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Mayor Foster: Fairmont council now backs Humpal

FAIRMONT — Fairmont Mayor Debbie Foster is cautiously optimistic that city administrator Mike Humpal’s job is safe. Foster says she (along with other council members) has been on the receiving end of recent emails from City Council members Tom Hawkins and Randy Lubenow, both of whom wrote ...

‘Wizard of Oz’ coming to Opera House stage

The classic family favorite “The Wizard of Oz” will be performed at the Fairmont Opera House as this year’s Civic Summer Theater production. The musical will include beloved favorites Dorothy, Glinda, the Scarecrow and even Toto. It will run July 23-28. The production is under the ...

Woman facing DWI charge

FAIRMONT — A Sherburn woman is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Diane Kay Paskey, 64, has been charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol in the first degree, which carries a maximum penalty of seven years in prison and a $14,000 fine. According to the ...

Classic tractor ride set for July 26

TRUMAN — A summer scavenger hunt for any student who has finished grades 3-8 will be held 5-7 p.m. today at the Truman Public School Library. Come to the library at the school for instructions. The event is free. There will be a scavenger hunt on school grounds with a prize and snack at the ...

Welcome eyes new ordinance

WELCOME — The Welcome City Council this week discussed hiring DIS to use cameras to examine sanitary sewer pipes for each of the 328 connected houses in town. The company has asked for permission to go into homes if it has to photograph sump pump connections. The company would charge from ...

Briefly

Road closure slated for today FAIRMONT — Lair Road will be closed from Albion Avenue west to Gomsrud Park for repairs today. The closure is anticipated to run from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. In the event of rain, the work will be completed Friday. Red Rock Center seeking entries FAIRMONT — Red ...

Martin Co. West plans referendum

SHERBURN — More than 60 citizens turned out for the Martin County West School Board meeting this week, as the board plans to ask voters for $12 million this fall and to tear down the Welcome school site next year. Superintendent Allison Schmidt outlined the process to date. “The board ...

Martin County seeks new jail leader

FAIRMONT — Martin County commissioners approved a motion Tuesday to authorize recruitment to fill the jail administrator position for the county, in the wake of the resignation of former jail administrator Mark Geerdes. At a previous meeting, the board approved a motion authorizing the ...

Truck wash creates concerns in Sherburn

SHERBURN — Sherburn City Council this week discussed a possible new truck wash in town that has some residents concerned. One of the owners, Justin Williamson, was on hand. Officials’ questions focused on water discharge, annexation and traffic flow. Owners of property on Swanson ...

GHEC welcomes in new leadership

FAIRMONT — Two new faces were at the Granada-Huntley-East Chain School Board meeting on Tuesday: Superintendent Doug Storbeck, who has taken over for Mandy Fletcher, and the school’s new principal, Taylor Topinka. Storbeck gave a district report, noting they have just one applicant, so ...

Fellows resigns in Faribault Co.

BLUE EARTH — Dawn Fellows, Central Services director for Faribault County, announced her resignation Tuesday. Her last day will be Aug. 16. Fellows has been employed by the county since May 31, 2013. “It is with regret we accept the resignation of Dawn Fellows,” said Faribault ...

Children to offer ‘Alice’

SHERBURN — Everyone is invited to an open house retirement recognition for Bob Roesler that will be held at 4 p.m. today at Keck Park, just north of the Welcome School. Bob was a vocational ag instructor and FFA adviser for 18 years at Sherburn High School. He then went into farm business ...

Blue Earth Area to seek operating levy this fall

BLUE EARTH — The Blue Earth Area School Board unanimously approved a resolution Monday to put an operating levy on the ballot this November. The amount of the proposed levy is $900 per pupil. The last operating levy, at $650 per pupil, expired in 2014. The tax impact of the levy will ...

Minnesota touts more hiring of veterans

FAIRMONT — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz recently proclaimed July to be “Hire A Veteran Month in Minnesota,” in an effort to encourage employers to help connect military service members with employment opportunities. “Veterans returning from deployments face higher unemployment rates and ...

Vacant property concerns Blue Earth City Council

BLUE EARTH — Blue Earth City Council had several public hearings to sort through Monday. The council first addressed ongoing concerns with 906 Valley Drive, a house on Upper Valley Drive that has been vacant for some time. The city’s attorney, David Frundt, discussed the abatement order ...

Engineer: Truman water system needs repairs

TRUMAN — Truman City Council on Monday heard from environmental engineer John Graupman, who presented some options for city infrastructure projects. He offered an update on specific projects regarding the water system, which consists of wells, the water treatment facility and the water ...

Bob Roesler retires, talks management challenges for farms

WELCOME — After more than 50 years, Bob Roesler is retiring. Wrapping up his time as a farm business management instructor at Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Roesler shared some of his career history, highlights and what retirement will look like. “I started out teaching ...

Fairmont Area Schools touts new website

FAIRMONT — Along with new classes and teachers, Fairmont Area Schools will have a new website for the coming school year. The site, which has the same web address of www.fairmont.k12.mn.us, went live at the beginning of the month. “Apptegy is our new web hosting provider,” said ...

Blood drive coming up in Ceylon

CEYLON — Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Ceylon will have its usual 5:30 p.m. services tonight. Circle of Faith congregations are on summer schedules, with St. Peter Lutheran in Ceylon having Wednesday evening 6:30 p.m. services in July. Waverly Lutheran and Trinity Lutheran in Welcome ...

Teachers gaining insights into ag

FAIRMONT — About 35 teachers from across the state began a two-day Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom tour in Fairmont on Thursday. The group is led by Wanda Patsche, a regional ag curriculum specialist with Ag in the Classroom. The purpose of the group is to bring ag-themed lessons ...