Category Archives: Local News

B.E. Light & Water to Start Flushing Hydrants on Monday, April 3rd

Blue Earth Light and Water’s Water Department is going to start flushing hydrants and water mains on Monday, April 3rd, it will take approximately 2 – 3 weeks to complete. Blue Earth Light and Water flushes hydrants and water mains to clean the system of iron and other solids that settle out and accumulate over…read more »

Blue Earth Man Injured in Semi Rollover in Jackson County

A Blue Earth man was injured in a semi rollover in Jackson on Monday morning. The Minnesota State Patrol says the 2003 Freightliner Semi, driven by 63 year old Donald J. Asmus was southbound on Highway 71, when it left the roadway, entered the north ditch and rolled.  Asmus was taken to the Jackson hospital…read more »

UHD Receives Grant for New Ultrasound Equipment

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust has granted $240,907 to the United Hospital District in Blue Earth to purchase two pieces of ultrasound equipment as part of a $26.4 million ultrasound initiative in Minnesota.  The initiative includes nearly $18.3 million to help Minnesota hospitals and health centers purchase ultrasound imaging devices and…read more »

Bricelyn Man Charged After Assaulting a Woman Over Several Days

A Bricelyn man is behind bars, accused of punching and choking a woman. Last week, Faribault County Deputies responded to a home in Bricelyn, where a report of domestic abuse had apparently lasted several days. According to the report, 41 year old Brent Neal Shaikoski punched the victim in the eye last Thursday, giving her…read more »

MN Dept of Ag Confirms Emerald Ash Borers in Blue Earth

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has confirmed cases of Emerald Ash Borers in ash trees within Blue Earth. According to the MDA’s report, the infestation was detected on the border of the city boundary after MDA employees noticed some ash trees that showed signs of infestation while traveling through the area.  The infested ash trees…read more »

B.E. Council Approves Police Department Hire at Regular Council Meeting

The Blue Earth City Council held its regular meeting on Monday night, handling some house keeping and a new hire and updates pertaining to Emerald Ash Borers were given. Blue Earth Police Chief Tom Fletcher attended the meeting to show his support for a new full time officer hire, Andrew Thorson, by providing some background…read more »

Winnebago Council Passes Tax Abatement Program for New Housing

The Winnebago City Council passed a new Tax Abatement program for new single family and multifamily housing.  The program would allow for 100% of city taxes to be eligible for abatement for 5 years for newly build single and multifamily projects.  This is a project that is currently under revision and consideration in Blue Earth…read more »

B.E. Council Holds Special Meeting to Discuss Riverside Heights Annexation

The Blue Earth City Council held a special meeting on Thursday to discuss a potential annexation between the Township of Blue Earth City and the City of Blue Earth with Riverside Heights Residents. The annexation had been authorized on February 21st, however, Mayor Rick Scholtes clarified that the council has not officially voted to annex…read more »

Wells City Council Looking at Ways to Deal With an Uninhabitable Building

The Wells City Council learned it could be a complicated process to deal with demolishing a hazardous and uninhabitable building in the city. Speaking at a City Council meeting last week, City Attorney Pamela Whitmore addressed the situation, stating that there is a specific statutory process which must be followed.  Whitmore explained that the city…read more »