Local Sports Schedule — Monday 6/24/24

Iowa Baseball

Lake Mills at North Union (On 98.1 FM & kbew98country.com, 7:30pm)
Bishop Garrigan at North Iowa

Iowa Softball

Lake Mills at North Union
Bishop Garrigan at North Iowa

Minnesota Legion Baseball

St. James at Blue Earth/Winnebago
Mankato Loyola at Truman

Amateur Baseball

Waseca at Wells

Local Sports Schedule — Friday 6/21/24

Iowa Baseball

North Iowa at Belmond-Klemme (DH)
North Union at Bishop Garrigan

Iowa Softball

North Iowa at Belmond-Klemme
North Union at Bishop Garrigan

Amateur Baseball

Jackson at Blue Earth
Lake Crystal at Fox Lake

Faribault County Commissioners Vote to Give Money to Bass Lake for Water Treatment

The Faribault County Board of Commissioners met Tuesday Afternoon and received a request for funding from the Bass Lake Clean Water Coalition.

Commissioner Greg Young says that Bass Lake has had some problems over the past few years with algae and contaminants in the water and have not been successful in finding any grants to cover the cost of treating those issues.

Young says the timing for the request was a little controversial, as the county doesn’t have the money budgeted for the current year, but since it is a clean water issue and it is county water, the board voted to give the Coalition $11,000 to help treat some of Bass Lake’s water issues.

With the help of the Faribault County Soil & Water Conservation District, the Coalition hopes to get some grant funding in the future to keep Bass Lake a clean waterway.

Local Sports Results from Wednesday 6/19/24

Iowa Baseball

North Union 11, Belmond-Klemme 1

Iowa Softball

North Union 11, Belmond-Klemme 1

Minnesota Jr. Legion Baseball

St. James 14, Blue Earth 0

Amateur Baseball

Blue Earth 6, Cleveland 4
Minnesota Lake 6, Wells 1
Fairmont 3, Worthington 0
Lakefield 6, Fox Lake 0

Darlene Pilcher

Funeral Services for Darlene Pilcher, age 96, of Blue Earth, will be held on Tuesday, June 25th, at 11am, at Faith Lutheran Brethren Church in Blue Earth.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the Church, starting at 10.  Darlene Pilcher died Saturday, June 15th, in Blue Earth.

B.E. Council Approves Boundary Changes to Ward 1 and City Official Compensation Changes

The Blue Earth City Council passed two ordinances on Monday.  The first was for the compensation of city officials that will go into effect in 2025.  The Mayor’s compensation rate will be $7,200 per year and Councilmembers’ compensation rate will be $6,000 per year.

The Council then passed an ordinance to adjust and change the Ward 1 boundaries due to the annexation of Riverside Heights into the city.

Ward 1 will now be the portion of the City of Blue Earth, lying West of the centerline of Main Street from the North Boundary of County Road 44, extending West to the West Corporate Boundary of the city to the centerline of the Chicago and Northwestern Railway mainline to Gorman Street; West of the centerline of Gorman Street to Eighth Street, North of the centerline of Eighth Street to Holland Street, East of the centerline of Holland Street to Seventh Street, North of the centerline of Seventh Street to the West Corporate Boundary.

The ordinance will become effective on September 16th.

Monday Morning Storms Bring Wind, Causing Damage to the Area

Storms early Monday morning caused some wind damage across southern Minnesota, as strong winds, frequent lightning and heavy rains moved through the area.

There were reports of trees and limbs down in the area, where some damage and power outages caused by downed trees were reported, as well as high winds in the area.  The roof was blown off the former Easton Elevator building and local fire departments were called to put out a fire there.

The damage spread east to Wells, where plenty of trees and limbs were down and even some of the siding blown off one building.  Damage was also reported in Mapleton from downed trees.  There have been no reports of any injuries from Monday morning’s storms.

B.E. Council Approves Security Details for the New City Hall Building at Monday’s Meeting

Security for the new Blue Earth City Hall was one of the many items on the agenda during  Monday’s City Council meeting.

The Council heard the summary and recommendations of Tom McCone of Brunton Construction for security scope vendors.  The Council then went forward with going with the recommendations of McCone and selecting Bevcomm for Complete Voice/Data Network, Hawk Alarm Systems for alarm security, access and intercoms.  Hawk will also do the video security system and Midwest IT for the installation of the audio/visual portion of the work.

The Council also received the Kato Roofing report for the former Wells Fargo building.  The report indicates that the roof itself has a B grade, which is good for another 8-10 years.  However, there were some minor deficiencies found and there was some minor leaking in a few areas.  The Council approved the repairs, at a cost of $3,840.