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Shots fired in Delano under investigation

On Tuesday, May 1, Wright County Communications dispatched deputies to the report of shots fired into a vehicle near Stahlke Bus Service, located at 5280 County Line Rd. in the City of Delano, at approximately 2:24 a.m.

Upon arrival at the scene, deputies spoke to the driver of the victim vehicle.  The male driver, who was the only occupant, stated that a silver sedan-style passenger car with one headlight had followed his vehicle out of the Delano East Holiday station. 

The victim stated he drove north on County Line Rd. where he eventually turned into the Stahlke Bus Service.  It was at this time his vehicle was struck by several bullets.  The victim sustained a small laceration to his face from broken glass.

On scene, deputies located four bullet casings on the roadway and several bullet holes in the victim's vehicle.  One bullet had also penetrated a garage door at Stahlke Bus Service, which in turn broke a rear window of a bus parked inside of the garage.  Another bus that was parked outside was also struck. 

There were no occupants inside the garage or on either bus at the time.  At this point, the Sheriff's Office believes this was an isolated incident, and do not believe there is a public safety risk. 

There have been no arrests, but the incident remains under an active investigation.


City of Hanover to host open house at new Public Works Building, May 7

The Hanover mayor, councilmembers, and city staff will host an open house at the newly-constructed Hanover Public Works Facility, 11149 5th Street NE, on Monday, May 7, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.

All are invited to tour the facility, inspect public works equipment, visit with Hanoverís elected officials, participate in family-friendly activities, and enjoy free food and refreshments.

An official ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 6:00 p.m.

Family activities include 'Touch-a-Truck'; a coloring station; stormwater runoff prevention materials; and information on recycling, ticks, and fire safety.

 The Hanover Fire Department will also be there to showcase their new Wildland truck and to recruit new members.


Montrose City Council to interview interim city clerk

By Doug Voerding

The Montrose City Council at a special meeting on Monday, April 30, decided to interview a person interested in serving as interim city clerk/treasurer.

The council had looked at the person's resume, which includes experience in Winsted and Big Lake.

City staff will set up an interview with the council Personnel Committee of Mayor Michelle Otto and Councilmember Lloyd Johnson. The committee's recommendation will then be brought to the full council.

The motion to interview included an interim period of 90 days.

In a separate issue, the council learned from Public Works Director Wayne McCormick that the former city engineer has been meeting with Wenck, the new engineer, and will turn over all information about the Highway 25 improvements scheduled for 2019 to Wenck.


Correction from April 26

In last week's Wright County Journal-Press, the story about the April 24 Wright County Board stated that County Auditor Bob Hiivala told the board that the county takes in about $1.5 million each month in interest on investments. Wright County takes in about $1.5 million each year in interest on investments. The Journal-Press apologizes for the error.


Free legal assistance will be offered as part of Law Day celebration at Wright County Government Center on Friday, May 11.  The Wright County Government Center in Buffalo will open its doors to the public as part of a Law Day celebration aimed at educating citizens about the justice system, and helping residents address their legal issues and questions.

The event will give attendees the opportunity to take part in free legal advice clinics; attend presentations on emerging criminal justice issues; and learn how to reinstate their driver's license, resolve an outstanding warrant, or expunge a criminal record. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Law Day event will feature several legal service clinics, at which members of the public can:

•Receive free legal advice on family law, probate, and civil matters;

•Resolve outstanding warrants for criminal misdemeanors;

•Receive help reinstating their Minnesota driver's license;

•Receive free legal advice regarding criminal expungements;

•Receive assistance with completing a health care directive.

Appointments can be made in advance by calling (763) 682-7549.  Walk-ins also welcome. In addition, visitors will have the opportunity to attend presentations on the Wright County Adult Treatment Court; Wills, Trusts, and Estates; Texting and Driving; and other important justice system topics (see more online at for more presentation options and times); and view demonstrations of the Wright County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit.


Wright County Sheriff's Office welcomes and honors members at Swearing-In ceremony

Pictured are the newest members of the Wright County Sheriff's Office, from left to right:  Communications Officer Carrie Thompson,  Corrections Officer Tayler Marschel, Deputy Sheriff Dustin Hochstetler, Corrections Officer Ian Warpula, Deputy Sheriff Steven Furry, Corrections Officer Joshua Vieau, Deputy Sheriff Logan Barrett, Corrections Officer Sherry Hubbard, Deputy Sheriff Justin Schweigert, and Office Tech II Charity Mealman. (Photo by Miriam Orr)

By Miriam Orr

On Thursday, April 26, Wright County Sheriff's Office gathered with friends and family to not only honor men and women's service to law enforcement in the community, but also to welcome families and new recruits during the Office's Swearing-In ceremony.

"Twice a year, we like to recognize men and women for their service to the Office, as well as introduce and recognize new hires in a swearing-in ceremony," Sheriff Joe Hagerty commented. "It's very different than it used to be."

Once, introducing new hires and recognizing men and women for service involved a meeting in Hagerty's office, where he met honorees informally with a "handshake and conversation." However, as the men and women at the Wright County Sheriff's Office show dedication and service to the community, the Office decided to make the affair public, and involve families with the pinning process and photo opportunities to congratulate their loved ones.

"We look forward to this each year," Hagerty said. "It's just a good time and a way for us to connect with the community."

Hagerty gave welcoming remarks and the opening speech for the ceremony, where he stated that the sheriff's office is a community organization that is one of the "oldest offices in the United States," with a history that began in England. Since American government is largely established on English law, colonists and colonials, at the onset of American history, brought the idea of a sheriff's office to the New World, and it has withstood the test of time as one of the largest and most necessary offices in organized government.

Wright County offers the third largest sheriff services in the state, and provides law enforcement to areas that are unincorporated throughout the county, and officially contract services with thirteen cities.

Men and women who dedicate themselves to law enforcement in Wright County pledge to the mission of the Office, which states, in part, that they are in partnership with the community, and are "committed to improving our quality of life." Additionally, Hagerty stated that those who service the community through the Sheriff's Office hold themselves accountable to the Guiding Principles of "Integrity, Professionalism, Caring, and Fairness."

"We have strived to earn the trust of the people," Hagerty said, "And I think we've done that. This isn't just me – we all wear the same uniform here."

Hagerty stated that the Office depends on the community to raise concern by calling about suspicious activities or causes for concern, and that no concern is too little. The Sheriff's Office "truly wishes to partnership with you, and our community," Hagerty said, to ensure that Wright County remains safe and prosperous in the future.

Men and women take the responsibility seriously, Hagerty hinted, since the hiring process for the Wright County Sheriff's Office is "grueling," and not taken lightly. Focused effort and dedication is put forth by men and women to work in the county's law enforcement ranks; a responsibility overseen by a command staff that is dedicated to make sure it is done well.

During his remarks, Hagerty invited the public to the Wright County Sheriff's Office open house, slated for June 8, starting at 10:00 a.m. and running until 1:00 p.m., where the public will be invited to ask questions and talk with members of law enforcement. There will be engaging opportunities for children during the event, as well.

Those honored for years of service to the Wright County Sheriff's Office were, Captain Sean Deringer,  20 years; Deputy Terry Klaers, 10 years; Deputy Michael Kaczmarek, 25 years; Sergeant Dave Anderson, 25 years; Sergeant Ben Schaap, 10 years; Sergeant Brian Johnson, 20 years; Sergeant Troy Wachter, 20 years; Deputy Russ Erkens, 10 years; Sergeant Tony Endreson, 20 years; Sergeant Joshua Hinton, 15 years; Deputy Craig Burton; 15 years; Captain Dan Anselment, 30 years; Chief Deputy Todd Hoffman, 25 years; Sergeant Eric Leander, 20 years; Deputy Mitchell Flemming, 25 years; Deputy Wesley Holland, 25 years; Deputy Andrew Fashant, 20 years; Deputy Lisa Fox, 20 years;

Deputy Heath Gillham, 20 years; Deputy Paul Burke, 15 years; Deputy Julie Eaton, 15 years; Deputy Joleen Miller, 15 years; Deputy Steven Bonnick??10 years

Deputy Thomas Coon, 10 years; Deputy Daniel Cotton, 10 years; Deputy Andrew Minea, 10 years; Equipment Supply Specialist Judy Ashley, 10 years; Victim Services Stacy Doyle, 15 years; Corrections Officer William Locke, 10 years; and Corrections Officer Chad Engel. 20 years.

Those welcomed to the Wright County Sheriff's Office are: Communications Officer Carrie Thompson, Corrections Officer Tayler Marschel, Deputy Sheriff Dustin Hochstetler, Corrections Officer Ian Warpula, Deputy Sheriff Steven Furry, Corrections Officer Joshua Vieau, Deputy Sheriff Logan Barrett, Corrections Officer Sherry Hubbard,

Deputy Sheriff Justin Schweigert, and Office Tech II Charity Mealman.


Another successful 'Light Up the Night' 5K for Montrose Beyond the Yellow Ribbon fundraiser

By Doug Voerding

The cold weather did not stop nearly 100 runners and walkers from participating in the fourth annual "Light Up the Night for Heroes" 5K in Montrose on Saturday, April 28.

The race/walk, one of the first of the season, is the major fundraiser for the Montrose Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Committee. The committee provides help on an as-needed basis for area veterans and their families.

Before the race, the U.S. Marine Corps Marine Wing Support Squadron 471 provided the color guard for the opening ceremony.

Jane Hurley was the grand marshal for the race. Hurley is retired from the U.S. Navy, Interior Communications Electrician First Class.

In her remarks, Hurley said, "I left Montrose on a Greyhound bus in front of Red's to join the Navy. I was a customs inspector in the Philippines, worked phone systems in Greece, and served brig duty in San Francisco."

After retiring from the service, Hurley studied appliance repair and now owns Hurley Appliance Repair.

Hurley said that she had learned many lessons in the Navy including teamwork, adapting and overcoming obstacles, paying attention to details, and making positive steps forward.

The race started at 8:30 p.m., and many of the runners wore bright colors and carried light sticks.

After the race, runners and their families and friends celebrated at Jacque B's with music, prizes and a silent auction.

Organizers and volunteers are Melissa Gudvangen, Eva and Armando Hernandez, Ben Kuehl, Kathy and Norm Jerde, Lori and Frank Wilhelm, Corey DeWitte, George Schaust, Ryan Smith, Montrose Area Girl Scouts, Montrose Boy Scouts, the Montrose Ambassadors, Jane Hurley, Connie Nelson, Steve Hayes, Christine Mattson, Greg and Patty Youmans, Chris Rood, and RE/MAX realtor Brandon McKown.

Supporters and donors include U.S. Marines, Associated Vet Clinic of Waverly and Cokato, Dr. Fun - Joe Hausladen, Jacque B's, Craft Pattern and Mold, the Montrose Fire Department, the City of Montrose, the Montrose City Public Works Department, Citizen's State Bank of Waverly and Montrose, and Bagy Jo's.


The Marine Wing Support Squad 471 out of Minneapolis provided the color guard for the opening ceremony of the "Light Up the Night for Heroes" 5K run/walk last Saturday, April 28, in Montrose. The race is a fundraiser for the work of the Montrose Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Committee in supporting the needs of area veterans and their families. Members of the color guard are, from left, Lance Corporal Johnson, Sergeant Dehmer, Corporal Xiong, and Corporal Campos. (Photo by Doug Voerding)


BCO prepares to perform "Music of the Countryside" May 12

On Saturday, May 12th, the Buffalo Community Orchestra will take the stage for their annual Mother's Day weekend concert, "Music of the Countryside."  The orchestra will be performing Dvorák's 8th Symphony, Poet and Peasant Overture by von Suppé and Estancia Suite by Ginastera.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at Buffalo High School. BCO Conductor, Ernesto Estigarribia, will discuss the evening's music in a Conductor Chat at 6:30 p.m.  Following the concert, refreshments will be served in the Commons area.

Tickets for the event will be available in advance at Buffalo Books & Coffee and at the door on the night of the performance.  Online tickets are available through the BCO website.  Adult tickets are $12.00 and Senior tickets are $10.00.  The BCO offers free admission for students.  Children age 5 and under are also admitted without charge.

Please go online and  visit for more information.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Central MN Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. See inside for a photo.


Buttons for Buffalo Days are now on sale

This year's buttons are designed by Wayne Hein, featuring Ed DuBois' photograph.

Local artist Wayne Hein, along with Ed DuBois, created this year's Buffalo Days button.  Wayne created the graphics and it's one of Ed's great photos from the fireworks at last year's Buffalo Days event.

You will see button boards with buttons for sale at several locations around town, including MidCountry and Klein banks, The Travel Gallery, State Farm Insurance - Mark Olson, Culver's, Wise Penny, Buffalo Books and Kids Haven amongst others.  The Buffalo Days Royalty will also be selling them at the Home and Garden Show this weekend.  Be sure to keep the button as they are numbered and numbers are drawn after Buffalo Days week for 6 cash prizes ranging from $50 to $500!

The buttons are $3.00 and proceeds go to offset expenses for this great community event.  Look for more to come about Buffalo Days in upcoming issues.


Playground dedication May 19

On Saturday, May 19, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., there will be a "Party in the Park" at the Methodist Church City Park, six blocks west of Perkins. Sponsored by the city of Buffalo and the Buffalo United Methodist Church, the Party will include the official dedication of the brand new playground, a joint venture of the city, Methodist Church, and local community organizations.

Mayor Terri Lachermeier will be present to cut the ribbon and kick off events, including a bounce house, face painting and balloon animals, the KRWC Road Show, Dojo Karate demonstrations, and more! This event is entirely free, and includes drawings and hourly prize giveaways, as well as free hotdogs, popcorn, and slushies!


BHS prom to take place on May 5

The Junior Class Cabinet for BHS Schools is thrilled to announce that this year's prom will be held on Saturday, May 5, at the Golden Valley Country Club, 7001 Golden Valley Road, in Golden Valley, as well as BHS. The theme for the year is "Riverboat Brilliance and All that Jazz."

The schedule of events includes: 3:30 p.m. open doors, where BHS asks that you use the north/student parking lot, and running until 4:30 p.m., and Zahler photography will be available for pictures.

At 4:15 p.m., Grand March participants meet in the Performing Arts Center for a meeting, with the March itself beginning at 4:30 p.m. and going until 5:30 p.m. in the gym. At 7:30 p.m., doors open at the Golden Valley Country Club, and from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., appetizer stations, desserts, and beverages will be available for students. The dance will run from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., and all guests must arrive by 9:00 p.m. sharp.

This year's menu includes pizza, sliders and fries, egg rolls, chicken skewers, chips and salsa, cookies and bars, a candy station, lemonade, and water.

See the full write-up in the C section.


A&W Grand Opening on May 5

Come and join us for our Grand Opening in Buffalo on Saturday, May 5, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 140 Orr Avenue.

Face painting will be available for kids, as well as the chance to meet Rooty the Bear. Going on until Saturday are buy one get one sundaes, including flavors like hot caramel, strawberry, hot fudge, and chocolate.

Don't miss out on A&W's Grand Opening this weekend – it's sure to be a blast.!


Exploited and trafficked youth training

With the Super Bowl recently being held in Minnesota, the topic of sex trafficking and sexually- exploited youth has been in the spotlight. Many organizations in the community work to address this issue, and Wright County Health and Human Services is among them. In an effort to identify this need for additional training to assist Wright County employees and community members in the prevention, identification, and response to sex trafficking and sexual exploitation, Health and Human Services will host training for local organizations and community members on May 10.

To meet this need, Wright County Health and Human Services has organized a half-day training with local experts.

This training will be held at Huikko's Bowling and Entertainment Center on May 10. A morning and an afternoon session will be held; everyone is welcome to attend either session. Food and beverages will be provided at the beginning of each session. Nursing, teaching, law enforcement, and social work CEUs are available.

Registration is required. Please secure your spot, as space is limited. Please visit and search Wright County to register.


A world of color

Wright County coloring group adds color to life, Wednesdays and Thursdays

By Miriam Orr

The brainchild for a coloring group started as a idea between a few local Wright County women, who wanted to get outside of their homes and spend time doing an activity, that by all means, would add color to anyone's life.

Pattie Dorf and Sherri Williams got the idea two-and-a-half years ago, first starting their miniature coloring group at Culver's in  Buffalo, where they met up with a few of their friends and started mixing it up, and exchanging ideas and conversation. Eventually, their group outgrew the restaurant, and so they began looking around for meeting places where their group could gather.

"The Community Center is just big enough," Dorf said. "We have plenty of room to spread out and work together and chat. It's just a way for us to get out and explore the community every week."

Williams and Dorf, and other members of their group, began publishing their meeting place through fliers. They celebrate birthdays, made sure snacks were available, and as other members began arriving weekly, the perfect opportunity arose to be able to exchange tools and ideas.

"It gives us something to do that is cheap, and it allows us to curb those creative flings we sometimes get," Dorf said.

Dorf has been a landscape artist for 50+ years, and has always been supportive and involved with local art, as she's from Cokato. She is a hospital volunteer, music enthusiast, among other artistic hobbies.

Williams, on the other hand, is a Buffalo transplant from Indiana, where she operated her own children's museum out of her home, was involved with fashion and sewing, and even gained herself some professional reviews at the time. Since she's retired, she invests her time in the local farmer's market, where she runs the "Doggie Café" from May to October of each year.

"What makes this a good time is people," Dorf commented.

"Yeah, the more people we have, the more fun it gets!" Williams added.

The group meets Wednesdays and Thursdays, usually. On Wednesdays they will work on special projects, like the 4 x 6 poster the ladies have been working at for a few weeks. Their hope is to hang it in the Community Center, where they can publicize their efforts and let the community know that they are around.

"It's wonderful because you can color anywhere, and you don't have to be entirely focused on just coloring," Williams stated. "You can watch TV, talk on the phone – whatever. For everyone, it's different, and showcases different levels of talent and interest, and is a learning opportunity. You can't ask for a better activity."


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