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MRCI ditches walls and debuts vans in new program

Managed Resources Connection Incorporated (MRCI) has provided support and resources for individuals with disabilities in southern Minnesota for 65 years. However, the organization is expanding to new frontiers this year through both an explorative day services program and the addition of ...

Farm Family of the Year

When learning about a farming operation, the discussion often turns to the number of acres being farmed or the size of the livestock operation. But Ron and Chris Schultz, who along with their children were recognized as Faribault County’s Farm Family of the Year for 2021, would rather talk ...

Boettcher Farm turns 100

100 years; that equates to approximately 36,500 days, plus a few extra if you account for leap years. On a century-old farm, that also equates to a lot of memories. The Boettcher family, whose farm has been named one of Faribault County’s Century Farms this summer, demonstrates that fact. ...

She’s cultivating a pumpkin paradise in rural Wells

Lots of people have vegetable gardens, but a few people take it to a whole new level. Jackie Soens, of rural Wells, is one of those super gardeners. Running her two-acre garden is pretty much a full time job, at least for more than half the year. It is a lot like having a small farming ...

Hanna chosen for BE council spot

Tuesday, Sept. 7 saw previous Blue Earth City Council member Dan Warner’s seat finally filled at the council’s regularly-scheduled meeting. The council held interviews for Warner’s position during a work session which commenced at 4 p.m. Three candidates applied for the position. ...

County might bond $12M for highways

Road construction is a common topic of conversation at a majority of the Faribault County Board of Commissioners meetings and the Sept. 7 meeting in the County Board room was no different. Although the overall condition of Faribault County’s paved roads has improved over the past few years, ...

She’s all excited about her first day at school

A long-time advocate of learning and growth, Jennifer Taylor is seeking a new opportunity to apply her experience in education through her position as principal of United South Central Elementary School. Taylor’s life has led her through many places, but her journey began in Marshall. ...

Your new neighbor is seeking refuge from wildfires

From the mountain peaks of the California coast to the rolling hills of southern Minnesota, new neighbor Mary Hickerson quite literally relocated to the Midwest for a breath of fresh air. What is your name?  “Mary Hickerson.”  Will you share your age?  “I’m 63,” says ...

BE EDA hears update on Three Sisters

The fate of Blue Earth’s Rural Renaissance Project has certainly been a nail-biter. On Thursday, Sept. 9, the Blue Earth Economic Development Authority (EDA) board received an update regarding the project’s progress at their regularly scheduled meeting. Deanna Lahre, who relocated to ...

W’bago City Council discusses SuperValu’s fate

The aging SuperValu building has long been a thorn in Winnebago’s side. At the Winnebago City Council meeting held on Wednesday, Sept. 8, the council took steps toward the demolition of the property, which has long been considered both a safety hazard and somewhat of an eyesore. The ...