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Fairmont EDA studies child care, workforce housing

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Economic Development Authority received updates Monday on two subjects that have a major impact on business creation and growth: child care and workforce housing. Linsey Preuss, the city’s economic development coordinator, reported that local lenders are putting ...

Martin Co. West student scores rare honor

You don’t know how to do some things until you try. Alyssa Williamson, a senior at Martin County West, decided to try and was recently named a National Honor Society National Semi-Finalist & Scholar for her effort. Williamson explained the process and what it means for her ...

Blue Earth considering new dugouts

BLUE EARTH — The team dugouts at the city-owned Veterans Baseball Field at the Faribault County Fairgrounds in Blue Earth are in need of repair. The Blue Earth City Council spent some time at its meeting Monday discussing several options for constructing new ones. Council members looked ...

Truman may add splash pad

TRUMAN — The Truman City Council on Monday looked at two options for installing a splash pad at the Truman Pool. City administrator Bethanie Ekstrom will soon meet with representatives of the Schmeeckle Foundation, as she had applied for a matching grant of $50,000. Ekstrom said she has ...

Rosen: Bill protects seniors

ST. PAUL — State Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Vernon Center, says the Senate has passed monumental legislation that includes a series of protections for elderly and vulnerable Minnesotans, and an extensive framework for the licensure of assisted-living facilities. The bill passed with wide, ...

Fairmont faces hard questions

FAIRMONT — A resident of Ward 3 wanted answers from Fairmont City Council representatives about their handling of the recent termination process of Elizabeth Bloomquist, city attorney, and the subsequent financial cost of their actions. Erin Maidl sought an explanation during “Saturday ...

City clerk job is tough, rewarding

FAIRMONT — Fairmont’s city clerk for the past six years, Patty Monsen, took center stage at “Saturday With the City” at the Sylvania Park shelter house. The one-hour informal listening sessions are held occasionally during the year to spotlight various city departments and give citizens ...

Davison bidding Fairmont Area Schools farewell

Jim Davison has made a career of teaching and learning. After spending the last 30 years as principal at Fairmont Elementary School, Davison will retire after the end of the school year. While Davison has been in Fairmont for 30 years, he has taught for 41 years. Originally from Cedar ...

$330K grant to boost home visiting service

FAIRMONT — The Minnesota Department of Health recently announced a new round of grant funding to help local partners offer new or expanded home visiting services. As a result, Human Services of Faribault and Martin Counties received $331,003, which will aid expansion of the service into ...

It’s cleanup day in Ceylon

CEYLON — Today is cleanup day in Ceylon, with curbside pickup of items by trucks from Waste Management provided by the city. This is a free opportunity to clean up Ceylon. Appliances will be picked up by Larry Kling. Remember: No electronics, televisions, paint, chemicals, waste, dead ...

Teen vaping targeted in Fairmont

FAIRMONT — The Minnesota Senate recently passed a bill that prohibits the use of e-cigarettes wherever tobacco smoking is now banned under the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act, which covers the vast majority of public buildings and workplaces in the state. The bill was aimed in part at ...

Pair charged with felonies

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man and woman are facing felony charges in Martin County. Levi Scott Thate, 31, 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 in the ...

Memorial Day program slated

WELCOME — Welcome Legion Auxiliary will meet 7 p.m. Monday at the Legion. All members are urged to attend. n Welcome Memorial Day program will be 9 a.m. May 27 in the old gym at the Welcome School. Because of construction, please use the north door (back door). The speaker will be Dale ...

Asset forfeiture faces more scrutiny

FAIRMONT — Civil asset forfeiture laws have been making headlines across the country, and are being picked apart in many courtrooms. Recently, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled in favor of a woman who had her vehicle seized by police in a DUI-related incident. The court said current law ...

Lions plan burger bash

TRUMAN — A come-and-go bridal shower for Ciera Drevlow will be held 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Truman. Ciera is the bride-to-be of Sam Geistfeld. Please bring your favorite recipe to share. n Truman Lions Club burger bash will be 5-7 p.m. Saturday with all ...

Ceylon tackles junk problem

CEYLON — The Ceylon City Council is concerned that the city’s junk ordinance is not being enforced sufficiently. Council members and the public weighed in on the matter this week. A citizen suggested the council meet with the sheriff and judge about the lack of enforcement. A citizen ...

Training puts focus on safe sales of alcohol

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Police Department and Martin County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition on Tuesday sponsored a business owner/employee training regarding the sale of alcoholic beverages. For those not able to attend the first two training sessions on Tuesday, a second will be held ...

Fairmont school district honors 25-year staffers

FAIRMONT — Three individuals at Fairmont Area Schools were recognized for their 25 years of service to the district at the school board meeting Tuesday. They are: Lois Harbo, Derek Spear and Melinda Stewart. Harbo has served as a Title I aide and has worked with students ranging in age ...

Greenwing event slated in Sherburn

SHERBURN — Grilled hamburgers with all the trimmings will be served 6-8 p.m. tonight at the Sherburn American Legion. The public is always welcome. n CREST is offering a “Lunch and Learn” event 11 a.m. today at First Lutheran Church in Trimont. The program will feature Jamie from the ...

Briefly

IHD opens up registrations FAIRMONT — Registrations for the 31st annual Interlaken Heritage Days are open. The dates for the annual summer event are June 7-9. Area non-profit organizations are welcome to a free booth space Saturday. A flea market and artisan show also will take place ...