Archive for Montrose

Vital records location changing in Wright County

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – Effective March 6, the vital records function including birth certificates, death and marriage certificates, marriage applications, ordinations and passport photos will be processed at the Wright County recorder’s office on the second floor of the Wright County Government Center in Buffalo.

MN health insurance deadline extended to Feb. 8

MINNESOTA – Across America, the cost of healthcare hasn’t always been a happy topic. Local citizens can relate, as many have faced spikes in insurance rates the past few years.

“I really don’t know how people can afford this,” one Herald Journal reader wrote in fall 2016. “Last year, my insurance increased over 50 percent.”

MNsure is one place many Minnesotans are purchasing health insurance this year. The original deadline had been Jan. 31, but MNsure announced a one-week special enrollment period Jan. 28 to give Minnesotans additional time to purchase health insurance and benefit from a new law that provides an automatic 25-percent reduction in health insurance premiums for the more than 125,000 Minnesotans facing significant premium increases in the individual market.

The special enrollment period run from Wednesday, Feb. 1, through Wednesday, Feb. 8. It is open to all Minnesotans; however, they must purchase health insurance through the MNsure website (

Because MNsure is a state-based exchange, it has the authority to declare a special enrollment period under exceptional circumstances. The new law, signed with only five days remaining in the current open enrollment period, presented exceptional circumstances because it did not offer Minnesotans enough time to: 1) become aware of and 2) benefit from this new subsidy.

The premium relief bill, passed by the Minnesota Legislature and signed by Governor Dayton, appropriates $312 million to provide consumers who purchase health insurance in the individual market and do not receive advanced premium tax credits, an automatic 25-percent discount on their monthly health insurance premiums. The discount will be applied automatically by health insurance companies.

An article about how health insurance is affecting local citizens is on page 1A of the Jan. 30 edition of the Herald Journal. Click here for subscription information.

Funeral notice: LaVern ‘Vern’ Johnson, 91, of Buffalo

BUFFALO, MN – LaVern (Vern) Johnson, 91, of Buffalo, formerly of Montrose, died Sunday, Oct. 25, 2016. A memorial service for LaVern will take place Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 11 a.m. at Bethlehem United Church of Christ in Maple Lake, followed by a potluck luncheon. Bethlehem UCC is located on County Road 37, on the north side of Maple Lake High School.

Cute baby contest now accepting entries

MINNESOTA – Know someone with an adorable baby? The Herald Journal’s sister paper, the Delano Herald Journal, is hosting a cute baby contest.

Entrants do not need to be from Delano to win.

Nearly $1,000 will be given away in cash prizes.

For details, click here: 

Fire destroys machine shed in Woodland Township

WOODLAND TOWNSHIP, MN – A machine shed in Woodland Township  is a total loss after a Christmas morning fire.

The Montrose Fire Department was called to the fire at 8577 Hwy. 25 at 1:32 a.m. Sunday.

The shed and its contents were a total loss, but there were no injuries as a result of the fire.

Delano and Watertown fire departments assisted at the scene.

Firefighters were on scene for about three hours, followed by two hours of cleanup.

Holiday hours set at Hutchinson Health

SPONSORED POST – Illness or injury can strike at any time, even during the holidays, and Hutchinson Health is ready to help.

Holiday hours at the Hutchinson clinic are:

• open Monday, Dec. 26 and Monday, Jan. 2 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

• open Saturday, Dec. 31 from 9 a.m. to noon

• closed Saturday, Dec. 24 and Sunday, Dec. 25

About Hutchinson Health

Hutchinson Health is one of the largest independent health care providers in Minnesota. Services include primary and specialty care clinics, emergency services, and specialty programs.

Hutchinson Health is located at 3 Century Ave. Appointments can be made by calling (320) 234-3290.

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