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News from the week of August 30, 2000 Headlight Herald - Serving Tracy, Minnesota, since 1880

Tracy Box Car Days set for 73rd annual run

• Monday parade route changed

Box Car Days steams into Tracy this weekend with some familiar favorites, and one major change.

Because of uncompleted street construction, the Box Car Days parade route has been changed. The Monday afternoon parade begins on Hollett Street, rather than Emory Street, because this summer's storm sewer and street construction on Emory. Long-time Tracy residents can't remember the last time—if ever—the Box Car Days parade route has been changed.

“We hope people will pay special attention to the new parade route,” said Sarah Kemp, Chamber executive director.

The Grand Labor Day Parade begins at 1 p.m. Monday at the intersection of Hollett and Center streets. From Center, the parade proceeds three blocks west to Fifth Street. From Fifth, the parade turns south one block to Emory.

From Emory, the parade route is the same as past years.

City seeks better sheriff's dept. deal

• Talks continue, city to also proceed with police hiring process

A possible law enforcement contract between the City of Tracy and the Lyon County Sheriff's Department has moved from a theoretical discussion to nuts and bolts negotiations.

Costs, coverage hours, patrol policies, and squad cars were among the issues discussed by city council members Monday night.

No final decisions have been made. Council consensus Monday was to continue talks with the county about a sheriff's department law-enforcement contract. However, council members also agreed to proceed with interviewing candidates for two openings on the police department, keeping open the city's option of maintaining its own police department.

Ducks and chicks & geese better scurry...


is coming to Tracy stage

Grab your boots and wide-brimmed cowboy hat. Tracy-area folks are saddling up to stage the most enduring musical in the history of American theater.

Oklahoma! the Rogers and Hammerstein production that played more than five years on Broadway in the 1940s, is scheduled Nov. 18-19, 25-26 on the Tracy Area High School stage. Ade Miller and Jesse James are directing the show. Tryouts are set Sunday and Monday, Sept. 10-11.

“We're really excited about this,” exclaimed Miller, who teamed up with James to direct the Tracy Community Education production of Music Man last fall. Over the past two years, the duo has also directed Tracy Children's Community Choir productions of Annie Jr. and Wizard of Oz.

The directors feel local audiences will appreciate the masterful score of Oklahoma!, as well as its homespun wit, and heart-tugging story.

Miss Tracy contestants vie for $3,000 in scholarships

Seven Tracy Area High School students are vying for $3,000 in scholarships in the Miss Tracy Scholarship Program.

The program begins at 6:30 p.m. Sunday on the Tracy Area High School gymnasium stage. Tickets will be available at the door.

The candidates are:

• Kelly Warner, sponsored by Tracy Country Club.

• Carin Gervais, sponsored by Currie Town & Country Boosters.

• Teresa Zeug, sponsored by Tracy Kiwanis.

• Catie Willard, sponsored by Tracy Eagles Club.

• Kim Bornitz, sponsored by Tracy American Legion.

• Lori Cyr, sponsored by Tracy Lions.

• Kayla Hosier, sponsored by Tracy Fire Department.

Miss Tracy 2001 will receive a $1,300 scholarship from the Tracy Chamber of Commerce. The first runner-up scholarship is $700, with $500 going to the second runner-up.

Russell woman finalizes purchase of Pizza Barn

Monday was a busy day for Brenda Beck, new owner of The Pool Hut, and her family. Beck, a Russell area resident recently acquired the old Pizza Barn building on Highway 14 in Tracy, and plans to be open for business as early as Friday, Sept. 1.

Helping with preparations and interior remodeling on Monday were Chris Ness, Beck's boyfriend who is a certified pocket billiards instructor and her three children, Amethyst 16, Garett 12, and Jasmine 14. Ness who will also double as a cook, will be offering pool lessons and coordinating pool leagues as well as dart leagues.

The Pool Hut, according to Beck will be a combination restaurant, bar and entertainment facility for area residents of all ages.

“When we open on Sept. 1, we will be offering snack foods like popcorn, candy and pop, but by mid September, we will be up and running with our hot food menu and bar.”

AFS students from Deutschland make friends before school starts

Two new students at Tracy Area High School this fall will bring a new perspective with them and hope to leave with a new outlook as well.

German exchange students Michael Kehrer and Miray Demir are spending the year in Minnesota and will graduate with Tracy's class of 2001.

For Kehrer, who is staying with Jim and Mary Malmberg and their children Elizabeth and Daniel, coming to the United States through the exchange program seemed the natural thing to do. His brother spent a year in Pennsylvania and his uncle also spent a year as an exchange student.

Miray Demir, who is staying with the Lynn and Rose Goltz family, has also had a head start in meeting her future Tracy area High School classmates.