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Fairmont witnessed economic gains in 2019

FAIRMONT — By this time last year, Linsey Preuss, Fairmont economic development coordinator, had compiled the 2018 economic development report for the city, presented it to the City Council and then made the circuit of service clubs to spread the positive news about the city’s growth. But ...

Fairmont Area teachers explain new routines

FAIRMONT — Distance learning and teaching has been a new venture for students and teachers alike. One thing it has created is flexibility for both. Distance learning has been taking place since mid-March, when Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced that all schools in the state would close ...

Parks in Welcome are open

WELCOME — The senior citizens group will not meet next week. Watch for announcements about the July meeting. n Welcome City Council will meet 6 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, using social distancing, wearing masks and not having more than 10 people in attendance. The city clerk can be reached ...

Amid pandemic: Red Rock faces uncertainty

FAIRMONT — Red Rock Center for the Arts in Fairmont has undergone some drastic changes in response to COVID-19. While restaurants and other businesses are beginning to discuss reopening in a limited capacity, the non-profit Red Rock remains closed, and likely will be for a long time to ...

Senior meal service sees uptick

FAIRMONT — While a shelter-in-place order is no longer in effect for Minnesota, many people are choosing to stay home out of caution. Since older adults are more susceptible to the coronavirus, many may find themselves going out less to socialize, shop or pick up food. Many senior meal ...

Spruce-up group accepting donations

TRUMAN — Truman City Council will meet Monday. If you have any concerns, call the city clerk at (507) 776-7951 to have your questions addressed at their meeting. n Wednesday is recycling day. Remember, just because there is a recycling symbol on it does not mean it can be recycled. This ...

Fairmont OKs plan to aid businesses

FAIRMONT — Local diners might soon be enjoying a pizza, burger or burrito in a parking lot or on a city street. At a special meeting Monday, the Fairmont City Council unanimously passed an emergency ordinance that allows the city to coordinate with the local business community to use ...

Fairmont Area Schools awaits state’s input

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont School Board on Tuesday heard from Superintendent Joe Brown, who offered an update on the near future of the district. “We have a busy eight more days left,” he said. “We have some final exams that start later on this week, then we also have the collection of ...

Martin Co. West set for graduation

SHERBURN — Congratulations to members of the Martin County West class of 2020, who will graduate this 2 p.m. Sunday. The commencement ceremony will be unique and like no other in the history of our school district. The graduation will be a combination of a virtual ceremony with speeches ...

Bounce Back Fairmont: Business aims to help economy

FAIRMONT — What businesses are open? What are their hours? Do I need to wear a mask? Does this restaurant deliver? Do I need an appointment or reservation? Who do I contact? As our communities start to reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we are faced with a myriad of questions and an ...

Fairmont Girl Scouts Gold Award: Local girl earns opportunities

FAIRMONT — Though not in use at the moment, the “hammock villages” in Fairmont’s own Cedar Creek and Sylvania Parks stand ready for the day parks can fully reopen. the villages were put together by Girl Scout Janessa Nelson for her Gold Award Project. Built last year, Nelson stated ...

Salvation Army closes Fairmont store

FAIRMONT — The Salvation Army Thrift Store at 314 Downtown Plaza in Fairmont has closed, the latest victim of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Salvation Army Northern Division announced Friday that the Fairmont thrift store and those in Faribault, Cloquet and Morris would close, effective ...

Fairmont reopening city parks

FAIRMONT — Fairmont’s parks and recreational amenities will open today, just in time for the long Memorial Day weekend that serves as the traditional summer kickoff. The opening encompasses park playground equipment, restrooms, portable toilets, the dog park, the skate park, the ...

Ceylon cleanup day open to city residents

CEYLON — There will be a Red Cross blood drive June 2-4 at the Holiday Inn in Fairmont. There also will be a blood drive from 1-5 p.m. June 8 at the Regional Worship Center in Sherburn. Contact the Red Cross at www.redcross.org, (800) 733-2767 or text BLOOD APP to 90999. n Martin ...

Hagedorn: Open hospitals to public again

FAIRMONT — Congressman Jim Hagedorn of southern Minnesota had no idea that he had kidney cancer when he went to see his doctor for a routine visit in early 2019. But that checkup likely saved his life. Hagedorn has subsequently been undergoing immunotherapy and says he is doing well. In ...

Welcome’s cleanup day on hold

WELCOME — This week, M.R. Paving & Excavating of New Ulm has been working on finishing up the 2019 reconstruction project with patching and seeding. They hope to be finished next week, weather permitting. n Cleanup day is still being considered and a date will be announced when it is ...

Martin County still pursuing new jail funding

FAIRMONT — Martin County continues to look for state funds to help with a $40 million Justice Center. County commissioners this week heard from Robert Long of Larkin Hoffman Attorneys of Bloomington. He has been representing a $20 million state bonding request for the county. Long noted the ...

Martin Co. West plans meeting on Welcome site

SHERBURN — Martin County West Schools will hold a virtual public hearing on the future of the Welcome school building. The event is slated for 6:30 p.m. June 8. Instructions about submitting questions and comments for the hearing will be on the school web page. At the school board meeting ...

Truman Days cancelled

TRUMAN — We regret to inform everyone that all festivities for Truman Days and the all-school reunion have been cancelled because of the COVID-19 virus. n Congratulations to the Truman Public High School graduates of 2020. A parade through Truman will be held 6:30 p.m. Friday to honor the ...

Firm updates Welcome council

WELCOME — Welcome City Council this week heard from a Bevcomm representative, who discussed a local water main accident and suggested the company will be liable for the bill from Beemer Company. The council agreed to table the matter to investigate it and consider paying for asphalt ...