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UPDATE: Driver pulled gun on motorist in Independence

INDEPENDENCE, MN – A 19-year-old Big Lake man is facing a felony charge of terroristic threats following an alleged road rage incident.

According to a formal complaint, authorities Grant Pedersen, who was initially identified as being from Buffalo, pointed a silver  pellet gun out of the driver’s window of the vehicle he was driving and swore at a fellow motorist before 8 a.m. June 2.

Per the complaint, the motorist told officers a vehicle had passed his vehicle and another vehicle at an estimated speed of 100 mph while southbound on Hennepin County Road 17. At a stop sign at the intersection with County Road 6, the caller reportedly pulled up next to the suspect vehicle, rolled down his window, and told the suspect driver to “slow down” and “driving like that was not worth it,” according to the West Hennepin Public Safety Department media report.

It was at that point that Pedersen allegedly pointed the gun at the reporting party, who said he believed the gun was a handgun, feared for his life, and leaned his seat back to get out of the way before Pedersen drove away from the scene.

After the caller provided the suspect’s license plate and identified Pedersen from a photo lineup, Pedersen was located at his residence, interviewed, arrested, and charged, according to the formal complaint.

See the June 15 edition of the Delano Herald Journal for more information.

Delano man dies in rappelling accident in Utah

MOAB, UT — A Delano man died Monday after falling about 60 feet while rappelling down a cliff in Utah, and his body was recovered Tuesday, according to the Moab Sun News.

Scott Henning, 33, had hiked with a friend to the area above Moonflower Canyon Monday and encountered a problem with the rope while rappelling down the cliff.

After the accident was called into the sheriff’s office at 6:27 p.m., Grand County Search and Rescue and Grand County Emergency Management Services responded to the area, but the terrain made access difficult, requiring EMS personnel to be flown in by a helicopter according to the Moab Sun News. Tuesday, the Utah Department of Public Safety helicopter assisted with recovering Henning’s body, which was transported to the medical examiner’s office in Taylorsville, according to the newspaper.


Delano’s Sugar Packets take first place at Destination Imagination Global Finals

KNOXVILLE, TN – After earning second place and the DaVinci Award at the 2017 Destination Imagination Global Finals, the Sugar Packets from Delano High School took first place in the technical challenge at the high school level during the 2018 event.

The technical challenge prompts students to complete tasks by using engineering research and strategic planning. For this challenge, the team was tasked with designing and building a maze traveler that would navigate a randomly selected maze. They were asked to create a prop that would transform within the maze, as well as to remove an object from the maze using their maze traveler. All this was completed while the team presented a story about the maze traveler’s journey and what happens along the way.

Students Annabel Frake, Nicole Pupp, and Gretchen Wuerger make up the Sugar Packets. Brian Frake, and Ben and Kristina Pupp are team managers.

They competed at the annual event in Knoxville, TN, from May 23 to 26.

Known as the “world’s largest celebration of creativity,” the event drew more than 1,400 teams from 45 states and at least 14 countries, including Australia, China, Canada, and Mexico. More than 17,000 people gathered for closing ceremonies to award the top teams in the world for their work in solving a series of STEAM-based challenges. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.

Another Delano team, the Cookie Lovers, competed at the event and placed 19th in the Middle School level Technical Challenge.

The Sugar Packets include The team members include (front) Gretchen Wuerger, Nicole Pupp and Annabel Frake, and (back)  team managers Ben Pupp, Brian Frake. Team manager Kristina Pupp is not pictured.

The Sugar Packets include The team members include (front) Gretchen Wuerger, Nicole Pupp and Annabel Frake, and (back) team managers Ben Pupp, Brian Frake. Team manager Kristina Pupp is not pictured.

Portion of Tiger Drive to close Thursday, May 31

DELANO, MN – Beginning Thursday, May 31, a portion of Tiger Drive on the Delano Public Schools campus will close to through traffic for upgrades. The closure is expected to last until mid-July.

The section between the north end of the tennis court parking lot up the hill to the ice arena will shut down while crews widen the road to include a southbound turn lane and make elevation corrections.

Access to the arena and elementary school will be available from Wright County Road 30. Access to the high school and Tiger Activity Center will remain available from the Elm Avenue entrance. Outdoor athletic facilities will also remain open.

The portion of Tiger Drive shaded in yellow will be closed beginning Thursday, May 31.

The portion of Tiger Drive shaded in yellow will be closed beginning Thursday, May 31.

Bauer named South Central College Outstanding Alum

FARIBAULT, MN – Mike Bauer, of Delano, has been named South Central College’s 2018 Outstanding Alum for the Faribault campus.

Mike Bauer

Mike Bauer

Bauer is the owner and president of Bauer Design Build, a commercial general contracting firm in Plymouth.

Bauer graduated from Faribault High School and attended what was then Faribault Area Vocational School, where he earned a degree in carpentry. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in business administration and construction from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

He worked for Ryan Companies for 16 years before founding Bauer Design Build in Delano in 2005.

Bauer said he finds great satisfaction in knowing he is able to share his knowledge and passion for the construction industry with his clients and business partners daily, and that he places a great deal of importance on company culture and living the companies corporate values of client focus, integrity, transparency, relationships, leadership, and community.

This is not the first award for Bauer.

He received the Outstanding Citizen of the Year Award from Wright County Economic Development Partnership in 2016, and Entrepreneur of the Year by TwinWest Chamber of Commerce in 2017.

Bauer Design Build was named Business of the Year by the Delano Area Chamber of Commerce in 2016, and in 2017, was recognized by the Minnesota Subcontractors Association with the TOPS Award as General Contractor of the Year, the second time the business received that award.

Bauer sits on numerous boards, and is actively involved in community organizations. He lives in Delano with his wife, Lori, and son, Jake.

South Central College recognized Bauer, and North Mankato campus honoree Daniel Kaiser, of Medford, during commencement May 10 in Bresnan Arena on the campus of MSUM.

Business park TIF, agreements on Tuesday, May 15 council agenda

DELANO, MN – Several matters related to the West Metro Business Park are on Tuesday’s Delano City Council agenda.

Early in the meeting, the council will hold a public hearing for the proposed Tax Increment Financing District No. 12 for the park.

The TIF is expected to create about $1.7 million for business park businesses. Randy’s Environmental Services, Pizzey Ingredients, and Insolution Manufacturing have all requested financial assistance that the TIF district would provide.

Insolution has submitted an application for a site and building review, and conditional use permit for outdoor storage. The application calls for the construction of a 20,000-square-foot facility with plans for a future expansion of 15,000 square feet. More details of the application will be discussed at the meeting. The council is expected to act on the site and building plan review, conditional use permit, a TIF agreement with IM Properties, and a resolution authorizing the sale of property to IM Properties.

Pizzey Ingredients has also submitted an application for a site and building plan review. Pizzey plans a 15,000-square-foot facility. In addition to considering the site and building plan review, the council is expected to consider a development and tax increment financing agreement between the city and Lynn Holdings LLC.

In other business, the council will:

• consider a feasibility report for the McKinley Parkway and utility extension and a resolution approving the competitive, negotiated sale of $2,715,000 of general obligation bonds for the McKinley Parkway project and the street portion of Railroad Avenue.

• consider the Delano Fire Department escort policy, which states, in part, “The Delano Fire Department joins the community in celebrating significant accomplishments and may participate in ways that do not involve vehicular processionals or escorts with emergency vehicles.”