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Fairmont set to replace all of its meters

FAIRMONT — This spring, Fairmont Public Utilities will begin the monumental task of replacing all its electric and water meters for residential and commercial customers. The process of switching out between 13,000 and 14,000 meters, as well as load management devices and lift station ...

Martin Co. Recorder offers insight on stats

FAIRMONT — Martin County commissioners recently heard an update from County Recorder Diane Sanders regarding vital records. Sanders noted that 359 passports were issued in 2019, and the issuance of birth and marriage certificates was way up, with people focused on obtaining enhanced ...

Nominations now open for top businesses

FAIRMONT — Nominations opened this week to name top area businesses and an outstanding non-profit. The program is sponsored annually by the Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce as a way to recognize its members for noteworthy achievement the previous year. “This is a great way to celebrate a ...

Local man charged with arson

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man is facing felony charges in Martin County. Timothy Wayne Parsons, 35, has been charged with arson in the first degree, which carries a maximum penalty of one half of 20 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. He is also charged with making threats of violence, which ...

School board receives honor

WELCOME — The congregations of the Circle of Faith parishes are reminded that their annual meetings that were postponed last weekend will be held the same times this Sunday. Ceylon’s St. Peter Lutheran will be after their 8:30 a.m. service, while Trinity in Welcome has its annual meeting ...

Sherburn trying to register building

SHERBURN — The Sherburn City Council this week approved beginning the paperwork needed to put the community hall on the National Register of Historic Places. If the building is registered, the city would become eligible for help with repairs to preserve the site, along with other buildings ...

Man facing felony counts

FAIRMONT — A Trimont man is facing felony charges in Martin County. Terry Jay Schulz, 40, has been charged with criminal sexual conduct in the first degree, which carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $40,000 fine. Schulz also faces a charge of criminal sexual conduct in ...

Blue Earth police calls decline 4%

BLUE EARTH — By the numbers. The Blue Earth City Council this week heard several reports that included a variety of numbers. The council listened to year-end updates from Chief of Police Tom Fletcher and Fire Chief Roger Davis. Fletcher reported the police department responded to ...

Man facing felony counts

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Brett Andrew Smitherman, 36, has been charged with two counts of domestic assault, each of which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. In addition, Smitherman faces one charge of fleeing ...

Duo facing drug charges

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont and woman are facing felony charges in Martin County. Amber Grace Carroll, 38, and Gregory Martin Green, 49, have both been charged with drug possession in the third degree, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The pair are also ...

Students can get help with homework

TRUMAN — Homework help is available to all Truman public school students in grades K-12 from 3-4 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday in the school media center and activities room. This is a free service run by some wonderful volunteers. You do not need to register ahead of time. n The ...

Welcome OKs actuary deal

WELCOME — Welcome City Council this week approved an actuary agreement for the relief association of the fire department. In other business, the council: o Held the first reading of Ordinance 49, concerning large brick or concrete structures for mail boxes being a road and mail carrier ...

Basketball game takes on cancer

FAIRMONT — Whether it's financial, emotional, or prayerful, adults can find a way to help a family member or friend who is a cancer patient, but young people often are at a loss about how they can be supportive. Coaches vs. Cancer is an annual event at Fairmont High School that provides an ...

Martin County to hire assistant attorney

FAIRMONT — On Tuesday, Martin County Commissioners approved a motion to authorize recruitment for an additional attorney for the County Attorney’s Office. The need is due, in part, to the addition of prosecution duties for cities in the county as well as an increased case load over the ...

$7.6M goes to roads in Faribault County

BLUE EARTH — The Faribault County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, Jan. 21, and tackled a handful of Public Works issues. A motion was passed to designate $7.6 million, which the county received when the state turned back Trunk Highways 253 and 254 to the ...

Pancake breakfast set for Sunday

SHERBURN — Sherburn American Legion Auxiliary pancake breakfast which was postponed last weekend due to the weather will now be held 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the Sherburn American Legion Club. They will serve pancakes (prepared by Sherburn Lions Club), scrambled eggs, sausage, juice, ...

Ice fishing event begins on Saturday

FAIRMONT — This time of year may not seem ideal to venture outdoors, but that is exactly what ice-fishing enthusiasts will do Saturday in Fairmont. The Fairmont Lakes Foundation will host its 6th annual ice-fishing tournament, beginning at 11 a.m. at Gomsrud Park. It will conclude with a ...

Refugee resettlement issue stirs controversy

FAIRMONT — On Tuesday, Martin County commissioners will again discuss the issue of local government consent for refugee resettlement. The topic has been a controversial one across the nation, as Texas recently became the first state to no longer accept the resettlement of new refugees under ...

Kasper reflects on Catholic education

The 16th annual St. John Vianney Dinner Dance will be held in one week, at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 25. Tickets are available at St. John Vianney School or can be obtained by calling (507) 235-5304. Principal Sarah Striemer discussed how the evening’s events will unfold. “We begin our evening ...

Pancake brunch postponed

CEYLON — Several annual church meetings are scheduled Sunday. A storm is also forecast so keep an eye on the weather and news of cancellations for these meetings. St. Paul’s Lutheran in Wilbert’s meeting is scheduled after the 9:30 a.m. service. St. Peter Lutheran in Ceylon’s ...