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City talks electric vehicle charging

FAIRMONT— The Fairmont City Council met on Monday night and approved one new business item, viewed a presentation, and approved the consent agenda as read. The consent agenda included 11 event permits that were all approved. The only new business item was to approve the assignment and ...

Man charged with multiple felonies

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man faces multiple felony charges in Martin County. Michael James Cramer, 38, has been charged with five counts of criminal sexual conduct in the third degree. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $40,000 fine. According to the ...

Marina Lodge gets remodeled

FAIRMONT — The Marina Lodge, located on Lake Sisseton at 501 Lake Avenue in Fairmont, has added a second story and will re-open in time for the summer. Bryan Unke, owner of the Lodge, said they’ve always discussed adding on. “We recognize the high demand and desire for people wanting to ...

Fairmont Vet discusses Prop 12

FAIRMONT— Prop 12 is a California 2018 proposition that sets new minimum requirements on farmers to provide more space for egg-laying hens, breeding pigs, and calves raised for veal. Fairmont Veterinary Clinic Vet Partner Andy Kryzer discussed what Prop 12 entails and how that relates ...

MCW alum is State FFA president

FAIRMONT — MCW FFA alum, Emily Matejka, recently became the State President of the Minnesota FFA Association. Matejka shares what some of her responsibilities will entail, as well as memories of her involvement with FFA. “There’s going to be a lot of responsibilities that will be both ...

Work begins on public works facility

FAIRMONT — After six years, the city of Fairmont has begun the construction of a brand new Public Works Facility at a cost of roughly $8.8 million, with work to be done by Kraus-Anderson. The groundbreaking ceremony officially took place on Thursday at the new location at 801 E. Margret ...

Welcome installs new meters

WELCOME — Sunday is Mother's Day and I hope all the mothers and those who are like mothers in the area have a great day. Welcome Legion will meet 7 p.m. Monday at the Welcome Legion Hall. All members are urged to attend. City of Welcome is currently installing new water meters and ...

City reopens parks for summer

FAIRMONT— The city of Fairmont has a combined 27 parks or green areas that are maintained during all times of the year. The parks or areas were officially reopened Tuesday. Each park has different processes to open up. All parks are winterized when it comes to plumbing, the water is turned ...

Faribault County looks for attorney

BLUE EARTH — Faribault County commissioner Greg Young informed his fellow County Board members there have been two applications submitted for the County Attorney position. “We are in the process of scheduling interviews with the prospective candidates,” Young said. The search for a ...

Men face drug charges

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man and a Le Sueur man are both facing felony charges in Martin County. Jonathan Robert Hill, 35, of Fairmont, and David Igor Denzer, 28, of Le Sueur, are both charged with drug sales in the second degree, which carries a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison and a ...

Welcome talks ball diamond

At the Welcome City Council meeting on Tuesday the interim superintendent for Martin County West School District, Chad Brusky, discussed some areas of cooperation between the City and the school district about the ball diamond in Welcome. Both the City and the school would like to have one ...

Take mom fishing this weekend

TRUMAN — Take a Mom fishing weekend is this Saturday and Sunday. This is when Minnesota-resident moms can fish without purchasing a license. Even though the walleye season will not be open, there are still plenty of fun and easy fishing opportunities for crappie, sunfish, or even ...

County jail looks for food service

FAIRMONT — Martin County Commissioners heard from Chief Deputy Corey Klanderud Tuesday, concerning the county’s jail food service contract with Hy-Vee in Fairmont. Notice was received from Hy-Vee that they will no longer be able to provide that service to the jail, and the county received ...

Blue Earth talks roof maintenance

BLUE EARTH — The city of Blue Earth owns quite a few buildings in the city, and that translates to a lot of roofs that need maintenance. At a work session before their regular meeting on Monday, May 3, the City Council received a detailed update on the condition of at least a dozen ...

Sherburn commends water plant

SHERBURN — The Sherburn City Council met Monday. They discussed a commendation from the State of MN for their Wastewater Plant and staff. The clerk will send a letter to the staff. Congratulations. Temporary liquor licenses were approved for the Lions Club and the Fire Department Relief ...

Fishing opener and water safety

FAIRMONT — The spring and summer months are upon us, and with that comes a multitude of outdoor activities to enjoy. One of those favorite pastimes is fishing, and the fishing opener for walleye, bass, northern pike, and lake trout is next Saturday, according to the Minnesota Department of ...

MCW holds mini-FFA convention

SHERBURN — While vaccinations are underway and restrictions are slowly lifting, the pandemic continues to affect a variety of gatherings. One of those is the State FFA Convention, which was once again held virtually for 2021. However, that didn’t stop FFA students at Martin County West ...

FEDA releases first-quarter report

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Economic Development Authority released its first-quarter report for the year 2021. Compared to last year there has been an increase in the three categories of building permits, planning and zoning permits and land disturbance permits. Under the building permits in ...

Ladies group to meet Wednesday

CEYLON — Today is May 1. Happy May Day. One sign of summer is lawn mowing and there have been several people doing that lately. Summer doesn’t officially begin until June 20, which incidentally is Father’s Day. Ah, but Mother’s Day comes first on May 9. Condolences to the family of ...

Local teachers recognized

FAIRMONT — On Tuesday, Education Minnesota-Fairmont honored its five retiring teachers: Heidi Luhmann, Kevin Kristenson, Joice Forster, Michelle Grotte and Rochelle Franzen. The 2021 Friend of Education was also recognized. Bruce Abitz received the Friend of Education award. High School ...