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News from the week of July 5, 2000 Headlight Herald - Serving Tracy, Minnesota, since 1880


$1.7 million in loans finalized for city project

The City of Tracy officially accepted two 20-year loans totaling $1.7 million last week

The Tracy City Council passed two resolutions accepting:

• A $1,434,769 loan with an interest rate of 2.11%, to be paid off on August 20, 2020.

• A $266,395 loan, with an interest rate of 4.16%, also to be paid off on August 20, 2020.

Both loans have semi-annual payments. On the smaller note, the annual principal and interest payments total about $19,700. Payments on the larger loan total about $90,000.

The larger loan is earmarked for the improvements in the city's sanitary and storm sewer system. The other loan is for new water mains.

Legion maps plans for veterans' monument

The Tracy American Legion is making plans to erect a Veterans Monument in Tracy.

Bernie Holm, commander of the Earle Ray American Legion Post in Tracy, says the Legion is pushing to get the memorial built this summer.

A site has not been finalized. However, a leading candidate is the Wheels Across the Prairie Museum in Tracy. The museum site is attractive, Holm said, because of its visibility along Hwy. 14, and the number of visitors the museum attracts.

School budget deficit takes plunge

Tracy Public Schools enters the 2000-01 school year with a significantly less red ink than a year ago.

District 417 board of education members last week approved a budget projecting an overall deficit of $74,711. A year ago, Tracy Public Schools began the 1999-2000 school year with a projected deficit of $227,475. The school district's fiscal year begins on July 1.

Walnut Grove pageant begins 23rd season

Cast and crew are busily preparing for this weekend's opening of “Fragments of a Dream,” Walnut Grove's annual Laura Ingalls Wilder pageant.

Shows begin Friday, July 7. Tickets for the pageant are available in advance or at the door. Reserved and general admission tickets are available.

The pageant, in its 23rd year, has actors from many area towns, including Walnut Grove, Tracy, Marshall, Slayton, Currie, Westbrook, Amiret, Springfield, Lamberton, and Revere.

Currie celebrates the 4th in style

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New priest gets bearings in 3-parish cluster

The moving trucks are gone, the boxes almost unpacked, and St. Mary's Catholic church in Tracy has a new priest. Rev. Brian L. Mandel, previously an associate priest in Willlmar, will serve the three-parish cluster of Tracy, Walnut Grove and Lamberton.

"Moving went very well," says Father Mandel who arrived in Tracy on Thursday. "I'm very glad to be here and I'm looking forward to becoming a part of this community. Tracy looks like a good community and a nice place to serve."

Father Mandel, one of seven children in his family, was born and raised in Appleton, Wisconsin. He is the fourth child of four brothers and two sisters. He is also blessed with seven nieces and nephews. Ordained in 1994, Father Mandel said he has wanted to become a priest since he was young.