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Emmers OK after fatal train crash

CROZET, VA – US Rep. Tom Emmer, of Delano, and his wife, Jacquie, were uninjured Wednesday when the Amtrak train they were riding collided with a garbage truck, killing one and injuring at least two others in the truck.

“Jacquie and I are both aboard the train. We are both OK,” Emmer tweeted. “Thank you to those who have reached out. Praying for all.”

According to multiple media reports, the chartered train was carrying dozens of Republican members of Congress to a strategy retreat when the crash occurred around 11:20 a.m.

Fellow Minnesotans, Rep. Jason Lewis and Rep. Erik Paulsen, were also onboard.

Lewis was transported to an area hospital and treated for a concussion.

His staff tweeted Wednesday afternoon that he had been discharged from the hospital and was en route to the retreat, where he hoped to participate as much as he was able.

Paulsen tweeted that he was OK, and that some on the train suffered minor injuries, but others involved suffered more serious injuries.

The cause of the crash is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.

The crossing where the crash occurred was reportedly protected by crossing arms, flashing lights, bells, and warning signs.

Business of the Year nominations now open

DELANO, MN – Delano Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations of local businesses for the 16th annual DACC Business of the Year.

This award will spotlight a successful Delano business which, over the course of the past year, meets or exceeds the following criteria:

  • ·         Preferably a chamber member.
  • ·         In business for at least 1 year.
  • ·         Provides consistent service and/or products to its customers and/or community.
  • ·         Promotes Delano’s community events and encourages employees to be involved.
  • ·         Promotes other Delano businesses by showing support and referring customers, etc.
  • ·         Has not received this award in the last five years.

The elected business will be:

  • ·         Presented a plaque at the Annual DACC Celebration dinner in March.
  • ·         Featured in the Delano Herald Journal.
  • ·         Recognized on the Highway 12 Chamber sign.
  • ·         Honored with treats delivered to their business.
  • ·         Given a chance to ride in the Fourth of July parade as “Business of the Year.”
  • ·         The sole showcased business at a DACC general meeting.
  • ·         Given two free lunches at a general meeting.

Immediate Past Recipients:

  • ·         2013 Randy’s Environmental Services
  • ·         2014 Rieder Meat Market
  • ·         2015 Brandt Companies
  • ·         2016 Bauer Design Build
  • ·         2017 MacLean Law Office

Please nominate the business you feel best meets the criteria stated above and your reasons why they should be named Delano’s Business of the Year. The DACC Ambassadors/Board of Directors will review all nominations at their February meetings, and the winner will be announced at the Feb. 15 general meeting. The winning business will be formally recognized at the DACC Celebration Dinner Saturday, March 3, at the Delano American Legion. Please submit your nomination as soon as possible, as the deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7. All nominations will be confidential. Remember, you are nominating a business, not a person.

Nomination forms are available at the DACC office (131 Babcock Blvd. W. Delano). Nominations can be emailed to dacc@delanochamber.com or mailed to PO Box 27, Delano, MN. Emails should include the name of the business being nominated, why they are being nominated, and the nominator’s name and phone number.

BOYS HOCKEY: Hjelle shuts out New Prague

Jackson Hjelle made saves on all 29 shots he faced Tuesday night at New Prague to earn his first shutout of the season. Delano won the game 3-0. Photo by Matt Kane

Jackson Hjelle made saves on all 29 shots he faced Tuesday night at New Prague to earn his first shutout of the season. Delano won the game 3-0.
Photo by Matt Kane

By Matt Kane
Sports Editor
NEW PRAGUE — Delano finally broke the goose egg in its Wright County Conference win column Tuesday night, when it picked up a 3-0 win at New Prague.

Jackson Hjelle couldn’t have done any better between the pipes for the Tigers. The senior steered aside all 29 shots he faced to earn his first shutout of the season.

The impressive senior season of Jack Paulson continued.

Paulson had a point on all three goals. He scored the only goal that ultimately mattered, in the first period, and assisted on Justin Daly’s two, third-period goals.

BOYS BASKETBALL: Hawks swoop in to hand Tigers rare loss

Matt Kane
Sports Editor

DELANO — Delano coach Terry Techam predicted Chaska would be a tough opponent Tuesday night when it visited the Tiger Activity Center, and he was correct.

The Hawks swooped into Delano and claimed an 84-83 win.

The combination of Cole Nicholson and Parker Bjorklund propelled Chaska, as the two combined for 55 points.

The square-shouldered Nicholson tore up the Tigers’ paint defenders for 32 points Bjorklund drove and spotted up for 23 points.

The game may have gotten too far out of hand for the Tigers in the first half if not for the play of Calvin Wishart, who scored 22 of his team’s 35 points in the first 18 minutes of play.

AIR CALVIN Calvin Wishart find his inner airness and floats to the rim for two points in the first half of Tuesday’s home game against Chaska. Wishart scored 43 points and had a triple-double, but the Tigers came up short in an 84-8-3 loss to the Hawks. Photo by Matt Kane

AIR CALVIN
Calvin Wishart find his inner airness and floats to the rim for two points in the first half of Tuesday’s home game against Chaska. Wishart scored 43 points and had a triple-double, but the Tigers came up short in an 84-83 loss to the Hawks.
Photo by Matt Kane

Wishart was just as big in the second half, and recorded a triple-double, finishing with 43 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

Chaska improved to 9-2. The Hawks are ranked No. 8 in the Jan. 3 poll.

Delano, which is No. 9 in the poll, dropped to 8-3 entering Thursday’s home game against Benilde-St. Margaret’s.

The Tigers go to Prior Lake Saturday for an afternoon game, and, next week, they host Sauk Rapids-Rice Tuesday, Jan. 16, and go to New Prague Friday, Jan. 19, for the Wright County Conference opener.

GIRLS HOCKEY: Olson gives Delano OT win at Orono

By Matt Kane
Sports Editor

The rivalry brought out some physical play Friday night, when Orono hosted Delano in a WCC game. Here, Delano's Emily Olson gives Megan Marzolf a greeting in the first period. The visiting Tigers dished out the final blow, winning the game 2-1 in overtime. Photo by Matt Kane

The rivalry brought out some physical play Friday night, when Orono hosted Delano in a WCC game. Here, Delano’s Emily Olson gives Megan Marzolf a greeting in the first period. The visiting Tigers dished out the final blow, winning the game 2-1 in overtime.
Photo by Matt Kane

ORONO — The game went to overtime, but Delano didn’t waste much extra time in picking up a 2-1 win at Orono Friday night.

Emily Olson ended overtime shortly after it began, just 21 seconds into the extra frame, on a power play.

Olson’s goal moved Delano to 10-7 overall and to 4-1 in the Wright County Conference.

Orono dropped to 6-11 overall and to 2-3 in the conference.

Both regulation goals were scored in the second period. Orono’s Holly Harrison put the Spartans on top 1-0 at 1:55 of the period. Delano’s Mary Beth Kivisto tied the game at 6:55 on a power play.

Anna Kivisto assisted on both Delano goals. Meghan Staunton had the second assist on Olson’s overtime-winner.

Karly Schmidt was the winning goaltender for Delano. She made 23 saves.

Orono’s Anna Lisle made 31 saves in the loss.

BOYS HOCKEY: Orono tops Delano in OT thriller

By Matt Kane
Sports Editor

DELANO — Delano was on the brink of the marquee win of the season Friday night at the Delano Area Sports Arena, where it hosted No. 5 Orono in a heated rivalry game. That win, however, never came to be, as Thomas Walker’s goal at 4:15 of overtime lifted the Spartans to a 3-2 win over the Tigers in the Wright County Conference game.

The loss left the Tigers winless in three conference games. It also evened Delano’s overall record at 6-6.

Orono moved to 7-4-1 overall and to 2-0 in the conference.

The overtime-winner from Walker completed a late comeback for Orono, which never led until the final score.

Delano looked in position for the upset victory over the rival Spartans, but, trying to hold on to a 2-1 lead, the Tigers ran out of gas and could not fend off the Orono attack late in regulation.

Jack Kubitz’s slap shot from the high slot tied the game, 2-2, with 1:19 to play in the third period.

Orono came inches from winning in regulation after Kubitz tied it up, but the best friend of Delano goalie Jackson Hjelle, his right post, kept the game tied with a dinging save on a shot by Zach Simon.

Hjelle made 29 saves in the loss. Orono goaltender Evan Babekuhl made 28 saves in the win.

Babekuhl came up huge on several Delano attacks late in the third period. Most notable was his denial of Justin Daly on a point-blank shot off a two-on-one rush.

Orono goalie Evan Babekuhl denies Delano's Justin Daly on a quality chance in the third period. Orono want on two win the 3-2 in overtime. Photo by Matt Kane

Orono goalie Evan Babekuhl denies Delano’s Justin Daly on a quality chance in the third period. Orono want on two win the 3-2 in overtime.
Photo by Matt Kane

Delano led 1-0 at the first intermission thanks to Matt Carson’s goal at 12:55 of the first period.

That Tigers’ lead didn’t last long after the Zamboni exited the ice, as Orono’s Dane Korsi swept the puck through Hjelle at 1:45 of the second period to knot it, 1-1.

Jack Paulson’s unassisted power-play goal with three seconds remaining in the second period gave the host Tigers a 2-1 lead at the second intermission.