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District plans to cut $500K from 2021-22 budget

DELANO, MN – Budget reductions in the amount of $500,000 are planned for the 2021-22 school year at Delano Public Schools.

What those reductions will look like is yet to be determined.

During Monday’s work session, Delano School Board Member Jennie Rosenow said the finance committee walked through scenarios for the budget reduction.

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How Orange Crush Robotics is handling a season without competition

The Orange Crush Robotics team is pictured with a representative of CorTrust Bank, which donated the trailer.

The Orange Crush Robotics team is pictured with a representative of CorTrust Bank, which donated the trailer.

DELANO, MN – Like so many other things, the 2021 FIRST Robotics Competition looks different due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“There are individual at-home competitions. We’re not even going to participate in those,” said Brad Felknor, who coaches the Orange Crush Robotics FRC 3026 team based at Delano High School along with Sue Duberstein.

In a “normal” year, FIRST would have announced the competition the first week of January, giving the teams six weeks to prepare.

Instead of preparing for competitions, the team is focused on the future. That is due, in part, to the youth of the team.

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Changes coming to River Street, Elm Avenue intersection

DELANO, MN – Delano City Council authorized bidding the first phase of infrastructure improvements for the former Granite Works site Tuesday evening.

Plans call for a road with a temporary cul-de-sac to be constructed to provide access to the first phase of the development, a 70-unit apartment complex, with utilities stretching farther into the development.

In order for the Wright County Highway Department to sign off on the development, the city must address the intersection of Elm Avenue and River Street (Wright County Road 17).

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Lupine is Business of the Year

DACC President Daryl MacLean (right) congratulates Lupine Taproom Manager Angela  Loscheider and Owner James Anderle. (Photo by Joe McDonald)

DACC President Daryl MacLean (right) congratulates Lupine Taproom Manager Angela Loscheider and Owner James Anderle. (Photo by Joe McDonald)

DELANO, MN – Lupine Brewing Company has been named the Delano Area Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year.

The Chamber made the announcement Thursday.

According to a nominator, “Ever since first coming to Delano, Lupine Brewing has been involved in promoting downtown. It’s time to give them the recognition they deserve.”

The nominator pointed to the many activities Lupine hosts and/or promotes: Oktoberfest, fun runs, food truck events, and Old-Fashioned Christmas.

“All of these activities have the common thread of bringing people to our downtown and lifting up the activity of other Chamber members in the downtown area,” the nominator concluded.

Lupine will be recognized at the DACC celebration dinner later in the year.

 

Delano man injured in single-vehicle crash

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, MN – The Minnesota State Patrol reports that snow and ice may have contributed to a Thursday morning crash that injured a Delano man.

According to the State Patrol, at 9:04 a.m., a 2004 Ford F250 driven by Kurtis Timothy Beck, 48, was westbound on Highway 12 at Calder Avenue in Franklin Township when it lost control, going across the eastbound lanes, and rolled into the south ditch.

Beck was transported to North Memorial Hospital with noncritical injuries.

He was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash and alcohol was not a factor, according to the State Patrol.

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office and Allina Ambulance assisted at the scene.

Loretto receiving nearly $1.2M in state funding for water treatment

ST. PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Public Facilities Authority announced Wednesday that the City of Loretto would be receiving funds to connect the city to the Met Council regional treatment system.

Loretto will receive a Point Source Implementation grant of $769,646 from the PFA, plus $400,000 in other state funding. The city will pay $19,547.

Loretto is one of 12 communities receiving funding.

“Clean waterways and drinking water are a basic function of government, and these investments are important to protecting Minnesotans and our economy,” said Steve Grove, PFA chair and commissioner of the Department of Employment and Economic Development. “I congratulate these 12 cities on their awards.”

Funding for all projects comes from a variety of PFA sources including: the Drinking Water Revolving Fund, the Clean Water Revolving Fund, and the Water Infrastructure Fund, among other sources. In addition to the PFA, funding sources included the U.S. Department of Agriculture, state and local government.

The Minnesota PFA provides financing and technical assistance to help communities build and maintain infrastructure that protects public health and the environment and promotes economic growth. Since its inception in 1987, the PFA has financed more than $5 billion in public infrastructure projects in communities throughout Minnesota.