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2008: The year in reviewJune

January 5, 2009

DELANO, MN – The year 2008 will be known, at least for the immediate history, as the year of road construction in Delano.

Crews moved into town in spring and were a mainstay through November, reconstructing Highway 12 through Delano and also building a new bridge spanning the Crow River.

Clarence “Deacon” Bruhn was named Delano’s citizen of the year by the General Federated Women’s Club, State Bank of Delano observed its 100th year, Jan Johnson shared her love of quilting, and the Delano Herald Journal was honored as the business of the year by the Delano Area Chamber of Commerce.

This week, we look back at the pages of the Delano Herald Journal from January-June 2008. Next week, look for highlights from July-December 2008.

January

Megan Motzko is recognized for her photography. Megan is the daughter of Chuck and Linda Motzko, who own Linda’s Photography in Delano. She has been working at the studio since she was 13 or 14 years old, but now, the 22-year-old has become one of the area’s best . . .

The State Bank of Delano celebrates its 100th year. Through economic changes, world wars, floods, and difficult times, the State Bank of Delano has served local residents and businesses throughout the community for 100 years . . .

A performing arts center was proposed in downtown Delano, with Gary Janisch having a new vision for the Delano-Franklin Heritage Center on Bridge Avenue . . .

Delano High School’s class of 1951 remembers its good ol’ days.

“The force of our own merit makes our way” was the class motto for 34 seniors who graduated from Delano High School in 1951. For the past 12 years, some of these classmates have enjoyed lunch together every three months to reminisce about their good ol’ days . . .

Clarence ‘Deacon’ Bruhn was announced as the General Federated Women’s Club’s citizen of the year. Among the many advantages of life, there are always opportunities to meet new people and share in new experiences. This is what Clarence ‘Deacon’ Bruhn is all about. For Deacon, volunteering makes him whole . . .

At a time when shorthand was used and computers were scarce, LeAnn Zimmerman began working for the City of Delano as an administrative assistant. After 22 years working for the city, LeAnn retired . . .

From Korea to Delano with Tiger spirit. This year, Joon-Beom (pronounced June-Bum), from Seoul, South Korea, joined the DHS senior class on the first day of school. Everyone affectionately called him JB.

February

To achieve success in fitness training, the members of Curves of Delano “go for the green.” The green is a light on the CurvesSmart monitor that gives a woman instant feedback on how her current workout is progressing and if she is staying in her training zone . . .

A dream came true for Brendalee Flint and Jeff Metcalf when they welcomed their daughter into the world. Their beautiful little girl was given the name Julieanna Metcalf. But, this happiness turned to fear when 15 months later, their little angel became very ill and began her fight with meningitis. . .

Overflowing rooms and makeshift ballots were commonplace in early February as local voters flocked to local precinct caucuses in record numbers . . .

Miss Delano Sarah Fleming received the royal treatment in January, at the “Coolest Celebration on Earth.” From Jan. 24-27 Fleming, along with 83 other queens from around the state, attended the St. Paul Winter Carnival events . . .

Sarah Plese opened a custom jewelry repair and design business at her Delano home . . .

Virgil and Rodney Scherping took over ownership of Crow River Harley-Davidson in Delano from the Donahue family . . .

Former Delano mayor Jon Steinmetz announced his intent to run for a seat on the Wright County Board of Commissioners; incumbent Jack Russek also indicated he’d run again for the position . . .

Long-time Delano businessman Jim Barbre passed away. Barbre owned Delano Dodge for almost 40 years before retiring in 2005. He bought into the dealership in 1965, and was a very active member of the Delano community his entire career. Barbre passed away unexpectedly Feb. 16 while vacationing in Florida . . .

Jan Johnson of Delano was profiled for her love of quilting and rug-hooking.

March

“Delano is open for business.”

A slogan that has been established by a group of business owners preparing for the upcoming Highway 12 construction project in Delano will become very useful as businesses gear up for the loss of traffic traveling by. The project will replace the existing bridge that crosses the Crow River, and also redo the highway through a majority of the Delano corridor.

About 20 business owners and representatives met for a formation meeting of the Delano Area Chamber of Commerce’s Highway 12 task force . . .

Former Miss Delano Alison (Weis) Anderson was announced as a runner up for Cheerios’ “Spoonfuls of Stories” children’s book contest . . .

Fire consumed a shed and destroyed its contents the morning of March 2 at Tree Top Service, located northwest of Delano on 65th Street SW . . .

A vote yes committee was formed to support the upcoming school district election . . .

Landscape Structures Inc. of Delano sadly announced the passing of president and co-founder Barbara (Barb) King. She died March 4, at home with her family, after a courageous seven-month battle with cancer. She was 61. For more than 30 years, Barb had been an active advocate at the local, state, and national levels for enhancing the lives of all people, especially children and families . . .

Plans moved forward to construct CSAH 17 south of Delano to the county line . . .

The Delano American Legion Riders hosted a benefit in Delano. The American Legion Riders are a diverse and unique group of motorcycle enthusiasts, united by patriotism, who share common goals. They ride in service to America’s military, veterans, and for the children and youth of the country . . .

Twenty years ago, Joe McDonald never envisioned himself sitting in his photography studio in Delano. Rather, he wanted to travel the world as a photographer. He has since embraced the community of Delano and made it his home . . .

Plans have been underway for some time for the proposed Comfort Inn and Suites hotel and waterpark in Delano, and despite hitting a financial roadblock, the local investment group hoped to have a facility by Thanksgiving . . .

Snyders Drug Stores, a regional drug store operator headquartered in Minnetonka, has agreed to sell its Delano store to CVS/Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Caremark Corporation . . .

Delano’s Bernie Kittock is a committed volunteer who believes in making a difference . . .

Chris Brazelton of Delano received the DFL endorsement for the local state representative seat in the fall election.

April

With a new developer in place, the Delano City Council approved a development agreement for the former Delano Ponds assisted living/memory care project . . .

The long-anticipated detour of Highway 12 was put into effect by the Minnesota Department of Transportation . . .

Student safety during area road construction is a concern and top priority for Delano Public Schools, Stahlke Bus, and the City of Delano. Craig Burton, Delano Schools resource officer, and other patrol officers have observed the traffic flow to see how the detour has affected students coming to and from school . . .

Making syrup in Franklin Township - it’s not often that a hobby yields delicious results, but for a local couple, enjoying the finished product is only part of the fun. MaryAnn and Bill McMullen of Franklin Township make homemade syrup every year as a hobby of theirs . . .

You mention it, and he’s probably made a sign for it. As a youngster, Ted Ganzel of Delano may not have known he would grow up to be a sign maker, but he did know he was creative and had a passion for art . . .

Delano student Laura Kant received Congressional recognition from Congresswoman Michele Bachmann for academic excellence and exempliary citizenship . . .

YMCA’s Camp Ihduhapi between Delano and Loretto is where memories last a lifetime. Since 1930, the YMCA’s Camp Ihduhapi (pronounced EE-doo-hop-ee) has been nestled on the north shore of Lake Independence. The YMCA’s mission is to develop the total person, spirit, mind, and body through character development programs that build strong kids, strong families, and strong communities . . .

Adam Welz helps couples plan the perfect wedding. Welz has been a DJ for about 10 years . . .

A high voter turnout at the polls yielded the passage of question one on a two-question ballot for the Delano School District. Question one, which asked voters for funds to acquire land for a grades 4-6 building, passed with 1,782 in favor of, and 1,304 against.Question two, which asked voters for funds to construct the grades 4-6 building, failed with 1,694 voting against it, and 1,388 voting in favor of it . . .

May

The “detour of the detour” began. The railroad repaired the crossing on County Line Road. Bridge construction also officially began. The process of driving steel pilings on the west abutment was initiated. The work has progressed quite well, and the contractor continued to drive additional pilings . . .

Six candidates will compete this summer for positions within the Delano Royalty Organization to represent the community of Delano throughout the year. The six young women, Ashley Cook, Alex Forster, Adrienne Hood, Katy Miller, Angie Snaza, and Katie Stevens, are all seniors at Delano High School and will graduate in May 2008 . . .

Two simultaneous fires kept members of local fire departments busy, and investigators are considering one of them suspicious. The first fire was reported in southern Franklin Township in a newer addition on Eckert Avenue Southeast, and was called in by several neighbors. After battling the fire on Eckert Avenue for almost an hour, a call came for Maple Plain Fire Department and West Hennepin Public Safety for a bedroom on fire at a residence on Ingerson Road in Independence . . .

Plans move forward for the relocation of the True Value Hardware Store to Delano West Crossing on Highway 12. The city council approved plans for a 19,445-square-foot building to be constructed by Gordon James Construction . . .

Delano’s Monica Kittock is 105 years young. In Waverly April 16, 1903, a daughter is welcomed into the world by Joe and Francis Ramola. The family then moved to Delano when Monica was a young girl, where she attended classes in a small country schoolhouse . . .

The Delano Area Chamber of Commerce’s task force began planning a ‘Taste of Delano’ event, set for Wednesday, July 30 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the city park . . .

John Konrath watched many students move on, become adults, begin careers, and start families throughout his 35 years of teaching at Delano Public Schools.

June

An alternate route has been established for semi trucks traveling through Delano to other destinations. Signs have been placed along Highway 12 near Wright County Road 14 coming from the west, encouraging semi trucks to travel north on Wright County Road 14 to Wright County Road 32, heading into Rockford and onto Highway 55, and then heading south again on Hennepin County Road 92 and back to Highway 12 . . .

Long-time Franklin Township Clerk Geri Hagelin retired after 15 years . . .

Delano teacher Gwen Briesemeister received a $10,000 Award for Excellence. During a routine staff assembly June 2, Briesemeister was surprised with some special news. She was named as a recipient of a 2008 WEM Outstanding Educator Award for Academic Coach of the Year, an honor that is accompanied by a $10,000 award . . .

Crews brought down the old bridge spanning the Crow River to make room for the new one . . .

Delano City Council approved the landscaping plan for the Highway 12 median . . .

An early-morning fire severly damaged the home of Douglas Ohlendorf, located west of Delano on 72nd Street . . .

Delano chiropractor Dr. Gary McGowan celebrates 30 years in business . . .

If it seems like there are a lot more trains going through Delano, that’s because there are.

With the flooding in Iowa, the Ottumwa Subdivision, which travels east and west through southern Iowa, is still under water, according to BNSF Railways spokesperson Steve Forsberg.

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