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The Benton County Board continues to contemplate key details of a draft cannabis public use ordinance.

In a process that typically happens every eight years, the Foley School Board voted to adopt social studies curriculum for all grades at its July 17 meeting.

Noticing the impact

At the annual Big Brothers Big Sisters of America National Conference June 27 in Anaheim, California, Ann Matvick was honored with the Brick Award for Program Staff Person of the Year.

Frank’s Almosta Zoo

PIERZ – As the Gilman community prepares for the city’s premier annual city celebration, Gilman Days, Frank Voigt is preparing his increasingly popular float for the Gilman Days parade.

Tiny school, big impact

FOLEY – When Heidi Jeub pioneered the Tiny School of Art and Design in 2019, a mobile art studio that she pulls as a trailer, she had a vision to bring quality instruction and materials to communities that otherwise may not have access.

FOLEY – Every year, candidates for Foley royalty are crowned. Names are drawn from a hat to select Little Miss Foley representatives, but to become a city-wide ambassador, candidates have to prove they are worthy of the title.

FOLEY – As Benton County commissioners trudge forward with a project to bring reliable internet service to all corners of the county, the Minnesota Office of Broadband Development announced a $3 million Border to Border grant to Benton Communications to extend fiber service to areas of the county south of Highway 23.

SAUK RAPIDS – A farmer can do everything right. They can use just the right amount of fertilizer. They can meticulously plant their crops at the right speed, and they can have the highest quality soil. They can be as punctual as possible. They can buy the highest quality equipment and seeds.

Dahler in D.C.

FOLEY – In a city stocked with federal representatives at the nation’s capital, Foley High School student Chase Dahler played the part of a local lobbyist, representing the region’s energy needs in the District of Columbia June 13-19.

FOLEY – At the core of any Catholic school is the fusion of education and faith – two foundational principles Chris Smith has dedicated his life to and which he said are critical to his leadership style.

In the heart of drought

As David Emslander walks through barren fields meant for soybean and corn crops that failed to germinate on his farm near Foley, he remembers stories from older farmers who witnessed the drought of 1988 firsthand.

Crime & Safety

Foley man charged with 2nd-degree burglary Klose-Robins faces 10 years, $20,000 fine

Benton County’s overall crime rate declined for a fifth year in 2022, Sheriff Troy Heck recently reported.

FOLEY – The new superintendent of Foley Public Schools grew up in a town similar to that of Foley. Forged by the way of life in the Iron Range in northern Minnesota, Trish Perry is familiar with the small-town, close-knit environment the Foley community has become known for.

Lights out in Foley

FOLEY – Despite the recent power outages in Foley, which left the entire city without power June 14 and June 23, Foley Public Works Director Mark Pappenfus does not believe Foley residents need to panic about the reliability of the electrical grid in Foley.

FOLEY – The story of Falcon National Bank is one of humble beginnings, and it started with a phone call between the bank’s CEO, John Herges, and board chair, Brian Bauerly.

Every spring, the Benton Soil and Water Conservation District sponsors a variety of conservation contests that students in Benton County can participate in. There is a conservation coloring contest for kindergarten through fourth grade, and fifth and sixth grades can be involved with the poster, mural and essay contests.

Benton County has been hit with a second increase in jail food services costs.

An end of an era

FOLEY – For nearly a decade, Paul Neubauer has led the Foley school community through the ups and downs intrinsic to a school system.

The Benton County Attorney’s Office has completed its legal analysis of the state’s cannabis legislation.

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