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Anniversary 60th Anniversary    Bill and Arlys LaPlant, of Buffalo, will be celebrating their 60th Wedding Anniversary on Thursday, January 16, 2020.     Congratulations and best wishes for many more years to come, from your loving children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. (P16, D19)  ...
An official complaint from the Wright County Attorney’s Office showed that, in the early hours of December 29, 2019, the body of Justin Edwin Warnke, 34, of Buffalo, was discovered in Meeker County on a remote, dead-end road. Warnke’s body was transported to Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office, where...
With the increasing population and expanding growth, the Buffalo City Council on Monday, January 6, hired John Harnois as the full-time fire chief. Harnois had been serving as part-time, on-call chief for the past ten years. “Thank you for the opportunity,” said Harnois. “It is an honor and...
The highly-controversial First Avenue Lofts, a 60-unit housing unit, is well underway with construction. The apartment building will be located on the corner of First Avenue NW and 3rd Street NW, south and across the street from St. Francis Xavier Church. It will have 60 housing units, with 47 of...
At the beginning of every year, the first thing the members of the Board of Wright County Commissioners do is change chairs. The county board met on Tuesday, Jan. 7, and the initial item on the agenda for this first meeting of 2020 was the reorganization of the board itself, a task mandated by...
Many times, Chaplain Lieutenant Colonel Gregory Jans has shared his story with Wright County Journal-Press and The Drummer readers. His is a story of duty, selflessness, and service; having dedicated his career to the United States Air Force as an officer and chaplain. Jans is the Staff Chaplain...
The year 2020 started exactly how 2019 began for the Buffalo girls’ hockey team. A 4-1 New Year’s Day victory over Bloomington Jefferson at TRIA Rink in St. Paul gave the Bison back-to-back championships playing in the Herb Brooks Holiday Classic Silver Bracket (formerly known as the Schwan Cup)....
Some of the best wrestlers in all three classes highlighted last Saturday’s Buffalo Invitational. Unranked, Zumbrota-Mazeppa of Class A was this year’s team champion with 186 total points. Placing second at 151.5 was No. 4 ranked (Class AA) Marshall. Finishing third at 142.5 is defending Section...
Senior guard Brandon Maatz needed 13 points coming into Monday’s rescheduled home game against Chanhassen to become just the seventh Bison boys’ basketball player to achieve 1,000 for his career. Maatz would end the night scoring 22 points, but for part of Monday’s 65-58 home win over Chanhassen,...

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Senior guard Brandon Maatz needed 13 points coming into Monday’s rescheduled home game against Chanhassen to become just the seventh Bison boys’ basketball player to achieve 1,000 for his career....
January 01, 2020 Quick Fire® hydrangea. Photo: ProvenWinners.com Winter came early this year with lots of snow and cold temps, but it's never too early to start thinking about new plants for your...
Magic Bars Submitted by: Connie Anderson, St. Michael   1 pkg. graham crackers, crushed 1/2 c. butter, melted 1 can sweetened condensed milk 1 c. shredded coconut 1 c. chocolate chips 1 c. chopped...
In my opinion, there are not many successful movie adaptations based on books – especially murder mysteries. Sure, there are a few caveats here and there in cinematic history, but very rarely do...
Little Maple Lake, Lake John, Lake Marie, Moose Lake, and Granite Lake are producing crappies over 15 to 40 feet and sunfish in 10 to 18 feet. Look for crappies and walleyes in 15 to 25 feet on...
Shiner minnows continue to produce walleyes early and late each day on Buffalo Lake and Clearwater Lake in 15 to 22 feet. Tip-ups and sucker minnows are producing northern pike in 12 to 14 feet on...
To conclude 2019, here is a review of some of Montrose’s most significant events.   January Tom Marszalek and Kirby Moynagh are sworn in after being elected to the Montrose City Council in November,...
As another year unfolds before us, here’s a look at some of Hanover’s significant events in 2019.   January Jim Zajicek and Ken Warpula took their seats on the Hanover City Council after winning re-...
Beginning with this issue of the Wright County Journal-Press, the price of a single copy paper will be $1.25. It has been 17 years since we last raised the price. Over that time, inflation has...
Hopefully, you have survived another holiday season, and now snow blankets the woods and farms throughout most of the country. Winter is here and the white-tailed breeding season, called the rut, has...

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