Local News

Bail Bondsman offers services

Located on the southwest corner at the intersection of Blue Earth Avenue and Downtown Plaza, Griffin Bail Bonds has been in Fairmont since January. Local agent Jason Mau says he is excited to be in town, and happy to offer his services to the community. Mau explained not only what a bail ...

Deal paying dividends for city, school

FAIRMONT — A collaborative effort between the city of Fairmont and Fairmont Area Schools has resulted in the creation of Whitetail Ridge, a housing development with 20 residential lots south of the soccer fields in Fairmont. For each lot sold, the school district gets $10,000, which it ...

Group wins $2M grant

FAIRMONT — The Fox Lake Conservation League has been awarded more than $2 million for a public lands project that is open for public use, including hunting. The application process was a long one, but thanks to partnering with larger conservation organizations, the league’s Doug Hartke is ...

Freedom 5K won’t be held

FAIRMONT — For five years, the Freedom 5K was held on July 4 in Fairmont to raise money for Martin County Beyond the Yellow Ribbon and its support of active duty military families, but the event will not be held this year. The group has yet to receive the fundraising money from the 2017 ...

Woman faces drug count

FAIRMONT — A Fergus Falls woman is facing a felony drug charge in Martin County. Lindsey Sunshine Bontjes, 36, 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 May 21, a ...

‘Jump Start’ held Tuesdays

CEYLON — Operation Jump Start youth group for children ages 8 to 16 years continues from 4:30-6:30 p.m. every Tuesday at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Ceylon. The fun program teaches life skills. n There are kickball games for children ages 5-15 from 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays at the park in ...

Business Briefs

Culligan honors Johnson FAIRMONT — Richie Johnson of Fairmont recently was honored for 20 years of service as a Culligan dealer. The business was started in Fairmont by his grandfather, Glen, and then run by his father, Richard, before Richie Johnson bought the operation in 1997. Barrett, ...

GHEC OKs co-op move

GRANADA — The Granada-Huntley-East Chain School Board on Thursday unanimously approved a plan to relocate the Southern Plains Education Cooperative from Winnebago to the former Lincoln School building in Fairmont. The cooperative is a joint powers organization that provides special ...

Relay leaders meet Monday

WELCOME — There will be a celebration Saturday to honor the 50th wedding anniversary of Edwin and Marlene Abel from Welcome. It will be held 2-4 p.m. at the St. Paul United Church of Christ in Welcome. They request no gifts, please. They were married June 15, 1968. Congratulations, Marlene ...

Stagemasters prepare to offer ‘Cinderella’

A children’s musical, “Cinderella,” will be put on by Truman Stagemasters at 7 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday in the auditorium at Truman Public School. The musical is directed by Kim Breamer and Jan Ringeisen. Assisting are Becca Johnson, who is the set director, and Barb Mager, who ...

Ceylon worried about crime

CEYLON — Concerned about repeat offenders and burglaries, Ceylon citizens asked about the city’s police presence at the City Council meeting this week. Corey Klanderud, representing the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, was present to answer questions. The Sheriff’s Office covers ...

Local woman facing felony charge

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont woman is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Nicole Lynn Eisenmenger, 28, has been charged with possession of stolen property, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. According to the complaint: On June 2, Fairmont police ...

Alpha man charged with theft

FAIRMONT — An Alpha man is facing felony charges in Martin County. Marcus David Ballou has been charged with one count each of theft and financial transaction card fraud. Both charges carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. According to the complaint: On April 5, ...

Lewisville Fun Daze starts Friday

TRUMAN — Friday is the last day to nominate an individual, couple or organization for this year’s Truman Days parade grand marshal. Think of people who have made or are making a positive contribution to Truman. Ballot boxes are located at Profinium, Truman Historical Museum, Truman ...

Board OKs co-op move

FAIRMONT — Fairmont and four other school districts are moving ahead with plans to relocate the Southern Plains Education Cooperative from its current home in Winnebago to the former Lincoln School building in Fairmont. SPEC is a joint powers organization that provides special education and ...

PUC weighs deposit hike

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday discussed possibly raising the amount of the deposit required for hookup to $200 for electric and $50 for water/sewer. The current policy, in effect since May 2003, calls for a deposit equal to one month’s charges for all ...

Teen facing felony theft charge

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont teen is facing felony charges in Martin County. Eugene Kay Anthony Washington, 17, has been charged with theft and possession of stolen property. According to court documents: On May 29, a Fairmont police officer was driving west on Blue Earth Avenue when the ...

Holiday Festival set for weekend

SHERBURN — The annual Sherburn Holiday Festival will get underway this weekend with many activities and fun for all. Sherburn Fire Department will start things off with the “Finger Lickin Chicken Feed” from 5-8 p.m. Friday at the city park, with music provided by Steve Lang. A free ...

Playground gets $150K from city

FAIRMONT — Adventure Playground moved a giant step closer to reality Monday when the Fairmont City Council upheld its original pledge to include $150,000 in the 2019 budget, matching the amount in this year’s budget, to help finance construction of the accessible play area in Gomsrud ...

Trigstar team wins state title

FAIRMONT — Fairmont High School recently learned that its Trigstar team placed first in statewide competition. Of 16 schools and 233 students participating, Fairmont’s team of 27 students claimed the title. Jeb Green, a junior at the time of the competition, won third place ...