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Concerns with new housing proposal

The proposed Cardel development west of the new United South Central School took up the majority of the meeting of the Wells City Council when they met on Monday, Feb. 22. The council discussed options concerning the right-of-way for Seventh and Eighth streets or the option of a cart-way to ...

Get ready! The county fair is a go!

Mark your calendars for July 28-31, for the return of the Faribault County Fair after a one year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic. It will be Faribault County’s 160th county fair. “All the counties in the State are currently going forward with their plans for having fairs this ...

BE liquor store sales top $2M

Blue Earth’s municipal liquor store had a banner year in 2020, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, and possibly because of it. In fact Blue Earth Wine and Spirits topped the $2 million mark for sales in a single year for the first time ever. “As far as I know, that is the highest sales in a ...

Former BE resident illustrates childrens’ book

Former Blue Earth resident and well-known cartoonist Joe Engesser has done the illustrations for a new childrens’ book that deals with an unusual topic. Roofing. The book was written by Marcus Eytcheson, of Fairmont Roofing. The book is titled “Up on the Rooftop” and is subtitled ...

County discusses $4 million bond

The Faribault County Board of Commissioners set March 16, at 9:30 a.m., as the time for a public hearing on the proposed $4 million capital improvement bond. The public hearing will be held during the board’s second regular meeting of the month. Treasurer-auditor Darren Esser explained a ...

County EDA disburses $268,000

The Faribault County Economic Development Authority (EDA) had a special meeting last Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 16, with one major objective. To give away $268,000 to county businesses and organizations. After roughly an hour of discussion and some debate, the EDA board accomplished the ...

BE may expand 2021 street projects

A report on an issue with one of this coming summer’s street projects in Blue Earth turned into a lengthy discussion at last Tuesday night’s City Council meeting. Part of the 10th and Nicollet Streets reconstruction project included hooking up a new water line to neighboring Bartel Drive, ...

Blue House on Main now open in downtown BE

Blue Earth has a new business on Main Street ready to meet the fashion needs of the area’s female population. The Blue House On Main opened for business last week. But the store’s owner, Renee Johnson, began her story far away from the farmland of Faribault County, because she was ...

USC spending $244,000 on Chromebooks

The United South Central School Board took steps at their Feb. 16 meeting to upgrade the computers their students use. Tech committee member Rita Vondracek gave a review of the bids which had been received from four different vendors. “We are looking at purchasing Chrome tablets for the ...

BE Council discusses dogs at Steinberg Park

The issue of dogs running loose in Blue Earth once again came up at a City Council meeting. This time, at last Monday night’s work session held before the regular meeting, the issue was dogs in Steinberg Park. City councilman Glenn Gaylord asked that the topic be added to the work session ...