Local News

Project spotlights area job openings

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce and the economic development division of the city are united in their efforts to grow a local workforce by delivering a message to students and their parents: Area employers have job openings that can lead to well-paying careers, and they will ...

Blue Earth Area picks GHEC’s Fletcher as new superintendent

BLUE EARTH — Blue Earth Area graduate and current Granada-Huntley-East Chain Superintendent Mandy Fletcher has been chosen by the Blue Earth Area School Board to be the district’s next superintendent. The action, taken by the board Thursday evening, paves the way for the district to ...

Fairmont Area creates new science classes

FAIRMONT — Fairmont Area Schools has a good mix of veteran and new teachers. While each brings with them a wealth of knowledge and an eagerness to instruct students, new teachers may bring new opportunities. Two of Fairmont High School’s newest science teachers, Adam Bloomgren and Josiah ...

Farmer takes on antibiotic misinformation

WELCOME — Diet studies often conflict, diet trends come and go, but as long as people have the freedom to choose what they consume, marketing will always play a central role in the standard American diet. An emotionally charged subject, it is important to make sure we get the right ...

‘One Night’ ready to play

FAIRMONT — “One Night in Memphis” will take to the Fairmont Opera House stage at 7:30 p.m. March 30. The group spotlights songs by rock and roll royalty — Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley. According to the group: Dec. 4, 1956, was a wonderful occasion ...

Blood drive slated April 10

CEYLON — There will be a make-up cribbage tournament at 1:30 p.m. today at Legends 2 in Ceylon. The regular session was postponed because of the weather. This will be the last session until November. Come and celebrate spring and have fun. n Mid-week Lenten services continue Wednesday for ...

Martin County broadband project nears end

FAIRMONT — After four years of discussion and implementation, Martin County’s effort to provide high-speed broadband internet to rural areas is nearing completion. However, the process is not without hiccups. One of the chief concerns of county commissioners and the local broadband ...

Annual Fun Fair built for families

FAIRMONT — The Family Fun Fair showcases the numerous educational, economic, health and support services available to families in the area. The big event will take place 4:30-7:30 p.m. March 29 at Fairmont Elementary School. It is sponsored by Fairmont Community Education and Recreation and ...

Fundraiser to assist festival

WELCOME — There will be a Murder Mystery Dinner fundraiser for the Welcome Summer Festival from 1-8 p.m. Sunday at the Welcome Legion. n Four Corner Birthday Club will meet 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the home of Verdane Erdman. All members are urged to attend for fellowship and ...

Survey nets data on visitors to Fairmont

FAIRMONT — Fairmont was the final destination for 73 percent of the city’s visitors in the summer of 2018, according to a University of Minnesota survey commissioned by Visit Fairmont, the community’s convention and visitors bureau. Most of the guests were in groups of two, and more ...

‘Iron Grill’ building in Fairmont collapses

FAIRMONT — The former “Iron Grill” building at 407 Downtown Plaza in Fairmont collapsed Wednesday, putting in motion an effort to get the site razed. The property is owned by Vincent Vaughn, who has been working on closing his parents’ estate. Vaughn’s intention has been to turn the ...

Warmup bringing chance to play, learn

FAIRMONT — After an eternity, spring is finally here and summer is on its way. Along with the warmer weather and longer days will come many new ways to stay busy and active through Fairmont Community Education and Recreation. Roni Dauer, CER director, said people should watch for the CER ...

Welcome tackles water woes

WELCOME — Welcome City Council this week heard concerns from the public about water pooling near Circle Drive. The water is not going into the tile because the tile is plugged. Council members reported they have been planning to have new tile installed across the corner and through the ...

Man facing felony drug count

FAIRMONT — A Madison, Wisconsin, man is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Donald Joseph Beran, 60, has been charged with drug possession in the fifth degree, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. According to the complaint: On March 11, a ...

‘PB&J Day’ coming up

TRUMAN — Heartland Senior Living will host a spaghetti feed fundraiser for the activities department from 5-7 p.m. tonight at the facility in Truman. Enjoy all-you-can-eat spaghetti with meat sauce, salad, garlic bread and a monster cookie bar. Cost for adults is $8, while children 10 and ...

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Speech team wins event FAIRMONT — Fairmont’s speech team recently won the Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton tournament. St. Peter finished in second place, while Mankato West was third. In individual results for Fairmont: Varsity — Eric Head, third in creative expression; Eleanor ...

Martin County planning ahead on flooding

FAIRMONT — Martin County commissioners on Tuesday approved a motion to, in effect, start over with the county’s enrollment in the National Insurance Flood Program. Emergency Management director Abigail Nesbit described current flooding issues in Martin County and surrounding ...

Blue Earth ready to sell off ‘3 Sisters’

BLUE EARTH — Blue Earth City Council has approved a purchase agreement with Project 3 Sisters, which plans to rehabilitate three downtown buildings. Project 3 Sisters has signed the purchase agreement, which states it has 18 months to install a new heating and air-conditioning system as ...

‘Hammock villages’ proposed for Fairmont parks

FAIRMONT — After a four-month winter hiatus, the Fairmont Park Board met Tuesday to hear a proposal for a Girl Scout Gold Award, the most prestigious award a Girl Scout can earn. Janessa Nelson outlined her Gold Award project to create a “hammock village” in one of Fairmont’s ...

Faribault Co. roads beat up

BLUE EARTH — Road and transportation issues were at the forefront of discussions at the Faribault County Commission meeting Tuesday. All of the gravel roads in the county are in poor condition, according to Mark Daly, Faribault County Public Works director. It is a problem affecting ...