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“The Minnesota Rural Broadband Coalition is pleased to announce the launch of the Minnesota Speed Test Initiative,” said Vince Robinson, Chair of the MN Rural Broadband Coalition. “There is no doubt that the lack of broadband in rural Minnesota hampers telework, distance learning, and telehe…

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Wright County Economic Development Partnership (WCEDP) is administering a grant program on behalf of the Wright County Board of Commissioners for businesses and non-profits that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Qualifiable entities will be those that can demonstrate bu…

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Representatives Brian Johnson, R-Cambridge, and Marion O’Neill, R-Maple Lake, sent a letter to Department of Corrections (DOC) Commissioner Paul Schnell questioning the closing of the Togo and Willow River Correctional Facilities. The GOP Public Safety and Corrections committee leads express…

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State Representative Paul Novotny, R-Elk River, plans to introduce legislation during tomorrow’s special session to increase transparency in Minnesota’s bail system. Novotny’s legislation comes in response to a local news report that found a Minnesota nonprofit has bailed out defendants from…

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With uncertainty surrounding many of this summer’s activities, Wright County Public Health and University of Minnesota Extension have been able to provide an enjoyable and educational way for children to spend their increased free time- with cooking!

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State Representative Paul Novotny, R-Elk River, has been appointed to the newly formed Ensuring Police Excellence and Improving Community Relations Advisory Council. The Council’s enacting legislation was approved in late July by the Minnesota Legislature and signed into law by Governor Walz…

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Hay burner and lawn ornament, 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.  

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The Wright County Emergency Food & Shelter program has been awarded federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security/Federal emergency management agency under the emergency food and shelter national board program. The Wright County Emergency Food & Shelter Pro…

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The University of Minnesota Extension is excited to host a six part webinar series titled: Key Components of a Successful Beef Operation: Cow/Calf to Consumer! The series will be held on August 12, 13, 18, 20, 25, and 27 from 6:00pm-7:30pm CST. The series will focus on different aspects of r…

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The University of Minnesota Extension is excited to host a three part Dairy Discussion Series on hot topics for dairy farmers. The series will be held on August 3, 4, and 5 from 12:00pm-12:30pm CST. Come prepared to share ideas, ask questions, and engage in a discussion with other farmers an…

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Senate Republicans passed a resolution on Monday to end Governor Walz’s emergency powers, with respect to education, and allow school districts to decide the best option for their students this fall.  Additionally, a bill to provide $25 million in grants to reopen schools failed on a party l…

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ST. PAUL – One day after a bipartisan vote by the Minnesota Senate to end the peacetime emergency declared by Gov. Tim Walz, Democrats blocked a similar vote in the Minnesota House. State Representative Paul Novotny, R-Elk River, issued the following statement about Tuesday's vote.

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The Governor called the Senate back to the Capitol today for a second special session. In response, Senate Republicans introduced a resolution to eliminate the Governor’s peacetime emergency powers initially enacted to prepare the state for the COVID-19 pandemic. If the House also passes thi…

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Following the advice of public health experts, Governor Tim Walz today extended the COVID-19 peacetime emergency that gives the state flexibility in responding to critical issues stemming from COVID-19.

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Congressman Tom Emmer (MN-06) announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded the St. Cloud Regional Airport a grant of $168,606. The funds are enhanced by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and will go towards several projects to improve safety a…

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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 accessing the 911 system – computers and wireless devic…

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Washington, D.C. - Congressman Tom Emmer (MN-06) today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded the St. Cloud Regional Airport a grant of $1,092,430. The funds are provided as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, and will go towards …

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The 2020 Buffalo Days event has been postponed due to COVID-19, so Fishing Klinics for Kids held in Sturges Park during the celebration has been cancelled. The Buffalo Days Klinic is well-attended by kids and adults, and organizers look forward to its return in 2021.

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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 current and retired Wright County Sheriff…

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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.

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On Tuesday, May 26, the Wright County Highway Department will begin its annual roadside spraying/vegetation management program along all Wright County highways to remove unwanted brush and noxious weeds. Because the spraying is done with herbicides, some residents opt to do their own removal…

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Xcel Energy remains committed to the safety of our employees, customers and communities while ensuring reliable service for all our customers as we all adjust to life during these uncertain times. With a Stay At Home order in effect in Minnesota, many of our customers may use this extra time…

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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…

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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…

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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 direction given by the Governor and the County…

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Governor Tim Walz today signed a bill to allocate $330 million in COVID-19 aid in Minnesota, bringing the state’s total response to more than $550 million to manage the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill was passed by the Minnesota Legislature on March 26, 2020.