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Feedlot inspection fee hike OK’d

FAIRMONT — Martin County commissioners on Tuesday continued a public hearing concerning the county’s proposed feedlot inspection fee schedule. After some discussion, the board approved fee increases, although slightly reduced from original proposals. The matter had been previously ...

Blue Earth ups payment to firefighters

BLUE EARTH — The Blue Earth City Council has approved a 20 percent increase to the Blue Earth Fire Relief pension, despite current efforts to cut the 2018 city budget. Steve Brown, Jeff Eckles, Chris Mathews and Dan Ristau, members of the Blue Earth Fire Relief Association, spoke to the ...

Beautification project begins

SHERBURN — Martin County West Schools food drive for the local food shelves ends today. If you would like to donate non-perishable food items, please drop off your donation sometime today at any of the MCW schools. Each school has a collection box at the front entrance of the ...

Bullying sparks outcry

BLUE EARTH — At the Blue Earth Area School Board meeting Monday, concerned parents, students and community members filled the multi-purpose room at the elementary school to speak out against how the district handles bullying. The community outcry came after news broke of an assault that ...

Welcome tackles lead issue

WELCOME — The city of Welcome’s water supply and its water mains are not the issue when it comes to a recently discovered lead problem, according to a city official. City Clerk Deb Hansen says the elevated levels of lead in the water are related to old piping in homes/buildings. Because ...

City: Bomgaars to open in May

BLUE EARTH — According to a press release from the city of Blue Earth, the department store Bomgaars is set to open in early May, with a grand opening celebration in mid-May. On Thursday, Robert Hoffman Realty, Inc. announced it has leased the former Walmart building in Blue Earth to ...

Truman will get clinic title

TRUMAN — Truman City Council on Monday viewed the draft deed from Heartland Rural Services to the city. Several months ago, as Truman Senior Living was about to switch ownership to Heartland Rural Services, there was concern about the clinic on the same land as the nursing home. Some time ...

Local man facing felony charges

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man is facing felony charges in Martin County. Ramon Joseph Flores, 22, has been charged with assault in the third degree, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. He also has been charged with domestic assault by strangulation, which ...

From left, Krysta Osborn, Milah Howlett, Bev Gerhard and Elaine Gerhardt peek around the giant turkey in front of Tami’s on the Ave. in Fairmont.

Decorations bring attention to Tami’s on the Ave.

When sisters Milah Howlett, Elaine Gerhardt and Bev Gerhardt get together, they laugh — a lot. And if you physically can’t be with them to join in their fun, they have a special way of sharing that happiness through their sensational seasonal and holiday displays at Tami’s on the Ave. in ...

Bomgaars opening in Blue Earth

BLUE EARTH — A new retailer has found a home in Blue Earth following the recent closure of Walmart. Robert Hoffman Realty, Inc. has leased the former Walmart building in Blue Earth to Bomgaars, a retail chain based in Sioux City, Iowa. The Walmart in Blue Earth closed Oct. 3 due to the ...

Erin Meyers

Meyers named local ‘Teacher of the Year’

Anyone who steps inside Erin Meyers’ fourth-grade classroom at Fairmont Elementary School notices how comfortable it is. There are several bean bag chairs scattered around the room, as well as fun lights and encouraging messages on the walls. “I want the students to feel comfortable and ...

Event to highlight local projects

FAIRMONT — The holiday season is upon us, and soon families and friends will get together with a spirit of thankfulness and celebration. One of the things we can be thankful for is our local community. Many people seek to show their thankfulness by doing what they can to make the community ...

Prairieland signs pact with Xcel

TRUMAN — The Prairieland waste-processing facility board of directors on Friday unanimously approved a new contract with Xcel Energy. Prairieland plans and directs the recycling, household hazardous waste and garbage hauling for Faribault and Martin counties. Xcel Energy in Mankato ...

South Dakota man faces felony charges

FAIRMONT — A Yankton, South Dakota, man is facing felony charges in Martin County. Joel Martinez, 39, has been charged with making threats of violence and first-degree damage to property, both of which carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. According to the ...

Police: One site sold to minor

FAIRMONT — Police say one Fairmont business failed an alcohol compliance check conducted by Fairmont police during October. Police say a Freedom Valu Center, 407 E. Blue Earth Ave., employee was caught selling alcohol to an underage buyer, and referred to the Martin County Attorney’s ...

Kids Christmas party scheduled for Dec. 17

CEYLON — This coming Thursday is Thanksgiving Day. Please have a safe and happy Thanksgiving. Area churches are scheduling special services to celebrate Thanksgiving. Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Ceylon will have a special service 7 p.m. Wednesday, and St. Peter Lutheran Church is ...

Briefly

Bank Midwest named top workplace SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa — Bank Midwest has been named one of the Top Workplaces in the states of Iowa and Minnesota by the Des Moines Register and Star Tribune. Top Workplaces recognizes the most progressive companies based on employee opinions measuring ...

One of Dawn Eller’s finished paintings is seen.

Studio offers creative outlet

Located at 111 Downtown Plaza in Fairmont, Little Bird Creative Space is an art studio owned by Jessica Sovell, who opens the space for art classes, workshops and private art parties. About a year and half ago, Sovell was exploring an abstract fluid painting process. While it created ...

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INSIGHT — Meghan Kern from State Services for the Blind gives a presentation Thursday at Open Doors Methodist Church in Wells about vision impairment and the resources that SSB offers.

State service aids the blind

WELLS — While losing one’s eyesight can lead to everyday problems and a loss of independence, there are resources to help. Meghan Kern, who works for State Services for the Blind, gave a presentation Thursday about vision impairment and the resources that SSB offers. The presentation at ...

Welcome family loses home to fire

WELCOME — According to a GoFundMe page, Bradley Arnold and Darla Price of Welcome recently lost their home to a fire. The GoFundMe page states that while no one was injured, the family lost its dog to the fire. Brian Sandberg of the Welcome Fire Department shared some information about ...