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Wright County News

Tuesday, June 30, 2015


Group Helps Minnesotans Sort Out Retirement Plan Questions 

More than 50 percent of working Americans have some kind of retirement plan through their employer but many don't completely understand how their plan and any associated benefits work. David Bonello with the Upper Midwest Pension Rights Project says frequently, people have a lot of questions. Bonello says the organization offers free services that help ensure that Minnesota employees receive everything their pension plan is supposed to deliver. The Upper Midwest Pension Rights Project is one of six regional pension counseling projects funded by the U-S Administration on Aging, and serves residents in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and North and South Dakota. More information can be found at; 

Thanksgiving Turkey Prices Not Expected to Skyrocket 

It's not even the Fourth of July yet and already some Minnesotans are thinking ahead with some concern to their Thanksgiving feast. Millions of turkeys in Minnesota alone have been removed from the food supply because of the state's bird flu outbreak, but USDA ag economist Shayle Shagam says it won't affect the price at the supermarket as much as some may think. He acknowledges that production will be down about 7 percent in the second half of the year, but says that stocks of frozen turkeys in April were much higher than the same time last year. Shagam says he expects that those factors should keep the price increase at Thanksgiving to around six cents per pound. He says something else to remember is that many grocers typically discount turkeys right before the holiday to get shoppers in the door to buy the rest of their Thanksgiving dinner trimmings.

Cybersecurity Very Important While on Vacation 

Many Minnesota families are making plans for summer vacations. No matter if the vacation is in the lakes country, or in another part of the country or world an expert says you should take steps to protect your identity before hitting the road. Cybersecurity expert Morgan Wright says properly managing any devices that will be used is important. He says it's a good idea to give your smartphone a once-over before hitting the road. Wright also says that while it's tempting to get those vacation photos on social media soon after they're taken, it's a better idea to wait until you're home. He says many people who have shared the fact that they're on vacation on sites like Facebook and Twitter have been victims of home break-ins while they're away. Wright also suggests that Minnesotans should leave any credit or debit cards they don't absolutely need at home. 

Albertville Woman Sentenced for Fatal Car-Pedestrian Crash That Claimed Life of Monticello Teen 

An Albertville woman was sentenced late last week for her role in the car-pedestrian crash in the summer of 2013 that claimed the life of a Monticello teen. Linda Louise Gullickson was sentenced to three separate 20-day stays in the Wright County Jail, along with 1 month of house arrest, and 30 hours of community service for her involvement in the crash that killed 18-year-old Phillip LaVallee in August of 2013. She will also pay a 1 thousand dollar fine and lose her driver's license for up to a year. Gullickson was the driver of a mini-van that struck LaVallee while he ran against traffic on August 8th of 2013 on Wright County Highway 19 north of the Albertville Premium Outlets. The investigation showed that Gullickson's van was northbound, but crossed over the road into the southbound lane and onto the southbound shoulder, hitting and killing LaValle, and then proceeding into the ditch and rolling over several times. Phillip LaValle was both an athletic and academic standout student at Monticello High School, and was training to run for South Dakota State University in the fall of 2013 when the crash that claimed his life happened. Linda Gullickson, now 68-years-old, will serve the first of her 20-day stints in jail on August 8th of this year, the 2-year anniversary of the fatal incident.

DNR Continues Testing For Avian Flu 

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says officials will continue testing for avian influenza as part of normal waterfowl banding operations. The DNR's Michelle Carstensen says the department's efforts with wild waterfowl monitoring will have three different phases. The DNR recently collected more than 3,000 fecal samples from wild waterfowl, including about half from around farms and turkey operations infected by the highly pathogenic H5N2 virus. Carstensen says only one bird tested positive for the highly pathogenic avian flu, a Cooper's hawk in Yellow Medicine County.

Klobuchar Authors Bill to Protect from Elder Abuse 

DFL Senator Amy Klobuchar is pushing a bill that would help protect seniors from neglect and financial exploitation. It cracks down on elder abuse by strengthening oversight of guardians and conservators. The bill is co-authored by Republican John Cornyn of Texas. 

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.