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                                       Local News Headlines                                           

                                                      Sunday, May 24, 2015


MnDOT Urges Caution in Memorial Day Travel - Construction Zones 

MnDOT is encouraging motorists to use caution in work zones over the 
Memorial Day weekend.
Spokesman Kevin Gutknecht says they will be suspending 
work on many projects over the weekend. He says however, even when crews aren't
present,  motorists still need to abide by the posted speeds in these construction zones

Click It or Ticket Campaign Reminds Parents to Buckle Kids  

The latest "Click It or Ticket" campaign continues through the Memorial 
Day holiday week.
Law enforcement officials will be on the lookout for 
unbelted motorists. And they're reminding parents that includes children passengers

Tick Season Is Here  

The ticks are out in full force across Minnesota this holiday weekend. Dave Neitzel 
with the Minnesota Department of Health says if you are going to be spending a lot 
of time outdoors over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, be sure you are using a 
repellent with DEET

Egg Prices Expected To Rise  

A professor of economics at Iowa State University estimates 
the avian influenza outbreak in the Midwest is responsible for 
the loss of 25 million egg-laying hens

Busy Memorial Day Travel Expected  

It looks like a very busy weekend for travel across the country, 
and here at home.
AAA Travel is projecting that 37.2 million 
Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the 
Memorial Day holiday weekend, an overall increase of 4.7 percent 
from the Memorial Day weekend last year, and the highest projected 
travel volume for the holiday in 10 years

Safe Boating Week in Minnesota  

The Memorial Day holiday weekend is a popular time for fishing and 
boating in Wright County and throughout the state.
This is Safe Boating 
Week in Minnesota, and the Minnesota DNR says there's one very simple 
way to greatly increase your odds of avoiding a tragedy while on the water

Book Donation to Area Libraries from Wright County Public Health  

Youngsters will have more choices for reading at their local library this summer 
thanks to Wright County Public Health

Dayton, Smith Taking Pre-K Push On the Road  

Governor Mark Dayton says he and Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith will be 
visible around Minnesota pushing for universal pre-kindergarten.
The visits across 
the state will come after the governor vetoed a major public school funding bill 
because there wasn't money for pre-K in it

Beyond Coverage: Improving MN Health More than Just Insurance  

More people than ever now have health insurance in Minnesota, but efforts are 
underway to go beyond just the coverage rate and to make sure the newly insured 
can access and successfully work within the health coverage systems

All Lanes of Highway 10 in St. Cloud, Sauk Rapids Open for Memorial Day Weekend  

If you're headed to the lake country in central and northern Minnesota via Highway 
10 this weekend, MnDOT says you should find traffic a little more manage
Officials say all lanes and most ramps of Highway 10 in St. Cloud and Sauk 
Rapids will be open for Memorial Day weekend travel

More Volunteers Needed for Let's Go Fishing Outings  

Buffalo's Let's Go Fishing chapter is gearing up for its 8th season, and 
additional volunteers are needed.
Let's Go Fishing provides free fishing and 
boating activities on a specially designed and outfitted pontoon boat that is docked 
for the summer on Lake Pulaski

Franken Opposes Cable Regulation Change  

An FCC protection meant to decrease the regulatory burden on small cable TV 
operators could soon be changed, and a coalition of lawmakers opposes it, including 
Minnesota U.S. Senator Al Franken

STMA High School Principal Robert Driver Named Principal of the Year  

A Wright County Educator has been selected as the 2015 Central Minnesota 
Principal of the Year.
St. Michael-Albertville High School Principal Robert Driver 
recently received the award from the Minnesota Association of Secondary 
School Principals

Annual Memorial Day Seat Belt Campaign Underway  

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety reminds drivers that the annual 
Memorial Day holiday "Click It or Ticket" campaign is now underway

Turkey Growers Director Agrees with Decision to Ban Birds From Fairs

County fairs across Minnesota, including here in Wright County, and the Minnesota 
State Fair will unfortunately have a little different look and feel around the livestock 
areas this year, after the recent decision to shut down all poultry displays

Howard Lake Man Involved in Stearns County Crash  

A Wright County man was involved in a two vehicle traffic crash early 
Saturday morning in neighboring Stearns County.
The Minnesota State Patrol says 
around 5 AM Saturday, a passenger car and a semi-truck pulling a flatbed trailer 
collided on Interstate 94 near Mile Post 174

CSAH 35 at Wolff Swamp Now Open  

A local roadway that had been closed due to the heavy weekend rains has now 
The Wright County Highway Department says staff have removed the 
barricades and re-opened County State Aid Highway 35, just west of CSAH 7

Strong Storms Roll Through Wright County Over the Weekend  

Weather for parts of the weekend were very enjoyable, while other parts 
of the weekend weather was stormy with some very heavy rain

Franken Applauds State, Dayton Response to Bird Flu 

U-S Senator Al Franken says he's cautiously optimistic that the number of 
new farms reporting outbreaks of H5N2 avian flu will continue to decrease, but he 
says he is still watching the situation closely and encouraging federal agencies 
to do whatever they can to help turkey farmers recover

May Is Mental Health Month 

May is Mental Health month in Minnesota. It's estimated that one in five Minnesota 
adults have some mental illness. State Human Services Assistant Commissioner 
Jennifer DeCubellis says younger kids are also being diagnosed

Medical Marijuana Will Soon Be Available 

In just a few weeks it will be legal to sell medical cannabis in Minnesota in pill 
or oil form.
 The state approved two growing operations to produce the medical 
marijuana, including the Medical Solutions' facility in Otsego here in Wright County