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FAIRMONT Tuesday, Sept. 25 1:08 a.m. — A suspicious vehicle was reported in the 1200 block of Tilden Street. 9:05 a.m. — Police received a report of shoplifting in the 400 block of South State Street. 5:08 p.m. — Police received a report of theft from a motor vehicle in the 1100 ...

PUC crew earns praise

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FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday offered praise and gratitude to Marty Meixell, the city’s electric distribution superintendent, and his crew for their outstanding efforts in restoring power to the community following Thursday night’s storm. “We lost the ...

County: It’s an emergency

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FAIRMONT — Martin County commissioners held a special meeting Tuesday to declare a state of emergency in the county, because of a violent storm that passed through the area less than one week ago. The brief rain and wind storm hit Fairmont about 6 p.m. Thursday and lasted only about 20 ...

Fairmont Area: Levy going down

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FAIRMONT — The Fairmont School Board on Tuesday approved a proposed 2019 property tax levy reduction of 0.19 percent. “It’s a small reduction, but it’s still a reduction. Our property taxes will be reduced by $11,063,” said Superintendent Joe Brown. He explained that the reduction ...

City leader offers update

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FAIRMONT — Fairmont City Administrator Mike Humpal covered a myriad of municipal topics as guest speaker Tuesday at the Fairmont Exchange Club meeting. Club members offered comments and questions, with the proposed community center and cleanup from the recent storm creating the most ...

Bowlmor wins funding

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FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Economic Development Authority has unanimously approved a $15,000 loan for Bowlmor Lanes to update its 25-year-old scoring system. The system will include new television screens above the lanes. Cost of the project is almost $89,000. Linsey Preuss, Fairmont ...

Truman man facing charges

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TRUMAN — A Truman man is facing multiple felony charges in Martin County. Skiler John Hovenga, 28, has been charged with burglary in the second degree, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine; attempted theft of a firearm, which carries a maximum penalty of ...

MCW holds homecoming

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SHERBURN — This is homecoming week at Martin County West. Nick Beseke and Chey Owens were crowned king and queen at the coronation ceremony Monday evening. Nic Potthoff and Abby Bachenberg were named prince and princess. Other members of the homecoming court were Madison Klima, Karlee ...

Briefly

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Federal flood insurance available FAIRMONT – The city of Fairmont has joined more than 22,000 communities nationwide that are allowed to purchase federally backed flood insurance. This availability follows the community’s adoption and enforcement of ordinances to reduce flood losses ...

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MARTIN COUNTY DISTRICT COURT Speeding — Ryan L. Root, 28, of Riceville, Iowa; TJ Thomas J. Edwards, 19, of Meridian, Idaho; Devon D. Jahnke, 25, of Blue Earth; Keith E. Miller, 40, of Easton; each fined $125. Ronald G. Wegner, 62, of Wells; Jonathan P. Hickey, 43, of Stillwater, Okla.; ...

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SHERBURN/WELCOME Monday, Sept. 24 10:23 a.m. — Police received a report of theft in Sherburn. 12:32 p.m. — Police assisted an ambulance in the 200 block of North Osborne Street in Sherburn. FAIRMONT Monday, Sept. 24 1:32 a.m. — Police received a report of an ordinance violation ...

City plans forum on rec center

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FAIRMONT — Funding for a $24.7 million community center split the Fairmont City Council on Monday, leaving Mayor Debbie Foster to cast the tie-breaking votes on a trio of motions. The division was not caused by whether to fund the project. Rather, it was an endeavor by council members Jim ...

Green merits academic accolade

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Fairmont High School senior Jeb Green recently was named a National Merit Scholarship semi-finalist. It is a rare accomplishment that few students across the country achieve. Students are selected based on their PSAT scores, among other accomplishments. Green, the son of Nicole and Dr. ...

Man facing drug charge

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FAIRMONT — A homeless man, age unknown, is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Abelardo Flores 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 Sept. 11, a woman who ...

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FARIBAULT COUNTY DISTRICT COURT Speeding — Jakub M. Baraniak, 37, of Franklin Park, Ill.; Jada C. Sansoussi, 19, of Lake Park, Iowa; each fined $125. Timothy J. Scanlan, 55, of Fennimore, Wis.; fined $135. Steven T. Crenshaw, 23, of Pulaski, Ark.; fined $145. Mario A. Negrete, 37, ...

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FAIRMONT Sunday, Sept. 23 8:35 a.m. — Police assisted the fire department in the 1100 block of Bixby Road. 10:11 a.m. — Police assisted an ambulance in the 1300 block of Budd Street. 10:36 a.m. — An ordinance violation was reported in the 100 block of East Blue Earth Avenue. A ...

Candidate forums set for October

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FAIRMONT — The tradition of candidate forums for local office seekers will continue this election year. Sponsored by the Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce and the Martin County Farm Bureau, the forums are set for 7 p.m. Oct. 3, 10 and 11 in council chambers at Fairmont City Hall. The forums ...

Voting in Martin County is easy

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FAIRMONT - Martin County will have a tough time beating its voter turnout from the 2016 general election which had a brutal presidential race plus challengers in every one of Fairmont’s municipal races. According to the Martin County auditor’s office, out of 11,805 registered voters in the ...

Courts

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MARTIN COUNTY DISTRICT COURT Speeding — Erik A. Ogren, 38, of Shakopee; Grant J. Walker, 22, of Billings, Mont.; each fined $125. Kelly M. Killmer, 30, of Spencer, Iowa; fined $135. Robert J. Adams, 22, of Skokie, Ill.; fined $145. Kendall J. Dejong, 59, of Colton, S.D.; fined $225. ...

Police

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FAIRMONT Friday, Sept. 21 4:02 a.m. — Officers assisted the ambulance crew in the 500 block of Home Street. 10:22 a.m. — Suspicious circumstances were reported from the 1300 block of East Blue Earth Avenue. 11:08 a.m. — Officers assisted another agency in the 1400 block of South ...