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Delano’s former mayor Steinmetz pursuing his bucket list

After being involved with Delano-Franklin Township Area Historical Society for over 23 years, founder Jon Steinmetz stepped down from his position as president June 4. Steinmetz’s decision was based on the new perspective he’s gained since being diagnosed with leukemia in May and the recent passing of his wife Sheri in February.
In a Facebook post dated June 2, Steinmetz said the following:
“Good morning all; you may be wondering why I haven’t been posting much recently? The passing of my wife was pretty devastating, but I am determined to move forward. Last month I was diagnosed with leukemia; that really opened my eyes to the limit I have on this planet, so going to do my bucket list now and travel, and enjoy the time I have left. I hope the community will continue to support the Historical society and preserve Delano’s past. It has been a blast hanging with all of you!”

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‘Karaoke King’ set to sing in the 4th of July parade for the 16th time with new song

Delano resident Michael Merriman will humbly tell you that he has no musical talent, but his fans would tell you otherwise.
The “Karaoke King,” his nickname dubbed by his fans, is preparing new material for the Delano 4th of July parade, which will be his 16th year of singing in the event.

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Rock from the Heart founder speaks at Abbott Labs

Delano resident Pete Johnson spoke at an employee event at Abbott Labs June 14, where he shared his survival story and how he was inspired to help others and form the nonprofit organization Rock from the Heart.
Abbott Labs created an aortic heart valve for Johnson, who received it during open-heart surgery in 2017 to treat his bicuspid aortic valve disease and aortic aneurysms.

See the full story in this week’s newspaper.

Two drivers injured in Wright County crash

Delano, MN, Two drivers were injured in a two-vehicle crash north of Delano Tuesday, June 29 in the  afternoon.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol (MSP), 26-year-old Matthew Hendrickson of Cokato and 51-year-old Tamara Schaust of Delano were taken to HCMC in Minneapolis for treatment.

The MSP said Schaust suffered life-threatening injuries. Hendrickson suffered non-life threatening injuries.

The crash happened just before 4:30 p.m. on Highway 12 at Eaken Avenue Southeast.

Ben Meyers named grand marshal for 4th of July parade

The Delano Fourth of July Committee has announced that Delano alumnus and Colorado Avalanche Forward Ben Meyers will be the grand marshal of the Delano Fourth of July parade.
“I’m honored and blessed to be named grand marshal for this year’s Fourth of July parade. It’s surreal to be part of such a long-standing tradition in Delano,” said Meyers
Meyers graduated from Delano High School in 2017, the same year he led the Tigers hockey team to its first state tournament appearance.

See the full story in this week’s newspaper.

See the special section with Delano 4th of July Celebration information here


Missing ring found after 5 days with lots of help

Thanks to a committed community effort, a cherished wedding ring is back in the hands of Loretto resident Camden Bidle.
Bidle misplaced the ring during a baseball practice Monday, May 30, but after several hours of searching by multiple members of the community over the course of five days, the ring was returned to Bidle Saturday, June 4.