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Miracles keep happening for Jesse Nelson
Senior is back on volleyball court,
hopes to play in college

By Seth Schmidt


Five months after having a painful-hooped device removed from her right leg, and 19 months after sustaining devastating injuries in a car accident, Jessie Nelson is back on a volleyball court.

The Tracy Area High School senior, who missed both her junior and senior volleyball seasons after sustaining a badly-broken leg in a July, 2014 car accident, is practicing with a JO Volleyball “18s” team at Southwest State University.

“My rehab is coming along.  Of course, I am not able to do all that my mind says it should be able to do, but I hope that with regular practice and being active, I will be able to return to my former abilities,” Nelson explains.

She is hoping to play collegiate-level volleyball at Rochester Community Technical College.

“I am very excited about this opportunity to play volleyball again,” Nelson says.  “One and a half years ago, I did not think I would ever play again.”


For more on this article, see this week's Headlight-Herald.

Sportsmen's Show Saturday-Sunday

The 14th annual Tracy Area Sportsman’s Show opens Saturday and Sunday, April 30-May 1 at the Tracy Veteran’s Memorial Center in Tracy.

Admission is $2 for adults, with youth 12 and under admitted free.

Food will be available on site on both Saturday and Sunday. Raffle tickets are available for a chance to win prizes including $1,000.

At least 23 vendors  are expected, including U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Crow River Custom Rods, Hoek Outdoors, Rebel Campers, Barrels Up & Dirty Girl Camo and more!

The Steve Porters White Tail Deer Display, with 30 sets of deer antlers, will be among the show’s attractions. The Porter family has 140 fenced acres, eight foot high, to house their 70 whitetail deer. Every doe on the property in Lake Bronson possesses world class genetics due to the specific breeding program the family has used.

Port will discuss big buck behavior with show guests. The smallest set of antlers in Porters’ display scores 270” and largest at 415.”  Spectators are invited to get their picture taken with the largest set.

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Registration for the annual kids’ Pedal Tractor Pull begins at 1 p.m., with the pull starting at 2 p.m. Children ages four to eleven are invited.

Also on Saturday, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will sponsor a hands-on ATV safety class.  Advance registration is required for this class and  is open to kids eleven years old. The ATV Drive and Ride course will be provided by Lyon County C & B Operations.

Monty’s Reptile Show is scheduled on Sunday.

A DNR laser shooting booth will be offered both days.

For more information, see the Tracy Area Chamber website at

Courtyard to again be
student hub at TAHS

By Seth Schmidt


The little-used courtyard at Tracy Area High School is being primed for rejuvenation.

The District 2904 school board has approved a $20,000 face-lift for the courtyard, with improvements targeted for completion by the 2016-17 school year.

The planned improvements include new doors opening from the school cafeteria and a south hallway, a central pergola, installation of five LED lights, new pavers and walkways, and new rock and flower landscaping. New outdoor tables and benches will be installed as well.

“I envision the courtyard being used for students, staff, and the community, as a casual-use (area),” explains Supt. Chad Anderson.  “Teachers will be able to take classes to the courtyard for activities, noon hour, …and during fall and spring events.”  The administrator said the courtyard could be used as an “outdoor cool down area” for school dances, “pictures for prom” or perhaps a “senior lounge of some type.”

The superintendent explained that he and Principal Kathy Vondracek will be developing specific policies to govern the use of the courtyard.

The courtyard area was used extensively after the high school first opened in 1971.  However, in more recent times—at least for the past 20 years–students have been prohibited from using the courtyard, because doors didn’t meet fire codes.  The soon-to-be-installed doors will  meet safety standards.  The courtyard’s existing landscaping, including its concrete-embedded benches, date from the high school’s original construction.

A high-school shop class has been given the assignment of building the courtyard’s pergola.