Wright County News
Stress and Safety Cross Paths During Harvest Time
This is National Farm Safety and Health Week, and a safety official says stress on the farm could lead to more accidents this fall. Minnesota Safety Council president Paul Aasen says harvest is a challenge even when times are good. He says one area to focus on is sleep. Minnesota implemented a "hands-free" cell phone law for drivers this year and Aasen reminds rural drivers it isnft just for people in the Twin Cities.
CSAH 39 Pavement Preservation Project to Begin Today
Officials with the Wright County Highway Department remind motorists that a pavement preservation and re-striping project will begin today on CSAH 39 from Hart Boulevard in Monticello to Odean Avenue Northeast in Otsego. The project will also include minor widening at intersections to maintain existing right turn lanes. Officials believe the re-striping of that section of roadway will provide spatial separation between opposing lanes of traffic, reducing head-on and sideswipe collisions and at the same time will improve flow, road efficiency and reduce rear-end collisions. A marked detour on County Roads 18, 37, 137 and 38 will be in place for the duration of the project which is expected to be in place through the end of October. Full completion of the project is expected by mid-November. Drivers should also remember that County Road 106 north of Maple Lake at Gowan Avenue is currently closed for a culvert replacement project. The work is expected to continue through the week. Officials say the road should be open to traffic by the end of the work day on Friday, September 20th, weather permitting. There are no posted detour routes. For questions on any of the projects, call the Wright County Highway Department at (763) 682-7383.
Re-Scheduled "Street Party of Hope" Tonight in Buffalo
Tonight is the re-scheduled night for the 11th annual fundraising event that illuminates downtown Buffalo in the name of cancer awareness and support will take to the streets tonight in downtown Buffalo. The event formerly known as the "Pink Street Party" changed its name last year to the "Street Party of Hope." Ashley Anderson with the Buffalo Hospital Foundation says the name change last year was to broaden the scope of the event to acknowledge those have battled, or are battling the many different kinds of cancer, and to support the loved ones who are in their corner, helping in any way they can. Again this year, the downtown area will be lit up with numerous colors of lights representing various forms of cancer. The event is rain or shine, and will run from 4 to 9 PM in downtown Buffalo, with food trucks, live entertainment, vendors, and fireworks. The first 300 guests to check in at the Party Bag Tent will get a free swag bag. Donations may still be made the night of the event. Funds help the Buffalo Hospital Foundation's Community Cancer Care Fund which provides various support services for local cancer patients and their families. More information is available at; www.streetpartyofhope.org.
Flu Season Just Around the Corner
State health officials are gearing up for the start of flu season. Karen Martin with the state Health Department says each year health care officials need to dispel rumors about the getting a flu shot. She says individuals cannot contract influenza from a vaccine, and she says that flu shots are the most effective way available to battle the spread of flu. MDH officials are especially encouraging parents and guardians to have kids get their flu shot as soon as possible because they are often prone to quick-spreading-germs in school.
MN Senator Smith and SD GOP Senator Rounds Working Together on Needs of Rural Communities
Minnesota Democratic Senator Tina Smith and South Dakota Republican Senator Mike Rounds have formed a working group focused on rural economic development. Smith says while touring cities across Minnesota, a majority of residents agreed high-speed internet is a must. Smith says another common concern is how communities can re-vitalize their Main Streets.
Critical Injuries in Saturday Evening Crash in Benton County
A two-vehicle, rear-end type crash Saturday evening in neighboring Benton County left a Wright County man with critical injuries. The State Patrol reports the crash happened around 9:15 PM Saturday on Highway 95 at County Road 7 in Glendorado Township. Officials say a pickup truck was westbound on Highway 95 and was attempting to make a left turn onto County Road 7 when it was rear-ended by a passenger car. The driver of the car, 79-year-old Allen Newman of Clearwater had life-threatening injuries, and was transported to the St. Cloud Hospital. The driver of the pickup, 29-year-old Scott Lampman of Becker, and a passenger, 24-year-old Ashelli Lampman of Becker, both escaped injury. The Benton County Sheriff's Office and the Foley Fire Department assisted the State Patrol.
Monticello Man Injured in Motorcycle Crash in Northern Minnesota
A Wright County man was injured Sunday afternoon in a motorcycle crash in Itasca County in northern Minnesota. The State Patrol reports that just before 4 PM, a motorcycle driven by 69-year-old Steven Swenson of Monticello was eastbound on Highway 1 from Highway 65 when it went out of control and crashed in the curves. Swenson had non-life threatening injuries and was taken to the Cook Hospital for treatment. Officials say Swenson was wearing a helmet. Authorities say alcohol was detected in the man's system, but did not say whether or not that was a factor in the crash.
Clearwater Motorcyclist Injured in Waite Park Crash Saturday
A Clearwater area motorcyclist was injured Saturday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash in Waite Park near St. Cloud. The State Patrol reports around 4:30 PM Saturday, a pickup truck and the motorcycle were both southbound on Highway 15 north of Interstate 94 when the vehicles collided. The driver of the motorcycle, 74-year-old Jesse Zeman of Clearwater sustained non-life threatening injuries and was treated at the St. Cloud Hospital. The driver of the pickup, 60-year-old Arturo Cena of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, was not injured. The cause of the crash is still under investigation. The St. Cloud and Albany Police Departments assisted the State Patrol.
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