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MAKING WAY FOR NEW – The former Lau Seed building, a Hwy. 14 landmark in Tracy since 1945, was razed Tuesday, to make way for a planned retail development. Rogge Excavating of Ghent began work at 1 p.m., and by the end of the afternoon had reduced the distinctive brick structure to a pile of rubble. In January, Norwood Commercial Contractors of Bensonville, Il., was issued a city building permit to construct an 8,320 square foot Family Dollar store on the site. When Henry Lau—with sons Ewald, Albert, and Milton—opened the building nearly 70 years ago, it was considered a state-of-the-art facility for custom seed cleaning, grading and testing.

Elementary open house set Wednesday

Tracy Elementary School students and parents can start the first chapter in the 2014-15 school year Wednesday, August 27.

A school open house is planned from 5 to 7 p.m.  Students can visit their home rooms and tour the school.  Parents will be able to fill out any needed  school forms. Many teachers are expected to be on hand to greet students.

Students new to the district are welcome to attend.  To date, Tracy Elementary has 17 new students registered for the coming school year.

Classes for students are scheduled to begin Tuesday, Sept. 3.  School hours will be 8:10 a.m. to 3:08 p.m.


Tackling cancer
TMB athletes planning
benefits for Liam Dieter

“Tackle Cancer” benefits are planned next month for the 14-month-old son of two Tracy Area High School graduates.

The Panther football and volleyball teams are planning Sept. 11-12 events for Liam Dieter, son of Matt and Monica Dieter, who has been diagnosed with a rare form of kidney cancer.  The benefits coincide with a Thursday, Sept. 11 home volleyball match with Lac Qui Parle Valley, and a Friday, Sept. 12, home football game, also with Lac Qui Parle.

“We decided to do this as a joint service project to help raise money for Liam, and to reinforce the idea in our athletes that the family they become a part of when they grow up and play sports here, is a lifelong family,” explained Panther football coach Derek Flann. 

Matt Dieter (TAHS ’08) was a Panther football player, while Monica (TAHS ’10) played volleyball.  Matt’s brothers, Dan and Andrew, also played TMB football.

Liam’s cancer was diagnosed in May, after admission to the Sanford Children’s Hospital in Sioux Falls. The tot’s tumor and right kidney were removed on May 5.   The child began a 26-week chemotherapy treatment plan May 23, as well as radiation therapy.

Monica Dieter shares this about her son.

“Liam has been an inspiration through this journey.  He is joyful, loving, and has a great sense of humor.  He learns new things every day despite what he is up against.  He is a true fighter.  There is no sign of pain on his face, which makes all of this a little easier to handle.  We are blessed to know someone as strong as Liam.”


Planning underway

The Tackle Cancer benefits include a T-shirt sale featuring both the TMB and Lac Qui Parle sports mascots. Nearly 300 T-shirts have been pre-sold.  Plans are to have football players assist with the volleyball match benefit, and volleyball players help at the football game.  The Panther cheer team will also be involved.

A benefit raffle will feature a host of sport-related merchandise donated by pro athletes, and professional and college sports teams.  A “tailgate” meal is planned prior to the football game.

A helium balloon launch, preceded by a moment of silence, will be held prior to kick-off Friday night.  Fans will be invited to buy a balloon and attach the name of an individual who has, or is,  battling cancer.  Coaches and athletes at both the volleyball and football events will be dedicating their performances to someone they know, or knew, with cancer.

“This fund-raiser will be a way we can give back to kids that gave us their very best effort while they were in high school,” said Flann.  “At the same time, we can show our current players how much every individual player that comes through our programs means to us.”

Matt is the son of David and Lisa Dieter of Tracy. Monica is the daughter of Scott Przybilla and Ann Przybilla of Tracy.  Matt and Monica Dieter now live in Sioux Falls.