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  • Bursts of October
    One of the most splendid Octobers in terms of fall foliage in this area is still holding on in many places, including Belle Plaine. Pictured above is a view from Highway 25 going up the hill north of the Minnesota River.
  • Power Lines Before Beauty
    Workers from Wright Tree Service, a contractor for Xcel Energy, gave this tree a clipping last Wednesday at the height of its fall beauty.
  • The Last Market of the Season
    Terry Wyman of San Francisco Township (right) is one of the originals when it comes to vendors at the Belle Plaine Farmers Market.
  • Wet Spring, Mild Summer Showing Up in Corn Harvest
    As May turned to June, area farmers no doubt wanted to be out working their fields, preparing for the growing season. Too much rain and unseasonably cool temperatures kept them on the sidelines last spring.
  • DNR Changing Plans for Belle Plaine Boat Landing
    Earlier this fall, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) considered using the silt the Minnesota River flooding left from the latest flood at the Belle Plaine boat landing as a way to raise the landing and keep it open longer during periods of high water.
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  • City Council Votes 3-2 to Buy Vacant Downtown Lot
    The Belle Plaine City Council Monday night narrowly provided city staff with the go-ahead to purchase the vacant lot where an arson fire nine years ago this month destroyed one of Belle Plaine’s most historic buildings at the corner of Main and Meridian streets downtown. 
  • Unless there is an overwhelming number of “write-ins” for one person, Mike Pingalore will win a second two-year term as mayor of Belle Plaine in the General Election on Nov. 4. 
  • Dennis Lenzen Killed Sunday in Farm Tiling Accident
    Dennis Lenzen died Sunday afternoon on his farm in Dahlgren Township near the intersection of Highway 212 and County Road 43 while installing drainage tile. 
  • With an increase in the number of people reporting attempts to defraud them of money by callers claiming to work for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the federal agency recently issued a consumer alert providing taxpayers with additional tips to protect themselves from telephone scam artists.
  • A 6-year-old Minnetrista boy and man from Rosemount both  drown in Parley Lake in unrelated accidents Friday (Oct. 17) and Saturday. 
  • BPHS Football Team Defeated Sibley East
    The BPHS football team defeated Sibley East 28-26 in an exciting back-and-forth Section 3AAA playoff game Tuesday night in Belle Plaine. 
  • The Belle Plaine High School cross country boys’ and girls’ teams will both be in action at this Thursday’s Section 2A Meet in Blue Earth. 
  • Tigers Win Share of MRC Title; Get Top Seed in Subsection
    The Belle Plaine High School volleyball team acquired some high stature last week – winning a share of the Minnesota River Conference championship and gaining the top seed for the Section 2A, North Subsection Tournament. 
  • Tigers Can’t Stop Royals from Claiming Final MRC Crown
    Belle Plaine played its final Minnesota River Conference football game last Wednesday night at Watertown-Mayer, and it was one the Tigers will want to forget as the Royals claimed the last ever MRC title outright with a 42-13 victory. 
  • Four Tigers Named All-MRC Tennis
    Jane Schneider, Ireland Lambrecht, Grace Olson and Kate Schmit are Belle Plaine high School’s representatives on the 2014 All-Minnesota River Conference tennis team. Leah Schaefer and Rachel Schroers received honorable mention. 
  • Dennis P.  Lenzen
    Dennis Peter Lenzen, 78, of rural Chaska, MN, passed away accidentally on Sunday, October 19, 2014 on his land.

  • Bruce Panning
    Bruce Panning, 70, of Belle Plaine, died unexpectedly on October 19, 2014 at home in Blakeley Township. 
  • Lloyd Latzke
    Lloyd Latzke, 80, of Belle Plaine, passed away on Friday, October 17, 2014 at the Marie Steiner Kelting Hospice Home in Chaska.  


Video Gallery

Scott County Fair 2014
Scott County Fair 2014
Honoring High School Wrestling Coach Kevin Slack
St Patrick's Day 2013
Belle Plaine MN St. Patrick's Day 2013 Celebration
New Prague Middle School Shooting Hoax Press Conference
New Prague Middle School was locked down and a 12-year-old boy was later arrested on suspicion of making a phone call that indicated a possible shooting
  • Koll - Usher Wedding
    Mary and Randy Koll of Belle Plaine are pleased to announce the marriage of Andrea Koll and Owen Usher on June 10, 2014. They married at the San Diego  Administration Center.
  • Birth  Announcement
    Owen and Andrea (Koll) Usher of San Diego, CA are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Alliyah Joy Usher,  who was born July 17, 2014 at 5:39 p.m. in San Diego, CA. She weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces and was 21 inches long.Grandparents are Randy and Mary Koll of Belle Plaine and Leonard and Margot Usher of New York.
  • Birth  Announcement

    Rick and Gabrielle Stidger of Elko are happy to announce the birth of their son, Jack Jameson, who was born on July 25, 2014 at Mayo Clinic Health System in New Prague.


  • 30 Years Ago (1984)
    An ebullient Gov. Rudy Perpich made a whirlwind tour of Belle Plaine’s industrial plants that Tuesday and in a talk downtown, extolled Minnesota as “a special place to live.”
  • Both Scott and Carver counties had a race for state senator between Wagner of Waconia and Metcalf of Shakopee. 
  • John A. Halloran was the first baby delivered by the new doctor in town, Dr Hermann Juergens.

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