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Boutique opens in a grain bin on rural Truman farm

Let’s Stay Home Boutique, located just outside Truman, will celebrate its expansion next weekend during Truman Days with a grand opening. The boutique is unique in many ways, most noticeably because it’s located inside a grain bin. It’s home is the family farm that belongs to Darin and ...

Friends, colleagues remember Burns

How do you quantify a life well lived? Is it how much we do, or how much we accumulate and accomplish? Or is it the lives we touch along the way? If the life of Joe Burns is any indication, it’s definitely the latter. Burns, who passed away last week at age 79, was much more than a resident ...

Ceylon hosts auction today

CEYLON — Today is the second community day-type auction in Ceylon. There also may be some garage sales today but no maps. The fun begins at 7 a.m. n Today is also the Summer Festival in Welcome, with the parade at 3 p.m. Lots of activities are happening all day, so check out their poster ...

Truman readying for vote on fate of PUC

TRUMAN — The Truman City Council this week discussed what will happen if the Public Utilities Commission is abolished. The council decided in late May to put the fate of the PUC in the hands of voters. The referendum will take place Aug. 13. If the PUC is abolished, the council will ...

‘Fish ladder’ being built at Amber Lake dam

FAIRMONT — Taking care of Fairmont’s chain of lakes is no easy task, but the Fairmont Lakes Foundation is committed to the job. The foundation’s purpose is to “lead and educate our community and its visitors to take responsibility for the quality and care of our city’s lakes while ...

Welcome festival begins

WELCOME — Welcome Summer Festival is beginning with citywide garage sales today. It will continue Saturday. There is a map available at Casey’s in Welcome. A poster for all the events happening this weekend also should be posted there and at other locations in town. Today, there will be ...

Mayor Foster: Fairmont council now backs Humpal

FAIRMONT — Fairmont Mayor Debbie Foster is cautiously optimistic that city administrator Mike Humpal’s job is safe. Foster says she (along with other council members) has been on the receiving end of recent emails from City Council members Tom Hawkins and Randy Lubenow, both of whom wrote ...

‘Oz’ coming to local stage

The classic family favorite “The Wizard of Oz” will be performed at the Fairmont Opera House as this year’s Civic Summer Theater production. The musical will include beloved favorites Dorothy, Glinda, the Scarecrow and even Toto. It will run July 23-28. The production is under the ...

Woman facing DWI charge

FAIRMONT — A Sherburn woman is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Diane Kay Paskey, 64, has been charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol in the first degree, which carries a maximum penalty of seven years in prison and a $14,000 fine. According to the ...

Classic tractor ride set for July 26

TRUMAN — A summer scavenger hunt for any student who has finished grades 3-8 will be held 5-7 p.m. today at the Truman Public School Library. Come to the library at the school for instructions. The event is free. There will be a scavenger hunt on school grounds with a prize and snack at the ...

Welcome eyes new ordinance

WELCOME — The Welcome City Council this week discussed hiring DIS to use cameras to examine sanitary sewer pipes for each of the 328 connected houses in town. The company has asked for permission to go into homes if it has to photograph sump pump connections. The company would charge from ...

Briefly

Road closure slated for today FAIRMONT — Lair Road will be closed from Albion Avenue west to Gomsrud Park for repairs today. The closure is anticipated to run from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. In the event of rain, the work will be completed Friday. Red Rock Center seeking entries FAIRMONT — Red ...

Martin Co. West plans referendum

SHERBURN — More than 60 citizens turned out for the Martin County West School Board meeting this week, as the board plans to ask voters for $12 million this fall and to tear down the Welcome school site next year. Superintendent Allison Schmidt outlined the process to date. “The board ...

Martin County seeks new jail leader

FAIRMONT — Martin County commissioners approved a motion Tuesday to authorize recruitment to fill the jail administrator position for the county, in the wake of the resignation of former jail administrator Mark Geerdes. At a previous meeting, the board approved a motion authorizing the ...

Truck wash creates concerns in Sherburn

SHERBURN — Sherburn City Council this week discussed a possible new truck wash in town that has some residents concerned. One of the owners, Justin Williamson, was on hand. Officials’ questions focused on water discharge, annexation and traffic flow. Owners of property on Swanson ...

GHEC welcomes in new leadership

FAIRMONT — Two new faces were at the Granada-Huntley-East Chain School Board meeting on Tuesday: Superintendent Doug Storbeck, who has taken over for Mandy Fletcher, and the school’s new principal, Taylor Topinka. Storbeck gave a district report, noting they have just one applicant, so ...

Fellows resigns in Faribault Co.

BLUE EARTH — Dawn Fellows, Central Services director for Faribault County, announced her resignation Tuesday. Her last day will be Aug. 16. Fellows has been employed by the county since May 31, 2013. “It is with regret we accept the resignation of Dawn Fellows,” said Faribault ...

Children to offer ‘Alice’

SHERBURN — Everyone is invited to an open house retirement recognition for Bob Roesler that will be held at 4 p.m. today at Keck Park, just north of the Welcome School. Bob was a vocational ag instructor and FFA adviser for 18 years at Sherburn High School. He then went into farm business ...

Blue Earth Area to seek operating levy this fall

BLUE EARTH — The Blue Earth Area School Board unanimously approved a resolution Monday to put an operating levy on the ballot this November. The amount of the proposed levy is $900 per pupil. The last operating levy, at $650 per pupil, expired in 2014. The tax impact of the levy will ...

Minnesota touts more hiring of veterans

FAIRMONT — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz recently proclaimed July to be “Hire A Veteran Month in Minnesota,” in an effort to encourage employers to help connect military service members with employment opportunities. “Veterans returning from deployments face higher unemployment rates and ...