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Have released mink reached Bluffton?

By Paula Scott

On Tuesday, November 22, the Van Wert County sheriff's office announced that in an act of vandalism, thousands of domesticated mink were released from Lion Farms USA Mink Farm, some 33 miles from Bluffton. On November 27, a Bluffton Icon reader reported that a mink was spotted on County Line Rd. near the Village Park.

Some 10 thousand mink are believed to have escaped from among the 25 thousand or more that were released. Many were killed on roads near the farm.

The Bluffton Police Department reminds us that wild mink do live in this area and have been spotted in recent years.


Mix & Match cookie sale at Bluffton Presbyterian

A Mix & Match Christmas Cookie Sale is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 10 at the Bluffton Presbyterian Church fellowship hall (corner of Main and Cherry streets).

Customers may select from a variety of home-baked cookies; cost is $7.00 per pound. 

Proceeds will support mission projects, both local and PCUSA denominational.  For more information, contact the church office 419-358-5806.

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Beavers sports recap, November 27

Men's basketball, November 27
The Bluffton University men's basketball team made the short trip west across US 30 on Sunday, Nov. 27, to do battle with Division I Purdue Fort Wayne. In what was an exhibition contest for the Beavers, Bluffton fell, 106-41, to the Mastodons who have a tight loss to Michigan and an 80-point victory over Manchester on their resume this season.


Nature Pals evergreens program for ages 3-5

  • Register by November 29

At 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 1, the Johnny Appleseed Metro Park District will offer Nature Pals: Winter Evergreens at the McElroy Environmental Education Center.

Children ages 3-5 and their adult companion are welcome to join park staff explore evergreen trees through crafts, hands-on activities, and a hike. Please dress appropriately for spending time outdoors.

Register by calling 419-221-1232 or go to


Apollo Board Of Education will meet November 27

The Apollo Career Center Board Of Education will hold a Regular Meeting at 7:00 p.m. on November 28, 2022.

The agenda will include:

Personnel: Contract Action, Salary Notices, and Authorization

- Accept the resignation of Dalton Blymyer (1 year), high school teaching assistant, effective at  the end of the work day on November 11, 2022. 

- Hire the following part-time adult education instructor(s) for FY 2023, hours as assigned and  worked, per hourly rates as adopted by the Board of Education on August 29, 2022: