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Wright County News  

Tuesday, June 25, 2019


Bill From U-S Senator Smith Addresses Response to Widespread Health Outbreaks 

A new bill introduced by Minnesota U-S Senator Tina Smith would implement strategies to better prepare for and prevent widespread health outbreaks. Smith says the so-called "one health" approach is geared toward outbreaks of animal-related illness and proposes starting with a new mindset. The senator also proposes stronger links between state and federal health response agencies. Smith says she saw issues with out-break response first hand when avian flu hit Minnesota during her time as Lieutenant Governor. She says the bill has bipartisan support and is optimistic about it's chances to pass.

Longtime Waverly Civic Volunteer, Isabella Yager to be Remembered at Funeral Mass Today 

A longtime Waverly area resident and community volunteer will be remembered at a funeral Mass today in Waverly. Isabella Yager passed away June 17th at the age of 98. Isabella and her late husband, Myron, operated a dairy farm north of Waverly for some 36 years. She served as a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for 70 years, and was a longtime leader with the Marysville Merrymakers 4-H club. Isabella was also an active member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, and was involved with many community organizations. The funeral Mass for Isabella Yager is scheduled for today at St. Mary's in Waverly. 

Berry Time Approaching 

Peak strawberry season in Wright County and much of Minnesota should hit within the next week or so. Minnesota's strawberry season got off to a slow start due to cold temperatures and wet conditions earlier in the season, but farmers expect to see a turnaround very soon. Danielle Daugaard with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture says whether your favorite berry farm is close to home, or along your travel route to a vacation spot, you should check with your local grower for information on availability before heading out. She says you can also check online by visiting the MDA's Minnesota Grown Directory. 

Employment Officials Say State Workforce Operating at Near-Capacity 

Minnesota's unemployment rate held steady in May at 3.3 percent. That's according to new statistics from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. State job analyst Steve Hine says there are a number of reasons for a softening of economic growth, including uncertainty in rural areas. The state's jobless rate in May was three-tenths lower than the national unemployment rate of three-point-six percent. The county-by-county statistics on employment should be out in the next week to 10 days. Wright County's non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in April was 3.4 percent.

Two Injured When SUVs Collide Near Cokato 

Two drivers were injured Saturday morning when two SUVs collided near Cokato. The State Patrol reports around 9:20 AM, a Jeep Wrangler and a Ford Explorer were eastbound on Highway 12 near Wright County Road 5 in Cokato Township. Officials say the Jeep made a u-turn at County Road 5 in front of the Explorer, and the vehicles collided in the intersection. Injured in the crash was the driver of the Jeep, 21-year-old Tyler Walter of Howard Lake, and the driver of the Explorer, 21-year-old Ronald Anderson of Litchfield. Both men sustained non-life  threatening injuries, and were taken to the Buffalo Hospital for treatment.

Start of Summer Driving Season Sees Unusually Lower Gas Prices 

Even with the summer driving season underway, gas prices are down about 20-cents from the same time last year. Triple-A Minnesota's Mark Peterson says while he doesn't see any quick jumps in prices, analysts also have expect the unexpected. Right now the average for a gallon of unleaded in Minnesota is right around $2.50 a gallon.

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.