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Fairmont kindergarten teacher left life on tundra

Voni (Kesler) Eakins is Fairmont Elementary School’s newest kindergarten teacher. Originally from Fairmont, she moved back at the start of the school year from her last teaching position in Kipnuk, Alaska. For the last 11 years, Eakins had taught in a small, rural village on the ...

Group works to help those with disabilities

FAIRMONT — Comprised of different area agencies, including STEP and MRCI, the Faribault Martin Community Transition Interagency Committee is dedicated to helping those with disabilities. This year, the group is working on employment for those with disabilities as they graduate from school. ...

Pumpkin-decorating contest coming soon

CEYLON — Tuesday morning coffee hours in October continue from 8:30-10 a.m. at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Sherburn. Also, a coffee lovers group in Ceylon meets from 8:30-10 each Thursday at Legends 2. These are two great opportunities to join friends and neighbors for great brew and ...

Halloween fun set in Welcome

WELCOME — Welcome City Council meeting was postponed from this past week until 6 p.m. Oct. 22 at City Hall. All members are encouraged to attend. There is always a time for public comments before the meeting. n Tuesday morning coffee hours for October continue from 8:30-10 a.m. at St. ...

Fairmont Area Schools adding auto academy

FAIRMONT — Fairmont Area Schools recently won a $50,000 matching grant from LYFT Pathways to be used for an automotive academy. “We wrote the grant because we wanted to add another vocational academy to Fairmont Area Schools,” said Superintendent Joe Brown. “We have an agriculture ...

Sherburn man facing felony possession count

FAIRMONT — A Sherburn man is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Glen Jay Larson, 54, 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. 27, a Fairmont police ...

Burger bash to aid pool in Truman

TRUMAN — Heartland is sponsoring a coloring contest for children, ages 4-9, for Public Power Week. You can get your coloring page, entry form and rules on Heartlands Facebook page or at hcpd.com/contest. Winners will receive movie/game prize packages. The contest ends Oct. 30. Heartland ...

Martin Co. Assessor: Taxpayers must fill out form

FAIRMONT — Martin County commissioners heard from County Assessor Mike Sheplee on Tuesday concerning an update to the county’s homestead application policy. The board approved a motion to authorize a new policy that will replace an outdated version. As part of the new policy, a letter ...

Fairmont City Council picks facilitators for ‘forensic’ audit

FAIRMONT — Fairmont’s mayor, one City Council member, the city clerk and the city’s finance director will work with the Minnesota State Auditor to determine the scope of a forensic audit spanning 17 years of municipal bookkeeping. At its meeting earlier this week, the City Council ...

Building permit activity bustling in Fairmont

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Economic Development Authority received some strong economic news earlier this week. Linsey Preuss, Fairmont economic development coordinator, reported a “flurry of activity” in local businesses. “Since 2016, the average year for commercial development building ...

Minnesota Veterans for Cannabis touts legalization

FAIRMONT — Jeremy Sankey, founder of Minnesota Veterans for Cannabis, spoke in Fairmont on Tuesday evening, covering a variety of topics regarding the use of medical cannabis. A veteran himself, Sankey began by sharing some of his story and why he believes medical cannabis use is important ...

Faribault County revamps website

BLUE EARTH — There will soon be a new website unveiled for Faribault County, and county commissioners were able to see a preview during their meeting Tuesday. The update was presented by Central Services director Lexi Scholten and senior tech clerk Clara Vereide. The two have been ...

FFA fruit sales under way

SHERBURN — There will be a CREST Lunch & Learn beginning 11 a.m. today at First Lutheran Church in Trimont. The program will be about trumpeter swans. Following the program, a lunch of chicken rice soup or chili and a pumpkin dessert will be served. Donations for the meal will be ...

Fairmont council puts city administrator on paid leave

FAIRMONT — Fairmont City Administrator Mike Humpal is on paid administrative leave, effective today, and Troy Nemmers, city engineer/public works director, has been named city administrator on an interim basis. After a two-hour closed session Monday to discuss Humpal’s job performance — ...

Tax break to spur housing in Fairmont rejected

FAIRMONT — A tax abatement program to spark construction of multi-family housing failed to win approval from the Fairmont City Council on Monday. Linsey Preuss, Fairmont’s economic development coordinator, told the council that Fairmont has a “very low” 2 percent vacancy rate for ...

Sex predator facing felony in Martin Co.

FAIRMONT — A Fort Mill, South Carolina, man is facing a felony charge in Martin County. William Boyce Varnadore, 35, has been charged with knowingly violating registration requirements for a predatory offender. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 ...

Efforts result in recognition

SHERBURN — Temperance Lake Ridge in Sherburn recently earned the Bronze Quality Award from the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living. Lisa Lange, executive director of the facility, said that every year standards are established to obtain the award. “I ...

Fairmont to host 2020 pheasant opener

FAIRMONT — Fairmont has been selected to host the 2020 Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener. Dates for the opening weekend are Oct. 9-11, 2020, with the official kickoff at 9 a.m. Oct. 10. Announcement of next year’s host city was made at the 2019 Governor’s Pheasant ...

Mayo-Fairmont plans active shooter training

FAIRMONT — Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont will be the site of an active shooter drill Tuesday afternoon. Although the exact time for the training has not been announced, anyone on the Mayo campus will be notified before the exercise begins. Social media and signage will be used to ...

ACEs: Childhood trauma hurts adults

FAIRMONT — Whether or not we are the sum of our experiences is a question long debated in human history. However, a scientific consensus slowly taking shape states that negative experiences in childhood affect how people interpret and react to the world around them. Known as ACEs (Adverse ...