Local News

Truman hires new superintendent

TRUMAN — Truman Public School will have a new superintendent next school year. Current Superintendent Virginia Dahlstrom will work through June 30,w when Lisa Shellum will take over. Dahlstrom began her stint as superintendent at Truman in the 2015-2016 school year. She actually came out ...

Books bringing people together

BLUE EARTH — With a goal to bring the community together through the love of reading, BEA Reads enters its fourth year with a new book, new events and a speaker sure to inspire. BEA Reads is a partnership between Blue Earth Area Schools and the three libraries within the district: Blue ...

Community Day delayed

CEYLON — Because of the anticipated weather forecast of blizzard conditions today, the Ceylon Community Day auction has been postponed until April 21. As far as I can remember, this is the first time it has been postponed in the 80-plus years it has been held. This is just another episode ...

KARE11’s Belinda Jensen shares her story

Area residents got a treat Thursday evening as KARE11 chief meteorologist Belinda Jensen visited the Martin County Library in Fairmont to talk about her career and the children’s books she has authored. Speaking to a crowd of more than 100, as well as a large group of curious children, ...

Inclusion discussion continues

FAIRMONT — Last fall, about 45 people came to the Fairmont Elementary School to have a discussion about race. On Thursday evening, some of them met again to continue the conversation and discuss what steps should be taken next in the community. The discussion was sponsored by Region Nine ...

Community Day postponed

WELCOME — Due to anticipated inclement weather, the Ceylon Community Day Sale has been postponed until April 21. The auction will start at 7 a.m. Maps of garage sale sites that can be found around town will be posted under a documents tab listed on the city of Ceylon website, ...

State, W’bago reach accord

WINNEBAGO — Winnebago City Council has approved an agreement with the Minnesota Department of Transportation to share the construction cost of the upcoming Highway 169 resurfacing project. According to the agreement, the city has requested that paving and utilities construction be added to ...

Man faces porn charge

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Peter David Hennager, 58, has been charged with possession of pornography on a work computer, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. According to the complaint: On Nov. 6, the ...

Strike Out Cancer event upcoming

TRUMAN — Congratulations to Jack and Charlotte Jacobsen, who are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary today. Cards can reach them at 400 North Fourth Ave. E., Truman, MN 56088. n Truman Public School will dismiss one hour early Friday. n Truman Historical Museum turkey dinner ...

Ceylon worried about Community Day mud

CEYLON — Ceylon City Council members reported this week that mud on the streets will be a problem again on Community Day, which is Saturday. There was a suggestion that skid loaders or other equipment be used to clean up the mud, especially on the south side of town by the former football ...

Report: School acted properly

BLUE EARTH — An investigation of the Blue Earth Area school district’s disciplinary actions following an alleged assault has found no wrongdoing. In October 2017, four students reportedly assaulted a fellow student at a party in Winnebago, resulting in bruising and swelling to his face, ...

Tech ed offers career boost

Career and technical education classes are catching on as many students realize that going to college for a four-year degree is not conducive, or even necessary, for the type of lives they want to lead. Martin County West ag teachers Jeremy and Jessica Daberkow and Stephanie Wohlhuter shared ...

Verizon plan: 5 ‘small cells’ for more data

FAIRMONT — Today’s average household owns 13 electronic devices, including everything from phones and computers to thermostats and security systems. These devices use about 5.2 gigabytes of data each month, but within five years, increasing technology in our everyday lives will boost that ...

Students busy giving of selves

FAIRMONT — High school instructor Chris Engelby on Tuesday spoke to the Fairmont Area School Board about the school’s blood drives and the upcoming community service day. Engelby reported there were two blood drives this school year. The first was in November, with a goal of 85 units and ...

Auction slated for Friday

SHERBURN — Sherburn Civic and Commerce Club will host a soup and sandwich dinner and white elephant auction Friday evening at the Sherburn American Legion. The meal, at a cost of $6 per person, will be served from 5-6 p.m., with the white elephant auction to follow promptly at 6 p.m. Allen ...

‘Quiet zone’ would be costly

FAIRMONT — Over the past few weeks, some local residents have complained about waiting for long trains traveling through Fairmont, and the subsequent whistles from those locomotives. Fairmont City Administrator Mike Humpal sent a memo on the subject to City Council members on Wednesday and ...

Blue Earth Area touts positive programs

BLUE EARTH — Blue Earth Area school board members on Monday received an update on the efforts of staff, teachers and students to make a positive impact on the district. Shannon Swanson, BEA youth development/service coordinator, spoke about the peer helping program, which is for students ...

Foursome facing drug charges

FAIRMONT — Three Martin County residents and a Mankato man are facing felony charges in Martin County. Mariah Ann Twedt, 21, of Frost; Derek Thomas Johnson, 21, of Blue Earth; Dylan Jon Krosch, 20, of Blue Earth; and Brett James Van Maasdam, 20, of Mankato have each been charged with drug ...

‘Humor for Heroes’ makes return to Blazer

FAIRMONT — Last October, a comedy troupe appeared at the Blazer Bar and Grill in Fairmont as part “Humor for Heroes,” a rapidly-paced tour that encompassed 30 performances in 30 days. The funny men were raising funds in support of the Lone Survivor Foundation, which benefits wounded ...

Event offers students opportunity

FAIRMONT — For the past decade, the Area Career Exploration (ACE) event has offered high school students the opportunity to visit with representatives from regional businesses and industries in the Fairmont High School gymnasium, giving the young people a chance to learn about what local ...