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Coffee Lovers meet Thursday

CEYLON — Today is the first day of fall. Next week is the last week of September. Time sure flies. Fields that look like lakes are back after the rain Wednesday and Thursday. About the only ones that like it are the seagulls and geese. n Our Savior’s Lutheran Church has Bible study ...

CER ready with its offerings

FAIRMONT — Fairmont Community and Education Recreation, commonly referred to as CER, offers a wide range of activities and classes for the whole community. Offerings are targeted for those as young as toddlers all the way through senior citizens. The tagline for CER is “Lifelong Learning ...

Woman facing felony theft count

WELCOME — A Welcome woman is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Lori Loann Hargrove, 43, has been charged with theft of property having a value in excess of $5,000, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. According to the complaint: On Aug. 13, a ...

Fall cleanup day coming up

WELCOME — A reminder that Saturday is the first day of fall. n Coffee hours for September continue one more week from 8:30-10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Welcome. Join friends and neighbors for good fellowship along with coffee and goodies. Coffee hours in ...

Beletti takes on new role at Fairmont PD

We all like to stay comfortable in life, but the greatest adventure is often what lies ahead. Just ask Mike Beletti of the Fairmont Police Department. Formerly the school resource officer at Fairmont Area Schools, Beletti now holds a sergeant position, and is excited to see where the ...

Homecoming next week

TRUMAN — Truman Historical Museum Association will host its annual fall turkey with all the trimmings dinner catered by Nancy Jo’s from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the Truman Community Building. n “Truman Time” is 3:15 p.m. Monday on KNUJ AM 860 Radio from New Ulm. Mayor Lynn ...

Welcome approves survey

WELCOME — MVTV representative Julie Foote has requested a partnership with Welcome to put an antenna on the city’s new water tower. She also asked the City Council this week if a technician from the company can conduct a survey of the water tower. The city approved a survey by the ...

School marking milestone

A “Memory Celebration” dinner will take place Sunday at Martin Luther High School in Northrop. This school year marks the 35th anniversary for the institution. The event is being held to celebrate the occasion and the many individuals who helped make the school possible. Music will be ...

Board aims to limit hike in local levy

FAIRMONT — Martin County commissioners on Tuesday approved a preliminary property tax levy for 2019. The figure originally was $16.4 million, or a 3.94 percent increase over 2018, but the board only approved a 2.94 percent increase, in an effort to decrease spending. Commissioner Dan ...

Opera House series arrives

The 2018-2019 subscription series at the Fairmont Opera House kicks off Saturday night when Hornucopia takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. This is the first of 10 installments of the series, which continues through May. Cost for an adult subscription is $170 for all 10 shows or $93 for five shows. ...

Park Board backs mini golf

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Park Board voiced its approval and some advice on Tuesday for a mini golf course planned by “Kids Just Want to Have Fun,” an offshoot committee of the grassroots community betterment organization Project 1590. At the board’s August meeting, the committee ...

Commission OKs drug court funding

BLUE EARTH — Fifth Judicial District coordinator Tracy Henning on Tuesday requested $5,000 from the Faribault County Commission for drug court operations. Henning said the cost for supplies for a 90-day period is a little more than $3,000, so the gift from the county goes to the ordering ...

Picoult book gets spotlight at Martin Co. West

SHERBURN — Martin County West School Board began its meeting this week with a presentation from languages arts teacher Amanda Larson. She spoke about the book she used this summer and will use in class in the third quarter. She received 65 copies of the book entitled “Small Great ...

Sherburn eyes demolitions

SHERBURN — Sherburn City Council this week discussed Economic Development Authority funds that may be available for residents to purchase condemned houses and demolish them. Residents would have to talk to the council about their plans. Discussions about the expenses led to explanations ...

Homecoming set at MCW

SHERBURN — Grilled burgers with all the fixings will be served 6-8 p.m. tonight at Sherburn American Legion. Everyone is welcome. n Next week will be Homecoming Week at Martin County West. The activities begin with coronation at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the high school gym. There will be ...

City weighs rec center costs

FAIRMONT — Fairmont City Council was inundated Monday with information on building and operating costs for a proposed $24.7 million community center and its impact on the city’s budget. The council will approve a preliminary budget for 2019 early next week. “No decisions will be made ...

Blue Earth initial levy hike: 12%

BLUE EARTH — Blue Earth City Council on Monday set a preliminary 2019 budget and tax levy. The proposed budget shows an increase of $142,730 from this year, which in turn translates into a tax levy increase of 11.8 percent. City officials were quick to point out that this is a ...

Truman eyeing 3% hike in levy

TRUMAN — Truman City Council studied the proposed 2019 city budget and tax levy Monday. The council approved the proposed budget for 2019, which is just over $1 million, and approved a proposed 3 percent levy increase, which would bring property taxes up to $369,137. In other business ...

Man allegedly fled from police

FAIRMONT — An Eden Valley man is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Earl Harrison Coe, 71, has been charged with fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, which carries a maximum penalty of 3 years in prison and a $5,000 fine. According to the complaint: On Sept. 9, a state ...

‘Educator of Excellence’ Bonin receives state honor

One of Fairmont Jr. Sr. High School’s vocational teachers, Bob Bonin, has been named a Minnesota Educator of Excellence by the Minnesota Rural Education Association (MREA). Some classes Bonin teaches include welding, automobile repair and mechatronics. Bonin is just one of four teachers ...