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Fairmont’s Kueker quadruplets graduating

Bella and Cora Kueker are often asked by people, “Are you twins?” To which they reply, “No. We’re quads.” The sisters, along with their brothers, Darrian and Ethan, are fraternal quadruplets. The four of them are set to graduate from Fairmont High School in less than two weeks and ...

Memorial Day event scheduled in Welcome

WELCOME — Monday is Memorial Day, a good time to remember that freedom isn’t free. Welcome Legion, Sons of the Legion and Legion Auxiliary will hold a Memorial Day program at 9 a.m. in the old gym at the Welcome School. Because of construction, please use the north door (back door). The ...

Mayo-Fairmont connects with public

FAIRMONT — Mayo Clinic Health System-Fairmont held its third annual stakeholder breakfast forum Wednesday at Red Rock Center in Fairmont. The event allows Mayo leadership the opportunity to connect with local business people, volunteers, educators, mental and physical health care providers, ...

Welcome sells $2.9M in bonds

WELCOME — Shannon Sweeney of David Drown Associates, public finance advisers, reported to the Welcome City Council this week about the city issuing $2.93 million in bonds needed to finance a major streets project. Sweeney reported that a credit rating check from Standard & Poor’s gave ...

Memorial Day events set in Truman

TRUMAN — Happy belated 80th birthday to Larry Brummond. Larry was born May 22, 1939. Cards can reach him at 84246 420th Street, Truman, MN 56088. n Here’s wishing Arlys Halverson a happy 96th birthday today. Cards can reach her at P.O. Box 293, Truman, MN 56088. n Come to the ...

County Attorney negotiating on prosecution services

FAIRMONT — Martin County commissioners heard from County Attorney Terry Viesselman on Tuesday concerning his office’s new involvement with the city of Fairmont. “With the recent vacancy in the Fairmont City Attorney’s Office, our office has picked up doing the prosecution on an ...

Dollar General eyeing Truman for latest store

TRUMAN — Exciting news recently rippled through Truman with the announcement that the city may be getting a Dollar General. With plans falling into place over the past few months, the City Council this month accepted the deed to a frontage road along Highway 15 in Truman, contingent on ...

Summer playground program returns to Fairmont

FAIRMONT — The summer playground program will be returning to Fairmont’s parks this year. Roni Dauer, Fairmont Community Education and Recreation director, told the Fairmont Park Board on Tuesday that the playground program will be similar to previous years. From 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays, ...

Faribault County plans summer roadwork

BLUE EARTH — Construction season is upon us and Faribault County commissioners spent much of their meeting Tuesday dealing with upcoming road projects. One of the first items was the approval of a conditional use permit for Croell, Inc. and Neal Mensing. Their proposal is to convert 5 ...

Memorial Day events set in Sherburn

SHERBURN — Help is needed to put up flags for Memorial Day at the city park in Sherburn. The Avenue of Flags committee will put up 280 flags beginning 8 a.m. Saturday. Help is also needed to take down the flags 6 p.m. Monday. If you have time to either put up the flags, retire the flags or ...

Temperance Ridge project closer to reality

SHERBURN — The Sherburn City Council this week received a report from Shannon Sweeney of David Drown Associates, a public finance adviser, regarding the proposed expansion of Temperance Lake Ridge. He said bids are in and show an increase of $500,000 in the construction cost. The project ...

Martin County West winds down its school year

SHERBURN — The Martin County West School Board meeting this week featured end of the school year information. May 31 is the last day of school. At 1:30 p.m., there will be an awards program for the high school. The elementary and junior high also have special programs planned. Graduation ...

Fairmont EDA studies child care, workforce housing

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Economic Development Authority received updates Monday on two subjects that have a major impact on business creation and growth: child care and workforce housing. Linsey Preuss, the city’s economic development coordinator, reported that local lenders are putting ...

Martin Co. West student scores rare honor

You don’t know how to do some things until you try. Alyssa Williamson, a senior at Martin County West, decided to try and was recently named a National Honor Society National Semi-Finalist & Scholar for her effort. Williamson explained the process and what it means for her ...

Blue Earth considering new dugouts

BLUE EARTH — The team dugouts at the city-owned Veterans Baseball Field at the Faribault County Fairgrounds in Blue Earth are in need of repair. The Blue Earth City Council spent some time at its meeting Monday discussing several options for constructing new ones. Council members looked ...

Truman may add splash pad

TRUMAN — The Truman City Council on Monday looked at two options for installing a splash pad at the Truman Pool. City administrator Bethanie Ekstrom will soon meet with representatives of the Schmeeckle Foundation, as she had applied for a matching grant of $50,000. Ekstrom said she has ...

Rosen: Bill protects seniors

ST. PAUL — State Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Vernon Center, says the Senate has passed monumental legislation that includes a series of protections for elderly and vulnerable Minnesotans, and an extensive framework for the licensure of assisted-living facilities. The bill passed with wide, ...

Fairmont faces hard questions

FAIRMONT — A resident of Ward 3 wanted answers from Fairmont City Council representatives about their handling of the recent termination process of Elizabeth Bloomquist, city attorney, and the subsequent financial cost of their actions. Erin Maidl sought an explanation during “Saturday ...

City clerk job is tough, rewarding

FAIRMONT — Fairmont’s city clerk for the past six years, Patty Monsen, took center stage at “Saturday With the City” at the Sylvania Park shelter house. The one-hour informal listening sessions are held occasionally during the year to spotlight various city departments and give citizens ...

Davison bidding Fairmont Area Schools farewell

Jim Davison has made a career of teaching and learning. After spending the last 30 years as principal at Fairmont Elementary School, Davison will retire after the end of the school year. While Davison has been in Fairmont for 30 years, he has taught for 41 years. Originally from Cedar ...