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Wright County News

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Unusual Farm Accident Claims Life of Carver County Farmer 

A farmer from Carver County died in an unusual farm accident over the weekend. The Carver County Sheriff's Office says a man who was working in a drainage ditch on his property on Sunday was accidentally buried alive by one of his employees. 78-year-old Dennis Lenzen of Dahlgren Township was working on drain tile installation on his farm shortly after 2 PM Sunday. Authorities say Lenzen was standing in the ditch when an employee pushed dirt in with equipment he was operating. The Carver County Sheriff's Office says the employee called 9-1-1 for help, and then attempted to dig the man out by hand. The man was eventually removed from the dirt and emergency responders arrived and began lifesaving techniques, but Lenzen was declared dead at the scene. The incident happened along Carver County Road 43, just south of Highway 212, southwest of Chaska.

Political Forums Continue 

Political candidate and issues forums continue tonight in the Wright County area. Tonight, the St. Michael-Albertville Women of Today will host candidates running in the races for Albertville Mayor and City Council, St. Michael Mayor and City Council, the St. Michael-Albertville School Board, and Wright County Sheriff. The evening begins with a 1 hour meet-and-greet at 6 PM, followed with the forum from 7 to 9 PM. The forum will be held at the St. Michael-Albertville Middle School West. Wednesday evening, residents of Delano are invited to a forum on the referendum question regarding the Delano Municipal Utilities from 7 to 9 PM at the Delano American Legion. Residents of other communities throughout the area should check with local officials for details on other political forums. 

Technology Jobs Expected to be in High Demand and to Offer Higher Salaries 

It's likely no surprise that technology careers offer the greatest potential for growth in 2015, but just how much could prompt some folks to consider a career change. John Michaelson has a complete report in our on-air news throughout the day. More information on the report is available at; 

Cold Weather Rule Update 

Minnesota's Cold Weather Rule for the upcoming heating season is in its first full week. Anyone who anticipates having trouble paying their heating bill this winter, is encouraged to apply for help through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance program, also called LIHEAP. State Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman says the Cold Weather Rule protects residential utility customers from having their heat shut off during the winter months. He says pre-approved agreements with utility providers pertains only to natural gas. Rothman says if you heat your home with fuel oil, propane or wood you need to contact your distributor to work out a similar plan. In Wright County, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program is administered by the Wright County Community Action Agency in Maple Lake. You may contact Wright County Community Action at (320) 963-6500.

Delano Relay for Life Meeting Wednesday 

Organizers of the annual Relay for Life in Delano will be meeting Wednesday evening in that community. Committee members are looking for ideas and input for the 2015 event. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 PM Wednesday in the meeting room at Unhinged Pizza. Anyone with ideas on drawing people, building fun and funding the mission, along with committee members, team captains, team members and anyone interested in being part of the 2015 event is encouraged to attend. Anyone with questions should call (612) 532-9603. The 2015 Delano Relay for Life is scheduled for next July 31st. 

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.