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Delano School Board election results

DELANO, MN — RESULTS WITH 10 OF 10 PRECINCTS REPORTING

Four four-year terms

Jennie Rosenow 2,903 votes (21.34 percent) – elected

Lisa Seguin 2,902 votes (21.34 percent) – elected

Corey Black 2,759 votes (20.29 percent) – elected

Mark Larson 2,756 votes (20.26 percent) – elected

Lani Brown-Worley 2,153 votes (15.83 percent)

Write-in 128 votes (.94 percent)

All results are unofficial until certified.

DHS homecoming candidates, schedule announced

Homecoming queen candidates are, back row from left, Michaela Paskach, Anna Keranen, Maggie Jacobs, Sophie Seurer and Lindsey Dreger. King candidates are, front from left, Jacob Praska, Joey Snell, Trent Peterson, Carson vanSytzama and Sam Kern.

Homecoming queen candidates are, back row from left, Michaela Paskach, Anna
Keranen, Maggie Jacobs, Sophie Seurer and Lindsey Dreger. King candidates are, front from left,
Jacob Praska, Joey Snell, Trent Peterson, Carson vanSytzama and Sam Kern.

Delano High School festivities began Monday, and will continue through Saturday.
Highlights include dress up days, powder puff football and he-man volleyball, an appearance by the
school’s friends from China, a pep fest, various sporting events, the coronation and a dance.
Candidates for homecoming royalty have been announced. Queen candidates are Lindsey Dreger,
Maggie Jacobs, Anna Keranen, Michaela Paskach and Sophie Seurer. King candidates are Sam Kern,
Trent Peterson, Jacob Praska, Joey Snell and Carson vanSytzama.
Coronation will take place between 1:55 and 2:55 p.m. Friday in the Tiger Activity Center.
Dress-up day themes include “USA Day” Monday, “Country vs. Country Club” Tuesday,
“Decade Day” Wednesday, “Class Color Day” Thursday and “Tiger Pride” Friday.
See the special section in the Sept. 21 edition of the Delano Herald Journal for more information.

Fee increase isn’t one-sided issue

DELANO, MN – There are two sides to every story. It may be a cliché, but it is true.

Sometimes, it is easy to get enthralled with one side of the story and pay less, if any, attention to the other side of the story.

Unfortunately, that is what happened with my story “2018-19 Tiger Activity Center fees increase on 4-3 vote” in the Aug. 31 edition.

I got so caught up with the fact that the fee increases were approved on a split vote, by the slimmest of margins, that I focused on those three votes and essentially ignored the four votes required for approval.

This approach did a disservice to the four members who voted “yea,” Delano Public Schools, Delano Community Education, my readers, and even the three board members who voted “nay.”

This first became apparent to me when a Facebook commenter asked what the fees were and what the cost would be after the increase.

In my hurry to write the story, I hadn’t even included these basic details, reinforcing another cliché: haste makes waste.

For reference, individual rates increased from $160 to $170, and family rates increased from $280 to $295.

Furthermore, I did not provide an explanation for the fee increase being proposed in the first place.

I had done so in my July 27 article about the work session when the fee increases were first mentioned and discussed.

During that meeting, Delano Community Education Director Diane Johnson said the fee increases were necessary to cover increased costs, including pay rates, change in staffing needs, and utility costs.

School board member Amy Johnson had asked if the district had received feedback about fees or accessibility to the TAC, and Diane Johnson said the district had not received much, if any, feedback. (Amy Johnson later told me she encourages people to share concerns with the proper parties and that she is disappointed that more people do not do so.)

School board member Carolyn Milano had asked about fees for students receiving free or reduced-price meals, and Diane Johnson had said she would look into the matter, which she did, resulting in free TAC access during the school year for students receiving free lunch and a decreased rate for access during the school year for students receiving reduced-price lunches.

Beyond those questions, the board members appeared to generally support the increase.

As I noted in my July 27 article, board member Rachel Depa had stated she would rather see a 5 percent increase now than a much larger increase later.

Following that discussion, I had no reason to believe the fee increase would not pass, and I certainly did not expect a 4-3 vote, with those three board members voting “nay.”

For the record, I understand why they voted “nay:” they had heard from their constituents concerns about access to the TAC. They did not want to raise fees after a year of inconsistent access to the TAC. It should be noted that fees were increased for the 2016-17 school year, but members were given a 13-month membership for the price of 12 months, and fees did not increase for the 2017-18 year.

With all that said, I didn’t plan to write a story about the Aug. 27 school board meeting because I had already covered the proposed fee increases in detail, and the rest of the agenda did not appear to be newsworthy to the general public.

So, when I learned my expectation was wrong, I focused on the surprise ending rather than the beginning of the story – the initial introduction and discussion – which was just as important.

While I usually take a great deal of pride in my work, I cannot do so with this specific article.

I apologize for not telling the whole in the end, and I vow to be more careful in all of my coverage moving forward.

Thank you for your readership.

St. Max Kolbe sixth-graders graduate

Many blessings and prayers were bestowed upon this year’s 6th grade graduating class at St. Max Kolbe School during a dedicated Mass and ceremony at the Church of St. Peter Friday. Parish staff wish them wisdom and faith in their upcoming journeys and adventures.  Graduates pictured are (back) Frank Nau, Nathan Schneider, Aidan Cruz, Nicholas Webster, (front) Selah Streachek, Izabel Kvasnicka, Lucy Fobbe, Madison Hansen, James LaFond, and Laken Triplett.

Many blessings and prayers were bestowed upon this year’s 6th grade graduating class at St. Max Kolbe School during a dedicated Mass and ceremony at the Church of St. Peter Friday. Parish staff wish them wisdom and faith in their upcoming journeys and adventures.
Graduates pictured are (back) Frank Nau, Nathan Schneider, Aidan Cruz, Nicholas Webster, (front) Selah Streachek, Izabel Kvasnicka, Lucy Fobbe, Madison Hansen, James LaFond, and Laken Triplett.

Delano schools close early Tuesday, April 3

DELANO, MN – Delano Public Schools will dismiss students early today due to weather and road conditions.

Elementary students will be dismissed at 12:45 p.m., and middle school/high school students will be dismissed at 1 p.m.

All students will receive lunch before dismissal.

All afternoon and evening activities are canceled.

Tiger Kids Club will close at 3:45 p.m. ECFE classes end at 11 a.m. Wee Tiger Preschool ends at 11:30 a.m. All Community Ed. programs are canceled. The Tiger Activity Center will close at 1 p.m.

DHS daily bulletin for Tuesday, Jan. 2

Activities & Class News

All High School Science Olympiad Team Members: there are important competition updates today at practice. If you are unable to attend, please see Mrs. Hohenstein.

The Donkey Basketball game is this Saturday 6 pm in the Old Gym. Everyone is invited to attend this fun, family event!

Congratulations to Charlie Otto and Jenna Kantrovich for being selected as the Delano High School’s Minnesota State High School League Triple “A” Section 2AA representatives.