Has it been 10 years already?

As we turn the page on another decade, here’s a year-by-year sampling of the last 10 years of tracy area news and its newsmakers


• Zach Campbell becomes the second TAHS wrestler to reach the 150-win mark. He would finish his career with more than 200 wins (225). Campbell wins 44 matches in 2010.

• Winston “Wimpy” Peterson has been named Conservationist of the Year by the Minnesota Waterfowl Association and Art Marben has been accepted into the District MD5M Hall of Fame.

• It was announced that free breakfast will be served to all public elementary students.

• Matt Schreier is launching the Lakeside Hideaway in Currie.

• Charlie Knott is inducted into the Bemidji State University Hall of Fame.

• Thelma and Louise’s Bar and Grill opens in the former 21st Century Bank building.

• Tony Peterson defeated incumbent mayor Steve Ferrazzano by a 298 to 293 margin.

• The Knakmuhs Agency of Walnut Grove, Tracy and Garvin marks its 50th anniversary as a three-generation family business.

Legendary Tracy football coach Leo “Gabby” Sebastian dies at the age of 89.


• Rick Anderson usurps longtime Lyon County Commissioner Phil Nelson.

• Audrey Koopman’s 28-year tenure as Tracy city administrator ends.

• Dan Zimansky ends an impressive 22-year run on the Tracy Public Schools Board of Education.

• A loss to Redwood Valley marked the end of an illustrious career for the high school’s winningest boys’ basketball coach, Bob Ladehoff.

• Skylar Carlson placed sixth out of 193 competitors at the American Forensics Association’s national individual tournament.

• The long-anticipated move of the Tracy Public Library begins, and construction begins on a new wrestling and weight lifting facility at Tracy Area High School.

• Roger A. Gorius was appointed as Tracy’s new city administrator.

• Jason Lichty took over as Tracy’s chief of police on Oct. 1, succeeding Bryan Hillger, who died later that year.

• The District 2904 Board of Education considers purchasing the Tracy Kid’s World property.


• The former Tracy Public Library is now home to the future Prairie Home Medical and a charitable organization for distribution of used CPAP machines.

• DeRuyter’s Pallets of Ruthton has begun using the 35,000-square-foot main Central Livestock barn for its pallet business.

• Prairie Lakes Family Dentistry opens.

• Farmland continues to bring strong prices at area land auctions. An auction in March brought a top bid of $8,600 an acre for a 160-acre tract in Clifton Township.

• A newly remodeled main barn will greet visitors at Wheels Across the Prairie.

• City of Tracy leaders are considering legal action against the owner of a south Tracy mobile home park over a past-due water and sewer bill of more than $9,000.

• An explosion at the CHS facility in Tracy put two men in the hospital.

• Neighbors and friends are rallying around a Tracy mother and her three children, who remain hospitalized in St. Paul after a Saturday morning explosion destroyed their Elm St. home.

• The Tracy bakery had its last day of business.

• Shane Daniels has been named the City of Tracy’s new Public Works director.

See this week’s Headlight Herald for more on this article and 2019 Year in Review.