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Wright County News

Thursday, July 27, 2017


CWD Testing to be Done in a Large Area This Coming Deer Season 

This fall, deer hunters who hunt in areas just west of Wright County will be will be required to have their kills sampled for chronic wasting disease. DNR Area Wildlife Manager Corey Netland says this is because a farm with tame deer in eastern Meeker County tested positive for CWD. Netland says testing will be done in a large area of west central Minnesota. Chronic wasting disease, or CWD, is a contagious neurological disease that can affect deer, elk and moose.

Area Legislators to Visit With Constituents at the Wright County Fair 

Local state lawmakers will be on hand at the Wright County Fair this week to visit with constituents. The legislators from the area, all from the Republican party, will spend time throughout the week at the Wright County Republicans booth. Today, Representative Marion O'Neill of Maple Lake will be at the booth from 1 to 6 PM, with Representative Dean Urdahl of Grove City visiting from 6 to 9 PM. Friday, State Senator Bruce Anderson of Buffalo will be on hand at the booth from 1 PM until closing, Representative O'Neill will again visit from 1 to 8 PM, and Representative Joe McDonald of Delano will join his GOP colleagues from 5 PM to closing. Saturday, Representative Eric Lucero will visit the Wright County Republicans booth from 10 AM to 2 PM, Representative McDonald will again be on hand from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM, and Senator Anderson plans to be at the booth from 12 noon to closing. On Sunday, Senator Anderson will visit the booth from 1 PM to closing and Representative McDonald will be on hand from 3:30 PM until closing. The DFL party will also have guests and information at their booth at the fair, as will several other political organizations. 

2017 Wright County Fair Continues 

The 2017 Wright County Fair moves into its second full day of activities today. The fair calendar includes judging in numerous 4-H categories and events today, along with an armband day on the midway, the antique tractor and garden tractor pull, and the Wright County Fair talent show at 6 PM in the hoop building. In the grandstand tonight, it's bull riding beginning at 7 PM. Tonight in the entertainment tent, it's "Mark Stone and the Dirty Country Band" from 6:30 to 10:30 PM. The Wright County Fair runs daily through Sunday on the fairgrounds, just north of Highway 12 on County Road 6 in Howard Lake. 

Buffalo Thursday Concert Series Continues Tonight at Sturges Park 

The 2017 season of Buffalo's Thursday night Concert in the Park series continues tonight. Tonight it's the rock and roll sounds of Ponzi Scheme, sponsored by Keller Williams Realty Integrity Northwest. The City of Buffalo, along with event partners and business and individual sponsors present live music each summer in the Sturges Park Bandshell covering a wide variety of musical styles. The music begins at 7 PM. As always, tonight's concert is free and open to the public.

Buffalo Community Theater's "Mary Poppins" Continues Tonight 

The beloved tale of the magical nanny, Mary Poppins hits the stage again tonight in Buffalo to mark the Buffalo Community Theater's 30th anniversary. A large cast, crew and pit orchestra is ready to bring the classic Disney motion picture to life on the stage, with many of the favorite songs from the original, along with some new music exclusive to the stage production. "Mary Poppins" runs tonight through Saturday night, with all performances at 7:30 PM at the Buffalo High School Performing Arts Center. Tickets are available online at;, and at the door.

Two Buffalo Men Injured in Tuesday Morning Crash on Highway 55 

Two men from Buffalo were injured early Tuesday morning when the cars they were driving collided east of Buffalo. The State Patrol reports around 6:45 AM, two passenger cars collided on Highway 55 near the intersection with Wright County Road 14, east of Buffalo in Rockford Township. Authorities say a westbound passenger car, driven by 24-year-old Brentley Stevens of Buffalo crossed over the center line, colliding with an eastbound car driven by 35-year-old Joseph Penney of Buffalo. Both men sustained non-life threatening injuries, but both were transported to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale for treatment. Authorities say both men were wearing their seat belts. The Wright County Sheriff's Office, Buffalo and Rockford Fire Departments, and Allina Ambulance all assisted the State Patrol at the scene. 

Free Nitrate Testing at the Wright County Fair 

The Wright Soil and Water Conservation District is offering free nitrate testing at this year's Wright County Fair. Not all Minnesotans know that if you own a private well, it is up to you to test your water quality. Routine testing can prevent serious health problems. One of the compounds the Minnesota Department of Health recommends testing for on a regular basis is nitrate, which is dangerous for infants and pregnant women. For a convenient, free nitrate test, bring a 1 cup sample from your well to the Wright Soil and Water Conservation District booth in Building 2 at the Wright County Fair. For best results, run the tap for 2 to 5 minutes prior to collecting the sample in a clean plastic or glass container, or Ziploc-style bag. If possible, keep the water sample cool until testing. If you have questions, contact Alicia O'Hare at (763) 682-1933. 

New Allina Health Clinic-Buffalo Crossroads to Open Thursday 

Many residents of Buffalo, along with motorists who frequently pass by the construction site have watched the daily and weekly developments in the construction of the new Allina Health Clinic-Buffalo Crossroads, which opens Thursday in Buffalo. The new clinic will provide expanded family medicine service and urgent care at the new location seven days a week, including holidays. Eight providers from the clinic at Allina Buffalo Hospital will relocate to the new clinic. Allina officials say they will also keep the current primary and specialty care clinic on the Buffalo Hospital campus. The new 14,500 square foot facility will house family exam rooms, imaging and lab services, as well as a connection to all the specialty services at the Buffalo Hospital campus. Like the hospital facility, the new clinic will also feature artwork created by members of the Buffalo Art Guild. The address of the new clinic is 755 Crossroads Campus Drive in Buffalo. 

Good June Job Numbers for MN 

Minnesota's job count surpassed the three-million mark in June for the first time ever. State job analyst Oriane Casale says however, that milestone could be hard to sustain. Casale says leisure and hospitality led all sectors in job gains last month. Minnesota's unemployment rate held steady at 3.7 percent in June. The county-by-county jobless numbers for last month should be released in the next few days.

Regional Man Involved in Fatal Pickup vs. Semi Crash in Sibley County 

A man from our region was involved in a traffic crash Monday afternoon in Sibley County that claimed the life of another driver. The State Patrol reports that around 3:30 PM Monday, a semi-truck was eastbound on Highway 19 near Sibley County Road 65 in Henderson Township when a westbound pickup truck on Highway 19 crossed over the center line, and collided head-on with the semi. Killed in the crash was the driver of the pickup, 72-year-old James Todd of Arlington. The driver of the semi, 75-year-old Clarence Maschke, Jr. of Norwood Young America was not injured. The Sibley County Sheriff's Office, the Henderson and Arlington Fire Departments, and the Arlington Ambulance all assisted at the scene. 

Otsego Boy Among 5 Injured Sunday in 5-Vehicle Pileup in Douglas County 

A youngster from Otsego was among 5 people injured in a chain-reaction crash Sunday afternoon in Douglas County. The State Patrol says around 3:15 Sunday afternoon, 5 vehicles that were eastbound on I-94 near milepost 90, collided in a work zone. Officials say traffic was slowed or stopped due to other crashes ahead when a GMC truck rear-ended a passenger car, starting a chain reaction that involved three other vehicles. Injured in the crash was 38-year-old Margarita Castro who was a passenger in a car driven by 38-year-old Mehdi Hadjdjelloul of Otsego. An 8-year-old boy from Otsego, who was a passenger in the same vehicle was also injured. Both were taken to the Douglas County Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of another car involved, 42-year-old Linda Perez, and two teen-aged passengers, all of Crystal, also sustained non-life threatening injuries, and were also taken to the Douglas County Hospital. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office, the Brandon Fire Department, and North Ambulance all assisted the State Patrol at the scene.

Health Department Offers Reminders on Hazards of Blue-green Algae 

The recent stretch of warm, sticky weather has created ideal conditions for blue-green algae to form on Minnesota Lakes. Stephanie Gretsch with the State Department of Health says it's best to steer clear of any water that looks questionable. Gretsch says harmful blooms often look like pea-soup, and sometimes have a bad smell. She says a good phrase to remember is, "when in doubt, stay out." 

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.