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Quilt EXPO returns after 2020 cancellation

An innovator at heart, Wendy Nickel’s creative endeavors are a colorful patchwork of ingenuity. Nickel, of Kiester, has been named Featured Quilter of the 37th annual Blue Earth Quilt EXPO, which will be held at Blue Earth Area High School on Aug. 13, 14, and 15. The EXPO will be open from ...

Your newest neighbor is a veritable Forrest Gump

You may have already seen this new neighbor dash down your street. We can confirm he also likes to stop and chat over a cup of coffee once in a while. What is your name?   “Ryan Peterson.” Where are you from? Ryan is from Northfield, Minnesota. “Born and raised,” he says. ...

County Fair starts off ‘fairly’ hot

The Faribault County Fair’s debut was scheduled for Wednesday, July 28. The festivities did not commence with a bang, but rather with a sluggish ‘uff-da’ due to oven-like temperatures and humidity. As eager fairgoers and intrepid fair planners checked the weather for Wednesday, many ...

BE Council discusses new courts

Unanimous votes were more elusive than usual at a Blue Earth City Council meeting held Monday evening, July 19 at 5 p.m. Several ordinances came under review, and council members had some concerns to voice. The council had a lengthy debate about approving a memorandum of understanding ...

Par-tee time: Riverside turns 100

Even while golf was still in its infancy in the State of Minnesota, two towns in southern Minnesota came together to create one of the first 9-hole golf courses in the state. Now, the current members and past members of that golf club are going to celebrate its centennial. It was 100 ...

County Board recognizes Bonin for heroism

Faribault County Board members, at their meeting on July 20, took time to recognize Sheriff Deputy Briar Bonin for his heroic life-saving efforts as a member of a Multi-County SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) Team and Drug Task Force. Bonin took action in November of last year to rescue a ...

JW Accounting already adding to the community

JW Accounting is the new firm on the block, and owner Jessica Warehime is excited to add her services to the community. Warehime, a registered tax preparer, assists taxpayers and small businesses with their taxes. She is now serving the community via JW Accounting, her own accounting ...

USC ready to have students in school this fall

“I do not see us having any distance learning options this fall,” United South Central superintendent Keith Fleming told board members at their July 21 meeting. What the 2021-22 school year will look like was one of the many topics discussed during the evening. “As it stands now, we ...

BEA schools prepare for September

“It is definitely different planning for the upcoming school year this year than it was last year,” Blue Earth Area superintendent Mandy Fletcher told members of the BEA School Board at their meeting on Monday, July 12. “We do not have to plan for three different learning scenarios this ...

Wells Council makes plans for next Kernel Days

With Kernel Days just around the corner in August, the Wells City Council spent some time at their meeting this past Monday night, July 12, authorizing some requests concerning the Wells summer festival. The Wells Chamber of Commerce and Wells Jaycees requested permission to block off Seventh ...