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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 ...

Public can help spot severe weather

FAIRMONT — After an eventful 2018 and early 2019 in terms of weather, people across Martin County are hoping for a calm and mild summer. While we can only take the weather as it comes, it does help to be prepared. In just two weeks, Martin County will host a Skywarn training class for the ...

Mayo taking aim at dry eye

FAIRMONT — We use our eyes every moment we are awake. With the exception of a periodic vision exam, we rarely think about their health. Instances of irritation or blurred vision are chalked up to tiredness or the need for new glasses, but these might be symptoms of ocular surface disease, a ...

Community Day coming up

CEYLON — Today is the last day of the Martin Luther High School rummage sale in Northrop. The hours are 8 a.m. to noon and this is “Bag Day.” n Tuesday is the deadline to get rummage sales on the map and city website for Ceylon Community Day, which is April 12-13. Contact Linda ...

Martin Co. West: No ag classes being lost

SHERBURN — Martin County West is undergoing some changes in its agriculture department, but Superintendent Allison Schmidt says no classes will be lost. Unfortunately in the age of social media, it does not take long for whispers of change to turn into rumors, and rumors into full-blown ...

Red Rock ready for a mystery

Red Rock Center for the Arts in Fairmont is getting ready to host its eighth annual murder mystery dinner. Performances will be staged April 12-13, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. each night. The play is an original, written and directed by Paul Warshauer, who has created the scripts every ...

Museum open Saturday

WELCOME — Welcome Summer Festival committee will hold an all-you-can-eat fish fry fundraiser from 5:30-7:30 p.m. tonight at the Welcome Legion. The menu will include pollack and shrimp, baked potato, coleslaw and bun. Good food for a good cause. n Welcome Historical Society will open the ...

Plea hearing slated for Rahm

MARSHALL — A plea hearing for former Marshall Convention & Visitors Bureau director Darin Rahm will be held in May. Rahm, a former Fairmont City Council member, appeared in Lyon County District Court this week. He is charged with seven counts of theft, one count of embezzling public ...

Fairmont flyer finds passion in paramotor

There are few limits to what somebody can learn on the internet, whether it’s a new recipe, car repair or maybe even learning to fly. Just ask 24-year-old Fairmont resident Kyle Blomgren, who has taken his enjoyment of aviation to a personal level. Blomgren recently managed to save up ...

Faribault County declares disaster

BLUE EARTH — Faribault County commissioners passed a resolution this week declaring the county in a state of emergency because of March flooding. The resolution is the first step toward making the county eligible for possible financial aid from the state and federal governments to deal ...

Man accused of stealing van

SHERBURN — A Fort Mill, South Carolina, man is facing a felony charge in Martin County. William Boyce Varnadore, 35, has been charged with theft of a motor vehicle, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. According to the complaint: On March 20, a ...

Turkey dinner set for Sunday

TRUMAN — The deadline to sign up for Jaguar summer youth baseball and softball is Friday. There is no fee to participate for boys and girls, pre-kindergarten to 12th grade. For questions or to sign up, call or text Chris Studer at (507) 236-5244. If you’re interested in helping in any ...

Fairmont High School student earns nursing degree

Eighteen-year-old Melinda Kassandra Lopez will soon be the first in the state to graduate as a registered nurse while still in high school. The Fairmont high school student will obtain her associate’s degree in nursing from Minnesota West Community and Technical College in May. In June, she ...

Minnesota counties: Give us road funds we need

FAIRMONT — Martin County commissioners on Tuesday approved a resolution supporting legislation to provide necessary funding to the statewide transportation system. The resolution does not support a particular method, with county officials saying it is the job of state lawmakers and Gov. Tim ...

Martin County plans courthouse dome repairs

FAIRMONT — Martin County commissioners have begun a process to repair the courthouse roof and dome, but it’s first things first. Commissioners on Tuesday agreed that the initial step will be the tuck-pointing of the dome masonry. Tuck-pointing involves repairing weakened mortar joints. ...

Lakeview permit moves to council

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Planning Commission unanimously approved a conditional use permit Monday to allow construction of a 77,000-square foot expansion at Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center The panel also approved a conditional use permit for an electronic messaging sign at St. Paul ...

Prime rib supper slated

SHERBURN — A “Lunch and Learn” event, sponsored by CREST and Temperance Lake Ridge, will be held 11 a.m. today at Sherburn Senior Citizens Center in Sherburn. The program will feature Greta Lintelman, who will talk about Heaven’s Table in Fairmont. Following the presentation, a ...

Blue Earth approves street work

BLUE EARTH — Blue Earth’s summer street project is officially a go, as the City Council accepted the lowest of four bids Monday. Holtmeier Construction of Mankato won the contract to undertake what is known as the North Sailor Street improvements project. Its bid is $1.5 million for the ...