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July 6, 2009 - Chuck Hunt
We keep in contact with the City of Blue Earth as part of our job. That is a fairly obvious statement, as much of our news comes from them. We are on their e-mail list as well, because we want to be kept notified of all upcoming meetings at city hall. Of course, we do the same thing with the other cities in the county, and with Faribault County itself as well. Then there is the school, the hospital, the police, and well, you get the idea. But back to the City of Blue Earth. Some of what we find out makes it into stories in the Register, but some of it does not. For instance, in the past two weeks, we got an update on the 10th and Moore Street project. The underground work is nearly done, but the paving of the streets is still a little ways off. We also received information from the city which they had gotten from Darling International. It had to do with the odor from their facility, one day a week ago. Apparently when the weather is very hot and humid, it is difficult for their odor control equipment to keep up. They assured the city office that they were doing everything they could to keep the odors under control. A note from City Administrator Kathy Bailey says the city actually got even more grant money for the new wastewater treatment plant project. We reported in the Register already once that the amount was more than anticipated. Now Bailey says it is even more than what was reported. She calls it very good news. Most of the bonus money is due directly to the so-called 'federal stimulus funds.' Some folks are not happy with that plan, but the truth is, if Blue Earth doesn't accept it, it is going to go somewhere else. If you don't think the overall stimulus plan is sound, you need to tell your senators (of which we now have two) and congressman. But not accepting the money is a protest which won't be noticed. Some contacts from the mayor of Blue Earth, Rob Hammond, have informed us that he now has a blog on the City of Blue Earth web site. And not only that, but he now also twitters. Yes, that is right. The mayor is computer savvy enough to have set up a twitter account, and sends out what he terms "good news about Blue Earth." You can go to Twitter's web site and go to CityofBlueEarth to check it out. Of course, if you want all the news of Blue Earth, Faribault County and the area, check us out each week in the print version of the Faribault County Register. Thanks for reading us.


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