East of Meeker County, we reach Wright County (pop. 124,700) and the 13-county Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan Statistical Area – 16th largest in the country with a total population of 3,317,308.
The county seat is the town of Buffalo (pop. 15,453). It was named for the fish, not the mammal.
The population of Wright County has grown tremendously in the past 40 years because of its proximity to Minneapolis.
Lake Maria State Park was established in 1963 to provide a wilderness area near the Twin Cities. It is known for its trails through forest and prairie, as well as for its wildlife – including the endangered (in some states, but not Minnesota) Blanding’s turtles.
Interstate Highway 94 runs diagonally across the northern edge of Wright County.
The town of Albertville, along I-94 in the northeastern corner of the county, is best known for the Albertville Premium Outlets. The town’s population grew from 564 in 1980 to 7,044 in 2010.
The town of Annandale, with 26 lakes within a 10-mile radius, is known as the “Heart of the Lakes.”
Much of the 1998 movie “A Simple Plan” was filmed in the town of Delano (pop. 5,464).
The town of Cokato (pop. 2,694) hosts the Cokato Corn Carnival every August. For $3, you get all-you-can-eat corn on the cob.
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