Blue Earth gets resource officer

BLUE EARTH – D.J. Bullerman is going back to school, as the Blue Earth Area Schools resource officer. He will begin in mid-August.

The news was announced by Dawn Fellows of Central Services at the Faribault County commissioners meeting Tuesday.

She also said Brittney Gehrking has been hired as Bullerman’s replacement at the sheriff’s office. Bullerman has been a deputy for a while; Gehrking has served as a police officer in Winnebago for about three years and was recently hired as a part-time deputy.

The announcements kept coming.

“Yesterday, we got our designation back as a passport agency,” said Recorder Sherry Asmus.

Passport hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Faribault County doesn’t take the pictures, “but that’s coming,” Asmus promised.

In other news, the board discussed updates to the courthouse, including installing safety glass, tuck-pointing, fixing the retaining wall around the courthouse, and moving some offices to different locations that would better suit them.

Commissioner Tom Loveall suggested a work session to go over all the issues in more detail.

“It would be good to move forward on this rather rapidly,” said Commissioner Bill Groskreutz.

In construction news, County Engineer John McDonald said parking on Second Street by the courthouse will be angled on the south side and parallel on the north side. Previously, the board had discussed putting in a curb cut so a parking lot could be constructed on the empty lot across Main Street in the future. McDonald said a 32-foot curb cut was installed in the center of that lot.

“If we ever decide to [put in the parking lot], we’re good to go,” McDonald said.