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Cyphers puts skills to use

Ten days ago, Eddy Cyphers returned to the United States from Lukosi, Zimbabwe. The 1974 Fairmont High School graduate had been in the southern African country for three monts, teaching basic agricultural techniques to start a community farming project and having the adventure of a ...

Martin Co. seeks aid after floods

FAIRMONT — Martin County commissioners met Wednesday afternoon to discuss recent inclement weather and its effect on the county. Commissioners heard an update from Sheriff Jeff Markquart on the rain and flooding event of June 16 and thereafter. The event has affected the population of ...

Gift shop proving popular

This and That gift shop, located inside Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center in Fairmont, has a lot to offer those who live on the campus, along with those in the community. The shop lives up to its name, offering some of this and a little bit of that. There are home decor items, seasonal ...

Garage sales deadline approaching

TRUMAN — Come to the Lewisville Library beginning 9 a.m. Saturday and paint a kindness rock. All supplies are provided to decorate a rock with a positive message and leave it where someone will find it. Spreading kindness is fun. n Truman City Council meets 5:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall. ...

PUC revises deposits

FAIRMONT — Fairmont Public Utilities Commission unanimously adopted a revised utility service policy Tuesday, updating the plan for the first time in 15 years. “The main things that we changed were the service deposits. The overall policy and procedures haven’t really changed,” said ...

Duo are facing burglary counts

FAIRMONT — A Bricelyn man and a Fairmont woman are facing felony charges in Martin County. Matthew Jason Thomas, 35, has been charged with theft and burglary in the second degree, both of which carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and $10,000 fine. Thomas also faces a charge of ...

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Faribault Co. seeks damage info BLUE EARTH — Faribault County Emergency Management is urging all county residents who have been impacted by the recent excessive rainfall to report any damage to their homes or property. A hotline has been established through the Faribault County ...

Reptile event coming up

SHERBURN — Sherburn Library is hosting a RAD Zoo (reptile and amphibian) event at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Sherburn Theatre. All ages are welcome to attend in order to see and learn more about various reptiles and amphibians. This event is free and no registration is required. If you ...

Internet project OK’d

FAIRMONT — Businesses in the industrial park on the west edge of Fairmont will get a boost in their Internet service following action by the Fairmont Economic Development Authority on Monday. Linsey Preuss, Fairmont economic development director, said city staff had been approached by the ...

Sunken roads re-emerging

FAIRMONT — Many southern Minnesotans have had a wet weekend, with basements flooding and creeks overflowing. Area farmers, already hit with a long winter, have standing water in their fields. On top of that, roads have been submerged. Fortunately, Martin County Engineer Kevin Peyman says ...

Project would target flooding

FAIRMONT — Fairmont City Council on Monday approved advertising for bids for installation of a new storm sewer pipe from Kings Road west to Canyon Drive, a move meant to reduce the flooding that plagues the area during heavy rainfall. Troy Nemmers, city engineer/public works director, told ...

Fairmont man facing burglary charge

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Brent Neal Shaikoski, 36, has been charged with burglary in the third degree, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. According to the complaint: At 3:20 a.m. June 1, Fairmont ...

School ahead on lead tests

FAIRMONT — Legislation that passed in 2017 requires public schools to begin testing for lead in their water starting July 1. The law requires school districts to adopt or create a plan that follows state and federal guidelines. It also requires schools to make results available to parents ...

Church moves toward re-opening

The congregation of St. James Lutheran Church in Northrop was devastated when their church burned down on March 30, 2016. The fire had started in the sanctuary as the result of a lightning strike. The congregation of 225 has remained hopeful and patient, and soon will be able to start ...

Area ag land selling for less

FAIRMONT — What is the value of ag land? Is it a good time to sell? Is it a good time to buy? These are legitimate questions, but unfortunately, there are no definitive answers. Now could be a good time to sell. Currently, there is less quality farm land for sale than normal, according to ...

Welcome reunion slated

WELCOME — The Welcome High School all-class reunion is scheduled 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. June 30 at the Welcome School. Alumni will gather to reminisce with former classmates and visit the memorabilia corridor, where a variety of items will be available for purchase. Items include aerial ...

Coffee Lovers meet Thursday

CEYLON — Blom Family Reunion will be 11 a.m. Sunday at Mondale Park, with a potluck lunch to be served at noon. All family members are invited. n There will be an open house celebration for Wayne and Karen Harder’s 50th wedding anniversary from 2-5 p.m. Sunday at the Legends 2/Legion ...

McDonald’s sprinting to finish

FAIRMONT — With only one short week to go before opening, there’s still a lot of work to be done at Fairmont’s new McDonald’s restaurant. The cooler and freezer are empty. There’s no french fries bobbing in the fryer. No special sauce or sesame seed buns are available, and there’s ...

All-class reunion slated

WELCOME — The 2018 Martin County Relay for Life will be held 3 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the Martin County Fairgrounds in Fairmont. Join them for survivor celebrations, silent and live auction, a meal, opening ceremonies, caregiver walk, band performances, food and games at campsites, ...

Programs seek, train local leaders

FAIRMONT — Some people might be considered born leaders. Others might have had the role thrust upon them, but whether it’s a church, civic organization, non-profit or local government, leaders are vital to the success of any community. The Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking ...