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Faribault Co. board ratifies 2.9% levy hike

BLUE EARTH — Faribault County commissioners have approved a 2019 property tax levy increase of 2.9 percent for the county. The levy is set at $11.3 million, compared to $11 million for 2018, or a net increase of $327,179. Meeting for the final time this year, commissioners also ...

Truman offers ‘Post 1905’

TRUMAN — Truman Church of Christ will begin its Sunday worship service and children’s program at 9 a.m. Sunday. Please note the time change from its normal Sunday services. n St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church will host a Sunday school children’s Christmas Eve and candlelight ...

Welcome eyes overtime issues

WELCOME — Welcome City Council this week discussed Public Works pay, centered around overtime and part-time salaries. It was decided that the city clerk will use the union contract for salaries, and update the employee handbook with payroll and insurance language corrected. Part-time ...

MCW adding Spanish class

SHERBURN — Martin County West High School will add a second Spanish course next year, one that can be used for college credit. In another academic change, the science department will combine a class so there will be more development aspects for sophomores. In other action from the ...

Courthouse dome work cost: $1.9M

FAIRMONT — Martin County commissioners on Tuesday heard from engineering consultant Bob Mickelson of ISG regarding a feasibility study of the Courthouse dome. The dome has seen wear and tear over the years, and leaking has been an issue. The report covered potential aspects such as ...

Brown offers workforce insights

FAIRMONT — Fairmont Area Schools Superintendent Joe Brown shared some statistics on students and workforce needs at this week’s Fairmont Exchange Club meeting. Brown said that during weekly meetings, school district administrators discuss many issues. They all have also been reading ...

Lions planning steak fry

SHERBURN — If a delicious grilled burger sounds good for your meal this evening, then come on down to the Sherburn Legion where they will be serving from 6-8 p.m. tonight. All are welcome. n Glenn Henriksen and friends will be featured for a Christmas concert at 2 p.m. Sunday at Immanuel ...

Mayo gives Lakeview $25K

FAIRMONT — Mayo Clinic Health System-Fairmont has granted $25,000 to Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center in Fairmont to support its capital campaign. “This was collaborative and agreed upon by several Mayo leaders, including our regional leadership team out of southwest Minnesota,” ...

‘3 Sisters’ turned over to nonprofit

BLUE EARTH — Blue Earth City Council has given the go-ahead for the transfer of the Three Sisters buildings downtown to the Rural Renaissance Project. The transfer is expected to be completed next month. Three members of the Rural Renaissance Project visited with the council Monday to ...

Truman eyes zoning change

TRUMAN — Truman City Council on Monday heard concerns from several community members regarding a rezoning request from resident Jason Werner. Werner purchased a lot located in the 200 block of West Fourth Street North and would like to build a garage to start a small business building ...

Jackson man faces felony count

FAIRMONT — A Jackson man is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Cody Allen Cloyd, 25, 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. 14, a Fairmont police officer met with a program ...

Busiahn moves forward in career

FAIRMONT — Stephanie Busiahn did not plan a career in tourism promotion, but once she got started she threw her energy into it. Busiahn has led the Fairmont Convention & Visitors Bureau — known as “Visit Fairmont” — for 12-plus years. Her evolving knowledge and expertise led her ...

Group takes aim at hunger

FAIRMONT — Curt Moeckel has a vision and, on Dec. 29, he hopes to see the first fruits of that vision come into being. The Martin County Historical Society has agreed to join hands with Moeckel’s brand new organization “The Shepherd’s In” by serving the Fairmont community with its ...

School buys instruments

Fairmont Area Schools recently received a $50,000 grant from the Schmeeckle Foundation that will be used to purchase band and orchestra equipment for students at the elementary school. The family foundation is carrying the legacy of long-time Martin County resident Juanita Schmeeckle. It ...

Lights will be judged tonight

CEYLON — There will be a cribbage tournament beginning with registration at 1:15 p.m. today and play to follow at the Welcome Legion. Anyone interested in playing cribbage is welcome. These tournaments are held the second Saturday each month in Ceylon, and the third Saturday in Welcome. ...

Family, colleagues remember Nelson

FAIRMONT — They say it’s hard to forget someone who gave you so much to remember and that is true of Sue Nelson, who was a mother, sister, daughter, colleague and friend to so many. Having recently passed away, Sue is remembered by all whom she touched during her 57 years of life. Sue ...

Crawford ready to retire

FAIRMONT — For 26 years, Bill Crawford has been involved in the Martin County and Fairmont communities. He has served as the Martin County Extension agent, an ag representative on the Fairmont Economic Development Authority and is widely known for grilling pork loins or pork patties for the ...

GHEC roof work complete

GRANADA — Superintendent Mandy Fletcher on Thursday provided the Granada-Huntley-East Chain School Board with an update on second floor roof construction. The roof was damaged and needed to be replaced following a Sept. 20 storm during which tornadoes touched down in Granada. Fletcher ...

Cribbage tournaments slated

WELCOME — There will be a cribbage tournament today at the Welcome Legion, with registration at 1:15 p.m. and play beginning at 1:30 p.m. The public is invited, so anyone who enjoys playing cribbage should join them the second Saturday in Ceylon and the third Saturday in Welcome. ...

Gould gave to family, community

FAIRMONT — “We can’t help everyone, but we can help someone.” – Ronald Reagan In the case of avid community supporter and family woman Helen Gould, she helped a lot of “someones.” Having recently passed away, Helen is remembered by her husband, children and many others for her ...