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22
Jun

Meet the new staff member at Camp Courage


First-time counselor, Evan Cerven, has joined the Camp Courage staff this summer. (Photo submitted)

First-time counselor, Evan Cerven, has joined the Camp Courage staff this summer to step outside of his comfort zone.
Although this is his first year at camp, he is quickly learning how to adapt to his new environment. “I’ve never really done anything like this,” Cerven said.
He explained that he has never really interacted much with people who have disabilities, so this is a completely new setting. He found True Friends through a recruiter that was visiting Truman State University in Kirksville, MO, where he attends college. He loved the idea of camp and really wanted to try something new. “I really wanted to hop on the opportunity, so I did.” Working at camp will give him the experience he needs for his future career as a physical education teacher. “I want to be able to work with every kid that comes into my classroom,” said Cerven.

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Wed
22
Jun

County prepared to move quickly on new courts building

For more than a decade Wright County has been receiving complaints from the courts area that the facilities in the county courthouse are substandard and in dire need of upgrading. At the June 14 meeting of the Wright County Board of Commissioners, it was decided that the process is going to get sped up.

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Wed
22
Jun

Take a Bite Out of Summer FREE Breakfast and Lunch at Discovery Elementary

Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose Schools will offer FREE breakfast and lunch to area children (ages 1-18) this summer at Discovery Elementary, thanks to a special Summer Food Service Program funded by the federal government (U.S. Department of Agriculture—USDA). This is the second year for the program in Buffalo, with the goal being to make sure all youth in the community have access to nutritious meals while school is out for the summer.

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Wed
22
Jun

Update: Change in temporary lane, road closures on Hwy. 25, Hwy. 55 in Buffalo begins June 23 Hwy. 55 at Hwy. 25 reduced to single lane 24/7

Motorists who travel Highway 25 and Highway 55 in Buffalo should expect delays as a series of new, temporary traffic changes began Monday, June 13.
Motorists should plan for the following:
• Beginning Thursday, June 23 after 10 a.m., one-half mile of Highway 55 at Highway 25 will be reduced to a single lane in each direction 24 hours a day until further notice.

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Wed
15
Jun

Men charged in Clough murder hold prior felony convictions


In connection with the murder Cheyenne Clough, Justin Jensen (left), of Maple Lake, is being charged with aiding and abetting, Shawn Benson (center), of Maple Lake, is being charged with second-degree murder, and Edward Zelko (right), of Buffalo, is being charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder.

Three men were charged last Wednesday in connection to the death of 19-year-old mother, Cheyenne Clough, of Buffalo, who was found shot outside a park in Wright County last week. Shawn Benson, 21, of Maple Lake, was charged with second-degree murder, while 28-year-old Justin Jensen, of Maple Lake, and 26-year-old Edward Zelko, of Buffalo, were charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder. A fourth person has also been charged in connection to the case. Thomas Nicholson, 26, of International Falls, was charged with aiding an offender to avoid arrest.

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Wed
15
Jun

Cause of five car collision still under investigation


Belka’s vehicle was split in two with one half on each side of the road. She was later airlifted to HCMC with life-threatening injuries. (Photo submitted)

Barbara Belka, 73, of Rockville, led Wright County Sheriff’s deputies and Annandale Police on an escalating speed chase on Tuesday, June 7, after driving into, and damaging, a guard rail in South Haven. With officers in pursuit, Belka continued through Annandale and on toward Maple Lake. Although police called off the pursuit just as Belka reached Maple Lake, she continued on, causing a crash involving four other vehicles and injuring herself and three others on Hwy. 55, just east of the County Road 7 intersection in Maple Lake.

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Wed
15
Jun

Irish head to state Baseball team makes school history


The Irish baseball team is Section 5AA champions and will head to the State competition with their first game on Thursday, June 16, 12:30 p.m., at Dick Putz Field in St. Cloud against Proctor. Front Row: Coach Brooks Marquardt, Mitch Hoisted, Dawson McAlpine, Ben Goelz, Hunter Malachek, Alex Marquette, Tyler Weimer, John Reilley and Coach Joe Hofman. Back Row: Coach Jordan Mathaisen, Blake Wellsted, Andy Mavencamp, Lucas Fobbe, Nick Preisinger, Jack Seibert, Cole Trager, Nate Maas, Grant Mergen, Nate Hogan and Jaxon Stagler. (Photo by Charlene Wurm)

The Irish baseball team made school history by winning six games in a row to earn a first-ever state tournament berth last week at Irish Stadium.

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Wed
15
Jun

From local boy to priest Fr. Matthew Northenscold of Maple Lake is ordained at Cathedral of St. Paul


Archbishop Bernard Hebdas lays his hands on Matthew Northenscold’s head during Saturday’s ordination at the Cathedral of St. Paul on May 28. (Photo by David Hrbacek, The Catholic Spirit)

Nearly every seat was taken at St. Timothy Catholic Church Sunday morning, May 29, where the Mass for the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ or Corpus Christi was to take place. But celebrating this Holy Day wasn’t the only reason the people came in such droves. A man of their flock since birth, Matthew Northenscold, was to preside over the Mass for the first time as an ordained priest.

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Wed
15
Jun

Pace Industries Product Tech Division’s groundbreaking


Chuck Serbus - Strack Project superintendent, Dan Ingalls - PT Purchasing, David Rivers - PT Materials manager, Lynn Kissock - Maple Lake Mayor, Lon Negen - Negen Associates architect, Jeff Rivers - PT division president, Matt Strack - Strack vice president, Jeff Jaros - PT Operations manager, Sherri Knisley - PT controller, Travis Olufson - PT environmental, Marilyn Wurm - PT project assistant, John Nack - Strack COO, and Bob Strack - Strack CEO. (Photo by Nick Pawlenty)

Pace Industries, Product Tech Division, formerly known as Product Technologies, is getting a bigger and better renovation for their company soon. The groundbreaking was Friday, June 9, and included Maple Lake's Mayor Lynn Kissock, Matt Strack the vice president of Strack Construction, the St. Cloud company who is building the expansion, Lon Negen the architect of the project, Jeff Jaros, operations manager of Product Tech, and their hard-working team, who joined the festivities. Jeff Rivers, the division president of the company, was more than thrilled to get this project started and make room for more possibilities in the company.

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Wed
15
Jun

County finally lands final Bertram Park acquisition

Back in 2008 when Wright County and the City of Monticello decided to partner up to buy the massive Bertram Chain of Lakes Park property owned by the Minneapolis YMCA, there was no guarantee it was going to get completed. With a price tag of $20 million, it was an ambitious plan that had no guarantee of complete purchase or success.

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