Second Harvest Heartland and Sibley County are hosting a free food distribution on Monday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to noon (or until food is gone) at Gaylord City Park, 515 Recreation Road.

Belle Plaine City Council members approved the next steps for three new residential subdivisions after public hearings were held on Monday, April 19.

Combined, these developments could create nearly 70 new one-family homes in Belle Plaine.

There is no shortage of volunteers in Belle Plaine working hard to make the community a better place, whether that’s people lending their time packing boxes at the food shelf, picking up during a city-wide cleanup, or answering calls at Southern Valley Alliance.

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The Belle Plaine Girls Basketball Team earned All-State Awards for academic success this year. Seniors Lauren Johnson, Ari Koepp, Sarah Lenz, Brynne Meyer, and Lizzy Schmidt were named Academic All-State Individuals, each earning a GPA of 3.8 or above. 

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Virgil Youngblom, 91 of Belle Plaine, formerly of Lafayette, MN, passed away on Sunday, April 18, 2021 at The Lutheran Home in Belle Plaine.

Timothy Ryan Fahey, 51 of Shakopee, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, March 15, 2021.
The visitation will be on Saturday, April 24 from 12-2 p.m. at Kolden Funeral Home in Belle Plaine. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. and burial will immediately follow service at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Faxon Township.

Shannon Noll, 45 of Belle Plaine, passed away peacefully in her sleep on December 15, 2020 at The Lutheran Home Hope Residence in Belle Plaine.

Ruth Marie (Halloran) Flicek Johnson, 90, of Madelia, passed away peacefully on April 15, 2021 at United Hospital in St. Paul following a stroke.


I am Flo Ching, the mother of Travis Jordan. On November 9, 2018 my son was killed by two police officers while he was in the throes of a mental health crisis.

Rep. Brian Pfarr is doing an outstanding job for District 20A. He has hit the ground running in his first term and has been a tireless advocate for Minnesotans, especially those who have been impacted the most during the pandemic.

Sauerkraut eating champions - One of the highlights (or lowlights) of the annual German Day celebration Saturday in Belle Plaine is the sauerkraut eating contest at midnight at Neil’s Pub. This year’s men’s winner is John Bergs who is pictures daintilly out-stuffing the runner-up Gary Baumgard of Jordan.