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The Minnesota Department of Transportation spent nearly $133 million dollars to clear roads during the 2018-19 winter season and crews faced some of the most severe weather in the state in a decade, according to a new MnDOT winter maintenance report released today.

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A year ago at this time, the Wright County Board of Commissioners started to realize how significant the anticipated spike in the county’s budget and certified levy (the amount paid by residents) and the reaction that would likely ensue.

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Motorists who stop to use the Fuller Lake Rest Area along westbound Interstate 94, one mile west of Highway 24 in Clearwater, will need to find other facilities, as the Minnesota Department of Transportation shuts down the facility to make $1.8 million improvements Thursday, July 18. 

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Motorists who stop to use the Fuller Lake Rest Area along westbound Interstate 94, one mile west of Highway 24 in Clearwater, will need to find other facilities, as the Minnesota Department of Transportation shuts down the facility to make $1.8 million improvements Thursday, July 18. 

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ST. PAUL — Minnesota legislators worked to wrap up details of their big budget bills Monday ahead of a midnight adjournment, while haggling began over the timing and length of a special session later this week to pass those packages and complete the state’s next two-year budget.

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There have always been issues with teenagers and smoking, whether it’s smoking cigarettes or smoking marijuana. But, Wright County is dealing with an epidemic of young smokers who have taken to vaping – smoking out of a cartridge that most times is odorless and doesn’t create the smoke that …

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Memorial Day weekend signals the start of the summer boating season, but boaters should keep in mind water temperatures remain spring-like. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources urges boaters to wear life jackets no matter the water temperature or season, but it’s especially importan…

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In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating May 15 as the annual Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week that includes it as Peace Officers Week. Twenty years later, construction began on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C., a permanent…

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Minnesotans with an all-terrain vehicle registered for private or agricultural use won’t need to pay the additional registration fee ($53.50 for three years) to ride the state’s public ATV trails, Friday through Sunday, June 7-9. Out-of-state riders can explore Minnesota ATV trails that week…

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The Wright Carver Breakfast on the Farm will take place on Saturday, June 22 at Hoese Dairy Inc, in Mayer, Minnesota. The Century Farm is owned and operated by Scott, Yvonne, and Eric Hoese. In addition to milking dairy cows, the farm also grows corn, soybeans and alfalfa. The family is exci…

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Beginning on May 28, the Wright County Highway Department, as part of its vegetation management program, will be scheduling some roadside vegetation work along all Wright County highways. 

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For the last year, the Wright County Board of Commissioners have met at board and committee meetings to discuss the options with the current county courthouse and where county employees will be located in the coming years. That debate is likely going to come end April 30, as a vote is planne…

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The Buffalo PRCA Championship Rodeo in Buffalo, Minn. will celebrate their 65th anniversary June 20, 21 and 22.  The Buffalo Rodeo Committee is busy planning a big celebration including three performances, hiring America’s most entertaining rodeo clown and barrel man, Trent McFarland and pro…

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The Wright County Board took action on the following items at its April 16 meeting. They were compiled by John Holler.

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For more than 30 years, the Wright County Board of Commissioners have met four Tuesdays a month and, in some form – whether via VHS tape, DVD video or live streaming – has been broadcast to residents of the county.

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 As a general rule, law enforcement – whether it be for the cops on the street or the prosecution of felony cases – is expensive. One of the tools law enforcement has in the battle against high-end felony drug cases has been the ability to seize cash and property and, if convictions are obta…

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For the last several months, the Wright County Board of Commissioners has danced around the issue of whether or not the county is going to invest to build a new Government Center. At the April 2 meeting of the board, it became obvious that the plan is to move forward quickly to finalize the …

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• Accepted the county’s 2018 medical examiner report. There were 555 deaths in Wright County in 2018, the lowest total since 2015. Four people died in motor vehicle accidents, down from 12 in 2014. The number of suicides (13) was the lowest since 2014. There were six overdose deaths due to d…

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The winter of 2018-19 has been one for the history books for cold and snow in Minnesota, but, with the warming of spring upon us, the next issue that has come up took center stage at the March 26 meeting of the Wright County Board of Commissioners.

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• Repealed the Wright County Transportation Employee Drug and Alcohol Policy and replace it with the Wright County Department of Transportation Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy for Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers effective April 1.

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Every year, Wright County deals with a calendar-year budget, but there are times when money that was earmarked for one budget year isn’t spent because the items approved in the budget weren’t delivered on time. At the March 19 meeting of the Wright County Board of Commissioners, it was unani…

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For the last two years, many officials from throughout the State of Minnesota have looked on at a Wright County pilot project that has taken the lead in combatting the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS). Started in 2017 as a project that required mandatory boat inspections on four lake…

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To meet increasing demand for services by Veterans the St. Cloud VA needs to fill numerous job openings, and is hosting a career fair for nursing, medical clerk, and clinical social work occupations on Apr. 13, from 9 a.m. to noon, in Bldg. 1 (Main Entrance) at the St. Cloud VA Medical Cente…

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As a forensic psychologist, Frank Weber’s day job has involved doing psychological assessments in homicide, sexual assault and domestic abuse cases. His work has ranged from assessing murderers and psychopaths to providing therapy for wealthy professionals who’ve engaged in multiple affairs …

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The University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners-Wright County recently honored several master gardeners for their service and commitments as a University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener in 2018.

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The University of Minnesota Extension-Wright County is currently seeking two partners for the 2019 Black Cutworm Monitoring Project. The goal of the project is to work in collaboration with area farmers to monitor black cutworm pheromone traps this spring. The data collected from our partner…

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There was a time when heading to license bureau at the Wright County Courthouse to renew a driver’s license, pick up new tabs or license plates or transfer the title on a vehicle was something that only took a few minutes. Lines were short and people could pop in and pop out in a matter of minutes.

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• Approved a master license agreement with TriMin Inc. for a scanning project in the amount of $480,042 of county land records dating back as far as 1855. The plan is to digitize all documents to provide a permanent record. The scanning will be done 24 hours a day from March 25 to April 15 a…