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News from the week of September 5, 2001 Headlight Herald - Serving Tracy, Minnesota, since 1880

Miss Tracy

Lisa Buysse given bouquet for 2002, $1,450 scholarship

More than 600 people saw Lisa Buysse become the 2002 Miss Tracy Sunday night.

Shanna Lowe was named first runner-up, with Kim Lanoue earning second-runner-up honors.

Lisa, the daughter of Dan and Deb Buysse of currie, topped two of five competition categories. She won the Fitness Category and tied for first in Presence and Composure.

As the new Miss Tracy, she qualified for $1,450 in scholarships. Shanna Lowe, daughter of Diana Tearney-Campbell, was first runner-up and qualified for $850 in scholarships. She won the Creative Arts competition and tied for first in Presence and Composure.

Kim Lanoue, the personal interview winer, was the second runner-up. The daughter of Dan and elise Lanoue, she qualified for a $600 scholarship.

All nine candidates are seniors at Tracy Area High School.

Jesse James, Sandy Fultz, Jen Kainz, Vicki Nilius, Deb Ludeman and Colleen Schiller directed the program. Bob Gervais was emcee.

Lyon County 4-Hers have good showing at State Fair

Sixty Lyon County 4-Hers participated at the Minnesota State Fair in a variety of judging and other activities.

Seven members were part of the State General Livestock Judging Contest. Two Intermediate team Jared Bossuyt, Tony Rialson, Nicole Sinclair, Andrew Johnson, Brad Lanoue and Codi Skaar. They are coached by Earl Skaar. Johnson, Lanoue and Skaar were fifth in the beef contest and seventh overall. Bossuyt, Sinclair and Rialson placed as first, second and third individuals.

Livestock project members exhibited the first weekend of the state fair. Sarah Pamp exhibited the Champion Wool Breed Ewe Lamb and received purple on her fleece. Joe Brockway received a Reserve Champion on his prospect market calf. Amanda Eberspacher received a Reserve Champion on her beef breeding heifer. Danielle Johnson received Reserve Champion on her fleece, purple on her market lamb and purple in the Lamb Lead competition.

Fly-in soars to new heights

30 planes register, 503 eat pancakes

An excellent, record-setting turnout was recorded at this year's Fly-In/Drive-In Breakfast.

Tom Morin of the Mediterranean, who catered the event, reported that 503 people were served.

"That's about 50 percent more than we've had in the past," Morin said.

The highest number served in the past was 385 in 1999, he added.

It was also a record year for the number of planes that flew in for the breakfast. Over 30 planes were registered this year.

There was such a demand for the plane rides offered by Midwest Aviation that a third plane had to be called in, said airport commission member Homer Dobson. The Radio Control Club also reported good attendance for their show.

Dobson added that the Sioux Valley air ambulance, a former Chinese military training plane, and the skimmer owned by Midwest Aviation were big attractions. There were also several ultra-light planes on display.

TNT launches students-to-career program

The Technology & Telecommunication Consortium (TNT) of Southwest Minnesota has developed a student-to-career program that will foster long term student to business relationships within the region.

The program will involve students from secondary and post-secondary schools, businesses, organizations and educators from southwest Minnesota. The goal is to increase the number of graduating high school and post-secondary students choosing careers and employment in southwest Minnesota.

The Technology Innovation Solutions Project (TISP) is accessed through classes offered at either secondary or post-secondary schools in the area. Students' first introduction to the program may be the on-line Pathways program, which helps them explore career opportunities. This on-line resources will allow students and parents to see which courses at his/her high school align with six identified career paths, including engineering, manufacturing and technologies; arts and communication; agriculture and natural resources; health services; human resources; and business and management.

Students will have access to course descriptions, credits available, advanced standing possibilities, graduation standard requirements, post-secondary entrance requirements, and direct pathway links to corresponding program majors at Southwest State University, Minnesota West Community and Technical College and Ridgewater Community and Technical College. The student will have all the necessary information to enroll in a course or entire curriculum in that career field.

Instructors of specific classes at secondary and post secondary schools are being educated about the Technology Innovation Solutions Project (TISP) and will be able to match an existing class curriculum to the program or adapt an existing class curriculum to fit the program. Businesses have been identified within southwest Minnesota that exhibit specific technological challenges and deficiencies. The class and the business will work together to identify and ultimately implement a solution solving the business' problem.

For more information about TNT, contact Robert Gervais at 629-5540 or log onto

Govenor to visit CREP site near Redwood Falls

Governor Jesse Ventura is scheduled to visit the Redwood Falls area Thursday, Sept. 6.

A delegation led by the governor is expected at a newly-enrolled Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) site in Section 28 of Honner Township, just east of the former town of North Redwood. A 24.8 acre parcel owned by the Jerome Stancer Trust has been placed into a permanent easement through CREP, along with another 67.8 parcel in Sections 27 and 34 of Honner Township.

The program is to begin at 4:30 p.m.

Four generations of the Stancer family will attend, according to Stancer's daughter, Marvie Haas of Redwood Falls.

Three years ago, Governor Arnie Carlson attended a similar ceremony in Johnsonville Township, Redwood County, marking the first Minnesota acres enrolled in CREP.

“It's exciting to know that we've had two governors come to Redwood County to acknowledge the success we've had here with the CREP program,” said Marilyn Bernhardson, district administrator for the Redwood Soil and Water Conservation District.

Campaign stops 72 vehicles, no intoxicated drivers found

Not a single intoxicated driver was encountered late Saturday and early Sunday during a concentrated law enforcement program conducted by the Minnesota State Highway Patrol, Lyon County Sheriff's Dept., and Tracy Police.

Seventy-two vehicles were stopped in and around Tracy as a part of NightCAP (Concentrated Alcohol Program). Three state troopers, a sheriff's deputy and one police officer were assigned to the project.

“We appreciate it when people are responsible and don't drink and drive,” said Lt. Brian West of the state patrol. “When you have 72 face-to-face encounters and no one is intoxicated, that's positive.”

The purpose of the project was not necessarily to stop and arrest drunk drivers, but to hopefully prevent the occurrence of drunk driving and an accident.

Although no arrests were made, six tickets were issued.