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Correction

In Sharon Rosen’s Welcome column in Friday’s edition, an announcement about Christmas Eve candlelight services and children’s services for the Circle of Faith congregations listed an incorrect day. All services will be held Sunday.

Fire departments receive grants

ST. PAUL – Rural fire departments will be benefit from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources volunteer fire assistance grants.

The program provides financial and technical assistance to Minnesota fire departments in cities or communities with populations under 10,000.

Communities provide a 50 percent match to their grant. Priority is given to fire departments that have the greatest need. Other considerations include the type of project, number of fire runs and number of previous years funded by the DNR.

In 2018, 159 local fire departments across the state will receive $435,700 in matching grants. Since 2012, rural fire departments in Minnesota have received just over $2 million in grant money.

Grant awards by county:

o Faribault

Delavan Fire Department, $1,700

Minnesota Lake Fire Department, $2,500

o Jackson

Lakefield Fire Department, $2,500

o Martin

Dunnell Fire Department, $1,500

Northrop Fire Department, $2,000

Truman Fire Department, $1,900

o Watonwan

Butterfield Fire Department, $1,000

Ormsby Fire Department, $3,200

St. James Fire Department, $5,000

Scholarship applications open Jan. 1

FAIRMONT — Scholarship applications for the Fairmont Dollars for Scholars chapter will open Jan. 1.

Students who wish to apply can begin creating or updating their student profiles now at fairmont.dollarsforscholars.org

Eligibility for all scholarships offered by the local Dollars for Scholars chapter will close April 1.

An information night on how to use the scholarship application system and how each application is scored will be held 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, in the Fairmont Senior High School media center. To register, call Community Education and Recreation at (507) 235-3141.

For more information, call Liz Wheeler at (507) 399-2134.

Those interested in making a year-end donation to Fairmont Dollars for Scholars may call Loren Dunham at (507) 238-1172.

Boarding school director guilty

KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) — A southeast Iowa jury on Friday found a former boarding school director guilty of abusing students, days after he tearfully testified that he hadn’t hurt any children.

The jury found Benjamin Trane guilty of assault with intent to commit sexual abuse, sexual exploitation of a child by a counselor and child endangerment, according to the Burlington Hawk Eye. The jury didn’t find Trane guilty of a more serious charge, third-degree sexual assault, which could have meant a 10-year prison sentence.

The nine-man, three-woman jury began deliberating Thursday afternoon.

Trane will be sentenced early next year and could face up to nine years in prison.

Trane was the owner and director of Midwest Academy in Keokuk. The school was closed in January 2016 after being raided by federal, state and local officials, prompting about 100 students to be sent home or to other schools.

Earlier in the trial, Trane had at times tearfully rejected charges he sexually and physically abused children at the school.

Asked about testimony that he’d abused students, Trane told jurors Wednesday, “It’s absolutely not the truth.”

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