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Tim Penny tells County Board of day care issues

Tim Penny tells County Board of day care issues

Tim Penny tells County Board of day care issue July 8, 2018 Robert Brewer - Register Staff Writer , Faribault County Register   At last Tuesday's County Board meeting, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) President and...

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Three Sisters project revealed

Three Sisters project revealed

Three Sisters project revealed Over 100 hear of ambitious vision for the three sites May 6, 2018 Chuck Hunt - Register Editor (chunt@faribaultcountyregister.com"    Just over 100 residents of Blue Earth came to Hamilton Hall...

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Holl takes over as Wells administrator

Holl takes over as Wells administrator

Holl takes over as Wells administrator Former business owner has served on 3 different city councils May 13, 2018 Katie Mullaly - Register Staff Writer (kmullaly@faribaultcountyregister.com"   It has been a highly anticipated arrival for...

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County EDA says 'thanks, but no thanks'

County EDA says ‘thanks, but no thanks’ They turn down offer to take over FCDC’s $14,350 web domain February 25, 2018 Robert Brewer - Register Staff Writer , Faribault County Register   The now disbanded Faribault County...

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She's all excited about the job

She's all excited about the job

She’s all excited about the job New CEDA rep ready to help Blue Earth, Faribault County February 4, 2018 Chuck Hunt - Register Editor , Faribault County Register   She may be new to the job, but...

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Blue Earth ready to get REVed up

Blue Earth ready to get REVed up

Blue Earth ready to get REVed up REV group will help out businesses July 1, 2018 Robert Brewer - Register Staff Writer , Faribault County Register   With the help of the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF),...

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County EDA opts to hire full-time director

County EDA opts to hire full-time director July 22, 2018 Robert Brewer - Register Staff Writer (rbrewer@faribaultcountyregister.com"    The Faribault County Economic Development Authority passed a motion at the last EDA meeting in Blue...

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Ground Breaking

Looking to the future Construction begins on new North Industrial Park July 20, 2014 By Chuck Hunt - Register Editor chunt@faribaultcountyregister.com) , Faribault County Register Just shortly after an official...

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A Million Dollar Announcement

BE receives grant for industrial park.  by Chuck Hunt, Faribault County Register, September 30, 2013.  It was the news that city of Blue Earth officials have been holding their breath...

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It's Actually Happening - Albert Lea Tribune.com, by Kelli Lageson, May 15,…

WELLS — It’s finally coming together.That was the sentiment echoed by many who attended the groundbreaking for the new school building on Wednesday in Wells. Dirt is already being moved...

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Looking to the future

Construction begins on new North Industrial Park

July 20, 2014
By Chuck Hunt - Register Editor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) , Faribault County Register


Just shortly after an official groundbreaking ceremony at the new North Industrial Park in Blue Earth, dirt-moving equipment began construction in earnest. "We don't really have time to waste," says Linsey Warmka, the executive director of the Faribault County Development Corporation. "We already have a business that wants to begin construction here this year." That business is Kibble Equipment. Their representative at the groundbreaking ceremony, David Goebel, says his company plans to begin construction on its new 10,000 plus square foot building by Aug. 15"Our goal is to have enough of the outside work done this fall that we can work on the interior over winter," Goebel says. "Then we will open next spring." Kibble Equipment recently completed the purchase of the first four lots in the new industrial park, at a cost of $197,000.

"We have 60 acres that are 'shovel ready,'" says Warmka, meaning they are ready for businesses to build on after the construction is completed. "Forty of those acres are owned by the city and 20 are privately owned by Bob and Dick Manske."

The city of Blue Earth recently received a nearly $1 million grant from the federal economic development authority. That funding will be used for the infrastructure work which began last week. Crews were busy moving dirt from the higher areas of the property to the lower areas this week. After that, utilities such as sewer and water will be installed, as well as streets, curbs and gutters.

At Monday morning's groundbreaking, 23 shovels were ready for all the dignitaries who were on hand for the ceremony. After remarks by Warmka, Goebel, Blue Earth mayor Rick Scholtes and several state and federal legislators, each person grabbed a shovel and scooped some dirt for a photo opportunity for the media. "This is what working together looks like," U.S. Rep. Tim Walz said. "Southern Minnesota is working thanks to community and business leaders like all of you here today. We can do incredible things when we build the public-private partnerships and work together." Warmka thanked Walz for his assistance in solving an issue the city had with the Army Corps of Engineers. "That effort allowed the city to get a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers within weeks, rather than months," Warmka said. "And allowed the city to move forward in a timely manner."

 

Also speaking at the ceremony was state Rep. Bob Gunther, state Sen. Julie Rosen and Bruce Barnum, a representative of U.S. Sen. Al Franken's office. Rosen said this is the first time a project of this magnitude has been started in her district in many years. "This is exciting for the community of Blue Earth, as well as the entire area of southern Minnesota," she said. After the groundbreaking ceremony, which was held at the actual site of the new North Industrial Park north of I-90, there was an open house reception held at the Public Safety Building in Blue Earth.