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Local News Headlines 

Sunday, December 4, 2016


Hwy. 24 in Clearwater to Close Multiple Times Daily Beginning Monday 

MnDOT is advising motorists who travel Highway 24 near the Mississippi River bridge in Clearwater to plan for delays while crews begin to close that road up to four times each weekday beginning Monday...more

Two Injured in Crash on Highway 55 Near Rockford 

Two people were injured Thursday afternoon in a two-vehicle traffic crash near Rockford. The State Patrol reports that the crash happened around 1:40 PM Thursday, when a passenger car that was traveling north on Tower Street failed to yield to an eastbound car at the intersection with Highway 55, and the vehicles collided in the intersection...more

Two Injured in Broadside Crash in Carver County 

Two men from our area were injured, one seriously, in a two-vehicle traffic crash Wednesday afternoon in neighboring Carver County. The Minnesota State Patrol reports that around 5:30 PM, a pickup truck that was northbound on Carver County Road 123 was struck broadside by a passenger car that was westbound on State Highway 7...more

Spring Funeral Services Planned for Longtime Watertown Businessman, Owen "Ole" Seck 

A spring funeral service is planned for a longtime Watertown businessman who passed away recently. Owen "Ole" Seck passed away November 21st at the age of 87...more

Longtime Monticello Dentist, Former Mayor and Civic Leader, Dr. Charles Erlandson Passes Away 

A longtime resident of Monticello who was a big part of that community's growth and development in the 1960s and 70s passed away this week. Dr. Charles Erlandson passed away November 28th at the age of 85...more

Still No Sign of Missing Waconia Man 

Despite five days of searching, there's still no sign of a Waconia man who went missing last Saturday. 35-year-old Andrew Stifter was on a paddleboard on Lake Waconia last Saturday to photograph wildlife, but did not return home...more

Area Lakes Not Frozen, But Water is Dangerously Cold 

The mild temperatures this fall are allowing people extra recreation time outdoors, including a longer season on area waterways. But as water temperatures begin to dip, the DNR is urging caution for boaters...more

Holiday Mailing Hitting Full Stride 

Holiday mailing time is here. Minnesota spokesman with the U-S Postal Service, Pete Nowacki, says the increase in mailing really kicks in in the week following Thanksgiving...more

Turkey Growers Thankful for Flu-Free Year 

Minnesota turkey producers are coming off of a very happy Thanksgiving season, due in part to there being no cases of the bird flu this year...more

Authorities Investigating Outdoor Christmas Display Vandalism in Rockford 

Officials with the Wright County Sheriff's Office continue to investigate recent acts of vandalism of outdoor Christmas lighting displays in the community of Rockford...more

Hutchinson Man Injured in Two-Vehicle Crash in McLeod County

One person was injured in a two-vehicle crash in neighboring McLeod County Tuesday evening...more

Deadline Nearing for Cokato-Dassel Silent Santa Program Applications 

Officials with the Cokato-Dassel Lions remind families in that area that the deadline is Friday for participation in this year's Silent Santa program...more

Kiffmeyer to Chair Senate State Government Finance, Policy, Elections Committee 

An area lawmaker will assume the chairmanship of the Minnesota Senate Committee on State Government Finance, Policy and Elections when the legislature re-convenes in January...more

Obesity Rates Trending Downward for Kids on WIC 

The obesity rate for children from low-income families on the Women, Infants and Children, or WIC program dropped between 2010 and 2014

CP Railway Holiday Train Set to Visit Sunday, Dec. 11th

Excitement is growing for the annual visit of the Canadian Pacific Railway Holiday Train. 2016 marks the 18th year that the Holiday Train has made stops in the Wright County area...more

Search to Continue Today on Lake Waconia for Missing Paddleboarder 

The search will continue today for a missing paddleboarder on Lake Waconia in neighboring Carver County...more

Three Injured in Two-Vehicle Crash in Foley 

Two women from Clear Lake were among the three people injured in a two-vehicle traffic crash in Foley Sunday night...more

Wright County Unemployment Drops to Lowest Rate in 2016 in October 

Wright County's unemployment rate fell to the lowest rate of the year last month...more

Klobuchar Praises EPA Decision to Increase Renewable Fuel Volume 

The Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that the renewable volume obligation for "conventional" renewable fuel, like corn ethanol, has been increased to 15 billion gallons. U-S Senator Amy Klobuchar says it's good news in Minnesota and beyond...more