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Local News Headlines

Thursday, April 18, 2019 

 

Another Slow Start to Spring for Farmers 

Despite some late season snow, things were looking pretty good for farmers earlier this month with a very slow, orderly snow melt. Then came 8 to 10 inches of very heavy, wet snow last week, followed now by significant rain. Minnesota Ag Commissioner Thom Petersen says the late snowstorm plus this week's precipitation will likely mean planting setbacks...more

Highway 55 Annandale to Maple Lake to Close Beginning April 29th 

A major road construction project in our area is set to begin in a little over a week. Minnesota Highway 55 between Annandale and Buffalo will be re-constructed from late April through early August. The first segment of the construction will be from County Road 5 in Annandale to County Road 7 and 37 in Maple Lake, and a road closure and detour for that segment is scheduled to begin on Monday, April 29th...more

Dist. 877 Scholarship Pork Chop Feed Tonight 

An annual spring event that was canceled last-week by a not-so-springlike winter storm is back on the calendar for tonight. The District 877 Scholarship Pork Chop Feed in Buffalo is an annual fundraiser for scholarships for high school seniors in the Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose district...more

MPCA Honors Numerous Local Communities for Wastewater Treatment Facility Operations 

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has recognized a number of communities in Wright County and the surrounding area for maintaining a perfect record of permit compliance for their wastewater treatment facilities...more

Health Organizations Back Permanent-Provider Tax for Health-Care Access Fund 

Two major non-partisan health advocacy non-profits are taking the notable step of entering a legislative debate over tax and health policy...more

Congressman Tom Emmer to Host Town Hall Meeting in Becker Next Tuesday 

6th District Congressman Tom Emmer is back in the district for the Easter recess, and his office has announced an upcoming town hall meeting...more

Hands-free Operation of Cell Phones for Drivers to Take Effect in August 

After passage by the legislature, and a signature from Governor Walz, drivers will have to use the hands-free mode on their cell phones beginning August 1st. Some say that doesn't go far enough, and would like to see a total ban on calls for drivers...more

Snow Melt Expected to Cause Elevated Levels on Crow River 

Communities in our region located along the Crow River and its tributaries are once again keeping close tabs on river levels due to the melting of snow that piled up during the recent mid-April snowstorm...more

Big Lake House Fatal House Fire Update 

Officials in Big Lake report that the man who is believed to have deliberately set a house fire early Friday died over the weekend from injuries sustained in the blaze...more

One Driver Killed in Friday Crash at Highways 12 and 25 

A young man from Buffalo died in a traffic crash early Friday morning in Wright County. The State Patrol reports the crash happened around 6:45 AM at U-S Highway 12 and Minnesota Highway 25 just east of Montrose...more

Health Care Directives Seminar Tuesday at Park View Care Center in Buffalo 

A free seminar on writing an advanced health care directive will be held in Buffalo this Tuesday. Nicole Carpentier, Manager of Social Work with Guardian Angels Elim Home Care and Hospice will be the presenter at the seminar April 16th at the Park View Care Center...more