Give ’em a break

The story has recurred a couple times this season. Meteorologists predict major snow and wind. Blizzard warnings are issued. We all plan accordingly for a snow day. We get a dusting, maybe an inch. We all complain about how wrong the meteorologists always are and vow never to listen to them again.Last Thursday’s blizzard definitely underperformed in our area. Where […]

Pipestone HRA trying to boost declining occupancy rates

HRA director says fewer programs at Minnesota West means fewer students renting apartments at Nokomis

With the vacancy rate at Nokomis taking a tumble over the past 10 months, HRA Executive Director Tammy Manderscheid spent a good portion of her February board meeting talking about the efforts she’s making to boost occupancy.Those efforts include placing brochures at ATLAS for Life, the Pipestone Food Shelf, Minnesota West and Pipestone County Family Services family Services. She has […]

Edgerton Public: In brief

Need for elementary school teacherDue to a few larger classes in the elementary school, Edgerton Public considered hiring an additional elementary school teacher at its February School Board meeting. However, Superintendent Keith Buckridge advised the board that they should table the issue until next month, giving himself and Dawn Sandbulte, business manager, time to look at the 2017-2018 budget. District […]

Pipestone City Council: In brief

Whipple, Smidt appointed to Pipestone EDAMayor Myron Koets announced during the Pipestone City Council’s Feb. 21 meeting that he had appointed Jeremy Whipple to replace Steve Werner on the Pipestone Economic Development Authority board, and Councilor Rodger Smidt to fill the council member vacancy. Koets and Councilor Jim Stout are the other two councilors on the EDA. The other members […]

PAS budget wish list released

Recommended improvements of $427,000 include new staff and expanded preschool

Pipestone Area Schools (PAS) administrators have recommended $427,000 in improvements for the 2017-18 school year.The administrative team that came up with the suggestions includes the superintendent, district principals, business manager, activities director and maintenance supervisor.At the top of their list is the hiring of a director of curriculum, teaching and learning, something Kevin Enerson, PAS superintendent, has supported since he […]

SWMN Habitat for Humanity hosting sneak peek party

Southwest Minnesota (SWMN) Habitat for Humanity is holding a sneak peek party on Saturday, March 4 from 12 to 4 p.m. at the Edgerton home build site at 509 Second Ave. North.At the party, community members will have the opportunity to sponsor a stud through a $25 donation, according to Ron Hyvari, SWMN Habitat for Humanity executive director. The stud […]

The Arrowbots – Robot bagged & tagged while team awaits first competition

In one of our last columns, we want to let everyone know how our build season ended, and how we plan to move forward in competition.On Feb. 21, at 6 p.m. the build season ended. We placed our robot in a big plastic bag, and attached a blue tag to it; this is known as the “bag and tag.” It […]

Death notice for Delores Hagedorn

Delores Hagedorn, 90, Pipestone, died Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017 at Good Samaritan Communities of Pipestone. Visitation will be held Sunday, March 5 from 2-4 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home, Pipestone Chapel. Funeral services will be held Monday, March 6 at 11 a.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home, Pipestone Chapel. Interment will be in New Woodlawn Cemetery, Pipestone. A full obituary will […]

Disappointed in cancellation of Home & Health Show

To the editor,I was very disappointed when I learned the chamber has decided to cancel this year’s Home Show.I, like many others in the past, have grumbled about getting stuff together and spending a Saturday for this event. However, once there and people were rolling through, I would meet a lot of people either from business that I didn’t know, […]

Ihlen enforces animal ordinance

The city of Ihlen is enforcing its animal ordinance against a resident who the city believes keeps more animals at her home than the code allows.Mayor Jeannie Swenson said a state humane agent with the Minnesota Federated Humane Societies (MFHS) informed her recently that the resident was violating the city’s animal ordinance that limits the number of animals in a […]