A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. District Court of Appeals ruled that former Scott County Attorney Kathleen Morris, former Sheriff Doug Tietz, four sheriff’s deputies and a therapist were immune from civil rights lawsuits stemming from the 1983-84 child sex abuse cases in the area. James Martin, an attorney for Morris, said the ruling should lead to dismissal of other lawsuits pending against county officials.
Wayne Ediger of Belle Plaine, longtime auctioneer, was honored at the 38th annual Minnesota State Auctioneers Association Convention in New Ulm by being inducted into its select Hall of Fame. Col. Ediger was the son of an auctioneer and was raised in the business. In 1957, he purchased the Belle Plaine Livestock Commission Company and also conducted many other auctions of all sorts.
Belle Plaine High School would observe National FFA Week Feb. 22-28. Reflecting on the past year, BPHS FFA Advisor Joel Larsen said probably the biggest project by the local chapter was the organizing and sending of 800 bales of hay donated by area farmers to drought-stricken Hickory, N.C. They were one of the very few FFA groups in Minnesota to self-sponsor such a project. The local FFAers also built a portable judging stand for the Scott County Fairgrounds.
Pam Aufderhar, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Aufderhar, was Belle Plaine Public Schools top speller in 1987. She correctly spelled “medallionist”  and went on to spell “suffocate” to win the school’s spelling bee at the elementary school gym. Ken Breeggemann, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Breeggemann, took second place.
The BPHS boys’ basketball team split two lopsided games that week, losing to Le Sueur 65-41 and beating Norwood-Young America 67-50. Matt Lenz had a career-high 26 points against NYA, while teammate Jeff Johnson chipped in 19.
The BPHS girls’ basketball team won two games that week, besting Henderson 47-30 and Le Center 52-39. Julie Halquist had 19 points and seven rebounds against Henderson and 18 points and eight rebounds against Le Center. Sally Halbmaier chipped in 10 points against Le Center, while Micki O’Reilly grabbed 10 rebounds.