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Delano High School welcomes new associate activities director

Nick Faus has kept Delano in mind as a potential destination for some time, so when a position opened in the activities office this spring, he was quick to apply.
The new associate activities director for Delano High School also applied in 2018 when Ryan Tool was hired as the activities administrator. At the time, Faus was still wrapping up his degree in athletic administration. He wasn’t chosen then, but with Tool returning to his roots as a guidance counselor for DHS this fall, Faus had the opportunity to try again.

See the full story in this week’s newspaper.

Suspects of Delano Tobacco burglary still at large

By Ben Ernhart
For the second time this year Delano Tobacco has been burglarized. The Wright County Sheriff’s Office posted on its Facebook page Aug. 18, security camera footage of a break-in at the store that took place between hours of 3:30 and 4:30 a.m. Aug. 13.
In the videos, two suspects wearing masks and hoodies are seen breaking into the store, and then fleeing the scene to a black car that was parked across the street from the store.
Shanti Whitelaw, the store employee who contacted authorities, said that the two burglars entered the store by breaking the front glass door with a rock. Once inside, the two individuals stole several cartons of cigarettes, disposable e-cigarettes, and several hundred dollars in cash from the cash register.
At the time of publication, no updates have been given by the sheriff’s office, and the burglary is still under investigation. The sheriff’s office is asking anyone who may have any video evidence or information about the burglary, the identity the suspects, or their vehicle to contact the Wright County Sheriff’s Office at 763-682-1162.

Mickey Jo’s celebrates ribbon cutting ceremony

Mickey Jo’s Candy and Toy store celebrated its inaugural ribbon-cutting ceremony. It was awarded its first dollar award by members of the Delano Chamber of Commerce Aug. 11. Mickey Jo’s opened May 7 at the intersection of River Street and Bridge Avenue and has enjoyed providing residents with a diverse selection of toys, candy, and baked goods.
Store owner Tamey DoBrava said there were a few reasons she decided to open the store. Delano lacked a toy and candy store, and she wanted to start a business that her grandson Mickey Redinger, the store’s namesake, could take over one day.

Paul Nelson serving on Minnesota Environmental Quality Board

Delano resident Paul Nelson was appointed to the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board (EQB) earlier this year. Nelson represents Minnesota’s Sixth Congressional District until his term expires in January 2026.

The board’s mission is to enhance Minnesota’s environmental quality for current and future generations by leading interagency work to advance meaningful public engagement and facilitate informed decision-making on critical environmental issues.

St. Michael structure fire

According to the Wright County Sheriff’s Office at 9:37 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, deputies were dispatched to 599 Central Ave. W. in the City of St. Michael for a structure fire.

Upon arrival deputies found the residence fully engulfed in flames.

Fire departments from Albertville Fire, Hanover Fire, and St. Michael Fire were dispatched to the scene to fight the fire.

At this time there are no reported injuries from the fire. The fire is under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office as well as the Minnesota State Fire Marshall.

Local elections to include contested races

By Ben Ernhart
The filing period for the Nov. 8 general election closed Tuesday.
Here is a look at who filed for local positions based on a review of the Secretary of State’s election and voting website.
Two seats on Delano’s City Council are up for election. Incumbent Delano City Councilmember Jason Franzen is running for re-election and will be joined on the ballot by Peter Froehle and Becky Schaust.
Delano City Councilmember Holly Schrupp is running for Mayor and will run against Larry Bartels. Incumbent Mayor Dale Graunke did not file for re-election.
Four seats open on the Delano School Board are up for election. Incumbents Corey Black, Rachel Depa, and Jennie Rosenow are running for re-election and will be challenged by Sarah Baker, Richard Paskach, Steve Rogers, and Ryan Schaust. Incumbent Lisa Seguin did not file for re-election.
Loretto Mayor Kent Koch is running unopposed. Incumbent Councilmembers Brenda Daniels and Ben Scanlon will also run unopposed for the city’s two councilmember positions. Incumbent Damon Canaday did not file for re-election.
In Montrose, four candidates will be running for two open seats on the city council. Incumbent David Paradeise will seek re-election against former Mayor Michelle Otto, Andrew Rasmussen, and Tami Surprenant. Incumbent Tom Marsalek did not file for re-election.
Maple Plain incumbent city councilmember Connie Francis and Andrew Burak are running unopposed for two vacant seats on the city council. Incumbent Caitlin Cahill did not file for re-election.
Candidates in contested races will be featured in voters guides in future editions of the Delano Herald Journal.