Local News

Pair vie for job of recorder

FAIRMONT — The Martin County Recorder seat is on the ballot this year, with Clark Berry challenging incumbent Diane Sanders. The candidates have each shared what they believe they bring to the table for the role. Sanders was appointed to the position in 2017, following the departure of ...

Schmidtke, Koons seek District 4 seat

FAIRMONT — The District 4 seat on the Martin County Commission is open this year, with incumbent Dan Schmidtke facing off against challenger Richard Koons. Schmidtke says he is running for re-election for a variety of reasons, stating that he has enjoyed serving the people of the district ...

Family Fun Night set at Fairmont Elementary

FAIRMONT — The Early Childhood and Family Education program at Fairmont Elementary School is putting on a series of eight “Family Fun Nights” this year. The first took place in September and the next one will be held 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday. “The ECFE program was looking for a way to ...

Ceylon offers outdoor movie

CEYLON — There will be a free outdoor movie 7 p.m. tonight on the street east of the bank in Ceylon. Bring your lawn chair and children, and enjoy a fall evening in Minnesota. n Red Cross blood drive will be in Fairmont from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday at Grace Lutheran Church, 300 S. Grant ...

Briefly

4-H’ers participate in horse show ST. PAUL — Seven 4-H youth from Martin County recently participated in the Minnesota 4-H State Horse show. This year, 612 youth from across the state participated in the annual event at the Minnesota State Fair. Martin County 4-H horse exhibitors ...

Four vie for school board seats

FAIRMONT — Three seats on the Fairmont School Board will be on the ballot come Nov. 6. Four candidates — Rufus Rodriguez, Martha Myren, John Gibeau and Michael Edman — are contending for the spots. Rodriguez currently serves as the school board president. He has been on the board for ...

Man facing drug charge

FAIRMONT — A Woodbury man is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Gabriel Cirilo Hernandez, 23, has been charged with drug possession in the fourth degree, which carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $100,000 fine. According to the complaint: On Oct. 4, a Fairmont ...

Cleanup day to be Saturday

WELCOME — Welcome’s cleanup day for fall will be held Saturday. The truck will be near the Fire Hall on Campbell St. from 8-10 a.m., or whenever it’s full. Only Welcome residents are able to bring items. Identification will be checked. Please, no appliances, tires or hazardous ...

Parks too were blasted by storm

FAIRMONT — City parks and trails did not escape damage from the Sept. 20 storm that swept through the area. In addition to numerous broken branches, about 30 trees were lost, with a couple in each park and along the trails, Nick Lardy, park and street departments supervisor, told the ...

School joins Honor Society

FAIRMONT — National Honor Society is an organization that has been around for nearly a century, with an estimated 1 million students across the county participating. But this school year is the first that Fairmont High School has implemented a National Honor Society. The organization is ...

Man killed in crash

ST. JAMES — A 35-year-old Marinette, Wis., man is dead following a two-vehicle crash along Highway 60 in Watonwan County that occurred about 10 p.m. Tuesday. According to the Minnesota State Patrol: Derek Arthur Anderson was driving a 2004 Jeep Cherokee east along Highway 60 in St. James ...

Man charged with felony theft

FAIRMONT — A Delavan man is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Christopher Michael Hill, 41, has been charged with theft, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. According to the complaint: On Aug. 31, Fairmont police officers were dispatched to ...

Welcome water tower goes on line

WELCOME — Engineer Travis Winter of Bolton & Menk reported to the Welcome City Council this week that the new water tower is now in use. City employees said water tests came back with good results. They said the water is actually better than before, with less iron and other impurities. ...

Lewisville set to celebrate

TRUMAN — Come out for the Lewisville Fall Festival on Saturday. The day begins with a breakfast from 6:30-10 a.m at the American Legion. There will be a coloring contest for all ages from 9 a.m. to noon at the library, while a craft and vendor show will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Old ...

Work on ‘26’ nears completion

FAIRMONT — County Road 26 east of Fairmont is nearing completion, and a dry forecast may give construction crews the opening they need to finish the project. The project has been delayed by relentless rain over the summer and fall. Martin County Highway Engineer Kevin Peyman gave a ...

Seniors look back with good cheer

When Fairmont High School’s senior cheerleaders are together, it quickly becomes evident that these young women have spent a lot of time in each other’s company. Conversations are infused with an abundance of giggles and laughter. They finish each other’s sentences, and they often give ...

Feedlot plan stirs opposition

BLUE EARTH — The Faribault County commissioners had a packed house Tuesday as about 20 concerned citizens from the Blue Earth area came to express their concerns about a conditional use permit for a proposed feedlot. Citizens living near the proposed project area in Jo Daviess Township ...

Senior site expansion in works

SHERBURN — Members of the Sherburn City Council who attended a recent meeting at Temperance Lake Ridge reported back to the council this week that a feasibility study concerning the expansion of the senior living site is complete. They say Temperance Lake Ridge hopes to begin expansion ...

MCW adjusts homecoming

SHERBURN — The Martin County West School Board has approved a change for next year’s homecoming celebration. High School Principal David Traetow suggested moving coronation of the king and queen to the all-school pep fest held at 3 p.m. on the Friday of homecoming week. The school board ...

Candidate forum slated

SHERBURN — Grilled burgers with everything will be served from 6-8 p.m. tonight at Sherburn American Legion. Everyone is welcome. n There will be no school at any Martin County West Schools on Thursday and Friday because of MEA. Also due to MEA, the Martin County West football game at ...