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Mayor Foster: Fairmont council now backs Humpal

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FAIRMONT — Fairmont Mayor Debbie Foster is cautiously optimistic that city administrator Mike Humpal’s job is safe. Foster says she (along with other council members) has been on the receiving end of recent emails from City Council members Tom Hawkins and Randy Lubenow, both of whom wrote ...

‘Wizard of Oz’ coming to Opera House stage

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The classic family favorite “The Wizard of Oz” will be performed at the Fairmont Opera House as this year’s Civic Summer Theater production. The musical will include beloved favorites Dorothy, Glinda, the Scarecrow and even Toto. It will run July 23-28. The production is under the ...

Woman facing DWI charge

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FAIRMONT — A Sherburn woman is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Diane Kay Paskey, 64, has been charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol in the first degree, which carries a maximum penalty of seven years in prison and a $14,000 fine. According to the ...

Classic tractor ride set for July 26

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TRUMAN — A summer scavenger hunt for any student who has finished grades 3-8 will be held 5-7 p.m. today at the Truman Public School Library. Come to the library at the school for instructions. The event is free. There will be a scavenger hunt on school grounds with a prize and snack at the ...

Welcome eyes new ordinance

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WELCOME — The Welcome City Council this week discussed hiring DIS to use cameras to examine sanitary sewer pipes for each of the 328 connected houses in town. The company has asked for permission to go into homes if it has to photograph sump pump connections. The company would charge from ...

Briefly

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Road closure slated for today FAIRMONT — Lair Road will be closed from Albion Avenue west to Gomsrud Park for repairs today. The closure is anticipated to run from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. In the event of rain, the work will be completed Friday. Red Rock Center seeking entries FAIRMONT — Red ...

Courts

Courts

MARTIN COUNTY DISTRICT COURT Speeding — Pamela J. Morreale, 60, of Lake Elmo; Jay A. Wiederhoeft, 58, of Fairmont; each fined $125. Siddharth A. Mukherjee, 40, of Northbrook, Ill.; fined $225. Failure to wear seat belt while in a motor vehicle — Jaclyn K. Wiley, 31, of Fairmont; ...

Martin Co. West plans referendum

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SHERBURN — More than 60 citizens turned out for the Martin County West School Board meeting this week, as the board plans to ask voters for $12 million this fall and to tear down the Welcome school site next year. Superintendent Allison Schmidt outlined the process to date. “The board ...

Martin County seeks new jail leader

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FAIRMONT — Martin County commissioners approved a motion Tuesday to authorize recruitment to fill the jail administrator position for the county, in the wake of the resignation of former jail administrator Mark Geerdes. At a previous meeting, the board approved a motion authorizing the ...

Truck wash creates concerns in Sherburn

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SHERBURN — Sherburn City Council this week discussed a possible new truck wash in town that has some residents concerned. One of the owners, Justin Williamson, was on hand. Officials’ questions focused on water discharge, annexation and traffic flow. Owners of property on Swanson ...

GHEC welcomes in new leadership

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FAIRMONT — Two new faces were at the Granada-Huntley-East Chain School Board meeting on Tuesday: Superintendent Doug Storbeck, who has taken over for Mandy Fletcher, and the school’s new principal, Taylor Topinka. Storbeck gave a district report, noting they have just one applicant, so ...

Fellows resigns in Faribault Co.

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BLUE EARTH — Dawn Fellows, Central Services director for Faribault County, announced her resignation Tuesday. Her last day will be Aug. 16. Fellows has been employed by the county since May 31, 2013. “It is with regret we accept the resignation of Dawn Fellows,” said Faribault ...

Children to offer ‘Alice’

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SHERBURN — Everyone is invited to an open house retirement recognition for Bob Roesler that will be held at 4 p.m. today at Keck Park, just north of the Welcome School. Bob was a vocational ag instructor and FFA adviser for 18 years at Sherburn High School. He then went into farm business ...

Courts

Courts

FARIBAULT COUNTY DISTRICT COURT Speeding — Chung W. Cheng, 63, of Buffalo Grove, Ill.; David J. Krautkramer, 35, of Richfield; Courtney A. Mitchell, 28, of Minnesota Lake; each fined $125. Front and rear license plates required — Kendrick C. Bates, 36, of Blue Earth; fined ...

Police

Police

FAIRMONT Monday, July 15 11:54 a.m. — Police received a report of a civil disturbance in the 1100 block of North Elm Street. 1:17 p.m. — Police received a report of an ordinance violation in the 200 block of East Eighth Street. A written warning was issued. 1:30 p.m. — Police ...

Blue Earth Area to seek operating levy this fall

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BLUE EARTH — The Blue Earth Area School Board unanimously approved a resolution Monday to put an operating levy on the ballot this November. The amount of the proposed levy is $900 per pupil. The last operating levy, at $650 per pupil, expired in 2014. The tax impact of the levy will ...

Minnesota touts more hiring of veterans

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FAIRMONT — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz recently proclaimed July to be “Hire A Veteran Month in Minnesota,” in an effort to encourage employers to help connect military service members with employment opportunities. “Veterans returning from deployments face higher unemployment rates and ...

Vacant property concerns Blue Earth City Council

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BLUE EARTH — Blue Earth City Council had several public hearings to sort through Monday. The council first addressed ongoing concerns with 906 Valley Drive, a house on Upper Valley Drive that has been vacant for some time. The city’s attorney, David Frundt, discussed the abatement order ...

Engineer: Truman water system needs repairs

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TRUMAN — Truman City Council on Monday heard from environmental engineer John Graupman, who presented some options for city infrastructure projects. He offered an update on specific projects regarding the water system, which consists of wells, the water treatment facility and the water ...

Courts

Courts

MARTIN COUNTY DISTRICT COURT Speeding — Jared S. Alleman, 41, of Orlando, Fla.; Zachery A. Eversman, 24, of Fairmont; each fined $125. Forest L. Woltman, 25, of Siloam Springs, Benton, Ark; fined $145. Failure to wear seat belt while in a motor vehicle — Mark J. Manu, 57, of New ...