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New Kennel to open in Fairmont

FAIRMONT — Bed & Biscuits Kennels will soon be opening in Fairmont. The business will offer boarding for dogs, cats and other animals. It also will offer a variety of other services, including pet grooming and pet day care. The business is owned by Britney Kawecki and is located at ...

Coping with COVID: Borchardt Dance Company

FAIRMONT—Borchardt Dance Company is not new to the Fairmont community. Nita Borchardt is the second-generation owner of the company and has kept her business going through the pandemic with adjustments and positivity. Borchardt’s experience consists of dancing professionally for 12 ...

Brain Injury Awareness Month

FAIRMONT — Brain Injury Awareness Month is recognized each March according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The month is meant to provide an important opportunity to bring attention to the prevention of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and to promote strategies to improve ...

Township Day set for next week

FAIRMONT — On March 9, 2021, Minnesota’s 1,781 townships will each be holding their annual meeting on Township Day. According to information provided by Leslie Rosedahl of Rosedahl Public Affairs, Township Day meetings are held every year on the second Tuesday in March. Township residents ...

Welcome Legion to hold meetings

WELCOME — Township elections and annual meetings will be held on Tuesday, March 9. Fraser Township will vote at Welcome City Hall; Fox Lake Township will vote at their township hall, and Manyaska Township will also vote in Fox Lake Township Hall; and Rolling Green Township will vote at their ...

Local family receives award

Local family receives award FAIRMONT—The National Weather Service in the Twin Cities was honored to present the Family Heritage Award to the Theobald-Schlaphoff family of rural Sherburn during a virtual ceremony on January 19th. The family has taken daily weather measurements for the ...

Welcome tackles city projects

WELCOME — The Welcome City Council approved the zoning report. They also approved the bid for seal coating and patching of several streets on the south side of town from Pearson Brothers. They continued the discussion of the wastewater issue with sludge removal. City employee, Max Longley, ...

Man faces multiple charges

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man is facing multiple felony charges in Martin County. Patrick Michael Creech, 37, has been charged with three counts of a firearm violation having previously been convicted of a crime of violence. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a ...

Township elections set for Tuesday

TRUMAN — Welcome to Darren Bettin as our new part-time police officer. Friday is recognized as the National Day of Unplugging. Limit your screen time by keeping your cellphone out of reach while eating and out of the bedroom. Tuesday is the annual meeting and elections for townships. ...

Martin County handles business

FAIRMONT — Martin County Commissioners on Tuesday took care of a number of housekeeping items. The board approved the hiring of Heide Schutt as interim Assistant Library Director to fill a vacancy at the Martin County Library. The hiring is effective immediately while the county goes through ...

Blue Earth looks at water plant

BLUE EARTH — The Blue Earth City Council discussed upgrades to the city’s water treatment facility, which could include a water softening system. Kris Swanson, of Bolton and Menk, presented a lengthy Water Treatment Study, which the council accepted and authorized to be sent to the ...

Faribault County talks courthouse

BLUE EARTH — The Faribault County Commissioners held a short meeting on Tuesday with very few items on the agenda. One topic of discussion dealt with reopening the front (east) entrance to the courthouse. “Has there been any thoughts as to when that may happen?” commissioner Greg ...

Sherburn council hears updates

SHERBURN — The Sherburn City Council met on Monday, March 1, at the Sherburn City Hall and virtually through Zoom. The annual report of the fire association was given to the council by Sam Meixell through a PowerPoint presentation. The ending balance was down about $4,000 from last year. The ...

Roofer authors children’s book

FAIRMONT — Marcus Eytcheson did a mystery read for his daughter’s classroom and struggled to find a book he wanted to read to the class. At the time he wished that he could have read a book about what he did for a living. That classroom visit inspired him to write his book "Up on the ...

Transit system carries on

FAIRMONT — Prairie Lakes Transit has seen several changes over the past year. From decreased ridership levels, to partnering with area food shelves, to suspending and reinstating fares, Transit Director Jeremy Monahan shares some of the challenges and decisions faced by the Faribault/Martin ...

Annual Banquet to be held Friday

FAIRMONT — Every year the Fairmont Chamber of Commerce hosts an annual banquet. Chamber President Ned Koppen described the yearly event as “a lot of fun and that they always have a pretty good turnout.” “My favorite thing is just seeing the people,” Koppen said. “Really it’s just ...

Coping with COVID: Heavens’s Table

FAIRMONT — Heaven’s Table Food Shelf board member Greta Lintelman thinks highly of the way she, her other board members, and volunteers were able to keep the business open while dealing with a global pandemic. The process took a lot of adapting, changing things around and keeping this free ...

GHEC introduces FFA program

GRANADA — The Granada-Huntley-East Chain school district is excited, and with good reason. The board had approved a contract last year to hire Star Schipper as their new ag/business education teacher for the 2020/2021 school year. Schipper is happy to have joined the district, and it shows, ...

Spring is coming

CEYLON — Tomorrow is the last day of February. Will March come in like a lion or a lamb? March 14 will be the day we change our clocks to Daylight Savings Time and the first day of spring is March 20. It also marks the one-year anniversary of the COVID lockdown. I am looking for signs of ...

Fairmont welcomes new officer

FAIRMONT — A new face has joined the Fairmont Police Department. Parker Stevens was born in Fairmont and grew up in Truman, where he attended school. Stevens’ interest in law enforcement stems from his grandfather, who served as a Captain in the Fairmont Police Department before retiring in ...