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BEA talks post-referendum plans

“I want to thank all who worked to get the referendum passed,” Blue Earth Area School Board chairperson Susan Benz said at the regular board meeting on Monday, Nov. 9. “I also wish to congratulate the newly elected board members – Jeff Eckles, Lindsey Mensing and Ted ...

W’bago council allocates more CARES funds

The Winnebago City Council met on Tuesday, Nov. 10, and spent some time allocating more of the money the city had received through the CARES Act. Emily Davis, who works for CEDA (Community and Economic Development Associates) as the Community Workforce coordinator, was at the meeting to ...

And the election winners are…

Voter turnout in Faribault County was as large as expected for last Thursday’s General Election. Out of the 8,476 registered voters in the county, 7,959 went to the polls to cast their ballots, or had previously voted by mail-in ballot. That is a 93.9 percent turnout. Here are the ...

School districts pass referendums

Both public school systems in Faribault County passed operating levy referendums in voting which took place on Nov. 3. The voters in the Blue Earth Area School District approved a $700 per pupil operating levy to help address the district’s financial challenges and support its educational ...

County selling blighted properties

Easton and Elmore are taking steps to clean up blighted parcels in their respective towns by acquiring tax forfeited properties in their communities with the intent to demolish the rundown buildings located on those lots. On Tuesday, Nov. 3, the Faribault County Commissioners approved the ...

Election Day 2020 finally here

Voters in Faribault County will have a lot of places to mark on their ballots come Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Of course, many voters have already cast their ballot – they did early voting and either mailed in their ballot or dropped it off at the courthouse. But, for the many who ...

Wells gets another CARES fund request

The Wells City Council received another request for some of their CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act funds during their meeting last Monday evening, Oct. 26. Emily Davis, the Community Workforce coordinator in Faribault County, gave a presentation of what the Community ...

USC adds flex learning day for staff

The United South Central School Board held a special meeting on the morning of Oct. 29 to discuss adding a flex-learning day to the academic calendar. The day being considered was Friday, Nov. 13. “We consistently hear time is the most crucial item for teachers when they are working on ...

Edwards is new principal at St. Casimir’s in Wells

COVID-19 may require St. Casimir’s principal, Diane Edwards, to wear a mask almost all of the time while she is at the school. But, even the face covering cannot hide the smile which reaches her eyes when she talks about the young children she helps educate at the private school in ...

Corn Plus in Winnebago is sold

A statement released on Wednesday, Oct. 21, announced the acquisition of Corn Plus of Winnebago by Greenfield Global Inc. of Canada. Greenfield Global Inc. is Canada’s largest fuel ethanol producer. The 48 million gallon per year ethanol plant in Winnebago is Greenfield’s first fuel ...