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Library aims for safety first

FAIRMONT — The Martin County Library in Fairmont has made several significant changes to address safety-related concerns from the community. In a recent letter to the editor, library director Jennifer Trushenski said: “The Fairmont library has heard concerns from community members about ...

Work on ‘26’ nears completion

FAIRMONT — Work on County Road 26 east of Fairmont is wrapping up, although slowly because of ongoing issues with rain, according to Martin County Engineer Kevin Peyman. He spoke to Martin County commissioners Tuesday. He also discussed work on gravel roads. “Paving is all done; they ...

Officials surprised by additional cost

BLUE EARTH — Faribault County commissioners discussed the courthouse building project Tuesday. Groundskeeper Troy Beckman brought in Bob Mickelson of ISG to offer an update. According to a request for board action, during demolition of the courthouse’s tower roof, more extensive ...

‘Fight Cancer’ night set

SHERBURN — The monthly “Lunch and Learn” event will begin at 11 a.m. today at Sherburn Senior Citizen’s Center. The program will feature Tom Kramer of Kramer Family Funeral Home who will speak about “being prepared.” A build-your-own-sandwich lunch will follow. Everyone is ...

Sherburn discusses ‘active living’

SHERBURN — Carolyn North from the active living committee reported to the Sherburn City Council this week and suggested equipment and programs the community needs for all ages. She recommended obtaining some stationary equipment at the parks, similar to exercise equipment; and a splash pad ...

Weber asserts his innocence

FAIRMONT — A candidate for mayor in Fairmont says he has nothing to hide related to his 2010 felony theft conviction stemming from his role on the Madelia City Council. Jeff Weber maintains his innocence in the matter, saying in a written statement that the case against him resulted from a ...

Blue Earth approves fix for $40K

BLUE EARTH — Blue Earth City Council decided Monday to take matters into their own hands and fix a problem at the new housing development project on the northeast side of the city. But, the fix could cost the city as much as $40,000. The issue, which was explained by city engineer Wes ...

Truman to weigh plans for donation

TRUMAN — Truman City Council heard a brief update Monday from Mayor Lynn Brownlee regarding an auction that took place Sept. 21 for 160 acres of farm land, valued at $1.2 million, that was gifted to the city by Roger Jones. Brownlee said she, Bethanie Ekstrom, Monte Rohman, Jones and a real ...

Man facing drug charge

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Jason Robert Hybbert, 34, 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 complaint: On Sept. 18, a Fairmont ...

Kahler offers look at batik pieces

Char Kahler is the featured artist for the month at Red Rock Center for the Arts in Fairmont. She is a well-known community member involved in many groups and organizations. She is also a well-rounded artist who has been successful with several different art forms. This month, Kahler’s ...

Brodt focuses on the fun

Fairmont resident Midlred Brodt is well known for her many contributions to the community over the years. Now the community will have a chance to celebrate her extraordinary life and accomplishments as she looks back on 100 years of making the most out of each moment. A Nebraska native, Brodt ...

Vaping by youth targeted

FAIRMONT — A community conversation about E-cigarettes and vaping took place this week at Fairmont High School. It will continue around town. “E-cigarette use has exploded across all our high schools in Minnesota,” said Elizabeth Heimer of the American Lung Association. “In Minnesota, ...

City thankful for volunteers

CEYLON — Coffee hours for the month of October continue from 8:30-10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Sherburn. This is the last month for the coffee hours until April. Join friends and neighbors on Tuesdays in October for great brew and good fellowship. n A Red Cross ...

Briefly

Correction An article in Friday’s edition included incorrect dates for the city’s annual leaf pickup. The correct schedule is as follow: o Section 2 — Oct. 29 to Nov. 2 – Residences between Blue Earth Avenue/Lake Avenue and Lair Road/Cardinal Street. o Section 3 — Nov. 5-9 – ...

GHEC trims levy hike

GRANADA — The Granada-Huntley-East Chain School Board set a proposed 2019 property tax levy Thursday. In a 6-0 vote, the board voted to set the levy at $200,000 below the maximum of roughly $1.8 million. Superintendent Mandy Fletcher said the levy is an increase from this year, but ...

Police seek mental patient

DUNNELL — A Dunnell man is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Phillip Harold Horswell, 50, has been charged with escaping from custody, which carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a $3,000 fine. On Sept. 23, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a ...

Man facing assault charge

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Lazarous Lazaro Thomas, 22, has been charged with assault in the third degree, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. According to the complaint: On Sept. 17, a Fairmont police ...

Blood drive slated in Welcome

WELCOME — Monday will be the first of October and senior citizens will meet for their monthly potluck meal at noon at the Welcome Legion Hall, with fellowship to follow. All area senior citizens are encouraged to attend. n Tuesday will be a busy day. Coffee hours for the month of ...

Teen’s aim: Find way to help others

Helping others inevitably means a little bit of self-sacrifice, whether in time or money. But that sacrifice can bring us greater joy than if we had kept our efforts to ourselves. 13-year-old Jazlyn Geerdes learned this lesson when she sacrificed some of her time and effort to help purchase ...

Meals on Wheels maintains tradition

FAIRMONT — Meals on Wheels America is an organization that supports more than 5,000 community-based programs across the country dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger. The program relies on volunteers to deliver nutritious meals to seniors. Fairmont has its own program, ...