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High-speed chase ends in Delano

DELANO, MN – Suspected drug activity in the parking lot of a Buffalo business led to a high-speed chase that terminated in Delano late Wednesday evening, resulting in the arrest of one suspect and a continued search for the second suspect.

According to Buffalo Police Chief Pat Budke, officers responded to the call regarding the activity at 9:55 p.m.

Officers approached the vehicle and observed there were two male occupants with evidence of drug use in plain view.

When the occupants were asked to exit the vehicle, the vehicle fled the scene, and officers initiated a pursuit.

The vehicle traveled south out of Buffalo on Highway 25, then east on Highway 12.

Wright County Sheriff’s Office deputies assisted and attempted to deploy spike strips.

When the Buffalo officer learned the spike strips had not been effective, he attempted to catch up to the suspect vehicle, reaching speeds of 100 mph.

A search ensued in Delano, with assistance from the Minnesota State Patrol helicopter, sheriff’s office personnel, and West Hennepin Public Safety Department officers.

Officers discovered the suspect vehicle abandoned in a parking lot.

Officers located the passenger, a 25-year-old male from Watertown, and identified the 27-year-old driver, who remains at large. Neither individual’s identity will be released until charges are filed.

Officials called off the search around midnight.

Though the driver has not been located, Budke said the public is not believed to be in danger.

Wright County Sheriff election results


Sheriff – four-year term

Sean Deringer 26,823 votes (50.9 percent)

Mike Kaczmarek 25,679 votes (48.73 percent)

Write-in 195 votes (.37 percent)

All results are unofficial until certified.

Snow season parking in effect in Delano

DELANO, MN – Snow season parking is now in effect in Delano.

According to city ordinance, “No person shall park any motor vehicle, vehicle, machinery or implement on any street, avenue or alley within the boundaries of the city, except for bona fide emergencies, between the hours of 2 and 7 a.m. from Nov. 1 through April 1 of the following year.”

Furthermore, it is unlawful for any person to park a vehicle on any street after continuous or intermittent snow fall during which there has been an accumulation of 2 inches or more of snow on any street until the same has been plowed or removed from the full width of the roadway. This ordinance does not apply to the area zoned “Central Business District” in the Delano Land Use and Zoning Code.

Chun Mee to close after 32 years

DELANO, MN – Helen Chun plans to serve her last meals at Chun Mee in Delano Sunday.

“Dear Chun Mee patrons, with great sadness, it’s hard to believe the end of October will be the last time Chun Mee will serve the wonderful surrounding communities of Delano,” states an image shared on Facebook. “Many fond memories have been shared, and your loyalty (is) truly appreciated. Your friend, Helen Chun.”

The restaurant located at 45 Babcock Blvd. was established by Helen and the late John Chun in 1986.

Two housing developments on Tuesday, Oct. 16, council agenda

DELANO, MN – A total of 352 residential lots could be developed in Delano if two proposals going before Delano City Council at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, come to fruition.

The council will first consider a planned unit development from Hartman Communities LLC to develop 208 acres known as McKinley Residential PUD at the corner of Davidson Avenue and Wright County Road 30.

The McKinley Residential PUD and preliminary plat was first approved in 2005, but the final plat was never developed.

Now, Hartman Communities is seeking guidance on site design and land-use configuration for the property to proceed to future PUD development stage and final stage.

Secondly, the council will consider a concept plan review for 68.11 acres located along County Road 16, immediately east of the Fox Meadows subdivision.

The council first approved an annexation request for the land, known as the Gerard farm, in January.

Now, the city has received an amended single-family concept plan for the site which attempts to address the issues that were raised in the initial concept plan review.

The council and City Planner Alan Brixius will review the plans for the property called Laketown Homes.

Wright County in flood watch through Wednesday, Oct. 10

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WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for several counties, including Wright.

According to the alert, “A stalled frontal boundary that extended from the Plains to the Upper Midwest will focus a corridor of nearly continuous rainfall, occasionally heavy, across the region from later this afternoon through early Wednesday. As the potential of thunderstorms develop later today, and into tonight, rainfall rates will increase, leading to runoff and possible flooding.”

Widespread rainfall totals of 2 to 4 inches are expected, with a swath of 5 to 6 inches possible from south central and east central Minnesota to west central Wisconsin.

Prolonged moderate to heavy rainfall early this week will lead to rising river and stream levels, and could result in lowland flooding through the week.

Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.