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Youth gearing up for robotics competition

FAIRMONT — The first Martin County KnowHow! Youth Robotics competition will take place 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Fairmont Elementary School. The competition is sponsored by the KnowHow! committee, a new offshoot of Project 1590. The robotics competition is the group’s first ...

Martin County ready with legal offer

FAIRMONT — Martin County commissioners this week heard from County Attorney Terry Viesselman, who presented several contracts to provide prosecution services for a number of small cities in Martin County. Cities included are Trimont, Ceylon, Sherburn/Welcome and Granada. The board approved ...

‘Spree’ to help children find gifts

TRUMAN — Lewisville American Legion Auxiliary soup and sandwich luncheon will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 14. They will serve a variety of soups and sandwiches, and have a bake sale. Come to the Lewisville Legion and visit with Santa Claus. n Martin County Pork Producers Ambassador ...

Welcome council approves ’20 budget

WELCOME — Welcome City Council this week held its Truth-in-Taxation public hearing on the 2020 budget and property tax levy. Officials say Welcome’s property tax bill will be about the same as for this year, or somewhat lower. Officials noted that the Valero ethanol plant is coming off ...

Martin County board OKs higher fees

FAIRMONT — Martin County commissioners heard from Planning and Zoning official Pam Flitter on Tuesday during a public hearing to consider a proposed 2020 fee schedule for her department. Commissioners ultimately approved the proposal, with a minor adjustment to a proposed fee for zoning ...

Truman still battling utility issues

TRUMAN — Truman City Council earlier this week heard from Scott Reimer of Federated Rural Electric, which has an interest in providing service to the city. Reimer came before the council several months ago with a proposition to take over the city’s electrical service from current ...

Fairmont panel backs rezoning

FAIRMONT — A consultation with the city’s interim civil attorney paved the way for a rezoning application on Lake Avenue, a process that received a green light from the Fairmont Planning Commission on Tuesday. Adam Garbers, owner of Fairmont National Insurance, purchased the building at ...

Faribault County weighing budget

BLUE EARTH — With the Faribault County Truth-in-Taxation meeting set for Dec. 17, county commissioners spent some time Tuesday discussing items in the Public Works budget with director Mark Daly. Commissioners have scheduled a budget workshop meeting for Friday and want to be sure they ...

‘Grinchmas’ holiday party slated

SHERBURN — CREST is sponsoring a “Lunch and Learn” event beginning 11 a.m. today at the Senior Citizens Center in Sherburn. The program will focus on Christmas fun. Following the presentation, a lunch of scalloped potatoes and ham, green bean casserole and assorted Christmas goodies ...

Sherburn hires new City Attorney

SHERBURN — Sherburn City Council this week discussed the city’s 2020 budget and property tax levy. The budget will be adopted Dec. 16. The council approved a proposal for Costello, Carlson, Butzon and Schmit Legal Services to provide attorney services for the city in 2020. The fee of ...

Rec center proposal: $20 million

FAIRMONT — A year has passed since the proponents of a Fairmont community center held a “town hall” meeting to offer information and gather feedback on the proposed facility to be located west of the Mayo Clinic Health Care campus. While the advocates have been quiet, they have not been ...

Ibisch leaving Blue Earth

BLUE EARTH — Blue Earth city administrator Tim Ibisch is ending his tenure with the city. At the end of their meeting Monday, Blue Earth City Council members went into closed session to discuss a personnel issue. When the council re-opened the meeting to the public, it passed a motion to ...

Fairmont man, 25, faces felony counts

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Luis Burgos, 25, has been charged with assault in the second degree, which carries a maximum penalty of seven years in prison and a $14,000 fine. He also has been charged with making threats of violence, which carries a ...

TZD program puts focus on road safety

FAIRMONT — With snowstorms and slippery roads comes an increased awareness of road safety. Law enforcement and emergency crews remind us to slow down or even to forego traveling altogether in order to save lives. But winter driving is only one piece of the puzzle when it comes to road ...

Fairmont grads find there’s no place like home

FAIRMONT — Once a Fairmont Cardinal, always a Fairmont Cardinal. The saying is true for the more than 80 staff members at Fairmont Area Schools who are also graduates of Fairmont High School. The staff includes a 1964 graduate, 2015 graduate and many years in between. There are 41 ...

Ceylon residents can post events on digital sign

CEYLON — Wow ... hope you and yours survived the first big snowstorm of the winter. Next week will be December already. n Just a reminder if you have special events you want to have on the digital sign at the corner of Main Street and Railroad Street, please contact the city clerk, Mary ...

Sleep out to focus on crisis housing

FAIRMONT — A group of local residents are planning Fairmont’s Big Sleep Out, a winter night spent outdoors to draw attention to the need for emergency crisis housing in the area. From 5 p.m. Dec. 7 until 9 a.m. Dec. 8, a contingent of hardy souls will camp out sans tents at Citizens Park ...

Cookie walk coming up

TRUMAN — Truman City Council meets 5:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall. The truth-in-taxation meeting begins at 6 p.m. Truman Pride will meet 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Truman High School media center. Come join and help support the students and school. Prairie Ecology Bus Center is offering a ...

Keep streets clear for plows

WELCOME — Welcome City Council will meet 6 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall. All members are urged to attend. The city snow removal crew asks residents to remember there is no parking on the streets until the snow is removed curb to curb. Vehicles will be ticketed and towed. Help with the snow ...

Fairmont will not seek liquor store ‘forensic audit’

FAIRMONT — A motion to approve a state forensic audit of the Fairmont Municipal Liquor Store failed to gain support at the City Council meeting earlier this week. Council member Ruth Cyphers introduced the concept of a forensic audit by the Minnesota Office of the State Auditor at the ...