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Wright County residents responding to 2020 census in large percentages

WRIGHT COUNTY – The Wright County Board of Commissioners was presented with updated 2020 US Census data last week that showed the progress that has been made in the self-response portion of the census data collection.

The United States Census Bureau makes every effort to get a complete count of the population because those numbers are used to provide funding for education, infrastructure, health care and employment training to name a few. Every community is urged to provide as complete a population count as possible to get their share of federal and state funding for programs that are based on population.

Most people have either filled out their Census form online or have mailed in a paper hard copy form. Minnesota has consistently been one of the top-ranked states for the percentage of the population that completes the form via self-response. 2020 has been no different. Through June 29, Minnesota has a completed self-response rate of 71.3 percent. Wright County currently has a self-response rate of 75.0 percent, one of the highest return rates in the state.

Four Wright County cities have a response rate of more than 80 percent – Hanover (85.6 percent), Delano (83.2 percent), St. Michael (82.8 percent) and Buffalo (80.9 percent). Five townships have a self-response rate of more than 80 percent – Buffalo (84.9 percent), Chatham (84.8 percent), Rockford (84.5 percent), Franklin (84.1 percent) and Monticello (83.7 percent).

Five cities have already had a self-response rate that was higher than the entire 2010 Census period – Buffalo, Clearwater, Hanover, Maple Lake and St. Michael – as well as two townships – Clearwater and Marysville.

On the flip side, two cities have a response rate to date of less than 60 percent – Waverly (58.4 percent) and Howard Lake (46.7 percent). Three townships currently has a self-response rate of less than 60 percent – French Lake (52.3 percent), Corinna (49.7 percent) and Southside (40.5 percent).

Here is the complete listing of the self-response rates of cities and townships in Wright County.

Note: The numbers following the city/township are the response rates through the period ending June 29, 2020, followed by the total self-response rate from that city or township during the 2010 Census.

City/Township – 2020 to date/2010 total


Albertville – 77.7 percent/79.0 percent

Annandale – 68.4 percent/75.5 percent

Buffalo – 80.9 percent/78.5 percent

Clearwater – 76.8 percent/73.2 percent

Cokato – 70.6 percent/78.3 percent

Dayton – 77.1 percent/82.7 percent

Delano – 83.2 percent/84.0 percent

Hanover – 85.6 percent/83.3 percent

Howard Lake – 46.7 percent/74.8 percent

Maple Lake – 75.9 percent/74.8 percent

Monticello – 73.7 percent/77.4 percent

Montrose – 72.4 percent/74.5 percent

Otsego – 75.7 percent/77.6 percent

Rockford – 77.6 percent/79.1 percent

South Haven 69.3 percent/86.7 percent

St. Michael – 82.8 percent/82.0 percent

Waverly – 58.4 percent/72.5 percent


Albion – 71.4 percent/74.8 percent

Buffalo – 84.9 percent/85.9 percent

Chatham – 84.8 percent/86.7 percent

Clearwater – 66.5 percent/66.5 percent

Cokato – 73.3 percent/80.4 percent

Corinna – 49.7 percent/50.8 percent

Franklin – 84.1 percent/86.8 percent

French Lake – 52.3 percent/56.4 percent

Maple Lake – 67.9 percent/71.4 percent

Marysville – 79.4 percent/77.2 percent

Middleville – 76.8 percent/84.2 percent

Monticello – 83.6 percent/86.0 percent

Rockford – 84.5 percent/84.7 percent

Silver Creek – 75.6 percent/76.8 percent

Southside – 40.5 percent/45.9 percent

Stockholm – 72.2 percent/74.4 percent

Victor – 70.2 percent/78.0 percent

Woodland – 77.3 percent/84.5 percent

Kernels fall to Chanhassen

COKATO – Visiting Chanhassen defeated the Cokato Kernels 9-0 Friday night in Cokato. More information to come, or check out next week’s Enterprise Dispatch.

HL City Council approves bids for city-wide improvements

FOR SUBSCRIBERS: In the Howard Lake City Council meeting June 16, the council approved bids for several city improvement projects that were previously budgeted. The improvements include the Central Park Phase 1 Reconstruction, Historic City Hall landscaping, and street repair projects.


Mid-County Energy Hiring Delivery Driver



Mid-County Energy provides bulk fuel, lubricants, propane and equipment. Mid-County Energy is looking to fill the following position.

Fuel/Propane Delivery & Service Driver Wanted

Great overtime potential, Class B, CDL Lic, hazmat and tanker endorsement required. Competitive wage and excellent benefits including health and dental insurance, and a 401(k) plan.

For more information or to apply, contact or call 952-466-3721.

Mid-County Auto, Truck & Tire Center Now Hiring



Mid-County Auto, Truck & Tire Center is a growing and expanding full service auto and truck repair center on highway 212 in Cologne, MN. Mid-County Auto, Truck & Tire Center is looking to fill the following positions.

Full-Time Auto & Heavy Truck Service Manager

Mid-County Auto Truck & Tire Center is currently seeking a skilled service manager. Strong industry knowledge and customer service skills required. Previous management experience preferred. Excellent facilities and staff, competitive pay and benefits based on skills and experience. Significant growth opportunity.

Full-Time Auto & Truck Technician

ASE certification preferred but not required. Great location, competitive wage and benefits package with an opportunity to work on a variety of auto, truck and equipment, handling a variety of service and repair tasks.

Part-Time General Repair & Tire Technician

Flexible schedule, competitive hourly wage, no experience required and training provided.

For more information or to apply, contact or call 952-466-3721.

Lester Prairie man charged with assault in Saturday night incident

LESTER PRAIRIE – Lester Prairie Chief of Police Robert Carlson reported his department responded to a call about a domestic disturbance, and arrested an individual at the scene Saturday night.

According to the complaint, at approximately 11:30 p.m., Lester Prairie police officers were
dispatched to the residence of the Edwin Agner Nelson, 58, and Karma Wessels, at 32 Juniper Street North, Apt. 4, in Lester Prairie, for a domestic disturbance.

Upon arriving at the residence, Officer Mark Anderson encountered Wessels, who stated that she and the defendant have been in a long-term relationship over the last 14 years, and that they reside together.

Wessels stated that the defendant had already left the scene, and that he kicked in and smashed their bedroom door, threw a CD case with CDs inside the case at her, hitting her on the right side of her face/head, and that he held blankets forcefully across her throat, according to the complaint.

While Officer Anderson was speaking with Wessels, Nelson returned, and was placed under arrest.

Nelson denied that anything physical occurred, but admitted to yelling.

Nelson has a prior conviction for misdemeanor domestic assault from 2018.

Nelson was charged with a gross misdemeanor, which carries a maximum sentence of one year imprisonment and/or a $3,000 fine.  He continues to be detained pending further proceedings.