Return to Form: Dutchmen rally back following disappointing loss to place fifth in MSHSL Class A state softball tournament

The Flying Dutchmen reached their goal of playing on the final day of the 2014-15 season.Although the Edgerton/Southwest Christian softball team would have liked to have been playing in the championship game of the MSHSL Class A state tournament, a quarterfinal loss to Mankato Loyola Thursday morning didn’t dampen the team’s spirits working back through the consolation bracket to earn […]

Arrows and Eagles return home with state hardware

Talk regarding the outstanding accomplishments the 11 area athletes earned just getting to the MSHSL Class A state track 7 field meet, Friday and Saturday at Hamline University in St. Paul, certainly was the focus at the weekend.Several of those athletes, from Pipestone Area and Southwest Christian/Edgerton, took it a step further, however, leaving Klas Field with medals around their […]

Pipestone County Commissioners: In brief

Fiber optic line project bid less than expectedPipestone County Commissioners during their June 2 meeting accepted a bid of $57,339.90 from Engbarth Directional Drilling (EDD) to install fiber optic line from the Courthouse to the Emergency Services Building and the blue building at the Fairgrounds. The County Board included $150,000 for the project in the 2015 budget and the project’s […]

City to demolish abandoned house

The city of Pipestone intends to demolish the vacant house at 735 S. Hiawatha Ave. to eliminate the blight the neglected property represents to those traveling into the city from state Highway 23.The decision to hire Double D Gravel of Pipestone to demolish the house and garage and some trees for $6,500 was made unanimously by the Pipestone City Council […]

Erosion complaints trigger action

A letter will arrive in the mail soon from the Pipestone Soil and Water Conservation Department (SWCD) to several landowners who have been identified as having visible erosion issues on their properties.”Since we got the spring rains I’ve had two people call me about concerns they had with neighbors and erosion problems,” said Kyle Krier, SWCD administrator. Those complaints, and […]

Pipestone council sells bonds to finance 5th Ave. SW street project and other city action

During the Pipestone City Council’s regularly scheduled session June 1, the following topics were among those on the agenda taken up for discussion and action.Bonds sold, debt incurred, A+ rating assigned for Fifth Ave. SW Street, utility projectThe city sold $795,000 in General Obligation (GO) improvement bonds to raise funds for the capital street and utility improvements now underway on […]

Study intends to guage impact of irrigation withdrawals on Pipestone Creek

The North Branch Pipestone Creek Monitoring Project will get underway this season to discover the impact water withdrawals have on the surface water of Pipestone Creek.The project will collect data from six irrigation monitoring wells on the properties of four landowners who have permits to withdraw water for irrigation. The producers will work with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources […]

Summer intern gaining a new perspective on 4-H

After many years of involvement in 4-H as a youth, Matti Boomgaarden, 19, is seeing the 4-H program from a new perspective as this year’s summer intern.Boomgaarden, the daughter of Brian and Stacy Boomgaarden of Pipestone, is a sophomore at South Dakota State University (SDSU) studying ag education. Her long-term goal is to inform people about the agriculture industry and […]