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Today, September 1, 2021, the Townsend Family is sadly publishing the final edition of the Belle Plaine Herald, after nearly 140 years of covering the news in Belle Plaine and the surrounding area.

The Belle Plaine Class of 1966 held a reunion on  Friday, August 27, at Ridges of Sand Creek Golf Course.

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Full moon racing provided for too much action at the Arlington Raceway with several accidents, including plenty of side by side racing and slip ups from drivers that caused red flags.

More than 6,000 fans dodged last weekend’s severe weather and caught some of the action at the Minnesota State Amateur baseball tournament in Hamburg, Chaska, and Waconia.

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Belle Plaine High School’s fall sports season officially begins Friday, August 27, with varsity volleyball competing at New Prague High School at 7 p.m.

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Jacqueline “Jackie” J. Callahan, 84 of St. Thomas, MN, (Le Sueur County), passed away suddenly at her home on Saturday, August 28, 2021.

Alfred “Al” Nelsen, 78 of Redwood Falls formerly of Clements, passed away Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at his home due to cancer.

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Richard "Dick" Mohrbacher, 91, of Maple Glen, PA, passed away on July 15th at MonteCedro Retirement Community in Altadena, CA.

Gregory Paul Manthe of Belle Plaine passed away on August 9, 2021 at the age of 70.

Mary Lou Ernst, 64 of Shakopee, passed away suddenly on Saturday, August 14, 2021, at Mayo St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, surrounded by her family.


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I hope everyone had a good Bar-B-Q Day celebration.

After 40 years of helping and doing what needed doing - I’ve not had the thought process to attend the celebration. Here’s why!

I’ve lived in Belle Plaine since 2001 and love the city. I’m in the process of listing my home for sale, and as dry as it’s been I’ve been watering my lawn so it shows better.

Class C state baseball runners up - Belle Plaine baseball fortunes ended at the number two spot losing in the finals Monday to Regal, 7-3, at the state amateur baseball tournament in Red Wing. The Tigers ended the season with a remarkable 32 and 3 record. Ironically, on the two previous times Belle Plaine teams reached the state baseball tournament, they also lost in the finals. Back row, l-r: Trace Selly, John Bergs, Jeff Johnson, Brad Muehlenhardt, Pete Fogarty, Mike Zellmann, Jeff Miller, Dave Wagner, Kevin Studnicka, Jay Soule, Jeff Bruder, Terry Kahle, manager Brent Meyer. Front row, l-r: Jim Buesgens, Brett Kruschke, Jeff Fahey, Eric Johnson, bat boy Mike Hanson, Paul Fogarty, Jeff Gansen, Greg Hillstrom, and Barry Wohler.

Professor doodles greeted kids at the Belle Plaine Library last week. Professor Doodles appeared in each Sunday Star Tribune’s comic section on the Sunday Fun Page.