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See Wright County 4-H Champions’ special section inside the Journal-Press

This week’s issue of the Journal-Press includes a Wright County 4-H Champions special section.

 With the help of the Extension Service, we have put together several pages so you can see the accomplishments of the 4-H members, who have devoted their time and efforts throughout the year.

See more 4-H special sections in the coming weeks.

Congratulations to the 4-H Champions of 2018.


November ballot now set for Buffalo, Hanover, and Montrose  seats

Filings for Buffalo mayor and two councilmembers, as well as two council seats in both Hanover and Montrose, closed on Tuesday, August 14. The Tuesday, November 6, ballot is now set.

In Buffalo, incumbent Mayor Teri Lachermeier will face no opposition in November. On the ballot for two four-year council seats will be incumbent Eric Anderson, incumbent Scott Enter and Jameson Wakefield.

In Hanover, two four-year seats are up for election. Nick Bovee-Gazett, incumbent Ken Warpula and incumbent Jim Zajicek will be on the ballot.

The Montrose City Council has two four-year seats open. Nine residents have filed. They are Nicole Andreoff, Joel Flug, Roy Henry, Dean Holm, Tom Marszalek, Kirby Moynagh, Bru Ploog, Rose Rasset, and Sam Solarz,

Look for candidate profiles in future issues of the Wright County Journal-Press.


‘Family Fun for Everyone,’ Montrose Days set for this
Friday, Saturday, Sunday

By Doug Voerding

The family fun activities of the 37th annual Montrose Days celebration are this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 17, 18, and 19. All of the events are in or around Lions Park and the Montrose Community Center in the center of the city.

The Montrose Days Celebration Committee and the Montrose Ambassadors invite everyone to join in the fun on all three days.


Friday, August 17

On Friday, August 17, the Montrose Lions will be sponsoring bingo beginning at 4:00 p.m. in the Lions Park picnic shelter. At 5:00 p.m., a car show opens on Center Avenue. The Montrose Girl Scouts will host games from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Lions Park. Inflatables will be available from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

From 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. the Montrose Ambassadors are hosting a Pirate and Princess Party in the community center. This event is for children ages 4-12, and participants are asked to bring a donation for the food shelf. The cost is $5 for children with a maximum of $10 per family.

“The 70’s Magic Sunshine Band,” an “ultimate tribute to 70’s AM radio,” is the Friday night entertainment (no cover charge) under the tent. The band begins performing at 8:30 p.m. and will break for the fireworks show at 10:00 p.m.


Saturday, August 18

Saturday begins with breakfast at the Boy Scout booth in Lions Park.

Registration for the Montrose Days Top Gun Contest is 7:30 a.m. with the contest at 8 a.m. at the Waverly Gun Club, north of Waverly. The disc golf tournament is from 8:00 a.m. to noon at the disc golf course on White Tail Lane off of Clementa Avenue on the northwest side of the city.

In Lions Park, registration for the horseshoe tournament is at 8:30 p.m. with the competition starting at 9:00 a.m. The bean bag tournament registration is at 9:30 a.m. with first games at 10:00 a.m. under the tent.

There will be a free Refit class in the community center from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.

The Kiddie Parade, sponsored by the Nikole Hernandez Foundation, starts at Montrose City Hall on Third Street and ends near the big tent near Center Avenue.

In Lions Park, inflatables will be open from noon to 9:00 p.m., and Girl Scout games will be from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

The Kids Pedal Pull registration, sponsored by the Montrose Days Celebration Committee and Grace Place, is at 12:30 p.m. with the pull beginning at 1 p.m. The Gopher State Garden Tractor Pull starts at 3:00 p.m. Both events are on Center Avenue.

Montrose Lions bingo will be from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. under the Lions Park picnic shelter.

A pork chop dinner, sponsored by the Fireman’s Relief Association, will be from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the community center.

“Diamondback,” a popular Central Minnesota country band, will be playing under the tent (no cover charge) from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.


Sunday, August 19

The parade begins at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 19.

The Montrose Ambassador royalty coronation will follow the parade in the community center. This year’s candidates and their sponsors are Shianne Christensen, Montrose Family Chiropractic; Hannah Ennis, Varner Mobile Services; Isabella Hanson, Citizen State Bank; and Serenity Simmang, Magnum RV.

Also following the parade will be “Swinging Country Band,” performing under the tent from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Other activities in Lions Park include the KRWC Road Show, announcement of tournament winners, Montrose Lions bingo, Montrose United Methodist Church cake walk, Girl Scout games, and inflatables.

Food and beverages will be available all weekend.

Montrose Days has a wide variety of events and activities for the whole family. Come join “Family Fun for Everyone” this weekend.

For more information, especially about the tournaments, visit


Things not so pleasant at Pleasant Lake with AIS infestation discovery

By Miriam Orr

Marc Mattice, Parks and Recreation Director presented the topic of Pleasant Lake for discussion at the Wright County Board meeting on Tuesday, August 14. Commissioners were addressed with the request for action regarding the recent closure of the lake’s main access in Clearwater/Pleasant park.

 Mattice began the discussion with the explanation that the DNR and Wright County had been investigating the lake for presence of zebra mussels, which had been rumored from a citizen from last year’s ice fishing season. Upon examination, the lake held no mussels, but instead the presence of the aquatic invasive species (AIS) starry stonewart was discovered on August 8.

“In precaution, we at Parks and Rec decided to close the north public water access, in hopes of stopping the spread of AIS,” Mattice stated to the Board.

Since there is an access on the southern side of the lake, it is still possible for water-related equipment to access the lake at this time.

The species, Mattice explained, is not in a location that can be quarantined to call for the re-opening of the northern access. According to the DNR, the species roughly sits at a depth of about eight to 10 feet, so boat traffic is unlikely to shuffle the plant around the lake.

Concern may rise regarding the Wright Regional Inspection Program (WRIP), but Luke Johnson, district manager for Wright Soil and Water Conversation, stated that the presence of starry stonewart did not render the Wright Regional Inspection Program a failure, since the species can be spread from just a minute presence to begin with.

Johnson suggested that the WRIP be evaluated in the area of off-site inspections, to ascertain logistics, but was ultimately confident that the program was still effective.

Mattice proposed the question of whether Commissioners wanted to keep the northern access of Pleasant Lake closed until treatment of the AIS was complete, or if they’d like to re-open it until the treatment process begins. The answer was overwhelmingly in favor of keeping the access closed.

Commissioner Mike Potter stated on the issue, “It is not our intention to kick people off the lake,” he clarified, “we want to catch this early and deal with it before it becomes a problem.”

Mattice stated that the treatment costs for the lake have not been determined at this time, and that the County was working to move towards treatment options. A re-opening date for the northern access will be determined at a later date.

Chief Deputy Todd Hoffman spoke to the issue, asking Commissioners to consider a Committee of the Whole meeting, to further discuss the issue on an action plan and policies on how to inhibit and contain the issue of AIS in Wright County lakes.

Commissioners voted to keep Pleasant Lake’s northern access closed, until further action is determined in moving forward with treatment options for the starry stonewart infestation.


Other Items:

Information Technology: Director Adam Tagarro introduced IT Business Analyst Andrea Benedict, who is new to the County as of June. Benedict comes to the County from Capella, where she has garnered a lot of experience in IT systems and stated that she has been “getting to know” the County’s technological structure, and that things were going well.

Auditor/Treasurer’s Office: The approval of the July revenue/expenditure budget report was presented before the Board, and Commissioners were reassured that the County was “right where they were expected to be,” and that the budget was in good standing for July. There was a slight decrease in federal reimbursements, which the County expects soon – these reimbursements are mostly toward highway projects. Commissioners accepted the report unanimously.

County Attorney’s Office: Assistant County Attorney Greg Kryzer requested the approval of a resolution, which would order the preparation of an environmental analysis worksheet (EAW) for Wright County Road 17’s gravel and sand mine in Franklin Township. The EAW was presented by a petition of over 100 signatures calling for consideration of the environment surrounding the project, in which the Board ordered earlier this month.

“The process should move fairly quickly,” Kryzer said.

The County is responsible for the worksheet, and submits it for finalization with Planning and Zoning, where discussion and questions will be answered on its findings.


Auditions for BCT’s October production are August 17 and 18

Auditions will be held at the Discovery Auditorium (214 First Ave NE, Buffalo) on Friday, August 17 at 7 p.m. or Saturday, August 18, at 10 a.m. (allow approximately 2 hours).  Auditions are open to those 18 and older. Please visit the BCT website for further information and a link to TheaterForms to fill out an on-line audition form.


‘Gear-Head Get Together’ is ready to roll into M.L.  Saturday, August 18

The annual Gear-Head Get Together Show and Swap Meet is taking place on Saturday, Aug. 18 in downtown Maple Lake from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The event has“No Trophies, No Plaques ... just a gathering of gear heads and their machines,” organizers say.

Bring your cars, trucks, lawn mowers, motorcycles, scooters, and other mechanical devices.  If you don’t have gear-head items to bring, that’s OK, come and look around.

Live music and entertainment are planned, and a beer garden and food vendors will be onsite.

According to the Gear-Head Get Together website,, the event has come a long way from its roots when it was just a few gear-heads getting to-gether to show off some of their favorite mechanical odds and ends down by the old creamery building in Maple Lake on Aug. 21, 2004.  Today, the “Get Together” has become Maple Lake’s largest event of the year and one of the most unique “car shows” in the state and perhaps the country.  It all takes place on the third Saturday of August in downtown Maple Lake.

The idea when the official Gear-Head Get Together started was to create a nostalgic atmosphere where mechanical-minded folks could show off some of their unique creations.  Over the years, the event has grown larger and larger.


32nd Annual Antique Car Run makes a pit stop in Buffalo, August 11

By Miriam Orr

John Dolan of Huntington, New York, and his passengers, are all smiles as they roll into BHS in Dolan’s 1908 Rolls Royce, which is a new addition to the Antique Car Run this year. The Rolls was a crowd favorite, earning a series of applause and comments throughout the day. (Photo by Miriam Orr)

It may have been hot on Saturday, August 11, but cruisers and spectators were not deterred from participating in the 32nd Annual New London to New Brighton Antique Car Run, which rolled into Buffalo on Highway 35.


The ACR is a “non-profit organization designed to foster an appreciation of the beauty and endurance of vintage automobiles,” as the official roster for the event reads on the front page, and continues with, “the run celebrates a time when our cars and our country were young.”


The Minnesota countryside is explored in a 120-mile tour, beginning in New London and ending in New Brighton, Minnesota. Buffalo is a lunch-stop along the way and has been for many years.  This year, the Wright County Car Club provided lunch for cruisers, as they chugged their way to Buffalo High School to park, enjoy a meal, and mingle with other drivers and those who had gathered to watch the vehicles arrive.


John Hagen MC’d the event, welcoming automobiles of various years, makes, designs, and colors to the High School. From Maxwells to Fords to Cadillacs, each vehicle was welcomed by stating their name, where they were from, and what they were arriving in.


Jeff Amundson of St. Anthony, Minnesota, was showing American pride in his 1911 Maxwell, while one of his passengers dozes off for a nap in the seat. (Photo by Miriam Orr)

Crowd favorites included the rare 1908 Rolls Royce, owned and operated by John Dolan, of Huntington, New York. Hagan chatted with Dolan, where they discussed the vehicle and its “near perfect” condition, with Hagan admitting that he, in all his years of working the event, hadn’t ever seen that vehicle at the ACR. Dolan was more than pleased with Hagan’s response, who joked that the Rolls was “more of a politician’s car than anything else.”


Also at the event were other enthusiasts, with different vehicles of their own – an array of Mustangs, Camaros, Chryslers and more were lined up beside their vintage predecessors for spectators to enjoy. Other big hits included the refabricated HUM-VEE, a vintage ambulance, and a visiting Triumph from California.


The 2019 ACR is set for August 10. For more information, and a route map, please visit


Deringer, Kaczmarek to advance as Sheriff candidates

By Miriam Orr

Sean Deringer

Mike Kaczmarek

Minnesota held its primary election on Tuesday, August 14. Results, according to the Minnesota Secretary of State website, are unofficial until the State Canvassing Board meets to canvass votes for candidacy, on August 21.

Up for election this year is Wright County Sheriff. The two candidates moving forward to the general election on November 6 will be Sean Deringer and Mike Kaczmarek. Deringer received the most votes at 5,543, with Kaczmarek following at 5,032.

Drew Scherber received 3,155 votes, Stacy Braun at 2,471, and Chad Torkelson at 1,184.

Statewide, the ballot listed candidacy for federal offices including that of two U.S. Senator seats that will expire January 2021, and a U.S. Representative for District 6. State positions included seats for Governor and Lieutenant Governor, and also Attorney General.

The results that follow below are first statewide results, and then Wright County totals.

For U.S. Senator, Jim Newberger held the most votes for Republican candidacy statewide at 200,787, with Wright County votes totaling 6,233; DFL candidate Amy Klobuchar held 555,656, with 7,112 of those votes coming from the county. The second U.S. Senator seat candidates include Republican Karin Housley with 185,743, with Wright County votes totaling 5,411; DFL candidate Tina Smith held 432,327, county votes including 5,435.

For U.S. Representative, the Star Tribute reports that Republican candidate Tom Emmer led with 34,251 votes statewide, with Wright County votes totaling 8,158. DFL candidate Ian Todd ran unopposed.

For Governor and Lieutenant Governor, the Republican candidate includes Jeff Johnson (Donna Bergstrom), with 168,230 votes statewide, with 5,475 of them coming from Wright County. The DFL candidate includes Tim Walz (Peggy Flanagan), with statewide votes of 242,395, and 3,210 Wright County votes.

The Attorney General Republican candidate is Doug Wardlow, with 135,557 votes; 3,966 of them from Wright County. The DFL candidate is Keith Ellison, with 280,546 statewide votes, Wright County’s votes totaling 3,240.

For more information on results, visit

The General Election will be held November 6.


Buffalo Art and Craft Festival is August 18

Don’t miss out on one of the best summer events in downtown Buffalo - the 35th Annual Art and Craft Festival!  Saturday, August 18 from 9 a.m. 3:30 p.m. This show brings in over 150 vendors from all around the five-state area to show their wares!  There is glass, metal, and wood art, photographers, authors, hand-sewn textiles, handmade jewelry, fun home and garden décor and more!  Get your holiday shopping started!  Don’t forget, you can treat your taste buds as well.  There will be roasted almonds, kettle corn, ice cream, fresh lemonade and tasty sandwiches to purchase and eat there or take home for later! Many of the stores downtown will be open and welccming shoppers as well, so make a day of it with family and friends. (Photo courtesy of Buffalo Chamber)



More Concerts in the Park, August 16

August is here, and Concerts in the Park is still going strong, continuing on every Thursday until August 30!

This event features a number of musical concerts and bands, sponsored by local businesses in their performances for the community. It promises to be a good time, with family-friendly music, and all the concerts are free of charge for anyone who wants to join in on the fun.

On August 16, “Hornucopia” will be in town to regale you with the gorgeous sounds of trumpets. Then, watch for “Heart Strings” on August 23 at 7 p.m., whom will play a variety of country and gospel songs.


Zion Lutheran hosts back to school event

Everyone is welcome to attend a distribution of free children’s clothing, school supplies, and winter coats on Thursday, August 16, which will help kids to get a great start for the upcoming school year.  All the events will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 1200 Hwy #25 So, Buffalo, Minn.

The Blessing Closet will provide free children’s clothing.  Parents can shop for themselves and their children without restrictions or any qualifications.  Children need not be present.           

Coats for Kids will have new winter coats available for children.  Children must be present to shop for the coats.  (Depending on the size and availability, we cannot guarantee a new coat for all children).           

School Supplies will be distributed to all K-12 grade school age children.  Children must be present to get their basic supplies.


‘Clear the Shelters,’ August 18

Everyone is invited to come to Crossroads Animal Shelter this Saturday August 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the “Clear the Shelters” Event.

Crossroads is participating in this nation-wide event to find homes for the 51 cats and 12 dogs living at the shelter. The shelter is located on HWY 55 and County RD. 14; stop by to see who’s looking to be your forever friend, and have a “purr-fect” cup of coffee!


M.L. Bridging Zambia, August 26

Maple Lake’s Bridging Zambia will be hosting their two final events prior to leaving for Zambia in September!  The event itinerary is as follows:

On August 18, there will be the “Gear Head Get Together” In Maple Lake, where Bridging Zambia will be serving breakfast and regular pizza at the Maple Lake Legion Club parking lot, starting at 6 p.m., and selling throughout the entire day.

August 26, Bridging Zambia will be hosting their final pancake breakfast at the Maple Lake Legion Club from 8:30 a.m. to noon. A free-will offering is suggested. 

Bridging Zambia is a branch of Carol McBrady’s “Action for Children in Zambia.” It is specifically designed to bring volunteers from local areas face-to-face with children in Zambia. The current need is to finish a housing project on the farm, which was suggested by McBrady to raise around $12,000 for the purchase of materials.

Please be sure to stop by and wish the inaugural group farewell before their departure in September! If you’re unable to attend, a tax-deductible contribution can be made online at


Keep on motorin’

The 2018 New London to New Brighton Antique Car Run comes to Buffalo


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