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THEIR TIME — Students study in a Flexible Learning space called The DECK during first hour at Fairmont Jr./Sr. High School. Ten Flexible Learning spaces were created this year at the school as part of the new Personalized Learning approach.

Learning gets personal at Fairmont Area

FAIRMONT — Several changes have been made at Fairmont Jr./Sr. High School this year, and this is the first year that Personalized Learning has been implemented. Personalized Learning is defined as an approach to learning and instruction designed around individual learner readiness, ...

The Kinship team in Fairmont. Back row, from left: Char Kahler, Greg Brolsma, Jane Wolverton. Front: Katy Gonzalez, Tyler Kettwich, Anna Garbers.

Kinship looks back, ahead

There’s a saying about time healing all wounds. But time also can be a positive force, allowing us to see the fruition of hopes and dreams that, at the time, may have seemed unobtainable. Such is the case for Jane Wolverton and Fairmont Area Kinship, which has now grown to include the whole ...

Hannah Cartwright

Pageants give girl new outlook

At 9 years old, Hannah Cartwright of Blue Earth is pursuing her dream of winning a crown. Tasha Walker, Hannah’s mom, said the idea for Hannah to compete in pageants started this past spring when Hannah received an invitation from National American Miss to attend an open call in Mankato. ...

Benefit breakfast scheduled

CEYLON — There will be a benefit breakfast for Roger and Kim Spiegeler from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Legends 2 in Ceylon. Pancakes, eggs, and sausage will be served by the Sherburn Lions Club. A bake sale and silent auction also will be held. There will be a bean bag tournament ...

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Mayo offers flu vaccine clinics FAIRMONT — Mayo Clinic Health System encourages community members to get the seasonal flu vaccine to help protect themselves and others. Mayo-Fairmont is offering flu clinics during the following dates and times: o Monday, Oct. 2, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. o ...

Mayo offering wellness trophy

FAIRMONT — If you’re one of those people who shies away from wellness programs because you don’t want to count calories or dedicate time to a fitness center, Mayo Clinic Health System is offering a month-long program in October to help get area residents moving toward a healthier ...

Man charged with drug crime

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man is facing felony charges in Martin County. Dakota Joseph Haegeman, 23, has been charged with drug possession in the fifth degree, as well as causing a child/vulnerable adult to be exposed to meth. Both charges carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a ...

Welcome OKs no tax levy hike

WELCOME  — Welcome City Council this week approved a 2018 property tax levy with no increase from 2017’s levy. In other business, the council: o Set the cleanup day for Oct. 21 near the water treatment plant on Campbell Street. Welcome residents will be asked to show their driver’s ...

Fall cleanup set for Oct. 21

WELCOME — Coffee hours for September will continue one more week from 8:30-10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Welcome. The coffee hours for October will be held at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Sherburn. The October coffee hours will be the last of the ...

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Correction In Kathy Hendricksen’s Truman column in Thursdays edition, an announcement about a tailgate party before tonight’s football game in Truman listed an incorrect time for the event. The tailgate party will begin at 5:30 p.m. tonight. Benefit slated for Roger Spiegeler CEYLON ...

ISLANDERS — George Pierce of Granada and Jamee Hinrichsen of Fairmont moved to St. John (U.S. Virgin Islands) in October after Jamee fell in love with the island during an internship.

Couple faces devastation of hurricane

FAIRMONT — Jamee Hinrichsen and her fiance, George Pierce, witnessed the devastation of Hurricane Irma firsthand when they lost their home in St. John, one of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Now, Jamee’s family is doing everything it can to rebuild the young couple’s lives. Jamee went to ...

Buffer law deadline draws near

FAIRMONT — Martin County landowners with property adjacent to public waters and ditches are getting ready for change, as Minnesota’s buffer law will reach implementation deadlines soon. First up is buffers on public waters, which will go into effect Nov. 1. The deadline for public ditches ...

HELLO THERE — Golden Meadow Alpaca farm, located in rural Lewisville, will participate in National Alpaca Farm Days this weekend from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Public invited to meet alpacas

LEWISVILLE — Known for their luxurious, warm fibers, alpacas are unique and inquisitive animals. This upcoming weekend provides an opportunity to learn more about them as it is National Alpaca Farm Days. Golden Meadow Alpacas, a farm located in rural Lewisville, will participate and be open ...

Blue Earth on alert for cougar

BLUE EARTH — A mountain lion was recently spotted southwest of Putnam Park in the River Road area of Blue Earth. According to Chief Deputy Scott Adams of the Faribault County Sheriff’s Office, a trail camera captured footage of a mountain lion, also known as a cougar, on Aug. 22. The ...

‘Super Deuce’ making appearance

TRUMAN — The Jaguar girls volleyball team travels to Nicollet this evening. Game time is 7:30 p.m. n The Jaguar football team will host Buffalo Lake/Hector/Stewart at 7 p.m. Friday in Truman. There will be a tailgate party starting at 6:30 p.m. just inside the football field gate. Come and ...

Highway 4 work planned

SHERBURN — Minnesota Department of Transportation representatives this week met with the Sherburn City Council to discuss plans to improve Highway 4. They said the project will involve Highway 4 from the Iowa state line to Highway 60. It would begin in 2022 and continue until 2027, with ...

Ash borer concerns park panel

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Park Board spent much of its meeting Tuesday pondering how the recent discovery of an emerald ash borer, a type of beetle, could impact the city’s trees. The presence of the invasive pest in Martin County was confirmed recently when one was captured in an ...

Board receives projects update

FAIRMONT — Martin County commissioners heard an update from Highway Engineer Kevin Peyman on Tuesday. He said there has been a slight delay on some roadwork in Northrop because of rain, but the work itself should continue without too much trouble. He also noted that the flashing four-way ...

Faribault County levy hike: 4.75%

BLUE EARTH — Faribault County commissioners on Tuesday set a preliminary tax levy for 2018. The board set the preliminary budget at $22.3 million, with a 4.75 percent property tax levy increase. One item that stuck out to the board was Human Services, which is currently at a 14.5 ...

Homecoming celebrated

SHERBURN — They will grill burgers from 6-8 p.m. tonight at the Sherburn American Legion. Everyone is welcome to stop in. n Homecoming is being celebrated this week at Martin County West. Congratulations to Parker Anderson and Emma Behrends, who were crowned king and queen at coronation ...