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Local UMD student exercising civil disobedience

It’s a matter of principle for University of Minnesota, Duluth (UMD) student Lucious LaFromboise.
The 20-year-old 2019 Delano High School graduate would have started his final semester of classes last week, but he has refused to sign an exemption that he believes is unfair to all students.

See the full story in this week’s newspaper.

Spikes: not your average feed store

North of downtown Delano on what was once a dead-end road adjacent to the railroad tracks, you will find family-owned Spikes and Houles Feed, Seed and Pet Supply – look for the elevators.
A few years ago, many residents had little idea this feed mill and store existed. However, when the city extended Railroad Avenue to run all the way from Bridge Street to Tiger drive, Spikes became more visible and accessible.

See the full story and photos in this week’s newspaper.

Gehlen becomes ’22 chamber president

Josh Gehlen is no stranger to community involvement. The Senior Vice President of Lending at Delano’s Minnesota Lakes Bank recently became the president of the Delano Area Chamber of Commerce (DACC).

See the full story in this week’s newspaper

Black Hawks returning to Delano Feb. 12

Aviation and military enthusiasts will again have an opportunity to see two Black Hawk helicopters and a Chinook helicopter up close Saturday, Feb. 12.
The choppers are part of the Civil Air Patrol Skyhawk Squadron that will be flying practice routes of approximately 60 cadets that day. They will fly out of Holman Field in St. Paul in the morning and are expected to be in the Delano area sometime between 11 and 11:30 a.m., said organizer Bob Sundheim, who serves as deputy commander of the Skyhawk Squadron based in Delano.

See the full story in this week’s newspaper.

Circles of Opportunity meeting postponed

Due to concerns about rising COVID-19 levels, organizers have postponed Delano’s Circles of Opportunity meeting scheduled Thursday evening, Jan. 13, at Delano City Hall.

“We considered moving the meeting to a virtual space, but felt that it would lose much of its intended impact by doing so,” said Nick Neaton, Delano Community Services Director and one of the organizers of the event.

The meeting will be rescheduled. “In the meantime, we are compiling a directory of organizations active in diversity and inclusion initiatives,” he said.

The meeting’s focus is on diversity and inclusion. “There are many groups working on issues of diversity and inclusion in Delano. The City of Delano is taking an opportunity to bring together members of these various ‘circles.’ Our goal is to bring together people from different efforts to learn about each other, to discuss common goals and to build potential for collaborating. We first offered this in 2019, and we’re hoping for another great session in 2022,” Neaton said in an earlier announcement.

Any organization or individual interested in updates may contact Neaton at or 763-972-0575, and also watch the Delano Herald Journal for updates.

Elders Nest assisted living now open in Waverly Minnesota

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The two elder nest homes are located at 316 61st Street SW in Waverly.

SPONSORED POST - It’s been a long journey for Michael and Cherene Beatty, the owners of The Elders Nest, LLC located in Waverly Minnesota just 43 miles from the Twin Cities. Having previously operated assisted living homes in the state of Washington, the couple has brought two family-friendly assisted living homes to Minnesota near the Howard Lake, Delano, Buffalo, Cokato area.

Construction began in the summer of 2019 on these two amazing assisted living facilities and the two homes were originally scheduled to open June 1, 2020. However, state licensing delays brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic compounded with a series of new regulations associated with assisted living facilities pushed the opening date to Nov. 4, 2021.
Elders Nest assisted living homes of Waverly feature: six private bedrooms, bathrooms with walk-in bathtubs, a full kitchen, dining area, living room, heated garage, and finished basements for live-in caregivers.
Additionally, Elders Nest assisted living homes maintains a 24/7 professional staff of ten individuals including: one live-in director, a registered nurse, and eight caregivers.
“Our caregivers have time to spend one-on-one with the residents, visiting, doing crafts, taking them outside for fresh air and sun daily,” said Cherene.


Both homes feature a full kitchen and dining area where dinners are frequently held for family and friends of residents.

Further, Elders Nest assisted living homes residents will have access to health care services at all times.
“Skin checks, mood, bowel care, range of motion, fall prevention, are most assuredly done and cared for by a professional caregiver,” Cherene said.
The Beatty’s hope to provide a unique assisted living experience, for the surrounding area emphasizing a small community family-like atmosphere, and a commitment to residents’ comfort and convenience making each resident feel at home. The residents where ever they are from be it Dassel, Cokato, Hutchinson, Howard Lake, Buffalo or Delano and rest assured they will have a great experience.
“The Elders Nest policy is to avoid rigid schedules for our residents,” Michael said. “Breakfast happens here all morning long. Residents who sleep longer in the morning are allowed to do so, and their breakfast is prepared once they get up.”
“We try to have supper for everyone near the same time in the evening to encourage companionship between the residents.”
Delicious home cooked meals follow the family-style concept. The Beattys pride themselves that no “cafeteria-style food will be found at The Elders Nest assisted living homes.
Residents are encouraged to have visitors, as they are an important part of The Elders Nest assisted living experience. Staff happily greet residents, family, and friends by name when they come through the door.
“There are no strangers here,” Cherene assured. “Coffee and snacks are always available for visitors, and dinners are frequently held for family and friends of our residents.”
Currently there are 10 available spots at the two Elders Nest assisted living homes, but those spots are expected to be filled by March according to Michael.
Anyone who is interested in scheduling a tour of the assisted living homes or is looking for additional information can do so by visiting the the Beatty’s website at