People & Events

Book release event planned in St. James

The public is invited to attend a book release party for “Your Story, My Story, Our Story,” a project of the community group Uniting Cultures/Uniendo Culturas at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Watonwan County Library in St. James. The publishing of the book was facilitated by a grant from the Minnesota Humanities Center, with funding from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, part of the Legacy Funds from the state of Minnesota. The book is a compilation of 39 narratives highlighting immigration stories recounted by 43 residents of the St. James area, representing 24 different countries of origin. All those attending the party will receive a complimentary copy of the book. For more information, contact Pat Branstad at

Prairie Star Quilters to hold meeting

Prairie Star Quilt Guild will meet Monday at Fairmont Evangelical Covenant Church, 901 Woodland Ave., Fairmont. The guild board will meet 12:30 p.m., with the regular membership meeting beginning 1:30 p.m. Sew and Share will follow the meeting, and the group also will make new name tags. Coffee and lunch will be served. The evening group will meet at 5:30 p.m. Membership is open to anyone who enjoys quilting. Quilters of all skill levels are welcome. Information and photos can be found on Facebook at Prairie Star Quilt Guild. For more information, contact Debra Engman at (507) 236-6253

Library to host gentle yoga class

Martin County Library will offer Gentle Yoga from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Monday at the library in Fairmont. The class will be taught by Tam Plumhoff, certified yoga instructor. Bring a yoga mat, block and strap, if available. There is no cost to attend and no registration required.

College News

The following area students graduated and were awarded degrees and honors during fall commencement ceremonies at Iowa State University in Ames: Granada — Miranda Mathiason, bachelor’s degree in agronomy; Lone Rock — Kristian Peterson, bachelor’s degree cum laude in child, adult and family services.

The following area students were named to the President’s List for the 2018 fall semester for Iowa Lakes Community College: Armstrong — Nicole Burgeson, Bailie Harris, RoseAnn Keesling; Bancroft — Emily Grandgenett; Blue Earth — Brittany Johnson; Dolliver — Drew Herum; Fairmont — Katie Cochran, Hilary Shelgren; St. James — Brooklyn Mickelson; Truman — Thomas Kotewa.


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