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County studies arena drainage

FAIRMONT — Calvin Saxton of the Martin County Fair Board updated county commissioners Tuesday on drainage issues at the Martin County Arena, which is located at the fairgrounds. Commissioners believe the topic deserves more discussion, and ultimately chose to delve into the matter at a ...

Courthouse in Blue Earth to see repairs

BLUE EARTH — Bob Mickelson of ISG Engineering and Faribault County commissioners talked about some exterior renovations to the courthouse on Tuesday. Mickelson said the building is ready to undergo maintenance. The work will consist of “tuck pointing” and roof repairs to help preserve ...

Blue Earth plans butterfly garden

BLUE EARTH — Blue Earth City Council on Tuesday discussed a plan to create a butterfly and rain garden park in Blue Earth. The park will be located at the corner of Sixth and Main streets. The planting of trees in preparation for the park has already begun, and council members mentioned ...

Book fair set in Sherburn

SHERBURN — Don’t forget the book fair going on all this week at the Martin County West Elementary School in Sherburn. The public is invited to stop by as the elementary school library is full of books for you to look over and purchase if you would like. The book fair will be open from 3-5 ...

Girl Scout Emily Sokoloski has provided wooden caddies and coloring pages to help keep young children busy at various sites in the area.

Scout provides coloring caddies

When people set out to identify needs in their communities, it’s easy to look at the big things, e.g. roads in need of repair, run-down neighborhoods or mentorships for at-risk kids, among others. Yet needs also exist in smaller ways, and meeting them can help make life just a little bit ...

Raquel Vaughn, right, chats with other students during a pizza party following a recent Project7 rally in Fairmont. Vaughn started a Project7, or P7, club at Fairmont Junior/Senior High School earlier this year.

Faith-based club helps kids grow

Room E241 at Fairmont Junior/Senior High School is apparently the place to be on Wednesday mornings. “We have donuts there because, you know, we’re cool,” joked Raquel Vaughn. While donuts might draw some people to Project7 meetings at first, they soon find there is much more to the ...

Highway 15 work: funds tied up

FAIRMONT — At the last meeting of the Martin County commissioners, news broke that the upcoming Highway 15 construction project in Fairmont has hit a bump in the road. Original plans called for work on the $6 million project through the city to begin this summer, with the construction ...

Coalition taking on drug abuse

FAIRMONT — The Martin County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition received some insight Friday afternoon that will carry purpose for years to come. In October, the Coalition received a federal grant of $125,000 per year for five years. The grant will continue the coalition’s purpose of ...

Residents can check out city’s new website

CEYLON — There will be a special 80th birthday party for Maryann Janssen beginning around 7 p.m. tonight at Legends 2. A light lunch will be served. Congratulations, Maryann, and we wish you many more birthdays. n Our Savior’s Lutheran Church will have its usual 5:30 p.m. service ...

Howard Wessel

Howard Wessel NEW ULM — Prof. Em. Howard Wessel, 84, of New Ulm, died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, at his home. A funeral service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm, with Pastor Jeffrey Bovee officiating. Burial will follow in St. ...

Woman allegedly aided 2 offenders

FAIRMONT — A 34-year-old Fairmont woman is facing felony charges in Martin County. Deanna Mae Nielsen has been charged with two counts of aiding an offender to avoid arrest, each of which carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a $5,000 fine. According to the ...

Council will meet Tuesday

WELCOME — A cribbage tournament will be held Saturday at the Welcome Legion Hall. Registration will begin at 1:15 p.m.; play will start at 1:30 p.m. The public is welcome to join in on the fun and fellowship. n Welcome City Council will meet 6 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall. All members are ...

I-90 project meeting slated

FAIRMONT — The Minnesota Department of Transportation will host an open house from 4-6 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Holiday Inn, Fairmont, to address plans for Interstate 90 construction scheduled this year. Businesses that rely on traffic from Interstate 90 exits 99 and 102 are encouraged to attend ...

Granada-Huntley-East Chain third-, fourth- and fifth-graders gather for notes from Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre directors Kellie Nolan and Mikey Burson after rehearsal on Wednesday afternoon. “Robin Hood” will be performed 7 p.m. Thursday at 7 and noon Friday at the school.

GHEC students set to offer ‘Robin Hood’

Granada-Huntley-East Chain third- through fifth-graders are set to perform the exciting tale of Robin Hood through the help of Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre. Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre is a professional touring theatre company based in Barrett. It provides a theatrical experience ...

Pair facing burglary charges

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man and woman face felony burglary charges in Martin County. Logan James Mahanke, 26, and Airi Smith, 26, have each been charged with burglary in the third degree, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Mahanke faces two counts, ...

‘Rocking Reptiles’ coming soon

TRUMAN — If you’re in grades 4-6 and would like to be a part of the after-school science classes with Mrs. Kutch, you must sign up by tomorrow for the class on Feb. 21. This free class is held from 3:15-4 p.m. in Room 203. Pre-registration is a must, so there will be enough supplies. Let ...

Ceylon wants to see properties cleaned up

CEYLON — The Ceylon City Council this week discussed a contract with Waste Management for garbage service in the city. Revisions will be sent to the firm. The city also will contact Waste Management to arrange a cleanup day this spring. Letters will be sent to property owners with items ...

Lacey Schneekloth gives a pottery wheel demonstration during the Lunch with the Arts program held Tuesday at Red Rock Center.

Twins present creativity at Red Rock Center

Lacey and Lexi Schneekloth of Jackson graduated from college in 2016 from Minnesota State-Mankato, where they both received Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in ceramics. After college, the two brought their talents back to Jackson, where their passions first began. They are in the process of ...

Board OKs resource officer job

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Area School Board on Tuesday approved a motion to commit $50,000 toward the employment of a full-time school resource officer in the next school year. The commitment is half the cost of the position, with the other half to be paid by the city of Fairmont. School ...

FEDA eyes rule on membership

FAIRMONT — Three new members officially joined the Fairmont Economic Development Authority this week. Chairman Tom Lytle and board members Andy Noll, Bill Crawford and Richie Johnson welcomed Tom Hawkins, Bruce Peters and Wendy Voss. During open discussion, Hawkins brought up the ...