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Area Memorial Day programs set

By Ben Ernhart
Staff Writer
Delano American Legion Post 377 will host a Memorial Day parade and service Monday, May 30. The parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Legion, stop on the bridge, and conclude at the Central Park gazebo. University of Minnesota Regent Darrin Rosha will be the guest speaker. Rosha is an attorney with the Rosha Legal Group in Orono and is also a Colonel serving as the military judge for the Missouri Army National Guard. Following the service, the Legion will host an open community hotdog lunch.
Maple Plain
Paul Stinson American Legion 514 will hold the Annual Memorial Day service at Lewis Cemetery Monday, May 30, beginning at 10:30 a.m. A 45-minute service honoring active and deceased veterans will be held. Lewis Cemetery is located one mile west of Maple Plain on US Highway 12 at County Road 90. Service will feature Maple Plain’s Mayor, Julie Maas-Kusske, as the guest speaker and a performance by the Orono High School Band. The public is invited to bring “unserviceable US flags,” and the Legion will have a bin available to accept them.
Legion 514 will also be visiting Oakland Cemetery at 8:45 a.m., Christ Cemetery at 9:00 a.m., and Loretto Cemetery at 9:45 a.m.
In the event of inclement weather, the service will be held at the Christ Lutheran Church, East Main St., in Maple Plain, at 10:30 a.m.
Montrose
Wright County VFW Post 1901, located at 300 Zephyr Avenue, will host a program Monday, May 30, at 10:30 a.m. This will be the last year for memorial crosses, as the Post’s permanent memorial will be completed soon. Wreaths will be on the crosses, rather than having individuals place wreaths on the crosses during the program, as has been past practice. The program will also feature a Buffalo High School Band performance, and cookies and refreshments will be served afterward. A guest speaker has not yet been announced.
Rockford
The Rockford Memorial Day Parade will take place Monday, May 30, and begin at 10:00 a.m. in front of the Rockford Middle School on Ash Street. The parade will stop for the Navy Memorial program at the Crow River (Bridge St and Mechanic St) at approximately 10:15 a.m. and conclude with a Memorial Service at Elmwood Cemetery (Maple Street) at approximately 10:30 a.m.
“Meet and Greet” will be directly following the program at the cemetery. People can walk around the cemetery and “meet” some of the people who are buried there. More accurately, the Rockford Area Historical Society will have 50 historical plaques of Rockford’s veterans, pioneers, and influential community members who are buried at Elmwood Cemetery.
Following the parade, these local organizations will be serving food and refreshments:
Lion’s Pork Chop Dinner at Riverside Park, 8220 Elm Street, starting at 11 a.m.
Historic Stork House Root Beer Float Social, 8131 Bridge Street, from 11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.
United Presbyterian Church Open House, 6301 Maple Street, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Watertown
The Watertown American Legion Post 121 will have a Memorial Day Service Monday, May 30, at 10 a.m. It will take place at the Watertown Mayer High School Performing Arts Center.
There will be student speakers, and the high school chorus will perform — refreshments and fellowship following the service.

Delano UMC calling on the community to feed hungry children

Starting Thursday, May 19, community volunteers will be gathering at Delano United Methodist Church (UMC) to prepare and pack 100,000 meals for hungry children around the world. The event will run through Sunday, May 22.
Delano UMC is hosting the event in conjunction with the non-profit organization Feed My Starving Children (FMSC). FMSC has collaborated with multiple organizations over the years and sent food to children in over 70 different countries, but according to Delano UMC Pastor Chad Koppes, this will be the first-ever FMSC mobile pack event hosted in Delano.

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St. Max to add 7th and 8th grades

Enrollment at Delano’s St. Maximilian Kolbe School (St. Max) continues to grow, and the school has decided to add seventh and eighth grade classes because of it. As a result, the seventh grade will be available in the upcoming 2022-2023 school year, while eighth grade will start the following year.
According to St. Max’s Principal, Mary Ziebell, the school hasn’t graduated an eighth grade class in over half a century. “I believe it’s been 54 years since they’ve had an eighth grade graduating class here,” she said.

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Delano City Council minutes 4/26/22

Summary – City of Delano
City Council/Economic Development Authority
Tuesday, April 26, 2022 7:00 PM
1.Call to Order
Mayor Graunke called the special workshop meeting of the Delano City Council/Economic Development Authority of Tuesday, April 26, 2022, to order at 7:00 pm.
2. Roll Call
Members Present: Dale Graunke, Mayor; Councilmembers Betsy Moran, Holly Schrupp, Jon Sutherland, Jason Franzen.
Also Present: Brian Bloch, Finance Director; Shawn Louwagie, City Engineer; Alisha Ely, Administrative Specialist; Bryce Borland, Administrative Intern
3. Order of Business
A. 2023 Street Improvements project
Shawn Louwagie discussed the 2023 Street Improvement project, identifying streets that are in the greatest need of reconstruction.
B. Update on the Public Works/DMU Joint Facility
Shawn Louwagie presented an update on the Public Works/DMU Joint Facility. Delano EDA owns the site along 72nd Avenue, which is approximately 16.5 acres and is in close proximity to major access routes which is naturally screened.
C. Significant Industrial User (SIU) agreement with KLN
Shawn Louwagie provided information on the existing SIU agreement that the City and Tuffy’s entered into. Louwagie noted this is being discussed because we have surpassed the six-month mark, and are now required to review and adjust the costs accordingly.
4. Adjournment
There being no further business to discuss the City Council meeting of Tuesday, April 26, 2022, was adjourned at 8:26 pm.
/S/:Dale Graunke, Mayor
/S/Paula Bauman, Administrative Services Coordinator
Attest: Alisha Ely, Administrative Specialist
Published in the Delano Herald Journal, May 13, 2022.

Delano City Council minutes 4/12/22

Summary – City of Delano
City Council/Economic Development Authority
Tuesday, April 12, 2022 7:00 PM
1. Call to Order
Mayor Graunke called the special workshop meeting of the Delano City Council/Economic Development Authority of Tuesday, April 12, 2022, to order at 7:00 pm.
2. Roll Call and Approval of Agenda
Members Present: Dale Graunke, Mayor; Councilmembers Betsy Moran, Holly Schrupp, Jon Sutherland, Jason Franzen.
Also Present: Phil Kern, City Administrator; Shawn Louwagie, City Engineer; Paula Bauman, Administrative Services Coordinator; Alisha Ely, Administrative Specialist; Bryce Borland, Administrative Intern.
3. Order of Business
A. Discuss Delano Ice Park concept
Phil Kern noted the Delano Ice Park was last discussed on February 22, 2022, the school board will meet on this on April 25, 2022, hockey is requesting City consideration on April 19, 2022, and feasibly study would start in May 2022. The parties included in the Memorandum of Understanding would include the City of Delano, Delano Schools, and Delano Hockey. This is not a full-fledge commitment, but an intent to look into the project.
B. Discuss Wright County Sheriff’s contract
Phil Kern discussed the current and proposed Wright County Sheriff’s contract. In 2022, Delano currently has 16 hours of primary coverage, plus general coverage. This equates to $491,728 plus $21,882 for the school resource officer per year. 2023 proposed coverage would include 20 hours of primary coverage, plus general coverage.
C. Discuss organizational plan and staffing
Phil Kern discussed organizational planning and staffing needs, looking at three major areas. This was last looked at in 2004, and the City has grown substantially since then. Things to be evaluated would include department structures, contracted individuals vs. employees, and Re-examining department structures
D. Discuss refuse contract
Phil Kern discussed our current contract, which expires on December 31, 2022. Historically, we have had 5-year contracts, with one exception, the current 10-year agreement from 2013. In 2013, Randy’s Sanitation provided a similar structure and pricing matrix. We have options to go out for bids and develop an RFP and solicit competitive proposals or negotiate an extension, the terms, and length of the contract are negotiable.
E. Consider amendment to purchase agreement for 133 3rd Street
Phil Kern discussed the possibility of an extension on the purchase agreement for 133 3rd Street. The request for extension is due to plans not getting sent in. Staff is recommending moving the contingency date further out.
Motion by Betsy Moran, seconded by Jon Sutherland to amend purchase agreement for 133 3rd Street; motion carried.
F. Discuss purchase agreement for PID 107-058-001020 (Item may be closed for purpose of real estate negotiations)
Phil Kern brought forth questions to Council regarding a 9th Street feasibility presentation for May 2,2 2022 or delaying the meeting to hold off on the purchase agreement, including street discussions with the overall area 2023 street improvement project feasibility analysis, which will take place in the summer or fall of 2022
4. Adjournment
There being no further business to discuss the Special Workshop City Council meeting of Tuesday, April 12, 2022, was adjourned at 9:08 pm.
/S/Dale Graunke, Mayor
/S/Paula Bauman, Administrative Services Coordinator
Attest: Alisha Ely, Administrative Specialist
Published in the Delano Herald Journal, May 13, 2022.

Delano City Council minutes 4/5/22

Minutes – City of Delano
City Council/Economic Development Authority
Tuesday, April 5, 2022 – 7:00pm
1. Call to Order
Mayor Graunke called the regular meeting of the Delano City Council/Economic Development Authority of Tuesday, April 5, 2022, to order at 7:00 pm.
2. Roll Call and Approval of Agenda
Members Present: Dale Graunke, Mayor; Councilmembers Betsy Moran, Holly Schrupp, Jon Sutherland, Jason Franzen.
Also Present: Phil Kern, City Administrator; Shawn Louwagie, City Engineer; Alisha Ely, Administrative Specialist; Bryce Borland, Administrative Intern.
Motion by Jason Franzen, seconded by Jon Sutherland to approve the agenda with recommended changes; motion carried.
4. Communications and Announcements
A. Consider scheduling a City Council Worksession
Phil Kern discussed the significant items coming forward to the Council. Staff is recommending additional meetings on Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at 7:00 pm and Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at 6:00 pm.
Betsy Moran noted the LMC Meeting is June 22-24, 2022.
5. Minutes
A. March 7, 2022 – Joint Commission Workshop
B. March 15, 2022 – City Council Regular Meeting
Motion by Holly Schrupp, seconded by Betsy Moran to approve March 7, 2022 – Joint Commission Workshop and March 15, 2022 – City Council Regular Meeting minutes; motion carried.
6. Consent Items
Motion by Holly Schrupp, seconded by Betsy Moran to approve Consent Items A, C, D, E, F, G, and H; motion carried.
Motion by Holly Schrupp, seconded by Jon Sutherland to approve Consent Item F; motion carried.
A. Consider the purchase of a Lucas 3.1 for Autopulse from Stryker Medical for the Delano Fire Department
B. Consider funding to replace fire panel and components at Delano Library
This item was removed from Consent at this time.
C. Consider resolution re-establishing the City of Delano’s precinct and polling place
D. Consider approval of a new lease with Metro Sales, Inc. for a new copier for City Hall
E. Consider the listed items to be brought to the auction in Monticello
F. Consider authorizing the purchase of play equipment from Landscape Structures for Savannah Park.
G. Consider approving the purchase of sixteen 4” Malibu Benches from Markstaar
H. Consider hiring personnel for Cablecaster position
8. General Business
C. Planning and Development
1. Motion authorizing execution of deed conveying Outlot D and E of Granite Works Addition, subject to execution of drainage and utility easements
Motion by Jon Sutherland, seconded by Betsy Moran to approve authorizing execution of deed conveying Outlot D and E of Granite Works Addition, subject to execution of drainage, utility easements, and pin placement; motion carried.
E. Parks and Public Works
1. Motion approving plans for the Nutrisource Pet Park
Motion by Betsy Moran, seconded by Jon Sutherland to approve plans for the Nutrisource Pet Park; motion carried.
2. Consider request from Delano Community Education to renovate the Delano Disc Golf Course
Motion by Dale Graunke, seconded by Betsy Moran to approve the request from Delano Community Education to renovate the Delano Disc Golf Course; motion carried.
3. Review the bids received for McKinley Parkway SW
Motion by Jon Sutherland, seconded by Jason Franzen to award the bid for the McKinley Parkway SW project to GMH Asphalt Corporation; motion carried.
4. Central Park Ballfield
Motion by Jon Sutherland, seconded by Holly Schrupp to approve Central Park Ballfield improvements; motion carried.
9. Updates from Commission Liaisons
C. Park and Recreation Commission
10. Claims
A. City Claims
1. City Claims – March 16-April 5, 2022
Motion by Holly Schrupp, seconded by Jon Sutherland to City Claims from March 16 – April 5, 2022; motion carried.
12. Adjournment
There being no further business to discuss the regular City Council meeting of Tuesday, April 5, 2022, was adjourned at 8:23 pm.
/S/Dale Graunke, Mayor
/S/Paula Bauman, Administrative Services Coordinator
Attest: Alisha Ely, Administrative Specialist
Published in the Delano Herald Journal, May 13, 2022.