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Preuss aids local growth

FAIRMONT — Linsey Preuss spends her days juggling projects, everything from increasing local child care availability to extending infrastructure to the city’s new industrial park. But her two main focuses are retaining existing businesses and attracting new ones. “I’m working on four ...

Burger bash set for tonight

WELCOME — There will be a burger bash from 5:30-7:30 p.m. tonight at the Welcome Legion. Proceeds will help the Welcome Summer Festival. The menu includes burgers, fries, cheese curds, onion rings, jalapeno peppers and beverage. The band Burnt Toast will perform after the meal. n This ...

City’s plow plan sees results

FAIRMONT — Three months ago, the city of Fairmont altered its snow and ice control policy in an effort to improve snow removal procedures. In addition to adding a plow truck to the snow removal fleet, the city’s snow emergency routes were lengthened and new signage was put up along those ...

Man allegedly stole ice house

FAIRMONT — A St. James man is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Joshua Vern Boerner, 33, has been charged with theft, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. According to the complaint: On Dec. 26, a Martin County sheriff’s deputy met with a ...

Truman Days seeks help

TRUMAN — Truman Days will hold a planning meeting for all interested people at 7 p.m. Sunday at City Hall. If you would like to volunteer or provide any comments, please attend. Volunteers are needed for Truman Days chairperson, the parade committee and garage sales. If you are willing to ...

Salt, sand have limits

FAIRMONT — Martin County Engineer Kevin Peyman on Tuesday addressed Martin County commissioners, giving a general overview of the salting and sanding policies that are followed during snow and ice events. “Basically, state statutes state that road authorities other than the high-speed ...

County busy battling winter

FAIRMONT — Martin County commissioners on Tuesday heard from County Engineer Kevin Peyman, who gave an update on county roads in light of recent weather patterns. “Last week on Monday, our plows started about 5:30 a.m. that day and they stayed out until about 4:30 p.m., long enough to get ...

Speech team learns, excels

Fairmont High School’s speech team has a long and successful history in competition. The team has been making it to the state meet for many consecutive years now. Kathleen Perry and Erik Walker are in the middle of their fourth season as co-head coaches. This week, they provided a season ...

Officials review road conditions

BLUE EARTH — Faribault County commissioners on Tuesday discussed hazardous conditions on county roads. County Engineer Mark Daly explained that weather conditions are making it difficult to remove the ice from the roads. He said road salt only works when the temperature is above 15 ...

Book fair coming soon

SHERBURN — Grilled burgers with all the trimmings will be served 6-8 p.m. tonight at the Sherburn American Legion. The cost is only $7. Everyone is welcome to stop by. n A “Lunch and Learn” event will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Sherburn Senior Citizens Center. CREST and ...

Sherburn eyeing building leaks

SHERBURN — The Sherburn City Council this week heard a presentation by Dick Hanson from Floor Coat Midwest of Truman about possible repairs for the community hall water leaks. Hanson said he had surveyed the building and believes the water is coming from the sidewalk and leaking into the ...

Broadband effort moves toward finish

FAIRMONT — The Martin County Economic Development Authority on Monday discussed the progress of the county’s Rural Broadband Initiative. The initiative, in partnership with Frontier Communications, has seen several project elements completed, including the submission and reception of ...

Former councilman faces 15 felony counts

MARSHALL — A criminal complaint filed in Lyon County District Court on Monday alleges that Darin Rahm created “phantom” vendor accounts to steal about $256,000 from the Marshall Convention and Visitor’s Bureau during his four years as director. Rahm, 49, of Marshall, appeared in court ...

Blue Earth tackles dog dispute

BLUE EARTH — The Blue Earth City Council on Monday once again discussed some dog issues. At a previous meeting, the council had designated two dogs as potentially dangerous. On Monday, the council held a second potentially dangerous dog designation hearing for the same two animals. ...

Truman residents can keep chickens

TRUMAN — Truman City Council on Monday adopted an ordinance that will allow residents to keep up to five hen chickens, foul or poultry on lots zoned for residential use. Under the ordinance, roosters are not allowed. Chickens must be kept in a coop after obtaining a permit from the city. ...

Habitat to put on winter dinner

FAIRMONT — Habitat for Humanity of Martin and Faribault Counties is putting on a Winter Celebration Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 16. This is the second year that the organization is putting on the dinner as a fundraiser. Habitat for Humanity partners with people in a local community and all ...

‘Arise’ renovates new home

FAIRMONT — Southern Plains Education Cooperative, currently located in Winnebago, will transition to Fairmont later this year. The alternative learning center will move into the former Lincoln School building, which is undergoing renovations. The co-op is a joint powers organization that ...

Police: Rahm stole $250K

MARSHALL — The former director of the Marshall Convention and Visitors Bureau was arrested Friday in connection with the theft of more than $250,000 from the CVB, Marshall Police said. Police said Darin Ross Rahm, 49, of Marshall, was arrested for probable cause felony theft. Rahm is a ...

Moms can donate to ‘milk depot’

“When I first heard about breast milk sharing, I thought it was disgustingly gross,” recalls Patti Kasper. “Now I understand why moms chose it. Now I get it.” A registered nurse and an international board certified lactation consultant with Human Services of Faribault and Martin ...

Kinship eyes trio of goals

FAIRMONT — Kinship of Martin County is starting 2019 with some fresh goals. Having just finished up National Mentoring Month in January, the group is focusing on promoting three key areas of the program. Director Katy Gonzalez, along with Jen Kahler and Greg Brolsma, recently sat down to ...