Dave Watson provided entertainment Sunday during the Belle Plaine Historical Society’s annual flea market as he turned an old elm tree in to a pioneer man leaning against a post with an eagle overlooking.

The Young Astronauts Club, a group of elementary students who meet once a month after school to learn about aerospace from instructor Phoebe Einertson, recently held a launch-off event with their instruct made rockets. Heads went up to see just how high the rocket could go.

Friends and neighbors showed up all over the place to help families in Washington Lake and Faxon townships whose farms were hit by last Wednesday’s ferocious storm. Above, friends and family rally at the Michael Flaherty farm, one of the places caught in the middle of last week’s tornado.

The elementary band and chorus costumed themselves in Wonderland garb to present their annual spring program Sunday.

Pitching in to help keep belle plaine clean last Wednesday were members of the Junior High Student Council. For many years, the public works department has enlisted the help of the junior high council, in observance of Earth Day, to go around town picking up trash from the ditches.

The State Review Board was considering the stone bridge along County Road 51 south of Blakeley for the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1878, the structure was the state’s oldest known surviving stone arch highway bridge.

ELC raffle quilt is of Viking proportions as fifth grader Shane Hofmann (left) and sixth grader Pat Edberg can attest. Handmade by Elise Wolff, Vi Rajendren and Pauline Callahan out of 20 Vikings Touchdown towels

Val and Tom Peterson are the new owners of the bakery in Belle Plaine. They took over the business yesterday.

Firemen watch as the barn at Oakwood Subdivision Rages.

It took less than 10 minutes from the time firemen set the blaze until the roof caved in.

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