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Wright County News  

Monday, July 16, 2018


City of Buffalo Implements Watering Restrictions 

The City of Buffalo is reminding city residents that an even / odd watering restriction ordinance is now in effect. City officials say that due to significant increases in water usage, the regional underground aquifer has been drawn down to a level that conservation efforts are needed. All Buffalo residents are notified that even number addresses are permitted to water yards on even numbered days, and odd numbered addresses may water on odd number days. Daily watering of produce and flower gardens is permitted. Residents are reminded to make sure that when you do water, the water is landing on vegetation, not on hard-paved surfaces. Watering is also most effective during the early morning, or late night hours. Residents with irrigation systems are asked to set those systems appropriately to comply with the conservation program. Anyone with questions should call the city's Chief Water Operator at (763) 684-5432. 

Montrose Man Involved in Kanabec County Traffic Crash 

A local man was involved in a weekend traffic crash in Kanabec County. The State Patrol reports that just after 12 noon on Sunday, a pickup truck rear-ended a passenger car on Highway 27 east of Isle, Minnesota in Kanabec County's Hay Brook Township. Authorities say the passenger car was stopped on westbound Highway 27, preparing to turn into a driveway when it was rear-ended by the pickup. The driver of the truck was 45-year-old Mark Leinonen of Montrose. Leinonen was not injured in the crash. The driver of the passenger car, 81-year-old Dorothy Scott of Isle sustained non-life threatening injuries. She was taken to the Onamia Hospital for treatment. The Kanabec County Sheriff's Office assisted the State Patrol at the scene. 

Two Crashes Saturday Morning on I-94 in Wright County 

Two traffic crashes happened Saturday morning on Interstate 94 in Wright County, the first of which has been attributed to distracted driving. The State Patrol reports that just before 10 AM Saturday, a Jaguar passenger car and a pickup truck were both westbound on I-94 at Highway 241 near St. Michael when traffic slowed ahead of the vehicles. The pickup slowed for the traffic, the Jaguar did not, and rear-ended the pickup. The truck rolled over as a result of the impact and ended up in the center median. The Jaguar also came to a stop in the median. The driver of the pickup, a 31-year-old man from Burnsville, and a passenger, a 41-year-old woman also from Burnsville both sustained non-life threatening injuries and were taken to the Monticello Hospital. The driver of the Jaguar, a 29-year-old man, and a passenger, a 28-year-old man, both from Battle Creek, Michigan sustained non-life threatening injuries that did not require transport. The driver of the car was cited for texting while driving. The Wright County Sheriff's Office and Allina Ambulance assisted at the scene. Then around 12 noon on Saturday, two passenger vehicles were westbound on I-94 just past the Albertville exit when one of the cars rear-ended the other. The driver of the car that rear-ended the other, a 22-year-old woman from Avon, Minnesota, and the driver of the car that was struck, a 31-year-old woman from St. Paul, both had non-life threatening injuries, and both were taken to the Monticello Hospital. Allina Ambulance and the Albertville Fire and Rescue assisted the State Patrol.

Life Celebration Today for Roger Nelson, Victim of Wrong-Way Driver Crash 

A Celebration of Life is planned for today in Clearwater for a resident of that community who died last week in a very unusual auto accident in Waite Park. 77-year-old Roger Nelson died in a head-on crash with a wrong-way driver on a city street in Waite Park on July 9th. Nelson was a passenger in a vintage Chevy El Camino that he owned, that was being test-driven before a possible sale of the vehicle. The potential buyer, 61-year-old Richard Tomlinson of Grantsburg, Wisconsin, was also killed in the crash. The driver of the car that was traveling the wrong way, 28-year-old Charlie Barnett, now faces two felony charges of criminal vehicular homicide. Roger Nelson will be remembered for his work at Nelson Buick, Holsom Bread and as a truck driver. He was a member of the Litchfield Fire Department for some 17 years. After retiring, Roger moved to Clearwater, where he was a volunteer at the area food shelf, and enjoyed several hobbies including hunting, snowmobiling and car shows. The Life Celebration for Roger Nelson will be held at the Rejoice Lutheran Church in Clearwater.

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.