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Wright County News  

Friday, May 24, 2019


Xcel Announces Plans to Retire its Coal Plants in MN by 2030  

Xcel Energy announced this week that it plans to retire its last two coal plants in Minnesota a decade earlier than scheduled. The company's goal is to reduce carbon emissions more than 80-percent by 2030.

Temporary Road Closures Continue in Wright County  

Several Wright County roads will be closed temporarily again. The Wright County Highway Department reports that County State Aid Highway 35 west of Buffalo in Chatham and Marysville Townships will be closed  for a culvert replacement. The work will be done about 100 feet east of CSAH 8. Officials say the work should be completed by the end of the day on Wednesday. No detour will be posted. Also, another cattle pass rehabilitation will close County State Aid Highway 44 between CSAH 33 and CSAH 20, in Rockford Township. The work area will be just east of Iffert Avenue Southeast. Work is expected to be completed soon, and no detour routes will be posted.  

"Buffalo Sings" Registration Deadline Approaching

The Buffalo Chamber of Commerce will once again hold the "Buffalo Sings" contest during Buffalo Days 2019. The contest is for amateur vocalists who will have an opportunity to compete in one of two divisions this year. The first is for ages 15 to 25, and new this year will be a division for those 26 and older. The top two winners from each division will go on to compete in the "Minnesota Sings" contest September 28th and 29th, with prize money of 3 thousand dollars for first place, 2 thousand for second, and 1 thousand for third, plus other awards. "Buffalo Sings" will be held during Buffalo Days, Thursday, June 13th beginning at 7 PM at the Sturges Park Band Shell. Competitors must live, work, or attend school in Buffalo. Only 20 slots are available, and there is a 10-dollar-fee to participate. Anyone thinking about participating is reminded that the registration deadline is June 3rd. Register on-line at;, or for more information, email;, or contact the Chamber by phone at; (763) 682-4902. 

Safety Officials Remind all Motorists of School Bus Safety

As the end of the school year approaches, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety is urging drivers to follow the law and obey school bus stop arms. State Patrol Lieutenant Brian Reu says failure to do so could be costly. State law requires drivers to stop at least 20 feet from a school bus that is displaying red flashing lights or a stop arm.  

Big Graduation Weekends Coming Up 

More high school seniors from the area will receive diplomas this weekend, with several more weekends of graduations to come. This Friday, just over 100 seniors from Watertown-Mayer High School will graduate, with commencement exercises at 7 PM at the high school. Next week will be big for graduations in and around Wright County with ceremonies at Becker, Big Lake, Maple Lake, Monticello and St. Michael-Albertville on Friday the 31st. Then on Saturday the 1st of June, Rockford High School will hold its annual commencement exercises, followed by ceremonies at Dassel-Cokato, Delano and Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted on Sunday the 2nd. The season wraps up in our area on Friday, June 7th, when Buffalo and Elk River High Schools host their graduations for 2019. 

Otsego Man Injured in Stearns County Traffic Crash 

A Wright County man was injured in a single-vehicle traffic crash in Stearns County on Monday. The State Patrol reports that just before 9 AM Monday, a westbound compact SUV on I-94 near Melrose in Stearns County ran off the freeway and struck the cable median barrier. Authorities say it appeared that the driver of the vehicle, 57-year-old Michael Lemanczyk of Otsego, had a medical event that resulted in the crash. Lemanczyk sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported to the Sauk Centre Hospital for treatment. The Sauk Centre Ambulance assisted the State Patrol at the scene. 

State Unemployment Up Very Slightly in April  

Minnesota's unemployment rate increased one-tenth of a percent last month to 3.3 percent. The county-by county unemployment statistics for April should be out in the next week to ten days.

Minnesota Summer Tourism Season Begins  

We're not quite at Memorial Day yet, but the Minnesota Department of Tourism says the summer tourism season is already underway. Explore Minnesota CEO John Edman says Minnesota tourism plays a sizeable role in the state's economy. Earlier this spring, they launched an all-new state tourism marketing campaign that invites travelers to "Find Your True North" #OnlyinMN."

These stories and more follow the Westwood One and MNN network news in our Wright County News at 6:10, 7:10, &  8:10 AM and 12:10, 4:10, 5:10, & 6:10 PM on AM 1360 / KRWC.