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Blue Earth plans big 9/11 event

When asked, most adults can tell you precisely where they were and what they were doing on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. It was her clear memory of this day that inspired Mandy Fletcher to create an event memorializing the tragedy for the Blue Earth community. “For me personally, ...

What to do with $2.6M

How to spend more federal funds was the topic of discussion when the Faribault County Board of Commissioners met in a work session on Tuesday, Aug. 31. Faribault County will be receiving a total of $2.65 million through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) which was signed into law by ...

Frost community plans another fish fry benefit

A tiny community with a big heart, Frost is well-known for its regular fish fry benefits. The benefits are held to collect donations for a local person in need, and have done much to unite the community over the years. “It’s a community club of sorts. Everybody’s helping,” explains TJ ...

BEA welcomes 15 new teachers this year

After a school year full of twists and turns, Blue Earth Area School District is looking forward to returning to a slightly more normal 2021-22 school year. Part of the district’s plans include welcoming the talents of 15 new teachers when classes commence on Sept. 7 for high schoolers and ...

USC district opens doors to 10 new teachers

As United South Central (USC) School District welcomes the 2021-22 school year, they are also welcoming 10 new teachers to the district. All teachers, both old and new, will start classes on Sept. 7 at USC High School and on Sept. 8 at USC Elementary School. USC’s newest teachers include ...

BEA planning back-to-school bash

Blue Earth Area Schools is already shaking things up this year. Rather than welcoming students with a traditional open house, they will kick off September with a full-blown Back 2 School Bucs Bash on Wednesday, Sept. 1, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. The event will be held at Blue Earth Area High School. ...

County Board talks budget

The 2022 budget was the subject of discussion at a work session held by the Faribault County Board on Tuesday, Aug. 24. County department heads came to the County Board room at the courthouse to review the current year’s financial figures and talk about their budget projections for the ...

Construction is on schedule in Wells

It has been a nice summer for people in the construction industry and a couple of projects in Wells are changing the landscape of the city. One of those is on the north end of town. “We are still projecting to be in our new facility by the end of January,” Brandon Nasinec, of Nasinec ...

Schwen shares memories of family-owned business

Making ice cream was once a big business in the city of Blue Earth. In fact, Schwen’s Ice Cream & Candy Company was at one time the largest employer in the city. Walter Schwen, Sr. and his wife Margaret opened The Sweet Shop on the corner of Fifth and Main streets in 1914. “It was ...

They’re back! Giants ready to hit some pins

The COVID-19 pandemic has kept these athletes apart for the past year, but now the Faribault County Giants Special Olympics Team is excited to announce their return for the fall bowling season. Head of delegations Sheryl Aukes admits it was difficult for the Giants to be unable to practice ...