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Jasper Common Council met Wednesday evening to a relatively light agenda.

– Approved  accepting nine donations totaling over $5,000 for the Jasper Police Department’s K-9 program.  Mayor Seitz said the current K-9 in the department is about to reach it’s half life cycle, so the donations will help get a second K-9 officer on the force and in general prepare for the future.

– The Council also approved a resolution authorizing a local match commitment for a U.S. Economic Development Administration grant that will be used to pay for $1.38 million of the long-discussed U.S. 231 water supply and pressure improvements project. Total, the project will cost just over $4.6 million dollars.  The rest of the money coming from a loan from the electric utility.

– Reaffirmed a decision made in May 2017 that authorized the issuing of a bond for the Jasper Community Arts portion of the Thyen-Clark Cultural Center. The bond will be a $6 million taxable bond.


Beer and Nuns = Fun.

Heading into its third year of operation, business is booming at St. Benedict’s Brew Works in Ferdinand, a local craft brewery is located on the grounds of Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand.

With success so far, plans are in the works to grow and expand.  Those include a small outdoor performance stage, selling wine and beers from other brewers, adding a production brewery into the mix, hosting a couple of events to pull even more people in.

Currently, the outside of the brewery is being renovated, and that part of the project will bring new parking and sidewalks.  That work is being completed by monastery staff and a contractor, and the construction of the exterior stage will be completed by volunteers.

Wine will be available by the glass sometime in the next two weekends. He noted the selection will be “fairly straightforward,” featuring five or six varieties. Guest taps will be a new option for brewerygoers as well, Luecke said, allowing St. Benedict’s to bring in ciders, speciality beers and other local brews that aren’t their own. They’re looking to have one or two of those on tap at a time, he said.

St. Benedict’s is still hammering out details regarding the location of the production brewery, but it will be in the area, but the business has reached a production cap at its current facility.  The new facility won’t change what they do at the current brewery on the monastery grounds.

At 10 a.m. CDT on Saturday, Oct. 6, St. Benedict’s will host a “beer run” at Yellig Park in Santa Claus, followed by an afternoon of beer, food and local music. About three beer or root beer stops will be placed throughout the 5K walk and run for participants to grab a 4 ounce glass of brew during the event. Registration is not currently available for that event, but  will soon be posted on the Facebook  page as well as at the brewery.





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