Wright County Public Health will have a very limited amount of influenza vaccine available for first doses to high-risk children aged 17 and under. Screening guidelines, provided by the Minnesota Department of Health, will be strictly followed to determine high-risk children able to receive flu vaccine at this time.
We have no vaccine for adults.
If your child is ages 6 months to 23 months they are eligible for the shot.If your child has a chronic health condition and is 2 years to 17 years they may be eligible.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation warns snowmobilers and all-terrain vehicle riders to use extra caution when operating their machines in ditches and other areas within highway rights-of-way.
Mn/DOT issued the warning because construction-related items in the right-of-way such as silt fences, soil stockpiles, pieces of unused concrete culverts, wooden survey stakes and steel right-of-way markers may remain during the winter months after construction activity ceases.
Silt fences control water runoff during the spring. The fences are made of a black fabric reinforced with woven wire and held in place by steel posts. They are usually placed across ditch bottoms located near culverts, bridges, streams and lakes.
Snowmobile and ATV users, Mn/DOT advises, should also watch for sedimentation ponds, brush piles and scattered rocks and boulders.
Doug, Becky, Alyssa and Tyler Foreman serenaded guests during a fund-raiser on Saturday at the Buffalo Evangelical Free Church that raised money for the adoption of three teenagers from Russia by the Foreman family.
Speakers included Julie Schultz, who is a social worker for European Children’s Adoption Services and is adopting Kola, a Russian youngster who stayed in her home this summer.
“It’s wonderful to see people open their homes to children who have no future,” Schultz said, talking about the hardships children face when they reach the age of 16 and leave Russian orphanages. “The Foremans are reaching out to these beautiful children and giving them a future.”
Contributions for the Foreman’s adoption process can be sent to European Children’s Adoption Services, 6050 Cheshire Lane N., Mpls., MN 55446-3541 or by calling Judy at 763-694-6131.
Law enforcement agencies in Wright County warned and cited 54 unbuckled motorists during the Safe & Sober "November Mobilization" enhanced seat belt enforcement campaign, which was conducted November 18th-December 1st.
Nearly 200 hours of extra patrols funded primarily by federal dollars assisted the law enforcement community in ensuring and maintaining safe roadways during the enforcement period. Officers made 493 traffic stops resulting in 680 citations or warnings for violations including speeding, driving without drivers’ licenses and failure to wear seatbelts.
Approximately 250 Minnesota lakes with public accesses will have aeration systems operating on them this winter. Private hatchery operators also use aeration systems, usually on small lakes without public accesses.
Caution is urged when going onto any ice-covered lake, particularly at night. However, special care should be taken when using the ice on aerated lakes, according to Marilyn Danks of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
"Open water areas created by aeration systems can shift or change shapes depending on weather conditions," Danks said. "Leaks may develop in air lines creating other areas of weak ice or open water."
Included in the list of lakes where aeration systems will likely be in operation this winter are the Wright County lakes of August, Crawford, Dean, Little Waverly, Louisa, Mink, Somers.
Kaylee and Steven Walberg of Buffalo had their moment with Santa (Milt Zoupas) and Mrs. Claus (Marilyn Thompson) during the annual Santa Day on Sunday at the Maple Lake VFW.Youngsters were treated to ice cream and a bag of treats from Santa and families enjoyed free hotdogs, craft activities provided by Jean Borrell of the Early Childhood Family Education Program and holiday music from professional pianist Sharon Planer.
An estimated 350 people packed The Den in downtown Maple Lake on Saturday afternoon after a day of shopping brought in a big crowd to hear the results of a drawing for over $800 in prizes donated by local businesses.
Events included the lighting of a Christmas tree on the corner of Birch and Division that was cut down by city crews at the former Rick DeFoe home east of the airport. Children also paid a visit to Santa, made ornaments to decorate the tree and colored pictures of winter scenes provided by the ECFE program. Christmas in Maple Lake was organized and funded by members of the Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce.
It’s going to be a Christmas to remember for the Doug and Becky Foreman family, because of a special gift they are expecting. Early next spring, if all goes well, three children from a Russian orphanage will become members of the Foreman family.
But this isn’t the first time the Foremans have gone to Eastern Europe for additions to the family. Over a decade ago, the Foremans worked for nearly two years to adopt their son, Tyler, from Romania. The story of their trials and triumphs during that process were chronicled in the Messenger and in a book Becky completed last year, “We Have a Baby For You.”
And despite the hardships they endured to bring Tyler home, the Foremans are ready to do it again.
“It’s been 11 years,” Becky said. “It’s like when you have a baby. You don’t ask someone right away if they want to do it again.”
Maple Lake Floral suffered major damage on Saturday evening when vandals throwing rocks broke three windows in the front of the store.
Owner Darrel Jensen said the incident occurred between the hours of 3:30 p.m. when he left the store and 6 p.m. when he was contacted and informed of the damage by the Wright County Sheriff’s Department. He said deputies determined that the vandals threw the rocks from across the street, causing from $3,000 to $4,000 in damages.
Jensen said robbery was not the motive and there was no attempt made to enter the store. “It was just malicious destruction of property,” he said.
A $100 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of those involved in the crime. Anyone with information can contact Jensen at 963-8860 or the Wright County Sheriff’s Department at 274-3035.