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Feb 11, 2024

Four people hurt in Benton County crash

By Grace Jacobson / News Director GLENDORADO TWP., Minn. — A man is still recovering in the hospital after being airlifted from a crash in Benton County where three others were also injured. The man is 56-year-old Timothy Ruettimann of Mora. It happened around 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Highway 95 and County […]

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Feb 9, 2024

Agreement ensures swift habitat protection consideration for endangered Rusty Patched Bumblebees

By Grace Jacobson / News Director A federal judge approved an agreement between conservation groups and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Thursday that puts the agency on a prompt schedule to consider and designate critical habitat for highly endangered rusty patched bumblebees. The bee became an endangered species in 2017, in part due to […]

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Feb 9, 2024

Stearns County hosting open house on intersection reconstruction plans

By Grace Jacobson / News Director Stearns County will be hosting an open house at the end of Feb. to present their proposed changes involving two major highways. During the summer of 2026, the County plans to reconstruct the intersection of County State Aid Highway 32 and Trunk Highway 4. The County will present reconstruction […]

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Feb 8, 2024

Wright County to hold public accuracy voting equipment test on Feb. 13

By Grace Jacobson / News Director To ensure the integrity of this year’s elections, Wright County will be conducting a public accuracy test next week. It will happen at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13 at the Wright County Government Center in Buffalo and will test the County’s absentee voting equipment for the March 5 Presidential […]

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Feb 8, 2024

Spring highway load restrictions to be announced soon; Wright County

By Grace Jacobson / News Director To maximize the life span of county highways and roads every year, Wright County places spring load restrictions on numerous roads within the 512-mile highway system. Given the warm weather, the Wright County Highway Department is giving a head’s up that the restrictions may come sooner–as soon as in […]

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Feb 8, 2024

Prune oak trees now to prevent disease spread, DNR says

By Grace Jacobson / News Director The unusually warm winter might leave more than a mark on the record books. It could hasten invasive oak wilt infection risk. The non-native fungal disease is spread when sap-feeding beetles become active in warm weather and carry oak wilt spores from one tree to the next. These beetles […]

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Feb 7, 2024

Attorney Gen. Ellison secures low-cost Eli Lilly insulin for Minnesotans

By Grace Jacobson / News Director ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Attorney Gen. Keith Ellison announced on Tuesday that he reached a settlement with an insulin manufacturer for the next five years. The settlement with Eli Lilly will provide insulin products for $35 a month to all Minnesotans with or without insurance. Eli Lilly will also […]

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Feb 7, 2024

St. Cloud Area School District and SCEA reach tentative agreement

By Grace Jacobson / News Director ST. CLOUD, Minn. — St. Cloud Area School District 742 and the St. Cloud Education Association (SCEA) announced on Tuesday that they’ve reached a tentative two-year agreement for the 2023-2025 teacher contract. According to the press release from St. Cloud Area School District, the teacher salary schedule will increase […]

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Feb 5, 2024

$2.5M Cargill grant supports UMN research to develop seed-based oil

By Grace Jacobson / News Director Experts say fuel made from crops can reduce carbon emissions by more than 60-percent compared to petroleum jet fuel or diesel. To support research into seed-based oil production, Cargill awarded a five-year, $2.5 million grant to the Forever Green Initiative at the University of Minnesota. Forever Green is an […]

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Feb 5, 2024

Buffalo Strong Week remembers tragedy at Allina Clinic

BUFFALO, Minn. — 2024 marks the third year since the tragedy at the Allina Crossroads Clinic in Buffalo. All this week, the Buffalo community is coming together to remember the mass shooting that killed one and injured four others on Feb. 9, 2021. As part of Buffalo Strong Week, the Wright County Justice Center will […]

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