Local News

Church moves toward re-opening

The congregation of St. James Lutheran Church in Northrop was devastated when their church burned down on March 30, 2016. The fire had started in the sanctuary as the result of a lightning strike. The congregation of 225 has remained hopeful and patient, and soon will be able to start ...

Area ag land selling for less

FAIRMONT — What is the value of ag land? Is it a good time to sell? Is it a good time to buy? These are legitimate questions, but unfortunately, there are no definitive answers. Now could be a good time to sell. Currently, there is less quality farm land for sale than normal, according to ...

Welcome reunion slated

WELCOME — The Welcome High School all-class reunion is scheduled 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. June 30 at the Welcome School. Alumni will gather to reminisce with former classmates and visit the memorabilia corridor, where a variety of items will be available for purchase. Items include aerial ...

Coffee Lovers meet Thursday

CEYLON — Blom Family Reunion will be 11 a.m. Sunday at Mondale Park, with a potluck lunch to be served at noon. All family members are invited. n There will be an open house celebration for Wayne and Karen Harder’s 50th wedding anniversary from 2-5 p.m. Sunday at the Legends 2/Legion ...

McDonald’s sprinting to finish

FAIRMONT — With only one short week to go before opening, there’s still a lot of work to be done at Fairmont’s new McDonald’s restaurant. The cooler and freezer are empty. There’s no french fries bobbing in the fryer. No special sauce or sesame seed buns are available, and there’s ...

All-class reunion slated

WELCOME — The 2018 Martin County Relay for Life will be held 3 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the Martin County Fairgrounds in Fairmont. Join them for survivor celebrations, silent and live auction, a meal, opening ceremonies, caregiver walk, band performances, food and games at campsites, ...

Programs seek, train local leaders

FAIRMONT — Some people might be considered born leaders. Others might have had the role thrust upon them, but whether it’s a church, civic organization, non-profit or local government, leaders are vital to the success of any community. The Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking ...

Fly-in breakfast slated for Sunday

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Lions Club is inviting the public to its annual Fly In Breakfast that will be held Sunday at the Fairmont Airport. The event begins at 7 a.m. and lasts until noon. The menu includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, milk, orange juice and coffee. Tickets can be bought ...

Welcome rejects paint error

WELCOME — Welcome City Council heard this week from engineer Travis Winter of Bolton & Menk about progress on the water tower project. The company painting the tower made a mistake and used Sherwin Williams paint for the primer. Winter and Sherwin Williams project development manager ...

Classic tractor ride set for July 27

TRUMAN — A come-and-go open house bridal shower for Becca Hintz, bride-to-be of Dylan Tomlinson, will be 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church Fellowship Room in Truman. Becca is the daughter of Larry and Kaycee Hintz. n Martin County Relay for Life will be ...

Kayak kiosk coming soon

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Park Board discussed a variety of topics Tuesday, from the kayak kiosk at Gomsrud Park to the state of the Sylvania Park band shell. The kayak kiosk is installed but not fully operational yet, according to Troy Nemmers, city engineer/public works director. The ...

County reviews intern program

FAIRMONT — Martin County commissioners on Tuesday met the individuals involved in the county’s summer youth intern program. Tammie Hested from Minnesota Valley Action Council was present to talk with commissioners. This is her first year in charge of the program. Fourteen young adults ...

Faribault Co. honors Legion

BLUE EARTH — The Faribault County Commission passed a resolution Tuesday to designate Aug. 24 as American Legion Day. Veterans Service Officer Jenna Schmidtke and American Legion representative Don Amundson met with commissioners to initiate the request. The American Legion was ...

‘Learn A Lot’ camp slated

SHERBURN — Grilled hamburgers with all the fixings will be served 6-8 p.m. tonight at the Sherburn American Legion. All are welcome. n 2018 Martin County Relay for Life will begin at 3 p.m. Saturdays and continue until midnight at the Martin County fairgrounds just west of ...

‘3 Sisters’ plan must raise $1M

BLUE EARTH — The sale of the “Three Sisters” buildings in downtown Blue Earth to a group called the Rural Renaissance Project has taken a couple more steps toward becoming a reality. The Blue Earth City Council voted unanimously Monday to adopt a development agreement with Rural ...

Relay for Life set for Saturday

FAIRMONT — Martin County’s heartfelt tradition of celebrating cancer survivors, honoring those who have lost the fight and raising funds to help all who battle cancer will continue this weekend. The 26th annual Relay for Life is scheduled to begin 3 p.m. Saturday at the Martin County ...

Man facing murder charges

ST. JAMES — St. James police have arrested 59-year-old Scott Francis Engelbrecht of St. James in the shooting deaths of his wife and her daughter from a previous marriage. According to a press release from the St. James Police Department: Police received a 911 call at 5:41 p.m. ...

Truman reviews bike trail concept

TRUMAN — Truman City Council on Monday heard an update on healthy community projects in town. Pat Jones, who is involved with several local committees, recapped the bikeable community workshop that took place in early May. Truman had received a Statewide Health Improvement Partnership grant ...

Bail Bondsman offers services

Located on the southwest corner at the intersection of Blue Earth Avenue and Downtown Plaza, Griffin Bail Bonds has been in Fairmont since January. Local agent Jason Mau says he is excited to be in town, and happy to offer his services to the community. Mau explained not only what a bail ...

Deal paying dividends for city, school

FAIRMONT — A collaborative effort between the city of Fairmont and Fairmont Area Schools has resulted in the creation of Whitetail Ridge, a housing development with 20 residential lots south of the soccer fields in Fairmont. For each lot sold, the school district gets $10,000, which it ...