Local Sports Schedule — Friday 5/24/24

Iowa Baseball

Rockford at North Iowa
North Union at Forest City

Iowa Softball

Rockford at North Iowa
North Union at Forest City

Amateur Baseball

Blue Earth Pirates at Austin

Local Sports Results from Thursday 5/23/24

Minnesota Baseball

Section 2AA Playoffs
BEA 2, NRHEG 1
Maple River 11, Medford 0

Section 2A Playoffs
GHEC/ML-Truman 4, Mt. Lake/Comfrey 3
New Ulm Cathedral 17, Martin Co. West 0

Regular Season Game
Fairmont 13, Jackson Co. Central 9

Minnesota Softball

Section 2A Playoffs
USC 13, Cleveland 1
Martin Co. West 6, Madelia 3

Section 2AA Playoffs
Belle Plaine 10, Maple River 0
LeSueur-Henderson 5, Fairmont 2

Iowa Baseball

Garner-Hayfield/Ventura 9, North Iowa 4

Iowa Softball

North Iowa 10, Garner-Hayfield/Ventura 3
North Union 12, Emmetsburg 0

Boys Tennis

Section Finals
Joe Frundt & Brady Lorenz finished 3rd in doubles.

Golf

Gopher Conference Final Score
Boys: 1. JWP, 2. USC, 8. Maple River
Girls: 1. Hayfield, 3. Maple River, USC Inc.

Fairmont Boys finished 10th at their section meet in Buffalo.

Ardys Frandle

Memorial Services for Ardys Frandle, age 96, of Blue Earth, will be held Friday, May 31st, at 2pm, at Zion Lutheran Church in Rake.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday morning.  Ardys Frandle died Tuesday, May 21st at St. Luke’s Lutheran Care Center in Blue Earth.

Faribault County Board Gets Construction Update

The Faribault County Board of Commissioners met Tuesday morning and received an update on the on going construction in the county from County Engineer April Wellman.

Commissioner Greg Young says that County Road 23 is almost done, as the paving and shouldering are both done, Country Road 17 has the pavement done and shouldering is almost done but has been delayed by the recent rains.  There will be a couple week break coming up on the road work as the contractor has other obligations, but they should be back to starting paving and shouldering on County Road 11 in early June.

Young says they also continue to do work on bridges and culvers.

Construction has started on County Road 2 and construction on County 1 is backed up a couple weeks due to the availability of materials.

The board also approved the snowmobile grant for 2025, allowing the state to allocate funds to snowmobile clubs in the county.

Parts of Minneopa State Park to Reopen Later This Summer

Parts of Minneopa State Park in Mankato will remain closed until later this summer.

The steps and falls area have remained closed since early December when a landslide cause the death of a 19 year old visitor.

Park officials said that the steps and connected trails will remain closed until the area can be confirmed to be completely safe.

The park expects the area to open later this summer, but said that areas closer to the falls will remain restricted even after the steps reopen.

The park did not give a specific date for reopening the area.

Minneopa expects Memorial Day weekend to be a busy time for the park and wants visitors to double check the rules and hours of all areas of the park before visiting.

Local Sports Results from Wednesday 5/22/24

Minnesota Softball

Section 2AA Playoffs
Tri-City United 12, BEA 5
Maple River 5, W-E-M 0
Fairmont 7, Sibley East 4

Section 2A Playoffs
USC 8, Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda 0
New Ulm Cathedral 16, GHEC/ML-Truman 0
Martin Co. West 13, Alden-Conger/Glenville-Emmons 3

Minnesota Baseball

Section 1A Playoffs
Hayfield 13, USC 3

Iowa Baseball

North Union 15, North Iowa 5

Iowa Softball

North Union 8, North Iowa 2

Boys Tennis

Section 2A Individual Tournament
BEA’s Joe Frundt & Brady Lorenz advanced to the semi-finals.

Girls Golf

Section 3AA Tournament-Day One

  1. Minnewauska 333, 2. Redwood Valley 392, 3. New London-Spicer 396, 4. Fairmont 404, 5. Marshall 407

Amateur Baseball

Fairmont 9, Lakefield 2

Russell Weber

A Celebration of Life for Russell Weber, age 58, of Elmore, will be held, Saturday, June 15th, at 11am, at Calvary Baptist Church in Granada.  Russell Weber died Saturday, May 18th at his home.

Howard Paschke

Funeral Services for Howard Paschke, age 95, of Blue Earth, will be Tuesday, May 28th, at 2pm, at Hope United Methodist Church in Blue Earth.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the Church on Tuesday Afternoon.  Howard Paschke died Wednesday, May 8th in Shakopee.

Arnold Evan Thrond

Funeral Services for Arnold Evan Thrond, age 93, of Blue Earth, will be Friday, May 24th, at 11am, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Kiester.  Visitation will be Thursday, from 5-7pm, at Patton Funeral Home in Blue Earth.  Arnold Thrond died Tuesday, May 14th in Blue Earth.

B.E. Police Asking for Information on Dog Park Vandalism

Over the last two weeks there has been some vandalism at the Blue Earth dog park.

The first incident occurred sometime the night of Tuesday, May 7th, which caused the gate to be locked from May 8th to the 13th.  Then again sometime on the night of the 14th, more vandalism occurred and that caused the city to lock the gate again through the 20th.  The damage caused was to the entrance gate and sign in both instances.

The matter was brought up at the City Council meeting on Monday night and the council has agreed to have the police department set up some cameras at the park to help prevent these incidents from happening again.

Anyone with information on the vandalism that occurred at the dog park is encouraged to call the Blue Earth Police Department at 526-5959.