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Looking forward to Kindergarten. Olivia Reiner was among the pre-schoolers who attended kindergarten round-up at St. Mary’s School last week. Sixth graders Kiana Benson and Lauren Verlinde pointed out activity in an aquarium. See page 2 for more photos.


Airport lights to get upgrade

While discussing lighting and electrical improvements at the Tracy Airport, Mayor Steve Ferrazzano asked Homer Dobson if he remembered when airport lights had last been installed.

“Not exactly,” replied the longtime airport booster, who has lived in Tracy since the late 1940s. “They took them off (Noah’s) Arc.”  Dobson, former long-time chairman of the Tracy Airport Commission, guessed that the present airport lighting system dates from the 1960s.

The council gave consulting engineers the go-ahead to draw up plans and specifications for airport improvements with an estimated cost of $331,000.  The Federal Aviation Administration would pay 90% of the cost, with Tracy required to contribute 10% (about $31,000).

“That much for new lights?  Isn’t that crazy?” asked council member Pam Cooreman.

Councilman Kurt Enderson, who also serves on the airport commission, said that there were both energy-saving and safety benefits to the project.

New LED lights along the runway, and possibly the new taxiway, would require less electricity and provide more light.  The new system would have the capability of being fully activated by a signal from an incoming pilot, rather than burning at a high intensity all night.  The old system, Enderson said, requires a lot of maintenance.

“It becomes a safety issue with pilots coming in,” Enderson said, not only at night, but also during overcast weather.

Public Works Director Shane Daniels said that some of the wiring at the airport is shorting out.  Some airport wiring, he said, is 40 or more years old.

The council approved an engineering agreement with  Bollig Inc., to begin the design and bidding phases of the project.

 


Dance recital is Sunday

“Do What You Love” is the theme for the Tracy Dance Studio’s annual spring recital Sunday, April 19.

The recital begins at 1 p.m. on the Tracy Area High School gym stage.

Students from Tracy, Balaton, Lake Benton, Milroy, Russell, Slayton, Tyler, Walnut Grove, and Westbrook will be performing.  Studio owners Jen Kainz and Vicki Nilius will direct the program.

“The theme of our show this year fits the students and staff perfectly,” comments Nilius. “It’s always been our goal to instill a love of dance and make memories to cherish forever.”  She said that the students at the studio “still tumble and dance because they love it.”

Three seniors will take their final bows for the studio. Morgan Benson, Jen LaVoy, and Leah Nelson will present a lyrical routine to the music “Farewell.”

Teaching assistants are Kaitlin Rohlik, Heather Kamrud-Rice, Kassidy VanGelderen, Alyson Birt, Kelly Saxton-Hanson, Brianna Anderson, and Morgan Hansen.

Admission is $8.