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Tragedy leads second quarter news

July 26, 2011 - Lee Smith
I’m taking a break from Civil War reverie to review some current history. The second quarter of 2011 included some interesting events here on the local front.

Sadly, probably the biggest news involved a murder-suicide in Imogene, a wide spot in the road east of Fairmont. The Martin County Sheriff’s Office reported that Linda Kay Norman, 51, was shot in her vehicle by Curtis Lynn Larson, 50, who then turned the weapon on himself. Larson was an ex-boyfriend of Norman.

Elsewhere, some business activity attracted attention. Bank Midwest announced in early June that it had purchased the VFW building in Fairmont. The bank said it would build a new branch and move from its downtown location. The VFW, in turn, made a move to the former Kak’s restaurant.

Another business story was the closing of the Fairmont movie theater, Fair Lakes Cinema, following a financial dispute between the facility’s owner and its tenant. Dan Blaalid, who worked as the theater’s manager, became the new tenant and was working to re-open the site.

In other second quarter news:

— The city of Fairmont sold some farmland it owned for $980,000, to help with renovation and construction at the Winnebago Avenue softball diamonds.

— Fairmont residents bid farewell to William Budd School, which will be torn down to make way for the city’s new water treatment plant. The city approved a $28.4 million bid for the water plant in June.

— A consultant returned a report to Armstrong-Ringsted, North Kossuth and Sentral schools in northern Iowa, recommending that they combine classes.

— Planned Parenthood in Fairmont closed its doors, following news that federal funding was decreasing to the family planning entity.


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