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Grant approved for Ascension sculpture

This rendering shows the sculpture that Willicey Tynes will install in Delano.

This rendering shows the sculpture that Willicey Tynes will install in Delano.

DELANO, MN – At its May 11 meeting, the Central MN Arts Board awarded a $10,000 public art grant to the Delano Area Council for Arts and Culture, CMAB announced Wednesday.

The grant will be used for a sculpture titled “Ascension,” which will be 11 feet tall and 5 feet wide in the shape of a rising flame.

Artist Willicey Tynes will install the sculpture in the Delano Sculpture Park between Wright County Road 30 and Bridge Avenue.

The CMAB Public Art Grant program provides funds for the completion of well-planned works of public art that are accessible to the general public and supported by the community. An organization must provide a minimum of 20 percent in matching funds. Public Art Grant funds are provided through Minnesota’s Arts & Culture Legacy Fund.

 

Industrial Louvers TIF hearing on May 16 city council agenda

DELANO, MN – Residents will have the opportunity to weigh in on a proposed Tax Increment Financing District for Industrial Louvers during a public hearing as part of the Delano City Council meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 16.

Industrial Louvers has requested financial assistance for its proposed 65,000-square-foot expansion project. Delano Finance Director Brian Bloch said in a memo to the council that “staff believes the best solution would be assistance in the form of Tax Increment Financing.”

The proposed TIF District would remain in existence from 2019 to 2027, as eight years is the maximum allowed by law.

In other business, the council will discuss the Delano Intermediate School drainage plan.

 

Montrose park closed due to slippery substance on equipment

Caution tape was used to close Veterans Park in Montrose after a slippery substance was discovered on the equipment there. (Photo posted in Community of Montrose MN by Michelle Otto)

Caution tape was used to close Veterans Park in Montrose after a slippery substance was discovered on the equipment there. (Photo posted in Community of Montrose MN by Michelle Otto)

MONTROSE, MN – Veterans Park in Montrose was temporarily closed for part of Sunday and Monday after a slipper substance was found on the equipment.

“Just a warning: The playground equipment at Jacque Bs has petroleum jelly spread all over it — slides and benches included,” Jessica Hindermann posted in the Community of Montrose MN Facebook group around 4:15 p.m. Sunday. “My nephew tried the monkey bars, slipped off, and knocked the wind out of himself. Please be careful!”

A slippery substance was applied to playground equipment at Veterans Park in Montrose, causing the park to be closed Sunday afternoon until the equipment could be cleaned Monday.

A slippery substance was applied to playground equipment at Veterans Park in Montrose, causing the park to be closed Sunday afternoon until the equipment could be cleaned Monday.

Montrose Park and Recreation Commission closed the park within an hour of that post.

“Jessica Hindermann – thank you for posting this,” Commissioner Bru Ploog wrote. “We have taped off the park and closed it temporarily due to this, so public works can clean/repair it. Again, on behalf of Park and Rec., I want to thank you for letting us know, in order to help keep the community safe. Much appreciated!”

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office was notified of the incident and is investigating.

Mayor Michelle Otto documented the incident with a message and photos posted to the Community of Montrose MN Facebook group.

“It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon until we had to temporarily close Vets park due to vandalism of a slippery substance all over the playground to where innocent kids were getting hurt,” Otto wrote.

She thanked Bru and Patrick Ploog for taping off the park until city staff could clean it Monday.

One of Otto’s photos shows a tube of multi-antibiotic ointment.

In addition to the slippery substance on the equipment, the park was also littered with trash that volunteers have since cleaned up, Bru Ploog said.

Fire burns 50-plus acres near Independence City Hall

A fire burned more than 50 acres of swamp near Independence City Hall Sunday evening and Monday morning. (Submitted photo)

A fire burned more than 50 acres of swamp near Independence City Hall Sunday evening and Monday morning. (Submitted photo)

INDEPENDENCE, MN – Highway 12 was closed for four hours between Hennepin County roads 83 and 90, along with several other local roads, as area fire departments responded to a large grass fire near Independence City Hall at 1920 Co. Rd. 90 Sunday evening and early Monday morning.

West Hennepin Public Safety Department and Maple Plain Fire Department were dispatched to the fire at 8:30 p.m. Sunday. Upon arrival, WHPS police officers located a moderate fire burning in the middle of a large swamp directly east of Independence City Hall. The fire was about 100-feet-by-100 feet when fire crews arrived and quickly grew to a large fire burning more than 50 plus acres of a 160-acre swamp.

No property was damaged and there were no injuries.

The fire was extinguished at about 3 a.m. and all roads were opened for normal traffic. Police and fire crews cleared the scene, but continued to monitor it periodically.

Officers discovered that the fire actually started in the middle of the swamp completely covered in cattails and water. WHPS is leading the investigation as to the cause of the fire. Arson is not suspected, and the fire is not related to any burn permits.

Due to the location of the fire, it was difficult to extinguish. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources worked closely with Maple Plain Fire. The DNR was unable to use its water-deployment helicopter during the nighttime hours, but made it available in case it was needed during the day.

Anticipating congestion on Highway 12, the Minnesota Department of Transportation put up two electronic message boards saying “Controlled Burn Ahead” in the early morning hours.

WHPS Chief Gary Kroells thanked everyone involved with responding to the fire.

“A big thanks to the many staff, reserve officers, firefighters, and public works employees for their assistance for closing roads and handling traffic diversion,” Kroells wrote in a press release.

Pastor Matt Sipe receives new appointment

The District Superintendent of the Twin Cities District of the United Methodist Church, Minnesota Annual Conference, has announced that it is the intention of Bishop Bruce Ough to appoint the Rev. Matt Sipe as lead pastor for the Minnetonka United Methodist Church.
A celebration of Pastor Matt’s service will take place on Sunday, June 4 at 10:30 a.m. at the Delano United Methodist Church.
Visitors are welcome to attend. A reception will be held immediately after this service to honor Pastor Matt for his service to the Delano Methodist Church and the Delano community.

For more Delano news, see the May 8 edition of the Delano Herald Journal.

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Delano United Methodist Church announces new pastor

The District Superintendent of the Big Waters District of the United Methodist Church, Minnesota Annual Conference, has announced that it is the intention of Bishop Bruce Ough to appoint the Rev, Christina (Stina) Koppes as pastor of the Delano United Methodist Church.
Acting on behalf of the congregation, the Staff Parish Relations Committee has confirmed the Bishop’s intention.
A service celebrating the appointment will take place Sunday, June 25.
Visitors are welcome to attend. A reception will take place immediately after the service to welcome the Koppes family to Delano. Accompanying Christina in this move is her husband, Chad, and son, James.
Christina holds master of divinity and master of arts degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary.

For more Delano news, see the May 8 edition of the Delano Herald Journal.
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