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Wright County News

Tuesday, November 24, 2015


Emmer Supports Tighter Screening for Syrian Refugees 

The U-S House recently voted to tighten screening procedures on Syrian refugees coming to America. 6th District Congressman Tom Emmer says it's the right move. Emmer, a Republican whose home is here in Wright County in Delano, also recently went on record saying he would propose legislation that would formally declare war on the Islamic State. The fate of the measure calling for tighter screening is uncertain in the Senate. Even if it makes it through, President Obama has said he would veto the bill.

More Minnesotans Getting Financial Help on Insurance Plans 

MNsure is reporting that more Minnesotans enrolling in a private health insurance plan through them are qualifying for financial help this year. MNsure's Shane Delaney says that number is up about 20-percent from last year. He says the discounts allow qualifying Minnesotans to see an instant reduction in their monthly premiums.

Slippery Roads Results in 2 Cars Off the Road 

Some patchy slipperiness on Wright County roads resulted in two cars in the ditch early Monday morning. Sheriff Joe Hagerty reports that two cars ran off the road at the intersection of County Roads 8 and 9 near Ramsey Lake in Maple Lake Township around 7 AM Monday. No injuries were reported in the incidents. Officials are unclear on what caused a small section of the roadway to be so icy, but speculate that the area could be prone to being slippery when damp. Many areas Wright County are still seeing the effects of several inches of rain early last week, followed by some very cold temperatures late last week and over the weekend. 

Minnesota Employers Cut Jobs In October 

Minnesota employers shed 1,700 jobs in October. State job analyst Steve Hine says sectors that lost jobs last month include leisure and hospitality down 23-hundred, construction down 22-hundred and trade, transportation and utilities down 800. Despite last month's job cuts, the state's unemployment rate did fall a tenth of a point to 3.7 percent. The October county-by-county unemployment statistics should be released within the next week.

Busy Travel Time on the Roads Leading up to Thanksgiving 

It looks like drivers will have a lot of company on the roadways for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Triple A Minnesota's Gail Weinholzer says nearly 47 million Americans are projected to travel at least 50 miles from home over the Thanksgiving holiday travel period. That would be the most Thanksgiving travelers since 2007. Spurring some of the planned holiday automobile travel are gasoline prices that are expected to at their lowest since 2008.

Shoppers Haven't Lost Their Post-Recession Optimism 

The annual holiday spending survey from the University of St. Thomas shows that despite being down slightly, the spirit of giving appears to still be strong this year. Marketing professor Dave Brennan says the survey is showing that more and more of us appear to be turning to on-line buying. He says in 2002, on-line sales accounted for 7.3 percent of total spending, while this year, the percentage has climbed to 38.5 percent. Brennan says the top five gift choices this year are gift certificates, cash, books, clothing and entertainment.

Better Business Bureau Encouraging Preparing For Black Friday Now 

With Thanksgiving just days away, many retailers have already announced their Black Friday deals. The Better Business Bureau's Dan Hendrickson says now is the time to do your homework on the items you want to buy. He says another good tip is to know the stores return policy and be sure to put all your receipts in one place so you don't lose them.






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.