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3 challenge Cyphers in Ward 2 in Fairmont

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FAIRMONT — Ward 2 residents will choose their Fairmont City Council representative from a field of four candidates at the Nov. 3 general election at the Fairmont National Guard Armory. Incumbent Ruth Cyphers has drawn challenges from Britney Kawecki, Ronald Lindberg and Joseph ...

GHEC sticking with hybrid model

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GRANADA — With a recent upswing in positive COVID-19 cases in Martin County, area schools are transitioning to a distance-learning or hybrid model for students. The Granada-Huntley-East Chain district is no different. “We have decided to continue to have our middle and high school ...

Fairmont man, 72, dies in grain bin

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FAIRMONT — A 72-year-old Fairmont man was killed in a grain bin accident earlier this week. According to the Martin County Sheriff’s Office: At 4:36 p.m. Wednesday, sheriff’s deputies, Fairmont Fire Department and Mayo Clinic Ambulance were dispatched to rural Fairmont on a call about ...

Churches cancel services because of virus

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CEYLON — As of this writing, Circle of Faith parishes are planning to hold in-person worship services. St. Peter Lutheran Church in Ceylon has an 8:30 a.m. service Sunday as does Waverly Lutheran Church, north of Welcome. Trinity Lutheran Church in Welcome has its Sunday service at 10:30 ...

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FARIBAULT COUNTY DISTRICT COURT Speeding — Joshua E. Snyder O’Shea, 32, of Glen Ellyn, Ill.; Mandelyn J. McDonald, 56, of Houston, Texas; Roger D. Pack, 57, of Mocksville, N.C.; Mohamed A. Yussuf, 21, of St. Peter; Bradley M. Solberg, 32, of Darlington, Wis.; each fined $125. Mahir ...

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Police

FAIRMONT Thursday, Sept. 24 3:05 a.m. — A suspicious person was reported in the 900 block of East Fourth Street. 8:26 a.m. — Theft was reported in the 300 block of North Hampton Street. 1:14 p.m. — Parking over 24 hours was reported in the 200 block of South Hampton Street. 4:16 ...

Fairmont student joins state Youth Council

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FAIRMONT — Kaycie Brookens, a junior at Fairmont High School, is the newest addition to the Minnesota Youth Council. The council is a collaboration of youth and adults who work together to empower and mobilize young people across the state to exercise their voices and take action on issues ...

Dunnell man faces drug counts

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FAIRMONT — A Dunnell man is facing felony charges in Martin County. Justin Thomas Keodouangdy, 40, has been charged with drug possession in the first degree, which carries a maximum charge of 40 years in prison and a $1 million fine. He is also charged with drug possession in the second ...

Relay for Life ceremony cancelled

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WELCOME — Relay for Life drive through luminaria ceremony that was originally scheduled for Saturday has been cancelled due to a spike in positive COVID-19 tests in Martin County. The decision was made due to the fact that the Relay for Life committee wants to keep the survivors, family, and ...

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Courts

MARTIN COUNTY DISTRICT COURT Speeding — Nicole L. Eisenmenger, 30, of Blue Earth; Matthew P. Alexander, 37, of Lakewood, Ohio; Jeanette R. Alred, 52, of Milwaukee, Wis.; Michaelah L. Petrowiak, 17, of Truman; Edward L. Bell, 79, of Theodosia, Mo.; Todd A. Berglund, 50, of Austin; Michael ...

Police

Police

FAIRMONT Wednesday, Sept. 23 7:11 a.m. — Police received a report of suspicious circumstances in the 700 block of East Fourth Street. 8:11 a.m. — Police received a report of criminal damage to property in the 800 block of East Fourth Street. 9:17 a.m. — Police received a report of ...

Martin County West adjusts to pandemic

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SHERBURN — The Martin County West School Board this week received updates on how the district is coping with the coronavirus pandemic. Superintendent Allison Schmidt reported that health and safety procedures are going well, with everyone wearing face coverings and extra sanitation being ...

Woman facing drug charge

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FAIRMONT — A Stewartville woman is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Maggie Marie McDonald, 19, has been charged with drug possession in the third degree, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. According to the complaint: At 10:47 a.m. Aug. 19, ...

Agriculture loans available

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TRUMAN — This week is National Farm Safety and Health week. Thank you for providing us with our food, as every farmer counts. n Many loans available from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture Rural Finance Authority are now available at even lower interest rates. Minnesota Management ...

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Police

FAIRMONT Tuesday, Sept. 22 9:50 a.m. — Police received an animal complaint in the 300 block of North Orient Street. A verbal warning was issued. 1:17 p.m. — Police received a report of bad checks written in the 1000 block of South Highway 15. 1:32 p.m. — Police received an animal ...

Fairmont Area Schools switches learning model

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FAIRMONT — Only days after all public high schools in Martin County announced a switch to hybrid learning, Fairmont Area Schools on Tuesday opted to go to full distance learning, effective today. Meanwhile, elementary students will move to an alternate hybrid learning model as of Monday. ...

Martin County virus cases surge

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FAIRMONT — There has been a steep increase in positive COVID-19 cases in Martin County over the last couple of days. Chera Sevcik, executive director of Health and Human Services of Faribault and Martin Counties, discussed some of the numbers Tuesday, and how local health officials are ...

Blue Earth proposed levy hike: 12.3%

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BLUE EARTH — Blue Earth City Council established a preliminary 2021 budget and property tax levy earlier this week, with council members noting they plan to lower the figures by the time the final numbers are set in December. The council set the preliminary tax levy at $1.88 million, a 12.3 ...

Martin Co. West revamps learning

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SHERBURN — Martin County West School transitioned to hybrid learning for grades 7-12 on Monday. Grades K-6 will still have in-person learning at this time. This was, no doubt, a difficult decision to make. MCW has been working closely with the local public health department. As a result of ...

Blue Earth nets $50,000 grant

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BLUE EARTH — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday that it is investing $50,000 for essential maintenance equipment in Blue Earth. “By assisting the city of Blue Earth with maintenance equipment, we are also helping them to achieve their goals to encourage more students ...