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Lending a hand: Visual Identity Vault helps local businesses

FAIRMONT — It’s safe to say that by now, everyone has been affected either directly or indirectly by the novel coronavirus. While things are rapidly changing and many people are facing hardships, there are amazing acts of community and kindness out there. One local business, The Visual ...

Fairmont City Hall adapts, services continue

FAIRMONT — The doors are locked at Fairmont City Hall as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the city definitely remains open for business. City staff has been adjusting to working from their homes, using technology like phone calls and emails to do their jobs as best they can, but they ...

Red Cross blood drive set for Monday

WELCOME — Happy April, hope you didn’t get fooled too many times on Wednesday. Just a reminder that the senior citizens group in Welcome will not meet in April. Please stay home and take care. All area churches have cancelled services and events in the churches. They urge all area ...

Martin County couple recounts living through virus

TRUMAN — Larry and Annette Bremer have the dubious distinction of having been the first positive COVID-19 cases in Martin County. After attending a Lenten Service on March 11, Annette came home feeling ill. A few days later, Larry took her to the emergency room and she eventually received the ...

Fairmont mayor seeks to inform the community

FAIRMONT — Last week, Fairmont Mayor Debbie Foster posted a short message on Facebook, addressing concerns about COVID-19 and the impact it is having on local residents and businesses. The overwhelming positive response to that video has prompted Foster to continue the discourse through ...

Truman: school lunches are still available

TRUMAN — April is Move More Month. American Heart Association suggests to walk, bike ride, go jogging or to work in your yard. Stick with it to reap any health rewards. Now would be a good time to get outside and make your yard neat and clean. If all goes as planned there will be an ...

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Human Services opens support hotline FAIRMONT — Beginning yesterday, 2020, Community Health and Human Services of Faribault and Martin Counties will be providing a 24-hour hotline to community members who are quarantined or self-isolating to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Community members ...

Faribault and Martin Counties: Transit system to help food shelves

FAIRMONT — The Faribault Martin County Transit board met Tuesday for a special conference call meeting to address how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting riders, drivers, and the system as a whole. The board unanimously approved a motion to adopt a food shelf assistance program to support ...

Schools begin distance learning

FAIRMONT — Schools across the state started their distance learning adventure Monday. Under Gov. Tim Walz’s order, schools will engage in distance learning until through at least through May 3. This was the first time many districts in Minnesota had to put a plan in place and launch it ...

Martin Co. stands at 24 virus cases, Faribault Co. at 1

FAIRMONT — In a Facebook video update Monday from Health and Human Services of Faribault and Martin County, Executive Director Chera Sevcik gave an update on positive COVID-19 cases. According to Sevcik, the total number of cases for Martin County stands at 24. “My job is to oversee the ...

Quilt guild offers aid, masks

FAIRMONT — In this time of great uncertainty and immense need for many, the Prairie Star Quilt Guild is doing what it can to help. The group’s most recent project is making face masks for area nursing home residents. Guild president Carolyn Seidel said fellow member Kathy Wilkening saw a ...

Fairmont area churches work to adapt amid pandemic

Editor’s note: A variety of area church leaders were contacted for this article. Not all answers were able to be used and some had to be edited for space. People may contact their church leaders for more information. FAIRMONT — As all areas of life continue to be impacted by the COVID-19 ...

Time might be right to get pet

FAIRMONT — Whether you live alone or are confined with your family, the “stay-at-home” order issued by Gov. Tim Walz this week to stem the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic might provide the ideal time to adopt a pet. “It would be a wonderful time to bond with a new pet,” said ...

Ogden sets up $1M grant fund for business marketing

FAIRMONT — Fairmont are businesses can now apply for a grant to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Ogden Newspapers Inc., the parent company of the Sentinel, has established a $1 million fund to help local businesses get back to full strength by subsidizing local ...

Blood drive slated in Ceylon

CEYLON — Friendly Neighbors Card Club enjoyed their luncheon and afternoon of fellowship last month at Legends II, but will not meet during April. They ask members to stay home and take care of themselves to stay healthy. n Tuesday morning coffee hours in April that ...

UHD: Symptoms? Call first

BLUE EARTH — United Hospital District officials are urging people who suspect they may have coronavirus symptoms to call first before visiting their local health facility. Doing so allows limited resources to be used efficiently for those who are elderly, have compromised immune systems, ...

Virus claims Martin County resident, cases up to 18

FAIRMONT — The Associated Press reported late Friday afternoon that Martin County has seen its first fatality from the COVID-19 pandemic. The AP says the Minnesota Department of Health reported two more deaths Friday, for a total of four in the state. One was a resident of Hennepin County ...

‘Stay at home’: Is order ‘enforceable’?

FAIRMONT — Martin County commissioners met via conference call in an emergency gathering Thursday morning, to discuss county operations in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The board heard an update from County Emergency Management director Abigail Nesbit. “As far as the ...

Area groups react to virus

FAIRMONT — Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, area organizations continue to make changes to protect the well-being of communities. They include: Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation A press release from Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation states it is launching an emergency ...