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                                              Sunday, February 1, 2015

                                           

Wright County Unemployment Up Slightly in December 

Wright County's jobless rate was up slightly at the end of 2014.New statistics released this week by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development show that the December non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Wright County was 4.3 percent, up from 3.7 percent in November, but down almost a full point from the 5.2 percent rate in December of 2013...more

Funeral Services Monday for David Harrison, Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Victim 

Funeral services are set for Monday for a young man formerly from Wright County who died last week from exposure to carbon monoxide at a Meeker County home. 27-year-old David Allen Harrison of rural Litchfield, and formerly of Annandale, died at a home in Greenleaf Township January 21st...more

Wright County Woman Wins Big On Wheel Of Fortune

A young woman from Wright County had a huge win on the nationally-syndicated TV show "Wheel of Fortune" last week...more

Chain Reaction Crash Results in Serious Injuries to St. Michael Woman 

A 4-vehicle chain reaction type accident late Tuesday afternoon in St. Michael resulted in one driver sustaining serious injuries...more

Pedestrian Injured When Struck by Car in Cokato 

A car-pedestrian accident in Cokato this week left a man from that community injured. The State Patrol says shortly after 9:30 AM Tuesday, 73-year-old Robert Bergstrom of Cokato was attempting to cross Highway 12 at Pleasant View Avenue when he was struck by an eastbound car...more

Mixed Grades on Minnesota's Tobacco Report Card 

One of Minnesota's grades improved in this year's State of Tobacco Control "Report Card" from the American Lung Association. Spokesman Bob Moffitt says the state's grade for access to cessation services moved from an "F" to a "B" mainly because of an expansion of Medicaid...more

Alleged Kidnapper in Christopher Rossing Case Now Charged With Murder 

There are new charges against the man who is the prime suspect in the disappearance of Christopher Rossing, the rural Howard Lake man who went missing more than 5 months ago...more

Maple Lake Ice Fishing Derby Postponed 1 Week 

Because of all the recent warm temperatures, organizers with the Maple Lake Property Owners Association have decided to postpone the 40th Maple Lake Ice Fishing Derby by 1 week...more

MnDOT Stresses That Drones Must Follow Safety Guidelines 

Small, remote controlled airplanes have been around for decades and have provided fun for hobbyists and folks that just like to watch them fly. But remote controlled drones that can fly miles out of the sight of the operator have now jumped from the pages of science fiction to reality. That reality really hit home this week when a small drone crashed on the south lawn of the White House...more

Fire Causes Extensive Damage to Buffalo Home 

The investigation into a house fire that heavily damaged a Buffalo residence early Sunday morning is continuing, but fire officials believe that it started as a kitchen fire earlier in the evening...more

Some MN Day Care Providers Oppose Free Preschool 

A Wright County woman is providing a voice for many day care providers in the state who oppose a Senate bill that would offer free preschool for all four-year-old kids...more

Wright County FSA to Host Base and Yield Workshops This Week 

The Wright County Farm Service Agency in Buffalo is hosting two Base and Yield Workshops in our area this week. Wright County FSA Director Peggy Read says it's important for farmers who have not already done so to make the changes in their base and yield status on their farms...more

Senate Bill Would Eliminate Income Tax on Social Security 

With the economy growing stronger and a big budget surplus, a Minnesota lawmaker has authored a proposal to eliminate income taxes on Social Security benefits...more

Homeland Security Continues Measures to Minimize Chances of Agri-Terror 

Minnesota's 81,000 farms create some 75 billion dollars in economic activity each year, and provide 340,000 jobs. FBI Chief Reports Officer Mark Ormsby says that in itself leaves the state's ag sector as vulnerable as any to the possibility of a terrorist attack...more

State Senator Anderson Excited as 2015 Legislative Session Unfolds 

State Senator Bruce Anderson of Buffalo says the 2015 Minnesota legislative session could be interesting now that the GOP has re-gained control of the Minnesota House. Anderson says it gives Minnesota Republicans some leverage that they did not have when the DFL held both legislative houses and the governor's office previously...more

State Unemployment Falls Despite Job Losses 

The statistics are somewhat confusing, but while job numbers were down in December, the state's unemployment rate actually fell last month for the 5th consecutive month. November job revisions added some 4 thousand jobs, which dropped the state's jobless rate to 3.6 percent...more

State Patrol Investigating Fatal Crash in Elk River 

The Minnesota State Patrol is investigating a fatal traffic crash that happened in the city of Elk River over the weekend...more

Gas Prices Not Likely to Stay Down For Extended Time 

Very few people think it's realistic to view lower prices on gasoline as anything but temporary. St. Cloud State University Economics Professor King Banaian says he doesn't see any way the price of crude oil will stick around 50 dollars a barrel for an extended period of time...more