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Wright County News  

Friday, May 25, 2018

 

 

Intermittent Lane Closures on Highway 10 This Week, Major Construction to Begin in Early June

Motorists on eastbound Highway 10 between Big Lake and Clear Lake are reminded that they may encounter delays as segments of the road are reduced to a single lane during non-rush hours this week.
MnDOT says, the lane closures will occur during daytime hours, and will be complete by Thursday, May 24th. No lane closures are planned in the westbound lanes.
The closures are needed while crews clear trees at several locations along the corridor. The work is the first part of a major project that will re-construct eastbound Highway 10 between Clear Lake and Big Lake in the weeks to come. Officials say daily lane closures for that project will begin in both directions of Highway 10 on June 4th.
In addition to roadway re-construction, an intersection re-construction is planned at Highway 10 and County Road 23 in Becker. Turn lanes will also be extended in some areas, and underground infrastructure will be repaired or replaced.
MnDOT asks motorists for their patience during this and many other construction projects which will be done throughout the summer and fall seasons.
For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, log onto; www.511mn.org, or call 511.

Property Owners Deadline This Week for Self-Management of Roadside Brush and Weeds

The Wright County Highway Department reminds resident that today, Friday May 25th is the day that it plans on starting vegetation spraying in roadside areas along Wright County highways.
In addition to spraying, the unwanted brush and noxious weeds will be cut and treated with herbicide.
Officials with the Wright County Highway Department say the goal is to eliminate the brush and noxious weeds to promote grass cover along the roadsides.
Brush along the road reduces driving visibility, obstructs road signs and reduces driver reaction time to crossing wildlife. Brush can also present maintenance problems by retaining water along the roadbed, obstructing ditches and damaging equipment.
Crews will use EPA and MDA-approved herbicides to control brush and noxious weeds, but allowing grasses to grow unharmed. They will take care to avoid sensitive areas such as tree and ornamental plantings, crops, gardens, yards, lakes and streams.
Property owners who prefer to maintain the roadsides on their own have until today, to get completed paperwork back to the Wright County Highway Department. Residents must also post the "Do Not Spray" signs that they will be given, and must continue to maintain the un-sprayed areas throughout the summer season. If those areas are not maintained, crews will treat the areas as a part of the vegetation management program.
Questions should be directed to the Wright County Highway Department at (763) 682-7383, or 1-800-362-3667, extension 7383.

May Observed as Mental Health Month

The month of May is Mental Health Month, and officials with Wright County want all residents to know that a number of services are available for care and support of those seeking or continuing with treatment. Laura Scharber is the Adult Mental Health Intake and Outreach Professional with Wright County Health and Human Services. One of the hopes of the department is to inform residents and families of the various services available, thereby helping to ease some of the stigma that has sometimes been associated with mental health concerns.  For further information on mental health resources in Wright County, call (763) 684-8509. More resources are also available online at; www.mnmentalhealth.org.
Recently, Wright County began utilizing the national Crisis Text Line. If you or someone you know struggles with mental well-being or experiences a mental health crisis, text MN to 741741 for free 24-7 support. All messages to the text line are confidential, and trained counselors offer help and connect individuals with local resources.

MN Secretary of State Calls for Release of Federal Funds for Cybersecurity 

Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon is calling on lawmakers to release a million-and-a-half dollars in federal funding for statewide election cycbersecurity upgrades. Simon is urging lawmakers to pass a clean bill allowing the release of the funds. He says Minnesota was one of 21 states Russians targeted in the 2016 election, though Simon says those attempts were unsuccessful. 

GOP Childcare Fraud Plan Released 

Republican lawmakers have unveiled their plan to help cut down on childcare fraud in the wake of recent reports that millions of dollars are being funneled overseas--at times allegedly to support terrorism. Representative Nick Zerwas of Elk River supports a plan that calls for harsher penalties for those who transfer public program money to countries on the U-S travel ban list. It's unclear whether or not the proposal will get action with just days remaining in the 2018 Minnesota legislative session. Meanwhile, acting Department of Human Services Commissioner Chuck Johnson says staff has more than doubled over the last several years to try to combat childcare fraud. Several childcare centers in the state are accused of being involved in the diversion of child care assistance funds.

 

Area Farmers Taking Advantage of Reasonably Good Planting Weather 

With early spring resembling the dead of winter across our region this year, many farmers were very concerned about being able to get crops in the ground. Thankfully, once the snow melted, the weather has shaped up into some generally decent planting weather. University of Minnesota Extension Service Agent Rod Greder says while planting is definitely behind schedule, it could have been much worse if we had gone from snow melt right into a rainy period. Greder says most growers in our area have been focusing on the corn so far, but once that crop is in, those that will be growing soybeans will be back in the fields for another round of planting.

Deadline Nearing for Property Owners Who Want to Manage Roadside Brush and Weeds Themselves 

The Wright County Highway Department is notifying residents that today, May 25th, is the day that it plans on starting vegetation spraying in roadside areas along Wright County highways. In addition to spraying, the unwanted brush and noxious weeds will be cut and treated with herbicide. Officials with the Wright County Highway Department say the goal is to eliminate the brush and noxious weeds to promote grass cover along the roadsides. Brush along the road reduces driving visibility, obstructs road signs and reduces driver reaction time to crossing wildlife. Brush can also present maintenance problems by retaining water along the roadbed, obstructing ditches and damaging equipment. Crews will use EPA and MDA-approved herbicides to control brush and noxious weeds, but allowing grasses to grow unharmed. They will take care to avoid sensitive areas such as tree and ornamental plantings, crops, gardens, yards, lakes and streams. Property owners who prefer to maintain the roadsides on their own have until today, to get completed paperwork back to the Wright County Highway Department. Residents must also post the "Do Not Spray" signs that they will be given, and must continue to maintain the un-sprayed areas throughout the summer season. If those areas are not maintained, crews will treat the areas as a part of the vegetation management program. Questions should be directed to the Wright County Highway Department at (763) 682-7383, or 1-800-362-3667, extension 7383.

No Ease Into Allergy Season in 2018 

Allergy sufferers know it full well. There was no slow transition into allergy season this spring in Minnesota. Allergy and Asthma specialist Dr. Gary Bermann with Clinical Research Institute says the delayed start to spring makes the timing of the rest of the allergy season hard to pin down. Bermann says it's important that people with strong allergy reactions to take precautions like keeping windows closed and not drying towels and bedding on an outdoor clothes line.

 

These stories and more follow CNN 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.