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Reading to benefit food shelf

There will be a public reading of “A Christmas Carol” at Red Rock Center for the Arts in Fairmont at 7 p.m. Thursday. The 90-minute event is free to attend, as it is a fundraiser for Heaven’s Table Food Shelf. Peter Engstrom, a volunteer at Heaven’s Table, had the idea of putting ...

Lighting contest slated

CEYLON — The Rev. Reimers and family will host a Christmas open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday in the church basement at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Wilbert. Our Savior’s and Wilbert congregations as well as friends are invited for lunch as a thank you from the Reimers ...

Wiley combines creativity

Malia Wiley will be the featured artist for December at Red Rock Center for the Arts in Fairmont. Wiley is originally from Nicollet and currently lives in Lake Crystal. She will have colorful, original paintings on display that combine her love for crochet and animals. Wiley first began ...

Man faces felony count

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Bryant Ceasar Pierce Jr., 37, has been charged with violating a domestic abuse/no contact order for protection within 10 years of a previous conviction, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a ...

‘Santa’s Workshop’ slated

WELCOME — Wow ... Saturday is Dec. 1 already. There will be a Santa’s Workshop for children through sixth grade beginning 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the basement of the Community Building in Sherburn (below the theatre). Sherburn Civic and Commerce committee, Temperance Lake Ridge and the ...

Man allegedly fled police

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Levi Scott Thate, 30, has been charged with fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, which carries a maximum penalty of three years and one day in prison and a $5,000 fine. According to the complaint: At 5:06 p.m. ...

Man charged following chase

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man is facing felony charges in Martin County. Nickolas Hans Willer, 30, has been charged with fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, which carries a maximum penalty of three years and one day in prison and a $5,000 fine. Willer has also been charged with drug ...

Homeless duo facing charges

FAIRMONT — A homeless man and woman from Fairmont are facing felony charges in Martin County. Matthew James Redenius, 29, and Jenika Samantha Hanson, 23, have each been charged with theft, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. In addition, Redenius ...

Officer offers warning on scams

FAIRMONT — Fairmont Police Sgt. James Kotewa recently offered information on a variety of scams targeting seniors in the area. Kotewa has been with the police department for many years. He has worked as a patrol officer, done full-time narcotic investigations and currently works as the ...

Holiday Bazaar slated

TRUMAN — Trinity Lutheran Church located at 102 N. Seventh Ave. E. in Truman will host its 23rd annual Cookie Walk from 8-10 a.m. Saturday. You can choose from a large selection of fancy holiday cookies, caramels, candies, kringle, party mix, etc., and pay for the items you choose per ...

School puts focus on science

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont School Board on Tuesday heard from Kari Duehlmeyer, a teacher on special assignment this year who is working on STEM and science improvements at the elementary school. The new science curriculum is called “Mystery Science” and is all online. Each lesson comes ...

PUC tackles water loss issue

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Public Utilities Commission heard from Public Works director Troy Nemmers on Tuesday. He gave a brief overview on the nature of a water lines leak detection survey. According to Jeff Ziemer, PUC chairman, and city finance director Paul Hoye there have been noticeable ...

‘Trivia Night’ coming up

SHERBURN — To help ring in the Christmas season, the Sherburn Civic and Commerce Club will host a “Grinch-mas Party” from 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Sherburn Community Hall in Sherburn. There will be crafts; games; door prizes; a photo with Santa; and a meal of hot dog, chips, cookies ...

City gets petition on rec center

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont City Council heard from Elroy “Ernie” Nuss on Monday, as he presented a petition regarding the proposed $24.7 million community center. Nuss said he was approached by several people in the Fairmont business community asking him to write a letter regarding the ...

In wake of accident: Family learning to adapt

FAIRMONT — Life can change dramatically instantly. The Bittenbinder family of Fairmont knows this, and is facing the struggles that follow. A few days after a powerful storm swept through the Fairmont area on Sept. 20, Jim Bittenbinder, the family patriarch, was trimming a damaged tree in ...

FFA, Lions team up for teen

SHERBURN — We never know just what a day may hold for us. Unfortunately, this sometimes means the day is unkind. But when we have people who love and support us, we can be thankful for their help to get through the tough times. On Oct. 24, Mint Bramstedt, 17, daughter of Don and Noi ...

Rotary book sale begins

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Rotary Club’s annual book sale is going on now at Five Lakes Centre. The sale will continue through Christmas, so donations are still being accepted. “If individuals want to donate books, CDs or DVDs, they can contact me and I can come and pick them up or they ...

Ceylon offers lighting contest

CEYLON — Hopefully all have had or will be having a Happy Thanksgiving. My wish for you is that your home be filled with laughter, and your heart filled with love. That you be blessed with hope for the future and fond memories of the past. n Upcoming events include: o An open house for ...

Small business getting spotlight

FAIRMONT — This Saturday is “Small Business Saturday,” a day focused on supporting area businesses by shopping local. Benjamin Landsteiner, the marketing and social media coordinator for the Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce, explained that the idea of Small Business Saturday is really ...

Duo facing felony counts

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man and woman are facing felony charges in Martin County. Christopher John Gilmore, 51, and Tara Dawn Simpson, 37, have been charged with drug possession in the third degree, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. In addition, ...