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Make the most of this weekend with our Weekend Picks, June 29 - July 1. From sports to festivals and events in and around the area, there’s always something fun happening. For more events check our Event Calendar.

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Here is the Mystery Photo Friday challenge for Friday, June 29, 2018.

The first person to email the Herald office at [email protected] with the correct identification and location of the photo will win a special offer from the Belle Plaine Herald.

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Belle Plaine may be quiet for the 4th of July, but if you want to take in some fireworks or enjoy a fun day out with the family, there are a number of activities going in the area.

Team Tigertown highlighted its successful season thus far with a great showing over the weekend, going 3-0 to win the Farming Baseball Invitational in Farming, Minn. – Belle Plaine’s first tourney title of any kind since 2009.

We're always interested in hearing about news in our community. Let us know what's going on!

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Fred Keup, 88 of Belle Plaine, passed away on Friday, June 29, 2018 at North Memorial Hospital in Minneapolis.  
Memorial Mass will be 11 a.m. on Monday, July 2 at Our Lady of the Prairie Catholic Church in Belle Plaine.

It is with heavy hearts that we acknowledge the passing of Harry Johnson on June 24, 2018.
Celebration of Life is Saturday, June 30 from 3-5 p.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 14226 W. 280th St. in Henderson.

Barbara Jo Schaaf Koschel, 63, from Northglenn, CO passed away on December 11, 2017. 
She was born on March 26, 1954 to Ed and Marge Schaaf.

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With “transparency” being all the rage in politics, it’s appropriate that Jason Lewis’ Town Halls on Saturday, May 19, were such a vivid example. His transparent attempt to limit interaction was an up-close reminder of the hubris that has marked his 16 months in office.

“In the past, the future lies hidden” - EA Enki.

In the early 1960’s, when my father relocated the Kornder farm from what had been Bloomington Township out to Belle Plaine Township, the Borough of Belle Plaine was an economically balanced little town.

Do TIF districts directly raise our taxes? Well of course they do. TIFs generate revenue (tax subsidies) through increased property values.

Misbehaving students riding to school on buses in other Twin Cities school districts had created the issue of cameras being installed on school buses. In Belle Plaine, students won’t have to worry if they are being watched.

Belle Plaine is important market for hay and straw -- Each Thursday the Belle Plaine Commission Company attracts buyers and sellers of livestock, hay and straw.

Belle Plaine Public Library moved into the borough’s own building adjoining the borough hall.

When Irving O’Leary threw his hat into the political ring, Belle Plaine was assured of at least one candidate in the race for State Senator from the 21st District in the September primary.

A lot of corn was knee high that July 4th.

The state game warden took up his residence here. His territory extended from Shakopee to Mankato.