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By John Holler Contributing Writer In 2003, then-Wright County Sheriff Gary Miller estimated that 80 percent of the prisoners in the Wright County Jail were there because of methamphetamine. From manufacturers to sellers to users to those who committed crimes to help support their habit, it was a drug that was gaining a stronghold in [...]

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By John Holler Contributing Writer Typically county board meetings are “business as usual” type affairs in which the commissioners discuss contracts, ordinances and budgets. The June 24 Wright County Board meeting was anything but typical. In an emotional meeting that brought several to tears, the county said goodbye to four of its longest-tenured employees — [...]

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By John Holler Contributing Writer At the times of dangerous summer storms, often the difference between being forewarned and being caught unaware can be the sounding of storm sirens alerting people that threatening weather is in the area. But, who pays for those sirens to be installed and maintained? At the meeting of the Wright [...]

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By John Holler Contributing Writer   The issue of transit in Wright County has turned into its own version of “The Neverending Story,” as the future of transit in the county seemingly changes on a weekly or even a daily basis. At the most recent meeting of the Wright County Board of Commissioners, there was [...]

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Borrell: ‘There isn’t much more we can do’ By John Holler Contributing Writer   For the last five months, Wright County has been at the center of a transit debate that has seemingly had no end — even when discussions have broken down. It began late last year when Sherburne County informed Wright County that [...]

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By John Holler Contributing Writer   Just when it appeared that the four-month transit malaise in Wright County was over, the volatile partnership between the Wright County Board of Commissioners and Trailblazer Transit of Glencoe was severed unexpectedly by the Trailblazer board of directors. In a letter dated April 28, the Wright County Board acknowledged [...]

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By John Holler Contributing Writer   Few issues among the members of the Wright County Board of Commissioners, four of whom started their job in January 2013, have been more divisive than the questions surrounding the end of the River Rider transit program. Hours have been spent during public board meetings and committee meetings to [...]

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By John Holler Contributing Writer   What started as an unprecedented experiment to achieve county board unanimity turned into a free for all at the April 15 meeting of the Wright County Board, as discussion concerning Wright County’s inclusion in the Trailblazer transit system took an unexpected turn. The gloves came off in an open [...]

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