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A menagerie of colorful Dr. Seuss characters are coming to life this week as Tracy Area High School students present “Seussical the Musical.” Steven Wilson portrays the Grinch, with Hannah Brockway playing the Cat in the Hat. Nathan Fultz (right) is a lad called “Jojo.”

Three will join 'Wall of Fame'

Three new inductions will be made into the Tracy Area High School “Wall of Fame” Thursday, as District 2904 holds its annual American Education Week banquet.

The inductees are Jim Vickerman (THS 1949), Dave Stassen (’69), and the late Con Rettmer (’54).

The awards banquet will also salute Tracy elementary and high school “teachers of the year” selections (Amber Altheide and Randy McIntire) and student academic achievers.

Tickets for the banquet, planned at 6:30 p.m., must be purchased by 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, at the high school office.


$649,000 assessments will be considered

An assessment hearing for this summer’s utility project on Morgan and Fourth streets is planned Monday, Nov. 23, 6:45 p.m., at Tracy City Hall.

The city has prepared an assessment roll on 63 benefiting properties. Total assessments are $649,231, which includes $140,522 in assessments to the City of Tracy for 10 city-owned parcels.  The city-owned properties include City Hall, Veterans Memorial Center, the library, Multi-Purpose Center, the former Masonic Temple building, a municipal parking lot, and several vacant lots.

Citizens can address the city council at the hearing, with comments and questions about their assessments.

The individual assessments range from several hundred dollars to more than $25,000, depending on front footage and the amount of underground utility work that was done for each specific property.

It is the intent of the council to have assessments certified for real estate taxes payable in 2016, unless property owners pay off the assessments within 30 days of the hearing.

Otherwise, assessments can be paid with real estate taxes over a 15-year period, at 4.8%.

Property owners have the right to appeal their assessments, or apply for a deferment.

The proposed assessments cover only a portion of the $2,670,330 project.  Lyon County is contributing $600,000 to cover some of the street costs on Fourth St., since it is a County State Aid Highway.  The City of Tracy’s remaining portion not covered by the assessments will have to be paid property tax revenues from the whole city.

CONSOLATION PRIZE – The Panther volleyball team placed fourth in the Class A state tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul last week. Captains Sara Stoneberg, and Gabbie Gervais accepted the fourth-place plaque from Minnesota State High School League board member Bob Grey of Montevideo. See 10-page section inside for details.