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Science classes slated

TRUMAN — Today from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at City Hall is the final chance to sign up for summer youth baseball and softball for pre-K to 12th grade, or age 18. For more information, call or text Chris Studer at (507)236-5244. If you are interested in helping, we need you too. n Mrs. Kutch ...

Short-term rentals stirring talks

FAIRMONT — Fairmont Planning Commission opened discussion of short-term rentals on Tuesday. With rental sites like Airbnb and VRBO becoming more and more popular, the commission decided to begin dialogue on possible future regulations. Stephanie Busiahn, executive director of Visit ...

Snow day? Yes, but no makeup day

FAIRMONT — So far for the 2017-2018 school year, there have been three snow days, one early dismissal and one two-hour late start at Fairmont Area Schools. This is maybe to be expected, since this is Minnesota, but many may wonder how missing several days of school affects the rest of the ...

Loose dogs irk Blue Earth leaders

BLUE EARTH — Blue Earth City Council this week tackled concerns over unleashed and unlicensed pets in the city. Councilman Glenn Gaylord brought up the issue. He believes Blue Earth residents need to be more responsible with their animals, especially when it comes to owners not putting ...

Martin Co. plans improvement

FAIRMONT — Martin County commissioners on Tuesday heard from County Engineer Kevin Peyman, who provided a review of a proposed courthouse parking lot improvement. The project will include the installation of about 275 feet of curb, 275 feet of fencing and the installation of a drainage ...

Faribault Co. lends its support to victims

BLUE EARTH — Faribault County commissioners voted Tuesday to include the county in recognizing April 8-14 as National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. The week is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime, which oversees programs to benefit and assist crime ...

Students earn academic honor

SHERBURN — Don’t forget there’s a mystery “Lunch and Learn” hosted by CREST beginning at 11 a.m. today at the Senior Citizen’s Center in Sherburn. A “mystery” lunch will be served after the presentation. All are welcome. n Grilled burgers will be served from 6-8 p.m. tonight ...

Blue Earth talks coyote, deer population

BLUE EARTH — On Monday, the Blue Earth City Council further discussed solutions to the city’s deer population problem. This issue was first brought up at a council meeting in early March, when council members spoke about complaints from residents who had see deer in town and experienced ...

Truman hears from department heads

TRUMAN — On Monday evening, the Truman City Council heard quarterly reports from several different departments. Fire chief Dave Bentz reported that the fire department is currently at full staff right now. Bentz also said that they’ve had a few trucks repaired that received some damage ...

Family Fun Fair enters 33rd year

FAIRMONT — This Friday, April 6 marks the 33rd annual Family Fun Fair, which will take place from 4:30- 7:30 p.m. at the Fairmont Elementary School. The event is organized by the Fairmont Community Education and Recreation (CER) and the Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE). The purpose ...

Dunham works on recovery

Loren Dunham and DeeAnne Helfritz had planned an idyllic two weeks on the big island of Hawaii, but a snorkeling accident derailed their vacation. “It was just a winter vacation,” Helfritz said. “It was the last state that Loren had on his list. He’s been in all 50 states now. We were ...

Population in area still going down

FAIRMONT — Recently released U.S. census data reveals an issue that small communities continue to face: declining population. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2017 the population of Martin County dropped from 19,890 to 19,850, a continuance of a slow decline. Since 2010, the ...

Child care providers speaking out

FAIRMONT — Child care in Minnesota is facing a proverbial perfect storm of conditions, causing many to wonder how best to solve the issue. Increasing regulations combined with low wages and high turnover rates have created an unsustainable situation for a widely utilized service. All of ...

Fairmont eyeing preschool funding issue

FAIRMONT — In 2017, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton proposed permanent funding to ensure that every child in the state could attend free school-based prekindergarten. The Legislature, for its part, agreed to provide $50 million in one-time funding. About 6,100 4-year-olds attend free ...

Community Day coming up

CEYLON — So far, March has been kind of like a lion. Let’s hope March goes out like a lamb. Today is the last day of March. Don’t get fooled Sunday. Have a great Easter. Think spring. n The congregation at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Ceylon will have its Easter service at 5:30 ...

Donation helps protect ‘Zeus’

BLUE EARTH — Thanks to an anonymous donation, the hardest-working dog in Faribault County will now have the protection he deserves. On Thursday, it was announced that the Faribault County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit received a donation to purchase a protective vest for the unit’s dog, ...

Group celebrates recovery

FAIRMONT — Every Thursday night, people from all walks of life gather at Bethel Evangelical Free Church in Fairmont. They come together for a meal, a message and fellowship that helps them face their problems in a program called Celebrate Recovery. Although the group is less than a year ...

Couple facing felony charges

FAIRMONT — Two Fairmont residents are facing felony charges in Martin County. Armondo Jesus Rivera, 54, and Lisa Marie Rivera, 40, have both been charged with drug possession in the fifth degree, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. In addition, ...

Museum ready to re-open

WELCOME — This Sunday is Easter Sunday and I hope you and yours have a very happy and safe Easter. It also happens to be April 1, so we’re hoping the weather doesn’t play an April Fools’ joke on us. n Easter services in area churches include: Easter vigil at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at ...

Fairmont police say calls rise 11 percent

FAIRMONT — When members of the Fairmont Police Department gathered for their first meeting of 2017, Chief Mike Hunter asked the officers to come up with three words that encompassed the FPD. The officers decided on fair, professional and dedicated, words with first letters corresponding ...