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  • County’s Plans for Road Fix in Blakeley Get Positive Reviews
    If Thursday night’s informational meeting of Scott County’s plans for returning County Road 60 through Blakeley Township to useable condition were a movie, reviews would have mostly been a thumbs-up.
  • Biggest Dumping of the Season
    Much of the Twin Cities area received only a little over 3 inches of snow from Sunday’s  spring storm but Belle Plaine was among the communities in a swath that received close to 10 inches, give or take an inch or two in some spots.
  • Rotary Members Flip Cakes
    Sharon Blume, Jim Koonst, center, and Ashton Pankonin were among the Belle Plaine Rotary Club members working in the kitchen at St. John Lutheran Church in Belle Plaine for Sunday’s Pancake and Sausage Breakfast.
  • 100 ‘Allyhoos’ & Counting
    Belle Plaine’s Ally Doucette (foreground) and her friends (standing, from left: Jennifer He, Haley Johnson, Patrick Selly and Allison Hennes) recently made and donated their 100th Allyhoo doll to Paul Rootkie of Pine City, Minn. to celebrate his 100th birthday.
  • First Batch
    LeRoy Bentfield of Belle Plaine is among the local crew, mostly retirees, back at work this spring collecting sap in the nearby woods and cooking maple syrup at Harold Edberg’s building south of Highway 169.
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  • Kroells is All-American
    Belle Plaine High School graduate and University of Minnesota sophomore Michael Kroells received All-American honors after placing eighth in the heavyweight class at last week’s NCAA Wrestling Championships in St. Louis. 
  • Comments on proposed deer population goals recommended by citizen advisory teams in 40 of Minnesota’s 128 deer permit areas will be accepted Thursday, April 2, through Wednesday, April 15, on the Department of Natural Resources website. 
  • Mariena Hayden Named to All-MRC Girls’ Hoops Team
    Mariena Hayden is Belle Plaine High School’s lone representative on the 2014-15 All-Minnesota River Conference girls’ basketball team. Point guard Elizabeth Johnson is honorable mention. 
  • Four BPHS Students Earn All-MRC Speech Honors
    Belle Plaine High School’s representatives on the 2014-15 All-Minnesota River Conference speech team are Max Hughes, Felicity Mecredy, Patrick Selly and Alec Lorenz. Teammate Dylan O’Brien is honorable mention. 
  • 500 Points
    Lily Vinkemeier, an eighth-grader, scored her 500th point for the Trinity Lutheran School Girls ‘A’ basketball team on Feb. 28. 
  • Lowell Otto
    Lowell Otto, 78, of Belle Plaine passed away on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at The Lutheran Home in Belle Plaine.

  • Adeline R.  Hoefs
    Adeline Hoefs, 95, of Le Center, passed away Sunday, March 22, 2015 at Mayo Clinic Health System New Prague.  

  • Albert B.  Overline
    Albert B. Overline, 83, of Belle Plaine, passed away on March 21, 2015 at Kingsway Retirement Living in Belle Plaine.  


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Water break at Cardinal Ridge Apartments
Water break at Cardinal Ridge Apartments
Film Shot in Belle Plaine Could Become ‘Best of Fest’ Entrant
A short film shot largely in Belle Plaine, including Sparetime Tavern, this past weekend is destined to premier later this winter as an entrant in Z Fest in Minneapolis.
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
  • Birth  Announcement
    Angela and Jeremy Kalal of Belle Plaine are proud to announce the birth of their son, Carson Henry Kalal, who was born February 4, 2015 at 1:19 p.m. at Ridgeview in Waconia. 
  • Birth  Announcement
    Curtis and Terassa (Koll) Raddatz of Belle Plaine are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Alexandra Kaye Raddatz. 
  • Birth  Announcement
    Karl and Rosemary (Beson) Kolden of Belle Plaine are pleased to announce the birth of their son, William Henry Kolden. 
  • 30 Years Ago (1985)
    During the first 120 years of Belle Plaine’s municipal existence, it was classified as a borough. In fact, it became the only borough in Minnesota and the only one west of the Mississippi. In 1973, the Minnesota Legislature decreed that all Minnesota municipalities, whether they be cities, villages or boroughs, must henceforth be called a city. 
  • A business transfer of more than usual size took place that week with the purchase by Bill Steffen of Ivanhoe of Molitor’s hardware stock and the purchase by Mr. Steffen from Mr. and Mrs. T.H. Lynch of the building the store occupied. 
  • The wheat market continued to drop; top grade only $1.27 in the local market. 

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