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Delano year in review – January-June 2007

December 31, 2007

Through the pages of the Delano Herald Journal during the first six months of 2007, readers saw a new mayor take the oath of office, the closing of the Third Street crossing, and the opening of Ninth Street.

Long-time bus driver Bonnie Weege shared the joys of driving, and readers also heard the tales of a Holocaust survivor.

Landscape Structures was named Delano’s Business of the Year by the Delano Area Chamber of Commerce, and Donna Anderson was named Citizen of the Year by the General Federated Women’s Club.

All of this and much more took place from January-June 2007. Next week, look for highlights from July-December 2007 from the pages of the Delano Herald Journal.

January

After years of serving on the Delano School Board, Howard Glas and Len Roering decided to retire.

Glas was on the school board for 10 years. The first four years, he was the treasurer, and he held the position of chairman for the past six years. Roering has served on the board for eight years and has been the current treasurer . . .

A Christmas Day road trip determined Darwin’s largest ball of twine built by one man came before Delano’s big chicken . . .

Delano native Kathleen Schwegler of Delano was featured for her work as a board member of the University of Minnesota Disabled Student Cultural Center (DSCC) . . .

A familiar route in Delano is no more as of Jan. 10, with the closure of the railroad crossing on Third Street between Railroad and Franklin Avenues.

The city decided to close the crossing, which was considered dangerous by some, in order to open the crossing on the newly-constructed Ninth Avenue . . .

Jack Russek was appointed chairperson of the Wright County Board of Commissioners . . .

Delano’s new mayor, Joe McDonald, and recently elected council members Larry Bartels and Brad Hotchkiss, took the oath of office Tuesday and began, or in some cases, continued, their terms of service to the city. McDonald was elected to the four-year term of mayor, and Hotchkiss and Bartels also were elected to four-year terms on the council . . .

Former Delano resident John Jaunich was named manager of the Wind Energy Division of 3-D Service of Massillon, Ohio. Jaunich was born and raised in Delano, and previously owned JTC Trucking, Buffalo Dry Cleaners Delivery Service, and Jaunich Equipment Leasing, all located in Delano. He served as Delano’s junior high basketball coach for 13 years, and as mayor of Delano, was instrumental in building the new baseball grandstand, new city utility facility, new medical clinic, new fire station, new city hall and creation of Delano Crossings . . .

Jamie Pogue and Mike Barfknecht both filed for the three-year township supervisor position in Franklin Township. Incumbent Al Steinbach did not refile . . .

Delano City Council appointed Marc Plese to fill the remainder of recently-elected Mayor Joe McDonald’s city council term at a special meeting Tuesday night.

Members of the city council and the mayor interviewed all but one candidate who ran for city council in 2006 – Harlan Lewis, Marc Plese, Mike Russek, and Paul Stansberry. Candidate Peg Polingo was unable to attend the interview session.

Following the interviews, the council unanimously moved to appoint Plese.

Plese has lived in Delano for one year, and has split time between Wisconsin and Minnesota . . .

With a smile on her face and a wave to all children who pass by, Bonnie Weege has been having a “fun ride,” transporting Delano-area children to and from school for the past 35 years . . .

Tim Schrupp was honored for his dedication and hard work for the city of Delano, by receiving the city’s employee of the year award for 2006. Schrupp has worked for Delano’s Public Works Department since June 1998 . . .

Some people own animals as pets, but Delano High School student Katie Gregg and her mother, Paula, work side-by-side as handlers to show and breed their Cairn terriers . . .

Two new vice presidents have taken the helm at State Bank of Delano recently. Scott Fritz has been named senior vice president and manager of the lending department, according to the bank’s president and chief executive officer Steve Gilmer.

Grady Anderson has been named vice president, chief financial officer, and chief operating officer . . .

Remember The Elm Cliff Guys?

February

Delano High School was the only high school in the state to be recognized with a school spotlight award for demonstrating academic excellence through significant gains in student achievement . . .

Greg Reynolds of Delano will be awarded the 2007 Sustainable Farming Distinguished Service Award from the Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota this month . . .

With a driving passion for speed behind the wheel, Delano High School senior Nickolas Claire continued to strive towards his goal of becoming a professional motocross racer . . .

Holocaust survivor Dr. Sabina S. Zimering was in Delano to tell her story of surviving the Holocaust to an auditorium full of eighth and ninth grade students, faculty, and community members . . .

Landscape Structures (LSI) of Delano received recognition for its work-life balance initiatives . . .

A passion and enjoyment for the 1950s recently found Carolyn Hirsch of Delano winning a costume contest at the last place ‘50s icon Buddy Holly performed before being killed in a plane crash in 1959 . . .

If you’ve ever caught a glimpse of someone in town with jet black hair, sideburns, and big silver glasses, then perhaps you have seen Delano’s Jim Schmidt.

Schmidt, otherwise known simply as Elvis, retired from Delano Middle School, where he was a special education teacher, and that is where his passion for Elvis began . . .

Delano resident Elaine M. Farniok lost her life as the result of a traffic accident on Highway 55 . . .

Delano Fire Department assisted Loretto Fire Department with a house explosion in Corcoran where a man lost his life . . .

March

White Birch Therapeutic Massage, owned by Delano’s Renee Goedeke, opened for business . . .

The Delano General Federated Women’s Club named Donna Anderson as Delano’s 2007 Citizen of the Year . . .

Tim Zabel, the ‘Rain Man’ of Tiger athletics, was featured . . .

Juke Box has reopened in a new downtown location with a whole new style and a whole new look . . .

The City of Delano purchased the Delano Car Wash from Daniel and Barbara Scherer, as part of the city’s efforts to purchase properties from the Crow River flood plain . . .

A high-speed chase that went for 32 miles – crossing three counties – started in Delano and ended north of Hutchinson . . .

Voters in Franklin Township elected Mike Barfknecht as their new supervisor . . .

Delano Mayor Joe McDonald and City Administrator Phil Kern presented a “state of the city” address to members of the Delano Area Chamber of Commerce and the general public . . .

Plans were approved for a second baseball field in Central Park . . .

Mike Dickerman has high hopes for a successful season at Woodland Hill Winery, and its seven-acre vineyard, just west of Delano on Wright County Road 30, where he’s been making wine for the past several years . . .

Members of the Delano School Board approved the hiring of new middle school principal Rene Klinkner, effective July 1. Klinkner replaced long-time principal Richard Rominski after he retired . . .

Wm. H. McCoy Petroleum Fuels closed its doors for good after being in business in Delano since 1964 . . .

April

Suzie Heffernan, a 2004 graduate of Delano High School and Miss South Dakota USA 2007, was in California to compete in the Miss USA pageant that aired on NBC March 23 . . .

A week after Delano firefighters helped the Rockford Fire Department battle a 75-acre grass fire, restrictions were issued by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on burning . . .

Following five years in Delano, High School Principal Dr. Bruce Locklear announced he was leaving the district to accept a job in Edina as its high school principal . . .

At his home on Maplewood Drive, Clay Rammage has many chairs that he has reupholstered and refurbished over the past few years . . .

Wright County continues to attract hoards of home dwellers as it is listed number 73 on the recent release of the US Census Bureau’s 100 fastest growing counties in the nation . . .

A young woman, named Amanda (Braith) Ellefson, was given that life-altering diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. The 1998 graduate of Delano High School shared her story of living with the disease . . .

Landscape Structure Inc. (LSI) was awarded the Delano Chamber of Commerce 2007 Business of the Year . . .

Delano High School students Kelsey Linden and Chris Nelson were honored for their entries in the “It’s Global” filmmaking competition . . .

For someone who never really liked bingo a whole lot, Norma Wandersee of Delano suddenly found a new love of the game. Wandersee found herself a winner at the Delano American Legion recently, and was the Legion’s first winner since starting to participate in the Mega Bingo game. Wandersee won $1,975.50 April 12 . . .

As a benefit for St. Peter’s Catholic School in Delano, a cappella group Tonic Sol-Fa, performed at Rockford High School April 14 . . .

Joe McDonald of McDonald’s Studio in Delano, received three photographic awards for his competition photographs entered at the Minnesota Photographers State convention in Alexandria April 15 . . .

Dr. Nathan Neubauer took over as practitioner for the Delano Chiropractic Clinic April 16, replacing Dr. Mike Bartell, who left to pursue his own practice in Glenwood . . .

Delano graduate Cole Mathisen won a College Emmy from the Academy of Television Arts for science and television newscasts . . .

Every Monday morning, two familiar faces stroll into the Delano Senior Center. Together, they carry a cooler of 10 to 20 packaged meals. The act of giving has been a routinely-scheduled aspect of Mary Buch and Dorothy Dalbec’s lives as they have been delivering ‘Meals on Wheels’ to those in need for the past 25 years . . .

May

Looking back at Delano Elementary School teachers Cindy Krattenmaker and Jane Shanks, who had 67 years of teaching experience . . .

Becky Halvorson renamed her business Uptown Blu Salonspa and Tanning after receiving a letter telling her she had to change her name to something other than Bliss Total Spa and Tanning . . .

Up to five people with weapons entered a residence in the 200 block of 14th Street in Delano in the early morning hours of April 29, according to the Wright County Sheriff’s Department . . .

The Delano/Franklin Area Historical Society and Delano High School Band will be hosting the first ever Delano Jazz Festival Saturday, May 19, at Second Street and Bridge Avenue, between the Delano City Hall and the Heritage Center . . .

Edie Mae’s Eatery returned to Delano, and opened for business the third week in April, moving into the old Juke Box location on Highway 12 . . .

With the opening of Ninth Street between Elm Avenue and Highway 12 set, crews were making sure the railroad crossing arms were ready to go. This extra artery through Delano has been something that has been in the works since the 1980s, commented City Engineer Kent Torve of Wenck Associates . . .

Two of the 17 teams involved with Delano’s Destination ImagiNation have qualified to compete in Knoxville, Tenn. in the Global competition Wednesday, May 23 . . .

Fire damaged a home on 90th Street SE in Franklin Township, owned by George Fake, which was noticed on fire and called in by a passerby . . .

Well-known Delano businessman and former city council member Glen Litfin passed away May 20 at the age of 85 . . .

Delano School Board hired high school principal Matthew Schoen to replace Dr. Bruce Locklear. Schoen was the principal of Columbia Heights High School . . .

Bill Eppel, a lifelong resident of Delano, is proud of his Delano history and memorabilia he has collected over the years . . .

Dr. John Sweet, the superintendent of Delano Schools, was the featured speaker at this year’s Memorial Day address in Central Park . . .

Captain Josh Barten, from Delano, served in the First Battalion, Sixth Infantry Regiment, Second Brigade, First Armored Division. During his tour, Barten won a Bronze Star for his service . . .

A second home in Franklin Township was destroyed by fire in as many weeks, but this time, officials believe the blaze was intentionally set . . .

June

After battling breast cancer, Cindy Scherer is named Delano’s 2007 Relay for Life Honorary Chair . . .

A large number of twins converged the campus of Delano Schools on a daily basis . . .

One person died, and two were left in critical condition following a crash on Highway 12 between Montrose and Delano . . .

Delano graduate Megan (Johnson) Zucaro became Mrs. Texas . . .

Planning for the 2008 Highway 12 construction in Delano . . .

A person who joins the Jaycees is a person who wants the best opportunities for leadership development, volunteerism, and community service. Under the guidance of these three things, Delano Jaycee Martin Bauman was honored to be given the Ambassador award for outstanding contribution to his community . . .

The Delano Senior Center celebrates its 25th anniversary with a bang . . .

A construction crew from Farr Construction demolished the old Mt. Olive Lutheran Church building in early June. The building, which was built in 1928 at a cost of $20,000, was torn down upon the completion of a new facility . . .

Kevin Max became the newest member of the Delano School Board. Max was appointed to fill Sarah Hellmich’s term through the next election in November 2008. Hellmich resigned from the board due to her family relocating from the area. Max joined the board July 1.