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Photo courtesy of Courtney Lopau
Above: Pictured is Courtney Lopau, far right, with some of her elementary painting class students. Behind them is one of the murals Lopau painted at Grace Lutheran Church. Both the murals and painting classes were a part of Lopau’s Girl Scout Gold Award project.

Girl Scout’s project earns highest honor

Winning an award is always a humbling moment in life, especially when the recipient recognizes the people behind their achievement. Such is the case for local high school senior Courtney Lopau, who recently completed her Girl Scouts Gold Award project. The Gold Award is the highest ...

Group: Kids need food help

FAIRMONT — A group is being organized through Fairmont Community Education and Recreation, local churches and youth groups to set up a summer food program for those who need assistance. The goal is to provide a sack lunch or take-away meal for children during summer months, as there is ...

Welcome adding ‘Little Library’

WELCOME — This weekend is Memorial Day weekend, so please drive safely if you’re going on a trip or to a program. Welcome Legion, Sons of Legion, and Legion Auxiliary are planning a Memorial Day program beginning 9 a.m. Monday at the old gym in the Welcome School. Chris Trembley will be ...

After 32 years of an enjoyable career at Fairmont City Hall, Leanne Zarling is looking forward to traveling and spending time with family.

Fairmont City Hall: After 32 years, Zarling moves on

FAIRMONT - An icon at Fairmont City Hall has left the building. After 32 years of issuing building permits, answering zoning questions and juggling a myriad of other duties, Leanne Zarling has retired from a job she loved and from co-workers she refers to as family. Zarling’s emotions ran ...

Children’s Summer Theater tryouts begin

TRUMAN — Tryouts for Stagemasters Children’s Summer Theater, for children in grades 3-8, will be 6:30 p.m. this evening in the Truman Elementary Auditorium. This summer’s play will be “The Lion King, Jr.” Parents must attend this tryout session. Two weeks of daily rehearsals from 9 ...

ON THE ROAD — Minnesota Gophers men’s basketball coach Richard Pitino speaks a crowd at the Holiday Inn in Fairmont on Tuesday afternoon as part of the Gophers Road Trip, which features many of the university’s athletic department coaches and staff.

Gophers Road Trip comes to Fairmont

FAIRMONT — Fairmont residents traded in their Cardinal red for maroon and gold and joined others from the area to pack into the Holiday Inn on Tuesday afternoon. Coaches and staff from the University of Minnesota athletic department arrived in town as part of the six-day Gophers Road ...

IHD slated for June 9-11

FAIRMONT — Interlaken Heritage Days in Fairmont will be June 9-11 this year. The weekend will kick off with a free community meal, lip sync contest and “Heartsong” on Friday (June 9) at Heritage Acres. The IHD committee has brought back lip sync by request. Registration is open until ...

City park to host Memorial Day event

SHERBURN — Sherburn VFW and Sherburn American Legion Post 356 will host the Memorial Day program 10:30 a.m. Monday at the city park in Sherburn. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held at the Martin County West High School in Sherburn. Jeff Hagen will be the guest speaker, ...

Program works to train future leaders

FAIRMONT — The Leadership Martin County program recently ended another successful run, with 18 graduating participants. The nine-month program allows candidates a chance to become armed with a greater knowledge and understanding of the assets, complexities and potential of their community. ...

Council plans code changes

FAIRMONT — Fairmont City Council held a trio of public hearings Monday, with all three proposals geared toward updating City Code. The first two hearings, which addressed the addition of specific businesses in the code, were the result of people inquiring about the possibility of starting ...

Heidi Dollen, right, demonstrates how to hold a piping bag as Deb Bertram watches during a recent cake decorating class offered through Fairmont Community Education and Recreation.

Cake decorating: Learning the artistry of icing

Deb Bertram loves baking, and always has a vision of how her cakes will look once she’s done decorating them. “They don’t quite make it,” she admits. She hopes taking a cake decorating class will change that, because she wants to get more “artsy” with her cakes. Bertram is one ...

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Fishing Tourney Results announced FAIRMONT — The 2017 Fairmont Lakes Foundation Fishing Tournament was held Saturday, May 20, 2017, at Gomsrud Park in Fairmont. Results from the fishing tournament are as follows: • Big Fish (Walleye) — Larry and Bill Thompson, 4.86 pounds. • Big ...

Lakeview stepped up to plate for daycare

FAIRMONT — Building Blocks Learning Center and Child Care in Fairmont was recently faced with a tough decision when the owners of the former Lincoln School informed them the building was closing, and that they had one month to find other accommodations. Finding space to meet all their needs ...

Month recognizes foster care families

BLUE EARTH — Across the globe and in local communities, foster care is something that often goes unnoticed. Since May is National Foster Care Month, it’s time to spread awareness and showcase the long hours and hard work that these foster families endure. Within Martin and Faribault ...

Crash claims man, 45

DELAVAN — A Delavan man involved in an accident Tuesday while driving his motorcycle has died from his injuries, according to the Faribault County Sheriff’s Office. According to the Sheriff’s Office: Tom Hince, 45, was traveling north on County Road 13 when a car driven by Zackary ...

Memorial Day program slated

CEYLON — Coffee hours in May continue 8:30-10 a.m. each Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Welcome. Join neighbors and friends for good fellowship along with great brew and treats. n Circle May 29 for the Memorial Day program 10:30 a.m. in Ceylon. There will be programs at Wilbert, ...

TEAMWORK — Joy Pollock, left, president of the board of directors of Upward Bound 5th Street Express, joins Lydia Potter and John Moeller in working on a jigsaw puzzle at the drop-in center.

Upward Bound celebrates

FAIRMONT — When the Fairmont Knights of Columbus moved into their new building on 10th Street, their old building at 104 E. Fifth Street was transformed into Upward Bound 5th Street Express, a drop-in center for people with mental health conditions. “We are a well-kept secret. Twenty ...

Memorial Day program slated

WELCOME — Coffee hours in May continue 8:30-10 a.m. Tuesdays at Trinity Lutheran Church in Welcome. Join friends and neighbors for great coffee, treats and good fellowship. n Upcoming events: o A Memorial Day program will be held beginning 9 a.m. May 29 in the former gymnasium at the ...

GREAT VIEW — Fairmont Park Board members Greg Gellert, foreground, Craig Nelson and Jane Kollofski check out the lake view on the deck of the remodeled Sylvania Park shelter house.

Park Board seeks cut of revenue

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Park Board went on record this week to request that the City Council set aside a percentage of the local option sales tax receipts for parks and trails. Councilman Jim Zarling, who serves as liaison to the board, brought up the issue in March, and board members ...

Memorial Day plans set

TRUMAN — The American Red Cross Blood Drive will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday in the Truman Elementary Activities Room. If you would like to schedule an appointment, call the school at (507) 776-2111. Walk-ins are welcome. n A benefit for Tammy Stevens and her family from Truman will be ...