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Truman hears from department heads

TRUMAN — On Monday evening, the Truman City Council heard quarterly reports from several different departments. Fire chief Dave Bentz reported that the fire department is currently at full staff right now. Bentz also said that they’ve had a few trucks repaired that received some damage ...

Family Fun Fair enters 33rd year

FAIRMONT — This Friday, April 6 marks the 33rd annual Family Fun Fair, which will take place from 4:30- 7:30 p.m. at the Fairmont Elementary School. The event is organized by the Fairmont Community Education and Recreation (CER) and the Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE). The purpose ...

Dunham works on recovery

Loren Dunham and DeeAnne Helfritz had planned an idyllic two weeks on the big island of Hawaii, but a snorkeling accident derailed their vacation. “It was just a winter vacation,” Helfritz said. “It was the last state that Loren had on his list. He’s been in all 50 states now. We were ...

Population in area still going down

FAIRMONT — Recently released U.S. census data reveals an issue that small communities continue to face: declining population. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2017 the population of Martin County dropped from 19,890 to 19,850, a continuance of a slow decline. Since 2010, the ...

Child care providers speaking out

FAIRMONT — Child care in Minnesota is facing a proverbial perfect storm of conditions, causing many to wonder how best to solve the issue. Increasing regulations combined with low wages and high turnover rates have created an unsustainable situation for a widely utilized service. All of ...

Fairmont eyeing preschool funding issue

FAIRMONT — In 2017, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton proposed permanent funding to ensure that every child in the state could attend free school-based prekindergarten. The Legislature, for its part, agreed to provide $50 million in one-time funding. About 6,100 4-year-olds attend free ...

Community Day coming up

CEYLON — So far, March has been kind of like a lion. Let’s hope March goes out like a lamb. Today is the last day of March. Don’t get fooled Sunday. Have a great Easter. Think spring. n The congregation at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Ceylon will have its Easter service at 5:30 ...

Donation helps protect ‘Zeus’

BLUE EARTH — Thanks to an anonymous donation, the hardest-working dog in Faribault County will now have the protection he deserves. On Thursday, it was announced that the Faribault County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit received a donation to purchase a protective vest for the unit’s dog, ...

Group celebrates recovery

FAIRMONT — Every Thursday night, people from all walks of life gather at Bethel Evangelical Free Church in Fairmont. They come together for a meal, a message and fellowship that helps them face their problems in a program called Celebrate Recovery. Although the group is less than a year ...

Couple facing felony charges

FAIRMONT — Two Fairmont residents are facing felony charges in Martin County. Armondo Jesus Rivera, 54, and Lisa Marie Rivera, 40, have both been charged with drug possession in the fifth degree, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. In addition, ...

Museum ready to re-open

WELCOME — This Sunday is Easter Sunday and I hope you and yours have a very happy and safe Easter. It also happens to be April 1, so we’re hoping the weather doesn’t play an April Fools’ joke on us. n Easter services in area churches include: Easter vigil at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at ...

Fairmont police say calls rise 11 percent

FAIRMONT — When members of the Fairmont Police Department gathered for their first meeting of 2017, Chief Mike Hunter asked the officers to come up with three words that encompassed the FPD. The officers decided on fair, professional and dedicated, words with first letters corresponding ...

Newborn screenings helping to save lives

FAIRMONT — Whether it’s a boy or a girl, the birth of a baby brings expressions of joy coupled with a prayer for the baby’s health. What many people don’t realize is that newborns are screened for a variety of health issues that, if diagnosed early, can mitigate the problem and save ...

Local man facing drug counts

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man is facing multiple felony drug charges in Martin County. Richard Longoria, 41, has been charged with the sale of drugs in the first degree, which carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine. He also has been charged with drug possession ...

Class tackles falling fears

FAIRMONT — Next month, the volunteer organization CREST will begin offering classes in Fairmont called “A Matter of Balance.” Classes will be held at Evangelical Covenant Church and take place every Tuesday, starting April 3 and spanning eight weeks. Karen Koeder, associate director ...

Easter egg hunt set for Saturday

TRUMAN — Easter church services for Truman churches are as follows: Church of Christ o Maundy Thursday communion service at 7 p.m. o Easter sunrise service at 7 a.m. with breakfast to follow. o Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and worship service at 10:30 a.m. St. Paul’s Evangelical ...

PUC weighs ‘smart grid’ system

FAIRMONT — Many people are mistaken in thinking that water and electric service can be turned off and on simply by flipping a switch somewhere at City Hall, but the capability of remotely controlling utility service in Fairmont is on the horizon. On Tuesday, the Fairmont Public Utilities ...

Error led to firearms charge

FAIRMONT — On March 8, an article in the Sentinel reported that a Sherburn man was facing a felony charge for possession of a firearm after having been previously convicted of a crime of violence. However, the charge has been dismissed due to a computer error. According to the original ...

Couple gives gift in memory of son

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Area School Board on Tuesday heard from John and Shielah Lenort of East Chain, as the couple made a donation in memorial of their son, Tyler. The Lenorts donated an Ironworker, valued at $5,000, as well as an engine stand valued at $300, to the high school. Tyler was ...

‘Matter of Balance’ classes set

SHERBURN — Spring break for Martin County West students will begin Thursday. Classes will resume April 3. Martin County West class of 2018 is in Washington, D.C., this week enjoying its long-anticipated senior class trip. They will return home Sunday. n Sherburn/Dunnell Lions Club will ...