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Williamson’s small goal: Help feed world

In an agricultural community, it is no surprise that students who participate in FFA are able to receive some of the best ag-related learning experiences. But how far can that take you? Just ask Sierra Williamson, a Martin County West FFA alumna and current student at the University of ...

Klassen: Health care solutions are needed

FAIRMONT — Heather Klassen believes Minnesota can do more to get citizens the health care they need. “Health care is probably the No. 1 concern that people have,” she says. The 43-year-old Democratic candidate for the District 23A seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives was in ...

Red Rock plans unique event

For the first time, Red Rock Center for the Arts in Fairmont will host a Wine & Chocolates, Arts & Music open house. The free event will be held 4:30-7 p.m. Thursday. “Our goal is to reflect all that we are, which is performing, visual, arts education and a beautiful venue to ...

Coffee hours continue Tuesday

CEYLON — Coffee hours for August continue from 8:30-10 a.m. Tuesday at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sherburn. Enjoy coffee, treats and fellowship. September coffee hours will be at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Welcome. Ceylon’s coffee lovers group also meets 8:30-10 a.m. ...

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Concert Association seeks members FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Concert Association’s fall membership drive will begin Monday and continue through Sept. 13. To join, call (507) 235-9276, (507) 238-2892 or send a check with your information to Fairmont Concert Association, 757 Shoreacres ...

School upgrades its phones

FAIRMONT — Over the summer, Fairmont Area Schools has been replacing its telephone systems in the elementary school, high school and other buildings. The district had received quotes from three vendors, with the lowest coming from Frontier Communications for its Mitel system. It cost ...

Local man faces burglary count

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man is facing felony charges in Martin County. Christopher James Schauer, 23, has been charged with burglary in the first degree, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $35,000 fine. He has also been charged with making threats of violence, which ...

Legion plans membership meal

WELCOME — Coffee hours for August continue from 8:30-10 a.m. each Tuesday at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sherburn. Join friends and neighbors for good brew, treats and good fellowship. Coffee hours for September are scheduled at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in ...

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Correction A cutline accompanying an article about the Blue Ribbon Pork Cookoff on page 1 of Thursday’s edition included an incorrect name for the woman pictured. She is Elizabeth Lintelman. Ambassadors award scholarship FAIRMONT — The Ambassador Committee of the Fairmont Area Chamber ...

Cup N’ Saucer wins another Pork Cookoff

The 21st Annual Blue Ribbon Pork Cookoff took place Wednesday evening at the Martin County Fair in Fairmont, with eight area restaurants competing. This year, the top three winners were the same in both the people’s choice and connoisseur division. For the fifth consecutive year, Seth and ...

Fair ready to tout bacon

Bacon lovers will squeal with delight Saturday as the first Bacon Capital Day takes place at the Martin County Fair. Vendors will serve special bacon-infused items. There will be kids games, Bacon Capital USA items for sale and free souvenir glasses in the beer garden. And it will be the ...

Fairmont woman facing felony count

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont woman is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Heather Ann Isenberg, 43, has been charged with drug possession in the fifth degree, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. According to the complaint: On July 27, Fairmont ...

Groups seeking helpers

TRUMAN — Jaguar youth football is looking for players for the 2018 football season. It is a full-contact youth football league for kids entering grades 3-6 this fall. Practices are held Monday and Thursday evenings in Truman, with games held Saturday mornings through mid October. For ...

Chamber of Commerce names new president

FAIRMONT — Ned Koppen has built a lot of relationships in his 30-plus years working in Fairmont. He believes they will serve him well in his new role as Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce president. “In addition to getting to know everybody who I don’t know, or getting to know people I ...

Fair leaders remember Murphy

We often don’t know what we’ve lost until it’s gone. Top officers of the Martin County Fair say that holds true for former board member and president Ed Murphy. Murphy, who passed away last fall, had served on the board since 1981 and as board president since 2002. His contributions and ...

Koons, Schmidtke advance in primary

FAIRMONT — Challenger Richard Koons of rural Welcome and incumbent Dan Schmidtke of rural Fairmont were the top two vote-getters Tuesday in the race for the District 4 seat on the Martin County Commission. The duo will now face each other in the November general election. Neal Potthoff of ...

Mahoney offers update

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont School Board on Tuesday heard from activities director Mat Mahoney, who offered highlights of the previous school year and a preview of what’s to come. “Last year, we had a really good year in the activities department,” he said. “We had four teams make it to ...

Hagedorn defeats Nelson

BLUE EARTH — Republican Jim Hagedorn of Blue Earth claimed a primary election win over state Sen. Carla Nelson of Rochester on Tuesday. Hagedorn will face Democrat Dan Feehan this fall. In U.S. Senate races, Democrat incumbents Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith scored easy primary victories. ...

‘Tackle Cancer’ making return

FAIRMONT — After a five-year hiatus, Tackle Cancer is returning to Mahoney Field at Fairmont High School. The event serves a dual purpose — it provides the opportunity for women to gain a better understanding of the game of football while promoting cancer awareness. Advance registration ...

Weber joins mayoral race

FAIRMONT — Former City Council member Jeff Weber has entered the race for mayor in Fairmont. Weber filed for the office on Tuesday, the last day for candidates to throw their hats into the ring. Weber is challenging incumbent Debbie Foster, who won a special election in the fall of 2016 ...