A Clean Business Change -- 

Ownership of Belle Plaine Cleaners changed hands in the spring of 1987. Brothers Roger Martin of Belle Plaine and Larry Martin of Chaska purchased Belle Plaine Cleaners from Keane and Dianne Raether. The Raethers had operated the business for about five years.
A Clean Business Change -- Ownership of Belle Plaine Cleaners changed hands in the spring of 1987. Brothers Roger Martin of Belle Plaine and Larry Martin of Chaska purchased Belle Plaine Cleaners from Keane and Dianne Raether. The Raethers had operated the business for about five years.
A mild and mostly snow-free winter turned into a dry spring, which led to a number of grass and other fires for Belle Plaine area firefighters to combat.
It was expected that 3.5 million people would drive to Scott County to visit one of its major recreational attractions in 1987, which was starting to put a burden on county services such as jails, courts, public safety, highways and bridges, human services, land use and planning, and environmental protection. For that reason, the Scott County Board passed a resolution to request authority from the state legislature to tax admissions to major recreational attractions in Scott County, including Canterbury Downs and Valley Fair, etc.
Belle Plaine’s annual German Day observance, which started in 1982, would take place that coming Saturday with German food being served and live entertainment in some local bars. At that time German Days was normally scheduled to take place four weeks after St. Patrick’s Day.
Belle Plaine High School took first place at the District 13A Speech Contest at Montgomery. Finishing first individually for Belle Plaine were Mike Gaffney (Extemporaneous Speaking), Gretchen Koenig (Drama) and Sheral Kahle Poetry. Also advancing to the regional  contest by placing in the top three at district would be Margaret Siegler, Kris Giesen, Geri Devine, Joanna Boschee, Beth Jones, Julie Johnson, Erik Einertson and Mike Spellacy.
The Tiger baseball team dropped its season opener to Montgomery 3-2. Randy Stender started for the Tigers and pitched a strong game against the Redbirds. Jeff Bruder pitched the final three innings and was equally effective. Jeff Fahey and Jeff Johnson knocked in Belle Plaine’s runs.
The BPHS softball team lost its season opener to Montgomery 6-2. Kris New and Amy Hayden had the Tigers’ only two RBIs.
The Tiger girls’ and boys’ track and field teams both finished third at the conference indoor meet at Mankato State University. Norwood-Young America finished first in both meets. Among the highlights for the Tigers was Scott Hennen winning the boys’ shot put