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New hospital generator now on site

New Emergency Department

oFireproofing is complete
oTemporary windows are installed to enclose the area for winter work
oBrick installation continues in the front Emergency Department entry
oWork continues on interior metal studs, insulation and dry wall
oWork continues on HVAC, electrical and plumbing rough in
oWood blocking for fixtures continues to be installed

Lot behind the hospital
oThe new generator arrived Dec. 14 and the old boilers were removed

Library announces holiday closings

Bluffton Public Library will be closed Thursday, Dec. 23, Friday, Dec. 24, and Saturday, Dec. 25, in observance of the Christmas holiday. After Christmas, regular library hours will resume on Monday, Dec. 27, at 9:30 a.m.

The library will also be closed on Friday, Dec. 31, and Saturday, Jan. 1, for the New Year's holiday. Following the New Year's holiday, the library will reopen on Monday, Jan. 3, at 9:30 a.m.

Village of Bluffton tax information now on website

All Village of Bluffton personal and business tax forms and information is now on the village website, according to Kristi Lora, village tax administrator. The information is also available at the town hall.

Tax information will no longer be mailed unless it is requested by taxpayers. A postcard with this notice will be mailed in January, and early filers may go to the website for the forms.

Forms and information may be found at:

Other questions may be directed to:

Another Bald Eagle sighting

Here's more proof that Bald Eagles have moved into the Bluffton area. Bluffton University student Josh Stallings took this photo of a eagle yearling (1 year old) on State Route 103 in November. He said that the eagle's nest was in a tree on the north side of the road. The photo was taken with a cell phone somewhere between State Route 235 and Jenera.


The Icon spotted this plate in the Pandora Medical Center parking lot. Was MN born in 1922?

Catch basin work required in Pandora

Pandora Village Administrator Stan Schneck gave Pandora council an update at its Nov. 23 meeting on catch basin repair required on North Jefferson St.

The village received quote of $2,150 from Ward Construction to replace the catch basin located on the east side of North Jefferson Street. It is on the west side of the Pandora Flooring building.

This quote also includes replacing sidewalk, curb and asphalt pavement.

The minutes from the meeting are in an attachment at the bottom of this story.