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Local News Headlines

                                                  Friday, November 16, 2018


Kiffmeyer Presses State Officials Regarding Child Care Assistance Program Payment Glitch 

State Senator Mary Kiffmeyer is asking state officials what they're doing to fix the problem, after payments for the Child Care Assistance Program stopped last Thursday due to an apparent computer glitch...more

USDA Invests to Improve Rural Health Care for Nearly 2 Million Rural Americans 

The U-S Department of Agriculture has announced that it will be making an investment of more than 500 million dollars in 60 projects to help improve health care infrastructure and services in rural communities throughout the country...more

44th Annual Community Festival of Praise and Thanksgiving Next Wednesday at Zion Lutheran in Buffalo 

The 44th Annual Community Festival of Praise and Thanksgiving is scheduled for next week in Buffalo...more

Gas Tax Increase Likely to be Hotly Debated in 2019 MN Legislative Session 

Expect another fight over increasing the gas tax when lawmakers return to Saint Paul in January...more

Young Woman From Wright County Injured in Traffic Crash Near Willmar 

Two Wright County residents were involved in a Wednesday evening traffic crash near Willmar...more

Graco Plans Expansion of Rogers Plant 

Graco, internationally recognized manufacturer of fluid handling equipment for industrial and commercial applications, plans to invest some 73 million dollars to expand its operations in nearby Rogers...more

Emerald Ash Borer Update 

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is reminding Wright County residents that the county is under an emergency quarantine after emerald ash borer was detected along the I-94 corridor in Clearwater...more

Pedestrian Seriously Injured in Buffalo When Struck by Pickup 

A Buffalo man was injured Tuesday afternoon when he was struck by a pickup truck on Highway 55...more

MN Volunteers Deploy to California With Red Cross 

Six Minnesota volunteers from the American Red Cross have been deployed to California to assist with evacuations as deadly wildfires continue to burn in the northern and southern parts of the state...more

Salvation Army Coats for Kids Drive Continues in St. Michael-Albertville 

The Salvation Army Coats for Kids Drive continues for a few more days in the community of Albertville...more

Funeral Mass Today for Lifelong Maple Lake Resident, Community Volunteer, Stephen "Steve" Mooney 

Family, friends and colleagues pay their final respects today to a lifelong Maple Lake area man. Stephan "Steve" Mooney passed away November 8th at the age of 60 while on a hunting trip in northern Minnesota...more

Prime Time for Flu Shots 

If you haven't already gotten your flu shot, now is the time. Flu activity in the state is picking up and health officials have categorized the spread as "sporadic"...more

One Injured in Rollover Crash Near Big Lake 

One person was injured in a single-vehicle rollover crash that happened Monday evening near Big Lake...more

Buffalo / Montrose Toys for Tots Campaign Underway 

The Buffalo Rotary's Toys for Tots Campaign for 2018 is underway. Last year, Christmas for 220 families and 575 children in the Buffalo and Montrose areas was a little brighter thanks to donations and the work of numerous volunteers that helped with the project. The Buffalo Rotary hopes to surpass that number this year with the help from the generous members of local communities...more

Can Record Political Gains by Women be Sustained? 

In the 2016 election, women gained no seats in the U-S House or Senate, but they made up for it last week, running and winning at much higher rates than they have before. Political pundits are already speculating about whether the change will carry over into 2020...more

First Taste of Winter-Like Driving 

We're just one-third of the way into November, and already Wright County drivers have had to brush up on their winter driving skills...more

Intermittent Lane Closures This Week on I-94 in Monticello 

Motorists on both directions of I-94 in Monticello should watch for slow or stopped traffic as the road is reduced to a single lane beginning today...more

FDA Considers New Restrictions on E-Cigs 

The FDA is calling e-cigarette use among minors an "epidemic," and is considering new restrictions on e-cigarettes in an effort to stop minors from buying and using the products...more

City of Buffalo Residents Reminded of Fall Leaf Pick-up This Week 

Residents in the City of Buffalo are reminded that the city's annual fall leaf pick-up will be held throughout the week. Leaves will be picked up this week on the resident's regularly scheduled trash pick-up day...more