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City gets set for summer

FAIRMONT — Fairmont City Council took action Monday to allow the continuation of local summer traditions. The council approved the closure of one block of East First Street, from Park Street to Downtown Plaza, for a street dance on Saturday, June 9, as part of Interlaken Heritage Days. ...

Woman facing felony charge

FAIRMONT — A former Sherburn woman is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Sarah Jane Smith, 36, has been charged with knowingly violating registration requirements as a predatory offender, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. According to the ...

St. James man faces felony

FAIRMONT — A St. James man is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Arnulfo Morales Banda, 18, 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 1:10 a.m. April 7, a ...

Briefly

City: Redirect discharge FAIRMONT — The city of Fairmont is asking all residents to make the spring change with their sump pump discharge if they have not already done so. The city acknowledges that many people were concerned that freezing temperatures would cause damage to pipes and ...

‘Blake & Co.’ set to perform

FAIRMONT — If you’re looking for talented people to do a fundraising show, sometimes you don’t have to look any farther than your own house. This is particularly true if your “house” is the Fairmont Opera House. During a recent brainstorming session on ways to raise money for the ...

Hagedorn, Feehan get party nods

FAIRMONT — Republican Jim Hagedorn and Democrat Dan Feehan have earned the respective endorsements of their parties in the race for Minnesota’s First Congressional District. Both men are seeking to replace U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., who is leaving Congress to run for governor of ...

Fair aiming to link workers, jobs

FAIRMONT — The MinnesotaWorks.net website lists 340 full-time and part-time job openings within 30 miles of Fairmont. For many months, labor and employment reports have revealed a shortage of workers, but is the situation really that dire? “Yes,” said Connie Hines of the Minnesota ...

School honors retiring staffers

Fairmont Area Schools honored outgoing staff with a retirement tea Friday afternoon at the elementary school. Ten faculty members received thanked and recognition for their years of service to the district, with the combined experience totaling 249 years. While the areas in which these ...

Road work season means driving safely

FAIRMONT — With temperatures finally warming up, it will soon be time for Minnesota’s other season: road construction. Many people enjoy getting out on the open road, and while we may think of resurfacing and repairs as inconveniences, they are also necessary. Drivers also have a ...

BEA students excel in art show

The Blue Earth Area High School art program is continuing to look for new ways to thrive, including recently receiving recognition at a nearby art show. Red Rock Center’s Area High School Art Show, into its 10th year, aims to highlight the work of students from around the area. Students ...

Community Day to be April 28

CEYLON — There is a post on Facebook that says “Most of you think it’s April 21st but it’s actually January 96th.” Ha Ha. Hopefully the snow is done for the spring so plans can finally be made for Ceylon Community Day auction and rummage sales. It was originally set for April 14, ...

Former D.A.R.E. officer leaving force

Sgt. Kevin Kelly’s tenure with the Fairmont Police Department is winding down rapidly. On April 27, he will retire from the department after 24 years and five months of service. When he went to check on a loud music complaint recently, the person answered the door by saying, “Officer ...

Duo facing felony drug counts

FAIRMONT — A Blue Earth man and a Fairmont woman are facing felony charges in Martin County. James Edward McBride, 52, of Blue Earth and Rebecca Lee Devoe, 38, of Fairmont both have been charged with drug possession in the third degree, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison ...

Birthday Club sets gathering

WELCOME — Four Corner Birthday Club will meet Wednesday at the home of Pat Miller in Wilbert. All members are urged to attend for cards and fellowship. n Condolences to the family of LaVonne Rosenberg (Floyd) who passed away last week. She will be missed. n Hopefully the snow is done ...

Programs assisting women in transition

FAIRMONT — The Life-Work Planning Center began a workshop series in Fairmont just last week. While the center is based out of Mankato, it serves the region and holds workshops in different counties. The center offers a pre-employment program for women in transition and a Minnesota displaced ...

Man facing felony charges

FAIRMONT — An Amboy man is facing multiple felony charges in Martin County. Cameron Lee Forbrook, 19, has been charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree, each of which carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $40,000 fine. He also faces a charge of ...

Martin Co. West may cut fifth-grade section

SHERBURN — Martin County West School Board this week tackled concerns that the fifth grade will have two classes in the fall, each with about 25 students. This is a change from this year’s three classes. Parents, teachers, staff and concerned residents joined in the discussion. One ...

Habitat offering fixup options

TRUMAN — Truman Lions Club Burger Bash will be 5-7 p.m. Saturday at the Truman Community Building. Enjoy a delicious hamburger, chips, beans and a beverage. All proceeds stay in the community for youth projects. n Lewisville Legion Auxiliary monthly chicken supper will be 5-6:30 p.m. ...

City OKs repairs

WELCOME — Welcome City Council this week approved a bid from Gutter Specialists for gutters and ice shield for the fire hall and shop. City employees will coordinate with the company to put new gutters on the south side, and see if the gutters on the north side can be reattached or need to ...

Park openings on hold

FAIRMONT — In a normal year, Fairmont residents would be getting antsy to have the city parks up and running by the middle of April. In a normal year, the park department would spend the beginning of May preparing the city’s green spaces, hauling out picnic tables, opening restrooms, ...