Fireworks planned for today

FAIRMONT — Due to inclement weather on the Fourth of July, the Fairmont fireworks display was postponed. It will now be held this evening, across from Ward Park in Fairmont. The display will start at 10 p.m., or when darkness permits.

People are reminded that with the display being shot from the west side of Sisseton Lake in the immediate vicinity of the bike/walking trail, the trail will be closed until after the fireworks display. Citizens are asked to stay off the trail or the police will be called.

Also, boaters are asked to keep wakes at a minimum starting 8:30 p.m. tonight due to fireworks that are set off near the shore.

Questions may be directed to Roger Carlson, fireworks chairman, at (507) 236-5056.

Memorial group seeks verifications

FAIRMONT — The Martin County Veterans Memorial Committee has announced that the granite wall panels for the memorial will be installed this summer.

The committee says veterans names to be engraved have been compiled. It is asking that the names be reviewed by all veterans and families who have submitted applications as of June 30. This is to ensure that the names are spelled correctly and if a family veteran name grouping is being requested.

Verification of the names can be made by visiting the committee’s website at Names are listed under Name/Spelling Verification, but the committee notes that the names are not in alphabetical order. For corrections, contact Steve Fosness at (507) 230-1532 before July 16.

Veterans names will be added semi-annually for applications received after this initial engraving. The cost is $200.

Sheriff’s Office lifts no wake order

FAIRMONT — The Martin County Sheriff’s Office has lifted the “slow/no wake” order on all Martin County lakes. Normal recreational boating is permitted.

Bemidji cleaning up damage

BEMIDJI (AP) — Bemidji is cleaning up the damage from a Fourth of July tornado.

The National Weather Service says the EF-1 tornado touched down just west of Bemidji State University just before 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. It packed winds of 100 mph and caused significant damage to buildings and trees along a path seven-tenths of a mile long and 200 yards wide during its minute on the ground.

Beltrami County Emergency Management Director Christopher Muller says nobody was injured.

Reward offered in slaying

HIBBING (AP) — State authorities are offering a reward for information in the death of a northern Minnesota man killed in his home last year.

Brian Joseph Nelson, 60, was stabbed and found dead in his house behind The Bottle Shop liquor store last July in Hibbing. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said Thursday it will pay $25,000 for information that moves the case forward.

Nelson owned the store. Police believe Nelson was killed sometime between 10:30 p.m. July 8 and July 10.