Muriel Mae Burkhart

A Memorial Service for Muriel Mae Burkhart, age 70, of Blue Earth, will be Saturday, November 26th, at 11am, at St. Luke’s Care Center Chapel in Blue Earth.  Muriel Burkhart died Sunday, November 20th, at St. Luke’s Care Center in Blue Earth.

B.E. Council Receives Library Update and Certifies Election Results

On Monday, the Blue Earth City Council received and update from the Blue Earth Public Library, where it was announced that the massive Pteranodon fossil and exhibit has been installed and is awaiting finishing touches, in the library.

While the council is excited for the exhibit and what it brings to the community, it was noted that the fossil exhibit acquisitions will likely need to slow down, as the library is filling quickly, and the space may not be available to easily accommodate more new fossils coming in.

Councilman John Huisman also inquired about an updated camera security system for the interior and exterior of the library, to prevent possible vandalism and theft of exhibits and beyond, something the library will be investigating further.

City Attorney David Frundt updated the council on a private property withing the city that is in need of clean up and management.  The attorney’s office has made attempts to make contact with the owner of the property in question but have not been successful.  Frundt also presented estimates for clean up and towing of vehicles on the property.

To encourage residents to stay on top of lawn care in the summer and shoveling in the winter, it was proposed that fees for lack of doing either be increased from $50 to $75 in 2023.  The increase was put to a vote and was approved.

The council then voted to certify election results for city positions and passed the certification without incident.

Country Thunder Announces The Forest City Festival Will Not Return Next Year

Forest City’s major summer concert attraction will not return in 2023.  Country Thunder Iowa announced it is shutting down its concert event, citing a number of reasons.

Forest City Mayor Ron holland express disappointment about the announcement.  “They said they didn’t have a good enough attendance to make it worthwhile for them to do it,” he says.  Area country music fans had express disappointment in the event for what they termed as a lack of strong acts at the event.  Others cited the move away from Memorial Day weekend, when they could take time away from work, especially traveling long distances, to attend the concert.

Mayor Holland says that County Thunder owes Heritage Park, where the concert venue was located, some rent money as a stipulation of the contract agreement.  “They’re supposed to pay us 50% of it – the money they owed us if they cancel it for this first year,” Holland says.  “So, we’re going to try and get that out of them.  Whether we can get it or not or what we got to do to get it is yet to be seen.”

Holland is searching for an agency that operates these kinds of event to bring a replacement event to Forest City.  “We’re looking for another one and we haven’t gotten very far with that yet.” Holland says.

The event got its start as the Tree. Town Music Festival but was bought out by County Thunder Music Festivals a few years ago.

Woman Arrested on Lottery Forgery Charges in Kossuth County

A Kossuth County woman has been arrested on lottery related forgery and theft charges.

According to the Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office, deputies arrested 40 year old Michelle Gruver, of Wesley, Friday on 9 counts of lottery forgery/theft.  Each are a Class D felony.  Gruver is also facing one county of 3rd degree theft, an aggravated misdemeanor.

The Algona Police Department filed the criminal complaint against Gruver for acts allegedly committed while working at an Algona convenience store.

Gruver was booked into the Kossuth County Jail to await an initial court appearance.  Online court records show a preliminary hearing in the case is set for December 8th in Kossuth County Court.

Corn Harvest Nearly Complete in MN & Iowa as Snow and Cold Limit Farmers

Snow and freezing temperatures limited Minnesota farmers to just 3.0 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending November 20th, according to the USDA.

Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 22% very short, 35% short, 42% adequate and 1% surplus.  Subsoil moisture supplies were rated 19% very short, 36% short, 45% adequate and 0% surplus.

Corn harvested for grain was at 98% complete.

In Iowa, the USDA says there were 4.8 days suitable for fieldwork last week.

Topsoil moisture was rated at 17% very short, 35% short, 47% adequate and 1% surplus.  Subsoil moisture supplies were rated 24% very short, 38% short, 37% adequate and 1% surplus.

Harvest of corn for grain was virtually complete at 97%. 

Michael Christ

A Funeral Service for Michael Christ, age 94, of Lakota, will be held Tuesday, November 22nd, at 11am, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lakota.  Burial will be in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the Church on Tuesday Morning. 

James Willette

Funeral Services for James Willette, age 83, of Easton, will be Tuesday, November 22nd, at 11am, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Easton.  Visitation will be from 9am until time of service at the Church on Tuesday morning.  James Willette died Thursday, November 17th, at Season’s Hospice in Rochester.

Armstrong City Council Will Hold Public Hearing to Fill Vacant Council Seat on December 13th

The Armstrong City Council has set a December 13th public hearing date to fill a vacant seat on the council by appointment.

Former Council Member Nick Mart resigned at a special meeting on October 31st, after he was hired by the city to serve as deputy city clerk.  Mart had been volunteering his time at City Hall handling utility bills and payments, as well as other duties.

Candidates who want to fill the vacant council seat should send a letter of interest to City Hall.  The deadline is December 9th at 4:30pm.

County Residents Reminded to File Homestead Application By Year’s End

Residents of Faribault County are reminded that if you purchased a property in the past year, you have until December 31st to contact the Assessor’s office to file a homestead application.

Failure to file a homestead application will affect the amount of property tax you pay.  You must also contact the Assessor’s office if the use of the property has changed during the past year.

Once you have been granted a homestead classification, no further applications are necessary, unless they are specifically requested by the County Assessor.

If you have questions about a homestead classification, contact the Assessor’s office at 507-526-6201.

Vital Statistics for Faribault County Released for October 2022

The Faribault County Recorder’s Office has released the Vital Statistics Report for October of 2022.

According to the report, there were 13 birth in the county in October, 4 more than last year.  Faribault County saw 16 deaths in the county in October, the same as in October of 2021 and 4 Marriage Licenses were issued, compared to 3 in October of last year.