City council members concur with a staff recommendation to spend almost $70,000 on new meter reading equipment for the Monticello Water Department. Finance Director Wayne Oberg and Water/Sewer Superintendent Matt Theisen presented the request in a memo to council Sept. 8. New bronze meters and radio reading equipment were approved as a consent item without [...]

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Councilmember Lloyd Hilgart has been appointed to a team that will develop a redevelopment request for proposal (RFP) for city-owned properties downtown. Hilgart was appointed Monday, Sept. 8, via a unanimous council vote. He joins Councilmember Tom Perrault on the ad-hoc committee for Block 34 development. “The city will be putting together its vision for [...]

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Wright County Attorney’s Report Matthew David Bettridge, 23, of Buffalo, sentenced Sept. 3 for probation violations for felony theft to 60 days jail. Jeffrey John Bruska, 34, of Buffalo, sentenced Sept. 4 for gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation to 365 days jail, $100 fine; 363 days stayed for one year on conditions of probation, serve [...]

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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 Wright County a ruining lives. [...]

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