The Public Works Department provides for the operation and maintenance of the city’s infrastructure systems and consists of multiple divisions which include streets, utilities, water reclamation facility, and airport.

The Public Works building is over 84,000 square feet in size and uses an abundance of natural light.  On Wednesday, June 8th beginning at 1:30 p.m. you are invited to sign up for a tour of the facility and see the many types of equipment in use.   (Did you know that city crews remove snow from approximately 140 miles of street within the city?) Public Works Director, Travis Block, will be our tour guide.

Pre-registration is required for this free, members-only activity. We will meet at the Public Works Department building, 1200 Belview Trail.


Everbridge Alerts

Get alerts about emergencies and other important community news by signing up for Everbridge, Rice County’s Emergency Alert Program.

The alerts will warn you about upcoming severe weather, unexpected road closures, evacuation notices, and more. You may choose how you receive your notifications by either alert your home phone, cell phone, email, or via text message.

If you want to learn more about Everbridge or get signed up, drop in at Buckham West tomorrow, May 26th between 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. You will have the opportunity to visit with Faribault Fire Chief, Dustin Dienst and get the information about Everbridge that you need.

Please note that all Rice County residents can sign up for this free service and the information entered is protected and will not be used for any other purposes.


Health Care Directive

If you had a health crisis and were unable to communicate with your loved ones and medical care providers, who would make decisions for you? Advance care planning is a process of thinking about what’s important to you, talking with those who matter to you, and writing down your wishes for health care and treatment in a Health Care Directive.

Don’t know where to start? Attend this free Honoring Choices Advance Care Planning education series to learn more. This 2-session course will walk with you through the process of advance care planning and facilitate the completion of your health care directive. Plan to attend both sessions as you will be asked to complete activities between the sessions.


  • Session 1: Advance Care Planning and Your Health Care Agent

Tuesday, June 7, 2022 from 10 – 11 am

We will address the 6 W’s of advance care planning (Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How)

  • Session 2: Completing Your Health Care Directive

Tuesday, June 21, 2022 from 10 – 11 am

Continuing the discussion on the Honoring Choices Health Care Directive, we will answer your questions and provide guidance as you complete a directive.

Registration is required for these free classes. Class size is limited. Please call Buckham West at 332-7357 to sign up.


Volunteer Recognition

Many thanks to those individuals who attended the Buckham West volunteer recognition this past Monday. Along with a large group of volunteers from Fashions on Central, we also had many other volunteers in attendance including Board of Directors, Group Leaders, Flower Basket Waterers, Fundraising Leaders, Funeral Escort Drivers, Handyman Help, Mahjongg Instructors, Musicians, Out to Lunch Planner, Program Presenters, Receptionists, Senior Dining Program helpers. Your help continues to make our organization a great success. Thank you!



Buckham West is now partnering with the Owatonna Senior Center for all day trips, you may sign up by calling 507-444-4321.

  • MN Twins Baseball game on Wednesday, August 3; Register by July 8th.
  • “The Elvis Show” at the Ives Auditorium in Bloomington on Sunday, Sept. 11; Register by Aug. 24.
  • The Church Basement Ladies in “Plowin’ Thru” on Wednesday, Sept. 28; Register by Sept. 6.



  • Buckham West, Fashions on Central and the Senior Dining programs will all be closed on Monday, May 30 in celebration of the Memorial Day holiday.
  • All senior dining meals, whether they are in the dining room or curbside pickup, require a 24-hour advance registration and can be done by calling 332-7357.
  • Fashions on Central, our second-hand clothing store in downtown Faribault, has a fresh new look! Have you seen it yet? There is so much to offer, please come in and check it out. The store is open Tuesdays- Saturdays from 11:00am-5:00pm.