Mayor asks for ‘patience and understanding’ as Delano enters into 2008

January 7, 2008

By Ryan Gueningsman
Managing Editor

As the City of Delano moves into a new year, Mayor Joe McDonald said at Wednesday’s organizational city council meeting there are undoubtable challenges that lie ahead for residents of Delano, and those who pass through it, beginning in spring of 2008.

The two-year reconstruction of Highway 12 through Delano will bring a significant transformation to the community, but in the end, should bring improvements to underground utilities, bridges (railroad and river), intersections, and the function of the roadway.

“It’s going to be a challenging year for all of us,” McDonald said, asking for patience and understanding so everyone can get through the year successfully and efficiently.

On its web site, the city will be updating information about the Highway 12 project as it becomes available. A link can be found from the city’s homepage at www.delano.mn.us.

Herald Journal named city’s official newspaper

Bids for the city’s legal newspaper were reviewed, and following a short discussion, the council voted to name the Delano Herald Journal its official newspaper for 2008.

The council looked at bids from the Herald Journal and the Delano Eagle, with each newspaper submitting its subscription rate, local circulation numbers, legal notice bid rate, as well as the costs to publish two sample notices provided by the city.

Subscription numbers provided by each paper show the Herald Journal having 961 in mid-December at the time the bids were requested, and the Eagle having 594 in the 55328 ZIP code.

Delano City Administrator Phil Kern said the Herald Journal provided updated subscription numbers, showing that as of Jan. 2, the paper had 1,007 subscribers in the 55328 ZIP code.

The subscription rate for each paper is comparable, with the Herald Journal being $33 for a one-year subscription, and the Eagle costing $34.

The legal notice bid rate supplied by the Herald Journal was also slightly lower than that of the Eagle.

McDonald complimented both newspapers for serving the community.