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Wright County News

Monday, July 25, 2016


Motorcyclist Injured Sunday in Traffic Crash 

A motorcyclist from the Twin Cities area was injured in a traffic crash early Sunday afternoon in Wright County. The State Patrol says the crash happened around 1:30 PM, when a motorcycle that was northbound on Highway 25 was approaching the intersection at County Road 37. Authorities say the rider apparently saw the prepare to stop warning lights come on as he approached the intersection, and attempted to speed up and make the light. An SUV that was also northbound on Highway 25 in front of the cycle, slowed and stopped at the light. The motorcycle rider slammed on his brakes, skidded and laid the bike down on the roadway. The driver of the motorcycle, 36-year-old Paul Payette of Coon Rapids, sustained non-life threatening injuries and was taken to CentraCare Hospital in Monticello for treatment. The Wright County Sheriff's Office, Monticello Fire Department, and CentraCare Ambulance assisted the State Patrol at the scene.

Two Injured in Three-Vehicle Crash Near Clearwater 

Two people were injured in a three-vehicle traffic crash near Clearwater Sunday afternoon. The Minnesota State Patrol says around 5:15 PM, a pickup truck and a passenger car were stopped in southbound traffic on the Mississippi River bridge on Highway 24. A Ford Focus passenger car, also southbound, rear-ended the pickup, which in turn, struck the other passenger car. Injured in the crash were the driver of the Focus, 25-year-old Ethan Pew of Watertown, and a passenger in his car, 31-year-old Anna Dobis of Plymouth. Both sustained non-life threatening injuries and were taken to the St. Cloud Hospital for treatment. The driver of the pickup, and the driver and a passenger in the other car involved all escaped injury. The Wright County Sheriff's Department assisted the State Patrol at the scene.

Wright SWCD to Test Water Samples at Wright County Fair 

Wright County residents can have water samples tested for nitrate content when they attend the 2016 Wright County Fair. The Wright Soil and Water Conservation District will offer the free nitrate testing at the their booth in Exhibit Building 2. Residents should bring a one-cup sample from their well to the booth for onsite results. Officials say for the best results, run the tap for 2 to 5 minutes prior to collecting the sample in a clean plastic or glass container or Ziploc-type bag. If possible, keep the water sample cool prior to testing. Any questions should be directed to Wright Soil and Water Conservation District water resource specialist Alicia O'Hare by calling (763) 682-1970.

Today's "Green Bean Open" Golf Tournament to Benefit Buffalo Food Shelf 

The 12th Annual "Green Bean Open" golf tournament to benefit the Buffalo Food Shelf is scheduled for today in Buffalo. The annual event is the major fundraiser of the year for the area food shelf. Sponsors and donors support not only an important community need, but also their company or business as well. Registration for players will be today at 12 noon at the Wild Marsh Golf Club in Buffalo. A shotgun start is scheduled for 1 PM, with an awards ceremony and dinner to follow at 5:30 PM. For more information about the Buffalo Food Shelf, visit their website at;

State Human Services Department in Search of Child Support Task Force Members 

The state Human Services Department is looking for qualified parents to serve on the governor's Child Support Task Force. The group will consist of parents, lawmakers, and other professionals and is charged with maintaining and improving child support guidelines. Assistant Human Services Commissioner Jim Koppel says task force members will be paid $55 per day, plus mileage and meal reimbursement. The deadline to apply is July 27th.

These stories and more follow CNN and MNN network news in our Wright County News at 6:10, 7:10, &  8:10 AM and 12:10, 4:10, 5:10, & 6:10 PM on AM 1360 / KRWC.