Wright County News
Buffalo-Montrose Toys for Tots Drive in the Home Stretch This Week
It's crunch time this week for the annual toy collection drive for Toys for Tots in the Buffalo and Montrose areas. The Buffalo Rotary works with the U-S Marine Corps to sponsor the annual toy drive. Jean Carlson is once again chairing the drive in our area. She reminds everyone that all toys and monetary gifts stay here in the local area. She says the Toys for Tots campaign appreciates all of the sponsor locations that make room for drop boxes at their businesses. Carlson says those monetary donations go a long way to filling in the gaps in the annual toy drive. New, unwrapped toys may still be dropped off through this week at all of the Toys for Tots locations. Cash donations may be made by sending a check to Buffalo Rotary Toys for Tots, P. O. Box 501, Buffalo, MN 55313, or via the online option at; www.buffalo-mn.toysfortots.org.
Wright County Residents Urged to Take Trailblazer Transit Online Survey
Wright County residents can provide their input on the Trailblazer Transit system with an online survey. Trailblazer is seeking input on any improvements to service, the current service area, and how transit service in Sibley, McLeod and Wright Counties could look in the future. The data collected will be used to develop a five-year plan to help guide the organization through 2025. The online survey is available until December 21st. There are links to the survey on the Wright County website, or log on directly to Trailblazer at; www.trailblazertransit.com.
Two Women Recovering From Weekend Traffic Crash in Buffalo
Two women from Buffalo are recovering after a weekend traffic crash in Buffalo. The State Patrol reports that Saturday afternoon around 2:20 PM, a passenger car was westbound on 14th Street Northeast, and a pickup truck was northbound on Highway 25. Officials say the two vehicles collided at the intersection when the pickup ran a red light. Injured in the crash were the driver of the car, 59-year-old Delores Awe of Buffalo, and a passenger, 35-year-old Michelle Kunzer, also of Buffalo. Both women sustained non-life threatening injuries and were treated at Buffalo Hospital. The driver of the pickup, 27-year-old Ryan Spike of Hutchinson, was not injured. The Wright County Sheriff's Office and Buffalo Police Department assisted the State Patrol at the scene.
2020 Minnesota Wild Turkey Stamp Design Contest Underway
The Minnesota DNR has begun accepting entries for the 2020 Minnesota Wild Turkey Stamp design contest. Tim Turrene, a Minnesota artist with multiple wildlife stamp wins to his credit, says the program is good for artists and non-artists alike. Turrene won the Minnesota turkey stamp competition in both 2007 and 2017, and has won more than a dozen wildlife stamp contests in all. He says he uses his success to inspire younger artists. The cost of a turkey stamp is included in a turkey license, but anyone can buy pictorial stamps as collectibles. More information is available at; www.mndnr.gov/stamps.
Minnesota Road Fatalities up This Year
With less than a month to go until the end of the year, Minnesota is exceeding last year's pace for road fatalities. So far, at least 350 people have died in accidents statewide--compared with 333 deaths at this time last year. Mike Hanson with the Office of Traffic Safety says, however, it's important to keep those numbers in perspective. Hanson says despite the increase in 2018, over the past 15 years, the road fatality rate in Minnesota has been cut almost in half. Hanson says speed, impaired driving, distractions and unbelted motorists remain the top reasons for fatalities on Minnesota roads.
Fire Destroys Historic Church in Norwood Young America
Fire has destroyed a church that has been a landmark in the community of Norwood Young America. Authorities say fire broke out Sunday night around 7 PM at the 150-year-old United Methodist Church in downtown Norwood Young America in neighboring Carver County. The blaze had fully engulfed the entrance area of the building by the time firefighters arrived. Reports say the small church community had just finished decorating for Christmas earlier in the day. Church officials said no one was inside at the time of the fire, and no injuries were reported. An investigation into the cause of the fire is on-going, but there is no report of any suspected foul play in the blaze.
Postal Service Suggestions on Secure Holiday Package Delivery
The United State Postal Service has some tips for keeping packages safe heading into the holiday season. USPS spokeswoman Kristy Anderson says consumers can use the "hold for pick-up" option, or request a signature confirmation so that a package isn't left unattended at your home. Another option is to have a neighbor take the delivery for you.
Farm-to-School Back on Menu at MN State Capitol
Advocates of farm-to-school lunch programs will be back at the State Capitol when the Legislature convenes in January to support a bill that would improve local food sourcing and agriculture education. Roz Brown has a full report in our on-air news. A bill with several provisions that would fulfill the requests from various farm-to-school groups made it through three committees in 2017, but wasn't included in the final budget.
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.