Delano, Minnesota

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Delano is a city in Wright County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 3,837 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Twin Cities Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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Geography

Delano is located at 45.04 degrees north, 93.78 degrees west, along the South Fork of the Crow River. The ZIP code is 55328.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.6 square miles (6.7 kmĀ²), all of it land. U.S. Route 12 serves as a main route in the community.

School

Delano has three public schools, Delano Elementary, Delano Middle and Delano High schools. Delano also has parochial schools.

Government

The current Mayor of Delano is Joe McDonald. The city council members are Larry Bartels, Brad Hotchkiss, Holly Schrupp, and Betsy Stolfa.

Notable residents and natives

History

Delano was incorporated as a village in 1876.

It seems appropriate to begin this brief history of Delano and its surrounding community of Franklin Township with a glimpse at prehistory - with some idea of what was here before man came to view this area to record his observations.

Back before the Big Woods stood, ice covered the Crow Valley. Twenty-five thousand years ago, great continental ice sheets flowed out from a center near Hudson Bay covering most of North America down to the valleys of the Missouri and Ohio rivers. The glaciers slowly spread out pushing soil and rock ahead of them; forming mounds call moraines. The Grantburg lobe of the Keewatin icefield pushed up the several moraines that cross Wright County. Melt water from the glaciers drained into the Mississippi from the moraines on the northeast side of this large finger of ice. Glacial drainage once flowed over the small plains of sandy gravel that lie along the Crow River Valley. Large mammals such as the woolly mammoth and arctic musk oxen driven down by the icecaps ranged as far south as Minnesota.

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