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Wright County update to 5-year highway construction plan

Wright County Cities & Townships
Virgil Hawkins, P.E.
Wright County Highway Engineer
September 9,2020
Five-Year Highway Construction Plan Update (2021-2025)
Wright County updates its Five-Year Plan periodically, and we welcome your input and feedback as part of that process.
The update involves adding new years to the end of the previous five-year program and updating/revising the other years within the program to reflect changes in priorities, funding, etc. The current Five-Year Plan is for the years 2019-2023 and the new updated Five-Year Plan will be for the years 2021-2025.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a public meeting will not be held for the Five-Year Construction Plan update.
We value your input and invite you to review the DRAFT Five-Year Plan and Map and provide your feedback and comments.
You can view the DRAFT Five-Year Plan and Map on the County’s website at the following address:
The website above will be active for comments through Tuesday, October 6th, 2020.
Please let us know if you have any questions and we look forward to getting your feedback on the DRAFT Five-Year Plan.
Virgil G. Hawkins, P.E.
County Highway Engineer
Published in the Herald Journal, Sept. 18, 2020.

Funeral notice: MaryAnn Rotzien, age 74, of Dassel

MaryAnn Rotzien, age 74, of Dassel, died Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, at her home.  An interment will take place at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, at the Ellsworth Cemetery, rural Darwin. The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel is in charge of the arrangements. For those who wish to attend the interment a mask and social distancing are required.

Reminder: Waverly City Council meeting moved to Wednesday, Sept. 9

WAVERLY – At its last meeting, the Waverly City Council elected to move its regularly scheduled meeting from Tuesday, Sept. 8 to Wednesday, Sept. 9.

Agenda items for the meeting include:

• review a five year contract with the city’s refuse and recycling provider, Mumford Sanitation,

• review of an annexation request from Mike Young,

* review of monthly city department reports.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at Waverly City Hall.

Carlson cautions drivers near Lester Prairie Schools

LESTER PRAIRIE – Lester Prairie Police Chief Robert Carlson reminded citizens to be watching for no parking signs, and changes to the flows of traffic around the school construction zone.

Like in years past, the school zone speed limit is 20 miles-per-hour, and school crossing guards will be out on 1st Ave. N. and Fir St. N.

There will be no parking on 2nd Ave. N. between Elm Street North and Maple Street North.

Online open house focuses on future Hwy 12 project in Howard Lake

HOWARD LAKE –  Howard Lake citizens and interested others may wish to participate in to online open house to learn about future Highway 12 road and sidewalk improvements between 13th Avenue and Sixth Avenue in Howard Lake, Wright County.

The venue is open for public review and comment through Friday, Sept. 25 at  Visitors can view the future 2023 layout concept online, or on display at one of these Howard Lake locations during normal business hours:

  • Howard Lake City Hall – 625 Eighth Avenue
  • Howard Lake Public Library – 617 Sixth Street
  • Citizens Alliance Bank – 900 Sixth Street

The estimated $4.8 million project includes pedestrian updates in the cities of Howard Lake, Waverly, and Montrose, Wright County. Howard Lake is the last of three open houses scheduled.


4-H Ag and Hort afternoon adventures starting soon

MINNESOTA – A new opportunity for Minnesota 4-H members, “4-H Ag & Hort Afternoon Adventures!” begins soon. The kick off is slated to take place Tuesday, Sept. 8, in the comfort of people’s homes.

The 4-H Ag & Hort Afternoon Adventure series will provide a new topic each month, September through May. Participants will be encouraged to “dig deeper” in the featured topic area. At the beginning of each month, a live Zoom session will take place to learn about that month’s topic, and to ask questions. After participating in the Zoom experience, self-directed learning information will be made available. The information will include that month’s challenge for attendees and their families to do together.

The series design should excite attendees about giving back to their communities. People will gain knowledge and resources to create a community garden in the spring. Keep in mind, community gardens can be planted in the ground, raised garden beds, or even buckets! How the garden looks is completely up to participants, friends, or neighbors.

Register in advance for the first session, Fruits and Vegetables, Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 4 p.m.  A confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar will be sent.  (Click here to register:

For more information contact: Brian McNeill,; Becca Turnquist,; or Nic Podoll,; or your local 4-H Extension Educator.