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2010 Year in Review: January-June
Jan. 3, 2011
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DELANO – This week, we look back at the pages of the Delano Herald Journal from January-June 2010. Next week, look for highlights from July-December 2010.

January

With the help and encouragement of Delano Dream Team II and the Delano Area Chamber of Commerce, the Delano City Council authorized moving forward with a market analysis for the city.

Joe Hessing has officially made himself one to watch in Minnesota high school wrestling this year. The senior claimed the top step of the podium at the Rumble on the Red tournament in Fargo.

The Delano School Board reluctantly accepted Board Member Becky Schaust’s resignation from the board.

Steve Gilmer was named 2010 Delano Citizen of the Year.

The Loretto Fire Department is exploring a possible merger with the Hamel Fire Department.

Kelly Thompson plans to open Thompson Chiropractic Clinic in Delano.

After 33 years, Christy Branes’ zest for teaching is still as strong as the day she started. Branes was recently selected as Delano’s 2010 Teacher of the Year, an honor that her fellow teachers feel is well-deserved.

State Representative Tom Emmer of Delano, a Republican candidate for governor, spoke at the Wright County Economic Development Partnership’s annual meeting in Delano at the city hall.

Woodland Hill Winery of Delano was named outstanding start-up entrepreneur of the year, and Landscape Structures of Delano was named the outstanding high-economic vitality business of the year at the annual ceremony.

The Delano math team continues to dominate, placing first in all four events at a conference meet in Shakopee.

February

Patricia Osmon of Delano will fill the remainder of a term previously held by Becky Schaust.

Joe McDonald of Delano recently received a national photographic award for his photo of Delano resident Mike Wanchena.

Delano’s bridge was recently chosen as a recipient for the Minnesota Department of Transportation-Associated General Contractors of American Bridge Construction awards.

Tyler Heinonen, a junior at Delano High School, recently broke the goals record with goal number 55, and added goals 56 and 57 for his sixth hat trick of the season.

Delano city staff and library staff have been working together on a plan to remodel the space formerly occupied by the State Bank of Delano, adjacent to the library.

Dave’s Town Club was named Delano’s Business of the Year.

Fifty years later, Delano’s Jim Herzog remembers his role in the emergency landing of the Minneapolis Lakers’ plane.

An infant boy from Independence died after being bitten by the family’s Siberian husky dog.

A wet fall and heavy winter snow indicate a potential for flooding in Delano.

Former Delano principal, Dr. Bruce Locklear, is named name Minnesota’s principal of the year.

Delano’s gymnastics team earns a trip to state with its best performance of the season.

March

A trailer full of hay on its way to Delano catches fire and blocks Highway 12 between Delano and Montrose.

Joe Hessing and Aaron Brasket qualify for the state wrestling tournament.

Blake Asbury, Adam Arveson, and Logan Holman qualify for the state swimming meet.

Issues regarding an agreement with the Central Minnesota Municipal Power Agency in Delano sparked lengthy discussion at the city council meeting.

Josef Rozenberg’s story of surviving the Holocaust as a Jewish teenager in Poland bring history lessons to life for Delano eighth graders as he presented at the Delano Middle School.

Woodridge Church in Medina is branching out to the Delano community, with a new church opening soon in the Delano Elementary School building.

The Crow River in Delano rose to 12.17 feet, according to the National Weather Service. Food stage is 16.5 feet and the river is projected to hit 19.1 feet.

Later, the Crow River reached 20.26 feet, which is the third-highest in recorded history for Delano.

The city made preparations by filling sandbags and building a temporary “flood wall.”

John Emery of Emery’s Tree Service and Delano city staff were called in to remove a large tree that had become lodged against the Bridge Avenue bridge.

The start of Fallah Tobacco in Delano is a “pipe dream” come true for owner Nasseer Mohammed of Waverly.

Delano High School was recently chosen as a 2010 National Model School by the International Center for Leadership in Education.

The warm weather prompted Pioneer Creek Golf Course to open its doors on St. Patrick’s Day, allowing golfers to take advantage of bonus rounds of golf.

Aside from concerns about retail shopping and police presence in individual neighborhoods, Delano received very high marks as a whole in a recent market survey initiated by the city.

Bussing to the Delano Senior Center from places in Hennepin County hit an abrupt roadblock recently when the Metropolitan Council restructured its dial-a-ride services, eliminating the ability for buses serving Hennepin County residents to cross county lines into Wright County and to the Delano Senior Center.

Artograph has had a unique niche in the art world since 1947, and now the art equipment company has found its place in Delano. In February, Artograph moved from its Plymouth location to Delano.

April

Concerns about the appearance and costs of the two monuments into downtown Delano made for a lengthy discussion at the Delano City Council work session meeting.

Delano sixth grade students raise money to fund reconstruction cleft palate surgery for a boy in India.

Delano’s Chris Brazelton gave a kidney to Fran Smith from Montrose. The women recently reunited and talked about the experience.

From snacking on octopus legs to climbing the Great Wall, the 12 students and four faculty members from Delano High School who recently traveled to China to visit its sister school were open to new experiences.

Delano High School seniors Connor Dykstra and Ann Berglund were selected to represent DHS and Region 2AA in the Trip A Award program, which honors students who excel in academics, arts, and athletics.

About 15 Delano residents attended a public hearing regarding the city’s proposed assessment policy Tuesday night. Some spoke in opposition of the policy and others asked questions of city staff about the proposal. The city council then tabled action on the assessment policy.

Delano Public schools responds to a “low level” threat with a soft lockdown. A note was found on tissue paper in one of the bathrooms at the high school with the word “bomb” written on it.

May

Tom Emmer of Delano received the Republican Party of Minnesota’s endorsement in his bid to become the state’s next governor.

As Light of Christ Lutheran Church in Delano nears its 25th anniversary, parishioners recall the journey of faith that brought them where they are today.

Ambrose and Leona Yantes of Delano celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary May 2, and their love is still flourishing, as vibrant and strong as ever.

After hearing more feedback from Delano residents on a proposed assessment policy, the Delano City Council decided to have another hearing on the issue in June.

Who should pay for road improvements in Delano? Should the full cost be divided amongst all taxpayers, or should only the benefitting property owners be assessed a portion?

That’s the central issue surrounding Delano’s proposed assessment policy. So far, there have been three public hearings and a fourth one is set.

It would be hard to imagine the Delano Public Library without its dedicated volunteers, who donated about 1, 528 hours of their time last year. Delano had the second-highest volunteer hours in the Great River Regional Library system.

When the Vikings selected Nate Triplett in the fifth round of the NFL draft, the Delano area had a big smile on its face. For the Delano old-timers, the Vikings’ selection brought back memories of a similar situation 41 years ago when in the spring of 1969, the Vikings selected Delano’s Tom Fink in the ninth round.

A Delano math teacher with the ability to encourage hundreds of students adds up to one well-deserved award for Jerry Shouts. Shouts is a recipient of the 2010 Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Foundation Outstanding Educator Award for Academic Coach of the Year. The honor also provides an unrestricted $10,000 award.

A Delano residence was severely damaged Tuesday night as a result of a fire believed to have been related to smoking. Firefighters converged upon Joshua Quandt’s residence.

Long-time Delano pharmacist Carl Ingebrigtson dies. He was the pharmacy manager for Coborn’s, served on the Delano School Board, and encouraged community service.

Out of five candidates, Delano Mayor Joe McDonald, 43, was endorsed by the Republicans in District 19B for state representative. Incumbent Tom Emmer of Delano was endorsed by the Republicans for governor. Chris Brazelton of Delano received the DFL endorsement for the 19B seat.

June

The Delano City Council met in closed session to discuss the eminent domain proceedings the city has in the works for the Leland and Sons Auto site, which is located in the city’s flood hazard and mitigation grant area.

Three Delano teachers have almost 40 years of memories. Sharon Keller spent 39 years teaching, and Gail Savage and John Zerull follow closely behind, each with 38 years of service.

Four Delano Schools staff members retire after 13 to 31 years of educating. Jan Christopherson, Brad Hagen, Leo Pospichal, and Barb Stevens will retire after this school year.

The 2010 Subsection East 5AA baseball trophy will reside inside the trophy case at Delano High School. The Tigers claimed the hardware as they knocked off conference rival Orono, 6-5.

William Diem, a second grade student at Delano Elementary, had a poem published in the May 2010 issue of the national magazine, “Highlights for Children.”

Delano Tigers baseball finally knocks off Zimmerman and earns a bid to the state tournament.

The Tigers baseball team proudly hoisted the second-place trophy at the state tournament.

Herald Journal and Dassel-Cokato Enterprise Dispatch editor, Lynda Jensen of Dassel, passed away unexpectedly at the age of 42.

Nichole Krause, of Delano, was appointed executive director of the Delano Loretto Area United Way.

Bistro 11, that tantalizing new restaurant in Loretto, aims to help people dine well with its made-from-scratch menu items.

Clarence Bruhn, commonly referred to as “Deacon” by Delano community members, was recently honored as one of the 2010 Wright County Outstanding Senior Citizens.

Crews have been working on the roof of the old Village Hall in downtown Delano as part of a building renovation project.

Search warrants in Delano uncover stolen property from area burglaries. Approximately $10,000 worth of stolen property was recovered.

The community was given the opportunity to meet the candidates vying to represent Delano as an ambassador in the upcoming year. Candidates are Brittney Boatman, Taylor Converse, Anna Arens, Kayla Kalleberg, and Katie Lofrano.

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