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Police chief: Safety first this winter

FAIRMONT — With recent subzero temperatures and a dusting of snow on the ground, winter has officially set in. While some may dread it, many others look forward to the unique outdoor opportunities. However, it does us all well to follow basic safety guidelines, and Fairmont Police Chief ...

Townships to hold votes

WELCOME — This will be the last column I write this year since next week will be 2018. Please have a happy and prosperous new year. Drive safely and don’t drink and drive. n The senior citizens usually meet the first Monday of each month but since Monday will be a holiday they will ...

Sherburn’s spirit stays unbroken

SHERBURN — Depending on schedules and personalities, Christmas Eve can be a hectic time of last-minute shopping, traveling or cooking, or a calm, relaxing time of quiet reflection before the hustle and bustle of the next day’s celebrations. However, as residents of Sherburn recently ...

Sites offer seniors more activities

FAIRMONT — At one point, activities at senior care facilities may have been considered not all that much fun. However, change has been taking place. Many senior care facilities now offer a wide range of activities so that each individual can partake in something they enjoy. “We do a ...

City offers warning on utility scam

FAIRMONT — Just one day after Christmas, some area businesses had the unfortunate task of dealing with some unscrupulous individuals who raised their heads in an attempt to harass and defraud. According to a Fairmont City Hall notification, several local businesses received calls from an ...

Sorority seeks used gift bags

TRUMAN — As we close out 2017 and usher in 2018, may we all take time to think how we can make 2018 better. Our words and actions can make a difference. Wishing you a happy and healthy 2018. n STEP, Inc. wants any denim or corduroy jeans that you no longer use. Just drop them off at the ...

Teen involved in one-vehicle crash

FAIRMONT — A driver was injured in a one-vehicle accident in rural Martin County on Sunday, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The accident occurred at 5:04 p.m. along Highway 263 near 90th Street. According to the State Patrol: A 17-year-old male was driving a 2002 Volkswagen Jetta ...

Post-prom meeting set

SHERBURN — Martin County West students are on break all this week. They will return to school Jan. 2. n Thanks to all the hard-working men who worked out in the cold on Christmas Eve day to restore water to all residents of Sherburn. I’m sure it was not how they wanted to spend the day. ...

Those driving through Fairmont over the summer were met with significant road work along Highway 15. The Highway 15 project has been voted the No. 9 local news story of the year.

Bullying leads 2017 local news

FAIRMONT — An assault involving Blue Earth Area football players and ensuing questions and concerns about the school’s bullying policies is the top local news story of 2017. The year also saw several major retail closings, along with an extensive road construction project through the ...

Brenda and Gene Duncan are seen Second Chances, a group home in Granada that they live in and own.

Couple finds, builds Second Chances

With a dedication to helping others, Second Chances in Granada continues to make a difference. Second Chances is a non-profit group home for boys ages 12-18, with a goal of each resident gaining enough confidence and skills for a smooth transition back into society and their family. The ...

HELPING HAND — Fairmont High School junior Sarah Justice, center, is a cadet teacher for fifth-grade teacher Ross Long at Fairmont Elementary School. Justice is seen helping some students.

Students aiding educators

This is the second year that a cadet teaching class has been offered at Fairmont Jr./Sr. High School. Family and consumer science teacher Wendi Tonder heard about cadet teaching programs at a conference and inquired about starting one locally. “It’s a program developed to help with the ...

Sierra Williamson

Martin Co. West grad wins honor

SHERBURN — Sherburn native Sierra Williamson, a sophomore at the University of Minnesota, has been selected as a Land O’Lakes Global Food Challenge Emerging Leader for 2017-2018. The internship program is a special honor for Williamson, who has continued a passion for agriculture that ...

City names contest winners

CEYLON — Area churches are scheduling Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services. The Circle of Faith congregation at St. Peter Lutheran in Ceylon will have a Sunday School service 7 p.m. Sunday. The other Circle of Faith congregations in Welcome and Waverly will have 5 p.m. Christmas Eve ...

Briefly

Correction In Sharon Rosen’s Welcome column in Friday’s edition, an announcement about Christmas Eve candlelight services and children’s services for the Circle of Faith congregations listed an incorrect day. All services will be held Sunday. Fire departments receive grants ST. ...

Grandparents face scams

FAIRMONT — The holiday season is upon us, and something about it just causes an air of generosity and good will to take hold for our fellow man. Sadly, there are those who would take advantage of that good will for their own perceived gain. Scams are nothing new, but the criminals behind ...

Kids enjoyed Shop with Cop

WELCOME — The Shop with a Cop program from the Sherburn/Welcome police was a success. Seventeen children from six families participated with the officers from Welcome/ Sherburn and some of their families, a Sheriff’s deputy and the Trimont chief of police. They would like to thank all ...

Meredith Miller

Girl, 8, helps kids going into foster care

During this season of giving, it’s important to remember those who are less fortunate and who could maybe use a little extra support. Earlier this month, Truman Community Education did a service project in which it put together bags full of a variety of items to be given to children going ...

Pair charged with felonies

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man and woman are facing felony charges in Martin County. Francisco Hernandez Guzman, 44, and Allison Marie Johnson, 28, have been charged with trafficking Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Johnson’s charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 ...

Truman Pride plans supper

TRUMAN — There will be a chili supper from 5-7 p.m. tonight at the Truman School cafeteria. You can enjoy chili, chili toppings, French bread, a cookie and beverage. The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children 8 and younger. This meal is sponsored by Truman Pride, with all the proceeds ...

Authority has funds to loan out

FAIRMONT — Do you dream of starting your own business? Do you want to expand your existing company? There’s always that pesky issue of money, but obtaining funds doesn’t have to be a deterrent. In fact, the Fairmont Economic Development Authority is actively seeking borrowers. FEDA ...