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Townships seek officials

CEYLON — Tuesday will usher in 2019. Please have a happy and safe New Year’s Eve and a great 2019. n Remember that affidavits of candidacy for township elections may be filed with the clerk of the township from Jan. 1-15. Lake Belt Township needs one supervisor for a three-year term ...

Youth can join new ‘Post 1905’

The Truman Fire Department recently established “Post 1905” for area youth ages 14-21 interested in learning what it means to be a volunteer firefighter. The program is sponsored by the Boy Scots of America in collaboration with the Truman Fire Department. Advisers are several Truman ...

Fairmont man facing check forgery charges

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Jeremiah Darwin Vanriper, 36, has been charged with check forgery, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. According to the complaint: On Sept. 23, a Fairmont police officer was ...

Township elections set

WELCOME — Tuesday will ring in the year 2019. Don’t forget to write “2019” on your checks and other things after New Year’s Day. Have a great 2019, and a safe and happy weekend and New Year’s Eve. n The 2019 Relay for Life committee meeting and team captain’s meeting will ...

Man allegedly made threats

TRUMAN — A Truman man is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Keith William Mercier, 38, has been charged with making threats of violence, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. According to the complaint: On Dec. 1, a Truman police officer ...

Post 1905 ready to begin

TRUMAN — The Truman Fire Department recently established Post 1905 for area youth ages 14-21 who are interested in learning about what is involved in being on a volunteer fire department. This post was established through a grant from The Boys Scouts of America and Valero. The first ...

Man facing felony drug count

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Anthony Allen Kamish, 26, 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 Nov. 23, a theft occurred ...

Classes promote safety

FAIRMONT — Several driver improvement classes for those 55 and older will take place in Fairmont at the end of January. The classes, to be held at Fairmont Elementary School, will be taught by Phil Bachman. He currently resides in Mankato but lived in Fairmont for three decades. Bachman ...

Fairmont High School: Mock Trial activity offered for students

FAIRMONT — This school year, Mock Trial is being offered at Fairmont High School. The activity is coached by two local attorneys, Jaime Grundman, judicial law clerk for the district court, and Chris Johnston, assistant public defender. Nine students in grades 7-12 are participating. “I ...

Police help children find gifts

SHERBURN — For the second year in a row, police officer Nicholas Smith organized a “Shop With a Cop” program for children in need at Martin County West Schools. He spent months organizing and promoting the program, and is happy to report that it was successful. The program helped 18 ...

Lions offering New Year’s fry

SHERBURN — Sherburn Lions Club will be ring in 2019 with a New Year’s Eve steak fry at the Sherburn American Legion. They will serve your choice of steak, shrimp, pork chop or a combo meal from 5-8 p.m. The meal will include baked potato, salad bar, homemade bread and a snack table. The ...

Rec center plan tops local news

FAIRMONT — Possible construction of a community center in Fairmont created news and controversy in the second half of 2018. The facility’s cost and what it would house stirred questions and opposition, while a grassroots group supporting the project pushed ahead, seeking the city’s ...

Mini golf planners seek help

FAIRMONT — In just four months, a local group has obtained commitments for about two-thirds of the funding for a mini golf course next to the Fairmont Aquatic Park. Laura Olsen and Ed Willett head up Kids Just Want to Have Fun, an offshoot committee of the grassroots community betterment ...

Transplant recipient: There’s a huge need

FAIRMONT — Andy Altenburg has a message. After being the recipient of not one, but two liver transplants, he wants people to know there is a pressing need for organ donors who may be able to help save lives, like his. Altenburg shares how he was initially diagnosed with cancer and was able ...

Coalition taking on prescription drug abuse

FAIRMONT — The Martin County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition is comprised of local community members whose goal is to prevent underage drinking, marijuana and other drug abuse in Martin County. The coalition has been working to tackle prescription drug abuse by handing out DisposeRx ...

Contest winners named

CEYLON — Area churches will have special services for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Circle of Faith congregations will have Christmas Eve services only. St. Peter Lutheran Church in Ceylon will have a 7 p.m. candlelight service. Trinity Lutheran in Welcome and Waverly Lutheran, north of ...

Sun helping power brothers’ farms

FAIRMONT — Jon and Jeff Eversman have had an interest in solar energy for a few years. Now they have taken that interest and run with it, working with Blue Horizon Energy to install a series of 12, dual-axis tracking solar arrays on their farms. The systems are the first of their kind in ...

Township filings to open

WELCOME — Area churches have planned special services for Christmas Eve. St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Welcome will have a candlelight and communion service 6 p.m. Monday evening. The Circle of Faith congregations will have 5 p.m. Christmas Eve candlelight and communion services ...

Briefly

Corrections o In Kathy Hendricksen’s Truman News column Thursday, an announcement regarding the Truman Fire Department establishing Post 1905 for area youth listed an incorrect date for an upcoming meeting. They will meet 7 p.m. Dec. 27 at the Truman Fire Hall. o An article on the Martin ...

4-H office moving to fairgrounds

FAIRMONT — Martin County commissioners have approved a plan to allow the 4-H County Extension Office to move to the Martin County Fairgrounds, pending a lease agreement with the fair board. The board this week heard from Kia Harries, 4-H regional director of Southwest Extension, regarding ...