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Man facing drug charge

FAIRMONT — A man with no known address is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Garth Coughlin Weir, 52, has been charged with drug possession in the fifth degree, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. According to the complaint: On June 11, ...

Welcome Festival slated for July 17-18

WELCOME — Thank you to all who gave blood at the blood drive this past Tuesday in Welcome. Also, thank you to those who helped with the registration and organization. Next, there will be a blood drive from 1-6 p.m. Wednesday at Legends II in Ceylon. n The city of Welcome is missing a ...

Fairmont man facing robbery count

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man is facing a felony charge in Martin County after an alleged armed robbery. Gilberto Amaro Jr., 21, has been charged with one count of simple robbery, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. According to the complaint: At 9:04 ...

Welcome to remove ash trees

WELCOME — The city of Welcome will remove ash trees at the city park because of damage caused by ash borers. The trees will be replaced. City employee Max Longley reported the problem to the City Council this week. Bulfer Tree Service has suggested fall or spring for replanting. Also on ...

Truman man faces felony

FAIRMONT — A Truman man is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Travis Allen Carlson, 30, has been charged with drug possession in the fifth degree, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. According to the complaint: On June 10, a Minnesota State ...

Classic tractor ride scheduled for July 24

TRUMAN — Wednesday is recycling day. Please place recycling containers curbside by 7 a.m. with the front facing the street. All cardboard should be broken down, but no pizza boxes. n Second Harvest Heartland and the nutritional assistance program for seniors will be held 9:30-10:30 a.m. ...

Martin County studies post-pandemic meeting rules

FAIRMONT — Questioning whether to continue meeting via video conferencing in light of the current declared state of emergency, Martin County commissioners heard from County Attorney Terry Viesselman on Tuesday. Specifically, Viesselman presented a review of open meeting law ...

Blue Earth finishes up Sailor Street work

BLUE EARTH — The 2019 North Sailor Street project in Blue Earth is complete and the numbers are in. Blue Earth City Council learned this week that the project cost just less than $2 million. The council held a public hearing, then certified the assessment list. While the council ...

Fairmont zoning panel approves 3 variances

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Board of Zoning Appeals fielded four variance requests Tuesday, approving three and denying one. The board nixed a request from Gerald D. Meyer of 408 S. Prairie Ave. to allow a 6-foot high front yard fence, replacing an existing row of hedges. City Code requires ...

Leland Parkway project in Blue Earth ongoing

BLUE EARTH — “Work on the County Road 16/Leland Parkway project is progressing and is about three weeks ahead of schedule at this point,” Public Works director Mark Daly told Faribault County commissioners Tuesday. Daly said that as the project moves from phase 1 and 2 to phase 3, the ...

Sherburn Theater to resume movies

SHERBURN — Regional Worship Center in Sherburn will again host a community breakfast from 8-10 a.m. Monday mornings at 2 Crossroads Drive. They will not serve the buffet. Instead the meal will be served as ordered. Donations accepted for the meals, and everyone is welcome to attend. ...

Red Rock Center adapts: Concerts planned in park

FAIRMONT — Necessity is the mother of invention, so Red Rock Center for the Arts in Fairmont has embraced that thought amid the COVID-19 pandemic. With limited indoor seating and little room to practice social distancing for even a small gathering, the center has remained closed to the ...

Comforting foster children: Scout embraces compassion

Local Girl Scout Sydney Blomster, 13, made the very grown-up decision to embrace the principal of helping others in her effort to earn her Girl Scout Silver Award. Her project involved providing 34 comfort care bags to the Martin/Faribault County foster care program. The bags are meant to ...

New Mayo service tackles varicose veins

FAIRMONT — Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont has added a new patient service to treat varicose veins, those unflattering and possibly dangerous enlarged veins that usually occur in your legs. “Varicose veins are very common. About 20 percent of people will have some varicose veins in ...

Welcome Festival coming up soon

WELCOME — Welcome City Council will meet 6 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall. Social distancing will be observed; masks are encouraged. There is always a time for public comments at the beginning of each meeting. Those who want to be on the agenda must contact the city clerk prior to the meeting ...

Ceylon Community Day set for July 25

CEYLON — Circle of Faith parishes will resume their in-person services Sunday. St. Peter Lutheran Church in Ceylon will host services at 8:30 a.m., following the social distancing protocol it sent parish members in a letter. Waverly Lutheran Church north of Welcome will hold a service at 8:30 ...

Tom Mahoney Jr. remembered fondly

FAIRMONT — Those who knew Thomas Mahoney Jr. remember a man who was an avid outdoorsman, a dedicated bicyclist, a purveyor of local history, a diehard Minnesota Gophers fan and a public servant dedicated to his community. Mahoney died June 24 at Our lady of Peace Hospice in St. Paul at the ...

Sherburn man facing assault charges

FAIRMONT — A Sherburn man is facing felony charges in Martin County. Marvyn Wayne Hansen, 56, has been charged with two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon in the second degree. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of seven years in prison and a $14,000 fine. According to the ...

Truman Library now open

TRUMAN — Truman Library is open from 1:30-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. For the health and safety of others, they ask that you: 1) Use hand sanitizer upon entry. 2) Wear a mask or face covering. 3) Practice social distancing (6 feet). Building capacity is limited, so no extended stays will be ...

Seneca Foods in Blue Earth sees outbreak

BLUE EARTH — Officials from Community Health and Human Services of Faribault & Martin Counties say they are working with Seneca Foods of Blue Earth to respond to a cluster of COVID-19 cases. The Minnesota Department of Health, United Hospital District and Faribault County Emergency ...