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County Board awards sale of bonds

The Faribault County Commissioners completed the next step in the process of securing funds for work to be done on the County Courthouse and other county buildings. During their meeting on Tuesday, April 20, the board approved a resolution awarding the sale of the 2021A $4 million General ...

Wells man urges all to consider organ donation

You could be forgiven, in the middle of a yearlong international pandemic, with trials dominating the headlines and the opening day of baseball, for forgetting that April is Organ Donor Awareness Month. However, Rick Herman, of Wells, is all too aware of the importance of organ donation. ...

A cut above …

Davis Outdoor Services may have only officially been in business since April of 2020, but one might say the enjoyment owner Roger Davis experiences in his work took root many years ago. “When I was in my junior and senior year of high school, I worked for my uncle who owned Flying Squirrel ...

BEA to receive more Esser funds

The Blue Earth Area School Board learned at their meeting on April 12 the district will be receiving $690,000 in the next round of Esser Funds. These are funds which were established as part of the Education Stabilization Fund in the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) ...

W’bago’s financials improving

The Winnebago City Council held their regular meeting on Tuesday, April 13 and learned the city had received a clean audit report. Layne Kockelman of Abdo, Eick & Meyers was at the meeting and provided a condensed summary of the report. “One of the things I will highlight is the ...

Wells getting ready for summer work

The Wells City Council took a big step towards the 2021 street and utility projects during action at their meeting last Monday night. The council approved plans and specs for the project and called for the advertisement of bids for the work to be done. Those bids will be opened on May 7, ...

COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t stop them

Blue Earth native Marjorie Engesser, along with her husband Bryan W. Simon, have again crafted a work of art and this time it’s a book. The producer and director of stage plays/feature films used the isolation of the pandemic to find a new way to express themselves and raise money for one of ...

Enjoying retirement

People handle retirement in different ways, some good and some not so good. For Dr. Joe and Kay Tempel, of Blue Earth, retirement has brought them much closer together. “We have been married 54 years,” Kay Tempel says. “And we have been in love all those years, and we are still in ...

Keeping up with technology

Interfaith Caregivers, who had their beginnings in 1996, is working hard to keep up with technology and make life easier for the people who use their services. “That is our goal, to help seniors maintain independence, dignity and quality of life by coordinating volunteers for a variety of ...

She helped establish Interfaith

It was 24 years ago this past week the office for Interfaith Caregivers opened in Blue Earth and Jean Bierly was the group’s first director. “The day was April 16, 1997,” Bierly says. “But we say the organization really began 25 years ago, in 1996.” Now, all these years later, ...