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  • The St. Paul Saints are coming to Delano Municipal Baseball Park on Saturday, May 11th, to play a 2 p.m. game. The Saints will face off against the North Star League All Stars. A collection of town team players from around the area, you can view the full roster here. There will be a pregame Home Run Derby along with fun between inning entertainment associated with the Saints! All proceeds will go directly back into ongoing Delano ballpark improvements. Advanced tickets are $7.00 and $8.00 at the gate. Checks should be made out to the Delano Athletic Club. Tickets are available at these locations in Delano: Delano City Hall, the State Bank of Delano, Crow River Bank, Coborn's, All Seasons Sports, Jaunich Tire, and from any Delano Athletic Club member.

  • On his way to Winsted one morning, Lonnie Lachermeier received a call from his brother that a coyote had been spotted on the side of the woods near his house, which is located east of Cokato on Wright County Road 5. Lachermeier went home, dressed in his whites, and went out to hunt the coyote. Standing behind some tall crane grass, Lachermeier made a few distressed rabbit calls, and the coyote came running towards him after a little more than a minute... Continue Reading

  • Pinewood Elementary volunteers keep students safe

    Pinewood Elementary volunteers keep students safe

    Source: http://monticellotimes.com 04/08/2013 News

    Holly Kunkel and a group of dedicated Pinewood volunteers wanted to do their part to keep Pinewood Elementary safe.
    So for six years now, this small coalition of volunteers has been waiting at the front doors of the school, ready to greet visitors and ensure people coming in have a reason to be there, know where to go and have proper background checks to come in when necessary.
    Kunkel has been the leader in keeping the door manned for the past six years... Continue Reading

  • Crisis Nursery to hold 15th Annual Spring Fundraiser Friday,  April 26th.

    Crisis Nursery to hold 15th Annual Spring Fundraiser Friday, April 26th.

    Source: http://www.kindredfamilyservices.org/what_we_do/crisis_nursery.html 04/02/2013 News

    The Crisis Nursery Serving Wright County will be hosting their 15th annual Spring fundraiser on Friday, April 26th at the Buffalo Civic Center. Evening inlcudes BBQ buffet and music (6-7:30pm), silent auction (6-8pm), and a live auction (7:15-10pm). Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. They are available at BJ's Deli in Buffalo, the Crisis Nursery Office in Monticello, Advisory Commitee members, or by calling 763-271-1674 or 763-271-1674. You can make donations of cash, new items, or gift certificates by calling Jill at 763-271-1674.

  • A new bridge to replace the existing Minnesota Highway 24 bridge over the Mississippi River in Clearwater will be built just east of the current structure, Minnesota Department of Transportation officials say. A public open house on the project will be from 5 to 7 p.m. April 8 at Clearwater City Hall, 605 Wright County Road 75 in Clearwater. Information about the project, including... Continue Reading

  • Free Event for Kids - Explore 4-H Open House - Cokato

    Free Event for Kids - Explore 4-H Open House - Cokato

    Source: http://www.co.wright.mn.us 03/28/2013 News

    The Knapp Busy Bees 4-H Club is hosting an "Explore 4-H Open House" for all families interested in learning more about Wright County 4-H. The event is Saturday, April 13 at the Cokato City Hall Community Room from 10am-1pm. Families are welcome to stop in at their convenience and check it out.

  • Wright Technical Center Looks to Hire New Director

    Wright Technical Center Looks to Hire New Director

    Source: stmichael.patch.com 03/26/2013 News

    Wright Technical Center has offered a contract for the position of director to Raymond Przekurat, Jr., the current high school principal in Mosinee, Wisconsin. He is set to replace current director Julie Warner, who is retiring June 30, 2013. Przekurat brings to Wright Technical Center the qualifications the board was looking for in its new director with a background in career and technical education as well as school administration. Prior to entering the field of education... Continue Reading.

  • Wright County commissioners support I-94 coalition

    Source: http://monticellotimes.com 03/21/2013 News

    Anyone who drives on I-94 through Wright County knows how congested traffic can be during peak rush hour periods.
    At the March 12 meeting of the Wright County Board of Commissioners, the board was asked to help in the fight to get state and federal dollars prioritized toward expanding the freeway by one lane in both directions between Rogers and Monticello.
    St. Michael City Engineer Steve Bot came before the board requesting a contribution to assist in the efforts of the I-94 West Corridor Coalition.
    Citing the contribution the county has made to the efforts on the Hwy. 55 corridor, he highlighted that I-94 is vital to Wright County for several reasons, not the least of which being the economic impact... See More.

  • Paucity of porta-potties in Buffalo parks

    Source: Star Tribune 03/30/2010 News

    Kids and others playing at neighborhood parks in Buffalo, Minn., are going to have to go without the benefit of portable toilets.

    The City Council has decided to not bring back rental bathrooms this spring in 15 parks, saving $20,000 in a strapped budget. Officials reasoned that the parks are within walking distance of most users' homes so they can find relief there.

  • Delano braces for worst flooding in a decade

    Source: Minnesota Public Radio 03/18/2010 News

    Paul Youngstadt has an old house just outside Mayer, Minn. He lives on 13 acres along a bend in the south fork Crow River, and the water is really high this year.

    So, just to be safe, he's got an aluminum fishing boat with an outboard motor in his yard, but it's not on a trailer. It's floating.

    Or, rather, it's beached on the grass, just a couple steps from his front porch. There's only about a football field's worth of dry land left of his place.

  • Montrose to have new ECFE building in May

    Montrose to have new ECFE building in May

    Source: Delano Herald Journal 01/04/2010 News

    By next school year, early childhood programs in Montrose will have a new, spacious home, in a separate building next to Montrose Elementary School.

    Reconstruction work on the vacant building started two weeks ago, right after the official groundbreaking ceremony.

    �“We are building it for the Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose School District” said contractor Mike Bauer of Bauer Designs in Delano.

  • Wright County city Clearwater will get nearly $750,000 for water system improvements.

    Five Minnesota communities will receive a total of $41.3 million to improve drinking water and wastewater systems through the Minnesota Public Facilities Authority. Grand Rapids will see the most with a brand new $30M facility.

  • Wright County plans for safer Cokato roads

    Source: Dassel-Cokato Enterprise Dispatch 12/07/2009 News

    When it comes to roads in Cokato, as well as the rest of Wright County, officials know it’s never too early to start planning.

    At a public meeting Nov. 10, local people identified goals and plans for Wright County’s five-year highway improvement plan, its 10-year work plan, and its bridge replacement program.

    The five-year program will be formally adopted by the Wright County board at the end of December.

  • Howard Lake mourns mistaken death of police dog

    Howard Lake mourns mistaken death of police dog

    Source: Star Tribune 11/29/2009 News

    As the canine member of the Howard Lake Police Department, Felony tracked criminals and sniffed for drugs in the lakeside town in rural Wright County. Since 2002, his nose had helped the department uncover narcotics valued at $25,000.

    But Felony's career, already slowing as he approached 11 years of age, came to an abrupt end this month. In a case of mistaken identity and miscommunication, Felony was destroyed by the Animal Humane Society in Buffalo after escaping from his kennel at the city water treatment plant.

  • A St. Michael man was driving in the wrong lane with no headlights and speeding before a crash that killed a 17-year-old Buffalo High student, the Wright County attorney said.

    Todd Albert Lifto, 44, was charged Wednesday with two counts of criminal vehicular homicide in the death of Jonathon Kramnic, said Tom Kelly, the county attorney.

  • A 17-year-old is dead after a Saturday night crash in St. Michael, Minn. The Wright County Sheriff's office said Jon Kramnic's car collided with a pickup driver on County Road 35 near Jamison Avenue.

    Students at Buffalo Senior High School are in shock and some could not hold back tears for their fellow student, funny man, scholar and athlete who is now gone.

  • Cities join to build wind turbines

    Cities join to build wind turbines

    Source: StarTribune.com 10/19/2009 News

    A consortium of 11 cities, including Chaska, Shakopee and Buffalo, is working to meet renewable energy mandates.

    The City of Buffalo already erected its wind turbine in mid-September next to its high school, and Shakopee planning officials recently approved a permit for a wind turbine next to the city's utility building on Sarazin Street near Hwy. 101.

  • Golf cart banned from Otsego roads

    Source: Elk River Star News 09/24/2009 News

    One Otsego woman’s attempt to use a golf cart to get around city streets and trails has been thwarted by the City Council and by the commissioners of two city commissions.

  • Crow River Harley-Davidson Revs Up For Renovation

    Crow River Harley-Davidson Revs Up For Renovation

    Source: Delano Herald Journal 09/24/2009 News

    At a time when the economy is causing many businesses to go on a spending freeze, Crow River Harley-Davidson in Delano is revving up for a renovation.

    By next spring, Winsted resident Rodney Scherping, who owns the company with his father, Virgil, said the building will be twice as big. “It should be open the first week in March,” he said, going from 5,300 square feet to about 11,000.