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Library offers fishing gear

FAIRMONT — The Martin County Library in Fairmont has been expanding its offerings over the past few years. It offers much more than just books. It has computers that are free to use to the public and it offers DVDs and audio tapes for checkout. Recently, the library started offering fishing ...

Couple stays busy with bees

Sometimes considered pests, bees actually play a vital role in agriculture and society as a whole. Local beekeepers Chris and Krista Thompson, along with their young daughter Nevaeh, are intent on sharing that information with as many people as they can. Their business, KC’z Beez, provides ...

Student earns rare opportunity with Mayo

Lauren Scott just finished the Mayo Career Immersion Program, a free week-long learning opportunity at the Mayo campus in Rochester. Of the 40 juniors and seniors selected across Minnesota to attend, Scott — a senior at Fairmont High School — was the only one from Martin County and the ...

Ceylon festival coming up

CEYLON — Ceylon Area Historical Society Museum in Ceylon will be open from 1-3 p.m. today. The museum is located across the street from the post office and west of the bank. The museum also plans to be open 1-3 p.m. July 15 for any visitors to the Ceylon Festival. Check out all the ...

Lytle goes above, beyond

“When someone is going through a storm, your silent presence is more powerful than a million empty words.” — Mahatma Ghandi For 17 years, Darla Lytle has made life a little easier for chemotherapy and infusion therapy patients at Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont. Her co-workers ...

Man allegedly assaulted officer

SHERBURN — A Sherburn man is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Daniel Gaylord Hanson, 54, has been charged with fourth-degree assault on a peace officer, which carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a $6,000 fine. According to the complaint: At 1:55 a.m. June 20, ...

Local man facing felony assault charges

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man is facing multiple felony counts in Martin County. Trevor Charles Knudson, 32, has been charged with assault in the third degree and with making threats of violence, both of which carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. He has also been ...

Summer festival slated July 20-22

WELCOME — Welcome Historical Society Museum will be open 2-4 p.m. Saturday. Check out all the interesting items from Welcome’s history. If anyone would like to visit the museum when it is not scheduled to be open, call Marsha Williams at (507) 236-2034. n Legion and Sons of the Legion ...

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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 ...

Camp site: More lanes necessary

FAIRMONT — Martin County commissioners heard this week from Flying Goose Campground owner Gary Hanson concerning upcoming work planned on County Road 26, which is set to be resurfaced. Hanson sought to discuss the possibility of incorporating a passing lane and a turning lane into the ...

Opera House set to celebrate

As the last Independence Day bottle rocket fizzles in the sky, the Fairmont Opera House is getting fired up for “The Wall” Community Day. It is a daylong family block party to be held Saturday focusing on raising funds for the capital campaign to repair the facility’s south wall while ...

Penny weighs in on child care crisis

BLUE EARTH — Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation president and CEO Tim Penny visited with Faribault County commissioners this week to discuss the growing need for child care in the region. “The needs there are enormous,” Penny said. “We know the shortage is a huge issue, and ...

Man killed in crash

BLUE EARTH — A 45-year-old Delavan man was killed early Wednesday morning when he crashed his motorcycle in Faribault County. According to the State Patrol: James Arthur Hoppe was driving his 2006 Harley-Davidson west on 170th Street in Clark Township when he lost control and veered off ...

Truman Days parade seeking help

TRUMAN — Truman Days Parade Committee is still in need of donations for this year’s parade. Your donation can be sent to Melody Leimer, 402 Ciro St., Truman, MN 56088. Because of donations, Truman has been able to put on a nice parade that is enjoyed by many in the area. No one has ...

‘Food is Fun’ event slated

SHERBURN — Hope everyone had a safe and fun Fourth of July. n Martin County West Schools reminds everyone that the office at the junior/senior high school is open this summer from 7:30-11:30 a.m. every Wednesday. Report cards that have not yet been picked up are now at the MCW Central ...

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Mayo to host diversity program MANKATO — On July 12, Mayo Clinic Health System will host “Taking Adversity Out of Diversity,” a program to discover more effective ways to connect with colleagues, neighbors and the community at the Verizon Center in downtown Mankato. Hors d’oeuvres ...

Welcome weighs quonset work

WELCOME — Jeff Schutz of Mobile Washer in Alexandria reported to the Welcome City Council this week on the cleaning and decontamination of the park quonset damaged in a fire. His firm will wash the interior walls, ceiling and floors with a hot foam high-pressure washer and then conduct a ...

‘3 sisters’ planning continues

BLUE EARTH — Blue Earth City Council on Monday passed an ordinance that paves the way for the sale of the “three sisters” buildings downtown to the non-profit group Rural Renaissance Project. But, any final sale could still be several months away. Any sale of property by the city ...

Truman eyeing flooding fix

TRUMAN — A group of concerned community members asked the Truman City Council on Monday to do something about storm water runoff, especially on West Fifth Street North and North Third Avenue East. Several months ago, the council had engineering firm Bolton & Menk draft plans to ...

Woman facing burglary charge

FAIRMONT — A Wells woman is facing felony charges in Martin County. Sarah Marie Curry, 35, has been charged with burglary in the second degree, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. She also has been charged with theft of a motor vehicle, which carries a ...