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100 year-old church bells get a makeover

The storm which inflicted damage to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Easton happened almost three years ago, on Sept. 20, 2018. In addition to damaging the roof and part of the interior of the building, the church steeple and bell tower also fell to the ground. “Thankfully, the bells ...

Speeding in Winnebago

The room where the Winnebago City Council holds its meetings was a little more crowded than usual last Tuesday, June 8. That was the date of the regular council meeting and many people showed up to voice their concern about the speed of some cars driving the city streets. “I watch from my ...

Construction in BE getting serious

Street projects in Blue Earth started sometime ago, but now will begin the major work beginning Tuesday, June 1, according to officials. The two projects include underground utility work as well as pavement, curb and gutter and some sidewalk replacements. One of the projects involves West ...

W’bago plant set to open later this year

Corn producers in Southern Minnesota and Northern Iowa have been anxiously awaiting the reopening of the former Corn Plus ethanol plant ever since the facility was purchased by Greenfield Global in October of 2020. The question of when the plant will reopen has now been ...

Norm Hall – signing off for the last time

After 30 years of bringing the residents of the Blue Earth area the news on KBEW radio, Norm Hall is hanging up his headphones, turning off his mic, and retiring. His last day is May 31. “I started here at KBEW in October of 1991, so my 30th anniversary was this past October,” Hall ...

Let’s ride one more time …

Alzheimer’s. It is a progressive disease, where dementia symptoms gradually worsen over a number of years. Locally, there is a group which has been raising money for Alzheimer’s research for nine years. This year, on Saturday, June 12, this group will hold its 10th, and final, ...

Project 3 Sisters given extension

Both the Blue Earth City Council and the Blue Earth Economic Development Authority (EDA) voted Monday night, May 17, to grant an extension to a development agreement with Project 3 Sisters LLC. The agreement concerned having certain improvements made to the Three Sisters buildings in downtown ...

New county attorney is from Austin

Cameron Davis has been hired to fill out the term of County Attorney Kathryn Karjala, who tendered her resignation earlier this year. Karjala’s last day on the job is scheduled to be July 2. Davis has a tentative start date of June 14. “We interviewed two candidates,” Central Services ...

USC hires new principal

United South Central School Board chairman Dale Stevermer took time during the board’s regular meeting on May 18, to introduce Jennifer Taylor as the new elementary school principal. Taylor grew up in Marshall and will begin her duties at USC on July 1. “I am currently a Special ...

It’s Jurassic Park at the BE Library!

Visitors to the Blue Earth Community Library might be a bit startled by a new exhibit in the library lobby. The large skull of a dinosaur with jaws full of sharp teeth seems to be menacing every visitor walking in. While it looks like the skull of a Tyrannosaurus rex, it is actually much ...