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News from the week of April 12, 2000 Headlight Herald - Serving Tracy, Minnesota, since 1880


Yellow Brick Road leads to Tracy

The magical "Land of Oz" comes to Tracy for three days of fantasy on the Tracy Area High School stage this weekend.

Curtain times for the Tracy Community Children's Choir production are Friday and Saturday nights at 7pm and 1:30pm Sunday afternoon. Doors open an hour before each performance.

"We're really excited," said Ade Miller, summing up the feeling of cast and production workers. "We've tried to make more than just a kids' musical. We've tried to take this a step beyond and I think we've done that."

Students in the 75-member choir have been "wonderful" to work with, she said, and are eager to perform in front of an audience.

Restaurant proposed for former bank

Marilyn and Greg Frederickson are making plans to launch a restaurant in the former 21st Century Bank building.

Marilyn Frederickson told Tracy City Council members Monday night that they hope to purchase the property and establish a "fine dining" restaurant in the building. She indicated the restaurant could open by August.

The Sioux quartzite bank building, on the southwest corner of Third and South Streets, is widely considered one of Tracy's most architecturally distinctive buildings.

Grand opening begins at Enderson Clothing

Owners Dianne Kamrud and John Swanson invite the public to see what's new at Enderson Clothing.

The downtown Tracy men's and young men's clothing store is holding an open house Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 13-15. A grand opening sale extends through the end of next week.

The grand opening marks the completion of an extensive remodeling and rearranging project inside the store and the arrival of much new spring and summer merchandise.

Decision time nears for school issues

The Tracy Board of Education is expected to make several major policy decisions at their April 24 meeting.

Supt. Rick Clark told school board members Monday that administrative recommendations would be made in time for the board's next meeting about:

• An open/closed noon hour for high school students.

• Changes in the grading system.

• Participation requirements for the commencement ceremony.

• Block scheduling.

Dr. Clark said he and High School Principal John Rokke were “leaning toward” a recommendation to keep an open noon hour for upper-grade students with some restrictions. He said that one possibility is to require students to qualify for a pass. Students would have to show their card before being allowed to leave the building.

Water main addition to boost south side fire protection

Tracy City Council members gave their blessings to a water main improvement that will offer better fire protection south of the railroad tracks.

The plan, which has an estimated $55,000 price tag, calls for an 800-foot long, 12-inch water main in south Tracy. The new main would link existing mains on South Fourth Street and a main that extends south of Sixth Street underneath the Dakota Minnesota & Eastern Railroad track. (See attached map).

The completed loop will replace an abandoned six-inch water main that goes underneath the railroad tracks at Fourth Street. The 6-inch pipe was capped on both ends last month after a break. The break could not easily be repaired, because the old pipe did not have an outside sleeve.

One-to-one offers isolated seniors sympathetic listeners

Seven area people completed training for the "One-to-One" senior peer helper program.

They are Eleanor Fultz, Alita Lenertz and Merle Hamilton of Tracy; Bill and Joyce Cuperus, Walnut Grove and Evelyn Herder, Walnut Grove.

One-to-One is administered by Western Human Development of Marshall.

The confidential program offers social contact to seniors who may have become isolated, due to illness or some major change in their life.

"This is not home-health care of housekeeping" explained Program Director Rayanne Sillers. "This is about being a companion and a friend."