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Miller Sellner adds Rabe to sites

FAIRMONT — Miller Sellner, a Case IH dealer based in Sleepy Eye, has acquired Rabe International of Fairmont. The addition makes Miller Sellner a four-store location, with sites in Sleepy Eye, Bingham Lake, Slayton and Fairmont. “We’re excited to be part of the Fairmont community; ...

Woman faces felony charge

FAIRMONT — A Mankato woman is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Tina Marie Schintz, 39, 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: On March 20, a Fairmont ...

Man facing felony drug count

FAIRMONT — A Kiester man has been charged with a felony in Martin County. Jeth Mitchell Poland, 20, is 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: On March 24, a Fairmont police ...

Holy Week services set in Welcome

WELCOME — Coffee hours continue from 8:30-10 a.m. Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Trimont. Join friends and neighbors for good coffee, treats and fellowship. n Welcome City Council will meet 6 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall. All members are urged to attend. There is always a time for ...

Ceylon enjoys games with ‘Eye Play’ system

There is a new interactive projection system called “Eye Play” at the Ceylon Fitness Center. Ceylon Area First, a nonprofit group, installed the game in the building at 112 W. Main St. There will be a grand opening Saturday, which is also Community Day in Ceylon. They will let children ...

Ceylon gets audit report

CEYLON — Ceylon City Council this week received the auditor’s report on city finances. Auditor Greg Burkhardt praised the city and its clerk, Mary Muller, for accuracy and promptness. He suggested improvements to track vacation and work hours balances, such as by using a time ...

Board of Equalization to meet

TRUMAN — Truman City Council meets 5:30 p.m. Monday. The 2019 Board of Appeal and Equalization will be held at this time. The purpose of this meeting is to determine whether property in the jurisdiction has been properly valued and classified. If you have any questions or concerns about ...

Briefly

Speech team headed to state FAIRMONT — Members of Fairmont speech team recently won the Section 2A tournament in St. Peter. Fairmont is the section champion for the third straight year. St. Peter finished second, while Minnesota Valley Lutheran was third. Seventeen Fairmont students ...

Blue Earth Area Schools forced to make cuts

BLUE EARTH — The Blue Earth Area School Board has approved reductions in the proposed 2019-20 budget totaling $425,364. There was much discussion prior to the vote, including comments from the public. The majority of the public’s concerns are in three areas; physical education, the ...

Chamber: Walz gas tax plan affects everyone

FAIRMONT — Each year, the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce labors during the legislative session to protect business interests, which subsequently impacts all state residents. “As businesses change and grow, the economy grows, and that benefits all Minnesotans,” said Jim Pumarlo, ...

Snow days decision pending at Fairmont Area Schools

FAIRMONT — Fairmont School Board members will soon have to make a decision about whether to forgive snow days or have students and teachers make them up. Minnesota was blasted by seemingly relentless snow and cold in February, with accumulation records set across the state. Schools ...

PUC approves policy for light fixtures, poles

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday approved a policy for aesthetic requirements for street light fixtures and poles installed in conjunction with small cell wireless equipment. A Federal Communications Commission order in January required that publication of ...

Vendor show coming up

SHERBURN — A spring vendor show will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Regional Worship Center in Sherburn. There will be a lunch and concessions throughout the day. Many small and home-based businesses will be there selling their wares and crafts. Be sure to stop by and check out ...

Zierke Built Manufacturing planning expansion in Fairmont

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Economic Development Authority is asking the city of Fairmont to apply for $300,000 in funds from the state to assist in the expansion of Zierke Built Manufacturing. In August 2017, Zierke moved its operations from multiple buildings in Winnebago to the former US ...

Fairmont Aquatic Park loss hits $340K in 2018

FAIRMONT — In 2018, the Fairmont Aquatic Park sold 236 family passes, the highest number in the last eight years. Participation in swimming lessons involved 422 students. The pool saw almost 21,700 patron visits, which was more than 2017, but less than 2016. Overseeing it all were 97 ...

Kenneth West estate leaves gift of $867K

FAIRMONT — It’s always heartwarming to know that people enjoy their friends, neighbors and communities. Kenneth West of Trimont was just such a man, and decided he would leave a large portion of his sizable estate to public charities in the amount of $866,962. He also directed some funds ...

Opera House offering ‘Femme Fatale’ on Friday

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Opera House will host “Femme Fatale” on its stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Starring singer Laura Ellis on stage, and with actors on screen, Femme Fatale evokes the times of black-and-white movies, rife with con artists, gullible marks and memorable music. Femme ...

Business Briefs

Providers complete training FAIRMONT — A group of child care providers from Fairmont recently completed a Business Leadership Cohort, which is a training program offered by First Children’s Finance as part of the Rural Child Care Innovation Program. The participants who completed the ...

Red Rock offers free entertainment

FAIRMONT— The noon lunch hour can be boring, but it doesn’t have to be. The Red Rock Center for the Arts offers free entertainment from noon to 1p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month. Community members are welcomed to bring in a bagged lunch, sit in the Red Rock Center and enjoy musical ...

Fairmont couple gives up chinchillas after 56 years

Dan and Ann Harris, long-time Fairmont residents, have been breeding, raising and caring for chinchillas on their farm since 1963. The couple recently parted with the last of their chinchillas after 56 years. Chinchillas are native to the Andes Mountains of South America. They are nocturnal ...