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Wright County News  

Monday, November 12, 2018


First Taste of Winter-Like Driving 

We're just one-third of the way into November, and already Wright County drivers have had to brush up on their winter driving skills. Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Joe Kelly says the most important thing to remember about winter driving is, if you can, wait out conditions that aren't safe. Kelly says if you haven't already, now's the time to make sure your vehicle is winter-ready. He says another vital component to winter driving safety is having a good battery, and now is also a good time to put that winter survival kit together and in your vehicle.

Intermittent Lane Closures This Week on I-94 in Monticello 

Motorists on both directions of I-94 in Monticello should watch for slow or stopped traffic as the road is reduced to a single lane beginning today. Both directions of I-94 will be reduced to a single lane after 9:30 PM November 12th through the 15th, though all lanes will be open by 5:30 AM the following day, in time for morning rush hour traffic. MnDOT says intermittent non-rush hour daytime lane closures will occur on both directions of I-94 November 13th through the 17th. The closures are needed while crews continue to work on the new Fallon Avenue bridge spanning I-94 in Monticello.

FDA Considers New Restrictions on E-Cigs 

The FDA is calling e-cigarette use among minors an "epidemic," and is considering new restrictions on e-cigarettes in an effort to stop minors from buying and using the products. Laura Smith with ClearWay Minnesota says starting young can have a long-lasting negative impact. Smith flavored e-cigs and other products have contributed to the first rise in youth tobacco use in Minnesota in 17 years. She says young people are very susceptible to imaging and messages whether stated, or suggested. The FDA's proposed changes include banning flavored e-cigarettes in convenience stores and gas stations and adding age-verification for online sales. 

City of Buffalo Residents Reminded of Fall Leaf Pick-up This Week 

Residents in the City of Buffalo are reminded that the city's annual fall leaf pick-up will be held throughout the week. Leaves will be picked up this week on the resident's regularly scheduled trash pick-up day. An important new item this year, in order for leaves to be picked up, residents must use compostable bags only. Non-compostable bags will not be picked up, and officials say there will be no special pick-ups this year. Leaves need to be bagged and placed in the vicinity of, or beside your normal trash receptacle by 7 AM on your scheduled day of pick-up. Any questions may be directed to the Buffalo City Center at (763) 682-1181. 

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.