A redecorating project has restored beauty to the interior of St. Brendan’s Catholic Church in Green Isle. Included in the work was painting the entire interior, new stenciling on the ceiling, around most stained glass windows and in the sanctuary, and hiding surface wiring. Prior to the official start, numerous volunteers from the congregation and their helpers prepped the church by removing items from the walls, and relocating the statues and other contents. Mike and Scott Vos, while removing a side panel from the main altar, found a small canister about the size of a can of corn under the altar. When they took the lid off the can, they found a small tin box and a note that read: “This is blessed dirt and blessed salt. Blessed by the Holy Fathers at Multyfarnham Ireland. Any house where it is kept shall never be consumed by fire.” Father Andrew J. Doyle, who was the parish priest when part of the church was burned in 1933, would occasionally go to Ireland to visit family. It is believed he brought the blessed soil back from Ireland to protect St. Brendan’s after the fire.

The Arlington City Council, with the public present during the May 6 meeting, voted down the 2019 Street & Utility Improvement Project. Then, without proper resident notification, the council reversed course at a special meeting on May 13 and passed the street project. After concerned citizen Janine Kupahl addressed the group on June 3 and presented a petition signed by most of the residents on Clinton Street, the council amended the project by removing sidewalks from the plan. Reasons cited by the residents were the undesirability of removing trees to make room for the sidewalk and the lack of need because it is a low traffic area with a dead end street.

The Gaylord Hub

The Sibley East School District would gain a financial savings by contracting transportation services rather than continuing to run district-owned buses. Two proposals will be presented to the school board on June 17. Either proposal would provide an estimated $200,000 to the general fund.

Motorists are advised that a road project beginning June 10 will reroute traffic from Highway 22 south of Gaylord for about two weeks. Detours will be posted for the duration of the removal and replacement of a centerline pipe and a storm water pipe.

Progress on the Coachlight Supper Club cleanup continued last week as Geib Well was selected to seal two wells on the property. Next up will be building removal and site grading; both are currently in the bidding process. The Federal Emergency Management Agency will pick up 75 percent of the costs associated with the project. The property will be returned to grassland after all buildings and trash are removed. Scheduled for completion in November, County Administrator John Glisczinski said Sibley County’s 25 percent cost would be met through in-kind work of Sibley County employees.

Le Sueur County News

Christine Lantinen of Le Center was named Minnesota Small Business Person of the Year. She purchased Maud Bourp Inc. in 2005. She closed the retail stores, shifted to concentrate on the wholesale side, and the business grew to millions in sales in only one year.  They sell food and candy gifts to big retailers like Target, Walmart and Aldi.

The feasibility study for the proposed walking/biking trail to connect Tri-City United’s cities of Le Center, Lonsdale and Montgomery is complete. The findings show the trail is possible, but will require a lot of work and a lot of funding. The next step in the process is to get the study results distributed to the project stakeholders who have been involved to date, and then to the city and county governments, and the Department of Natural resources.

“We did what we said we were going to do,” said TCU Community Education Director Layne Wilbright. “We applied for the dollars and did the study. Hopefully we can get some of these other entities to take the lead from here. Ideally, they would be the groups who would have to initiate this anyway.”

The reconstruction of Highway 112 between Le Center and Le Sueur was scheduled to start on June 3. The two-year project will consist of rebuilding a 13-mile stretch of the highway and work within the city limits of Le Sueur. The winning contract went to Max Johnson Trucking with a bid of $11.8 million, substantially less than the city estimate of $17 million. Most, if not all, of this project will be paid for by MnDOT as part of the Hwy. 112-turnback project.

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