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Men and machines worked in perfect synchronization Monday, as concrete for curb and gutter was poured and shaped along the south high school driveway. Crews for B&G Curb & Gutter did the work. Progress on the curbing was delayed by rain and an equipment breakdown Saturday.

School completion in sight

Tracy Public School construction is on the home stretch.

Pouring concrete for new curbing around the high school began late last week and expected to be finished Tuesday afternoon. Curb and gutter work is then expected to shift to Tracy Elementary School.

Cement work for new sidewalks is well underway. A new pad for the north high school entrance was poured Monday, with cement for the north high school entrance installed last week.  Some new sidewalks have been poured on the school’s east side.

Paving around the high school, according to Supt. Chad Anderson, could begin as early as Friday or Saturday.  He hopes that weather permitting, paving around both the high school and elementary school will be complete by the end of next week.

“There will probably be some striping left to do after that, but otherwise we should be pretty much wrapped up in a couple of weeks,” he said.

Duininck Construction, the general contractor for the outside parking lot and cement improvements, plans to finish paving work at the high school before proceeding to the elementary school.

Several other improvement projects are also progressing.

Cordes Inc. of Moorhead began tuckpointing brick repairs on the high school Monday, with the elementary school to follow.  Work is expected to extend through most of August

Work began Tuesday to install a rubberized finish coat on the high school track.  A new aggregate base and bituminous surface was installed at the track earlier this summer.

The bases for new 27-foot light poles around both schools are in place.  Ten of the poles will be installed at the high school, two on the east driveway and eight in the parking lot.  Two 27-foot poles are set for the main elementary parking lot.  Four new 20-foot light poles are planned for the elementary school’s west driveway.  All new poles will be equipped with energy-efficient LED lights that will provide more illumination, but use less electricity than the old lights.

Newly-installed digital clocks are ticking away in the hallways of both schools.  The timepieces have the feature of a four-minute countdown that shows students how much time remains before school starts or the beginning of the next period.

Four rooms at the high school are getting new carpeting this week, with flooring installations to follow for several areas in the elementary school.  Sheet rocking and painting that eliminated portable walls in a “quad” area of the high school was completed earlier this summer.

Work to install 99 new windows at the high school, and 66 at the elementary is finished.

See this week's Headlight-Herald for more photos.

Lyon County fair begins

A rodeo, a demolition derby and a draft horse show are the grandstand acts for the Lyon County Fair, Wednesday through Saturday,  July 30-August 2.

The draft horse show starts the schedule with a 7 p.m.  show Wednesday.  The PRCA follows for two shows Thursday and Friday nights, also at 7 p.m.  Four classes of competition are set for the Saturday night demolition derby, which begins at 6 p.m.

Tickets for grandstand shows are available at the door. There is no general admission charge for the fair.

Entertainment is booked on the fair’s free stage all four days. Acts are:

Wednesday—Uncle Ron’s Accordian Band, 2 p.m.; Monroe Crossing, 4, 6, 8 p.m. Thursday—Loren Wolf, 3:30 p.m.; Sandra Harmon, 5:30, 7 p.m.

Friday—Bruce Dysthe, Barb Pipinski, Evon Seivert, 4 p.m.; Brad Louwagie Band, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday—Pedal Pull, 10 a.m.; cook off, 11 a.m.; Chris Von Arx, 1 p.m.; Outstanding Senior Citizens Award, 2 p.m.; Century Farm Recognition, 2 p.m.; Wendinger Band, 3:30 p.m.; Mylan Ray deejay, 7 p.m.

Midway rides begin running Wednesday afternoon.  A “cock-a-doodle-zoo” petting zoo will be open from noon to 10 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday.

A host of 4-H shows are planned. They include:

Wednesday—Cloverbud goats/market goat show, 1 p.m.; fleece/Cloverbud sheep/lamb lead show, 4:30 p.m.

Thursday—beef show/Cloverbud beef show, 8 a.m.; Cloverbud dairy/dairy goat show, 12:30 p.m.  Cloverbud poultry/poultry show, 3 p.m.; swine show,Cloverbud swine shoe, 5 p.m.

Friday—Livestock demonstrations, noon;  small animal premier showmanship, 3:30 p.m.; large animal premier showmanship, 4 p.m.

Saturday—livestock ribbon auction, noon;  pet show, 4 p.m.

Gates open at 7 a.m. each day.  Exhibit and commercial building hours are 1 to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.