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Becca and Josh Johnson, along with 4-year-old son Mason, during some of Josh’s time in the hospital following a car accident.

Second chances: Truman man glad to be alive

TRUMAN — Life can change in the blink of an eye, just ask Josh and Becca Johnson of Truman. The couple, married for just a year and a half, learned this truth at the start of the year when Josh was involved in a car crash that left him with brain injuries and a mangled body. Fortunately, Josh ...

Students excel at spelling bee

FAIRMONT — Two Fairmont Jr. Sr. High School students recently placed in the top three at the South Central Service Cooperative Regional Spelling Bee, which took place in North Mankato earlier this week. Seventh grader Caden Lebert placed third while eighth grader Briana Joseph placed first ...

Karaoke tonight at Legends II

CEYLON — I’m really trying to find signs of spring but not much has shown up. Next week will be March so that helps somewhat, since the first day of spring is March 20. Midweek Lenten services at area churches are signs of Easter coming soon (April 1st-no fooling). Lenten services in area ...

SEEKING BALANCE — National FFA President Breanna Holbert is seen leading students in activities at Martin County West High School in Sherburn on Thursday as they talk about ways to balance life. Holbert lives in California and was in Minnesota this week for National FFA Week.

FFA president visits area

SHERBURN — As this week is National FFA Week, area schools have been celebrating through various activities. On Thursday, students from Fairmont, Jackson County Central and Martin County West high schools had the opportunity to meet the national FFA president, Breanna Holbert, at Martin ...

‘Gatsby’ night coming in March

FAIRMONT — Don your pinstriped suit. Slap on your spats. Put on your flapper dress. It’s time for “Gatsby,” Presentation College’s annual scholarship fundraiser, on March 17 at the Fairmont Holiday Inn. “It was formerly known as our Mardi Gras. The concept is still the same of ...

Fairmont man facing charges

FAIRMONT — A 53-year-old Fairmont man is facing felony charges in Martin County. Earic Johnson has been charged with two counts of narcotic sales in the third degree. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. According to the complaint: On Nov. 28, ...

Co-op updates MCW board

SHERBURN — Martin County West School Board this week heard a presentation about a proposed move by Southern Plains Education Cooperative to the former Lincoln School in Fairmont. Sarah Mittelstadt, director of special services at Southern Plains, and school board member Wendy Russenberger ...

Churches stay focused on Lent

WELCOME — Midweek Lenten services continue on Wednesdays at area churches. St. Paul’s United Church of Christ will have a Bible study at 6 p.m. Circle of Faith congregations will meet for supper at 5:15 p.m. followed by a service at 6:30 p.m. All area residents are invited to join ...

PROPER TECHNIQUE — Peggy Sue Garber, trauma/injury prevention coordinator at Mayo Clinic Health System-Fairmont, demonstrates how to pack a bleeding wound during a “Stop the Bleed” class Wednesday at the hospital.

Goal of class: saving lives

FAIRMONT — Community members learned how to “Stop the Bleed” on Wednesday as part of a new push for public safety. The one-hour class at Mayo Clinic Health System-Fairmont was part of a national awareness campaign that prepares the public on how to save lives by teaching how to stop ...

BIG PROJECT — All of the light fixtures at Fairmont Elementary and Fairmont Jr./Sr. High School are being replaced with LED lights. Employees of DeWar Electric are seen replacing the fixtures in the main gym at the high school.

School eyeing savings via LED

FAIRMONT — Fairmont Area Schools is in the middle of replacing all the light fixtures in the elementary and high school with LED lights. More than 5,000 fixtures both inside and outside the schools are being replaced. It’s expected the project will be completed sometime in May. “This ...

Transit planning changes

BLUE EARTH — The Faribault-Martin County Transit Board is preparing to make some changes to the Prairie Lakes Transit service. In late 2017 and early 2018, staff at the Minnesota Department of Transportation completed a review to assess how the system is operating in terms of efficiency, ...

Aegis puts things in motion at Lakeview

FAIRMONT — Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center in Fairmont switched up its therapy department just over a year ago and has been impressed with the results, according to Lakeview administrator Deb Barnes. Lakeview contracts with Aegis Therapies, a company with locations in nearly every ...

Kids can try ‘Treble Choir’

TRUMAN — Join Truman FFA members for their annual community pancake breakfast from 6-9 a.m. Friday in the ag shop. This breakfast is for students, families and supporters of FFA. Cost is a donation. n Truman Public and St. Paul’s Lutheran School are dismissing one hour early ...

Road project wins $1M state grant

FAIRMONT — Martin County commissioners on Tuesday heard from County Highway Engineer Kevin Peyman, who updated the board on funding for County Road 26. The road is set to receive a bituminous overlay and added bituminous shoulders, starting from Highway 15 and running east to the county ...

Blue Earth proceeding with project

BLUE EARTH — Blue Earth City Council on Tuesday gave final approval for the Giant Welcome Center project to move forward. The welcome center has been in the works by the Blue Earth Area Chamber of Commerce for a while, but a state grant and local fundraising has allowed the project to take ...

Rohman retiring; Truman planning

TRUMAN — Truman City Council on Tuesday discussed a timeline for hiring a new city administrator. Current and long-time administrator Monte Rohman will retire at the end of the year, and the council has been discussing how to go about finding and training his replacement. It was decided ...

Faribault County backs platform of libraries

BLUE EARTH — Faribault County commissioners showed support Tuesday for Minnesota libraries. Heidi Schutt, library director at the Muir Library in Winnebago, and Eva Gaydon, library director at the Blue Earth Community Library, spoke to the board. They requested that commissioners ...

FFA students celebrate week

SHERBURN — Sherburn American Legion will host “Hamburger Night” tonight at the Legion. Stop between 6-8 p.m. for their delicious grilled burgers with all the trimmings. Everyone is welcome. n This week is National FFA Week and the Martin County West FFA chapter, along with other ...

After several years working in the Twin Cities, Granada native Jarod Mathiason has returned to Martin County to open a mortgage lending business in Fairmont.

Lender making return home

Like many young people, Jarod Mathiason grew up in Martin County, attended college and moved to the Twin Cities because of job opportunities. Many of these people, as they get older and start families, find their priorities changing, and they return home. Mathiason’s 20-year-old brother, ...

Hurley family starting over

BLUE EARTH — An alleged assault that sent shockwaves through the community has caused the alleged victim’s family to leave their home in Blue Earth. In October, a Blue Earth Area student was reportedly assaulted by four other students at a party in Winnebago. The four students are facing ...