Category Archives: Local News

Mapleton Native Named Director of Counseling Services at Catholic Charities

A Blue Earth County woman has been named as the new director of Family and Individual Counseling Services at Catholic Charities of Southern Minnesota.  Kristine Madsen, a native of Mapleton, was recently appointed to fill the position.   Madsen has more than 30 years of experience working with individuals and families to help reduce the…read more »

Corn and Soybeans in MN Continue to Progress Ahead of Average

According to the USDA’s Weekly Report, scattered rainfall throughout Minnesota allowed 5.4 days suitable for fieldwork last week.   Corn dented reached 94%, seven days behind last year, but seven days ahead of average.  Corn mature reached 59%, one day behind last year but eight days ahead of the average.  Corn harvested for grain reached…read more »

B.E. Council Discusses New Tennis Court Project at Monday Night’s Meeting

The Blue Earth City Council Monday night expressed differing viewpoints toward a controversial tennis court proposal being considered near Blue Earth Area High School.  The City is currently working in partnership with the Blue Earth Area School District in conducting a feasibility study that would allow the project to move forward.   City Administrator Mary…read more »

Mason City Man Pleads Not Guilty in Rake Bar Break In

A north central Iowa man accused of burglarizing a Winnebago County bar is pleading not guilty.   Brandon Hufstedler, 36, of Mason City, is charged with third-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit a felony as a habitual offender, second degree theft, second degree criminal mischief and possession of burglary tools.   Authorities say Hufstedler broke into…read more »

Rep. Hagedorn Announces Contributions Received from Anton Lazzaro Will be Donated to Help Victims of Sex Trafficking

U.S. Congressional Representative Jim Hagedorn, a Republican from Blue Earth, has announced that the contributions he received recently from Anton Lazzaro will be donated to charities in Southern Minnesota that help people impacted by sex trafficking.   Lazzaro was indicted last month by a federal grand jury in Minnesota on child sex trafficking charges.  …read more »