Category Archives: Local News

Mapleton City Council Approves Pension Increase for Firefighters

The Mapleton City Council approved a pension increase for local firefighters at its regular meeting on September 22nd. Jon Klenk, from the Fire Department Relief Association, was present at the meeting to share the audit report and get approval for the proposed increase in the pension from $2,200 per year to $2,400 per firefighter. Klenk…read more »

Fairmont City Council Holds First Reading of an Updated Rental Housing Ordinance

Several landlords were at the Fairmont City Council meeting Monday evening to voice their concerns during a public hearing for a proposed Rental Housing Ordinance Update.   City Administrator Cathy Reynolds noted that the update was in response to discussion at the May 24th City Council Meeting, when some complaints were brought forth to the…read more »

Faribault County SWCD Reminding Farmers to Call With Questions

With harvest getting into full swing around the area, producers are reminded that the Faribault County Soil and Water Conservation District is here to answer questions.   County Program Administrator Nate Carr says his office can answer questions about soil erosion, tiling, tillage practices and much more.   Funding is available from the office for…read more »

Madison Lake Woman Charged With Stealing Nearly $40,000 From Her Employer

A former employee of a Janesville farm equipment retailer is accused of stealing more than $39,000 from her employer.   Forty year old Jennifer Sohn, of Madison Lake, was charged with felony counts of theft by swindle and check forgery on Monday in Waseca County District Court.   Sohn worked as a bookkeeper at Boss…read more »

USC Board Receives an Update on Enrollment Numbers, Talks Next Year’s Levy

The United South Central School Board addressed a number of questions and concerns brought forth by District patrons regarding the coronavirus at last week’s regularly scheduled meeting for September.   Issues that were discussed ranged from certain students wearing masks, while the majority weren’t, to the District being able to recruit substitute teachers when needed…read more »

Two Freeborn County Residents Have Died of COVID-19

Two Freeborn County residents have died recently from COVID-19, according to data released by the Minnesota Department of Health.   Both deaths were reported to the State Health Department of Friday.   Both individuals were listed as being between the ages of 85 and 89, according to the state Health Department.read more »

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 »