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City looks at strategic planning

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FAIRMONT— The Fairmont City Council and city staff met on Tuesday for a Strategic Planning meeting. Things that were discussed included a vision of Fairmont, growth, and defining what success looks like and how it could be measured. Seven of the 13 attendees tallied that housing, daycare, ...

BEA schools look at funding

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BLUE EARTH — After receiving $180,000 during the first round of Esser Funds last year, Blue Earth Area superintendent Mandy Fletcher told School Board members the district is scheduled to receive $690,000 in the next round, also know as Esser Two Funds. “The first information we had on ...

Sheriff advises weather plans

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FAIRMONT — Although cold temperatures and wind seem to have settled in for the time being, warmer weather is on the way. While that conjures up images of sunny days out on the lake or late evening walks, it also means an increased risk of severe weather. This week is Severe Weather Awareness ...

Fairmont schools talk bonding

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FAIRMONT— During the Fairmont School Board meeting on Tuesday evening, Matthew Hammer from Ehlers Public Finance Advisors presented the board with results from the sale of the district’s $6.73 million general obligation bonds following the special election which took place on Feb. 9. ...

Courts

Courts

MARTIN COUNTY DISTRICT COURT Speeding — Joel D. Alderson, 46, of Graettinger, Iowa; Lincon I. Clarey, 17, of Fairmont; each fined $125. Driving after suspension — Samantha A. McCarthy, 24, of Sherburn; fined $285. Jade K. Delong, 19, of Jackson was convicted of hands free ...

Police

Police

FAIRMONT Monday, April 12 5:00 a.m. — A noise complaint (not music) was reported in the 200 block of South Prairie Avenue. Police cleared the call. 9:48 a.m. — An animal complaint was reported in the 3800 block of South Albion Avenue. Assistance was rendered. 9:53 a.m. — An animal ...

City talks Day Farm property

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FAIRMONT— The Fairmont City Council met on Monday night and disapproved a letter of intent regarding the Day Farm property, approved an agreement with Dude Solutions for Asset Management Software, and approved two bids for two different projects. A Letter of Intent was received from ...

FEDA talks downtown revitalization

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FAIRMONT— The Fairmont Economic Development Authority discussed the direction of different groups in the Downtown Revitalization effort and approved one loan on Monday night. The building group discussed brainstorming small projects to improve aesthetics and help with energy efficiency and ...

FHS Ag program keeping busy

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FAIRMONT — Fairmont High School’s ag students have been busy this semester. Ag teacher Katie Elder gave an update on the program. This semester, Elder is teaching wildlife management, landscaping, and animal science. Last semester she taught exploring agriculture and small animal ...

Ag highlights from the USDA

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MARTIN COUNTY — The USDA “Prospective Plantings Report” that was released on March 31 indicated that the intended U.S. corn and soybean acreage for 2021 was well below as well as the planted acreage projected by most grain marketing analysts. The USDA prospective planting acreage is based ...

Police

Police

FAIRMONT Sunday, April 11 4:06 p.m. — Police investigated a civil complaint in the 200 block of North Elm Street. The civil issue was resolved. 4:15 p.m. — An animal complaint was reported in the 300 block of North Orient Street. Unable to locate the animal in question. 6:26 p.m. ...

FHS offers media classes

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FAIRMONT — Two new media production classes are being offered at Fairmont High School this semester. The classes are taught by English teacher Jonas Nissen. Nissen is teaching Audio Visual Production, which is a basic course for students in grades 10-12 and Intro to Broadcast Journalism, ...

Courts

Courts

MARTIN COUNTY DISTRICT COURT Speeding — Engel J. Engelson, 81, of Fairmont; Tucker A. Wills, 17, of Nicollet; each fined $145. Robert D. Schmidt, 61, of St. James; fined $225. Jaime A. Flores, 42, of Minneapolis; fined $285. Hands free law-access video content/images/games/software ...

Police

Police

FAIRMONT Friday, April 9 11:02 a.m. — A disturbance/disorderly conduct/nuisance was reported in the 300 block of Lake Avenue. Police cleared the call. 11:44 a.m. — An ordinance violation was reported in the 500 block of North Dewey Street. A verbal warning was issued. 11:56 p.m. — ...

Area churches react to pandemic

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FAIRMONT—As Governor Tim Walz looks to ease up restrictions that apply to churches in Minnesota, Bethel Evangelical Free Church and Christian Church of Fairmont described how they handled the pandemic and will look to move forward once these restrictions ease up. Bethel Evangelical Free ...

Local loan officer recognized

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FAIRMONT — According to information provided by Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation, local Loan Officer, Jarod Mathiason has been recognized by Scotsman Guide magazine as a Top Originator 2021 in the Most Loans Closed category. This recognition is given to the top mortgage ...

Pancake breakfast coming soon

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CEYLON — Today is the day that the little town of Ceylon turns into a big deal. Community Day auctions and rummage sales are scheduled for today. Some rummage sales should be on the map in print or on the city website, www.cityofceylon.com. A reminder to respect private property. The auctions ...

Courts

Courts

FARIBAULT COUNTY DISTRICT COURT Speeding — Begoa T. Hoth, 23, of Albert Lea; fined $135. Failure to wear seat belt while in a motor vehicle — Paul D. Johnson, 35, of New Richland; fined $110. Hands free law-access video content/images/games/software applications — Lacey A. ...

Police

Police

FAIRMONT Thursday, April 8 8:43 a.m. — Theft (includes attempt) was reported in the 1200 block of North Orient Street. 9:09 a.m. — Theft (gas drive off) was reported in the 300 block of North State Street. 2:48 p.m. — A disturbance/disorderly conduct/nuisance was reported in the ...

GHEC School Board approves new principal

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GRANADA — The Granada-Huntley- East Chain School Board met on Thursday night to approve a three-year contract for an assistant principal to principal move, as well as approve the 2021-2022 adopted budget, and discuss the Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief funds. Taylor Topinka ...