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Fairmont Chamber of Commerce will honor non-profits

FAIRMONT - The annual Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce meeting and banquet set for Feb. 23 will feature a new addition to a popular segment. The 2016 Business of the Year awards have been expanded to include a category for non-profits. “We had done three categories — large, small and ...

Orlando Saez, co-founder and CEO of Winnebago-based Aker, holds up the eBee, a fixed wing drone equipped with various cameras and sensors that is used to provide detailed maps and collect data on farmers’ fields. Next to him is another type of drone that is used to spray for weeds along fence lines and other time-consuming areas.

Firm’s flights get data to farms

We all know that technology is constantly changing the way we live. From communication to academics, the past century has been defined by leaps and bounds in both travel and knowledge, ushering in an age undreamt of for most of history. Farming is one of those things we like to imagine ...

Weather messes with speed run

FAIRMONT — Everyone loves the mild January weather, right? You might think so, but for organizers of the annual Icekahana and speed run in Fairmont to be held Saturday, Jan. 28, the unseasonably mild temperatures have been a recurring headache. Year after year. This year is no exception, ...

GHEC adds board member

GRANADA — Granada-Huntley-East Chain has a new school board member. Jessica Salic took the oath of office this week. Officers for 2017 are Bryan Nowicki, chairman; Robert Garry, vice-chairman; Chris Pytleski, secretary; and Troy Jensen, treasurer. Salaries remain the same: chairman, ...

Firefighters offer breakfast

CEYLON — Ceylon Fire Department Relief Association will sponsor an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast fundraiser from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday at the Ceylon Legion/Legends 2 building. The menu will include pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, sausage and beverage. The cost is a donation to ...

SJV plans annual dinner

FAIRMONT — St. John Vianney School will hold its annual Dinner Dance Annual Fundraiser on Jan. 28 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Fairmont. Appetizers will be served at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the dance will begin at 9 p.m. Tickets for the event are available at St. John ...

TAKING A TOUR — Fairmont Area Schools Superintendent Joe Brown talks about the automotive shop of the high school on Thursday with Dan Solomon and Charles Sutton, representatives from U.S. Sen. Al Franken’s office.

School’s skills-training efforts in spotlight

FAIRMONT — An endeavor to unite the educational efforts of Fairmont Area Schools with regional manufacturers and businesses has been in the public eye for a while, and has now garnered the attention of U.S. Sen. Al Franken’s office. As a part of his office’s statewide “Advancing ...

Cribbage event slated at Legion

WELCOME — A cribbage tournament will be held Saturday at the Welcome Legion, beginning with registration at 1:15 p.m. Play will get underway at 1:30 p.m. All interested cribbage players are invited to have fun and good fellowship. The public is welcome. n Upcoming events include a ...

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Blue Earth Area team finishes 2nd BLUE EARTH — Blue Earth Area’s Emerald Team finished in second place at the Blizzard Invitational Part 2 on Wednesday in Blue Earth. The team of with Ben Backstrom, Lucas Determan, Bryan Karp, Hunter Rock and Jacob Willette scored 86 points. Fairmont ...

Students put 3D printing to use

Martin Luther High School is adding a new course to its science technology program. Introduction to Technology, Programming and 3D Printing is a joint effort of math and computer applications teacher David Bergt and science teacher Nathaniel Watt. They are using their experience and passion ...

Grant boosts GHEC’s behaviors program

GRANADA — Granada-Huntley-East Chain High School recently received a grant of $10,000 for PBIS — Positive Behaviors Interventions and Supports. It is a program designed to approach discipline differently, by teaching kids proper behavior expectations and focusing on positively reinforcing ...

Local man facing felony charge

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man is facing a felony charge in Martin County for alleged check forgery. Nathaniel Ray Corley, 39, has been charged with check forgery, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. According to the report: On Jan. 2, the Fairmont ...

Truman Pride has winter blues cure

TRUMAN — Come to the Truman Library from 1:30-5:30 p.m. today and join in on the newest trend — coloring for adults. De-stress and relax while coloring beautiful designs. All supplies are provided. n Truman Community Education is sponsoring a watercolor class for those ages 13 and older ...

Iowa education plans in limbo

DES MOINES (AP) — Two education initiatives created to improve Iowa schools could be at risk of delay or even scuttled due to budget shortfalls. Iowa lawmakers are struggling with a $110 million budget shortfall, and are unsure if enough funding is available for the initiatives. The state ...

 Jadee and Troy Menke plan to open their new business, Ambiance on Albion, this week.

‘Ambiance’ opens soon in Fairmont

The opening of the bar and restaurant at the former Sirloin House/Serenade’s site at 2321 Albion Ave. in Fairmont has had the community buzzing for weeks, but a click of the lock might be the only indication that Ambiance on Albion has opened for business. Troy Menke, who owns Ambiance with ...

Martin Co. looking for security fix

FAIRMONT — Security was the main topic of a work session conducted by the Martin County commissioners on Tuesday. Given the age of the courthouse, especially the main courtroom, and the need for updated security measures, commissioners discussed the situation with County Attorney Terry ...

New program aiding Truman

TRUMAN — Truman School Board welcomed a new member, Allison Klassen, at its first meeting of the year Tuesday. The board also elected new officers: Mike Pfeil, chairman; Darrel Drevlow vice chairman; Allison Klassen, clerk; and LeAnn Maloney, treasurer. In other business, the board heard ...

Help available to students

SHERBURN — They will serve grilled burgers with all the trimmings from 6-8 p.m. tonight at Sherburn American Legion. Everyone is welcome to stop in. n Men’s Recreation Night will be 7 p.m. this evening at the high school gymnasium in Sherburn. Anyone interested in getting some exercise ...

FIRE SCENE — Morris Bait Shop and Freshwater Tackle Manufacturing in Sherburn was considered a loss after a fire on Friday night. The building will be demolished. (Photo courtesy Stephanie Moore)

Sherburn business burns

SHERBURN — We don’t always know why things happen the way they do, but when trouble strikes, it’s nice to have the support of family and friends, as well as our local communities. On Friday evening, Morris Bait Shop and Freshwater Tackle Manufacturing in Sherburn, owned by Roger Morris, ...