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Habitat for Humanity: Man rides to help family

When Eric B. Johnson of Fairmont finishes the Habitat 500 bike tour this month, he will have pedaled a total of 5,000 miles raising money for the Faribault and Martin Counties Habitat for Humanity through pledges and donations. “I’ve noticed it’s getting harder. I’m in my early 60s so ...

House to be ready by holidays

FAIRMONT — The house at 313 N. Orient St. in Fairmont looks like it has seen better days, as evidenced by its board-covered windows, but Habitat for Humanity of Faribault and Martin Counties already has made tremendous strides in refurbishing the structure to be a home for Ashley Arcos and ...

Student bringing up emus

Andrew Moeller will be a senior this fall at Fairmont High School. The 17-year-old is the FFA chapter president, and this past year he was awarded the Entrepreneurship Proficiency Award in poultry production. At Moeller’s family’s farm, you’ll find a variety of different birds, ...

Law aims to better serve vets

FAIRMONT — A little over three weeks ago, President Trump signed the VA Mission Act, also known as The Choice Act, into law. Meant to expand veterans’ access to private health care, as well as fix other issues, the law will affect veterans nationwide. Martin County Veteran Services ...

Kids summer events slated

CEYLON — Coffee hours for the month of July resume beginning Tuesday. They will get together from 8:30-10 a.m. every Tuesday at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Ceylon. The public is invited for coffee, goodies and fellowship. n Ceylon-area children have things to do this summer. Operation ...

Band bound for parades in California

Fairmont High School’s marching band is gearing up to embark on a 10-day trip to San Diego and Los Angeles. More than 100 students, 12 adult chaperones and band director Kate Kallenbach will make the trip, which will last July 2-11. This week, those who are going on the trip have had ...

Dareld’s closing up shop

Change inevitably happens, but it can resurrect pleasant memories and give birth to new experiences. Such is the result for Dareld and Lynn Koopman, owners of Dareld’s Appliance in Fairmont. The store, a fixture in Fairmont for 47 years, will be closing due to their decision to ...

Man allegedly wrote bad checks

FAIRMONT — A Jackson man is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Ronnie Ybarra, 33, has been charged with issuing dishonored checks, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. According to the complaint: On March 8, O’Reilly Auto Parts in Fairmont ...

All-class reunion slated

WELCOME — Welcome High School Alumni will be gathering for the all-class reunion program, dinner and dance from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday in the old gym at the Welcome School. More information is on Facebook under Welcome High School All Class Reunion or call (507) 728-8576. Wildcats ...

Cyphers puts skills to use

Ten days ago, Eddy Cyphers returned to the United States from Lukosi, Zimbabwe. The 1974 Fairmont High School graduate had been in the southern African country for three monts, teaching basic agricultural techniques to start a community farming project and having the adventure of a ...

Martin Co. seeks aid after floods

FAIRMONT — Martin County commissioners met Wednesday afternoon to discuss recent inclement weather and its effect on the county. Commissioners heard an update from Sheriff Jeff Markquart on the rain and flooding event of June 16 and thereafter. The event has affected the population of ...

Gift shop proving popular

This and That gift shop, located inside Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center in Fairmont, has a lot to offer those who live on the campus, along with those in the community. The shop lives up to its name, offering some of this and a little bit of that. There are home decor items, seasonal ...

Garage sales deadline approaching

TRUMAN — Come to the Lewisville Library beginning 9 a.m. Saturday and paint a kindness rock. All supplies are provided to decorate a rock with a positive message and leave it where someone will find it. Spreading kindness is fun. n Truman City Council meets 5:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall. ...

PUC revises deposits

FAIRMONT — Fairmont Public Utilities Commission unanimously adopted a revised utility service policy Tuesday, updating the plan for the first time in 15 years. “The main things that we changed were the service deposits. The overall policy and procedures haven’t really changed,” said ...

Duo are facing burglary counts

FAIRMONT — A Bricelyn man and a Fairmont woman are facing felony charges in Martin County. Matthew Jason Thomas, 35, has been charged with theft and burglary in the second degree, both of which carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and $10,000 fine. Thomas also faces a charge of ...

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Faribault Co. seeks damage info BLUE EARTH — Faribault County Emergency Management is urging all county residents who have been impacted by the recent excessive rainfall to report any damage to their homes or property. A hotline has been established through the Faribault County ...

Reptile event coming up

SHERBURN — Sherburn Library is hosting a RAD Zoo (reptile and amphibian) event at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Sherburn Theatre. All ages are welcome to attend in order to see and learn more about various reptiles and amphibians. This event is free and no registration is required. If you ...

Internet project OK’d

FAIRMONT — Businesses in the industrial park on the west edge of Fairmont will get a boost in their Internet service following action by the Fairmont Economic Development Authority on Monday. Linsey Preuss, Fairmont economic development director, said city staff had been approached by the ...

Sunken roads re-emerging

FAIRMONT — Many southern Minnesotans have had a wet weekend, with basements flooding and creeks overflowing. Area farmers, already hit with a long winter, have standing water in their fields. On top of that, roads have been submerged. Fortunately, Martin County Engineer Kevin Peyman says ...

Project would target flooding

FAIRMONT — Fairmont City Council on Monday approved advertising for bids for installation of a new storm sewer pipe from Kings Road west to Canyon Drive, a move meant to reduce the flooding that plagues the area during heavy rainfall. Troy Nemmers, city engineer/public works director, told ...