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News from the week of May 31, 2000 Headlight Herald - Serving Tracy, Minnesota, since 1880


Hats off to the Class of 2000

The Tracy Area High School Class of 2000 took their final bows at Tracy Area High School Sunday. Seventy-seven seniors participated in commencement exercises.

Jenna Boerboom was honored as the Class Valedictorian, with Julie Gifford named the Class Salutatorian. Senior speakers were: Boerboom, Gifford and Kara Nelson. Class greeting was given by Debbie Gabel, with the farewill given by Gayra Ostgaard.

Grass fire soot blackens museum opening

Spring cleaning has taken on new meaning for volunteers at the Wheels Across the Prairie Museum.

When a fierce grass fire at the Tracy City Dump threatened the Wheels Across the Prairie Museum last October, museum boosters were relieved that Wheels complex had apparently escaped unscathed.

“We didn't come back until we were ready to open this spring,” said Assistant Curator Dorthey Pamp.

They were shocked to find that there had been damage from the soot and smoke that came from the fire. Now, every item in the museum must be cleaned.

Water-main loan interest is higher than expected

The interest rate for financing City of Tracy water main improvements this year is higher than expected.

The Minnesota Department of Trade and Economic Development announced last week that Tracy will receive a $266,395 Public Facilities Authority (PFA) loan at 4.16%. The loan approval was expected. But city officials were hoping for a lower interest rate.

“I thought we would be looking at something like two or three percent,” said City Administrator Audrey Koopman.

Memorial Day remembrances

Eighty people attended a Memorial Day program Monday at the Tracy Prairie Pavilion. The program honored servicemen who lost their lives serving their country.

Summer reading program planned at Tracy Library

A summer reading program begins at Tracy Public Library next week.

“Cosmic Connections at Your Library” offers prizes to children based on the number of minutes read. The activity is intended for kindergarten through grade six children. The reading program begins Monday, June 5.

Also planned this summer is a weekly art day. Beginning June 6, children can come to the library every Tuesday and make an art project. The activity is also for children kindergarten through grade six. Two supervised art projects will be done each Tuesday; one for older children and one for the younger kids.

Donations—either monetary or art supplies—are welcome, according to Librarian Vickie Olson, to defray the cost of the art program.

Legion donates $5,000 to WW II national memorial

The Tracy American Legion has donated $5,000 to the drive to build a National World War II Memorial in Washington D.C.

The money was raised through a World War II Memorial raffle sponsored by the Tracy Earl Ray Post 173 American Legion and the Wal-Mart store in Marshall.

John McGee was the grand-prize raffle winner of a TransGlobal Vacation valued at $500. The second-place prize, a $400 31” color television donated by Wal-Mart, was won by Loren Veire.