Wright County News
Highway 10 Reduced to Single Lane in Both Directions From Clear lake to Big Lake
There's more road construction in our area. MnDOT says that motorists who travel Highway 10 between Big Lake and Clear Lake should plan for additional travel time after a series of traffic changes. Officials say the traffic changes are needed while crews prepare the road to become a single lane in each direction next week. Those who travel Highway 10 should expect eastbound Highway 10 at Highway 24 in Clear Lake, and at County Road 17 just west of Big Lake to be reduced to a single lane 24 hours a day. Westbound Highway 10 at Lakeshore Drive in Big Lake will also be down to a single lane 24 hours per day. Crews will also continue to close lanes in both directions on Highway 10 through next Thursday, July 26th. Then on July 26th, the existing lanes of eastbound Highway 10 will close and Highway 10 between Clear Lake and Big Lake will become a single lane in each direction with head-to-head traffic on what normally is the westbound side of the roadway. A temporary signal will be installed at Highway 10 and Highway 25 in Becker. All businesses along Highway 10 will remain accessible. The lane shifts and closures are a part of a major re-construction project on eastbound Highway 10. MnDOT says all lanes are expected to re-open in October.
Buffalo Community Theater's "Spamalot" Continues Today
The Buffalo Community Theater is hosting a musical comedy this weekend with the wildly funny "Monty Python's Spamalot." "Spamalot" is a parody of the King Arthur legend, and is a spoof of the famous "Camelot." Today's performance is scheduled for 2 PM at the Buffalo High School's Performing Arts Center. Next week, performances will be held Wednesday through Saturday, July 25th through the 28th at 7:30 PM. Tickets are available at www.bctmn.org, and at the theater box office 1 hour prior to each performance.
More Fun Today at the 2018 Wright County Fair
The 2018 Wright County Fair wraps up tonight. The Wright County Fair is located just north of Highway 12 on County Road 6 in Howard Lake.
Mooseburger Clown Camp Returns to Buffalo This Week
There will be a whole lot of clowning around all this week in Buffalo. The 23rd Annual Priscilla Mooseburger Clown Camp will convene beginning Monday at the King's House Retreat Center in Buffalo. The yearly instructional retreat is for clowns from all over the country, and even a few international guests. It draws from 85 to 100 persons of all ages who enroll in the camp to study the craft of clowning from professional clowns from throughout the country. The camp is the creation of Maple Lake resident Tricia Manuel. The All-Star Clown Show is the grand finale of the week of training, and will be held Saturday, July 28th at 6:30 PM at the Buffalo Civic Center, and is free to the public. Meanwhile, Wright County Fair-goers will have a chance to get a sneak peek at the clown excitement at the fair. The preview clown show will be at 1 PM Sunday at the free stage at the Wright County Fair. For more information, visit; www.mooseburger.com.
Ag Lenders Slowly Raising Interest Rates
A recent report by the Federal Reserve shows ag bankers are slowly raising interest rates on operating loans to farmers. Lenders charged an average rate of nearly five-percent this spring, up from 3.5 percent during the final quarter of 2015 when rates were at historical lows. University of Minnesota Extension ag business management instructor David Bau says so far, delinquency rates remain low, but additional interest rate increases could put more pressure on some farm operations. Bau says for many agri-businesspersons, the list of ways to reduce expenses is getting short. Bau says some estimates show a one-and-a-half percent interest rate hike for farmers borrowing to cover input costs equals an increase of nearly 6 dollars per acre. The Federal Reserve anticipates further gradual increases to keep up with inflation.
MN Fraud-Fighters Work to Keep Pace with Con Artists
Just as con artists continue to find new tricks, Minnesota fraud-fighters are just as persistent in exposing them. Mary Schuermann has the report in our on-air news throughout the day. For more information on ways to identify and prevent scams, particularly those that target seniors, log onto; www.AARP.org/fraud, and www.BBB.org/scamtracker.
Highway 12 Re-surfacing Project and Lane Closures Re-scheduled
The lane closures and re-surfacing project on Highway 12 between Cokato and Howard Lake has been re-scheduled to this week. MnDOT says motorists will encounter daytime delays, including during rush hours, while segments of the road are reduced to a single lane beginning on Tuesday, July 24th. Lane closures will occur from sunrise to sunset, up to seven days per week, while crews re-surface the roadway. Flaggers and a pilot car will allow one-way, alternating traffic through the work zones on the two-lane segment of Highway 12 in Cokato. Delays of up to 15 minutes are expected during peak travel times. Motorists are advised to take an alternate route if it will work for your travel, or stagger your travel time if possible. Drivers approaching the daily work zone should slow down, be prepared to stop, and move over to give crews room to work safely. All lanes of Highway 12 should return to normal traffic by mid-August.
Soybean Producers Feeling Effects of Tariffs
A tariff imposed by China on U-S soybeans now in effect means the U-S will likely no longer be the primary soybean supplier for China, and the effects are already being felt. Bill Gordon, soybean farmer and treasurer of the American Soybean Association, says that will impact more than just farmers. Gordon is advising his organization's members to be vocal about the trade war's effects. He says an end to the trade war could help markets rebound by fall.
City of Buffalo Implements Watering Restrictions
The City of Buffalo is reminding city residents that an even / odd watering restriction ordinance is now in effect. City officials say that due to significant increases in water usage, the regional underground aquifer has been drawn down to a level that conservation efforts are needed. All Buffalo residents are notified that even number addresses are permitted to water yards on even numbered days, and odd numbered addresses may water on odd number days. Daily watering of produce and flower gardens is permitted. Residents are reminded to make sure that when you do water, the water is landing on vegetation, not on hard-paved surfaces. Watering is also most effective during the early morning, or late night hours. Residents with irrigation systems are asked to set those systems appropriately to comply with the conservation program. Anyone with questions should call the city's Chief Water Operator at (763) 684-5432.
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.