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Delano Year in Review part two
Jan. 10, 2011

Delano Herald Journal's year in review from July-December 2010. The first part was published last week.


Authorities with the West Metro Drug Task Force executing a search warrant at a residence in Delano recovered $10,000 in cash, drugs, and drug paraphernalia.

Many property owners aren’t too fond of Delano’s proposed assessment policy, and they have the signs to prove it. Several hundred signs dot the yards of citizens in Delano proclaiming “Not a Fan of Delano’s Street Assessment Plan.”

A member of the Delano Knights of Columbus for 33 years, Joe Swartzer of Delano was recently awarded the honor of 2009-2010 Knight of the Year.

During Delano’s annual Fourth of July Celebration, the Delano Royalty Organization crowned ambassadors Katie Lofrano, Anna Arens, and Kayla Kalleberg

A subject that has laid relatively dormant over the last year was brought back to life at the Independence City Council meeting.

Plans for a utility sharing agreement between Delano and Independence to connect sewer and water from Delano to a site in Independence for a future “big box” development were tabled in December 2008.

The Independence City Council consensus was to speak with representatives from the City of Delano again about running utilities across County Line Road. No formal action was taken following the discussion.

The Loretto Larks clinched the North Star League East Division title with a 6-4 win over Elk River.


Delano Public Schools lost an activities director, but gained an assistant middle school principal with Josef Haas being hired for the administrative position.

Long-time middle school principal David Lindeman retired in July. Haas will move from the activities offices to the middle school office.

Long-time teacher Mike Lindquist was named as activities director for Delano Schools.

The intergenerational arts program hosted “Hello Delano” at the Delano Senior Center.

The program was formed by Diane Johnson, Community Education director, to bring together the youth and seniors of Delano.

The view from Kim Farniok’s back porch, which sits just outside her kitchen window, is relaxing on most summer days, but Farniok got a little excited when she spotted a cougar walking in the distance near the back of the horse pasture.

Delano High School graduate and current City of Delano staffer Luke Fischer has accepted the position of city administrator with the City of Watertown.

The sixth annual Delano Relay for Life achieved the half-million-dollar mark in the local fight against cancer.

Delano’s Nate Triplett completed his first NFL training camp with the Vikings last week and got his first taste of game action against St. Louis.

Loretto’s Joey Althoff gave the Loretto Larks a walk-off win in the first round of the Class C state tournament at Bird Island.

Delano’s Alyssa Trautman sang “The Star Spangled Banner” in front of about 40,000 people at the Aug. 13 Twins baseball game.


The City of Delano and representatives of Leland and Sons Auto Service are heading to trial to determine a fair market value for the property the city took as part of a floodplain acquisition grant.

Delano Assembly of God becomes WestPointe as it aims to guide people through life’s peaks and valleys by pointing them to Christ.

Delano boy, Justin May and his mother, Alisa, spent the summer in Los Angeles, where Justin auditioned for a Nissan car commercial.

US Representative Michele Bachmann made a campaign stop in Delano. A bus-load of Bachmann supporters and local business people were given a tour of Sil-Pro.

Sean Casey, Delano resident, had returned home from two morning meetings and was working from his Savanna Trail residence when he heard a loud “boom” during a passing thunderstorm. The residence was hit by a lightning strike and caught fire.

Delano City Council approved moving forward with the demolition of the former Leland and Sons Auto building. The city recently acquired the property through eminent domain as part of a floodplain mitigation grant.


In honor of its co-founder, Landscape Structures of Delano will host a grand opening of its newest playground at Barb King Inspiration Park Oct. 9.

In response to feedback from Delano residents, the Delano City Council has directed city staff to make a number of changes to the proposed street assessment policy.

A Halloween tradition from the 1990s in Delano has returned as the Delano Jaycees constructed and created a haunted warehouse in downtown Delano.

In a special work session before its regular meeting, the Delano City Council met with representatives from a group wishing to build a hotel in Delano.

One “half-step” at a time is what Innovation Investment Partners, the developers, were hoping to accomplish, as they were present at the meeting to review financing options that were previously presented, and also explore some potential new opportunities.

Three people have filed for the position of mayor in Delano, Larry Bartels, Dale Graunke, and Harlan Lewis.

Delano High School senior Joe Janas has been chosen as a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Allison Field and Thomas Schmidt were named this year’s queen and king at Delano High School’s homecoming coronation celebration.

Loren Helmbrecht, 57, of Howard Lake, became trapped in a grain bin filled with soybeans while working at Randy Dalbec’s farm south of Montrose. Helmbrecht was rescued from the bin.

Loretto might be the backdrop for an upcoming children’s movie next spring, and the film company, TRIWAR Pictures, is interested in meeting with Loretto’s business community.

Seven people have filed for two positions on the Delano City Council; Jacqui Blasiak, Dan Gustafson, Marc Plese, Derek Schansberg, Jon Sutherland, Jason Thompson, and Dan Vick.

Delano High School math teacher, Jerry Shouts, was one of seven educators from Minnesota who each received a $10,000 award from the WEM Foundation at the 12th Annual Outstanding Educator Award Brunch.


Delano Sophomore Ashley Simenson ran herself into the Class AA state cross country meet with a late serge that gave her the 10th, and final qualifying spot.

In Delano, Dale Graunke beat challengers Harlan Lewis and Larry Bartels, and will become the city’s next mayor in January.

Election night was a long night for the Emmer family of Delano. And, like the rest of the state, they were still waiting to see if Tom Emmer is going to be Minnesota’s next governor. The election was too close to call and headed to an automatic recount. Joe McDonald of Delano was elected to take over Emmer’s seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives.

Chickens froze upside down in trees, snowbanks were as high as rooftops, and wind was so strong people wore pails over their heads . . . it’s no wonder the Nov. 11, 1940 blizzard is still iced in the minds of area residents as they remember the Armistice Day blizzard.

Delano volleyball team earns its fourth-straight trip to the Class AA state tournament in a win against PACT/Spectrum.

Just when it was poised to take action on a proposed assessment policy, the Delano City Council received information from a resident that caused it to delay the decision yet again.

Sil-Pro of Delano announced recently that it has received the Boston Scientific “CRM 2009 Rhythm Award” which recognizes performance of top suppliers that demonstrate excellence relative to the exacting quality and improvement expectations of Boston Scientific.

A Delano home designed by Courtney Taylor and her mother, Kathy, recently won the Reggie Award by the Builders Association of the Twin Cities.

Delano School District’s nurse, Jane Larter was honored as Minnesota’s school nurse of the year by March of Dimes at a dinner and awards program. Larter, who has been with Delano Schools for six years, said she knew she had been nominated for the award, but did not know she won until at the dinner.


A man who fled Arizona in 2007 to avoid registering as a sex offender and serving probation was arresting by local authorities Nov. 28 in Delano.

Peter Franklin Dane, 54, was taken into custody outside of the Coborn’s in Delano and is also facing new charges for alledgedly giving a false name and date of birth to authorities.

Staff at Coborn’s in Delano had received information authorities were seeking Dane and that Sidney M. Morris, 58, of Independence, who Dane claimed to be his wife, had been patronizing the store. Coborn’s obtained surveillance footage of Morris and Dane together in the store.

An employee noticed Dane in the store Nov. 28 and called 911, according to store manager Joe Tipka.

The NFL career of Delano’s Nate Triplett took another step in a positive direction Wednesday when he was officially claimed from the San Diego Chargers’ practice squad by the Indianapolis Colts.

The opening kickoff of the Indianapolis Colts’ home game against the Dallas Cowboys Dec 5 represented the first NFL play in Triplett’s career. Triplett was on the Colts’ kickoff team and played on special teams throughout the game.

Tom Emmer of Delano said that even though he wasn’t elected as Minnesota’s next governor, he is very proud of the way he ran his campaign and presented himself to the state of Minnesota.

“We did it the right way,” Emmer said, adding that he can always look to his kids and tell them it was handled with class and integrity.

The Delano Math Team continues to dominate as they placed first in their seven-team conference at a Shakopee meet.

Gary Zitzloff retires after 24 years of service on the Delano Fire Department.

Shelly Koch retires from the Loretto Fire Department after being the first female to join in 1998.

When they were handing out slices of humble pie, Delano’s Fire Chief Bob Van Lith went back for a couple extra helpings. Van Lith has spent 32 years on the local fire department and was recently named the 2010 United Firefighter of the Year.

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