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Deringer, Kaczmarek to vie for sheriff in November

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – In a five-candidate race to determine whose names will be on the Nov. 6 ballot for Wright County sheriff, Sean Deringer and Mike Kaczmarek emerged from the crowd.

Of the 17,385 votes cast, Deringer received 5,543 (31.88 percent), while Kaczmarek received 5,032 (28.94 percent), followed by Drew Scherber with 3,155 votes (18.15 percent), Stacy Braun with 2,471 votes (14.21 percent), and Chad Torkelson with 1,184 votes (6.81 percent).

Deringer was the top vote getter in 19 of 43 precincts, garnering 858 votes in Buffalo, 372 in Monticello, and 272 in Maple Lake, where he resides.

Kaczmarek was the favorite in local precincts, receiving 423 votes in Delano, 271 votes in Franklin Township, 187 votes in Rockford Township, 174 votes in Marysville Township, 171 votes in Montrose, and 143 votes in Woodland Township.

Scherber, of St. Michael, was the top vote getter there, with 823 votes, and also carried Albertville with 224 votes.

Braun was also popular on his home turf, receiving 465 votes in Otsego.

In the US House District 6 race, Delano’s Tom Emmer, a Republican, received 34,251 votes (76.58 percent) to AJ Kern’s 7,897 votes (17.66 percent) and Patrick Munro’s 2,575 votes (5.76 percent). Emmer won all local precincts and will face Democrat Ian Todd.

Voters in Delano, Franklin Township, Marysville Township, and Rockford Township followed statewide trends in selecting Jim Newberger and Karin Housley as Republican US Senate candidates, incumbents Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith as Democratic-Farmer-Labor US Senate candidates, Jeff Johnson and Donna Bergstrom as Republican governor and lieutenant governor candidates, Tim Walz and Peggy Flanagan as DFL governor and lieutenant governor candidates, Doug Wardlow as the Republican attorney general candidate, and Keith Ellison as the DFL attorney general candidate.

Voters in Montrose and Woodland Township followed suit except that Lori Swanson and Rick Nolan received more votes for DFL governor and lieutenant governor in Montrose, and tied Walz and Flanagan in Woodland Township.

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions to acquire Sil-Pro

DELANO, MN – Trelleborg Sealing Solutions has signed an agreement to acquire Sil-Pro, Inc. from Precision Associates, Inc. and Kevin Carver. No financial details have been disclosed regarding the deal, which is expected to be finalized in the first quarter of 2019, pending regulatory approval.

Sil-Pro in Delano is set to be acquired by Trelleborg Sealing Solutions.

Sil-Pro in Delano is set to be acquired by Trelleborg Sealing Solutions.

“Today’s agreement represents the culmination of 18 wonderful years of prosperous partnership among the Kadue and Carver families and our hundreds of dedicated and talented employees,” PAI President Bradley Kadue said in a statement shared by Rubber & Plastic News. “The team at Sil-Pro has built a phenomenal business over that time, and we are proud to have played a part in that success. We are pleased to have partnered with such a capable and ethical company as Trelleborg. We know that Sil-Pro and its employees will be a marvelous complement to its operations.”

A Trelleborg press release states, “The acquisition complements and broadens Trelleborg’s current offering in the healthcare and medical industry . . . This bolt-on acquisition is part of Trelleborg’s strategy to strengthen its positions in attractive market segments.”

In a statement, Peter Hahn, president of the Trelleborg Sealing Solutions business area, added, “This acquisition complements our existing offerings and expands our product range in such areas as drug delivery and surgery tools. The company is well reputed with first-rate quality systems and clean-room standards. Its expertise and capacity within tool-making is a welcome addition to our current operation.”

Trelleborg has locations in 31 different countries, and the Delano location will be its 17th in the US.

According to the Trelleborg Sealing and Solutions website, “Trelleborg is a world leader in engineered polymer solutions that seal, damp, and protect critical applications in demanding environments. Its innovative solutions accelerate performance for customers in a sustainable way.”

In addition, the Trelleborg Group, comprised of five business areas, has annual sales of $3.6 billion in more than 40 countries, according to the website.

Mechanical problems close splash pad Thursday, Aug. 9

DELANO, MN – Mechanical issues prevented the Delano Splashpad from opening Thursday, Aug. 9.

According to a post on the City of Delano Splashpad Facebook page just before noon “crews are currently working to fix the problem. Please watch the City of Delano Splashpad page for further updates! Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience!”

Delano Herald Journal office moving downtown Aug. 28

DELANO, MN – Beginning Tuesday, Aug. 28, the Delano Herald Journal office will be located in The Jerome at 127 Bridge Ave. E. A dropbox will be located behind the building. The phone number will remain 763-972-1028, and the mailing address will remain PO Box 498 Delano, MN 55328.

Delano floodplain map to change

DELANO, MN – After 30 years, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is updating Delano’s floodplain map.

“We are at the point now where they have given us a published, revised map, and it has a larger area of 100-year floodplain than we had before,” City Administrator Phil Kern said. “ . . . Some properties not designated as floodplain will be. Some that have been in the floodplain will not be anymore.”

City staff and officials first became aware of the situation in July, and discussed the matter Tuesday.

The city has the option to request a 90-day review period, and is doing so, Kern said.

“The council wanted to make sure we got the word out,” he said. “On an individual property basis, if they are impacted, they can work to get their property removed (from the floodplain) if they can prove they’re at an elevation above the floodplain. There will be more coming, but we are starting the process here.”

Individual property owners have successfully appealed floodplain designations using the Letter of Map Amendment process.

“It’s not overly difficult if you can prove the property elevation around the primary structure is above what they designate as the 100-year floodplain elevation,” Kern said.

He noted that several factors go into establishing the floodplain, including developments, farm field tiling, rainfall data, and elevation.

In some cases already reviewed by city staff, the floodplain elevations are changing by as much as 1 foot, as is the case with Central Park, which was already in the floodplain.

From the city’s standpoint, one complication to the process is the uncertified levy system the community built over the past 50 years.

“Largely because of the cost, we don’t have a certified levy built,” Kern said. “The FEMA floodplain map essentially, therefore, establishes flood elevations ignoring our levy.”

The city can work through a Levy Analysis and Mapping Procedures process in order to get credit for the levy.

“There’s a chance that, for properties on the city side, elevation could be dropped if FEMA and the DNR would say the levy is sufficient,” Kern said.

–“ . . . The challenge to that is we don’t know.

Without doing soil borings, we can’t concretely prove the levy built in 1969 was built to acceptable 2018 standards.”

With that in mind, the council directed City Engineer Shawn Louwagie to put together the scope of work for that process to be presented at a future council meeting.

Odds and ends

In other business, the council:

• reapproved the McKinley Avenue improvements, as the council had initially approved the project on a 3-0 vote, but a four-fifths majority is required for such projects.

• discussed a Youth in Government program that would add a youth liaison or two to the city council. The liaison(s) would be able to sit in on commission and council meetings and share opinions at the discretion of the mayor and commission chairs.

•  discussed potential administrative changes to shift zoning and code enforcement duties from the city’s building official to another employee, due to the large amount of work related to increased construction in the community.

Last chance to vote for ‘Best of Delano Area’ Tuesday, July 31

DELANO, MN – Voting for the “Best of Delano Area” ends Tuesday, July 31, so it’s time to get your vote in if you haven’t yet.

Online at, is a list of contest categories such as best burgers, convenience store, live music venue, and many more.

Simply vote for those you think are the best.

There is no cost to vote, and every entry will be included in a drawing for prizes. Grand prize is a pass for two for a dinner and show at Chanhassen Dinner Theatre. Other prizes are subscriptions to the Delano Herald Journal.

Complete entries are appreciated, but you only need to vote in the categories you wish.

Remember, this is “Delano area” so your favorites don’t necessarily have to be in Delano (but many of them will be, right?).

Eligible votes must be on a page from the Delano Herald Journal; online voting is limited to one entry per email address.

Prizewinners will be announced shortly after the close of voting, and the Best of Delano Area winners will be featured in a special section of the newspaper in September.