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Plenty going on in spring
July 7, 2009 - Lee Smith
The April to June period in the Fairmont area brought lots of interesting news items. Here's a review:
Businesses and government continued to struggle with the fallout of the bad economy, as Fairmont and Blue Earth schools made significant budget cuts in April. In addition, Aerospace laid off 60 workers in Fairmont. Faribault County, meanwhile, came up with a plan to furlough workers to save money.
An international story with an impact locally was the outbreak of "swine" flu, which didn't actually make any locals sick, but did create a negative outcome for pork producers, who suffered from declining sales simply from the inappropriate nickname of the disease.
At an April City Council meeting in Fairmont, the city said no to allowing Stepping Stones daycare to move to an empty building in an industrial park. At the same meeting, the council OK'd the construction of a new municipal liquor store.
Lewisville witnessed another fire in its downtown, this time in May. Two youths were arrested in the case.
In June, a Fairmont Area Schools task force recommended closing Budd and Lincoln schools and building an addition at Five Lakes Elementary, all in an effort to consolidate and upgrade facilities. The school board has yet to act on the plan.
Family Video announced in June it is coming to Fairmont.
While the Fergusons announced they would be leaving as Salvation Army leaders in Fairmont, the Opera House announced its new director, Sharon Turner.
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