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From hog house to bunk house

In recent years it has not been uncommon to see an old barn which has been restored and modernized. Many have been transformed into entertainment venues while a few have been converted into a living space for a family. Tim and Vicky Nelson live on a farm east of Blue Earth on the farm Tim’s ...

County Board OKs $4 million bond

The Faribault County Board of Commissioners gave their final approval to a capital improvement plan and authorized the issuance of $4 million in bonded debt. The vote came at their regular meeting on March 16, following a public hearing on the matter. “Discussion on this project dates back ...

BE OKs Bartel project

Residents of Blue Earth affected by the City Council’s change in plans for the Bartel Drive project were invited to attend the council meeting on Monday, March 15, to learn more about why the changes were made and how it would affect their assessments. They were also given the opportunity to ...

BE EDA wants to expand business park

The Blue Earth Economic Development Authority (EDA) had a full agenda on their plate at their meeting on Thursday, March 11, and yet still were able to keep the meeting to under an hour long. One major item on the agenda was the continuing discussion of the Golden Spike Business Park north of ...

Enrollment stays steady at USC School

The United South Central School Board met on Tuesday, March 16, with many topics of discussion. Following the approval of last month’s minutes, the board proceeded to the administration reports. Elementary principal Nick Jurrens was the first to speak. “This past month has flown by. We ...

Always an ag guy!

While Jim Nauman of Blue Earth has never actually owned and operated a farm, he has had a big connection to agriculture all of his life. Nauman will be retiring on April 1 from being the parts manager at Kibble Equipment in Blue Earth. His career with John Deere began in 1982, first at the ...

Raising a winner

They say once in your lifetime you raise a great one,” Jim Volz says referring to his passion for raising award-winning livestock. And Jim has been successful in his endeavor. His Charolais bull, EFCC Mister Rome, was a winner at the Sioux Empire Farm Show in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, ...

Wells busy with building projects

Not many small town City Councils can say they have their hands full with multiple proposed housing development projects. However, the Wells City Council is trying to work on not one or two, but four or five new developments. “It is very unusual to have this many all at one time,” city ...

BEA board hears good budget news

Financial Services Coordinator Alan Wilhelmi presented the revised 2020-2021 budget to the Blue Earth Area School Board at their meeting on Monday, March 8. Wilhelmi reported the revised budget ended up really close to projections in spite of all of the changes caused by the pandemic. “We ...

W’bago to lose some tax revenue

Winnebago City Council members learned they will be losing a part of the city’s property tax base beginning with taxes payable in 2022. The news came at the end of their meeting on Tuesday, March 9, when city administrator Jacob Skluzacek shared a letter he had just received from the ...