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Delano Community Band event clarification

Friday, Dec. 6, an ad ran in the Delano Herald Journal regarding a chamber ensemble from the Delano Community Band performing at Riverwood Dec. 14. This ad was an error. An old internal planning calendar for band use only was erroneously sent to the paper for ad-planning purposes. That calendar should not have been disseminated. We sincerely apologize for the confusion and inconvenience this causes.

Convicted predatory offender moving to Montrose

MONTROSE, MN – According to Minnesota Statute 244.052, the Wright County Sheriff’s Office is releasing information regarding Rodger Jerome Larson, a Level 3 registrant subject to public notification.
Larson will be moving to the vicinity of Nelson Blvd. and Buffalo Ave. S. in the City of Montrose, on or after Dec. 11.
Larson was convicted of engaging in sexual contact with a known male teenager. Contact included sexual touching and penetration. Larson also photograhed the victim nude and showed him pornography
Larson has served the sentence imposed on him by the court and is transitioning within the community.
Larson is described as being 67, white, 5’9”, 168 pounds, with blue eyes, gray hair, and medium build.
This notification is meant to provide information and alleviate fear, not create it. The most important factor to consider is that people who commit sex crimes have always lived in local communities. The difference is that, since the 1990s, Minnesota statutes allow local law enforcement to inform citizens of certain offender’s general whereabouts.
A community notification meeting has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday Dec. 10, at the Montrose Community Center, 200 Center Ave. S. Representatives from the Minnesota Department of Corrections and the Wright County Sheriff’s Office will be available to provide useful information on public safety.
Anyone with questions about this information should contact Sgt. Eric Leander at the Wright County Sheriff’s Office by calling 763-682-7645.

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Shed catches fire between Delano and Watertown

DELANO, MN – A plume of smoke was sighted by numerous people between Delano and Watertown Tuesday afternoon. The smoke was the result of a shed fire at 5194 95th St. SE in Franklin Township.
According to Delano Fire Chief Bob Van Lith, the call was received about 3 p.m., and responders were on the scene until about 9 p.m.
The total extent of the damage is still unknown, but the shed and its contents were believed to be a total loss, Van Lith said.
Delano Fire Department responded, and firefighters from Watertown, Montrose, and Maple Plain provided aid.
No injuries to animals or humans were reported.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

UPDATE 11-14-19 – According to the Wright County Sheriff’s Office, homeowner Brent Anderson noticed smoke coming from an outbuilding and called 911. Several vehicles, tractors, and other items were lost due to the fire, which is not believed to have a suspicious cause.



County Road 17 closures explained

DELANO, MN – One Wright County Road 17 closure is underway, and another will begin in a week.

The road is currently closed just north of the Highway 12 overpass in order for crews to install sheet piling along a short segment of shoreline along the South Fork of the Crow River.

The project will serve two purposes:

• It will stabilize the segment of shoreline that is failing

• It will provide additional flood protection.

Work is anticipated to close traffic for two to three weeks, depending on weather conditions. In the meantime, a detour will utilize Seventh Street, Tiger Drive, and Railroad Avenue.

The work is being completed by Redstone Construction, of Mora.

For more information about this project, click here.

Beginning Monday, Nov. 11, Wright County Road 17, just north of County Road 30, will be closed for the replacement of a collapsed culvert.

The project will include bituminous pavement removal of roadway material, culvert replacements and extensions, placement of aggregate material, placement of bituminous pavement, and turf establishment and erosion control.

A detour will be in place for two to three weeks, depending on weather conditions. It will utilize county roads 30 and 139 (County Line Road).

The work will be completed by Kuechle Underground, Inc., of Kimball, and county highway maintenance staff.

For more information about either project, call 763-682-7383 between 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Paras want breaks reinstated

DELANO, MN – About 20 people, made up primarily of paraprofessionals and their supporters, attended Monday’s Delano School Board meeting.

“We, as teachers, cannot do our job with the children without the support of paraprofessionals,” said teacher and Delano Teacher Association President Monica Kunkel. “We really appreciate what they do in our district and look forward to them being regarded and treated as respected professionals.”

Clerk Corey Black, who was running the meeting in the absence of acting Chair Lisa Seguin, said he agreed with that sentiment.

While the paraprofessionals were not able to speak to the board due to an active grievance against the district, 10-year Delano paraprofessional and Service Employee International Union Local 284 steward Melissa McKay presented a statement to the board and the Delano Herald Journal.

The grievance alleges that Superintendent Matt Schoen instructed building principals to withhold paid rest breaks from paraprofessionals. According to McKay’s statement, the action was not applied to all schools.

“Our work can be difficult and demanding; it can be physical and taxing, and the conditions we work under can change rapidly, depending on the day or situation,” McKay wrote. “The ability to walk away from our duties for a short while to recoup and take care of our needs is essential to our ability to do our job well.”

McKay posed two rhetorical questions to the board in her statement.

“Can you imagine doing what we do for hours on end without being given a break and the ability to separate ourselves from our students?” McKay wrote. “Do you think this will lead to better outcomes for students and staff?”

According to McKay, district representatives have not met with paraprofessional union representatives.

“At this rate, we will go to arbitration over this matter, not ever even having a face-to-face conversation about it,” McKay wrote.

Her statement concluded by stating that “Delano School District is choosing to send a message that disenfranchises current employees and will keep people from considering working with our most vulnerable children. We are asking you to reconsider this decision and recommit to the paraprofessional break schedule as it exists and is defined in the paraprofessional handbook and that workers are provided on paper as part of their job assignment each year.”

Schoen declined to comment on the matter, citing the active grievance.

2019-21 teacher master agreement

Included in personnel matters, the board approved the 2019-21 teacher master agreement.

It calls for a total of 8 percent in pay increases, which includes a 2.55 percent increase in salary each year. It also includes  increases for teachers’ additional years of service and lane increases for teachers furthering their education.

The increases apply across the board, not only to teachers, but also coaches and advisors.

There will be no change in health benefits.

Odds and ends

In other business, the board:

• approved the teacher evaluation agreement, which is required by the state and was agreed upon by teachers and the district. The agreement goes hand-in-hand with the district’s Quality Compensation (Q-Comp) program. Changes center around how often administrators observe teachers.

• approved the Q-Comp plan. The details of that plan were outlined during the Sept. 23 work session and covered in the Sept. 27 edition of the Delano Herald Journal.

• approved the first of two reads of Policy 213 regarding school board committees. It updates which committees have decision-making authority, which can only be granted by the school board, and notes that the Spirit of Community Commission is not a district committee, rather a city commission that has district representation on it.

• approved the first of two reads of Policy 409 regarding employee publications, instructional materials, inventions and creations to include materials added to the district website.

• approved personnel matters, including the resignation of Delano Elementary School first-grade teacher Emily Goudreault and a memorandum of agreement with Delano Intermediate School fourth-grade teacher Nicole Sass.

• approved the first and only read of the following policies due to nonsubstantive and/or legal reference changes: Policy 407 regarding employee right to know for exposure to hazardous substances, Policy 408 regarding subpoena of a school district employee, and Policy 410 regarding the family and medical leave policy.

• approved the second and final read of the following policies due to substantive and/or legal reference changes: Policy 524 regarding internet acceptable use and safety policy, Policy 603 regarding curriculum development, Policy 611 regarding home schooling, Policy 618 regarding assessment of student achievement, and Policy 624 regarding online learning options.

• approved the China trip for students, staff, and other chaperones, from June 9-21, 2020.

• accepted $51,218 of donations and a weight belt from 13 entities.