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Martin Co. Assessor: Taxpayers must fill out form

FAIRMONT — Martin County commissioners heard from County Assessor Mike Sheplee on Tuesday concerning an update to the county’s homestead application policy. The board approved a motion to authorize a new policy that will replace an outdated version. As part of the new policy, a letter ...

Fairmont City Council picks facilitators for ‘forensic’ audit

FAIRMONT — Fairmont’s mayor, one City Council member, the city clerk and the city’s finance director will work with the Minnesota State Auditor to determine the scope of a forensic audit spanning 17 years of municipal bookkeeping. At its meeting earlier this week, the City Council ...

Building permit activity bustling in Fairmont

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Economic Development Authority received some strong economic news earlier this week. Linsey Preuss, Fairmont economic development coordinator, reported a “flurry of activity” in local businesses. “Since 2016, the average year for commercial development building ...

Minnesota Veterans for Cannabis touts legalization

FAIRMONT — Jeremy Sankey, founder of Minnesota Veterans for Cannabis, spoke in Fairmont on Tuesday evening, covering a variety of topics regarding the use of medical cannabis. A veteran himself, Sankey began by sharing some of his story and why he believes medical cannabis use is important ...

Faribault County revamps website

BLUE EARTH — There will soon be a new website unveiled for Faribault County, and county commissioners were able to see a preview during their meeting Tuesday. The update was presented by Central Services director Lexi Scholten and senior tech clerk Clara Vereide. The two have been ...

FFA fruit sales under way

SHERBURN — There will be a CREST Lunch & Learn beginning 11 a.m. today at First Lutheran Church in Trimont. The program will be about trumpeter swans. Following the program, a lunch of chicken rice soup or chili and a pumpkin dessert will be served. Donations for the meal will be ...

Fairmont council puts city administrator on paid leave

FAIRMONT — Fairmont City Administrator Mike Humpal is on paid administrative leave, effective today, and Troy Nemmers, city engineer/public works director, has been named city administrator on an interim basis. After a two-hour closed session Monday to discuss Humpal’s job performance — ...

Tax break to spur housing in Fairmont rejected

FAIRMONT — A tax abatement program to spark construction of multi-family housing failed to win approval from the Fairmont City Council on Monday. Linsey Preuss, Fairmont’s economic development coordinator, told the council that Fairmont has a “very low” 2 percent vacancy rate for ...

Sex predator facing felony in Martin Co.

FAIRMONT — A Fort Mill, South Carolina, man is facing a felony charge in Martin County. William Boyce Varnadore, 35, has been charged with knowingly violating registration requirements for a predatory offender. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 ...

Efforts result in recognition

SHERBURN — Temperance Lake Ridge in Sherburn recently earned the Bronze Quality Award from the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living. Lisa Lange, executive director of the facility, said that every year standards are established to obtain the award. “I ...

Fairmont to host 2020 pheasant opener

FAIRMONT — Fairmont has been selected to host the 2020 Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener. Dates for the opening weekend are Oct. 9-11, 2020, with the official kickoff at 9 a.m. Oct. 10. Announcement of next year’s host city was made at the 2019 Governor’s Pheasant ...

Mayo-Fairmont plans active shooter training

FAIRMONT — Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont will be the site of an active shooter drill Tuesday afternoon. Although the exact time for the training has not been announced, anyone on the Mayo campus will be notified before the exercise begins. Social media and signage will be used to ...

ACEs: Childhood trauma hurts adults

FAIRMONT — Whether or not we are the sum of our experiences is a question long debated in human history. However, a scientific consensus slowly taking shape states that negative experiences in childhood affect how people interpret and react to the world around them. Known as ACEs (Adverse ...

Pumpkin contest coming up

CEYLON — There will be an all-you-can-eat fish fry beginning 5 p.m. today at Legends 2 in Ceylon. The menu includes fish, French fries and coleslaw. n Tuesday morning coffee hours in October continue from 8:30-10 a.m. at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Sherburn. Join friends and neighbors ...

Bode takes planning reins at Fairmont City Hall

As the newest member of Fairmont’s city staff, Peter Bode plans to carry out his duties as planner and code enforcement technician with common sense and integrity. “When I have somebody come in, my thought is, ‘How can I help them make their project work for them?’” Bode ...

Benefit slated for Trimont man

FAIRMONT — The disappointments of life are always a struggle. Some do so by grappling them head-on. That seems to be the case for Trimont resident Brad Williams, who recently lost his left leg due to cancer. A benefit and silent auction for Williams will be held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 27 at ...

GHEC board updated

GRANADA — The Granada-Huntley-East Chain School Board on Thursday heard several reports from administrators. Superintendent Doug Storbeck noted, “I’m working with Lisa Shellum (Truman’s superintendent) to determine if we can offer an agriculture course. That’s one of the ...

Hagedorn: Dems actions are political

MADELIA — Congressman Jim Hagedorn fielded questions about the impeachment inquiry involving President Donald Trump at a town hall in Madelia this week. The Republican took questions from Watonwan County residents. Hagedorn, who opposes impeachment, was asked whether it is his ...

Man faces four felonies

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man is facing multiple felony charges in Martin County. Benjamin Edward Isenberg, 41, has been charged with drug possession in the second degree, which carries a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison and a $500,000 fine. He also has been charged with drug possession ...

Cleanup day set for Saturday

WELCOME — Welcome fall cleanup day will be held 8-10 a.m. Saturday, or until whenever the truck is full. Because of construction on the streets, the site has been changed to Hansen Keck Park. Please line up on Dugan Street on the west side of the road to Fifth Street. Unacceptable items ...