The Arlington Enterprise will publish its first ever Arlington Area Guide Book to be inserted free in the Sibley Shopper on Sept. 29. It will feature photos and detailed information about Arlington and the surrounding area. Copies will also be available in various locations around town.

The Arlington City Council during their July 1 meeting reviewed, discussed and approved its 2019 goals. Included were continued support for the Economic Development Authority and Chooses Arlington; a pledge to work in coordination with the Chamber of Commerce to keep Main Street vibrant and the scheduling of community events at the gazebo in Memorial Park; and five bids from three different contractors for road repairs in and around the city.

The Knights of Columbus Council 10172 recently presented an award to Tony Kloeckl for 55 years of loyal and faithful service to the local organization.


Mark Brandt was honored for his 34 years of service to the Gaylord Ambulance Service at the state VFW convention in St. Cloud on June 15. He received both the state and national VFW Emergency Medical Technician Awards. Brandt was inspired to join Gaylord Ambulance after attending a Jaycees meeting in 1985.

The city of Gaylord is making progress in community development. A developer from Bloomington has expressed interest in one of the larger lots in Pond Meadows to build town homes.

A task force has been created to look for potential sites to relocate the business on the former Shaw property on 13th Street East.

The developers for the proposed apartment complex to the east of Sibley East Elementary School are waiting for a bank appraisal prior to seeking a building permit; first phase completion is estimated for May or June 2020.

An event is being planned to market other housing options including three Habitat for Humanity lots and the use of vouchers for low-income housing. A qualified candidate, who must be a current Sibley County resident, has not yet been found for any of the Habitat properties.

Finally, the EDA was able to recover funds from the previous owner of the Shell convenience store after City Attorney Aaron Walton obtained a lien. The city also received a payment for an assessment for road construction and utility work.


At the July 1 meeting, the Winthrop City Council accepted the resignations of Gordy Grack and Alderman Bob Rickheim. Applications will be taken until July 26 for the vacancies.

Cari Panitzke has had a visit to Machu Picchu on her bucket list for many years and can now cross it off. The long-time Spanish teacher from GFW High School traveled with a group of family and friends to South and Central America, including a week in Peru.

As well as visiting the historic site and Lima, they spent a day volunteering at the fourth largest shantytown in the hemisphere. They painted faded stairs a safety green and sanded hand railings. The community gathering shelter also got sanded, and as their final task they formed a chain to pass a pile of rocks from one person to the next, higher up the road to continue an existing rock wall.


Volunteers joined members of the Le Sueur County Historical Society in a two-week effort to move items out of the basement at the former Union School in Le Sueur, which had most recently served as a museum before being purchased by Agropur in 2018.

Many items had been removed earlier, but the remainder included a historic wagon that had to be disassembled. The items are now stored in the former Cleveland Methodist Church, which itself is not in great shape, but for now will remain the chosen storage spot until a new home for the museum is found.

Other Society owned properties in Elysian and the Ottawa Township brick church also need repairs and updates, but funds are in short supply. A recent request to the county for financial assistance was met with skepticism and a smaller award than requested. There is hope for further assistance from the county when Society President Bill Stangler returns in a few months to present an update. The historical society has four outstanding grant applications to assist in meeting expenses for planned projects.


Caribou Coffee is bringing a new location to St. Peter at the corner of N. Minnesota Avenue and Ramsey Street, formerly a Shell gasoline station. This new location will include a drive thru window. The ownership group reports the planned opening date as November 2019.

Megan, Piper and Lyric Ruble of St. Peter will once again participate in this summer’s production of “Fragments of a Dream” otherwise known as the Laura Ingalls Wilder pageant. The three-weekend run of the festival in July will include a “Little House” TV stars reunion on July 12-13, which will bring more than a dozen stars from the show to the pageant site for special events.

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