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BEA grad makes a return to Blue Earth

By Staff | Sep 1, 2019

Lexi Scholten has returned to her hometown area. A graduate of BEA in 2011, Scholten recently took over as Central Services director for Faribault County.

Lexi Scholten’s last day on the job as the clerk/treasurer for the city of Alden was on Friday, Aug. 16. Like the long jumper she was in high school, she leaped into her new job as the new Central Services director for Faribault County, which she began the following Monday, Aug. 19.

Scholten was born Lexi Holland and is a 2011 graduate of Blue Earth Area. Her parents are Jamie and Leah Holland and Brad and Beth Leland.

While attending BEA she participated in track. In addition to the long jump, she also ran sprints and was a member of the sprinting relays.

“I miss it (track),” Scholten says. “I was fortunate to be on some real good track teams and it is hard to beat coach (Tom) Plocker as a mentor.”

While many young people graduate from high school, go off to college, leave the area and do not come back, Scholten is thankful for the opportunity to work in Blue Earth.

“I am very fortunate to have been able to find a job where I grew up,” Scholten comments.

After graduating from high school, Scholten attended Minnesota State-Mankato where she earned her bachelor of science degree in management and human resources.

As to how she met Andrew, the man who would become her husband, well, you could say she is thankful for brothers.

Lexie’s brother Seth and Andrew’s brother Tom were good friends. It was through the brothers’ friendship Lexie and Andrew met. The pair tied the knot in 2014.

Now the couple lives on a farm outside of Bricelyn with their two children. Their oldest child is a boy, Callahan, who is three and a half years old. The couple also have a one-year old daughter, Madden.

“I like living in the country and believe it is a great place to raise a family,” Scholten comments.

While Lexi drives to Blue Earth to go to work, Andrew, who is originally from Hills, heads to Wells where he is a salesman/estimator for Wells Concrete.

Although she began her job on Aug. 19, Scholten had prior experience in the Central Services office.

“I actually interned with Dawn Fellows in 2015,” Scholten explains.

It was Fellows’ resignation this summer which created the job opening at the courthouse.

“I heard about the open position from different people in the community,” Scholten remarks. “Those people really encouraged me to seek the job.”

And just what does the Central Services director do?

“I will be involved in a lot of committee meetings,” Scholten shares. “I am responsible for county personnel functions including recruitment, hiring, discipline, employee relations, benefit administration, labor relations and the collective bargaining process in the county.”

Having worked with Fellows four years ago has helped Scholten in the transition to her new job.

“It helps to have some familiarity with how things work,” Scholten adds. “And the people I work with are absolutely great.”

When work is over for the day, her priorities shift to her loved ones.

“Family time is so important,” she says. “We enjoy anything outdoors and we love to be out on the water, whether we are fishing or just cruising in a boat. We also love to travel and see different places.”

You will still find the former BEA trackster lacing up her running shoes for some exercise.

“I still love to run, it is a great way to stay physically active,” Scholten comments.

She has had no doubts about returning to the community where she has spent the majority of her life.

“I am so excited to be back in the area,” Scholten says. “I feel like I am home.”