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Author of new Twins baseball book coming to Wright County Museum

Stew Thornley will be at the Wright County Museum in Buffalo Tuesday, May 20, at 6 p.m. as part of a book launch tour for his new book “Minnesota Twins Baseball: Hardball History on the Prairie.”

Thornley is the official scorer for the Minnesota Twins. He has written more than 40 books.

Thornley’s book tour begins Saturday, April 19, at The Bookcase in Wayzata.

Thornley’s book-tour stops
Saturday, April 19: The Bookcase, Wayzata, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, May 20: Wright County Museum, Buffalo, 6 p.m.
Saturday, May 24: Barnes & Noble, W. Lake Street, Minneapolis, 11 a.m.
Wednesday, May 28: Hennepin Museum, 2 p.m.
Friday, May 30: Magers & Quinn, Minneapolis, 7 p.m.

Burning restrictions take effect today, Monday, April 14 for central Minnesota

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today that, although much of Minnesota was blanketed in snow just last week, fire danger in central Minnesota is expected to rapidly increase in the coming week. Warmer weather and sunshine continue to melt snow and spring winds are rapidly drying dead standing grass and brush. Because of the increase in fire danger, the DNR will place burning restrictions over the central part of the state beginning April 14.

Spring fire restrictions limit open burning until summer green-up occurs. Traditionally, most wildfires in Minnesota occur during April and May. More than 95 percent of these fires are caused by human error. DNR Wildfire Prevention Coordinator Larry Himanga said, “Because of the high fire incidence during this time period, the DNR initiates burning restrictions to coincide with this annual fire season.”

The restrictions normally last from four to six weeks until sufficient green vegetative growth occurs. Spring fire restrictions have resulted in a dramatic decrease in both the numbers and sizes of accidental fires, Himanga said.

The burning restrictions mean the state will not give out burning permits for burning brush or yard waste. The following counties will be included in the initial burning restrictions beginning April 14: Anoka, Benton, Chisago, Dakota, Douglas, Grant, Hennepin, Isanti, Otter Tail, Pope, Ramsey, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd, Washington, and Wright.

As spring weather continues, additional counties will be added as conditions warrant.

Campfires are still allowed. Be sure to watch the fire continuously and make sure it is out and cold to the touch before leaving.

Fire conditions may change quickly over the next few weeks. For more information and maps, and to check fire conditions, visit

Wright County Board to consider resolution regarding Trailblazer Transit

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – The Wright County Board will consider a resolution regarding moving forward with an agreement with Trailblazer Transit during it’s Tuesday, April 15 meeting.

Other items on the agenda include a presentation by Dan Nadeau and Kerry Saxton of Wright Soil and Water Conservation District regarding enforcement of Minnesota’s noxious weed law, a presentation by Diane Sander of the Crow River Organization of Waters regarding a watershed plan, revisions to the county’s bring your own device agreement, and recognition of a sheriff’s deputy.

The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at the Wright County Government Center in Buffalo.

Wright County Sheriff Joe Hagerty announces he will seek re-election

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – Sheriff Joe Hagerty has announced his bid for re-election to the office of Wright County Sheriff. Hagerty has served as sheriff for four years. Prior to that, he served as chief deputy.

Wright County agrees to negotiate with Trailblazer for transportation service

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – Wright County Board approved moving forward with negotiations with Trailblazer Transit to provide transportation service in the county during Tuesday’s meeting, but, based on discussion during the meeting, the path to a joint powers agreement may not be a smooth one.

Trailblazer asked for agreement on primary points, including funding formula and representation on the board, by Wednesday, April 9.

Commissioner Pat Sawatzke said he was baffled by Trailblazer asking the county to agree on the funding before it has determined what services it needs.

“If you think we can negotiate a joint powers agreement in one meeting, you are sadly mistaken,” Sawatzke told a representative from trailblazer.

Read more in the April 7 issue of Herald Journal.

Wright County Board to discuss transportation service

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – Wright County Board will consider beginning negotiations with the Trailblazer Transit joint powers board regarding transportation service in Wright County during its Tuesday, April 1 meeting.

Other items on the agenda include a request to hire a network analyst, an agreement with MnDOT,  and an agreement related to CSAH 38 in the city of Annandale.

The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at the Wright County Government Center in Annandale.