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USC goes to distance learning

The United South Central School Board held an emergency meeting Monday morning, Nov. 16, and voted to transition grades 7-12 to distance learning beginning Tuesday, Nov. 17. The also cancelled all extra-curricular activities including all sports. "We were scheduled to be in the hybrid mode ...

BEA Board gets COVID-19 update

COVID-19 once again was a major topic of discussion at Blue Earth Area’s School Board meeting last Monday evening, Nov. 9. “We had no idea what schools would look like when they reopened this fall,” Fletcher commented. “Would we see transmission? We really had no idea.” Now that ...

Wells spends the last of its CARES funds

The Wells City Council took care of allocating their remaining Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds during action at their meeting last Monday night. The city of Wells had been allocated $168,988 in CARES Act funding, and had dispersed all but $27,369.66, which they ...

To vacate or not to vacate – an alley

To vacate or not to vacate? That was the question put before the Winnebago City Council during their meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 10. A public hearing was held during the meeting to gather input from those for and against the vacation of an alley located on Block 31 at Third and Fourth Avenue ...

New Horizons Agency receives a wonderful gift

It is not quite Christmas yet, but New Horizons Adoption Agency in Blue Earth still received a very nice early Christmas gift recently. On Saturday, Nov. 7, a young man from South Dakota, along with his grandmother, arrived at New Horizons with a van-load of hundreds and hundreds of items for ...

BE EDA looks at investment proposal

The Blue Earth Economic Development Authority (EDA) spent time at their meeting last Thursday morning discussing a possible new real estate investment proposal. A group called Rebound has a proposal where different local entities and individuals invest funds to form a Blue Earth Community Real ...

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 ...