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Wright County News

Tuesday, August 4, 2015


Alexandria Motorcyclist Killed in I-94 Traffic Crash in Wright County 

A motorcyclist from Douglas County was killed in a traffic crash in Wright County Sunday afternoon. The State Patrol says shortly after 12 noon, an eastbound SUV on I-94 was slowing in the left lane when it was rear-ended by a motorcycle driven by 59-year-old Steven Hanson of Alexandria. Hanson was airlifted to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale where he died early Monday. The driver of the SUV, 45-year-old Cheryl Sobiech-Rauf, and an 11-year-old girl who was a passenger in the vehicle were not injured. The Wright County Sheriff's Office assisted the State Patrol at the scene.

Teen Injured as Bicycle is Struck by Pickup 

A Buffalo teen was injured Sunday evening when his bicycle was struck by a pickup truck in the city of Buffalo. The State Patrol reports the incident happened around 7:30 Sunday evening when a bicycle being ridden by 14-year-old Matthew Klatt was attempting to cross Highway 25 from the east in the crosswalk on 5th Street when it was struck by a westbound pickup truck. The teen reportedly sustained non-life threatening injuries, and was taken to Buffalo Hospital for treatment. The Buffalo Police Department and the Wright County Sheriff's Office assisted at the scene of the crash. Authorities urge motorists to be very watchful for bicycles, particularly as they travel through busy sections of city traffic. Sunday's incident was the second car-bicycle crash in the city of Buffalo in the last few days.

National "Night Out" Tonight 

Whether it's called the National Night Out, the Night to Unite, or any number of other similar titles, the idea is the same. Tonight is the night where neighborhoods throughout the country and here in Wright County are encouraged to gather together to strengthen neighborhood bonds, in order to watch out for one another in neighborhood safety and policing programs. The City of Buffalo and the Buffalo Police Department will host its 7th annual Night to Unite event. The community event will be held in the parking lot between the Buffalo Police Department and the City Center from 5 to 8 PM. A hog roast, and other food, games and music will be a part of the activities. Other communities that will mark the National Night Out include Montrose, where events will be held at the Lions Park. The KRWC Road Show will provide entertainment, along with other food, games and fun. Activities begin at the Lions Park in Montrose at 5:30 PM. Check with your local community for details on other National Night Out events. 

Re-vamped Fare For All Program Hosts First Food Distribution Today in Buffalo 

A newly re-structured version of the Fare For All food distribution program will host its first Wright County distribution today in Buffalo. Fare For All, a non-profit group which is part of the Food Group, purchases bulk fresh fruits, vegetables and frozen items from wholesale suppliers, then re-packages the products for sale to the public each month at prices that are usually 40 to 50 percent under retail prices. Produce packs, mini-meat packs and mega-meat packs are available each month, though the items featured in the packs changes monthly. The distribution is open to everyone, and no pre-registration or pre-payment is required. Cash, credit, debit and EBT cards are accepted for payment. The first distribution is today at the Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo beginning at 3:30 PM, and will be held every 4 weeks thereafter. The group currently has 30 distribution sites in Minnesota, but this is the first site in Wright County.

More Road Work Updates 

The summer road construction season continues, and there will be two more areas for local motorists to be aware of this week. MnDOT says two closures with detours will begin soon in the Monticello area beginning on Wednesday. Officials say County Road 106 will close at Highway 25, with a signed detour directing motorists along Cahill Avenue Northeast, 90th Street Northeast, and Chelsea Road. County Road 106 should re-open by August 12th. The closures are needed as a part of a project to improve Highway 25 between I-94 and County Road 106 in Monticello. The road work will include an extension of the four-lane segment of Highway 25 south to County Road 106, installation of a new signal system at that intersection, and re-surfacing of that section of Highway 25. Another project to improve the Highway 25 and County Road 75 intersection in downtown Monticello will be done in a few weeks. Meanwhile, railroad crossing repairs are scheduled for this week near Maple Lake.  Officials with the Canadian Pacific Railway will make repairs on the crossing on CSAH 37, just west of Maple Lake. The work will force the temporary closure of the crossing from 6:30 AM Tuesday to approximately 4:30 PM on Friday, weather permitting. Questions on the road closure should be directed to the Wright County Highway Department at (763) 682-7374, or (763) 682-7391.

Great Weather Makes it a Great Wright County Fair 

A great week of weather was the perfect backdrop for another very successful Wright County Fair which concluded its 2015 run on Sunday. New Wright County Fair Ambassadors were crowned on Sunday. Shania Kaerls of Waverly and Brianna Ye of Monticello will represent the Wright County Fair at various parades, events and activities for the coming year. Other final events for the fair on Sunday were the final armband day on the midway, and final demolition derby for the year.

MN DNR: Another Conservative Deer Hunt Year in 2015

The DNR has decided 2015 will be another conservative deer hunting season in Minnesota. The DNR's Leslie McInenly says one-deer limits will apply for most hunters this year. For the latest on the 2015 deer season, visit the DNR's website at;

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.