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Blood drive set for Thursday

CEYLON — Happy February ... I always think we are getting over the hump of winter when it becomes February. Maybe it’s just wishful thinking. n There will be a Red Cross blood drive in Ceylon from 1-6 p.m. Thursday. To make an appointment or for more information, call (800) 733-2767), ...

Group’s stickers take aim at underage drinking

FAIRMONT — The Martin County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition recently received some underage drinking prevention stickers from Epiphany Community Services, a consultant to the coalition. “It’s a pilot program,” said coalition director Steph Johnson. “They’re trying out this ...

Firefighters hosting pancake feed Sunday

WELCOME — Maybe it’s all in my head, but when it becomes February, I feel that spring is nearer. Kind of over the hump. n You can celebrate by going to the Welcome Fire Department’s pancake feed from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday at the Welcome Legion. The menu includes pancakes, sausage, ...

Hy-Vee has new leader

FAIRMONT — Aaron Speltz is happy to be in Fairmont. Having recently been named the new store manager at Hy-Vee, Speltz said he and his family enjoy the area and are not looking to relocate anytime soon. Speltz shared about his family and how he came to work in Fairmont. “I was born ...

Trio finds rewards at Hair Etc.

Vivian Denton, Patty (Johnston) Sandbo and Lakyn Sathoff share a combined 102 years of cosmetology experience. Denton has worked in the field for 53 years, and Sandbo has been at the job 47 years. Sathoff quickly adds that she has been “out of school two whole years.” Ironically, it is ...

Peterson thrives through interaction

After retirement, many people find joy and purpose in giving back to others. While there are many ways to contribute, Joyce Peterson has found that she enjoys helping senior citizens. Peterson is caregiver services coordinator at CREST, a volunteer service focused on the needs of caregivers ...

Truman Days seeks help

TRUMAN — Friday is the last day to place your order for submarine sandwiches to support the after-prom fundraiser. For ordering questions, contact Judi Davis at (507) 236-9791 or drop off your order and payment at Truman Public Utilities office. Sandwiches should be picked up between ...

Dance to benefit mini golf

FAIRMONT — Project 1590’s “Kids Just Want to Have Fun” committee will host a father/daughter dance from 5-7 p.m. Saturday at Red Rock Center for the Arts in Fairmont. The dance is a fundraiser for the mini golf course the group plans to install next to the Fairmont Aquatic ...

Man facing theft charge

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Devin Eugene Haegeman, 26, has been charged with theft by swindle, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. According to the complaint: On Aug. 10, a Fairmont police officer was ...

‘Lunch and Learn’ set for Feb. 6

SHERBURN — Friendship Club at St. John’s Lutheran Church of Sherburn would like to invite anyone who would like to join them for a Valentine Party beginning 11:30 a.m. Monday at the Pizza Ranch, Fairmont. Prizes will be given away. Bring a friend and come out to this fun event. n 2019 ...

City hires firm to plan street work

FAIRMONT — A pair of anticipated construction projects received the green light from the Fairmont City Council on Monday. Reconstruction of Lake Avenue from East Fourth Street to Downtown Plaza will enter the initial planning phase, while the project to replace the Pioneer Bridge is ready ...

Woman facing felony charge

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont woman is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Bobbie Lynn Thomas, 23, has been charged with aiding and abetting a burglary in the third degree, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. According to the complaint: On Nov. 8, ...

‘Charlotte’s Web’ to hit stage

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Opera House will host TheaterWorksUSA's production of “Charlotte’s Web” on Sunday. The show opens at 2 p.m. E.B. White’s story centers on the friendship of a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte. Wilbur has a problem: how to avoid ...

Bone Marrow Failure Syndrome: Local girl stays positive

Jason Sorensen FAIRMONT — We may not ever understand all the trials and struggles of life, but when they come we would do well to reflect on our children and how they react to such circumstances. Essence Leach, a third grader at Trimont Elementary, has managed to keep an upbeat attitude and ...

Agency fines area firms

FAIRMONT — The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says it recently fined two ag-related businesses in Fairmont for air quality violations. In both cases, the businesses undertook corrective actions and subsequently passed follow-up testing, according to the Pollution Control Agency. CHS, ...

MLHS offers English course

NORTHROP — An English as Second Language course for Spanish-speaking adults is being offered at Martin Luther High School in Northrop. The 10-week course will be taught Thursday evenings from 7-9 p.m. beginning Feb. 7. The classes are being taught by Veronica Balderas, Martin Luther’s ...

Blood drive set for Feb. 7

CEYLON — Condolences to the families of two long-time Ceylon area residents who passed away last week. Robert “Bob” Champine was very involved in the community and the Ceylon Legion. He will be missed. Irene Stade was involved in the area near Dunnell and rural Ceylon. She too will ...

Man allegedly fled from police

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Daniel James Geldart, 32, is 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: On Jan. 13, a ...

School regains its own lunchroom

Students at St. James Lutheran School in Northrop have about the same classes and schedules as other students in the area. They have time set aside for math, English, science and P.E. They start and end their day at about the same time as students at other schools. However, for more than ...

Pancake feed set for Feb. 3

WELCOME — Condolences to the family of Kathy Allen, formerly of the Truman/Waverly area. n Upcoming events include: o A pancake feed sponsored by the Welcome Fire Department Relief Association will be held 8 a.m. to noon Feb. 3 at the Welcome Legion. The menu will include pancakes, ...