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Gov. Tim Walz and state officials have announced plans for the phased reopening of bars, restaurants and places of "public accommodation.”
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz said Wednesday he will let his stay-at-home order expire as scheduled Monday, though he'll leave key restrictions in place to keep up Minnesota's fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
BUFFALO, MN – Earlier this week, the first workplace-associated cluster of COVID- 19 cases was identified in Wright County.“Considering what we know about the virus, clustering is not surprising,” said Sarah Grosshuesch, Director of Wright County Public Health. “We have been taking steps to …
Wright County Sheriff Sean Deringer has found himself in an unenviable position in recent weeks. He has heard heartbreaking stories from small business owners asking him to allow businesses to open up while Gov. Tim Walz’s stay-at-home order and decision to close most small business has take…
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota banned large-scale high school graduation ceremonies on Friday to limit the spread of the coronavirus, and encouraged schools to hold online ceremonies instead.
Wright County Public Health has released its weekly Surveillance Report of COVID-19 data as of Thursday, May 7.
by Jim Boyle
A favorite place for many in Monticello is Otter Creek park, where water runs beneath both a foot bridge and a railroad trestle and a sculpture of an otter upon a bicycle seemingly changes with the seasons. In this season of change with the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing, and face prot…
Sherburne County Administrator Bruce Messelt announced at the start of the May 5 meeting that the county has had its first COVID-19-related death on May 4. More details will follow during the county's regular COVID-19 pandemic outbreak and county response report.
St. Paul) – The Minnesota Senate approved with bipartisan support a major Republican-led Economic Recovery Act to help small businesses battling financial hardship caused by the coronavirus and the stay-home order. The $330 million bill emphasizes three elements that will benefit impacted bu…
By Steve Karnowski, Associated Press
Big Lake's summer festival, SpudFest, has been canceled for 2020 has been canceled.
Monticello’s Riverfest Celebration has been canceled for 2020 due to public safety concerns related to the Coronavirus.
Due to an increase in available testing, CentraCare and Carris Health facilities will once again be able to offer curbside collection for COVID-19 testing. Appointments are required and must be scheduled through CentraCare Connect by calling 320-200-3200 or through a CentraCare eClinic visit…
Effective immediately, all CentraCare and Carris Health facilities, both patient and non-patient buildings, will be implementing universal masking for all employees. Universal masking means any employee entering a CentraCare building must wear a facemask for the entire time they are at work.
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 into account when making decisions has become nec…
The Sherburne County Board of Commissioners, in coordination with the County’s Auditor-Treasurer, took action earlier today to provide temporary relief to residents and businesses that have been directly or indirectly impacted by the economic pressures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. --- In response to Executive Order 20-41 issued today by Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz,the Minnesota State High School League, under direction of the League’s Board of Directors, has declared, effective immediately, all activities and athletics that occur during the spring s…
Students in the Monticello and Big Lake communities will not be returning to the classroom for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year.
Two Wright County senior living facilities are listed among those with a COVID-19 outbreak.
Gov. Tim Walz called on Minnesota residents to make homemade masks for those most at risk of the coronavirus, as health officials reported 143 new confirmed cases of the disease, including 23 in the county where it sickened many workers at a meatpacking plant.
As a result of preparation for COVID-19, the structure of day-to-day life has changed. Many people may be experiencing high levels of stress, anxiety and potentially feeling overwhelmed.
Monticello and Big Lake residents will be able to partake in many outdoor activities beginning early in the morning of Saturday, April 18.
CentraCare – Monticello is thankful to our communities for coming together to help and support those in need.
Employees of one of Big Lake’s largest employers are feeling the effects of the COVID-19 virus.
BUFFALO, MN – On April 8, 2020, Governor Walz extended the Stay at Home order through May 4, 2020.
SAINT PAUL, MN – The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) is encouraging any Minnesotan who is behind on their electricity or natural gas bills to contact their utility to ensure their service remains connected during the COVID-19 pandemic.
BUFFALO, MN – Wright County Public Health has received confirmation from the Minnesota Department of Health of the first confirmed death of a Wright County resident due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
Employees at Big Lake’s municipal liquor store will continue to see a pay raise on their check stubs until at least April 22.
MARYSVILLE TOWNSHIP - The white Trailblazer Transit bus rumbled its way down a dirt road southwest of Buffalo before stopping in front of a farm house.
MINNEAPOLIS – With all eyes on the COVID-19 pandemic, the Minnesota Medical Association (MMA) and its 10,000 members want to remind Minnesotans to pay attention to all aspects of their health.
To the Monticello Community,
To continue Minnesota’s success in slowing the spread of COVID-19 across the state, Gov.Tim Walz today extended the Stay Home Order until May 4.
St. Cloud, Minn. – As a result of preparation for COVID-19, the structure of day to day life has changed. Many of us may be experiencing high levels of stress, anxiety and potentially feeling overwhelmed.
BUFFALO, MN – Living through a public health emergency such as COVID-19 can be extremely stressful.
Generous donors from across Minnesota and western Wisconsin have already donated more than 200,000 pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) since Allina Health first put out the call for donations on March 21. Today Allina Health is extending its call for donated PPE. The initial reques…
The Wright County Department of Human Services is bringing on a temporary, part-time employee to help collate county-specific information regarding COVID-19.
Based on your symptoms
The Department of Motor Vehicles office in Monticello will will resume opening on Monday, April 6.
An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by the gods.
During this time, we understand that visiting parks and trails will provide citizens with an opportunity for physical activity, relaxation, and place to enjoy the outdoors all while maintaining some of the recommendations put forth by the CDC, WHO, and the state of Minnesota. With that under…
Any sort of change takes time to feel completely adjusted and comfortable.
Monticello residents are encouraged to enjoy the great outdoors and the city's wonderful parks and trail system.
Library buildings may be closed, but we have many options for library services from the comfort of your home. With your library card, you can access our digital world of eBooks and eAudiobooks. All you need is a computer or a tablet/phone. On griver.org there are multiple platforms to search…
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.
Anyone who has attended or streamed a Wright County Board meeting the last couple of weeks has noticed a significant change – there are only four commissioners sitting at the board dais instead of five. Commissioner Charlie Borrell and his wife Lynn, who has the ability to work remotely, hav…