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Grants put clean water at forefront

FAIRMONT — The Martin County Soil and Water Conservation District has received a $220,000 grant through the Clean Water Fund, thanks to the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources. In addition, Soil and Water District has been informed it will receive another grant through the ...

Cutting Edge offers free fitness

FAIRMONT — Cutting Edge Fitness in Fairmont, located at 1130 Spruce St., recently put out a statement through Community Education and Recreation that it will offer 25 free annual memberships to low-income students or families in Martin County. Community Ed has been asked to coordinate ...

Garry: Be grateful where you come from

FAIRMONT — Dan Garry has lived a wholehearted life that first found its rhythm in his experiences growing up in Fairmont. He credits his family, his teachers at St. John Vianney and Fairmont High School, and his involvement with Boy Scouts, among other things, for helping shape the person ...

Blood drive slated for Feb. 7

CEYLON — St. Peter Lutheran Church basement will be full of quilters making quilts for missions beginning 9 a.m. both Wednesday and Thursday. Anyone interested in quilting is encouraged to join them for this charitable and fun way to spend a day. Some supplies are available or bring your ...

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Academy raises $93,000-plus WINNEBAGO — Genesis Classical Academy in Winnebago has announced that the 2018 $35,000 matching gift challenge has been completed, with $93,230 raised in donations and pledges. “We are extremely grateful to our generous donors who have helped to make a ...

Shopko reverses decision

FAIRMONT — Shopko employees in Fairmont were not authorized to discuss it, but could not hide their smiles Thursday after learning that the store will remain open. The news came a day after it was revealed Shopko in Fairmont was slated to close, with the store on a list of 105 planned ...

Man allegedly made threats

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man is facing felony charges in Martin County. Jeffrey Howard Curry, 54, has been charged with making threats of violence, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. He is also charged with domestic assault by strangulation, which ...

Burger Night to aid festival

WELCOME — A Burger Night fundraiser for the Welcome Summer Festival will be held 5:30-8 p.m. tonight at the Welcome Legion. The menu includes build-a-burger, onion rings, french fries, cheese curds and beverage. Proceeds will help with expenses at the Summer Festival, especially the band ...

Everyone gets to play, learn

Fairmont Elementary School is working to include everyone. One way is through a developmentally adapted physical education class modeled on the Special Olympics Unified Sports program. The class allows for all students, including those with special needs, to safely and successfully ...

Man facing drug charges

FAIRMONT — A Minneapolis man is facing felony charges in Martin County. Darryl Beasley, 43, has been charged with selling drugs in the first degree and drug possession in the first degree, each of which carries a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison and a $1 million fine. According to ...

Shopko closing its doors

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Shopko store will be closing. The local retail outlet was on the list of 105 planned closings issued by the Green Bay-based company on Wednesday, the same day the corporation filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of ...

Sub fundraiser to begin

TRUMAN — Truman High School after-prom party sub sandwich fundraiser begins Friday and continues through Feb. 1. The sandwiches are made with a poor boy bun, sliced ham, turkey, American and Swiss cheese. They are made without mayo or lettuce so they freeze well. You can place your ...

Welcome OKs storm sewer fee

WELCOME — Welcome City Council this week discussed the storm sewer utility fee. The city views the fee as needed to help defray costs of new infrastructure. Discussion was held about the difference between residential and commercial usages. In the end, the council approved a storm sewer ...

B.E. Area searching for leader

BLUE EARTH — The search for a new Blue Earth Area Schools superintendent officially began this week with the hiring of the South Central Service Cooperative to guide the district in finding the right candidate. Harold Remme of the cooperative attended the school board meeting to outline ...

Pond hockey event coming up

FAIRMONT — The Southern Minnesota Pond Hockey Championship is set for this weekend in Fairmont. The event, marking its ninth year, is played on Sisseton Lake near the Marina Lodge. Dave Cone, a member of the event’s steering committee, talked about the championship and what people can ...

City EDA backs internship program

FAIRMONT — The Martin County internship program received the endorsement and a financial boost from the Fairmont Economic Development Authority earlier this week. Tammie Hested, coordinator of the program, presented a brief overview of the project, which connects college students from ...

Free dental care offered

SHERBURN — Grilled hamburgers will be served from 6-8 p.m. tonight at the Sherburn American Legion Club. Everyone is welcome. n There will be no school for all Martin County West students on Monday due to a teacher’s workshop. n Tom Kramer of Kramer Family Funeral Home will give a ...

School notes shutdown effect

SHERBURN — Superintendent Allison Schmidt told the Martin County West School Board this week that the federal government shutdown has affected the lunch program somewhat. She noted that the Department of Agriculture has promised to help the district through March, if needed. Schmidt ...

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Awards will honor female veterans ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Women Veterans Initiative is now accepting applications for its annual Minnesota Women Veteran of the Year Award. Residents of Blue Earth, Faribault, Jackson, Le Sueur, Martin, Waseca and Watonwan counties are invited to nominate ...

Fairmont rescinds request form

FAIRMONT — The public will not longer be required to fill out a form requesting to speak at a Fairmont City Council meeting. The council rescinded the requirement Monday after tweaking the wording of the original motion. In March 2017, the council voted to require members of the public who ...