Voting Tuesday in Election 2014

The time to vote is next Tuesday, Nov. 4.  The Election of 2014 is about to take place.

Most polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Buffalo has four voting precincts.  Precinct 1 is the area north of Highway 55, and the polling place is Buffalo High School (Enter north Door 8.).

Precinct 2 is the area south of Highway 55 and north of Second St. S.  The polling place is Northwinds Elementary School.

Precinct 3 is south of Second St. S.  Zion Lutheran Church is the polling place.

Precinct 4 is the housing development known as Bellavista.  Residents of Precinct 4 are receiving ballots by mail, and they can vote by mail or in person at the Buffalo City Center.

Voters will be electing a U.S. Senator, a U.S. Congressman, the Governor, the Minnesota Secretary of State, the State Auditor, and the Minnesota Attorney General.

Depending on where you live, you could be electing a Minnesota House of Representatives legislator.

At the county level, the County Attorney, the Sheriff and the Auditor-Treasurer are up for election, as well as the District 1 and 3 county board commissioners.

Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) supervisors are being election in Districts 1, 3 and 4.

City council and school board elections are also taking place on Tuesday, Nov. 4.  Judicial candidates will appear on the ballots, as well.

In the Buffalo Hanover Montrose (BHM) School District, voters will decide whether or not to approve a $33 million school building bond referendum proposal, which is addressing five areas of need: safety and security, technology, maintenance, building additions, and activities venues.

Candidates on the ballots include:



Steve Carlson (Independence Party), Al Franken (DFL) incumbent, Heather Johnson (Libertarian Party), Mike McFadden (Republican).



John Denney (Independence Party), Tom Emmer (Republican), Joe Perske (DFL).



Joe McDonald (Republican) incumbent.



Marion O'Neill (Republican) incumbent.



Mark Dayton and Tina Smith (DFL) incumbent, Chris Holbrook and Chris Dock (Libertarian Party), Jeff Johnson and Bill Kuisle (Republican), Hannah Nicollet and Tim Gieseke (Independence Party), Chris Wright and David Daniels (Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis Party).



Bob Helland (Independence Party), Bob Odden (Libertarian Party), Dan Severson (Republican), Steve Simon (DFL).



Patrick Dean (Independence Party), Randy Gilbert (Republican), Keegan Iverson (Libertarian Party), Rebecca Otto (DFL), Judith Schwartzbacker (Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis Party).



Brandan Borgos (Independence Party), Mary O'Connor (Libertarian Party), Andy Dawkins (Green Party), Scott Newman (Republican), Lori Swanson (DFL), Dan R. Vacek (Legal Marijuana Now Party).



Christine Husom incumbent, Tom McGregor.



Mark Daleiden incumbent.



Tom Kelly incumbent.



Bob Hiivala incumbent.



Stacy Braun, Joe Hagerty incumbent.



Judith Kelly, Robin Norris Roetzler, Michael Zieska.



Tricia Latour, Gregory M. Olson, Mary L. Wetter.



Chris Uecker.



Brad Nauman (incumbent).



(Two seats) Eric J. Anderson, Steve Downer (incumbent), Scott Enter (incumbent).


(Each city in the county is conducting city elections on Nov. 4.)



Shall the school board be authorized to issue general obligation bonds in the amount of $33.05 million to provide for safety and security improvements and upgrades, completing deferred maintenance projects, upgrading the technology infrastructure, and additions, remodeling and upgrading various district facilities and activity venues?


(Nine area school districts are conducting school board elections on Nov. 4: Annandale, Dassel-Cokato, Delano, Elk River, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, Maple Lake, Rockford, St. Michael-Albertville, and Watertown-Mayer.)



(Most judicial candidates are unopposed; those who are opposed are as follows.)



Associate Justice 2

John Hancock, Wilhelmina (Mini) Wright (incumbent).


Associate Justice 3

David Lillehaug (incumbent), Michelle L. MacDonald.



Judge 1

Julie Lafleur, Susan R. Miles (incumbent).


Judge 14

Stacy Lashinski, Nancy J. Logering (incumbent).



Synthetic drug arrest made in Maple Lake

Arrests involving an illegal synthetic drug were made in Maple Lake last week.

Wright County Sheriff Joe Hagerty reports that on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at approximately 10:40 a.m., the Sheriff's Office served a search warrant for controlled substances at 233 Birch Ave. S. in the City of Maple Lake.  Four adults and two children were home at the time of the warrant.

Sheriff Hagerty reports deputies located a substance believed to be a synthetic hallucinogen called 25C-NBOMe in the basement of the home.  Ashley Mae Andrews, 22, of Maple Lake and Shawn Tyler Benson, 19, of Delano were arrested for first-degree sale of a controlled substance.  Justin Michael Jensen, 27, of Maple Lake was arrested for third-degree possession of a controlled substance and child endangerment.

Two children, ages 3 and 1, were placed into protective custody.



Anyone with information on Rossing case urged to come forward

Wright County investigators would like to speak with anyone who has information related to the Chris Rossing case.

"Our extensive investigation leads us to believe that there are a number of other individuals, including relatives, who may have knowledge of the circumstances surrounding the death and disposal of the body which law enforcement believes to be Christopher Rossing," said Wright County Attorney Tom Kelly.

The search for Rossing switched from a missing person case to a death investigation last week after human remains were found near the Hutchinson residence of suspects in the case.

"These other individuals may not have actively participated in either the death or disposal of the body, but they have knowledge and are aware of the circumstances," Kelly said.  "As we continue to thoroughly investigate this case, we will follow the evidence where it leads us.  We will also consider all possibly charges, including obstruction and aiding an offender after the fact."

"Let me be clear," he added, "it would be in the best interest of those who may possess knowledge to come forward now before law enforcement has to knock on their door.  We encourage people who possess knowledge to do the right thing and contact the Wright County Sheriff's Department."

The human remains that were found in Hutchinson were sent to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) Lab for analysis.



Open house offers a look at Highway 25 projects

The Buffalo City Center was the place to be Tuesday evening, Oct. 28 as state and city officials told about plans for Highway 25 projects during an open house.  The event was well attended, and many maps and displays were available.  One of the most interesting features, a roundabout just south of Highway 55 near the Holiday store and the Perkins restaurant, is shown above (right).  Excavation work has already started on another roundabout where Settlers Parkway will connect with Highway 25 near the Buffalo Heights Golf Club.  Work on the portion of Highway 25 from the Division St. area to Highway 55 is expected to take place next spring and summer.  Work on the portion of Highway 25 to the north of Highway 55 is expected to take place in 2016.  (Photos by Ed DuBois)



Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, Nov. 2

Before going to bed this Saturday night, Nov. 1, be sure to set your clocks back one hour.  Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, Nov. 2.

We fall back one hour in November, and we spring ahead one hour in March.

While you are changing your clocks, it is a good idea to also check your smoke detector batteries.



Clearwater man seriously injured in head-on crash

A 42-year-old man from Clearwater was seriously injured in a head-on collision last Saturday, Oct. 25 in Monticello Township.

Wright County Sheriff Joe Hagerty reports a call was received by the county communications center Saturday at approximately 7:30 p.m. about a two-vehicle crash with injuries at the intersection of CSAH (County State Aid Highway) 39 NE and Aetna Ave. NE.

Upon arrival, deputies found a Plymouth Voyager, driven by Darin Hayes, 42, of Clearwater, and a Chevy Silverado, driven by Brian Krautbauer, 54, of Monticello, had been involved in a head-on collision.  There were no passengers in either vehicle.

A preliminary investigation showed Hayes was westbound on CSAH 39 and Krautbauer was eastbound on CSAH 39.  Krautbauer turned north toward Aetna Ave. in front of Hayes.  The two vehicles hit head-on in the intersection of CSAH 39 NE and Aetna Ave NE.

Hayes sustained severe injuries and was transported by North Air Ambulance to North Memorial Medical Center.  As of Monday evening, Oct. 27, Hayes was listed in fair condition.

Krautbauer was transported by ambulance to Buffalo Hospital for minor injuries.  Krautbauer was later released and booked into the Wright County Jail on felony criminal vehicle operation, second-degree DWI and driving after cancellation.



Maple Lake Veterans Day programs Nov. 11

Maple Lake Veterans Day programs are taking place on Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 10:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

The guest speaker will be Col. Scott St. Sauver, post commander of Camp Ripley.

A free lunch will be served for veterans at the V by H&H restaurant following the morning program.

The programs are being sponsored by Maple Lake Senior Connections and the Maple Lake Lions.



Veterans Day program Nov. 11 in St. Michael

St. Michael American Legion Post 567 is hosting a special Veterans Day program on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 6:30 p.m., in the auditorium at St. Michael-Albertville Middle School West (old high school).

The guest speaker is retired Spc. Derek Anders-Turner, who will tell about the Wounded Warriors program.  Anders-Turner entered the military with the National Guard in 2006, and he served in Kuwait from 2010 to 2011.  He was an Army combat engineer.  A Twin Cities resident, he now works at US Bank in Minneapolis.

Additional guests include the STMA Chamber Singers directed by Joseph Osowski.

Everyone is welcome.

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