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Wright County News  

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

 

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month in Minnesota 

State officials are reminding Internet users to watch for scams aimed at gathering information about your identity or finances. Minnesota IT, or MNIT spokeswoman Cambray Crozier says since July, some 16-hundred unique phishing messages targeting state users have been identified. She says that breaks down to an average of 22 messages per day. October is "Cyber Security Awareness Month" in Minnesota.

More Election Forums Tonight 

There are more election-related forums in our area this evening. Tonight in Buffalo, a presentation on the School District 877 operating levy referendum question will be held at the Discovery Center Board Room in Buffalo at 6:30 PM. Meanwhile in Montrose, a Meet the Candidates event beginning at 7 PM will be held at the Montrose Community Center. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

Minnesota Farm & Rural Helpline Available 24 / 7 

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is reminding farmers and their families that the Minnesota Farm and Rural Helpline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Officials say these are challenging times for growers who are facing a number of unique stresses and emotional situations including financial challenges, unpredictable weather, and physically demanding work. Add in the challenges of the fall harvest, and some members of the agricultural community could feel overwhelmed. The Minnesota Farm and Rural Helpline connects callers to financial help, mental health counselors, legal assistance and more. Calls are confidential, and the service is free. The toll-free number is (833) 600-2670. MDA officials say the Helpline is also available for people who are worried about family members or friends and aren't sure how to help. 

Help With Heating Costs 

Minnesota natural gas providers are reminding their customers there is help for those struggling to pay winter heating bills. Matt Cullen with Minnesota Energy Resources says applications for the state Energy Assistance Program are available through the Minnesota Department of Commerce. Cullen says customers don't need to wait until they fall behind on payments to research available options. More information can be found at; www.mn.gov/commerce. Locally, Wright County Community Action in Maple Lake can also help residents with information on the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP. The first step is calling the office at (320) 963-6500.

County Road Projects Wrapping Up 

Some major Wright County roads projects are now complete, while others should be complete in the next week to 10 days. County State Aid Highway 18 in the Albertville area was opened to traffic in recent days. Some work remains on trails, turf establishment and minor clean-up, though that work does not require the highway traffic to be detoured. Officials say that project took longer than originally anticipated due in part to the discovery of low-quality soils in the area that had to be removed and replaced before the construction could continue. Meanwhile, motorists who travel in Buffalo on a regular basis and who are anxious for the opening of a new roundabout at County Roads 34 and 134 will have about another week to wait before that intersection will be re-opened. Assistant County Engineer Chad Hausmann tells KRWC Radio News that the final paving work was expected to be completed this past Friday. Topsoil work and seeding, along with some final concrete work, signing and striping should be in the next 7 to 10 days weather permitting, allowing the intersection to open on around the projected completion date of the end of October. The roundabout project was delayed for several days earlier this month due to persistent rains.

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.