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Wright County News  

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

 

Deadly Days on State Roads  

The State Patrol says 11 people lost their lives in eight fatal crashes on Minnesota roads over the Father's Day weekend. State Patrol Lieutenant Tiffani Nielson says five of those killed were riding a motorcycle and one pedestrian also died. She says it may seem like roads should be safer in the summer, but statistics show it's just the opposite. Nielson says the 100 deadliest days on Minnesota roads are between Memorial Day and Labor Day. This year so far, 33 people have died in crashes since Memorial Day. She encourages drivers to refrain from drinking and driving, follow the speed limit, wear your seatbelt, and put away distractions. 

DNR Stresses Pool Safety 

Recent tragedies involving kids and water have safety officials reminding parents to be vigilant and watch their children--even when a lifeguard is present. The DNR's Lisa Dugan is urging parents to put away the distractions and keep an eye on young swimmers. She also says parents should talk to kids about water safety early in the season, and continue to do so frequently throughout the spring and summer. 

Memorial Mass Today for "Robbie" Jaunich, Victim of Fatal Train vs. Pedestrian Crash

Family and friends today will remember a Delano man who died last week in St. Paul when he was struck by a train. 47-year-old Robert "Robbie" Jaunich died after he was struck by a train around 4 AM June 13th according to BNSF Railway officials and the Ramsey County medical examiner's office. Jaunich was apparently walking on the tracks south of U-S Highway 61 and Lower Afton Road. Reports indicated he attempted to back away from the on-coming train, but apparently was not able to get clear of the tracks before he was struck and killed. Jaunich grew up in Delano where he was a stand-out athlete in baseball, football and basketball. He was employed as a mason and was thrilled to be given the opportunity to work on various projects that included the U.S. Bank Stadium, Target Field, the Mall of America, and the Minnesota State Capitol. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, four step-children and one granddaughter, as well as his parents, grandmother, siblings and numerous relatives in the area. Services for Robbie Jaunich are scheduled for today at the St. Peter Catholic Church in Delano. 

Despite Rain, Fishing Klinic for Kids Pleased With Buffalo Days Turnout 

When a one-day, annual event runs for more than two decades, somewhere along the line it's bound to encounter some less than perfect weather days. That was the case this past Saturday for the 23rd annual Fishing Klinic for Kids at Sturges Park in Buffalo during Buffalo Days. The Saturday morning event had to endure rain and light thunderstorm activity for most of its scheduled time. Despite the weather, some 400 youngsters and their parents or guardians showed up for the rain or shine event, and received some great prizes, along with some valuable information about the sport of fishing and many other outdoor activities. Organizer Jim Waddell tells KRWC Radio News that nearly all of the seminars were full despite the weather, and the presenters were very pleased with the attentive crowd that braved the wet weather. Weather eventually cleared by later in the day in time for other Saturday events including the parade. The Fishing Klinic for Kids team thanks all of those who attended and reminds everyone that they will be back again next year for Buffalo Days, and in the meantime, a number of other activities throughout the year. 

Senate Farm Bill Moves Forward, House Expected to Try Again This Week 

The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on the farm bill by the Fourth of July. Senator Amy Klobuchar, a senior member of the Senate Ag Committee says she's proud of the bi-partisan work that developed the bill, and says if it passes as written it will be good for Minnesota. The House failed to pass its version of the farm bill on its first vote. One major point of contention is Republican House Members sticking to their recommendations for significant cuts in the SNAP food assistance program. House Ag Committee Ranking Member, DFL'er Collin Peterson is praising his Senate counterparts for putting together a bipartisan farm bill. He says the success in the Senate could put pressure on House Republicans who want to cut spending for SNAP. The House farm bill is scheduled to be voted on a second time later this week.

Winsted Woman Injured in Blue Earth County Traffic Crash 

A Winsted woman was injured in a weekend traffic crash in Blue Earth County near Mankato. The State Patrol reports that Friday at around 10 AM, a passenger car driven by 71-year-old Henry Schmidt of Winsted was northbound on Highway 22 in Lime Township when it moved into the left turn lane to go west on Blue Earth County Road 26. The Schmidt vehicle was struck by a southbound car on Highway 22 as it turned left. Injured in the crash was a passenger in the Schmidt vehicle. 69-year-old Trudi Schmidt sustained non-life threatening injuries and was taken to a Mankato Hospital for treatment. The driver, Henry Schmidt, was not injured. The driver of the other vehicle, a 34-year-old man from Eagle Lake, Minnesota, and a passenger, a 28-year-old woman from Mankato, both escaped injury. The Mankato Police Department, the Blue Earth County Sheriff's Office, and Mankato Gold Cross Ambulance assisted the State Patrol. 

Winning Buffalo Days Button Numbers Announced 

The winning numbers have been announced in the annual Buffalo Days button drawing. The 500-dollar prize goes to the holder of button 1126. 100-dollar prizes will be awarded to button numbers 225 and 296. 50-dollar prizes go to button numbers 354, 304 and 429. Check your button carefully, and contact the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce at (763) 682-4902 for information on how to claim your prize. 

Mixed Weekend of Weather During Buffalo Days 

Weather was varied over the weekend, but only a few events of the annual Buffalo Days were delayed or dampened by showers. Rain held off for the most part on Friday, and the annual Sturges Park activities including the Buffalo Days fireworks were able to be held as scheduled. Saturday, showers and thunderstorms dampened some of the fun at the Fishing Klinic for Kids and events like the Cubmobile races, but things had cleared up by Saturday evening, and the Buffalo Days parade was able to be enjoyed as scheduled. Only brief showers were seen on Sunday, and most of the Sunday events including the Rigs and Pigs car show and rib cook-off were able to be held. Sunday evening, the annual coronation was held. The new Miss Buffalo is Ali Tokkesdal, Princesses are Gina Miller and Ce Ce Miller. This week in Buffalo, the annual Buffalo Rodeo will be held, and elsewhere in Wright County, it's the annual celebration of Good Neighbor Days in Howard Lake.

Klobuchar Backs Family Caregivers Tax Credit Bill 

U-S Senator Amy Klobuchar is behind a bill that aims to help family caregivers with a tax credit on the costs of caring for an aging relative. Klobuchar says she's heard from many Minnesota families struggling to raise children and care for their aging parents at the same time. Under the bill, qualifying families would be eligible for up to six-thousand-dollars a year.

Summertime Pests Starting to Emerge 

After a slow start due to the late winter, summertime pests are starting to emerge. Dave Neitzel with the Minnesota Department of Health says mid-May through mid-July is peak tick season. He says mosquitoes were also delayed in many areas, but are now out in full force after recent rainfall. Neitzel says if you're in the woods, or out at dusk and dawn, wear long clothing and put on repellent--preferably something with DEET or permethrin. The good news is that in most cases, those types of repellents are effective for both mosquitoes and ticks.

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.