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News from the week of May 17, 2000 Headlight Herald - Serving Tracy, Minnesota, since 1880


Cold, wind foil anglers on opener

Mixed weather produced mixed results for fishermen this past weekend.

Cool temperatures, northwesterly winds and overcast skies Saturday followed by sunshine and warmer temperatures Sunday allowed anglers to test each side of the fishing spectrum.

Clifton Frisvold of Slayton, fishing on Lake Shetek said he preferred Saturday's windy, damp weather for fishing. "We went out Saturday and got a couple. Didn't get a bite today."

Wet weather boosts crops

Recent rains and moisture have local farmers breathing a sigh of relief--for now, at least.

The immediate Tracy area has received over three inches of rain since May 7. The Southwest Research Center near Lamberton has logged 2.2 inches of precipitation during May.

“Farmers have definitely been concerned, but it looks like everything is coming along nicely now,” said Bob Anderson, local manager of the Tracy Cenex Harvest States.

Seed germination has been good, Anderson says, “now all we need are periodic rains.” Harvest, he adds, “is a long ways away.”

Tracy Ambulance Service earns advanced licensure

A new license obtained through the Minnesota State Department of Health gives the Tracy Ambulance Service the ability to make transports of any magnitude on the ground from the Tracy Hospital.

The new Specialized Advanced Life Support license was obtained April 1.

Charlie DeSchepper Tracy Ambulance Service president, is excited about the new designation.

“This is a very positive step for the ambulance service, the hospital and the community. Local people with serious health problems can now be transported by other residents of Tracy--us.”

Tracy Area Medical Services staff are upbeat about the change.

Open house planned Sunday for Walnut Grove Wilder Museum

Why are people at the Walnut Grove Museum celebrating? One look at the improvements that have been made to the museum and its grounds, and it is easy to see why.

Among the changes is a new ramp on the Depot building, which contains the "Laura's History" room and the "Walnut Grove History" room.

Inside is evidence of rearranging and new additions as well, including some new enlargements of old photographs.

FFA salutes achievements

Wagon load of state, national awards cited

Tracy Area High School FFA members capped off a banner year Saturday.

The chapter, which traces its roots to 1930, held its 71st annual awards banquet with 144 people attending. FFAers were recognized for achievements over the past year.

“The major purpose of FFA is leadership development,” said FFA Advisor Paul Skoglund. “If the members don't do it, it won't get done. My job is to simply give a nudge or a well-placed kick when necessary.”

The 2000-2001 chapter officers were installed. They are: Alison Tanghe, president; Dan Vogel, vice-president; Katie Lanoue, 2nd vice-president; Sarah Pamp, secretary; Katie Hays, treasurer; Kayla Hoosier, reporter; Sam Jens, sentinel; Kami Skoglund, historian, Rhonda Bitker, parliamentarian; and Paul Swenson, officer-at-large.

Entertainment was provided by “Midnight Fire,” a vocal group composed of Leah Schmidt, Kayla Hosier and Sarah Pamp. A member-produced, computer generated “slide show” summarized FFA activities from the past year.

Garvin uses $15,000 federal grant for new rescue vehicle

The Garvin First Responders and the Garvin Fire Department have a new rescue truck, thanks to a $15,000 federal grant. Shane Hastings, rural development manager based in Marshall, presented the Community Facilities Grant last week.

With the money, the fire department and first responders purchased a 1994 rescue van.