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Braun Fire burns 117 acres of grassland and wetlands in Franklin Township

Local fire departments responded to a large grass and wetland fire that burned 117 acres in Franklin Township Wednesday, Nov. 2.
Flames and smoke could be seen by residents from miles around, but luckily no one was reported to have been seriously injured. No structures were damaged in the fire.

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Law enforcement eyes license plate readers for Highway 12

During the Highway 12 Safety Coalition meeting Thursday, Nov. 3, law enforcement officials discussed the possibility of installing Flock cameras along the Highway 12 corridor.
Flock cameras are license plate readers produced by Flock Safety. The cameras can read license plates and notify law enforcement of vehicles that may be of interest.

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Delano Municipal Utilities upgrades substation with new power transformer

Delano Municipal Utilities (DMU) made an upgrade to its downtown substation with the delivery of a new power transformer Friday, Nov. 4.
The new transformer is a replacement for a 35-year-old unit. DMU General Manage Paul Twite said that “the new power transformer is able to provide double the amount of energy capacity.”

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Superintendent weighs in on levy referendum

At the Nov. 8 election, Delano School District residents will be faced with two questions on this year’s ballot regarding an operating levy referendum for Delano Public Schools, as the current operating levy is set to expire at the end of the 2022-23 school year.
In July, the Delano School board approved a two-question ballot that first asks voters to approve $604.46 in per pupil funding, an increase of $200 over the expiring levy of $404.46.
The second question, which is contingent on the first question passing, asks for an additional $250 in per pupil funding and would bring the total to $854.46 in per pupil funding, which according to the district, would be approximately $2 million in additional general education revenue.
If both questions fail and the levy does not pass, the school faces approximately $2 million in budget cuts.

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Delano Area Council for Arts and Culture receives nearly $16k grant for permanent sculpture

Delano Area Council for Arts and Culture (DACAC) was recently awarded a $15,825 public arts grant from the Central Minnesota Arts Board (CMAB). The funds will be used to commission a permanent sculpture in Delano by artist Willicey Tynes.

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Delano School Board fears school sign could negatively impact outcome of levy referendum

Delano’s School Board considered strategic efforts to save face ahead of the vote on the 2022 levy referendum at its meeting Monday, Oct. 24.
During the work session prior to the meeting, Superintendent Matt Schoen asked for guidance regarding feedback that was received from parents during the Oct. 17 levy listening session.
As board members received updates on the district’s levy information campaign, Board Member Jennie Rosenow said that overall the listening session went well, however, a lot of questions that were asked during the event were not about the levy.
Rosenow said that questions centered around the district listening to parents and certain signs that had been put up in classrooms. She feared that by not taking action on the signs, the school board would give the perception that it isn’t listening to parents.
“I’m discouraged that this is what is being used as leverage when there’s so much that can go away if we don’t get this levy to pass,” said Rosenow. “I also understand that it is meaningful, so how do we take some meaningful actions?”
The signage in question? A six-line sign that reads: “Diverse Inclusive Accepting Welcoming Safe Space For Everyone.” Each row is a different color of the rainbow. This has been an ongoing issue for some parents for several years now, as the sign was designed by teachers and posted in classrooms starting in 2017. The belief is that the sign is for a specific group of students and is not inclusive for all students in the district.

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