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Council: Submit form to speak

FAIRMONT — The open discussion that starts off each Fairmont City Council meeting provides a time for citizens to address or question their elected officials and city staff. Following new guidelines put in place at Monday’s council meeting, residents now will be required to submit a short ...

Fire service deal in works

FAIRMONT — Fairmont City Council held a work session Monday to learn about the agreement the city has been negotiating with surrounding townships to provide fire service. With the recent election of a new mayor and three of five council members, city administrator Mike Humpal used the work ...

Men charged with drug crime

FAIRMONT — Two Cottage Grove men are facing felony charges in Martin County. Jacob Thomas Majerus, 30, and Ryan Jeffery Johnson, 27, have both 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 ...

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Highway 4 work starts April 3 ST. JAMES — Weather permitting, construction on Highway 4 will begin Monday, and motorists will be detoured around the project through St. James. Through traffic will be detoured to Watonwan County Roads 57, 56 and 55 until October, but all businesses along ...

Fred Hoops, owner of The Garage Sale Store in Fairmont, reaches up to show off an old ice cream freezer he has on display at the store. The freezer is one of his favorite estate sale finds, and for now he’s planning on holding onto it. The unit sports a “not for sale” tag.

Things keep moving at Garage Sale Store

It didn’t take long for Fred Hoops’ friends to realize that if they needed something he probably had it. Getting to it was sometimes the tricky part. After nearly 30 years as an auctioneer, Hoops had accumulated a large variety of items from estate sales. He often bought partial ...

Sunday sales? Not here

FAIRMONT — For 60 years, the Fairmont Municipal Liquor Store has been closed on Sundays, in accordance with Minnesota law. Even though that rule is no longer in effect, following its repeal by the Legislature, the local purveyor of wine and spirits will remain closed that day. That decision ...

Child abuse, neglect put in focus

FAIRMONT — April brings thoughts of spring, and new life. But there is also a reason to pause and reflect on what life looks like for some of the more unfortunate among us. April is Child Abuse Prevention Awareness month, and Brenda Lubenow and Debbie Mosloski with Human Services of ...

Community Day is April 8

CEYLON — Mid-week Lenten services continue on Wednesday with the Circle of Faith parishes meeting at St. Peter Lutheran in Ceylon for a 5:30 p.m. supper and services at 7 p.m. The dual congregations of St. Paul’s Lutheran in Wilbert and Our Savior’s Lutheran in Ceylon will meet for ...

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Family Fun Fair coming up FAIRMONT — The 32nd annual Family Fun Fair will be 4:30-8 p.m. Friday in the Fairmont Elementary School gyms, 714 Victoria Street, Fairmont. The festival features family entertainer Brian Richards with his “ACME Magic Factory” and Remarkable Reptiles. The ...

Chamber: Cut tax on businesses

FAIRMONT — “The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce has a full agenda at the Capitol this year. Our bottom line is we need to strengthen the business environment to help them grow and create jobs,” said Jim Pumarlo, director of communications for the Chamber, Pumarlo visited Fairmont on ...

It’s a seller’s-buyer’s market

FAIRMONT — The national real estate market has been experiencing a low inventory lately. Several factors come into play when considering why, but Shelly Moeller and Kim Kreiss of Cavers Realty in Fairmont were able to share some of the driving forces behind the local market and the shortage ...

Firefighters hosting dance

WELCOME — The annual Welcome Firemen’s Dance will be 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Legion Hall. Music will be provided by “Bridget and Cara.” The requested donation of $5 per person does not go as far as it did decades ago. Consider a larger donation if you are financially able. All ...

Welcome plans to rescind permits

WELCOME — The Welcome City Council has approved starting a process to rescind truck parking permits because of interference with snow removal. This past winter, the parking of several trucks hindered snow removal. as well as blocking the view for those driving on Dugan Street, resulting in ...

New test is out for colon cancer

FAIRMONT - If you are over 50, there’s an excellent chance that your physician has recommended you have a colonoscopy. There’s also an excellent chance that you totally ignored that advice, but you might want to rethink that decision. March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. It’s a ...

Trimont Nursing Home supported

At the March Trimont City Council meeting held at the Trimont Nursing Home, the council reminded those present that they were strongly committed to support of the Trimont Nursing Home. Even though there are some concerns with less people being admitted, the bills are paid and licensing is up to ...

Museum to hold dinner Sunday

TRUMAN — Congratulations to Jaiden Cook who had his math solution published in the national publication of Mathematics Teacher. Jaiden is a sophomore at Truman High School and is the son of Tim and Mindy Cook. n A bridal shower for Kenzie Ricard will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at St. ...

Park Board dives into tax debate

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Park Board spent the majority of its meeting on Tuesday discussing and disagreeing about the local option sales tax. Even though the half-percent tax was approved by Fairmont residents in the November general election, it still must gain approval from the Minnesota ...

County board: It can’t resolve matter

FAIRMONT — Martin County commissioners on Tuesday heard from county residents who wished to discuss a zoning ordinance addressing temporary buildings. One resident, Richard Koons, was present on behalf of Gerald Rosenberg. Martin County Planning and Zoning official Pam Flitter also was ...

Courthouse work approved

BLUE EARTH — Dawn Fellows, Central Services director, informed Faribault County commissioners on Tuesday that bids for the exterior restoration of the Faribault County Courthouse have been reviewed. Four bids were received. The board approved the bid from Mid-Continental Restoration ...

MCW board hears presentations

SHERBURN — The Martin County West School Board heard two presentations this week. The first was from the senior class and adviser Rick Stenson regarding the class trip to Washington, D.C., from April 9-15. Several seniors presented the itinerary, and explained there may be a shortfall ...