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You guessed it. Time to cheer, jeer

By Staff | Oct 18, 2020

Our readers might be thinking that what with all this COVID-19 stuff going on in the world at this time, there might not be much out there to cheer about.

Yes, there does seem like there might be a lot out there to Jeer about and maybe not much to cheer.

But let’s get to that later. Because I actually found quite a few things worth cheering about believe it or not.

So here we go with another round of Cheers and Jeers.

Cheers go out to the city of Wells for receiving a 2020 City of Excellence award from the League of Minnesota Cities for their LED light conversion project in the city. The award is quite an honor, due to the fact there are a lot of cities in the state that are in the same size category as Wells.

So a big cheer to those involved in receiving the award.

Another big Cheer goes out to the Blue Earth Area girls tennis team. They played hard to take the Section 3A championship for the second year in a row.

It was not easy. They had played St. James Area for the conference championship and lost, so they had a lot to overcome to get that Section championship. This year there is not a State Championship, so this is the highest they could achieve – and did so. So congratulations to the girls on a great season. It was a wonderful way for the senior girls to end their illustrious tennis careers.

Jeers to those folks who just can’t seem to follow the rules of wearing masks and following social distance guidelines. Yes, when we are with people we know and are ones we are around a lot of the time, we all relax these rules. But, going out into the public, like in restaurants and stores, it is not just a good idea to wear a mask and social distance, it is the law as well.

And, since it looks like this coronavirus might be with us for a while, it is time to get used to it.

Cheers to those folks who made some hefty donations to the city of Winnebago recently. As our story this week relates, the council there approved accepting $42,000 in donations recently. That is really a case of people stepping up and donating money locally, where it can have a large impact on their local community.

Cheers once again to the Faribault County cities and the county itself for taking this CARES Act money and putting it out into the community to try and help out businesses and people who have been affected by this COVID-19 pandemic, and the shut downs that have resulted. The cities are dispersing tens of thousands of dollars, while the county is putting hundreds of thousands of dollars into the area. That kind of money flowing into our local area can make a real impact and help local businesses and other groups right when they need it the most.

A Jeer one more time to all those drivers who just can’t seem to get the hang of going through a roundabout. It really is not that hard. But once again, I have seen a driver stop while in the roundabout to let another driver enter the roundabout. Or not stop and let someone in the roundabout go by.

Please, please, please learn the rules. There are getting to be more and more of these things everywhere, so figure it out.

Cheers to the Blue Earth City Council for sticking to their guns when it comes to their efforts to keep dogs from running loose and attacking people out walking.

There does seem to be a lot more dog owners using leashes on the dogs and following the rules. But, when a dog is loose and bites someone, there does need to be consequences, unfortunately.

Another Cheer goes out to the council for having an open mind when they were approached by a group wanting to open up the go kart track at the fairgrounds again.

When a previous group quit operating the track, the council planned on turning some of the area into another baseball field. However, that plan never materialized. So, it is good to see that they are willing to let someone try and make a good use of the area again.

A Cheer goes out to the Blue Earth Area School Board and others who are working hard trying to get an excess levy referendum passed at this fall’s election.

The last attempt failed by only a few votes, and we wonder if that didn’t happen because of a lack of getting information out to the public.

That is certainly not the case this time. There has been a lot of information put out, including a website devoted to explaining everything about the need for the referendum. So, we urge everyone to be informed and then please vote.

And, in case you were wondering, yes, there will be a voters’ guide in the next issue of the Register.

OK, you knew this one was coming.

A Jeer goes out to all the negative campaigning going on. Luckily, it will all go away in just a few weeks.

Or at least we all sure hope it will.