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Fairmont: water rates must rise

FAIRMONT — It’s a simple economic fact: Costs go up. Even those necessities we take for granted, like water, come with a growing price tag. This week, the Fairmont City Council heard a recommendation about the need to raise water and wastewater rates to cover current and future costs, ...

Blood Drive coming to Sherburn

CEYLON — Today is Halloween or All Saints Eve. Watch for children in costumes who may be excited and not watch for cars very well. Thank you to the residents that organized the trunk-or-treat yesterday at the park. ■ Sunday is Nov. 1, and it’s the day we "fall back" and turn our ...

Welcome: no trunk-and-treat

WELCOME — Welcome Legion will not have a Halloween trunk-and-treat as they usually do. There are some residents that will have their lights on and candy ready if parents want their children to go trick or treating. There are trunk-and-treat events in neighboring towns. Perhaps this will be ...

Fairmont helps with demolition

FAIRMONT — Cleaning up blighted properties has been a priority for the Fairmont City Council for several years, and the council has made a significant financial commitment to furthering that goal. This week, the council voted unanimously to contribute up to $35,000 to assist with the ...

Election Day coming up

TRUMAN — The ghosts and goblins will be out and about on Halloween, which is Saturday, so please drive with care to keep everyone safe. • When you got to bed Saturday evening set your clocks back one hour. It’s the end of Daylight Savings Time for another ...

Fairmont residents demand fix

FAIRMONT — The residents of the 1300 block of North Grant Street delivered a message to the Fairmont City Council on Monday: Fix our water. The eight houses on the dead end street get water service through a cast iron water main installed in 1954 and prone to corrosion. ...

Scooter’s Coffee comes to Fairmont

FAIRMONT — The anticipated opening of Scooter’s Coffee will take place Nov. 2 in Fairmont. The drive-thru coffee shop is located in the Fareway parking lot. Scooter’s is based in Omaha and is a growing national chain, with a regional franchise owned by Blu Water Brew ...

Four vie for seat in Martin County District 2

FAIRMONT — Four candidates are running to fill the Martin County District 2 seat left vacant by the death of Tom Mahoney Jr. Dan Geronsin, Kyle Gustafson, Jamie Bleess and James Forshee are the candidates. Gustafson grew up in East Chain and graduated from Granada-Huntley-East Chain in ...

Trunk-or-treat planned in Ceylon

CEYLON — There will be a drop-and-go bridal shower for Alyson Eversman, bride-to-be of Jacob Levig, from 9:30-11 a.m. today at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Fairmont. Because of COVID-19 protocols, there will be no indoor gathering. Alyson will greet guests in the west parking lot. Alyson ...

Welcome ready to clean up

WELCOME — There will be a cleanup day in Welcome from 8-10 a.m. Saturday (or until the truck is full). The truck will be behind the fire hall on Campbell Street. Be prepared to show proof of residency since this truck is for Welcome residents only. No appliances this time. Thank you to ...

Fairmont parks getting set for winter

FAIRMONT — It’s that time of year again when some of the city of Fairmont’s recreational amenities go into hibernation. The process of closing up Fairmont’s parks began last week and will continue through this week, Nick Lardy, park and street supervisor, told the Fairmont Park Board. ...

Pair face felony counts

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man and woman are facing felony charges in Martin County. Viridiana Sugey Ornelas-Martinez, 30, and Rigoberto Chapa Vega, 34, each have been charged with one count of wrongfully obtaining assistance, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 ...

Group spruces up Truman

TRUMAN — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is continuing free meals to all children throughout the entire 2020-2021 school year until June 30. For more information, call (507) 776-2111 or check the school website, www.truman.k12.mn.us • Did you know the trespass law applies to ...

Martin County Schools awarded virus relief

FAIRMONT — Martin County commissioners on Tuesday awarded $608,775 in grants from county CARES Act funds to assist 10 schools in the county adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. County Auditor/Treasurer Jessica Korte noted that many of the requests encompass funds for personal ...

Blue Earth aiding businesses with relief funds

BLUE EARTH — What to do with remaining federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act funds was a major topic at this week’s Blue Earth City Council meeting. The city has dispersed much of the funding it has received, but the council learned there is still $49,000 ...

Faribault Co. gives out $30K to St. Casimir’s

BLUE EARTH — Faribault County commissioners took action Tuesday to allocate money from the CARES Act to one more school in the county. St. Casimir’s School in Wells had just hired a new principal when the school year began and was not prepared to come to the board with funding proposals ...

Martin County West utilizing relief funds

SHERBURN — Martin County West School Board this week received an update on how the district is utilizing COVID-19 relief funds. Board members learned $180,000 has been used for personal protective equipment, sanitizing supplies ($50,000) as well as technology: 38 laptops, 30 HPS streams, 60 ...

Fairmont Area returning to hybrid learning

FAIRMONT — Fairmont Junior/Senior High School will return to a hybrid learning model today. Superintendent Joe Brown said the Minnesota Department of Health has determined that Fairmont High School is eligible to return to a hybrid model today, with the elementary school possibly returning ...

Sheriff touts seasonal safety

FAIRMONT — Autumn means many things, but chief among those in rural Minnesota is the harvest season. With large, slow-moving, farm equipment out on the roads, Martin County Sheriff Jeff Markquart is urging local motorists to be aware of the situation. “We have an early harvest going on, ...

Counties detail voting process

FAIRMONT — With the general election coming up and the continuation of COVID-19 concerns, there are a lot of questions about mail-in voting, absentee voting and where to vote in person. Martin County Auditor/Treasurer Jessica Korte and Faribault County Chief Deputy Auditor/Accountant Jessica ...