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Agriculture production celebrated

EAST CHAIN — Project 1590, the well-known community organization with a mission to enhance the vitality, livability and health within Martin County, held its second annual “From the Ground Up” event Thursday evening at Hugoson Pork near East Chain. The farm-to-table event is meant to ...

LEARNING — Wendy Nickel talks with Faribault County Fair-goers about mason bees during her “Snips of Learning” presentation on Thursday.

Horticulture gets spotlight at fair

BLUE EARTH — There is certainly some “buzz” surrounding the Horticulture Building at this year’s Faribault County Fair. “Snips of Learning” is an educational program through which fair-goers can learn about a variety of topics, all having to do with horticulture. For Wendy ...

Hospice is there to help

FAIRMONT — It’s safe to say that many people are familiar with the word “hospice,” but also probably unaware of all of the services it can offer. Dan Biever is a hospice liaison for Compassionate Care Hospice. He came to Friendship Village in Fairmont on Thursday afternoon to talk ...

Historical Society museum open Aug. 5

WELCOME — Tuesday will be the first Tuesday in August. It will also be Aug. 1. The City Council will meet at 6 p.m. at City Hall. All members are urged to attend. There is always a time for public comments at the beginning of the meeting. n Tuesday Coffee Hours in August will be held ...

Human barrel racing, one of the five event in the Ag Olympics, involved contestants running around barrels with team members on their backs.

Ag Olympics makes debut

Kids, teens, adults and everyone in between showed up at the Faribault County Fair on Wednesday with their sights set on one goal: to win the first Ag Olympics. Analicia Swanson, the 4-H intern who has been working on the event, said the idea to have the Ag Olympics came from the fact that it ...

Man facing felony charge

FAIRMONT — A Culver, Indiana, man is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Joseph Carl Schaub, 21, 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: At 7:02 a.m. July 13, ...

World traveler lands CNA job at Lakeview

Ati Anderson has been working at Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center in Fairmont for three years, but prior she had literally been all around the world. Ati was born and raised in Bali, Indonesia. She met her husband there and the two began traveling. The couple settled in Fairmont when ...

Earth Art class upcoming

TRUMAN — Happy 90th birthday to Kenny Coleman who is celebrating his birthday Monday. Cards can reach him at 77118 430th Street, Truman, MN 56088. n Prairieland Solid Waste Facility will accept your household hazardous waste for free from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Wednesday in August. ...

City, providers seek deal

FAIRMONT — Even though we might profess to hate them, electronic devices have become an integral and necessary part of our lives. Cell antennae are common sites in rural fields and atop water towers and tall buildings, but the demand for wireless signal has mushroomed to the point that ...

Sherburn talks about integration

SHERBURN — Community members met Tuesday evening in Sherburn to talk about ways in which people with disabilities can get involved in the community. The meeting was hosted by Arc Olmstead Academy. In 1999, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that segregation of people with disabilities is illegal. ...

Welcome will see 4-way stop

FAIRMONT — Martin County commissioners on Tuesday heard from Martin County Engineer Kevin Peyman, who provided a brief update on plans for the four-way stop at the intersection of State Highway 263 and County Road 26 at Welcome. “They’re thinking it will be done in the third week of ...

Children to present ‘Snow White’

SHERBURN — Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre, a professional touring group, will present “Snow White” at 7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday at the Sherburn Theatre. Rehearsals have been going on all this week in Sherburn. The performances will feature all local young talent and they ...

Code change defeated

FAIRMONT — A 3-2 vote by the Fairmont City Council on Monday resulted in some confusion, with Councilman Tom Hawkins claiming the motion failed, lacking a two-thirds majority. He cited City Code to support his claim. This left the rest of the council and city staff wondering how a ...

Council dives into ’18 budget

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont City Council work session on the 2018 budget covered a wide swath of topics Monday. The mayor and the five council members previously submitted a list of individual priorities that included immediate and long-range projects. Four of the six city leaders mentioned ...

Head Start finds familiar home

FAIRMONT — When the owners of the former Lincoln School building sent letters to its tenants in April stating they were closing the building, the occupants scrambled to find new sites. Building Blocks, a child care center, relocated to a wing at Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center. The ...

Ruby’s Pantry helping to fill food gap

EAST CHAIN — Food, smiles and a sense of community are being served up in East Chain at an affordable cost. Ruby’s Pantry is a nonprofit corporation that is dedicated to serving food to people across Minnesota and Wisconsin. The food is donated by food vendors that have excess food and is ...

Candy Becker of Granada is shown with some of the hats and purses she has made. Becker upcycles a variety of materials and makes unique creations from them.

Becker makes the old brand new

Candy Becker of Granada is able to turn old T-shirts, feathers and pop cans into bags and hats that are one of a kind. Becker “upcycles,” which is defined by Merriam-Webster as “to recycle something in such a way that the resulting product is of higher value than the original ...

Protecting your skin goes beyond summer

FAIRMONT — While warm, sunny weather draws more people outside for activities, proper skin care and protection from the sun aren’t just summer concerns. Precautions like applying sunscreen, wearing hats and long-sleeve clothing, and seeking shade, especially during peak sun intensity ...

Coffee hours held Tuesdays

CEYLON — Congratulations to Agnes (Ellrich) Fritz, who will be 100 years old on Monday. Cards will reach her at 233 180th Ave., Fairmont, MN 56031. n Coffee hours continue in July from 8:30-10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Ceylon. That will be the last Tuesday for coffee ...

The cast of Fairmont Civic Summer Theatre’s “Grease” rehearses an energetic hand jive routine.

Civic Summer Theatre offers ‘Grease’

Watching 30 cast members rehearse for Fairmont Civic Summer Theatre’s production of “Grease,” one impression is immediate. These people are having way too much fun. Under the direction of Jonas Nissen, the young, energetic cast will sing and dance through six performances July 25-30 at ...