen...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 22, 2021

DNR Announces Changes to Married Couples Fishing Licenses

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is now requiring both members of married couple looking to purchase a 2021 combination fishing or hunting license to be present to provide and verify their own complete information.

This practice is new to Minn...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 22, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of Feb. 15-21, 2021. The full report can be viewed here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=2337

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 22, 2021

Deadline Looming for Public Input on Hwy. 25 Project

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is looking for public input on the future construction of Highway 25 between Catlin Street in Buffalo and Kjellberg Court in Monticello, which is slated for construction in 2026.

MnDOT is currently conducting a co...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 19, 2021

Parks & Rec Preparing for March 1 Opening for Campsite Reservations

March 1 is the most active day of the year in the Wright County Parks & Recreation Department. It is the annual opening of reservations for campsites in Wright County parks and most of the available spots fill up quickly. When the reservation portal o...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 19, 2021

State Launches Website for All Minnesotans to Register to Get In Line for Vaccine

There has been a lot of confusion concerning when most Minnesotans will become eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine. In a way to help streamline the process, the state has launched its “Vaccine Connector” website to help inform residen...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 19, 2021

MPCA Issues Code Orange Air Quality Alert for Tonight Through Noon Sunday

Many of us have been waiting for more than two weeks for mild weather to return, but those in vulnerable groups – the very young, the elderly and those with respiratory conditions – are being warned to limit outdoor activities over the...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 19, 2021

Public Health Issues Press Release Marking One Year of COVID-19 In the U.S.

Wright County Public Health has issued a press release concerning the last year under the cloud of COVID-19. The first release Public Health put out, dated Feb. 13, 2020, dealt with the fact that the virus had entered the United State. At that point, only...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 19, 2021

Grace Period for Renewing Expiring Driver's Licenses Coming to a Close

The Wright County License Bureau is reminding residents that the grace period for being able to drive with an expired driver’s license is ending soon.

The deadline for those with commercial driver’s licenses is Sunday, Feb. 28. After th...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 19, 2021

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard and, for the fourth straight week, the number of new confirmed cases in Wright County has been less than 200. Over the last seven days, there were just 133 new cases. Two of those requ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 19, 2021

Licence Bureau Announces Appointment Openings for March 1-12

As of 8 a.m. today (Feb. 18), appointments for driver’s license renewals at the Wright County License Bureau are open for the period of March 1-12. Appointments can be scheduled on the main page of the county website under the “Make an...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 18, 2021

Lantern Cross County Ski Event Coming to Ney Park Saturday

After two weeks in the deep freeze, Wright County Parks & Recreation’s Lantern Cross-County Ski event couldn’t come at a better time than 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 20). The event is at Robert Ney Memorial Park Reserve in Maple Lak...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 18, 2021

CMRP Looking for Public Input for Framework 2030 Project

The Central Mississippi River Regional Planning Partnership (CMRP) is entering Round 2 of its Framework 2030 Plan and is looking for input from the stakeholders involved in the project.

CMRP is a collaborative effort between Wright and Sherburne counties. ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 17, 2021

State Legislature May Be Key to Overhaul of Driver's Testing System

Last year, Wright County residents were stunned to learn that, following the state shutdown of all License Bureaus, DMVs and driver road testing stations as the first wave of COVID-19 swept through Minnesota, the Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) testing ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 17, 2021

Two 4-H Summer Internships Available

A Message from University of Minnesota Extension

Two temporary summer internship opportunities are available to provide assistance to the Wright County 4-H Program in support of youth development activities related to 4-H programs, camps, the Wright County...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 16, 2021

County Adopts Service Animal Policy (with Surprise Inclusion)

As part of its Feb. 16 agenda, the Wright County Board of Commissioners approved almost 20 items on its Consent Agenda – items that are approved without discussion. Among them was what appeared to be a housecleaning item that wasn’t pa...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 16, 2021

Members of Solar Farm Work Group Named

At its Jan. 26 meeting, the Wright County Board of Commissioners voted to implement an emergency moratorium on the construction and development of solar farms in the county. The moratorium could be kept in place for as much as one year as a study group wo...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 16, 2021

I-35W Bridge to Glow Purple Tonight

The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced this morning that the I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis that crosses the Mississippi River will be glow purple tonight in honor of the victims of the Allina Health Crossroads Clinic and in solidarity with the...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 16, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period of February 8-14. The entire report can be viewed here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=2312

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 12, 2021

County Board, Staff to Conduct Moment of Silence for Victims of Tuesday's Shootings

The Wright County Board of Commissioners and several county staff will conduct a moment of silence in honor of the victims of Tuesday’s shooting at the Allina Health Crossroads Clinic at 9 a.m. at the start of its Tuesday, Feb. 16 meeting. The m...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 12, 2021

HHS Releases 2020 Social Services Block Grant Report for Public Review, Comment

A Message from Wright County Health & Human Services

Wright County Health & Human Services receives federal funding through the Social Security Block Grant. These funds are utilized to assist our community members in maintaining economic self-suffi...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 12, 2021

National Weather Service Issues Wind Chill Advisory for Wright County

At 2:20 p.m. this afternoon, the National Weather Service issued a Wind Chill Advisory for Wright County through noon Saturday (Feb. 13) with wind chill temperatures expected to reach 25 to 35 degrees below zero. Wright County is also under a Wind Chill A...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 12, 2021

Absentee Voting for March Township Elections Now Open

Absentee voting has opened for the 2021 March Township Elections, which be conducted Tuesday, March 9.

A total of 15 of Wright County’s 18 townships will hold their elections in March – Albion, Buffalo, Chatham, Cokato, Corinna, Frankli...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 12, 2021

All County Offices and Facilities Closed Monday

All Wright County offices and facilities will be closed Monday, February 15, 2021 in observance of the President’s Day holiday. All offices and facilities will re-open at 8 a.m. Tuesday, February 16.

Wright County News
Posted on: February 12, 2021

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard and the good news is that the number of new confirmed cases continue to be in decline for new confirmed cases.

This week there were 127 new confirmed cases, the lowest weekly total sinc...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 11, 2021

County Board Comments on This Week's Tragic Events

A Message from the Wright County Board of Commissioners

The Wright County Board of Commissioners extends our heartfelt condolences to the victims, families, employees and neighbors impacted by the tragic events of Tuesday. We often hear the phrase, &ld...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 11, 2021

View Today's Press Conference

UPDATE: The original video posted cut off approximately eight minutes of media questioning. The link below is the entirety of the press conference

This morning (Feb. 11), charges were filed against Gregory Ulrich in connection with the shootings Tuesday at...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 11, 2021

Flags At Half-Staff At All County Facilities to Honor Victims

Yesterday, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz ordered that flags at all state and federal buildings be flown at half-staff to honor the victims of Tuesday’s fatal shooting at the Allina Health Crossroads Clinic in Buffalo. Wright County has ordered that fl...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 11, 2021

County Attorney Files Charges Against Gregory Ulrich

At 9:16 a.m. this morning (Feb. 11), Wright County Attorney Brian Lutes filed the criminal complaint documents with the 10th Judicial District Court in the case of the State of Minnesota vs. Gregory Paul Ulrich. The full filing can be viewed here: https:/...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 11, 2021

Park & Rec Snowshoe, Boot Hike Event Scheduled for Saturday Cancelled

Due to brutally cold temperatures and wind chills forecast for this weekend, the Wright County Parks & Recreation Valentine’s Day-themed Sweetheart Snowshoe and Boot Hike scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 13 at Robert Ney Memorial Park in Maple L...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 10, 2021

Press Conference Scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Thursday with Sheriff, County Attorney

At 11:30 a.m. tomorrow (Thursday, Feb. 11), Wright County Attorney Brian Lutes and Wright County Sheriff Sean Deringer will conduct a press conference discussing the charges being filed against Gregory Ulrich in connection with Tuesday’s inciden...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 10, 2021

A Statement from the Wright County Sheriff's Office

Updated shooting information / Upcoming Press conference

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office, the Buffalo Police Department, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and the ATF continue to process evidence and interview potential witnesses...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 10, 2021

A Message from Buffalo Clinic, Central Minnesota Mental Health Center

A Message from Stephanie Barnes, Buffalo Clinic Manager/BIP Coordinator, Central Minnesota Mental Health Center

“As we all continue to process the tragic events of Tuesday in our community of Buffalo, I wanted to extend the support of Central MN ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 10, 2021

Law Enforcement Cracking Down on Excessive Speeding

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety has announced that there will be increased enforcement of speeding on Minnesota highways over the next several weeks after 2020 data produced some startling results.

Preliminary data from 2020 showed that 120 motor...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 9, 2021

Suspect in Shooting Named, First Court Appearance Set

At a press conference this afternoon, Gregory Ulrich, 67, was identified as the lone suspect in the shooting this morning at the Allina Crossroads Clinic. Given the early stages of the investigation into the shooting, Wright County Sheriff Sean Deringer a...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 9, 2021

Sheriff's Office Statement on Shooting

A Statement from the Wright County Sheriff’s Office

At 10:54 the Wright County Sheriff's Office communication's center received a call from the 700 block of Crossroads Campus Drive in the City of Buffalo for a report of shots fi...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 9, 2021

Press Conference Scheduled for 3 P.M. With Sheriff, Buffalo P.D.

A press conference has been scheduled for 3 p.m. in Courtroom 2 on the Second Floor of the Wright County Government Center in connection with this morning’s shooting at the Allina Crossroads Clinic in Buffalo.

Wright County Sheriff Sean Deringer ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 9, 2021

Traffic Detoured in Buffalo Due to Active Shooter

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to stay away from the area of Highway 55 and Willems Way in Buffalo. There has been an active shooter incident at the Allina Health Urgent Care – Buffalo Crossroads clinic. A susp...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 8, 2021

Highway Department Warning Drivers About Black Ice Patches

This morning throughout the greater Twin Cities metro area, including Wright County, there were hundreds of crashes and spinouts despite a mere dusting of snow. The culprit? Black Ice.

Black Ice can be created by frozen drizzle and rain, but can also occur...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 8, 2021

U of M Extension to Host Beef Calving Essentials Webinar Series

University of Minnesota Extension is excited to host a six-part webinar series titled “Beef Calving Essentials Webinar Series.” The Zoom meetings will be held on February 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, and 25 from 8-9 p.m. each day. The series wil...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 8, 2021

First-Time Home Buyers Program Includes $2 Million for Wright County

The Minnesota Department of Housing is providing funding of more than $2 million in Wright County to assist first-time home buyers as part of the Minnesota Cities Participation Program (MCPP).

The MCPP has been around for more than 20 years and offers assi...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 8, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report covering the period of February 1-7, 2021. To see the full report, click here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=2284

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 5, 2021

Residents 65 and Older Can Sign Up for COVID-19 Vaccine Lottery

As the COVID-19 vaccine is being rolled out in greater supplies, local governments are setting up random selection processes for residents age 65 and older to sign up to be selected. Wright County Public Health has added a link to its COVID-19 page on the...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 5, 2021

Census Bureau Hiring Field Reps for Summer Survey Work

The United States Census Bureau completed its decennial population count in 2020, but there are hiring opportunities for well-paying positions for field representatives with the American Housing Survey (AHS).

The AHS is sponsored by the U.S. Department of ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 5, 2021

Emergency Management Has Tips for Dealing with Prolonged Cold Weather

Wright County is going to be experiencing potential record-breaking cold over the next several days and Wright County Emergency Management has some precautions that residents should be aware of.

The Polar Vortex that is descending on Wright County is going...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 5, 2021

Trailblazer Transit Offer Free Rides to Anyone Getting a COVID-19 Vaccination

A Message from Trailblazer Transit

Trailblazer Transit will offer transportation at no cost to customers for any rides related to a COVID-19 vaccination.  Caretakers and children may also ride along at no cost.  Customers will need to coo...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 5, 2021

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard. The number of new confirmed cases hit its lowest point since early October with 166 new cases. The county also recorded the least number of hospitalizations (3), trips to an intensive...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 5, 2021

Licence Bureau Announces Appointment Openings for Feb. 16-26

As of 8 a.m. today (Feb. 4), appointments for driver’s license renewals at the Wright County License Bureau are open for the period of Feb. 16-26. Appointments can be scheduled on the main page of the county website (www.co.wright.mn.us) under t...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 2, 2021

U of M Extension Offering Tips On How to Extend the Life of Your Garden

By Adam Austing, University of Minnesota Extension Educator

As we enter February, many Minnesota gardeners find themselves wishing they didn’t have to wait until April or May to get back in the garden. Cold fall temperatures usually shut down our...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 2, 2021

2021 Wright County Fair Remains in Limbo Amid COVID-19 Protocols

Last year, the Wright County Fair was cancelled for the first time since World War II (when the County Fairgrounds were being used as a German prisoner of war camp) due to COVID-19. Organizers held out hope entering last summer that it could come off as p...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 2, 2021

MnDOT Seeking Public Input for 2026 Construction on Hwy. 25

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is looking for public input on the future construction of Highway 25 between Catlin Street in Buffalo and Kjellberg Court in Monticello, which is slated for construction in 2026.

MnDOT is currently conducting a co...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 1, 2021

Potter Named Citizen of the Year By WCEDP

Former Wright County Commissioner Mike Potter may be done in his capacity of serving the residents of Wright County as an elected official, but he was honored Jan. 29 by the Wright County Economic Development Partnership (WCEDP) as its 2020 Outstanding Ci...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 1, 2021

See What Topics the Wright County Board Will Discuss and Watch Meetings Live

Wright County residents may be unaware that if they want to follow the decisions made by the Wright County Board of Commissioners, they can be kept up to date on what topics will be discussed and what supporting materials come along with each item to help...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 1, 2021

DPS Warns Drivers About School Bus Stop Arms

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is warning drivers about the dangers and penalties for ignoring stop arms on school buses. Last year, more than 500 tickets were given to drivers who didn’t obey stop arms. MDPS has a video explaining th...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 1, 2021

Wright County Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report covering the period of January 25-31, 2021. To see the full report, click here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=2270

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 1, 2021

Small Business Relief Grant Deadline Extended to Feb. 8

The deadline for Wright County-based small businesses to apply for Small Business Relief Grant funding has been extended. The deadline to submit an application is 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8. Small businesses that have been impacted by Executive Orders from ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 29, 2021

County Board Approves Moratorium on Solar Farm Development

At its meeting Jan. 26, the Wright County Board of Commissioners voted for a second time in five years to place an emergency moratorium on the construction and development of solar farms in the county.

The placement of solar farms on agricultural land has ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 29, 2021

Highway Department Preparing for Weekend Snowfall

Here we go again. Another weekend, another storm to contend with.

The National Weather Service has issued warnings for potentially poor road conditions as a small storm rolls through the area with the potential for a combination of snow and freezing rain t...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 29, 2021

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard and the feared post-Christmas spike in cases hasn’t materialized locally. The number of new cases over the last week was 186 – the lowest weekly increase since Octo...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 28, 2021

Bail Set at $1 Million for Suspect in Monticello Police Standoff

A message from Wright County Attorney Brian Lutes

The Wright County Attorney’s Office has charged Justin Michael Dellwo in connection with the armed standoff that occurred in Monticello on January 25 and 26. Justin Michael Dellwo is charged with ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 28, 2021

Driver's License Renewals Must Be Up To Date By March 31

Last March when the COVID-19 pandemic first hit in Minnesota, Gov. Tim Walz made numerous executive orders. Among them was to shut down all License Bureaus and DMVs, which created a backlog for those seeking to renew driver’s licenses. Because d...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 27, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Statement Concerning Incident in Monticello Tuesday

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released details on the arrest of Justin Dellwo of St. Michael after a standoff in the City of Monticello that lasted 17 hours. The full release can be viewed here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.as...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 26, 2021

Wright County Adopts Spring Load Restrictions for County System

At its meeting today (Jan. 26), the Wright County Board of Commissioners undertook an annual rite of passage – approving spring weight restrictions for vehicles during an eight-week period in the spring. Wright County Highway Engineer Virgil Hawkins said ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 26, 2021

Parks & Rec Offering Four February Programs

Wright County Parks & Recreation has some exciting programs coming in February for those interested in enjoying the brisk outdoors.

From 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, Parks & Rec will host “Woodworking for Wildlife” &ndas...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 26, 2021

Sheriff: Active Incident Ongoing In Monticello

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office is currently in an ongoing standoff with a suspect in Monticello near the roundabout at Fenning Ave. NE and School Boulevard. The suspect is in a vehicle, is believed to be in possession of a firearm and has refused to e...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 25, 2021

Safe Families For Children Expanding Reach in Wright County

At a time in life when someone feels isolated, overwhelmed and alone from their normal life, having a friend to talk to or lend a helping hand can be critical. For a single parent or a family that is struggling to get from one day to the next, having some...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 27, 2021

Small Business Relief Grant Deadline Coming Jan. 29

A reminder for those looking to access funds from the Small Business Relief Grant program that the deadline to apply is Friday, Jan. 29. The online application portal, which can be found on the front page of the Wright County website under the heading &am...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 25, 2021

U of M Extension Offering Online Webinars for Beef Cattle Producers

Online Beef Quality Assurance & Secure Beef Supply Training Scheduled

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 25, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report covering the period of January 18-24, 2021. The full report can be seen here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=2250

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 25, 2021

Drivers Advised to Have Winter Emergency Kit In Their Vehicles

Although the winter of 2020-21 has been mild by Minnesota standards, we’re far from done with winter and the hazards winter weather can bring. All drivers should have an emergency kit in their vehicles in the event your vehicle breaks down or yo...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 22, 2021

The Turn to Hold Graduation Ceremony Jan. 28

The Turn is pleased to announce the graduation of Isaac Hamilton from its program. The Turn is an adult drug court diversion program that is extremely stringent and requires those in the program to meet numerous requirements to have their felony cases red...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 22, 2021

Highway Department Preparing for Weekend Snowfall

Another round of snow is expected Saturday in much of Minnesota and the Wright County Highway Department is already out on the roads laying down de-icing brine before the storm arrives.

Currently the storm is projected to drop three to four inches of snow ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 22, 2021

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 Dashboard. The number of new confirmed cases over the past week (199) is the lowest weekly total in three months, but the other key numbers have remained consistent. Over last seven days, there ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 22, 2021

U of M Extension Offering Farm Safety Webinars

University of Minnesota Extension is excited to be partnering with North Dakota State University Extension to offer a series of farm safety webinars this winter. Each of us has been impacted in some way by an accident, injury, or fatality that has occurre...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 22, 2021

Licence Bureau Announces Appointment Openings for Feb. 1-12

As of 8 a.m. this morning (Jan. 22), the Wright County License Bureau has opened hundreds of appointment slots for driver’s license renewals covering the period of Feb. 1-12. For other License Bureau transactions, the walk-up window on the south...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 19, 2021

25 Years of Wright County Safe Schools Celebrated

In the Spotlight section of the Wright County website, we examine the 25th anniversary of Wright County Safe Schools and how this groundbreaking program started with a cup of coffee 25 years ago an had become one of the most effective collaboration of the...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 19, 2021

Wright County Public Health Releases Statement About Vaccination Pilot Project

A Message from Wright County Public Health

On Monday, January 18, the Minnesota Department of Health announced a pilot program to expand vaccine distribution in Minnesota. Nine pilot vaccination sites are opening up across the state to vaccinate adults age...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 19, 2021

U of M Extension Offers New Year's Resolutions for Gardeners

By a team of University of MN Extension educators

Did you make a New Year's resolution this month? Extension gardening educators have come up with a few gardening practice resolutions that should be easy to keep and are sure to help you help your ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 19, 2021

County Board Start Property Value Appeals Process, Sets Board of Equalization for June 14

It seems like every year, residents show up at the annual Country Truth in Taxation public hearing in early December to contest their property values. However, that process of appeal actually takes place in the spring and the first step in the process beg...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 19, 2021

Wright County Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report covering the period of January 11-17, 2021. The full report can be seen here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=2236

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 19, 2021

Sign Up to Be Notified About Community COVID-19 Vaccination Schedules

A Message from Wright County Public Health

Wright County Public Health is currently vaccinating those eligible as part of the phased approach to COVID-19 vaccination. As more people become eligible and more vaccine is available, we will provide information...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 19, 2021

Small Business Relief Grant Deadline Coming Jan. 29

A reminder for those looking to access funds from the Small Business Relief Grant program that the deadline to apply is Friday, Jan. 29 and those seeking funds are encouraged to get in their applications as soon as possible because it is anticipated that ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 15, 2021

County Offices Closed Monday, Jan. 18

All Wright County offices and facilities will be closed Monday, January 18, 2021 in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. All offices and facilities will reopen for business at 8 a.m. Tuesday, January 19.

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 15, 2021

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard and the last week witnessed Wright County surpassing 100 deaths attributed to the pandemic.

The number of new confirmed cases has continued a three-week trend of low numbers. Over the l...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 15, 2021

License Bureau Selling New Critical Habitat License Plates

The Wright County License Bureau has announced it has a new Critical Habitat License Plate available for those looking to add some color to their state-issued license plates.

The Pollinator Plate includes the state butterfly (the monarch butterfly) and the...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 14, 2021

A Message from Public Health Concerning Vaccine Distribution

A Message from Wright County Public Health

We are aware that the federal and state governments have changed direction for the guidance regarding vaccine distribution. The next priority group has changed to include those over the age of 65. Wright County Pu...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 14, 2021

Storm Expected to Accumulate Later Than Initially Anticipated

The Wright County Highway Department is dealing with the front of end of a snowstorm that is expected to continue through the rest of today and almost all of Friday.

Wright County Highway Maintenance Supervisor Steve Meyer said the biggest problem his crew...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 13, 2021

Small Business Relief Grant Program Processing Applications, Jan. 29 Deadline Looming

Small business owners that have been adversely impacted by the recent Executive Order 20-99 that forced businesses to close or reduce service are encouraged to access the $2.7 million that is available under the state’s Small Business Relief Gra...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 13, 2021

Storm Heading Toward Wright County Could Produce Significant Snow

Late last week, the Wright County Highway Department was combatting high humidity and temperatures hovering around freezing – treating roads for frost buildup. Starting Thursday morning, they’re going to be battling the more standard w...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 13, 2021

DNR Sponsoring Free 'Take a Kid Fishing Weekend'

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has announced that the annual Take a Kid Ice Fishing Weekend will be held over the coming three-day weekend Saturday, Jan.16 through Monday, Jan. 18.

Minnesota anglers age 16 and older can fish without having t...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 13, 2021

County Administrator Looks Back on 2020, Ahead to 2021

A Message from Wright County Administrator Lee Kelly

It is safe to say that 2020 was an unprecedented year presenting unique challenges that drove Wright County to adapt and change to our “new normal.” It would have seemed impossible to...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 12, 2021

WCCO-TV Filming in Buffalo Today for Thursday Early Morning Segment

Depending on what time of morning you’re up, you may want to watch or set your DVR to record “WCCO 4 News This Morning” at 5:45 a.m. Thursday. A camera crew is in Buffalo today filming the historic downtown area as part of WC...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 12, 2021

Parks & Rec to Host Lantern Cross Country Ski Event Saturday at Ney Park

The Wright County Parks & Recreation will be hosting a Lantern Cross-County Ski event from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23 at Robert Ney Memorial Park Reserve in Maple Lake Township. Almost 50 lanterns will be lit up on the pond loop trail for part...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 12, 2021

MDH Rolls Out COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Dashboard

Starting today, the Minnesota Department of Health has a new vaccine distribution dashboard dealing with the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine. According to the initial data that is provided, just 1.8 percent of Wright County (using old population data) hav...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 11, 2021

Reservations Now Being Accepted for 2021 Parks Shelter Rentals

As of 8 a.m. today, the Wright County Parks & Recreation Department has begun accepting reservations for park shelter rentals in Beebe, Bertram Chain of Lakes, Clearwater/Pleasant, Collinwood, Otsego and Schroeder Parks for 2021.

Those interested in re...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 11, 2021

U of M Extension to Host Free Gardening Webinars Feb. 16-19

University of Minnesota Extension educators are excited to bring you the second annual Gardening from the Group Up webinar series to help you achieve your garden and lawn goals. This free webinar series will take place February 16-19, 2021 from 1 to 2:30 ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 11, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report covering the period of Jan. 4-10. The full report can be viewed here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=2219

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 8, 2021

Parks Shelter Reservations Open Monday with New System

Wright County Parks & Recreation has a pair of important announcements for those intending to rent shelters at Beebe Lake County Park, Otsego County Park, Clearwater/Pleasant County Park, Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park and Collinwood and Schroed...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 8, 2021

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard and, for the fourth straight week, Wright County has seen a reduction in the number of new confirmed cases. Over the past week, there were 282 new confirmed cases – the lowes...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 8, 2021

Licence Bureau Announces Appointment Openings for Jan. 19-29

The Wright County License Bureau has opened hundreds of appointment slots for driver’s license renewals covering the period of Jan. 19-29. For other License Bureau transactions, the walk-up window on the south parking deck of the Government Cent...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 7, 2021

National Weather Service Issue Dense Fog Advisory for Friday

For those who will be on the roads for the morning commute Friday, the National Weather Service Twin Cities has issued a Dense Fog Advisory for the central portion of Minnesota. Added caution is advised and drivers are being warned to be prepared for rapi...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 6, 2021

County Board Completes 2021 Committee, Advisory Board Assignments

At the first meeting of 2021, the Wright County Board was tasked to make some of the most important decisions it makes at any point during the year. At its annual reorganizational meeting, the board named a new chairperson (Commissioner Mark Daleiden) and...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 6, 2021

Residents Warned to Be On the Lookout for COVID-19 Vaccine Scams

Wright County residents are being warned to be on the lookout for telephone and email scams dealing with the COVID-19 vaccine. Instances throughout the state and the country have been reported of emails or phone callers claiming to be able to get vaccines...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 6, 2021

U of M Extension Offering Podcast Aimed at Dairy Farmers

By Jim Salfer, University of Minnesota Extension

Dairy producers in the I-29 corridor and the United States have a new way of receiving information, thanks to the I-29 Moo University dairy consortium. Extension dairy specialists from each state develop eac...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 5, 2021

Small Business Relief Grant Application Portal on County Website Has Gone Live

The Wright County Small Business Relief Grant Application portal has gone live on the county website. It can be found on the main page of the county website on the left side of the page under the heading “Business Relief Grant Application.” To learn more ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 5, 2021

Highway Department Treating Roads Tonight and Wednesday to Combat Frost Buildup

Starting late this afternoon and for the next three days, the Wright County Highway Department will be spreading de-icing salt brine on county roads and highways because of the anticipation of frost problems in the coming days. The plan is start laying do...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 4, 2021

VIDEO: Lutes Sworn in as Wright County Attorney

Shortly after noon today (Jan. 4), Brian Lutes was sworn in as the new Wright County Attorney – the first county attorney other than retiring Tom Kelly the county has had in the last 22 years. In front of an enthusiastic, socially-distanced crow...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 4, 2021

Borrell Retires After Two Terms As the Defender of the 'Little Guy'

For the last eight years, Charlie Borrell has been an outspoken proponent of the “little guy” – residents who pay their taxes, obey the laws and basically want government to leave them alone. He was a Wright County farmer who...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 4, 2021

County to Open Applications for Small Business Relief Grants

In mid-December, the Minnesota State Legislature approved a Minnesota Small Business Relief Grant package to assist small businesses damaged by the COVID-19 pandemic and specifically losses directly resulting from Executive Order 20-99 signed by Gov. Tim ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 4, 2021

Potter Leaves County Board with Lasting Transportation Legacy

At tomorrow’s meeting of the Wright County Board of Commissioners, two new commissioners will be sworn in, replacing two sitting commissioners. One of them is Mike Potter, who has represented District 4 for the last eight years.

Potter lost a clo...

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Wright County News
Posted on: January 4, 2021

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report covering the period of Dec. 28-Jan. 3. The full report can be seen here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=2201

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 31, 2020

Public Health Releases COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its latest COVID-19 dashboard through December 31. Since the pandemic began, Public Health has released an updated county dashboard every Thursday. Because county offices were closed on the afternoon of Dec. 24, th...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 31, 2020

County Offices and Facilities Closed Friday

All Wright County offices and facilities will be closed Friday, January 1, 2021 in observance of the New Year’s holiday. All offices and facilities will re-open at 8 a.m. Monday, January 4.

Wright County News
Posted on: December 31, 2020

First COVID-19 Vaccines Have Arrived in Wright County

On Wednesday, the Wright County Public Health vaccination teams received their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. In the next few weeks, our Public Health Nurses and other support staff will be hard at work vaccinating the first priority groups.

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 30, 2020

County Honors Retiring License Bureau Supervisor

If you’ve renewed a driver’s license, got new plates or license tabs or needed a fishing or hunting license at the Wright County Government Center over the last 35 years, you’ve probably met Becky Aanerud. She announced her r...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 30, 2020

County Board Appoints Veteran Services Officer to Four-Year Term

Four years ago when Greg Pickard was hired as the Veteran Services Officer (VSO) for Wright County, his department was struggling. Like many counties, Veteran Services was tied together with Emergency Management/Nuclear. Unlike most counties, Wright Count...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 30, 2020

County Board Bids Farewell to Commissioners Charlie Borrell and Mike Potter

It’s never easy to say goodbye to someone you’ve worked closely with for a long time, but that’s what the Wright County Board of Commissioners faced at its Dec.29 board meeting. It was the final meeting for Commissioners Char...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 29, 2020

Highway Department Prepared for Snow Later Today

The Wright County Highway Department wants to inform residents that the snow that is coming today is likely to begin entering Wright County from the southeast at approximately 2 p.m. – a couple hours later than was initially expected.

Plow crews ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 29, 2020

U of M Extension Hosting Six-Part Winter Dairy Series

By Adam Austing, UMN Extension educator, Wright County

University of Minnesota Extension, in collaboration with the Minnesota Dairy Initiative- SouthCentral Region, have announced the upcoming Winter Dairy Series. This series will consist of six informal c...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 28, 2020

Kelly Leaves an Imprint, Legacy on Wright County

For about 9,000 mornings, Wright County Attorney Tom Kelly has driven to his job in Buffalo. On Thursday, he will be doing so for the last time. A 37-year employee in the Wright County Attorney’s Office – the last 22 as elected by coun...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 28, 2020

Highway Department Preparing for Third Round of Snow in Less Than a Week

Here we go again.

After avoiding snow up until the days leading up to Christmas, it looks like Wright County will once again be dealing with a commute that comes in the middle of a snow event.

As it did a week ago and again on Sunday, the Wright County High...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 28, 2020

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period covering December 21-27, 2020. To see the full report, click here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=2189

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 23, 2020

County Offices and Facilities to Close at Noon Thursday

All Wright County offices and facilities will close at noon tomorrow (Thursday, December 24) in observance of the Christmas holiday. Offices and facilities will re-open at 8 a.m. Monday, December 28.

Wright County News
Posted on: December 23, 2020

UPDATE: I-94 Closed in Both Directions Due to Separate Multi-Vehicle Crashes

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has closed the eastbound lanes of I-94 from Hwy. 25 in Monticello to the Rogers exit due to a crash near the Hwy. 241 St. Michael/Albertville exit. Drivers will need to take alternate routes. MnDOT has not provid...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 23, 2020

County Moving into 2021 with New Approach to Setting Budget, Levy

At its Dec. 15 meeting, the Wright County Board of Commissioners adopted its 2021 budget and certified levy (the portion of the budget that is paid in property taxes).

The budget for 2021 will be $153,827,273 – $8.2 million less than last year &a...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 23, 2020

License Bureau Unable to Take Walk-In Appointments for Driver's License Renewals Today

Due to the inclement weather, the Wright County License Bureau will not be accepting indoor walk-up traffic for driver’s license renewals for the remainder of today (Dec. 23). The staff is shorthanded and will only be able to process those with ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 23, 2020

Licence Bureau Announces Appointment Openings for Jan. 4-15

The Wright County License Bureau has announced that at 8 a.m. Thursday, December 24, a new round of appointments for driver’s license renewals will open covering the period of January 4-15. The appointment portal can be found on the front page o...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 23, 2020

Pre-Christmas Storm Bearing Down on Wright County with Higher Totals Expected

The anticipated pre-Christmas storm that is bearing down on Wright County has been delayed from earlier projections, but it is coming and the potential snowfall totals have been ramped up.

Wright County is under a blizzard warning until late in the evening...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 22, 2020

U of M Extension Offers Tips on Saving Holiday Poinsettias

By Katie Drewitz, University of MN Extension educator

For many, 2020 has meant trying things they’ve always wanted to do but never took the time. Perhaps one of those activities can be keeping your holiday poinsettia and working to get it to chan...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 22, 2020

License Bureau Has Message for Residents About December 24 Schedule

A Message from the Wright County License Bureau

On Thursday, December 24, the License Bureau will be open from 8 a.m. to noon. Currently, the appointments are full for that day, however, limited walk-ins indoors for all types of transactions will be accept...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 22, 2020

Highway Department Out on Roads in Preparation for Winter Storm

If you’re out and about on roads in Wright County this afternoon and evening, you may encounter Wright County Highway Department vehicles spraying the roadways in advance of what is expected to be a relatively significant snow event with a combination of ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 21, 2020

COVID-19 Testing Centers Will Be Closed Dec. 24-25 and Dec. 31-Jan. 1

At her daily press briefing today, Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm announced that COVID-19 testing sites throughout the state will be closed Thursday, December 24, Friday, December 25, Thursday, December 31 and Friday, January 1. The closures ar...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 21, 2020

U of M Extension Hosting Winter Dairy Series Seminars January Through March

By Adam Austing, UMN Extension educator, Wright County

University of Minnesota Extension, in collaboration with the Minnesota Dairy Initiative- SouthCentral Region, has announced the upcoming Winter Dairy Series. This series will consist of six informal co...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 21, 2020

Opening for District 1 Citizen Member on Wright County Board of Adjustment

A Message from Wright County Planning and Zoning Administrator Sean Riley

There is an opening for a citizen member on the Wright County Board of Adjustment.  This opening is for a member that resides in District 1, which is represented by Commissi...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 21, 2020

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report covering the period of December 14-20, 2020. The full report can be viewed here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=2175

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 18, 2020

HHS Modifying Annual Foster Care Holiday Party Due to COVID-19

A Message from Wright County Health & Human Services

Wright County Health and Human Services brings holiday joy to child foster families each year with an annual holiday party. This tradition began back in 2007 with a small gathering in the lobby of th...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 18, 2020

DNR Warning Residents About Thin Ice

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is warning about the danger associated with going out on ice on Minnesota lakes. While the temperatures have been consistently below freezing, typically you need a few days of temperatures around zero have ice...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 18, 2020

Wright County Public Health Releases Updated COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard for the period covering Dec. 11-17. The past week marked Wright County experiencing its 10,000th confirmed case of COVID-19. As has been the trend throughout Minnesota, the number of n...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 17, 2020

First-Time Homebuyers Program to Have New Allocation Pool in January

For many families, the biggest investment they’re ever going to make is their first home. They need to come up with the first down payment and many haven’t built up equity to that point. There is a long-running program that has helped ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 17, 2020

Parks & Rec to Open 2021 Park Shelter Reservations January 11

The Wright County Parks & Recreation Department has announced that it will open its 2021 campground shelter reservations for county parks at 8 a.m. Monday, January 11. The shelter reservations apply to Beebe Lake County Park, Bertram Chain of Lakes Re...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 16, 2020

U of M Extension Offering Seminars for Annie's Project

Annie’s Project is a nationwide program that empowers farm and ranch women to be better business partners through networks and by managing and organizing critical information. This program is Inspired by Annie's Project and will focus o...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 15, 2020

Highway Department Seeking Public Input for Highway 19 Project

The Wright County Highway Department has set up a webpage to provide a virtual open house for a construction project in St. Michael involving the intersection of CSAH 19/Central Avenue and CSAH 19/St. Michael Parkway. Wright County has received federal fu...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 14, 2020

County Board to Honor County Attorney At Tuesday's Meeting

At the beginning of its meeting tomorrow (Tuesday, Dec. 15), the Wright County Board of Commissioners will honor County Attorney Tom Kelly, who has served the county for 37 years – the last 22 as the elected Wright County Attorney. Kelly announc...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 14, 2020

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly activity report, covering the period of December 7-13. The full report can be found here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=2161

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 14, 2020

MnDOT Seeking Public Feedback on Statewide Pedestrian System Plan

The Minnesota Department of Transportation invites public feedback on the agency’s first Statewide Pedestrian System Plan. The plan provides policy and investment guidance to improve places where people walk across and along Minnesota highways.

T...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 11, 2020

Sheriff's Office Beard Challenge Raises More than $18,000

A Message from the Wright County Sheriff’s Office

The Sheriff’s Office is very proud to announce that the 2020 Beard Challenge was able to raise and donate an amazing $18,330 to RiverWorks of Rockford. This wonderful organization aligns...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 11, 2020

Wright County Public Health Releases Updated COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard. Over the last seven days, there have been 1,058 new confirmed cases, 34 cases that required hospitalization, three cases that required Intensive Care Unit beds and seven deaths. The c...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 11, 2020

Public Hearing Set for Dec. 15 to Discuss Change in the Auditor/Treasurer Position

As part of its December 15 agenda, the Wright County Board of Commissioners will consider a resolution that will turn the Auditor/Treasurer’s position from an elected position to an appointed position – similar to all nine Minnesota co...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 11, 2020

License Bureau Announces Appointment Openings for Dec. 21-31

As of 8 a.m. today (Dec. 11), hundreds of new appointment slots have opened for the Wright County License Bureau. The appointments cover the period of Dec. 21-31. Appointments are primarily for driver’s license renewals, but, with the cold winter months a...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 10, 2020

Public Health Provides a COVID-19 Vaccine Update

A Message from Wright County Public Health

Over the past several weeks and for the foreseeable future, Wright County Public Health and partners are planning for distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. Initial doses of the vaccine are anticipated to be distri...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 10, 2020

MEADA Receives $125,000 Federal Grant

Congressman Tom Emmer announced today that MEADA (Mentorship, Education and Drug Awareness) was awarded $125,000 in grant funding through the federal Drug-Free Communities Support Program.

Emmer released a statement praising the efforts of MEADA, which was...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 10, 2020

Take Virtual Tour of Sheriff's Office Training Center

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office Training Center opened this summer and a virtual tour of the facility is available on the county’s YouTube channel. To see the virtual tour, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FckONQ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 9, 2020

HHS Offering Those with Child Support Cases to Text Child Support Workers

The Child Support Division of Wright County Health & Human Services is part of a pilot project in the state that will allow child support workers to text clients regarding their child support cases.

Data has showed that more people text than email or c...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 9, 2020

MDH: Likely Months Before Most Wright County Residents Get COVID-19 Vaccine

On Tuesday, Gov. Tim Walz and the state’s top health leaders gave some insight as to how Minnesota will begin the process of vaccinating residents for COVID-19, which is expected to begin later this month.

However, many residents who want to get the vaccin...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 9, 2020

U of M Extension Offering Advice for Livestock Farmers as Winter Approaches

By Karen Johnson, Extension Educator – McLeod and Meeker Counties

Recently, I was working with a farmer that was trying to get his automatic waterers functioning efficiently for winter. The heating element had been disconnected from dairy heifers...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 9, 2020

Fire Prevention Tips Available Dealing with Space Heaters, Wood Stoves and Fireplaces

Although it may not seem like it at the moment, the cold and snow of winter is coming and many Wright County residents will be using space heaters, wood stoves and fireplaces to heat their homes, garages and cabins over the winter months.

Wright County Eme...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 8, 2020

Park & Rec Announces Schedule of Outdoor Events for Early 2021

A Message from Wright County Parks & Recreation

It has been an interesting year, to say the least, and here at Wright County Parks & Recreation we’ve been working hard to come up with a plan to provide some activities for you to get out and “Explor...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 8, 2020

Department of Public Safety Warns of Dangers of Distracted Driving

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety, as part of its Toward Zero Deaths initiative, has released a video entitled “Eight Seconds: One Fatal Distraction.” The video tells the true-life story of a distracted driver and the consequences of his actions, ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 7, 2020

Vetsch Explains Purpose of Wright County EDA

In November, the Wright County Board of Commissioners voted to create an Economic Development Authority (EDA) for Wright County after receiving a recommendation from the Wright County Economic Development Authority Advisory Committee, which met in August ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 7, 2020

Wright County License Bureau Has Modified Winter Schedule

A Message from the Wright County License Bureau

Starting today (Monday, Dec. 7), the Wright County License Bureau will be utilizing Conference Room 120 on the first floor of the Wright County Government Center as a waiting area for customers utilizing our ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 8, 2020

U of M Extension Offers Tips on Picking, Caring for the Perfect Christmas Tree

By Katie Drewitz, University of MN Extension educator

As we gather with family and friends this week to give thanks for our many blessings some of our minds will wander to decorating for Christmas. While I personally wait to

put up any Christmas decorations...

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 7, 2020

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly activity report covering the period of November 30 through December 6, 2020. To view the full report, click here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=2143

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 4, 2020

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

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 4, 2020

Wright County Public Health Releases Updated COVID-19 Dashboard

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 3, 2020

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

By Adam Austing, University of Minnesota Extension

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 2, 2020

Residents Facing Financial Difficulties Can Apply for Emergency Assistance

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 2, 2020

A Message from the Wright County Compost & Recycling Facility

A Message from the Wright County Compost and Recycling Facility

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 2, 2020

Public Health Director Interviewed on Area Podcast

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 2, 2020

Section of Westbound I-94 Reduced to One Lane Tonight

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 1, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: December 1, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 30, 2020

Public Health Releases COVID-19 Dashboard

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 30, 2020

Sheriff's Office Releases Activity Report

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 30, 2020

Truth in Taxation Hearing Tomorrow Night (Dec. 1)

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 25, 2020

County Facilities Will Be Closed Thursday and Friday

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

Wright County News
Posted on: November 24, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 24, 2020

Public Health Issues Press Release on Isolation and Quarantining

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 24, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 24, 2020

No COVID-19 Dashboard This Thursday due to Thanksgiving Holiday

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 23, 2020

Parks & Recreation Department Announces Continuity of Operations Plan

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 23, 2020

Wright County Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly activity report covering the period of Nov. 15-22. It can be viewed here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=2121

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 20, 2020

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

A Message from the Wright County License Bureau

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 20, 2020

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 19, 2020

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

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

On Wednesday, Nov. 18, ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 19, 2020

WCEDP Announces Cancellation of Annual Holiday Networking Social

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 18, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 18, 2020

Veterans Encouraged to Join Virtual Career Fair Thursday

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 18, 2020

Social Security Scam Calls Being Made to Wright County Residents

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 18, 2020

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

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

While no official pronouncements ha...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 18, 2020

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

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

Traffic will be reduced to...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 17, 2020

Wright County Voters Turned Out In Record Numbers

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 16, 2020

License Bureau Reopens with New MNDRIVE Software System

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 16, 2020

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

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

The program runs from 8:4...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 16, 2020

Sheriff's Office Releases Activity Report

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 16, 2020

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

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 13, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 13, 2020

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

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

The links include the full Exe...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 13, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 13, 2020

U of M Extension Conducting Meetings to Discuss Farmland Rental Prices

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 13, 2020

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

A Message from Wright County Public Health

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 12, 2020

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

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 12, 2020

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

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

The outlook includes traffic impacts...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 12, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 12, 2020

License Bureau Closed Today and Friday for Software Changeover

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

All...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 10, 2020

Wright County Under Winter Storm Warning Until Midnight

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 10, 2020

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

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 9, 2020

Compost & Recycling Facility Announces Holiday-Related Hours Modification

A Message from the Wright County Compost & Recycling Facility

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 9, 2020

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 9, 2020

License Bureau to Close Wednesday Through Friday

A reminder from the Wright County License Bureau

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 6, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 6, 2020

County Board to Welcome Two New Commissioners in January

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 6, 2020

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 5, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 5, 2020

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

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

Road si...

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 5, 2020

U of M Extension Offering Online Horse Certificate Courses in 2021

Adam Austing & Krishona Martinson, University of Minnesota Extension

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 5, 2020

Santa Coming to Bertram Park Dec. 5

A Message from Wright County Parks & Recreation

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 4, 2020

Wright County Turns Out in Record Numbers for 2020 Election

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 4, 2020

County Board to Have Two New Commissioners in 2021

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 3, 2020

Important Election Day Reminders for Those With Absentee Ballots

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 2, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 2, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 2, 2020

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: November 2, 2020

Today is the Final Day for Absentee Voting In-Person

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 31, 2020

State Voter Registration Software Experiencing Difficulties This Morning

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 30, 2020

Reminder to Turn Back Your Clocks Saturday Night

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

Wright County News
Posted on: October 30, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 30, 2020

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 30, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 30, 2020

Important Message for Those Intending to Mail In Ballots

A message from Wright County Elections

Voters,

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 30, 2020

License Bureau Announces New Appointment Schedule, Office Hours Changes

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

License Bureau staff was residents to be aw...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 29, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 29, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 29, 2020

Early Voting Locations to Be Open Additional Hours Saturday and Monday

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 28, 2020

An Open Letter from Safe Communities of Wright County

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 28, 2020

U of M Extension Offer Tips on Storing Root Vegetables

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 27, 2020

Eight City Halls Open for Absentee In-Person Voting

A Message from Wright County Elections

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 26, 2020

Highway Department Provides Update on CSAH 30 Project in Delano

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 26, 2020

Emerging Leaders Launch Holiday Initiative Working with Local Food Shelves

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 26, 2020

Wright County Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 26, 2020

Absentee Voting In-Person Begins Tuesday, Oct. 27

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 23, 2020

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

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

As part of a technology contract the c...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 23, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 23, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 23, 2020

Minnesota Shattering Number of Votes Being Made Absentee

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 23, 2020

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 22, 2020

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

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

The testing is free and resident...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 22, 2020

Highway Department Preparing for Second Wave of Winter Weather

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 21, 2020

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

A message from Wright County Elections Division

Options for Returning Absentee/Mail Ballots

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 21, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 21, 2020

View the Ballot You Will Be Filling Out

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 21, 2020

CSAH 19 Closure Over I-94 Bridge Postponed Until Tonight

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 20, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 20, 2020

Highway Department Preparing for First Snow Event of the Season

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 19, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 19, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 19, 2020

Sheriff's Office Releases Activity Report

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 16, 2020

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

A message from the Central Mississippi River Regional Planning Partnership

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 16, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 16, 2020

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 16, 2020

Scammers Claiming to be Representatives of the Social Security Administration

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 16, 2020

Northbound Lane of Hwy 101/169 Closed After Crash

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 16, 2020

County Highway 38 Set to Open in Albertville/Otsego

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 16, 2020

Road Resurfacing Begins Today on Hwy. 12 in Cokato

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 16, 2020

900 New Driver's License Renewal Appointments Now Open

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 15, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 15, 2020

CARES Act Wright County Funds Ready for Disbursement for Small Businesses

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 15, 2020

U of M Extension Discusses the Necessity of Raking Leaves

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 15, 2020

Today Is the Deadline for Second Half Property Tax Payments

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 14, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 14, 2020

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

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 14, 2020

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

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 14, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 13, 2020

Buckthorn a Problem in Woodland Areas

By Karen Johnson, University of Minnesota Extension

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 12, 2020

I-94 Closed in Both Directions in Albertville

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 12, 2020

CMRP Launches Second Round of Public Engagement

A message from the Central Mississippi River Regional Planning Partnership

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 12, 2020

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 9, 2020

Court Administration Announces Change of Address

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 9, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 9, 2020

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

A statement from the Minnesota Department of Transportation

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 9, 2020

Emerging Leaders to Start Holiday Initiative Working with Local Food Shelves

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

In...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 9, 2020

U of M Extension Offers Tips to Storing Bulb Plants Indoors

Katie Drewitz and Adam Austing, University of Minnesota Extension

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 9, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 8, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 8, 2020

MSHSL Announces Parameters for Attendance at High School Events

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 8, 2020

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

A Message from Wright County Public Health

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 8, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 6, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 5, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 5, 2020

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 5, 2020

Highway Department Has Update on CSAH 30 Project in Delano

A message from Virgil Hawkins, Wright County Highway Engineer

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 2, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 2, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 2, 2020

County Adds Disclaimer to Beacon Parcel Summary Page to Reduce Confusion

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 2, 2020

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard. Over the past week, there have been 156 new confirmed cases – the second highest weekly total since the pandemic began recording cases in Minnesota – bringing the ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 2, 2020

900 New Driver's License Renewal Appointments Now Open

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 1, 2020

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

By Emily Krekelberg, University of Minnesota Extension

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 1, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 1, 2020

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

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

This issue of the lack of b...

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Wright County News
Posted on: October 1, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 30, 2020

County Attorney Tom Kelly Announces Retirement

A Statement from Wright County Attorney Tom Kelly

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 30, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 30, 2020

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

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 30, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 28, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 28, 2020

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

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 28, 2020

Wright County Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly activity report, covering the period of Sept. 21-27. To view the full activity report, click here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=1972

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 25, 2020

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

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

Potter has bee...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 25, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 25, 2020

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

A Message from Bill Stephens, Wright County Environmental Health Officer

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 25, 2020

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

A message from Wright County Parks & Recreation

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 25, 2020

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard. Over the past week, there have been 97 new confirmed cases, bringing the county total to 1,574. Of those, 94 have required hospitalization, an increase of six from the previous week. ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 24, 2020

Highway Department Provides Update on CSAH 19 & 38 Road Project

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 24, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 24, 2020

A Pair of Roundabout Projects Will Be Completed by Next Week

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 24, 2020

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

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

The program is ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 23, 2020

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

By Adam Austing, University of Minnesota Extension Educator

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 23, 2020

Project Update Provided on CSAH 19 and 38 Project

An update on the CSAH 19 and 38 Improvement Project

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 23, 2020

MnDOT Wants Public Input on Howard Lake Project

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

The venue is open for pub...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 21, 2020

Wright County HHS Seeking Foster Care Providers for Teens

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

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 21, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 21, 2020

Wright County Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly activity report covering the period of Sept. 14-21. It can be viewed here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=1956

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 21, 2020

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

A message from Wright County Court Administration

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 18, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 18, 2020

Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 18, 2020

U of M Extension Explains Evergreen Needle Drop in the Fall

By Adam Austing and Katie Drewitz, University of Minnesota Extension

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 18, 2020

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 18, 2020

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

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

Because of concerns about community spread of COV...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 17, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 17, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 16, 2020

Temporary Signal System Coming to Albertville and Otsego Next Monday

The intersection of County Highway 137 (60th St NE) and MacIver Ave NE/MacKenzie Ave NE, just east of I-94 in the Cities of Albertville and Otsego, will be temporarily controlled by a signal system beginning on Monday, Sept. 21.

The signal system is tempor...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 16, 2020

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

By Adam Austing, Wright County, University of MN Extension

BUFFALO, Minn. (09/14/20) – Do you have an active interest in gardening? Do you have a desire to share your gardening interest with others? Are you willing to learn more about ga...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 16, 2020

Absentee Ballots to Start Being Mailed Out Next Week

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 16, 2020

Veterans In Need of Counseling Assistance Have Resources at Their Disposal

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 14, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 14, 2020

U of M Extension Offering Webinar for Sheep and Goat Producers

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 14, 2020

Wright County Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 14, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 14, 2020

Absentee Voting In Person Starts Friday

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 11, 2020

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

A message from Wright County Court Administration

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 11, 2020

Highway Department Provides Update on CSAH 30 project in Delano

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

Here are some of those updates:

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

• The...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 11, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 11, 2020

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 10, 2020

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

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 10, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 10, 2020

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

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

The pro...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 10, 2020

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

A Message from Wright County Highway Engineer Virgil Hawkins

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 9, 2020

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

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 9, 2020

Fingerprinting No Longer Being Done at Government Center

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 9, 2020

Residents Being Warned About Scammers Dealing with Social Security Numbers

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 8, 2020

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

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 8, 2020

Wright County Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 8, 2020

CSAH 30 Project Nearing Completion

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 4, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 4, 2020

Construction at Bertram Chain of Lakes Parks Near Completion

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 4, 2020

U of M Extension Explains Warning Signs of Bur Oak Blight

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

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 4, 2020

Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 4, 2020

County Offices Closed Monday in Observance of Labor Day

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

Wright County News
Posted on: September 3, 2020

Road Work on Hwy. 25 Starting Sept. 8

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 3, 2020

MnDOT Looking for Residents to Complete Survey Dealing with Pedestrian Safety

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 3, 2020

Master Gardener Explains His Lifelong Passion for Gardening

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 3, 2020

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

A message to parents from Wright County School Districts

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 3, 2020

License Bureau to Open 900 Appointment Slots Tomorrow

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 2, 2020

Court Services Employee Wins Award from National Guard

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 2, 2020

Minnesota to Be Part of COVID-19 Vaccine Trial

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

Previous tri...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 2, 2020

AMC Fall Policy Conference Faces Significant Challenges Being Conducted Virtually

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 2, 2020

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

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 1, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 1, 2020

MnDOT to Host Online Open House to Learn About Hwy. 12 Project Coming to Howard Lake

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

The venue is open for public re...

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Wright County News
Posted on: September 1, 2020

U of M Extension Offering Advice for What Is Ailing Your Trees and Plants

By Adam Austing, Wright County, University of Minnesota Extension

With fall quickly approaching, we are in our last weeks of being able to accurately diagnose most plant issues. Once leaves start to change color, it becomes much more difficult to find out ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 31, 2020

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

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 31, 2020

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 31, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 31, 2020

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

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

Despite the efforts of alerting ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 28, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 28, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 28, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 28, 2020

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 27, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 27, 2020

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

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 27, 2020

License Bureau Online System Back Up and Running

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 27, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 26, 2020

How to Combat White Grub Lawn Infestations

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 25, 2020

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

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

Gov. Tim Walz announ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 24, 2020

Road Closure in Monticello Tuesday

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 24, 2020

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

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 24, 2020

U of M Extension Accepting Applications for Master Gardener Program

By Adam Austing, Wright County, University of Minnesota Extension

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 24, 2020

Wright County Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 21, 2020

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

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 21, 2020

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

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 21, 2020

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 21, 2020

Next Round of Driver's License Renewal Appointments Opens Today

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

The timeframe covered under the new release w...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 20, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 19, 2020

Swimming Beach at Beebe Lake Park Re-Opens

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 19, 2020

Why Are Flags at Half-Mast Today?

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 19, 2020

Sheriff's Office Reports Drowning in Granite Lake

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 19, 2020

U of M Extension Discusses White Mold on Soybeans

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 18, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 17, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 17, 2020

Wright County Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 17, 2020

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

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 17, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 17, 2020

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

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

The other...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 14, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 14, 2020

Highway Department Releases Construction Project Updates

A message from the Wright County Highway Department

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

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

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 14, 2020

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 14, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 13, 2020

Beebe Lake Park Beach Closed At Least Through This Weekend

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 12, 2020

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

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 12, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 12, 2020

County Commissioners Races Set After Tuesday's Primary Election

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 11, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 11, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 11, 2020

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

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 10, 2020

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

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

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

Acc...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 10, 2020

Where Is My Polling Place Location?

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 10, 2020

Wright County Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly activity report covering the period of Aug. 3-9. It can be viewed here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=1840

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 10, 2020

Primary Elections Often Don't Mirror General Election Results

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

The number...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 7, 2020

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

A message from Wright County Health & Human Services

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 7, 2020

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

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 7, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 7, 2020

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 6, 2020

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

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

 The timeframe covered under the...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 6, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 6, 2020

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

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 5, 2020

Sheriff's Office On the Lookout for New Deputies

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 5, 2020

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

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 5, 2020

Health & Human Services Looking for Child Foster Care Providers

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

Wright County c...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 4, 2020

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

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 4, 2020

Timelines, Deadlines Explained for Those Wishing to Vote Absentee in the Aug. 11 Primary Election

With Primary Election Day one week from today (Aug.
11), those voting by mail are encouraged to get their ballots in this week. Tobe eligible, mailed ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday, Aug. 11, and be received
on or before Thursday, Aug. 13. In-pe...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 4, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 3, 2020

Families Urged to Have A Spending Plan in Place in the Event of an Emergency

A message from Wright County Emergency Management

With the uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more important than ever to prepare your finances for an emergency. Develop a spending plan to keep household costs down and build up...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 3, 2020

U of M Extension to Host a Six-Part Webiner Series for Beef Farmers

The University of Minnesota Extension will host a six-part webinar series titled: Key Components of a Successful Beef Operation: Cow/Calf to Consumer! The series will be held on Aug. 12, 13, 18, 20, 25, and 27 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The series will ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 3, 2020

Law Enforcement Increasing Hands Free Cell Phone Driving Law This Week

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is informing drivers that this week (Aug. 2-8), there will be increased enforcement of the Hands Free cell-phone driving law. Over the last year since Hand’s Free driving has been a requirement in Minnes...

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Wright County News
Posted on: August 3, 2020

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its activity report for the period ending Monday, Aug. 3. It can be viewed here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1822

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 31, 2020

License Bureau Issues Statement Regarding Changes in Services Available to Residents

A message from the Wright County License Bureau

The License Bureau now has two separate Service Counters:

License Bureau Indoor Service Counter, located inside the Wright County Government Center, Room 160; Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 12pm and 1 p.m. to ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 31, 2020

Missing Person Alert Issued By Sheriff's Office

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance in locating Tony Conley Perry, age 52. He was reported missing July 9 and was last seen in the area of Howard Lake.

 To see the full Bureau of Criminal Ap...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 31, 2020

Highway Department Shares Videos Dealing with Roundabouts

Earlier this week, Wright County posted a story about the increase in the number of the roundabouts that are going to be on the county’s highway systems – two projects that will increase the number of roundabouts on Wright County highw...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 31, 2020

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard, and, for the second straight week, the county hit a one-week high for confirmed cases with 96.

Wright County numbers for confirmed cases have steadily been on the rise in July. After c...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 30, 2020

State Lays Out Plans for Opening Schools

As announced by the
State of Minnesota today, school administration will be using the 14-day countylevel case rate to inform their decisions regarding in-person learning this
school year. The Minnesota Department of Health will update that information...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 30, 2020

Potter Explains Ramifictions of State Legislature Being Unable to Pass Bonding Bill

When the Minnesota Legislature recessed July 21 without
passing a bonding bill – the third time in 2020 state legislators adjournedwithout a bonding bill agreement – reasons cited was that it was different than
the previous bonding...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 30, 2020

Governor to Announce Plans for How Schools Will Open in September

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has scheduled a press conference today (July 30) at 2 p.m. to discuss the state’s plan for how to open schools in September.

Given the anticipation of the announcement and the gravity of the consequences of the selection o...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 29, 2020

Absentee Voting Can Be Done In Person at Government Center, Seven City Halls

The primary elections in Minnesota are less than two weeks away (Tuesday, Aug. 11) and many residents are taking the option of voting absentee. Absentee voting can be done of two ways – by mail or in person prior to the election.

There are eight ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 29, 2020

Great American Outdoors Act Approved by Both Houses of Congress

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 29, 2020

Borrell Returns to County Board Meeting for the First Time in Four Months

Tuesday’s meeting of the Wright County Board of Commissioners saw a familiar face come back to an unfamiliar place in recent months, as Commissioner Charlie Borrell returned to the county boardroom for the weekly county board meeting for the fir...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 28, 2020

Highway Department Releases Construction Update on CSAH 19 & 38 Project in Albertville

The Wright Highway Department has provided an update on the progress of the CSAH 19 & 38 construction project in Albertville.

The project will be entering the next phase of Construction starting August 3. The following is a breakdown of proposed schedu...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 28, 2020

County Board Repeals Mask Policy, Adopts Executive Order 20-81 from State

Today (July 28), the Wright County Board of Commissioners approved repealing its policy on face coverings and replaced it with Gov. Tim Walz’s Executive Order 20-81, which took effect at midnight Saturday, July 25.

The county’s policy w...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 27, 2020

Roundabouts in Wright County on the Rise

Whether you love them or hate them, roundabouts on major roadways have become the trend in road design when improvements are being made. By next summer, the number or roundabouts on Wright County highways is going to nearly double.

While there are several ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 27, 2020

U of M Extension Offering Three-Day Lunchtime Discussions with Dairy Farmers

University of Minnesota Extension will be hosting a three-part Dairy Discussion Series on topics of interest to dairy farmers from noon to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 1-3. The discussions will be interactive and participants are encouraged to share ideas, ask questio...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 27, 2020

Wright County Receives $98,000 In CARES Act Funding for Elections

The CARES Act has provided numerous funding streams for governmental units, businesses and non-profits to assist them in trying to maintain business as usual while preparing themselves and their polling places during the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the primary...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 27, 2020

Wright County Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly activity report for the period ending Monday, July 27. It can be seen here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=1802

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 24, 2020

County Highway 100 in Cokato Township Will Be Closed Aug. 3-13 for Road Repairs

The Wright County Highway Department has announced that County Highway 100 in Cokato Township will be closed from Aug. 3-13 for soil correction work being performed by the Highway Department Maintenance Division.

Starting at approximately 7 a.m. Monday, Au...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 24, 2020

County Administering Low-Interest Septic System Loan Program Through the MPCA

For Wright County residents who have failing or non-compliant septic systems, there is an affordable option for them to find the assistance they need through a low-interest septic system loan program administered by the county through the Minnesota Pollut...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 24, 2020

Emmer Urging Residents to Be Aware of EDA Grant Scams

Congressman Tom Emmer has released a statement warning residents of fraud alerts for people claiming to represent the U.S. Economic Development Administration.

The EDA has become aware of incidents over the past few weeks of fraudulent emails, letters and ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 24, 2020

CDC Provides Guidance Urging the Reopening of Schools in September

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the foremost public health organization in the United States, has issued updated guidance for schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. The CDC has placed an emphasis on the importance of reopening classrooms to...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 24, 2020

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard. Over the past week (figures through Thursday, July 23), Wright County has experienced its largest weekly total of new confirmed cases with 88, bringing the county’s total of...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 23, 2020

Parks & Rec Releases a Statement Dealing with the Face Covering Mandate and County Parks

The Wright County Parks & Recreation Department has released a procedures statement as it pertains the Minnesota’s face covering mandate and county parks. Executive Order 20-81 is very specific in terms of indoor settings, but county parks b...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 23, 2020

Next Round of Driver's License Renewal Appointments Open July 24

The Wright County License Bureau will be opening the next round of 900 appointments for driver’s license renewals at 8 a.m. Friday, July 24. It will cover the period of Aug. 3-14.

License Bureau staff wish to remind residents that the walk-up win...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 23, 2020

County Board Approves Bid for Demolition of The Corner Bar in St. Michael

As the City of St. Michael
continues to grow, one of the casualties of that growth was discussed by theWright County Board of Commissioners this week.

The county board approved a
contract for the demolition of The Corner Bar, a landmark business in St....

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 22, 2020

Department of Health Releases Answers to Questions Dealing with Face Covering Mandate

As part of Minnesota’s mandatory wearing of masks and face coverings, the Minnesota Department of Health has released answers to frequently asked questions regarding face coverings and links that provide more detailed analysis of some of those q...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 22, 2020

Governor Enacts Exective Order 20-81, Masks Become Mandatory at 11:59 p.m. Friday

At 2 p.m. today (July 22), Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced the enactment of Executive Order 20-81, which will mandate that masks be worn. The order goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. Friday (July 24).

As it pertains to wearing face coverings, the Executi...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 22, 2020

Walz Expected to Announce Statewide Mask Requirement at Today's News Conference

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has scheduled a news conference for 2 p.m. today (July 22) at which time he is expected to announce a statewide mandate to wear masks or face coverings at all “indoor places of public accommodation.”

The mask...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 22, 2020

Information About How to Vote Absentee

With COVID-19 numbers continuing to rise, many people are taking the option of voting absentee. As of July 20, Minnesota has sent out a record number of ballots – more than 350,000 of them – as the primary election Tuesday, Aug. 11 is ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 22, 2020

Public Health Adds FAQ Section to Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has added a “Frequently Asked Questions” section to its COVID-19 weekly dashboard. The new section provides answers to such questions as why more specific information about positive cases isn’t ava...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 21, 2020

County Board Redistrictng History Featured in Spotlight Profile

For the first time since the 1960 Census, Wright County won’t have to conduct a redistricting of the county commissioner districts. For the last 50 years, redrawing commissioner district lines have been a way of life in Wright County –...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 21, 2020

Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport Announces Face Covering Requirement Starting July 27

For those who have scheduled vacations that will have them flying to their destination, Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport has been added to a growing list of businesses and areas where people congregate in large numbers that will be requiring face coverings. M...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 21, 2020

Extension Offers Tips for Farmers and Gardeners to Reduce Damage Done by Deer

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

The white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) is a popular species of wildlife in Minnesota. Hunters and wildlife watchers enjoy seeing these deer make a home on their property, but deer ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 20, 2020

U of M Extension Hosting Webinar to Discuss Aid Programs Available to Dairy Farmers

University of Minnesota Extension will be hosting a webinar from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 28 to discuss the 2020 financial programs available for dairy farmers.

COVID-19 caused significant agricultural market upheaval, with milk prices experiencing some o...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 20, 2020

Department of Health Announces Highest Single-Day Total of COVID-19 Cases in Minnesota

At its daily press briefing today (July 20), the Minnesota Department of Health reported 922 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 – the highest single-day total since the pandemic began experiencing cases in Minnesota in March.

It was reported the fir...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 20, 2020

Video of Wright County Area Crisis Nursery TV Story Available to View

On Friday, July 17, TV station KSTP Channel 5 aired a news story on the Wright County Area Crisis Nursery – a collaboration between Wright County Health & Human Services and Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota.

 Wright County has op...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 20, 2020

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its activity report for the period ending Monday, July 20. It can be seen here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=1780

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 17, 2020

Campers Advised to Take Precautions with Severe Weather Expected Overnight

For those who will be heading out on camping trips over the weekend, the National Weather Service is advising that those people be aware of the potential for significant storms that are expected to be rolling through the state early Saturday morning.

Many ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 17, 2020

Parks & Rec Planning to Do Crack Filling on Trail System in Otsego County Park

The Wright County Parks & Recreation Department is in the process of finalizing a timeline for crack filling on its trail system in Otsego County Park that will require a temporary closure. A date for the crack filling to be completed has yet to be fi...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 17, 2020

FCC Unanimously Approves Creation of 988 Number for National Suicide Hotline

During the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a spike in suicides – a growing national problem that has only been magnified during a global pandemic.

On Thursday (July 16), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unanimously approved a three-d...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 17, 2020

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard for the period ending Thursday, July 16. For the third straight week, there have been increases in the number of confirmed cases with 71 new confirmed cases reported this week. Through...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 17, 2020

Wright County Area Crisis Nursery to Be Featured on KSTP Channel 5 New Tonight

On the 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts on KSTP Channel 5 tonight (July 17), the Wright County Area Crisis Nursery will be highlighted.

The Wright County Area Crisis Nursery is a joint venture with Wright County Health & Human Services and Lutheran Social S...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 16, 2020

Potter Says Transportation Alliance Hopes to See Bonding Bill Passed

Wright County Commissioner Mike Potter was in St. Paul Monday in his capacity as 2020 president of the Minnesota Transportation Alliance, which met for its monthly meeting to discuss the current impasse between Gov. Tim Walz and the State Legislature in g...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 16, 2020

DNR to Host Virtual Open House to Discuss Deer Population Management on Aug. 18

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be hosting a one-hour virtual open house starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18, to discuss deer and deer management. The meeting will include a presentation from Barbara Keller, the DNR’s bi...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 16, 2020

Target, CVS Added to List of Corporations Requiring Customers to Wear Masks

Target Corp. and CVS Pharmacies have joined the growing list of retailers that are going to require customers entering their stores to wear a face covering.

CVS will start imposing the mask/face covering requirement Monday, July 20. Target will initiate it...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 16, 2020

County Board Pledges $4 Million in CARES Act Funding to Assist Schools for COVID-19 Costs

The changes that have needed to be made by all Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic have required the federal government to take unprecedented steps to keep the economy from collapsing.

For the last three months, the unemployed have been given $600 a wee...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 15, 2020

Wright County Has Surpassed 500 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 Four Months After First Case

Today (July 15), Wright County reported that the number of county residents who have confirmed COVID-19 cases had surpassed 500, including five deaths attributed to the coronavirus. The first confirmed case was reported March 13.

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 15, 2020

Parks & Rec to Host a Family Fishing Clinic Saturday at Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park

The Wright County Parks & Recreation Department will be co-hosting a Family Fishing Clinic from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 18, at Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park in Monticello.

The clinic will be presented by Minnesota Trout Unlimited, which ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 15, 2020

Walmart to Require All Shoppers to Wear Face Coverings Starting Monday, July 20

Wearing face coverings or masks during the COVID-19 pandemic has been a polarizing issue for many. Some see it as an essential way of preventing the spread of the virus, while others see it as an invasion of their Constitutional rights. There is the belie...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 15, 2020

Dental Clinic Gets Increase in Funding in Both House and Senate Bonding Bills at Legislature

The proposed dental clinic that has been a component piece of the construction of the new Wright County Government Center got some surprisingly good news this week despite political in-fighting at the State Legislature.

The Legislature is back in special s...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 14, 2020

Auditor/Treasurer's Office Publishes Sample Ballot for Voters to See

The 2020 primary election is four weeks away (Tuesday, Aug. 11) and for those wondering what the ballot will look like, the Wright County Auditor/Treasurer’s Office, which oversees elections in the county, has published a sample ballot of what a...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 14, 2020

Federal and State Aid Programs Available for Farmers

A message from University of Minnesota Extension

You’ve likely seen that both the Minnesota State Legislature and the U.S. Congress passed financial relief laws in response to the COVID-19 situation. But what do they mean financially for farmers ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 14, 2020

Minnesota Added to To List of States on New York's Travel Restriction List

Anyone with travel plans to the State of New York may have to make some changes to those plans if they aren’t more than two weeks out.

As New York attempts to re-open as part of phased in approach to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, Minnesota has...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 13, 2020

Wright County Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly activity report for the period ending July 13. It can be seen here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=1761

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 13, 2020

License Bureau Appointment Schedule Fully Booked Through July 31; 900 More Spots Coming July 24

The Wright License Bureau announced this morning (July 13) that its appointment calendar is completely booked through July 31 for those looking to renew their driver’s licenses or upgrade to REAL ID or an enhanced license. A total of 900 slots w...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 13, 2020

Farm Health and Safety? There's an App for That

By Emily Krekelberg, University of Minnesota Extension

Technology plays a vital role in agriculture today, and it can even help us stay safe and healthy on the farm. There are a variety of applications—or apps—available for our smart ph...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 10, 2020

State Demographer Projections Show Continued Steady Growth in Wright County

For much of 2020, the United States Census Bureau is tracking the official count of U.S. residents. However, populations can change significantly over the course of 10 years and states take that into account. In the years in between Census periods, state ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 10, 2020

County Creates Task Force to Study the Formation of an Economic Development Authority

Many cities and counties in Minnesota have established Economic Development Authorities (EDA) to oversee the economic growth of their jurisdiction. An EDA’s primary objective is to aid, assist and promote the growth and expansion of commercial, ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 10, 2020

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard for the period ending Thursday, July 9. For the second straight week, Wright County saw an increase in the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19. The county’s total number of...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 9, 2020

Department of Education Study Shows 64 Percent of Parents Comfortable Sending Kids Back to School

The Minnesota Department of Education released the results of a survey of more than 134,000 respondents (parents of students) dealing with questions about whether or not to re-open schools in the fall and the results were significant in the feelings of pa...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 9, 2020

REAL ID Causing Issues for Recorder's Office Due to Documentation Confusion

With all requirements and associated headaches with the implementation of REAL ID and enhanced driver’s licenses, the situation has become more complicated for people who have changed their name over the course of their lives – typical...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 9, 2020

Bidding for Construction of Trailblazer Transit Facility in Buffalo Set

Construction on the Trailblazer Transit Center in Buffalo is getting closer to getting underway. Wright County and Trailblazer have announced that the bidding process will be completed in July with work scheduled to start in August.

A pre-bid conference am...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 9, 2020

Next Round of Driver's License Renewal Appointments Open July 10

The next round of appointments to renew driver’s licenses at the Wright County License Bureau will be available at 8 a.m. Friday, July 10 and will cover the two-week period from July 20 to July 31. The appointments can be made by going to the ho...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 9, 2020

Courts to Require Face Coverings Beginning July 13

The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Wednesday, July 8 that face coverings are going to be required in all court spaces.

Beginning Monday, July 13, face coverings will be required in all court facilities in Minnesota. If someone does not have a face covering,...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 8, 2020

Notice of an Open Seat on the Clearwater River Watershed District Board of Managers

OPEN SEATCLEARWATER RIVER WATERSHED DISTRICTBOARD OF MANAGERS

Notice is hereby given by the Wright County Board of Commissioners that an opening currently exists for a three-year term for one of the seats on the Clearwater River Watershed Board of Managers...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 8, 2020

P-EBT Applications Extended Through July 31

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (MDHS) has some updates regarding Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) for those who receive SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits.

The deadline to apply for P-EBT benefits has been ex...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 8, 2020

Recycling & Compost Facility Now Operating Under Normal Business Hours

A message from Bill Stephens, Wright County Solid Waste Administrator

The Wright County Compost & Recycling Facility is operating again at its regular hours – Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the second Satu...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 8, 2020

License Bureau Walk-Up Window Open for Business

As of today (July 8), the Wright County License Bureau
has opened its walk-up window facing the south parking deck of the WrightCounty Government Center.

The walk-up window was installed this week and will
allow residents to have several services proce...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 7, 2020

2020 Census Timeline Pushed Back Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the standard timelines for the 2020 U.S. Census have been pushed back approximately three months and, in some cases, more.

Many of the timelines for collecting Census data were focused on April and May, but much of the...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 7, 2020

CSAH 32 Segment in Rockford Township Closed Until Thursday

The Wright County Highway Department has announced that a 1.5-mile segment of CSAH 32 east of CSAH 14 in Rockford Township will remain closed until approximately 5 p.m. Thursday, July 9, weather permitting.

A deteriorated centerline pipe underneath CSAH 32...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 7, 2020

I-94 Construction Between St. Michael and Albertville Falling Behind Schedule

The construction of a six-mile segment of Interstate 94 between St. Michael and Albertville is approximately a month behind schedule and, by the time it is completed, it will likely have taken two months longer than initially projected.

Wright County Commi...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 7, 2020

Wright County Board Accepts Highway Department Annual Report

At its meeting this morning (July 7), the Wright
County Board of Commissioners accepted the annual report from the Wright CountyHighway Department.

The report covers all activities of the department in
2019, including a financial statement, accounts re...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 6, 2020

New Driver's Manual Includes Section About Being Stopped with a Legal Firearm In Vehicle

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (MDPS) has
updated its Minnesota Driver’s Manual to address growing concerns dealing withdrivers being pulled over by law enforcement, including those legally in
possession of a firearm inside a vehi...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 6, 2020

Wright County Residents Responding to 2020 Census In High Percentages

The Wright County Board of Commissioners was presented with updated 2020 U.S. Census data last week that showed the progress that has been made in the self-response portion of the census data collection.

The United States Census Bureau makes every effort t...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 6, 2020

U of M Extension Provides Resources to Identify What Is Wrong with Plants

By Jamie Stang, Wright County Extension Master Gardener

Have you ever looked at something growing in your yard and asked, “I wonder what’s wrong with that plant”? If so, you may want to check out the University of Minnesota Ex...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 6, 2020

Wright County Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly Activity Report for the period ending July 6. It can be seen here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=1739

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 6, 2020

Two County Park Beaches to Close Tuesday, July 7 for Treatment

A pair of beaches in Wright County parks will closed Tuesday, July 7 for preventative treatment for Swimmer’s Itch.

The beaches at Clearwater/Pleasant and Schroeder Parks will be closed for 24 hours while the treatment is done. There haven&rs...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 2, 2020

Wright County Deputy Completes Leadership Course

Wright County Sheriff Sean Deringer recently presented Deputy Austin Henre his certificate for completing the Institute for Credible Leadership Development (ICLD) course. Those who choose to take this course do so with development of their leadership skil...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 2, 2020

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 Dashboard, which has replaced the weekly Surveillance Reports. After four weeks of consistent declines over the previous four weeks, the number of new confirmed cases spiked upward over the last...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 2, 2020

Parks & Rec Provides Update for Those Who Will Be Using the Parks Over Holiday Weekend

The Wright County Parks & Recreation Department has released a statement wishing parkgoers a safe and happy 4th of July weekend, along with several links dealing with safety guidance at campgrounds, protocol for safety at crowded beaches, the &ldq...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 30, 2020

All County Buildings Closed Friday, July 3

A reminder that all Wright County buildings and offices, as well as the Tenth Judicial District courts, will be closed Friday, July 3 in observance of the Independence Day holiday. Buildings will reopen at 8 a.m. Monday, July 6.

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 2, 2020

DNR to Be Patrolling Lakes and Rivers to Promote Boating Safety On Holiday Weekend

A Message from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Minnesota’s lakes and rivers have been particularly popular this season as people ignite or reignite their passion for the water and take advantage of abundant opportunities to boat and...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 2, 2020

Growth of Hobby Farms Can Conflict With County's Feedlot Ordinance

Over the last several years, Wright County has witnessed a significant increase in the number of hobby farms in townships. Whether it be families with a horse or two, those who raise chickens for eggs or as pets or those with children in 4-H or FFA, the n...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 1, 2020

Upper Lobby of Law Enforcement Center to Reopen to Walk-Up Traffic July 6

Starting Monday, July 6, the upper lobby of the Wright County Law Enforcement Center will reopen to general walk-up traffic. Appointments will no longer be necessary for the Sheriff’s Office records window, civil process window or to apply for a...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 1, 2020

MnDOT Has Dash Cam Video Showing Lane Change Construction on I-94 East of Wright County

The Minnesota Department of Transportation wants to make those traveling on the 4th of July weekend aware of changing lane configurations on eastbound I-94 between Rogers and Maple Grove.

MnDOT has a short dash cam video showing the route in question and w...

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Wright County News
Posted on: July 1, 2020

Safe Communities of Wright County Has Message About the Dangers of Speeding

A message from Virgil Hawkins, Wright County Highway Engineer/Safe Communities of Wright County Board Member

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 30, 2020

Absentee Ballot Drop Box Installed at Government Center

Anyone who has visited the Wright County Government Center this week has likely noticed a new addition – a large red, white and blue container similar to a mailbox.

It is the county’s drop-off spot for absentee ballots from voters who w...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 30, 2020

Today Is the Deadline To Apply For P-EBT Funds

Today (June 30) is the final day for individuals to sign up for the Minnesota Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program – a partnership between the Minnesota Department of Human Services and the Minnesota Department of Education.

P-EBT...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 30, 2020

License Bureau Waiting On Walk-Up Window to Fully Reopen

The Wright County License Bureau has been playing the waiting game throughout the month of June as the office prepares to fully open for business. The holdup has been the arrival of a retrofitted window for the south side of the License Bureau on the park...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 29, 2020

DEED Grant Program Deadline Coming Thursday, July 2

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is making $62.5 million in grants available for small businesses that don’t require repayment. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Thursday, July 2.

The grants target businesses i...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 29, 2020

U of M Extension Taking Applications for Master Gardener Program

By Adam Austing, University of Minnesota Extension 

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 29, 2020

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly activity report for the period ending June 29. To see the full report, click here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=1718

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 26, 2020

List of Voting Sites In Wright County for Absentee Voting

For those interested in absentee voting in person prior to the Aug. 11 primary election, there are eight voting sites available. It should be noted that only residents of the seven cities that conduct absentee voting (Albertville, Buffalo, Delano, Hanover...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 26, 2020

Applications for Absentee Voting Begins Today

As of today (Friday, June 26), Wright County residents can start receiving absentee ballots for the Aug. 11 primary election.

There are two options voters can use to complete an absentee ballot application – online or filling out a standard paper...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 26, 2020

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Surveillance Report

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 Surveillance Report. There have been 410 confirmed cases in Wright County, an increase of 19 cases from the same period last week. That represents the fourth straight week of declining weekly co...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 25, 2020

Parade Outside Government Center Honors Three Graduates of The Turn Program

At 1:30 p.m. today, approximately 70 people gathered on the north sidewalk of the Wright County Government Center to celebrate a participation recognition parade for three graduates of the The Turn program.

In 2016, The Turn – an alternative prog...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 25, 2020

New Round of Driver's License Renewal Appointments Coming Friday

The next round of appointments for renewing driver’s licenses at the Wright County License Bureau will become available starting at 8 a.m. tomorrow (Friday, June 26) and will cover the period of July 6-17.

 A total of 900 appointment slo...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 25, 2020

I-35 Bridge, Target Field to Salute Graduating Class of 2020

The Minnesota Department of Transportation and Minnesota Department of Education have announced that over the next two nights (June 25-26) the I-35 bridge over the Mississippi River will be illuminated to honor the graduating class of 2020 throughout Minn...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 25, 2020

Economic Development Partnership Looking To Assist Small Businesses

The Wright County Economic Development Partnership has
been assisting small businesses get on their feet since 1993 with low-interestor no-interest loans. With COVID-19 creating a new problem for struggling small
businesses, WCEDP is looking to step u...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 24, 2020

Sheriff's Office Receives $39,000 Grant To Help Pay COVID-19 Related Expenses

In response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, there are several grant programs that have emerged to assist in the effort to help pay the staggering costs associated with combatting the virus.

The Wright County Jail and Sheriff’s Office announ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 24, 2020

Wright County HHS, Lutheran Social Service Collaborating On Crisis Nursery

Wright County Health and Human Services is teaming up with Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota to offer Crisis Nursery services in the county. The Crisis Nursery will provide short-term child care to families during medical emergencies, child care challe...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 24, 2020

Despite COVID-19 Pandemic, County Local Option Sales Tax Doing Surprisingly Well

There was concern in the Wright County Highway Department that, due to COVID-19 issues, it would be losing much-needed funding support from the county’s half-cent Local Option Sales Tax (LOST), which is used by more than half of Minnesota&rs...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 24, 2020

Highway Department Submits Annual Report

The Wright County Highway Department submitted its 2019 annual report to the Wright County Board of Commissioners at its June 23 meeting for review and approval. The full report can be seen here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Item/8242?...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 23, 2020

Emergency Management Provides Tips on Fire Prevention

With recent dry conditions and high winds, it is important to keep fire safety in mind this year. Brush and grass fires can sometimes start from natural causes, like lightning. However, these types of fires can often be prevented by following a few simple...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 23, 2020

St. Michael Fire Department Will Conduct Training Exercise Wednesday

The St. Michael Fire Department will be using the St. Michael-Albertville High School parking for a fire training exercise tomorrow (Wednesday, June 24). As part of the training, Life Link Air Care will be landing a helicopter in the parking lot. The fire...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 23, 2020

Appointments for Passport Applications Available June 24

The Wright County Auditor/Treasurer’s Office will resume accepting passport applications on June 24 by appointment only. Initially, only two weeks of appointments will be available as staff determine whether the appointment times need to be adju...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 23, 2020

U of M Extension Warns Residents About the Dangers of the Spread of Wild Parsnip

Source: Karen Johnson UMN Extension Educator – McLeod & Meeker Counties 

Wild parsnip, a noxious weed on the control list in Minnesota, has continued to spread throughout the state. Otherwise known as Pastinaca sativa, wild parsnip f...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 22, 2020

Construction on Hwy. 12 in Cokato Set to Begin July 6

Those who travel Hwy. 12 through the City of Cokato will experience delays starting Monday, July 6 and running through October. Motorists should expect narrow lanes, lane shifts, flaggers and the use of pilot cars. Pedestrians should expect sidewalk closu...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 22, 2020

Wright County Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly activity report. It can be viewed here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=1699

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 22, 2020

U of M Extension Offers Advice on Watering Lawns, Trees and Plants

Source: Katie Drewitz and Adam Austing, University of Minnesota Extension

We seem to have rushed straight into summer the last couple weeks. We have seen heat and very little moisture this year. Your trees, lawn and gardens are likely noticing the lack of ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 22, 2020

Stockholm Township In Need of Election Judges

Stockholm Township is in need of election judges to serve at the polling place on Primary (Tuesday, Aug. 11) and General Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 3).

 Individuals interested in serving as an election judge in Stockholm Township should contact T...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 19, 2020

Many May Be Eligible to Renew Driver's Licenses Online Through Minnesota DVS

In an effort to reduce lines at license bureaus and DMVs throughout the state, the Minnesota Department of Driver and Vehicle Services is allowing those looking to renew a standard Class D driver’s license online provided there are no changes to...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 19, 2020

Wright County Dental Clinic Caught in the Middle of Political Fight

Time is ticking down on the special session of the
Minnesota Legislature (set to end today) and whether or not a bonding bill willcome out of it. For Wright County, there is a vested interest in the bonding
bill because the funding of a dental clinic ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 19, 2020

Parks & Recreation Starting to Ramp Up Summer Programming with Restrictions Lifted

The Wright County Parks & Recreation Department
has started offering events and programs after being closed down by COVID-19 inMarch. Although it had to cancel the Bertram Blast triathlon that was scheduled
for Saturday (June 20), the plan is to b...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 18, 2020

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Surveillance Report

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 Surveillance Report. The total number of confirmed cases sits at 391.That represents an increase of 24 cases over the last week – the third straight week of declining confirmed cases a...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 18, 2020

Vetsch Testimony to Be Streamed Live on Minnesota Legislature YouTube Channel

Wright County Commissioner Darek Vetsch will be providing testimony at today’s session of the Minnesota House of Representatives to discuss the massive backlog of driver testing centers in the state. Vetsch previously explained his rationale for...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 18, 2020

Education Officials to Join MDH News Conference to Discuss Fall School Plans

At 2 p.m. today, the Minnesota Department of Health will be conducting its daily COVID-19 briefing. MDH officials will be joined by Minnesota Department of Education leaders. The expectation is that there will be discussion of new fall planning guidance f...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 18, 2020

Red Cross Looking for Blood Donations, Will Test for COVID-19 Antibodies

The American Red Cross is in desperate need of blood donations as shortages have been reported due to fears surrounding COVID-19. For a limited time, when someone donates blood, platelets or plasma with the Red Cross, the donation will be tested for COVID...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 18, 2020

Vetsch to Testify Before State Legislature Over Problems with DMV Testing Stations

As the deadline looms on the special session of the Minnesota Legislature, Wright County Commissioner Darek Vetsch will be in St. Paul today (June 18) to provide testimony on a bill that has become of significance to anyone with children nearing the age o...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 17, 2020

Parks Department Returns to Offering Summer Programming, But with Some Limitations

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, few businesses or operations were immune from closure or significant reduction in what was open and what was closed. From the Minnesota State Fair to schools to sports to concerts, just about every event scheduled after mid...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 17, 2020

License Bureau Appointment Schedule Running Smoothly Thanks to Two Employees

As COVID-19 temporarily slowed county government to a crawl, the Wright County License Bureau was quickly deemed to be the highest risk area in any county building for the potential spread of the coronavirus. Tucked in a corner down a narrow hallway, when...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 17, 2020

Park & Rec Seeking Grant to Stock Rental Equipment for Bertram Chain of Lakes Park

Next summer, Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park is going to open its new campground. As part of that process, the Wright County Parks & Recreation Department is going to need equipment for rental and program offerings.

Parks & Rec Director Marc M...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 16, 2020

Drone Gives Bird's Eye View of Justice Center, Government Center Construction

Wright County has released a video showing the progress on the construction of the Justice Center and new Government Center outside of Buffalo. The view is from a drone camera that circles the project to show both buildings taking shape. The Justice Cente...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 16, 2020

County Looking to Access MPCA Funds to Help Repair Failing Septic Systems

On Jan. 1, 2020, the Crow River Organization of Water (CROW)
was disbanded as Minnesota transitioned into the “One Watershed, One Plan”initiative. The CROW served 10 counties in a joint powers capacity – Carver,
Hennepin,...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 16, 2020

Minnesota Ranks No. 1 in Census Response Percentage

Despite the challenges posed by COVID-19, the United States Census is continuing to count the population and Minnesota is leading the way in percentage of responses already received, according to the Census monitoring website publictableau.com.

Minnesota r...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 15, 2020

U of M Extension Provides List of Financial Aid Programs for Farmers

COVID-19 has caused unprecedented economic repercussions for agricultural producers. Several federal and state programs have been created to help farmers, and others in the food and agricultural industry, weather the difficult economic situation. But it c...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 15, 2020

Wright County Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly activity report for the period ending June 15. It can be seen here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=1679

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 15, 2020

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development Offering Free Webinars

At a time when many workers have been displaced due to COVID-19 and many businesses have been shut down or forced to work to limited capacity, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development’s CareerForce is offering a pair of fr...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 15, 2020

County Board Using Financial Modeling to Keep Future Budgets, Levies Consistent

In the summer of 2018, the Wright County Board of Commissioners was facing a dilemma when it started its budget process. Due to decisions made years earlier by a previous county board, a significant payment on the county’s jail bonds was going t...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 15, 2020

Fatal Crash in Franklin Township Saturday

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office responded to a fatal crash in Franklin Township Saturday, June 13. The sheriff has issued a statement on the particulars of the crash that can be seen here: https://mn-wrightcounty.civicplus.com/CivicAlerts.asp...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 12, 2020

A Statement from the Wright County Board of Commissioners

WRIGHT COUNTY DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION STATEMENT

The Wright County Board of Commissioners affirms a strong allegiance to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Wright County, working with other entities, helps people meet their basic ne...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 12, 2020

Driver's License Renewal Date Extended By Governor

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced this afternoon (June 12) that he was extending the Peacetime Emergency Declaration he put in place March 13. The Peacetime Emergency Declaration was scheduled to expire June 13, but has been through July 13.

Legislatio...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 12, 2020

Court Administration Counters in Wright County Government Center to Open Monday

Wright County Court Administration has announced that its public service counters and public access terminals will re-open Monday, June 15. Court Administration is keeping all options in place to allow individuals to conduct their business without coming ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 12, 2020

County to Honor Three Graduates of The Turn Program June 25

In 2016, Wright County created a program called The Turn – an alternative program also known as Adult Drug Court that serves as an adult treatment court for Wright County residents. At 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 25, three graduates of The Turn wil...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 12, 2020

Driver's License Renewal Appointments for June 22-July 2 Almost Fully Booked

The appointment schedule for booking a driver's license renewal with the Wright County License Bureau is almost completely full. All appointment slots from June 22 to July 1 are booked and only a limited number of July 2 appointments remain

Wright County News
Posted on: June 12, 2020

Department of Human Services Issues 'Make a Plan, Minnesota' News Release

The Minnesota Department of Human Services has released a Child Safety and Permanency Update called “Make a Plan, Minnesota.” The news release deals with parents having a plan in place in the event they contract COVID-19 and aren&r...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 12, 2020

Traffic Will Be Re-Routed Early Saturday Near Albertville Outlet Mall

The Wright County Highway Department has provided an update for motorists concerning the CSAH 19/38 project in Albertville.

On Saturday morning (June 13), the northbound lanes of CSAH/Labeaux Avenue NE at the Albertville Outlet Mall will be closed from 5 a...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 11, 2020

Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Surveillance Report

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 Surveillance Report. There have now been 367 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Wright County – an increase of 29 over the last week. The 29 new cases represent the lowest increase since t...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 11, 2020

Master Gardener Offers Tips on How to Create Compost In Your Backyard

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

One of the best natural fertilizers and soil builders is available free. You make it yourself. It’s compost!

You can create compost in your own backyard...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 11, 2020

Second Round of Driver's License Renewal Appointments to Go Online Friday

The second round of appointments for driver’s license renewals at the Wright County License Bureau will open tomorrow (Friday, June 12). The time frame covered will be a two-week period from June 22 to July 2. Approximately 780 spots will be ava...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 10, 2020

Portion of CSAH 8 Closed Due to Emergency Culvert Repair

The Wright County Highway Department has announced there is an emergency culvert repair taking place on CSAH 8 between 70th St NW and 73rd St NW, north of Maple Lake. This is in the already detoured section of CSAH 8, however local traffic may need to use...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 10, 2020

Public Health Encouraging People Who Attended Large Events to Get Tested for COVID-19

Wright County Public Health has issued a news release dealing with those who attended mass gatherings over the two weeks, including protests, community clean up/recovery efforts, vigils and neighborhood defense meetings. Those individuals are asked to get...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 10, 2020

Secretary of State Encouraging Residents to Vote from Home

The Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office has started its “Vote from Home” program, encouraging eligible voters to vote absentee to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and keep communities healthy.

The Secretary of State is also ask...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 9, 2020

Safety Tips Provided For Dealing with Tornadoes During the Peak Summer Months

With summer kicking into full gear, Wright County Emergency Management Director Seth Hansen wants to remind residents about the dangers of severe weather that spawn tornadoes. In a typical year, Minnesota gets hit with 28 confirmed tornadoes – w...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 8, 2020

Minnesota Department of Argiculture Won't Enforce Appeals Court Ruling on Herbicide Ban

In reaction to a decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals late last week that banned three dicamba herbicides, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture has decided not to enforce the ruling and reinstated the use of the herbicides.

In a release sen...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 8, 2020

License Bureau to Discontinue Friday Drive-Thru Pickup of Transactions

The Wright County License Bureau has announced that it will be discontinuing Friday curbside pickup service of non-driver’s license-related transactions.

The program, which began in mid-May while public counters to the Wright Government Center, w...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 8, 2020

U of M Extension Provides Advice to Farmers After Courts Ban Three Herbicide Brands

By Lizabeth Stahl, Jared Goplen, UMN Extension educators - crops

On June 3, 2020, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling that vacated U.S. registrations for Engenia, FeXapan, and XtendiMax herbicides. These are three of the four dicamba products ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 8, 2020

Wright County Sheriff's Office Activity Report for Period Ending June 8

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its weekly activity report for the period ending June 8. The full activity report can be viewed here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=1655

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 8, 2020

License Bureau to Increase Number of Appointments for Driver's License Renewals

After re-opening the Wright County License Bureau last
week, License Bureau Supervisor Becky Aanerud has announced that when the nexttwo-week round of appointments for driver’s license renewals become available
Friday, June 12, there will be...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 5, 2020

A Statement from Wright County Sheriff Sean Deringer

Like all of you, when I saw the video that captured the death of George Floyd while in custody of Minneapolis Police Officers on May 25, I was shocked and horrified. It once again put a spotlight on law enforcement and how we interact with people of color...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 5, 2020

Voters Have Option to Vote Absentee in Primary and General Elections

We are still a little more than two months away from the primary election Tuesday, Aug. 11, and five months from the general election Tuesday, Nov. 3, but many Minnesotans may want to consider the option of registering for absentee voting.

Absentee voting ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 5, 2020

Bertram Construction Project On Schedule

Those who have visited Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park over the last month have witnessed a hotbed of activity, as the road project on Briarwood Avenue NE and construction inside the park is nearing completion.

The project was altered in March after t...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 4, 2020

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Surveillance Report

Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 Surveillance Report. The total number of confirmed cases as of June 4 is 339, an increase of 59 cases over the last week, as well as the second confirmed death in Wright County. This week, the S...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 4, 2020

Minnesota Department of Commerce, Health Warning of COVID-19 Text Scam

The Minnesota Department of Commerce and Department of Health are warning Minnesotans about COVID-19 contact tracing text scams that have arisen in recent weeks.

Contact tracing is a key tool used by Public Health employees to slow the spread of an infecti...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 4, 2020

License Bureau Appointment Schedule Completely Booked Through June 19

The Wright County License Bureau has opened its public counter this morning (June 4) and the office has been flooded with calls from residents trying to schedule an appointment only to learn that the initial run for appointments has been filled.

License Bu...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 3, 2020

County Fair Board President Outlines Decision to Cancel 2020 Fair

Despite delaying a decision until it absolutely had to in hopes that the situation would change with the current COVID-19 pandemic, on Monday (June 1), the Wright County Fair Board reluctantly voted unanimously to cancel the 2020 Wright County Fair.

Fair B...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 3, 2020

County Campgrounds Open, Prepared for First Big Weekend of the Season

For the Wright County Parks & Recreation Department, this weekend will be a “better late than never” scenario. The county’s two park campgrounds – in Collinwood and Schroeder Parks – were supposed to o...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 3, 2020

Important Reminders from the Wright County License Bureau Related to Public Re-Opening

The Wright County License Bureau has important reminders associated with its re-opening tomorrow (Thursday, June 4) that it hopes will prevent people from making unnecessary trips to the Wright County Government Center in Buffalo.

First and foremost is tha...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 2, 2020

Filing Period for Wright County Offices Closed

The filing period for county offices in the Wright County 2020 elections closed at 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 2. Seven offices were up for election, but only three will be contested – all county commissioner seats with two of those requiring primary e...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 2, 2020

U of M Extension Offers Advice for Horse Owners Buying Hay

By Krishona Martinson, University of Minnesota Extension 

Summer signals a new season in hay making, buying, and selling. Horse owners who have an established relationship with a hay supplier (or suppliers) likely know details surrounding where, h...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 1, 2020

2020 Wright County Fair Officially Cancelled

The 2020 Wright County Fair has officially been cancelled.

The Fair Board met Monday night (June 1) and came to the decision to cancel the fair due to restrictions that would have needed to be met, including social distancing and sanitizing of rides that m...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 1, 2020

Veteran Services highlighted in Spotlight Feature

The latest Spotlight feature on the home page of the Wright County website has been posted. It highlights the work of the Veteran Services staff. To read the story, either scroll down to the bottom of the page or click here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/95...

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 1, 2020

Sheriff's Office Activity Report for Period Ending June 1

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has released its activity report for the period ending June 1. It can be viewed here: www.co.wright.mn.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=1638

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Wright County News
Posted on: June 1, 2020

Supreme Court Orders Public Counters at Court Facilities to Open By June 15

For the last two months, the typically bustling courts
area of the Wright County Government Center has been silent as the state hasfollowed the guidance put forth by Executive Orders from Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz.
But, that is about to change.

On May 28...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 29, 2020

License Bureau Driver's License Appointment Schedule Has Gone Live

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 29, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 29, 2020

County, Buffalo Township Agree to Swap of Roads

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 29, 2020

Economic Development Partnership Initiates Small Business Loan Program

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 28, 2020

Wright County Dealing with Two Separate Crow River Watershed Districts

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

That was until the Minneso...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 28, 2020

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Surveillance Report

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

To see the latest report, click here...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 29, 2020

Department of Human Services Approves SNAP Recipients to Buy Groceries Online

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

Effective immediately, SNAP...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 26, 2020

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

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 27, 2020

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

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 27, 2020

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

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

There are also drop boxes at t...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 27, 2020

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

From University of Minnesota Extension

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 27, 2020

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

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 26, 2020

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

By Randy Nelson and Adam Austing, UMN Extension

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 26, 2020

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 26, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 22, 2020

Great River Regional Library to Keep 2021 Budget Less Than 2020

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 22, 2020

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

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

Wright County News
Posted on: May 22, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 22, 2020

County Approves Employee Face Covering/Mask Policy

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

Some departments th...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 21, 2020

Highway Department Releases 2020 Pavement Preservation Construction Update

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 21, 2020

Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Surveillance Report

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 21, 2020

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

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 21, 2020

Applications Being Accepted for Absentee Voting

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 21, 2020

Parks & Recreation Department Campgrounds Scheduled to Open June 1

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 20, 2020

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

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 20, 2020

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

A message to Wright County residents from University of Minnesota Extension

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 20, 2020

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

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

The department is taking vi...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 19, 2020

Filing for Federal, State and County Offices Officially Open

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

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

Individuals in...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 19, 2020

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

A message from University of Minnesota Extension

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 18, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 18, 2020

Sheriff's Office Activity Report Released

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 18, 2020

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

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

Wright County Administrator Lee Kelly explained ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 18, 2020

Public Health Releases Statement Dealing with Questions Surrounding COVID

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

Among the questions dealt with in ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 15, 2020

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

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

The board wrestl...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 15, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 15, 2020

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

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 15, 2020

Candidate Filing for 2020 Elections Opens Tuesday, May 19

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

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

Individuals interested in filing for stat...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 14, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 14, 2020

Wright County Public Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Surveillance Report

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 14, 2020

Wright County Parks & Recreation Reveals Updated Operations Plan

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

The Parks & Recr...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 13, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 13, 2020

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

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 13, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 13, 2020

County Board Chair, Administrator Respond to Data Security Issue

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 13, 2020

Notification of Data Security Incident

May 13, 2020

 

Wright County, Minnesota - Notification of Data Security Incident

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 12, 2020

Neaton Family Named 2020 Wright County Farm Family of the Year

By Adam Austing, University of Minnesota Extension

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 12, 2020

Highway Department Seasonal Sealcoating to Begin Thursday, May 21

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 12, 2020

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

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

Last month, Wright...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 11, 2020

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

By Dawn Cole, Wright County Extension Master Gardener

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

We all understand erosion. Nobody likes the ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 11, 2020

Congress Nearing Decision to Approve Great American Outdoors Act

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 11, 2020

Sheriff's Office Releases Weekly Activity Report

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 8, 2020

Great River Regional Library Offering Curbside Service for Members

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 8, 2020

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

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 8, 2020

Public Health Releases Updated COVID-19 Surveillance Report

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 7, 2020

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

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

Commissioner Darek Vetsch explain...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 7, 2020

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

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 7, 2020

CMRP Trying to Move Forward Amid COVID-19

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 6, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 6, 2020

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

A Message from University of Minnesota Extension

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

This week, the Minnesota Departme...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 6, 2020

County Continues Facility Preparation for Eventual Re-Opening

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 6, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 5, 2020

Wright County to Be Part of Air National Guard Flyover Wednesday

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

The
Unit...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 5, 2020

License Bureau to Provide Curbside Delivery Friday at Government Center

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 5, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 5, 2020

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

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

People have...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 4, 2020

First Half Real Estate Taxes Are Due May 15, 2020

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

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Posted on: May 4, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 4, 2020

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

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

County Administrator Lee Kelly exp...

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 4, 2020

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

By University of Minnesota Extension

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 1, 2020

Wright County Public Health Updates Weekly COVID-19 Data

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 1, 2020

Wright County Residents Step Up with Homemade Mask Donations

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 1, 2020

Wright County Public Health Issues Stay at Home Extension Press Release

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: May 1, 2020

Wright County Campgrounds to Remain Closed Through May 17

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 30, 2020

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

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

While the restrictions on stores was loosened s...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 30, 2020

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

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

The Census Bu...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 30, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 30, 2020

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

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 30, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 29, 2020

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

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 29, 2020

County Board Adopts Fee Reduction for Specific Permit to Carry Applications

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 29, 2020

Auditor/Treasurer Issues Candidate Election Filing Notification

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 29, 2020

Child Foster Care Orientation Scheduled for May 12 Has Been Cancelled

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

 There remains a significant ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 28, 2020

Compost & Recycling Facility to Reopen Thursday, May 7

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 28, 2020

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

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

Those meeting...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 28, 2020

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

By David Nicolai, Extension Crops Educator

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 27, 2020

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

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 27, 2020

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

By Adam Austing, University of Minnesota Extension 

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 27, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 27, 2020

Master Gardener Offers Tips on Planting Container Gardens

By Tracy Beaufeaux, Wright County Extension Master Gardener.

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 24, 2020

Wright County Public Health Updates COVID-19 Data

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 24, 2020

Wright County Offices Remain Operational to Meet Resident Requests for Service

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 24, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 23, 2020

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

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 23, 2020

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

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 23, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 22, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 22, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 22, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 22, 2020

Parks & Rec Department Submits 2019 Annual Report to County Board

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

The report includes the department&rs...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 21, 2020

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

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 21, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 21, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 20, 2020

Election Equipment Used in Presidential Nomination Primary Was A Big Success

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 20, 2020

Wright County Sheriff's Report for April 13-19

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 20, 2020

U of M Extension Discusses Grain Bin Safety for Minnesota Farmers

Grain Bin Safety for Minnesota Farmers

By Adam Austing, University of Minnesota Extension

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 20, 2020

Highway Department to Start Roadside Spraying Program May 26

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 17, 2020

Governor Signs Executive Order to Allow More Outdoor Recreational Activities

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

The Executive Order, whi...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 17, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 17, 2020

Construction Projects Proceeding Through COVID-19 Pandemic

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

Currently, Wright County ha...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 17, 2020

Highway 55 to Experience Delays Starting Monday, April 20

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 16, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 16, 2020

County Board Exploring Option of Creating a County Economic Development Authority

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 16, 2020

License Bureau Remains Busy, Looking at Options for Eventual Reopening

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

The public counters have been close...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 15, 2020

April 16 County Board Special Meeting Cancelled

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 15, 2020

County Board Discusses Launch of CMRP's Framework 2030

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 15, 2020

Bertram Regional Park Will Be Busy with Construction Projects This Summer

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 14, 2020

April 13-17 Is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Minnesota

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 13, 2020

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

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 13, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 13, 2020

U of M Extension Offers Soil Testing For Farmers and Gardeners

By Adam Austing, University of Minnesota Extension

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 13, 2020

May is Foster Care Month in Wright County

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 11, 2020

First Confirmed Death of Wright County Resident From COVID-19

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

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

 Here is the full release from Wrigh...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 10, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 10, 2020

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

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 10, 2020

Wright County Community Action Offering Frozen Meals Program for Seniors

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 9, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 9, 2020

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

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 9, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 9, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 9, 2020

CMRP Launches Its Framework 2030 Initiative

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

For...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 8, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 8, 2020

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

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 8, 2020

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

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 8, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 8, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 7, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 7, 2020

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

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

The flyer puts in simple terms the...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 7, 2020

Construction on CSAH 19/38 Project To Start Monday

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 7, 2020

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

By Adam Austing, University of Minnesota Extension Educator

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 6, 2020

Wright County Health & Human Services Releases Annual Report

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 6, 2020

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

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

Among the topics that have been ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 6, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 3, 2020

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

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 3, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 3, 2020

IT Department Has Connected Employee Voicemail and Email for Remote Workers

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 3, 2020

County Parks Continue to Provide Respite from COVID-19

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

One area that has remained robust through...

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 3, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 2, 2020

Wright County Extends Public Counter Closure Period Through April 18

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 2, 2020

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

A MESSAGE FROM WRIGHT COUNTY HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 2, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 1, 2020

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

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: April 1, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 31, 2020

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

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

In a press release issued today, Trail...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 31, 2020

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

By Adam Austing, University of Minnesota Extension Educator

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 31, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 31, 2020

Governor Extends Driver's License Expiration Dates by Two Months

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 31, 2020

Spotlight Stories Highlighted on Main Page of County Website

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 30, 2020

Court Administration Issues Release Dealing With Court Forms and Contact Numbers

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 30, 2020

Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Sends Message to Minnesota Vets

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 30, 2020

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

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 27, 2020

A Message from Wright County Sheriff Sean Deringer to County Residents

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

The Wr...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 30, 2020

Highway Department Maintaining Operations

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 27, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 27, 2020

Food Shelf and Health Care Facilities Need Donations During Difficult Time

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

Wright County Public Health has sent out a ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 27, 2020

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

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

Wright County Recor...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 27, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 27, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 26, 2020

County Board Chair, County Administrator Release Statement on Facility Operations

March 26, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 26, 2020

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

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

Thedeadline for REAL...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 25, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 25, 2020

County Board Approves Nature Preschool at Ney Park

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 25, 2020

County Departments Collaborating to Assist Residents During COVID-19 Crisis

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 25, 2020

Wright County Public Health Issues Release Listing Resources for Residents

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 25, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 24, 2020

Assessor Announces Cancellation of Open Book Meeting Scheduled for April 9

A Memo from Wright County Assessor Tony Rasmuson

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 24, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 24, 2020

Wright County Board of Commissioners to Conduct Special Meeting April 2

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 24, 2020

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

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 23, 2020

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

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 23, 2020

Wright County Assessor Issues Statement Concerning Boards of Equalization

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 23, 2020

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

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 23, 2020

Court Administration Remains Operational, But Public Windows Have Been Closed

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

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 20, 2020

County Board Meets In Emergency Session to Take Action on COVID-19 Issues

The Wright County Board of Commissioners met in emergency session this morning (Friday, March 20) to make official what the county leadership has been working on this week with the rapid response to the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The meeting began with Wright C...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 20, 2020

Public Health Issues News Release on Importance of Social Distancing

NEWS RELEASE

March 20, 2020

Importance of Social DistancingEvery person can work to halt the spread of COVID-19

BUFFALO, MN – The ideal goal in fighting a pandemic is to halt the spread of disease. As the number of COVID-19 cases in Minnesota conti...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 20, 2020

County Recorder Releases Policy for Residents Seeking Documents

Many of the functions of the Wright County Recorder’s Office have been changed. With the closure of public counters Tuesday, Wright County Recorder Tanya West has released the following statement of procedures moving forward:

Wright County Record...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 20, 2020

Auditor/Treasurer's Office Offering Alternative Options for Some Services

Many Wright County residents find themselves looking for services from the county’s Auditor/Treasurer’s office and are looking for options with the public counters currently closed. The A/T office has made the following suggestions to ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 18, 2020

County Public Counters Closed, But Departments and Offices Are Still Open

Wright County government has closed public access to
window counter service to most areas (exceptions being the Sheriff’s Office,Court Administration and Court Services/Probation), but that doesn’t mean that
the Government Center, ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 17, 2020

Court Administration and Court Services/Probation Counters Remain Open

Earlier today (March 17), the Wright County Board of Commissioners declared a State of Emergency that included closing public facing counters in the Government Center. However, two areas of the Government Center remain open – Court Administratio...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 17, 2020

Trailblazer Transit Remains Open for Business

Trailblazer Transit released a statement today (March 17) informing the public that it plans to remain fully operational while many schools, businesses and government entities are closed or cutting back on services.

Here is the statement from Trailblazer:

&...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 17, 2020

Wright County Government Center Closing Most Public Counters

With the Wright County Emergency Declaration that was adopted this morning (March 17) in the battle with the COVID-19 coronavirus, in preventing community spread of the virus, the Wright County Board of Commissioners voted to close all public facing count...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 17, 2020

County Board Adopts Emergency Declaration In Response to COVID-19

Wright County Emergency Declaration

WHEREAS, Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019, commonly known as COVID-19, a respiratory disease-that can result in serious illness or death, is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which is a new strain of coronavirus that had not...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 16, 2020

License Bureau Requesting That Residents Avoid Long Lines if Possible

At a time when the COVID-19 outbreak has schools and businesses
cutting back hours or closing their doors completely, one place that hasn’tseen a change is the License Bureau in the Wright County Government Center.

With the guidance from the M...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 16, 2020

Parks and Recreation Releases a Statement in Response to COVID-19 Restrictions

Wright County Parks and Recreation Administrator Marc Mattice has released a statement about the operations of Wright County parks facilities moving forward in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The press release can be seen by clicking here: http://www.c...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 13, 2020

First Confirmed Case of COVID-19 Indentified in Wright County

The first confirmed case of COVID-19 has been identified in Wright County. A press release dealing with the issue has been sent out by Wright County Public Health and can be accessed by clicking here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/DocumentCenter/View/19004/W...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 13, 2020

County Administrator Releases Statement Dealing with Wright County Government's Operation Plan

A statement from Wright County Administrator Lee
Kelly:

The outbreak of COVID-19 has resulted in many changesto the daily lives of our residents. With the first confirmed case of COVID-19
identified in Wright County, we want to inform our residents tha...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 11, 2020

Methamphetamine Remains a Critical Issue in Wright County

Last month, the Wright County Sheriff’s Office
coordinated with local police departments in a multi-jurisdictional investigationof several suspects believed to be trafficking methamphetamine. It was a
reminder that, while meth was a scourge ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 9, 2020

Second Case of Coronavirus Confirmed in Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) stated a month ago that it wasn’t a matter of if Minnesota would see its first case of the COVID-19 coronavirus, but when. On Sunday, the state confirmed the second case of coronavirus in Minnesota, as a ...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 6, 2020

Bertram Chain of Lakes Parks Campsite Project Expected to Finish Ahead of Schedule

Whenever there is a construction project of any kind,
one of the biggest fears is that the project will take longer than anticipatedand the potential for cost overruns come in. Just the opposite is true with the
Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park pr...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 6, 2020

County Roads and Highways Are In Awful Shape, But Not for Long

Anyone who has driven any distance over the last couple of weeks has likely noticed that many of the roads are choppy and make smaller vehicles bounce up and down as if they’re driving on a rumble strip.

Wright County Highway Engineer Virgil Hawk...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 5, 2020

Why Do County Highways and Roads Have Spring Load Restrictions?

Every spring, in an attempt to preserve the more than
500 miles of roads on the county’s road system, the Wright County HighwayDepartment places weight restrictions for vehicles on County State Aid Highways
(CSAH) and county roads. The weigh...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 4, 2020

Trailblazer Ridership on the Rise

When Wright County joined Trailblazer Transit, it
wasn’t by choice, it was by force. The State of Minnesota had mandated thatfunding for transit systems be regional, including multiple counties to create
fewer, more uniform systems. For deca...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 4, 2020

Wright County Dental Clinic Passes A Big Hurdle at the State Legislature

The proposed inclusion of a dental clinic in the new
Wright County Government got a big boost Tuesday when a bill introduced at the MinnesotaState Legislature (House File 3644) got a hearing before the House Capital
Investment Committee.

One of the big...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 4, 2020

Trump, Biden Winners in Wright County in Tuesday's Presidential Nomination Primary

For the first time in 28 years, Minnesota conducted a
Presidential Nomination Primary and President Donald Trump and former VicePresident Joe Biden were decisive winners in Wright County.

President Trump ran unopposed on the ballot and
received 3,298 v...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 3, 2020

Minnesota Department of Commerce Urging Residents to Consider Flood Insurance

The Minnesota Department of Commerce is informing
Wright County residents that they may want to look into purchasing floodinsurance due to risks of flooding during the spring runoff season and may want
to act soon because of policy requirements.

The Na...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 3, 2020

Wright County Board Adopts Second Amendment Dedicated County Resolution

On Tuesday, March 3, the Wright County Boardroom was
filled to capacity as the county board of commissioners voted to make WrightCounty the sixth county in Minnesota to adopt a “Second Amendment Dedicated
County” Resolution, joinin...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 2, 2020

Compost & Recycling Facility Taking On-Line Appointments for Drop-offs

With spring right around the corner, a lot of Wright
County residents will look to the annual rite of passage spring cleaning –getting rid of some of the clutter in their houses, garages and yards.

The Wright County Compost & Recycling Fac...

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Wright County News
Posted on: March 2, 2020

County Adds Link to Latest COVID-19 Information to Its Website Main Page

With concerns growing about the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, Wright County Public Health has established a link the county’s website home page.

The link is on the left side of the main page under the heading “Coronavirus (COVID-1...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 14, 2020

Wright County Public Health Issues a Press Release Discussing COVID-19

Much of the news in recent weeks has been dominated
with the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak that began in Wuhan, China in Decemberthat has created a worldwide public health emergency to be declared by the
World Health Organization and in the United S...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 10, 2020

County Preparing Comprehensive Strategic Planning Update

One of the more significant projects Wright County is
going to embark on in 2020 is going to be tackling strategic planning for thecounty’s future – assessing the wants and needs of county residents in
determining the county&rs...

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Wright County News
Posted on: February 5, 2020

Local Option Sales Tax Funding Several Needed County Highway Projects

At a time when state funding for road projects fluctuates
and the need to improve and repair an aging infrastructure system is becomingmore of an issue, for more than a decade Minnesota counties and larger cities
have looked for ways to increase reven...

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Wright County News