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Granite chip hunt begins Monday

The hunt for the granite chip begins Monday. Whoever finds it will win $100.

The hunt for the granite chip begins Monday. Whoever finds it will win $100.

DELANO, MN – New in 2017, individuals will have the chance to hunt for the granite chip leading up to the 4th of July celebration.

The granite chip is 3 inches wide by 2.5 inches tall and pays homage to the city’s motto and Delano Granite Works.  It is hidden somewhere on public property within Delano city limits. Participants are asked to be respectful when hunting for the chip.

The hunt will begin Monday, June 26.

Clues will be released at 9 a.m. each morning at the Delano Senior Center, on the Delano Senior Center Facebook page, the Delano Fourth of July Facebook page, and the Delano Herald Journal Facebook page.

Whoever finds the granite chip first and turns it in at the senior center will receive a $100 cash prize. If the chip is found outside of business hours, call (763) 972-0574.

Pavement preservation projects begin: County roads 30, 16 included

Wright County Road 30 will undergo a pavement preservation project.

Wright County Road 30 will undergo a pavement preservation project.

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – Wright County’s pavement preservation projects are beginning Monday, June 19, and are expected to be completed by the end of August.

Included in the projects are Wright County Road 16 from the south county line to Delano and County Road 30 in Delano, west of County Road 16.

Traffic will be directed by flag people near and through the work zone. Motorists are asked to be prepared to expect minor delays during construction activity. A detour of traffic will not be necessary during construction on county roads 30 and 16.

The type of work being completed includes milling, reclaiming the existing bituminous surface and aggregate base, paving two layers of bituminous mixture, aggregate shouldering, pavement markings, and mailbox supports.

Also included in this contract is the installation of swing-away mailbox supports at no cost to the resident on rural highways. This mailbox support meets current safety standards and will be installed after the paving is completed. Mailbox supports in urban areas, behind the curb, will not be replaced. Only those existing mailboxes that are located directly on the shoulder of a rural county highway will be replaced with new supports. If a resident currently has a county installed swing-away support, it will remain in-place and be adjusted to match the new road grade.

The prime contractor for the county’s pavement preservation contract is Knife River Corp. – North Central, Sauk Rapids, MN.

“The Wright County Highway Department greatly appreciates motorists’ patience during construction on this important improvement project,” Highway Engineer Virgil Hawkins wrote in a press release. “Questions or comments regarding this project can be directed to the proper individuals by calling the Wright County Highway Department at (763) 682-7383 or toll free (800) 362-3667 (ask for the Highway Department). Business hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.”

Delano Evangelical Free Church celebrating 50 years

Delano Evangelical Free Church hosted a golden jubilee event June 4.

Delano Evangelical Free Church hosted a golden jubilee event June 4.

DELANO, MN – It’s been 50 years since members broke ground for the Delano Evangelical Free Church building at 730 Elm Ave. E. in Delano.

The church is celebrating its golden jubilee, which included a June 4 event.

“Basically, jubilee is the Bible world from the Old Testament for a celebration every 50 years to celebrate God’s goodness,” the Rev. Peter Johannsen said.

Elder Scott Hemmesch added that it is a celebration of the past, present, and future.

Johannsen remembers some of those early days, as he was attending the church as a 13-year-old when it was built.

“The church itself was built pretty much by the men and women of the church,” Johannsen said. “They didn’t contract hardly anything out. The first pastor, Merv Seashore, was a contractor, so he actually worked with all the guys and women of the church, and they built it together.”

Long before then, the church was forming.

In the 1940s, Anders Herje, of Buffalo, conducted meetings in Delano.

In 1950, he conducted evangelistic services in a large tent in Delano.

His daughter, Gladys Seashore, was asked by two Delano ladies to start a ladies Bible study in 1960. Merv Seashore began a couples Bible study in 1964.

Delano Evangelical Free Church incorporated with the Evangelical Free Church of America in 1965, initially meeting in the elementary school with Merv Seashore as its first pastor before building the new church in 1967.

Lynn Hammerlund said a lot has happened in 50 years.

“This church has been through some rough times,” Hammerlund said. “Fifty years ago, I heard Gladys Seashore say, ‘We’re going to build this church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.’ God has been faithful. Here the church stands today doing better than ever.”

Hammerlund wrote a poem titled “In the Beginning” for the golden jubilee service.

Her and her husband’s attendance at the church was the beginning of positive change for them.

“Before this church was upstairs, my husband got saved,” Hammerlund said, referencing the two years when services were hosted in the basement of the building. “We were separated. We were getting a divorce. We had five kids. I look back at it with great wonder . . . After he was saved, I spent several months observing the changes. There’s one thing you can’t argue with, and that’s a changed life.”

Hemmesch had a similar experience.

“My wife and I had gotten a divorce,” Hemmesch said. “We had three kids. We were divorced for three years. We’ve gotten back together, remarried, and have two more kids. A big part of that has been our church family allowing us to grow more in our faith and relationship with God and our church family.”

Johannsen also spoke of the church as a family.

“Because we’re a smaller church, around 200 people, it’s a family,” Johannsen said. “I like that. I honestly believe because we’re smaller we know each other. We share joys together, we share tears together. That is really powerful in a small church.”

Johannsen said he has also enjoyed watching babies that he has dedicated become baptized as teenagers and grow up physically and spiritually.

For more see the June 16 edition of the Delano Herald Journal.

Winstock photo gallery is online

WINSTED, MN – Winstock 2017 has successfully come and gone. View Matt Kane’s photo gallery from the Winsted event here.

Two injured in Highway 12 crash in Montrose

MONTROSE, MN – An Excelsior woman was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center for treatment of noncritical injuries after a Tuesday evening crash at the intersection of Highways 25 and 12 in Montrose.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a 2005 Saturn Ion driven by Kaelee Schewe, 19, of Excelsior, was traveling north on Highway 25 at Highway 12, and a 2009 Ford Fusion driven by Sean St. Denis, 33, of Rockford, was traveling south on Wright County Road 12 approaching Highway 12. The Fusion reportedly made a left turn into the Ion, causing a head-on crash.

St. Denis suffered noncritical injuries, but was not transported to a medical facility.

According to the State Patrol, both individuals were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, and alcohol was not a factor.


Motorcyclist injured in Highway 12 crash

DELANO, MN – A motorcyclist suffered noncritical injuries after he lost control and crashed on Highway 12 in Delano around 6:06 p.m. Tuesday evening.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a Thomas Stark, 22, of Delano, was riding a 2007 Honda motorcycle westbound on Highway 12 when he lost control and crashed near the north curb west of County Line Road.

Stark was transported to Ridgeview Hospital for treatment.

According to the State Patrol, Stark was wearing a helmet and alcohol was not a factor in the crash.