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Easy Automation offers scholarship WELCOME — In honor of former employee Bruce Larson, Easy Automation Inc. is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a student pursuing a degree in a program from his area of expertise. The scholarship is for the 2018-2019 academic year. Students attending a two ...

Chamber touts policy goals

FAIRMONT — A Minnesota Chamber of Commerce representative dropped by Fairmont on Monday as part of the Chamber’s 2018 statewide policy tour. In attendance were local Chamber of Commerce members, government officials, business owners and members of the community. Bentley Graves, director ...

Punishments spark outcry at B.E. Area

BLUE EARTH — At the Blue Earth Area School Board meeting Monday, many parents, students and community members spoke in protest of the district’s disciplinary actions against four football players involved in an alleged assault. In October, the four players — Wyatt Tungland, Dalton ...

City to address snow removal

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont City Council on Monday allowed some time for council updates and staff information. Council member Ruth Cyphers sought input concerning the issue of snow removal by the city. Some residents have recently voiced disapproval of the city’s handling of the ...

 Schools look to fill language gap

FAIRMONT — With a current total of 61 students at the Fairmont Elementary School being serviced by its one ELL (English Language Learner) teacher, the school is in need of additional teachers to service the needs of the students. With the changing demographic and families moving into the area ...

Task force to tackle housing crisis

FAIRMONT — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton recently announced the establishment of a Governor’s Task Force on Housing. Dayton called housing a “persistent crisis” for Minnesota families, and said wages for lower- and middle-income people have remained stagnant while rental rates have gone ...

Mall owner clarifies situation

FAIRMONT — More information is emerging about the future of the Savewize store at Five Lakes Centre in Fairmont. Carrying an inventory of family clothing, housewares and furniture, Savewize opened Oct. 1, taking over the mall location of the JCPenney store after it closed in June. Savewize ...

B.E. Area eyes maintenance needs

BLUE EARTH — Building and grounds supervisor Al Gieser on Friday offered an update on the facilities maintenance plan at Blue Earth Area Schools. Gieser discussed current projects, such as the roof project and the kitchen renovation project at the middle school. Additional projects to be ...

Card Club set to meet Friday

CEYLON — Ceylon City Council will meet 6 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall. All members are urged to attend. There’s a time for public comment at the beginning of each meeting. If anyone needs to be on the regular agenda, please contact the city clerk prior to the meeting. n Ceylon Legion ...

SHUT DOWN — Signs announcing a closure for inventory have been displayed at the entries to the Savewize store in Fairmont.

Savewize on its way out

FAIRMONT — About 1 p.m. Wednesday, the entire staff at Savewize in Fairmont exited the store. Shortly after, signs stating that the store was closed for inventory appeared on the business’ entry doors at Five Lakes Centre, but there has been no visible activity at the location. Although ...

GIVEN FREELY — Seen are some of the many donations made by individuals and businesses from around the area to help firefighters in Northrop as they worked to contain the blaze at the grain elevator in Northrop over New Year’s weekend. (Photo courtesy Minnesota Lake Fire Chief Jack Volz)

Heroes got a helping hand

Forget the comic books and movies. Real-life heroes can be seen around us, if we only stop and look. The grain elevator fire in Northrop over the New Year’s weekend will not be easily forgotten. Emergency workers were out in force, coming from all over southern Minnesota to help contain the ...

Opera House, theatre group joining forces

FAIRMONT — This year will mark Fairmont Civic Summer Theatre’s 52nd year of existence. Several venues, such as the high school and the fairgrounds, have been home to CST productions, but more than half have been staged at the Opera House. “Everybody has assumed that Civic Summer Theatre ...

Joe Schmit

‘Don’t be that bad guy’

FAIRMONT — Award-winning sports broadcaster Joe Schmit was in the area Wednesday to talk to students and the community about working to have a positive impact on others. The event was sponsored by the Martin County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, with help from the Traverse des Sioux ...

Diane Jorgenson of Ledyard, Iowa, second from right, is seen with host Steve Harvey, center, and members of her family on the set of “Family Feud,” the popular TV game show. Jorgensen has made several appearances on different game shows, saying life’s too short not to go for the opportunity.

It’s all fun, games for Ledyard woman

Diane Jorgenson always enjoyed watching game shows in her spare time. When she had the opportunity to take the stage herself, she won not only prize money but a new outlook on life. Her journey began when she heard about a casting call to be on “Deal or No Deal.” “I thought, why ...

Event to help Welcome family

WELCOME — Life can change in an instant, and Welcome residents Bradley (BJ) Arnold and Darla Price understand that all too well after having lost their home to a fire. On Nov. 10, their world was shattered as flames engulfed the house, even claiming the life of their family dog. However, ...

Man facing drug charge

FAIRMONT — A 34-year-old man, listed as homeless, is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Abel Dujuan Chaparro 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 report: On Dec. 22, ...

‘Slime’ science class scheduled

TRUMAN — St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church will hold an Epiphany service at 7 p.m. Saturday. n STEP, Inc. would still like any of your Christmas lights that no longer work or that you want to discard. You can drop the lights off at the Truman Public Utilities office. For more ...

Welcome seeks park board help

WELCOME — Welcome City Council is looking for a resident to be on the park board. The council discussed the opening this week at its meeting. Those interested in serving on the board may contact any council member. The council also discussed the wording on the sale bill for the property ...

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Sex offender living in rural Truman TRUMAN — The Martin County Sheriff’s Office says level 3 sex offender Gerald Bryan Becker has completed a change of information form, registering his new primary address near 220th Street and 140th Avenue in rural Truman, moving from homeless status in ...

Blue Earth weighing sales tax

BLUE EARTH — The Blue Earth City Council on Monday discussed creating a sales tax for the city. The proposed tax is for 25 years at a 0.5 percent rate. According to City Administrator Tim Ibisch, the sales tax would generate $165,000 annually, based on last year’s sales figures. ...