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News from the week of November 15, 2000 Headlight Herald - Serving Tracy, Minnesota, since 1880


Cast of 50 saddles up for Saturday opener

There hasn't been a barn raising in these parts for quite some time.

But that's just what took place on the stage of Tracy Area High School this week in preparation for the staging of the musical Oklahoma!

The Rodgers and Hammerstein show opens Saturday night, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. A Sunday, Nov. 19 matinee begins at 12:30 p.m. Two additional evening performances are set Friday and Saturday, Nov. 24 and 25. Following on the heels of last fall's community production of The Music Man, the show is the first one to be staged under the auspices of the newly incorporated Fine Arts Council of Tracy. Ade Miller and Jesse James are directing the show.

Overnight winter parking okayed, but owners must move cars for snow removal

Parked cars can stay on Tracy streets overnight this winter—as long as streets don't need to be cleared of snow.

Tracy City Council members Monday night eliminated a long-established rule that prohibits parking on city streets from Dec. 1 to March 1 from 2 a.m. to 6 p.m. A newly-approved ordinance allows overnight parking on city streets. But citizens must immediately move vehicles from streets if weather conditions cause streets to become snow-covered.

Mayor Claire Hannasch, who pushed for the winter parking change, said the new ordinance gives Tracy residents the option of overnight parking on city streets. But, he stressed, this freedom also gives people more responsibility.

Council moves forward with hiring consultant

Tracy City Council members gave preliminary approval to hiring a consultant to help develop a “revitalization” plan for Tracy business districts.

On a 6-0 vote, the council voted to pursue a contract with the Sabongi Consulting Group of Eagan. Estimated cost is $18,000.

The council's motion instructed staff to get a written proposal from Sabongi, at a cost not to exceed $18,000. The contract will then be presented to the council for final approval.

Hook selected for Wall of Fame

Dr. Lauren Donaldson, Dr. John Lewis honored posthumously

Eugene Hook— a well-known area farm producer, cattle breeder, church and civic leader— will be inducted into the Tracy High School Wall of Fame this week.

Hook's Wall of Fame induction is among the highlights planned for an American Education Week Banquet, in Tracy Thursday night.

The Wall of Fame ceremony will also honor two THS grads posthumously. They are Dr. Lauren Donaldson, a member of the THS graduating Class of 1922; and Dr. John Lewis, a 1934 THS graduate.

Students earn adacemic letters

Forty-eight Tracy Area High School students will receive academic letters this week.

To earn an academic letter, students must maintain at least an A-minus average for an entire school year. Sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible for academic letters, since the program is based on academics in grades 9-12. Students who maintain at least an A-minus average for two, three, or four years are recognized with stars after receiving their first letter.

Academic letters and stars will be presented at a Tracy American Education Week banquet, Thursday, 6:30 p.m., at the Prairie Pavilion.

Veterans' monument dedicated, sacrifices remembered

The legacy of men and women who served their country in the military was remembered in a special way Saturday. A newly-erected veterans' memorial was dedicated at the Wheels Across the Prairie Museum on the 62nd anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I. Prior to the memorial dedication, a special Veterans' Day program was held at the Tracy Prairie Pavilion. Art Marben, an officer in the United states Marine Corps during world War II and the Korean War, was the featured speaker. Pastor Homer Dobson offered prayers in memory of veterans.

The Tracy American Legion spearheaded the veterans' monument project.