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Statewide tornado drills scheduled for Thursday, April 24

WRIGHT, McLEOD, AND CARVER COUNTIES, MN – The Homeland Security and Emergency Management division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety reminds residents that Minnesota Severe Weather Awareness Week is April 21-25.

Two of the most important events during Severe Weather Awareness Week are the annual statewide tornado drills. These drills are scheduled for Thursday, April 24 at 1:45 p.m. and 6:55 p.m.

Outdoor warning sirens and NOAA Weather Radios will sound in a simulated tornado warning. The first drill is intended for institutions and businesses. The evening drill is intended for second shift workers and families.

According to the National Weather Service, Minnesota experiences an average of 40 tornadoes per year. In 2012, 37 twisters touched down. A record was set in 2010 with 104 tornadoes across the state.

Understanding this threat and knowing what to do when a tornado is approaching can save lives.

Wright County accepts Trailblazer’s terms of partnership on split vote

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – After a lengthy discussion that took many twists and turns, Wright County Board accepted terms of partnership proposed by the Trailblazer Transit Joint Powers Board. The vote, during the April 22 board meeting, passed 3-2, with Board Chair Chirstine Husom and commissioners Mike Potter and Mark Daleiden in favor, and commissioners Pat Sawatzke and Charllie Borrell opposed.

The motion was approved contingent on approval of a joint powers agreement. If the Trailblazer board accepts this amendment, Wright County will continue negotiations with the Trailblazer board.

Read more in the April 28 issue of Herald Journal.

Highway 25 to close south of Watertown April 28

WATERTOWN, MN – The Minnesota Department of Transporation (MnDOT) has announced motorists traveling Highway 25 near Watertown will encounter a detour and delays as the road closes between Highway 7 and  Wright County Road 30 beginning Monday, April 28.

A signed detour will direct motorists along Highway 7, Carver County Road 33, Wright County Road 8 and Wright County Road 30, a distance of 13 miles. While Highway 25 will remain open to local traffic, a segment of roadway south of Watertown and north of Highway 7, near the south fork of the Crow River, will be impassable.

The closure and detour are needed as crews elevate and reconstruct a segment of Highway 25 prone to flooding.

All lanes of Highway 25 will open by May 31.

When complete, the project will stabilize the roadway and improve the efficiency of the local transportation system by reducing the risk of flooding and flood damage on Highway 25, according to MnDOT.

UPDATED 4-21-14 corrected Carver County Road 30 to Wright County Road 30.

Wright County Board to consider terms of Trailblazer agreement Tuesday, April 22

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – Wright County Board will consider some basic terms of agreement proposed by the Trailblazer Joint Powers Board during its Tuesday, April 22 meeting.

The terms include Wright County accepting the Trailblazer model of operation, paying 35 percent of the local match, if there is one, and contributing $210,000 toward Trailblazer’s working capital budget.

Representatives from Wright County met with the Trailblazer Joint Powers Board  Thursday, April 17. During that meeting, the Trailblazer board voted to impose a deadline of April 22 for agreement on the above points.

For more on this developing story, see the April 28 issue of Herald Journal.

Franklin Township residence burglarized while wife attends husband’s funeral

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – On April 16 at 3:29 p.m. the Wright County Sheriff’s Office responded to a burglary at 5511 57th Street Southeast in Franklin Township. The homeowner and person reporting, Anne Crowley, had just returned home from her husband, Steven Crowley’s funeral and discovered that the house had been burglarized. The burglary occurred sometime between 10:30 a.m. and 2:25 p.m. The exact loss is undetermined at this time. A possible suspect vehicle was described as an older Suburban style truck charcoal grey in color. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Wright County Sheriff’s Office at 763 682-1162.

Kuehn resigns from HLWW, accepts new position at Ada-Borup

Jason Kuehn has enjoyed a very successful run as the head girls basketball coach for Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, a run which just included a fourth-place finish in the Class 2A state girls basketball team this past March.

This week, Kuehn resigned from HLWW and accepted a new position as an elementary principal in the Ada-Borup school district.

Look for more on Kuehn’s departure from HLWW in the April 21 edition of the Herald Journal.