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Local snow birds: share your stories

In Search Of: local snowbirds.
We would like to do an article about what local snowbirds are encountering as they cope with COVID-19. (What factors are they considering? Are they able to stay where they are longer if they want to?)
Please contact Staff Writer Nancy Dashwood at with information, or for further details. Thank you.

Curbside pickup starts at Howard Lake Legion

(Sponsored post) – Curbside pick-up for food orders is being offered by the Howard Lake Legion starting Sat., March 28.

Initial hours are 11 am to 7 pm Sat., March 28; noon to 6 pm Sun., March 29; and 11 am to 7 pm Mon.-Sat., March 30-April 4. Daily specials will be available.

To order, call 320-543-2554; you may pay by credit card when ordering. It will be brought to the curb for pick-up.

Highway 123 closed due to flooding

WATERTOWN/MAYER – Effective today, Thursday, March 12, Highway 123 between Watertown and Mayer will be closed due to flooding. During the road closure, drivers won’t be able to travel north of Highway 7 on Highway 123. Drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes, such as Highway 25 or Highway 21.


Flood travel tips:

  • Expect the unexpected – flash floods can occur anytime, anywhere.
  • Do not drive around barricades or into flooded areas.
  • Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control and possible stalling. A foot of water will float many vehicles. Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles and pick-ups.
  • When a road is closed it is illegal to travel in that area. Motorists can be fined up to $1,000 and/or 90 days in jail. If travelers need to be rescued from a closed road, other expenses and penalties will also apply.

Funeral notice: Marilynn L. Martin, 93, formerly of Cokato

COKATO,  MN – Marilynn L. (Ring) Martin, at the age of 93, passed away peacefully in the presence of loved ones, Wednesday, March 4, 2020.  Marilynn was born and raised in Cokato. Her funeral service will take place Friday, March 13 at 11 a.m. at Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie, with visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church. Interment will be at the Cokato City Cemetery at 3 p.m. Friday. Arrangements are with the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato;

NATIONAL SIGNING DAY: Glasrud, Pappas, Otto ink names

Matt Kan
Sports Editor

DELANO — Delano seniors Grace Glasrud, Tate Pappas and Max Otto all signed their letters of intent to play sports at the college level Wednesday afternoon at Delano High School.

Glasrud will play hockey at Post University. Otto will play football and baseball at Northern State. Pappas will run cross country and track at the University of Illinois Chicago.


Sheriff’s office bars vehicle traffic on Upper Maple Lake due to safety concerns

WRIGHT COUNTY – One of the county’s most popular annual winter events will find itself altered this weekend due to safety concerns.

The 45th annual Maple Lake Ice Fishing Contest will take place Saturday, Feb. 1, but vehicle traffic will not be allowed to pass at the two public accesses on Upper Maple Lake.

At 12:16 p.m. today, the Wright County Sheriff’s Office released the following post on Facebook:

“The Wright County Sheriff’s Office is barring vehicle traffic (cars, trucks, vans, SUVs) at the public accesses on Upper Maple Lake due to unsafe conditions, as well as being the site of a large ice fishing tournament. Per Minnesota statute 86B.106, this restriction will be enforced beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31. The ban is expected to be lifted at 8 a.m. Sunday, Feb  2nd.”

On the Maple Lake Ice Fishing Contest website ( it states that only portable fish houses, ATVs, 4-wheelers, and snowmobiles will be allowed on the ice during the fishing derby.