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Wed
01
Feb

Public can view road conditions from MnDOT snowplow cameras

The public can now view winter road conditions from the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s new “plow cams” available through the 511mn.org website. MnDOT announced today that some of the agency’s 838 snowplows are equipped with cameras that show real-time road conditions along plow routes.
“The plow cams are another way for travelers to make good decisions about their travel plans during the snow and ice season,” said Kelly Braunig, 511 program manager. “If they go on the 511 site and see that travel is not advised, they can actually see an image of the road the cameras take as the plow is traveling. Seeing is believing.”

Wed
01
Feb

DNR News: Financial assistance available to woodland owners

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is encouraging family forest owners to take advantage of cost-share funds available in 2017 to improve their woods.
“The DNR is here to help woodland owners with forest management advice and financial assistance to keep your woods healthy and productive,” said John Carlson, DNR private forest management coordinator. “We have cost-share funds to help you complete a wide variety of woodland projects.”
Cost-share funds can be used to replant woods after a harvest. Funds can also be used to protect newly planted trees by removing competing vegetation and protecting them from deer browse by applying bud caps, adding tree tubes or constructing a fence. To help prepare the woods for a future harvest, woodland owners can use cost-share funds to do a thinning so remaining trees have more room to grow.

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Wed
01
Feb

Board sets entrance audit meeting with auditor’s office

Despite being embroiled in a court case that is heading to the Minnesota Supreme Court that has Wright County as a named defendant in a case brought by State Auditor Rebecca Otto, the Wright County Board of Commissioners will be forced to work with the Office of the State Auditor when it comes to auditing their books from 2016.
The Jan. 24 agenda included an item that would set up the audit entrance meeting, something the county board has looked to avoid. In 2015, the Minnesota State Legislature made it possible for counties to experience cost savings by going with an outside auditing firm. In the case of Wright County, that difference is approximately $20,000 under the projected amount the county would have to pay the Office of the State Auditor.

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Wed
01
Feb

Schedule a child safety seat check for your little Valentine

With Valentine’s Day approaching, now is a great opportunity to show your children how much you love them and want to keep them safe by making sure they are in the correct child safety seat. An estimated 9 out of 10 child safety seats are misused. In Minnesota, a child needs to be in a child safety seat until they reach age 8 or 4’9” in height. It is recommended to keep a child in a booster based on their height, rather than their age. The best child safety seat is the one that fits the child, fits the vehicle, and one that will be used correctly every ride.

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Wed
01
Feb

Entrepreneur launches small business training program for women

After years of working for companies in marketing and business development, Brenda Rhodes, founder of Brenda Rhodes LLC, is launching a small business training program specifically for women. As a new female entrepreneur herself, the goal of Brenda Rhodes LLC is to grow her business and to “share the wealth.”
Because the business start-up process can be intimidating for even someone who has worked in a business environment, Rhodes wants to help other women negotiate the road to successful business ownership.

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Wed
01
Feb

How not to make your guests sick on big game day

The big game day is the biggest food consumption day of the year, second only to Thanksgiving. Tables spilling over with dips and wings are a common site. It is also common to have lots of finger foods, sharing of communal bowls, and food that is left out for long periods of time.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that each year roughly 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases. Yes, people can actually die from food poisoning.

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Wed
01
Feb

Skiers compete at Afton


Riley Matthiesen of Kimball earned a sportsmanship award at a recent Alpine ski contest that the Annandale Co-op participated in. Matthiesen is a skier for the co-op. (Photo Submitted)

The Annandale Co-op alpine ski team finished a tough race at Afton Alps in Hastings, Friday, Jan 27.
Both boys and girls teams broke into two squads among the 13 or so teams at the meet.
The co-op’s girls squad one finished 10th overall. Emma Spike, a junior at Maple Lake, finished 71 after a tough run. After disqualifying on the red, she regrouped to finish with a 48.55 on the blue.
The girls squad two fared better, placing sixth overall.
The boys squad one finished 11th and squad two didn’t place.
"The Afton race for our team was a tough race.  We had several that had tough runs, but one of our teammates (Riley Matthiesen of Kimball) was recognized for his sportsmanship. That is quite an accomplishment,” Annandale Co-op Head Coach Lori Rice said.

Wed
01
Feb

House and Senate leaders take first steps to address state health care crisis

The Minnesota House and Senate began the 2017 legislative session with a plan to provide immediate and temporary relief to the thousands of Minnesotans who are stuck with outrageous premium hikes and canceled policies in the chaotic individual health insurance market.
On top of this immediate relief to Minnesotans, the plan proposes a handful of regulatory reforms to improve Minnesota's health care system over the long-term.
These are just the first steps being proposed by Republicans to fix the present crisis created by the imposition of the Affordable Care Act regulations on the state's health care system.
What are these first steps exactly?

Tue
31
Jan

VFW Post seeking support for Veterans Memorial

A dream is closer to reality as the Wright County VFW Post 1901 is now seeking help for the funding of a Veterans Memorial at the post home on Highway 12 in Montrose.
The Wright County Veterans of Foreign Wars of Montrose and the Honor Project Committee are committed to seeing the construction of a permanent monument located at the Wright County VFW post home in Montrose. The monument will honor Wright County veterans that have served in any of the five branches of the military, including the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and U.S. Coast Guard.
The goal of the Honor Project Committee is to construct a memorial that honors veterans with ties to the local community while at the same time promoting civic pride. As part of the fundraising efforts for construction of this memorial, the committee is asking for the support of Wright County businesses, organizations, and individuals to help make this dream become a reality.

Wed
25
Jan

Fishing Derby countdown has begun


Recent warm weather hasn’t been kind to the ice on Maple Lake which could affect the 42nd annual Maple Lake Ice Fishing Derby. As of Tuesday, Jan. 17, the contest is still on for Saturday, Feb. 4, but organizers have set a back-up date of Feb. 11 (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

Feb. 4th event to feature new attractions

As of press time, the Maple Lake Ice Fishing Derby is moving forward despite warm weather that could affect the safety of the ice.
As of last week, there was 16 ½ inches of ice on the lake, which is good news, chairman Greg Thomes said. Last year at this time there was only 12 to 13 inches and continued warm weather convinced organizers to cancel. The ideal amount of ice for a contest of this size is 18 to 24 inches.
“So far this year we still have very good ice,” Thomes said late last week, but by Tuesday, Jan. 24, ice conditions had deteriorated to the point that organizers are worried.
“Now the ice is not good. We don’t want to jeopardize people,” Thomes said.
The Maple Lake Property Owners Association was to meet Wednesday, Jan. 25, to make its final decision. On the table is whether to go ahead with the Feb. 4, date, postpone the derby until Saturday, Feb. 11, or cancel it all together, Thomes said.

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