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Northrop grain elevator fire woes persist

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FAIRMONT — Martin County commissioners on Tuesday heard from county Emergency Management director Abigail Nesbit regarding the LB Pork elevator explosion and fire event that occurred in Northrop on Dec. 28, 2017. The event affected the city of Northrop, as well as area fire departments. ...

Martin Co. West reviews survey results

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SHERBURN — Martin County West School Board this week reviewed the results of a community survey focused on the school district. School Perceptions collected the data and analyzed the survey. It has been conducting such surveys for 20 years. Sue Petersen and Brian Grinnell led a virtual ...

8 groups adopt Fairmont parks

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FAIRMONT — From the Adopt-A-Park program, to gypsy moth traps to the 2020 budget, the Fairmont Park Board covered a wide range of topics Tuesday. Troy Nemmers, city engineer/public works director, reported that the addition of Avery Weigh-Tronix brought the number of organizations in the ...

Child care crisis persists in area

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BLUE EARTH — “A child care shortage continues to affect much of Faribault County,” Annie Leibel, the county economic development specialist, told Faribault County commissioners Tuesday. Leibel, who was on hand to present the EDA biannual report to the board, said addressing the crisis ...

Groundbreaking slated

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SHERBURN — Again this year we owe a big thank you to the Sherburn Lions Club for all the work it did to make our annual holiday festival a success. To Lions Club members and their spouses; Sherburn Fire Department volunteers; and anyone else who helped put in lots of hours during, before ...

Sherburn eyes ordinance

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SHERBURN — The first reading of the Rural Service District Ordinance was held at the Sherburn City Council meeting this week. The ordinance lowers property taxes on bare agricultural land in city limits because such land is not hooked up to city water, sewer or utilities. In other news, ...

Courts

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FARIBAULT COUNTY DISTRICT COURT Speeding — Steve G. Sifread, 48, of Thornville, Ohio; Deantonio L. Lenoir, 28, of Hazel Crest, Ill.; Todd J. Sven-Palmquist, 24, of Elmore; each fined $125. Paige L. Thompson, 19, of Glenville,; fined $225. Driver’s license violation-instruction ...

Police

Police

FAIRMONT Monday, June 17 12:15 a.m. — Police received a report of suspicious circumstances in the 1000 block of North State Street. 9:26 a.m. — Police received a report of illegal garbage dumping in the 1200 block of Spruce Street. 12:16 p.m. — Police assisted the fire department ...

Ruby’s Pantry adds site in Sherburn

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SHERBURN — Ruby’s Pop-up Pantry, a faith-based organization meant to help fight hunger, has come to western Martin County. On Monday, the Regional Worship Center in Sherburn hosted its first Ruby’s Pantry distribution event. Becky Tish, site coordinator for Ruby’s Pantry, explained ...

Blue Earth council OKs new sales tax

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BLUE EARTH — First the voters of Blue Earth approved it, then the Minnesota State Legislature did, and finally, the Blue Earth City Council made it official Monday. The council voted unanimously in favor of a resolution authorizing the implementation of the city’s new half-cent sales ...

Truman accepts county’s offer

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TRUMAN — The Truman City Council on Monday reviewed a proposal from the Martin County Attorney’s Office, which is willing to provide prosecution services for the city. The deal would cover prosecution of statutory gross misdemeanor, misdemeanor, petty misdemeanor and municipal ordinance ...

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Courts

MARTIN COUNTY DISTRICT COURT Speeding — Soo-Ah O. Choi, 35, of Bothell, Wash.; Dusti Jo Corbitt, 40, of Longmont, Colo.; Karen K. Curry, 56, of Fairmont; each fined $125. Failure to wear seat belt while in a motor vehicle — Jay M. Doyscher, 45, of Fairmont; Robert L. Maday, 28, of ...

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Police

MARTIN COUNTY Sunday, June 16 8:34 p.m. — Authorities received an animal complaint in the 300 block of First Street Southwest in Granada. FAIRMONT Sunday, June 16 2:17 a.m. — Police received a report of suspicious circumstances at the intersection of Fourth Street and Downtown ...

Law aims to cut distracted driving

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FAIRMONT — Distracted driving has become a dangerous issue, one that a new Minnesota law looks to combat. On April 19, Gov. Tim Walz signed what is commonly known as the hands-free bill, which affects cell-phone use in motor vehicles. It will go into effect later this summer. Chief ...

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Courts

FARIBAULT COUNTY DISTRICT COURT Speeding — Chad A. Collison, 47, of Pierce, Neb.; Bruce S. Johnson, 30, of Cedar Falls, Iowa; Brandon J. Nasinec, 26, of Wells; Carol A. Sheffer, 81, of Oak Park Heights; Taylor E. Nelson, 21, of Des Moines, Iowa; each fined $125. Kory G. Vansickle, 54, ...

Police

Police

FAIRMONT Friday, June 14 12:32 a.m. — Police received a report of a disturbance in the 100 block of East First Street. 1:39 a.m. — Police received a report of an assault in the 1200 block of North Elm Street. 7:36 a.m. — Police assisted an ambulance in the 200 block of South Dewey ...

Scheffs marking 75 years of marriage

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Frank and Betty Scheff will celebrate 75 years of marriage Monday. The couple have lived in the area for many years, and have enjoyed their time together since marrying at a young age. Betty recently shared part of their life journey and what it takes to stay committed for so long. “We ...

Program at Fairmont Elementary puts focus on reading

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FAIRMONT — The Summer Reads Vista Reading program will kick off next week at Fairmont Elementary School. The free program is for children entering grades kindergarten through fourth grade, and is designed to help prevent the summer slide. Summer Reads is offered through Fairmont CER in ...

MOSS Garden tour provides help to children

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Only one week remains to buy tickets for the 2019 MOSS Garden Tour. The $20 price includes admission to the five gardens on the June 22 tour, and lunch and a quilt show at First Congregational Church at 319 Downtown Plaza in Fairmont. Advance tickets are available at Hy-Vee, Janzen’s ...

Briefly

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Correction The website for information on the Air Race Classic coming to the Fairmont airport next week is www.airraceclassic.org Football player cases come to end BLUE EARTH  — Faribault County Attorney Kathryn Karjala says Wyatt Tungland has been sentenced, thus wrapping up ...