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Buffalo boys earn state championship

Buffalo's 4x800 relay team ran a time of 7:52.21 to earn the 2018 boys' state championship in last Saturday's Class AA state track and field meet in St. Paul. Pictured are the Bison's state championship team (left-right): Travis Scotting, Braden Benson, Alexei Hensel, and Isaac Basten). See story and more area state winners in both track and field and softball in Sports.












Two classic rock band's music slated to be featured at the Wright County Fair

The 2018 Wright County Fair will feature a wide variety of entertainment options.  From motor sports, bull riding to a variety of music, including a concert featuring the hits of Led Zeppelin and Def Leppard, there will be something for everyone to enjoy at the fair.  This year's fair will run from July 18-22.  Note that the Wright County Fair will be a few weeks earlier than it has been in the recent past.  The changes were necessary to assure that the fair had a world-class carnival.

Music from two of the greatest bands in rock history, Def Leppard and Led Zeppelin will be on stage, outdoors represented by two of the premier tribute bands touring the region this summer.

Def Leggend the famous Def Leppard tribute band from Texas and Zed Leppelin, an incredible, realistic tribute to Led Zeppelin will be performing with no cover charge on an outdoor stage on the west end of the fairgrounds on Saturday evening, July 21st.  This is a show not to be missed, as these two bands will bring two ageless classic rock bands to life.  Beer will be served in the concert area to those 21 and over.  All ages are welcome to attend this FREE concert event!

"The opportunity to bring these two bands together for a concert that is free to all fair attendees on Saturday was one we could not pass up.", according to Ward Westphal, Wright County Fair President and Entertainment Chair.  "We are really looking forward to having a concert of this caliber on the grounds."

The great music entertainment does not stop there.

Over the weekend, the Entertainment Tent will feature the party and dance band, Red Dot Garage on Friday night, July 20.  Red Dot Garage is always a crowd favorite playing great songs from classic rock, to pop, to country.  Saturday night will feature the country band, Pull Start Diesel.  (The Wright County Fair guidebook that is being mailed out has an incorrect band name listed.)  Pull Start Diesel, a popular local band will have the tent area rocking as they cover the best of today's country music.  Both of these headliners will play from 8 PM to Midnight.

Chopper, the World's Nuttiest DJ will make a grand return to the Wright County Fair on Thursday night, July 19.  Welcoming fans old and new, Chopper will entertain the crowds as only he can. 

There will be DJ entertainment on Wednesday night, and don't miss The Bison Creek Band on Friday afternoon, The West Metro Big Band, a multi-member instrumental band, on Saturday afternoon and the Fugitives on Sunday afternoon followed by the Annual Wright County Karaoke Contest.

The grandstand entertainment lineup will see some movement of some popular shows due to the movement of the fair dates earlier into July.

The ever popular Friday night Demo Derby will still run on Friday night, however the second Demo Derby will move from Sunday to Saturday evening, while the Tractor Pull will run on Sunday afternoon and evening.  The changes were made to avoid conflicts with other similar events held at other fairs that week.  "We believe that the new timeslots will also enhance both the tractor pull and the demo derby," said Westphal,  "There are new classes in the derby on Saturday that are going to be very popular with our demo fans.  We expect both nights to sell to near capacity."

Of course, the Grandstand will host the Combine Derby on Wednesday evening again this year.  This very popular event still features plenty of combines competing in a derby of powerful machines colliding with each other as well as a lawnmower derby and a Power Wheels derby for the kids.  This is by far one of the better variety shows offered for summer entertainment in the area.

The annual Mud Run will take place on Saturday afternoon in the mud pit area.  Fans of powerful trucks competing for cash prizes by running through mud pits will enjoy the format and variety of vehicles offered this year.

On Thursday evening another change will take place.  Rice Bull Riding will bring their bull riding competition back to the Wright County Fair.  This will be an entirely new performance with a new format and production, professional bull riders, and Rice Bull Riding's world class stock of bulls.  "We are excited to be working with Rice Bull Riding this year and look forward to the changes they will bring to the bull riding competition at this year's fair." Westphal commented.

Another change made this year is tickets are now available on line for all Grandstand shows.  Fans will be able to choose their seats and pay for the tickets on-line.  Go to for links to the on line ticketing and more information regarding the fair.  Tickets went on sale on line on June 1, it is recommended that you order soon as tickets are selling fast to the Grandstand events.

There are many free entertainment options as well during the fair.  Including the Talent show on Thursday night, monkey races, pig races, petting zoos, exhibits, senior citizen program including a stage show of Rat Pack era music followed by the Wagon Wheelers.  Again you can get a full schedule and ticket information at


Montrose Councilmember Menard resigns, concept plan for Preserve discussed

By Doug Voerding

The Montrose City Council on Monday, June 11, accepted the resignation of Councilmember Jill Menard. Her resignation was effective May 16.

The council briefly discussed filling the position and decided to leave it vacant until the election on November 6.

Filings for the seat and the one held by Roy Henry will open Tuesday, July 31, and close Tuesday, August 14.

Later in the meeting, the council also accepted resignations from the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Park and Recreation Commission.

Charles Smallwood, Kurt Anderson, and Bru Ploog resigned from the Planning and Zoning Commission at the commission meeting on May 16.

The remaining members are Tracy Gurneau, Sylvia Henry, and Barry Rhineberger.

Four members of the Park and Recreation Commission also resigned. They were Kurt Anderson, Abby Myers, Bru Ploog, and Charles Smallwood.

The remaining member was Matt Russell, but he will now be joined by Sylvia Henry and Barry Rhineberger, who were appointed by the council at the Monday meeting.

The Preserve

The City of Montrose owns a 54-acre site on the south side of Highway 12 and west of Clementa. The site had been prepared with utilities and streets before the land went into foreclosure. The city then purchased it from Wright County for a nominal sum.

The city has been seeking requests for proposals for the last four years from commercial and residential developers, but none have been officially submitted until now.

According to City Planner Mark Kaltsas, Paxmar, LLC, has proposed a residential development similar to the one previously planned, but with fewer homes. The streets would meet the standards required for city streets and the city would own and maintain all of the streets in the development.

The original plan was for 174 housing units in twin, 4-plex, 6-plex, and 8-plex.

The Paxmar plan would be 99 residential units, 45 single-family detached townhomes and 54 two-family attached townhomes. Each unit would have a 20-foot front yard setback and a rear yard set back of 15 feet. Side yard setbacks would be six feet.

Each unit would be in the $200 - $300,000 range, and the entire development would be part of a homeowners' association.

Councilmember Lloyd Johnson asked about the parks, suggesting that the park in the plan might be used for further development and that the developer contribute money to the park fund to be used for the amenities needed at the regional park on the north side of town.

Alan Roessler, of Paxmar, said that there could be discussions about that.

Councilmember Roy Henry asked about providing storm shelters for those in homes built with no basements.

Roessler said that some could have crawl spaces and others have central storm proof rooms.

The council by consensus was in favor of the concept plan.

The next steps are a plat amendment to accommodate the changes and a conditional use permit amendment to the existing planned unit development for the site.

Construction could start in early 2019.


Mayor Michelle Otto and the council acknowledged

• Kurt Anderson, Abby Myers, Bru Ploog, and Charles Smallwood for the work with the Park and Recreation Commission.

• Charles Smallwood, Kurt Anderson, and Bru Ploog for their work with the Planning and Zoning Commission.

• Eagle Scout Colin Ryks for his improvements at the disc golf course.

• Wright County Deputy Jake Hermansen for his work patrolling the city. Currently, Hermansen has been reassigned in the department until the end of the summer.

• Jill Menard for her work as a councilmember.

• Matt Russell for staying with the Parks and Recreation Commission.

Other Action

In other action, the council

• learned from City Engineer Shawn Louwagie that a public meeting will be held in the next two weeks for residents along Highway 25 south that will be affected by improvements that could be completed this year. Curb and gutter will be installed along with a trail on the west side. During the reconstruction, city sewer and water lines will be replaced.

• appointed Wendy Manson, Deborah Boelter, Jessica Bonniwell, Gloria Pageau, Bunnie Reich, Joleen Luhman, Joan Bauernschmitt, Douglas Voerding, and Bru Ploog as election judges. The appointment of Gregory Youmans as election judge was tabled to determine eligibility.

•  agreed to a contract for the leasing for election equipment from the county.

• agreed to purchase four solar lights for the walking path along Highway 12 west of Garfield Avenue. The purchase price of $14,501 is below the budgeted amount in the capital improvement plan.

• approved allowing the Allina Health Mobile Clinic to park at the community center one day a week. The service is expected to begin in mid-September.

• learned that the fire department had 24 calls, 17 of which were emergency calls, during the month of May.

• approved new by-laws for the Wright County Area Transportation Advisory Council.

• granted a temporary liquor license to Montrose Days Celebration.

• agreed to allow $300 to be spent from the parks budget for Summer Splash on July 14.

• approved amendments to the accounts payable procedures.


Filing for federal, state, and county offices now closed for 2018 candidates

The filing window in Minnesota for federal, state and county offices closed last week. Two races affecting Wright County will be on the August 14 primary ballot.

U.S. 6th District Congressman Tom Emmer of Delano faces a challenge from two fellow Republicans, A. J. Kern of Sartell and Patrick Munro of Zimmerman. Ian Todd of Sauk Rapids was the lone DFL candidate to file for the 6th District seat.

In Wright County, five candidates have filed for Wright County Sheriff. Stacy Braun of Monticello, Sean Deringer of Maple Lake, Mike Kaczmarek of Montrose, Drew Scherber of St. Michael, and Chad Torkelson of Hanover. The primary will narrow the field to just two candidates for the November ballot.

In the November 6 general election, both incumbent county commissioners will face a challenge. District 1 Commissioner Christine Husom of Buffalo will be challenged by Victor Florell, also from Buffalo. District 3 incumbent Mark Daleiden of St. Michael will be challenged by Chuck Schauss of Otsego.

In District 29A, incumbent Joe McDonald of Delano filed for re-election, the only Republican to file. Democrat Renee Cardarelle of Annandale was the only DFL candidate to file.

In District 29B, incumbent Marion O'Neill of Maple Lake was the only Republican to file. She will face Democrat Sharon McGinty of Buffalo.

In District 30A, incumbent Republican Representative Nick Zerwas of Elk River will be challenged by Democrat Sarah Hamlin of Elk River.

In District 30B, Republican incumbent Eric Lucero of Dayton will be on the ballot facing Democrat Margaret Fernandez of St. Michael.

Other races include County Attorney Tom Kelly who is unchallenged. County Auditor-Treasurer Bob Hiivala also filed for re-election and will be the only candidate.

For Soil and Water Supervisor District 1, Judith Kelly and Michael Zieska, both of Maple Lake, will meet on the November ballot.  Soil and Water Supervisor District 2, Richard LaBute, Jr., and Mary Wetter, both of Buffalo, will meet in the general election.


They did it! Congratulations, class of 2018

Family and friends watch as Buffalo High School seniors prepare to receive their diplomas at the graduation ceremony last Friday, June 8, in the high school gym. The traditional ceremony for 418 seniors featured student speeches, performances by the concert choir and concert band, and recognition of honor graduates, international exchange students, local scholarship winners, and students entering military services. For the stories and more pictures from the BHS, Phoenix Learning Center, and PRIDE Transitions graduations, see the Sports and School News section. (Photo by Doug Voerding)
















PRCA rodeo exhibit now at the Historical Society for June 2018

Be sure to join in the rip-roarin' good time that is Minnesota's oldest and best PRCA Rodeo. Dates are Friday, June 22 and Saturday, June 23, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Advance ticket pricing is $12 for adults and $6 for children ages four to 11. Regular ticket sales at the gate are $15 per adult, and $8 for children. For more information, please go online to

In conjunction with the upcoming Buffalo Rodeo, Wright County Historical Society's curator Lori Nohner created a rodeo memorabilia display at the entrance of the Wright County Heritage Center (2001 Hwy 25 N, Buffalo). The idea for the display came after a visit by Gretchen Kirchmann, who was researching information for the Buffalo PRCA Championship Rodeo's 65th anniversary in 2019.

Items include WCHS artifacts, archival newspapers, and treasures on loan from local rodeo enthusiasts. The display will run through the month of June.

The Wright County Historical Society is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and  Tuesdays from  8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Admission is free for all.

For more information please go online and visit, or call 763-682-7323.


Co. Commissioners dig deep into new Justice Center topsoil issues

By Miriam Orr

Alan Wilczek, Facility Services Director, informed Wright County Commissioners at the Tuesday, June 12 meeting, about the issue of topsoil discovered during construction efforts, which needs to be hauled away from the building site to further the project.

"I wanted to bring this to the attention of the board," he stated. "This came up last week, and I began talking with Commissioners to start the process of getting this taken care of."

There is a large amount of topsoil that was not identified during preliminary observations. Once construction efforts dug deeper into the dirt, a lot more topsoil was found. Much of it is found to the south side of Law Enforcement Center parking, approximately four feet deep, Wilczek stated. He also stated the adjacent berm was covered in foilage, and approximately 13 feet of topsoil, as well.

Wilczek suspects that during the Law Enforcement Center construction, topsoil was left over after the project was completed, and it was simply grated and spread around the area. "It was really untimely last week, but after discussions with the Board, we began to move that soil, since concrete is being brought in on Wednesday, the 13th."

Gravel is being hauled into the project from the borrow site to the north entry of the road. He suspects that 35,000 yards was brought in. The most effective way to remove the soil was to move it to the north side of the borrow site, which is approximately 2.5 acres.

Right now, there's an approximate five foot berm along Braddock Avenue, where the excess topsoil is anticipated to be added. Wilczek stated that the soil is being transported for $1.29 a yard, and he stated by adding to the berm on Braddock, that neighbors had in past times suggested the idea of a slightly bigger berm.

"We want to keep an eye on that berm as we work on moving the soil, since we don't want it to get too tall and mountainous," Wilczek commented.

The project's total cost, according to Wilczek, is difficult to estimate, since it requires hauling gravel in, and topsoil out of the site. "The total is ambiguous, but so far it's calculated around approximately $13,000 to move the topsoil alone. The bad side, however, is that by moving topsoil, you have less good soil to work with, so it means hauling in gravel, which is an extra cost."

Wilczek commented that currently, there is approximately $2.1 million in the project's contingency fund for unanticipated issues such as this. He finally commented that, while he would not have solid numbers right away, he anticipated that the setback will cost approximately $30,000 with removing the topsoil, as well as hauling in gravel.

Commissioner Mike Potter commented that he was comfortable with allotting the project a $50,000 mark that would allow for the project to move forward without having to inform the Board of project developments. "I'd be comfortable with anything under $50,000 being handled, that way you don't just keep coming back to us if the project spikes over $46,000 or the like. This just happens."

Wilczek stated that he was comfortable with that number, and that he had been talking with construction groups, the project engineers, and others involved during the site work, and reassured the Board that they were comfortable with the $1.29 per yard estimate, and that they had worked consistently to bring it down to that range.

The board voted unanimously to pass a $50,000 cap expenditure, contingent upon the final update on numbers once the issue has been resolved.

Other items:

Information Technology: Assistant Director Sue Vergin introduced Wright County's new Communication Specialist, Julie Fasching. Fasching brings 20+ years of writing, editing, website management, and other experience in the area of Communication, as well as marketing. She is a resident of the area, and originally began her career in newspaper reporting, which then evolved into marketing. Her experience comes primary from employment with non-profits. She stated to the Board that she was happy to be with the County, and that she greatly anticipated seeing where the County was presently in the area of Communication, and when she could begin to "roll up her sleeves and get to work."

Also introduced, by IT Director Adam Tagarro, was Patrick Spaude, IT Strategy and Portfolio Manager. Spaude has 30+ years of experience working in IT, primarily in the healthcare industry, and "has seen a good mix, and a little of everything." He currently resides in Hutchinson.

On the expansion of the IT staff, Potter stated, "We really needed to get to this point as a County – to show people what's going on and staying in touch and showing people what's happening."

Auditor/Treasurer's Office: Bob Hiivala presented the State Demographer's 2017 annual population estimate, which for Wright County, is currently estimated with a population of approximately 134,000 residents. Potter shared that it is estimated that by 2040, Wright will be the seventh largest county in the state, and Hiivala stated that final state demographer estimates will be released around the week of July 15, though he reported that the County was indeed growing steadily.

Also reported by the Auditor/Treasurer's Office was the May expenditure/budget report. Overall, in comparison with 2017, the County's General Fund is similar, though there are differences that are always expected with the onset of a new year. Also covered was the increase of salt purchase in the Road and Bridge Fund in comparison to 2017, which Hiivala commented may be due to the heavy snowfall in April that wasn't anticipated.

Matt Detjen asked for the initiation of a repair project regarding County Ditch #38, under compliance with Minn. State Statute 103E.715, where repair and realignment in the tile portion of the drain system is necessary. Also presented by Detjen was the request to approve an engineering bid and construction management for those repairs, totaling approximately $50,895.

Highway Department: Virgil Hawkins requested the approval of a contract award for project Contact No. 1808, which is a roundabout at the intersection of CSAH 34 and C.R. 134 in Buffalo. The lowest bid received was from Fehn Companies, of Albertville, in the amount of $1,192,623.83. A start date is anticipated after August 1. The motion passed 4:1, with Commissioner Charlie Borrell voting against.


Buffalo pedals in a new activity for the summer

By Miriam Orr

Bikes are now for rent at the Buffalo Lake Pavilion, or Griffing Park. (Photo by Miriam Orr)



"We've been really trying to reveal new summer activities each year with the onset of Buffalo Days," Mayor Teri Lachermeier commented on Thursday, June 7, at the Buffalo Lake Pavilion. "And this year, it just so happens to be bikes!"

With summer now upon us, it's time to break out the roller-blades, roller-skates (if you've still got them!), helmets, and kneepads, because Buffalo has pedaled in a new activity in the community that you'll want to check out!       

The City of Buffalo has purchased new bicycles for the summer, available for rent at the Parkshore Pavilion on Buffalo Lake, as well as  Griffing Park on Lake Pulaski.  The effort is in partnership with Allina Health, which donated a $3,000 grant for Healthy Communities to help with funding, as well as helping  provide monthly Community Bike Rides. 

For just $5.00 per hour, you can be part of the city's initiative to promote healthy activity during the summer months, encouraging you and your friends, family, and community neighbors to get out and enjoy the city in a new and fun way.

City government has been working on bringing bikes into the community for a few years, commented Mayor Teri Lachermeier, who is a huge proponent for the initiative. "Eventually we want to expand to have more bikes, more paths, and more racks for people to utilize around the city. For now, though, we've got a pilot project going on, and I'm so excited to see where it goes!"

So far the city has purchased a total of 13 bikes, as well as a pull-behind carriage for children, for an additional $5.00. Bikes can be rented at Griffing Park or at the pavilion on Buffalo Lake for cash or check.

The units themselves are fleet bicycles, from Republic Bikes, that are made in in Florida, and are the same bikes used at the Google and Walmart Corporate Headquarters.

The bikes are low maintenance, promise easy riding, include three speeds, front and rear electromagnetic flashing lights powered by the moving tires, airless rubber tires, a bell, a front basket, and other comfort features. To top it all off, the bikes are even painted to match the city's color scheme, so you'll be sure to reflect true Buffalo spirit wherever you roam! To learn more about the bikes themselves, go to

"We're really encouraging people to branch out and explore all that the city has to offer," Lachermeier stated. "We want to incorporate Buffalo Roam into all of this."

The Buffalo Roam is, of course, the pursuit of the city's 23 life-size Buffalo statues all uniquely decorated to reflect different aspects of the city's history and culture, and will make a "great and exciting new addition" to the bike rental system.

Included with each bike rental is a mandatory helmet, as well as a convenient map, with different bike routes through the community.

As Mayor Lachermeier commented, the hope is that citizens will go "roaming" around, getting to know their city in new and exciting ways while exploring what the city is all about and its history – all while staying healthy.

Throughout the month of June, rates will be good for two hours instead of one, in an effort to get the community involved and bring awareness to the new biking initiative in the city. So, for $5.00, you can ride for two hours instead of one, all throughout June!

To celebrate, please join the community in a Buffalo Community Ride, sponsored by Allina Health and the City of Buffalo Parks & Recreation Department. It will begin at Sturgis Park at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, June 23, and wind its way around North Winds School and the adjoining neighborhood.

Members of the Buffalo Bike Club will lead the ride. A three-to-five mile area will be traversed, and participants are welcome to complete any portion of the distance.

A limited supply of Buffalo's new rental bikes, along with helmets, will be provided at no charge for those without their own bikes. For information about this event,  and to reserve your ride, contact Lee Ryan, Parks and Recreation Director, at 763-682-4132 or

Additionally, two other Community Bike Rides are scheduled. One will take place Saturday. July 14th, starting at from Griffing Park at 10:00 a.m., and the other is slated for Sunday,  August 26, beginning at Sturgis Park at 2:00 p.m.

Hours of operation for the Parkshore Pavilion on Buffalo Lake are 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on weekdays, and 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on weekends. Hours for Griffing Park rentals are 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on weekdays, and 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on weekends. 

Be sure to pedal on over to Buffalo's lakes to rent a bike, explore the city, and kick start your summer's healthy-living initiative. Make sure to always wear a helmet, stay hydrated on the trail, and always be aware of your surroundings while biking or venturing around the city.

Don't forget the kneepads, folks!


It's a flying success for the Buffalo Days kickoff

Buffalo Days events took off on Sunday, June 10 with the onset of the city's celebration. Friends, family, pilots, drivers, and enthusiasts alike all gathered at the Buffalo Municipal Airport to enjoy a pancake breakfast in support of EAA Chapter 878 efforts to educate up-and-coming flight enthusiasts, while also taking part in observing an aerobatic flight show. Present were showmen Mike Wiskus and Craig Gifford, who are professional competitive show pilots. Here, Wiskus waves to audiences as he travels down the tarmac from his flight in the sky in his Pitts plane after a series of tricks, spins, turns, and what audience members called "close calls." See more photos inside this week's edition. (Photo by Miriam Orr)















Sheriff candidate forum June 18

With the retirement of Sheriff Joe Hagerty, there is a very competitive field of five candidates for the office.  The Wright County Republicans are sponsoring a free candidate forum, which will be open to the public.  Candidates include Sean Deringer, Stacy Braun, Mike Kaczmarek, Drew Scherber, and Chad Torkelson.

Residents will have the opportunity to hear from all five of the candidates, as well have plenty of time for questions from the public during a public comment, Q&A session.

The forum will take place Monday June 18 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Buffalo American Legion, which is located at 304 Tenth Ave S., Buffalo.     

This is will be a wonderful opportunity for everyone, and you're invited!


Crisis nursery drive, June 27

Buffalo's HealthSource and Progressive Rehab is currently in search of local businesses and organizations that would like to participate in a community-wide pajama and diaper drive this July. 

HealthSource of Buffalo and Albertville and the Wright County Crisis Nursery will be teaming up to help local children in need.  The drive will be similar to the Toys for Tots program, as we will be providing the participating entities with a decorated box for donations and posters with pertinent information regarding the donations.  The drive's theme is "Christmas in July," and will go from June 27 through July 25.  

A listing of all participating organizations and businesses on community posters, community social media and event pages, and in the newspaper for information regarding drop-off locations is forthcoming. The goal is to continue the season of giving outside of the typical holiday season while providing Crisis Nursery with items in which they are in constant need. 

If you are interested in participating in this cause, please contact Jessie from HealthSource of Buffalo (primary contact in Buffalo/Monticello areas) at, Heather from HealthSource of Albertville (St. Michael/Albertville) at, or Abby from Crisis Nursery at by June 18.


14th Annual Golf Tourney, July 26

The 14th Annual Buffalo Green Bean Open Golf Tournament is the major fundraiser of the year for the Buffalo Food Shelf. 

By becoming a sponsor, you can support this important community need and benefit your company in the process. The Green Bean Open offers numerous sponsorship levels, each with their own benefits. This event is scheduled for Thursday, July 26, beginning at 12:00 p.m. (which is registration), with a 1:00 p.m. shotgun start at the Wild Marsh Golf Club.

We would like to invite all golfers to join us in a round of golf. Individual and team sign up forms are printable via our website or by going online and sending an email, attention to Tennille, at

Please help us keep our shelves full. For more information about the Buffalo Food Shelf, please go online and visit our website at The mission of the food shelf is to provide quality food and family support services to those in need in the Buffalo, Minnesota area.


Albert. Cruise-In, starting June 21

Customs, classics, motorcycles, Rat-Rods – whatever  you've got, whether  it's old or new, make sure to bring it down to the Albertville  Farmers Market Cruise-In, in downtown Albertville  on Main Street, Central Park.

On the third Thursday of every month, starting June 21 and riding through August 16, this event is free and open to the public from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. There are no trophies, no judges, and absolutely no pressure at this fun for the whole family event. Whether you're there for the great produce, the free weekly live music, or just to observe, the Cruise-In promises fun for everyone.


...and we have liftoff!

Buffalo Days takes off with fly-in, car show, aerobatics, Buffalo Community Orchestra performance, and pancakes!

By Miriam Orr

It was a perfect day for cruising and flying on Sunday, June 10, where pilots, drivers, passengers, and observers alike arrived at West Metro Aviation and Buffalo's Municipal Airport in support of EAA Chapter 878's annual Pancake Breakfast Fly-In and Air Show.

The tarmac was filled with enthusiasts, visitors, spectators, and pilots as aerobatic performers Mike Wiskus and Craig Gifford impressively flew planes overhead in a series of stunts, tricks, and patterns that had the audience cheering and applauding.

Pancakes were served from 7:30 a.m. to noon in the West Metro Aviation hangar, where proceeds will be used to fund programs and activities of Chapter 878. The programs and activities will, hopefully, provide the Chapter with opportunities to educate up-and-coming pilots, as well as anyone who is potentially interested in pursuing flight education.

Also present on Sunday was the Wright County Car Club, with its 36th annual car show, which ran from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. During that event, the 2018 Ryan Chevrolet Sponsor winner was selected. Terry and Patricia Sullivan and their 1955 Bel-Air were selected for the sponsorship.

Present on the tarmac also was the Delta Aviation Flying Club, which is based in Buffalo, and has been around since August of 1952, and is, as President Chad Jordan commented, one of the oldest flying clubs in the state of Minnesota.

On the entirety of the event, Mike Wiskus commented, "West Metro's hangar exists for this - to be an asset to the community and bring us together, whether you're a pilot, passenger, or enthusiast. It's here to build the community, as a whole." After the event on Monday, June 11, Wiskus commented that he had never received so much media commentary on the show, and that was a "wonderful turnout."

Summer tunes

Also kicking off events for Buffalo Days was the Buffalo Community Orchestra, which performed its "Summer Pop" program at Sturges Park.

All revved up!

A special congratulations to  Patricia and Terry Sullivan of Eden Prairie and Annandale, who won this year's respect and sponsorship from Ryan Chevrolet.

Terry bought the Bel-Air in 1973 at age 16. A few years after Terry and Patricia got married, they had to sell it in 1981.  Terry found the the '55 and bought it back in 2015 (same vin number) then restored the Bel-Air and gave it to Pat for their 40th anniversary in 2017.


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