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City looks at strategic planning

FAIRMONT— The Fairmont City Council and city staff met on Tuesday for a Strategic Planning meeting. Things that were discussed included a vision of Fairmont, growth, and defining what success looks like and how it could be measured. Seven of the 13 attendees tallied that housing, daycare, ...

BEA schools look at funding

BLUE EARTH — After receiving $180,000 during the first round of Esser Funds last year, Blue Earth Area superintendent Mandy Fletcher told School Board members the district is scheduled to receive $690,000 in the next round, also know as Esser Two Funds. “The first information we had on ...

Sheriff advises weather plans

FAIRMONT — Although cold temperatures and wind seem to have settled in for the time being, warmer weather is on the way. While that conjures up images of sunny days out on the lake or late evening walks, it also means an increased risk of severe weather. This week is Severe Weather Awareness ...

Fairmont schools talk bonding

FAIRMONT— During the Fairmont School Board meeting on Tuesday evening, Matthew Hammer from Ehlers Public Finance Advisors presented the board with results from the sale of the district’s $6.73 million general obligation bonds following the special election which took place on Feb. 9. ...

City talks Day Farm property

FAIRMONT— The Fairmont City Council met on Monday night and disapproved a letter of intent regarding the Day Farm property, approved an agreement with Dude Solutions for Asset Management Software, and approved two bids for two different projects. A Letter of Intent was received from ...

FEDA talks downtown revitalization

FAIRMONT— The Fairmont Economic Development Authority discussed the direction of different groups in the Downtown Revitalization effort and approved one loan on Monday night. The building group discussed brainstorming small projects to improve aesthetics and help with energy efficiency and ...

FHS Ag program keeping busy

FAIRMONT — Fairmont High School’s ag students have been busy this semester. Ag teacher Katie Elder gave an update on the program. This semester, Elder is teaching wildlife management, landscaping, and animal science. Last semester she taught exploring agriculture and small animal ...

Ag highlights from the USDA

MARTIN COUNTY — The USDA “Prospective Plantings Report” that was released on March 31 indicated that the intended U.S. corn and soybean acreage for 2021 was well below as well as the planted acreage projected by most grain marketing analysts. The USDA prospective planting acreage is based ...

FHS offers media classes

FAIRMONT — Two new media production classes are being offered at Fairmont High School this semester. The classes are taught by English teacher Jonas Nissen. Nissen is teaching Audio Visual Production, which is a basic course for students in grades 10-12 and Intro to Broadcast Journalism, ...

Area churches react to pandemic

FAIRMONT—As Governor Tim Walz looks to ease up restrictions that apply to churches in Minnesota, Bethel Evangelical Free Church and Christian Church of Fairmont described how they handled the pandemic and will look to move forward once these restrictions ease up. Bethel Evangelical Free ...

Local loan officer recognized

FAIRMONT — According to information provided by Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation, local Loan Officer, Jarod Mathiason has been recognized by Scotsman Guide magazine as a Top Originator 2021 in the Most Loans Closed category. This recognition is given to the top mortgage ...

Pancake breakfast coming soon

CEYLON — Today is the day that the little town of Ceylon turns into a big deal. Community Day auctions and rummage sales are scheduled for today. Some rummage sales should be on the map in print or on the city website, www.cityofceylon.com. A reminder to respect private property. The auctions ...

GHEC School Board approves new principal

GRANADA — The Granada-Huntley- East Chain School Board met on Thursday night to approve a three-year contract for an assistant principal to principal move, as well as approve the 2021-2022 adopted budget, and discuss the Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief funds. Taylor Topinka ...

Man faces assault charges

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man is facing felony charges in Martin County. Nathan McWilliam Gottman, 34, has been charged with one count of domestic assault, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Gottman is also charged with one count of domestic assault by ...

Annual rummage sale continues

WELCOME — There is an annual rummage sale at Martin Luther High School in Northrop continuing today and Saturday. The hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. City-wide Clean Up Day for Welcome residents has been scheduled for April 24. A list of what is accepted ...

Local MCHS vaccines available

FAIRMONT — According to information provided by Mayo Clinic Health system in Fairmont, effective immediately MCHS in Fairmont patients ages 16 and up can schedule an appointment to be vaccinated for COVID-19 without a letter or notice from Mayo. Patients who have an active Patient Online ...

Welcome talks parking violations

WELCOME — The Council discussed some violations of the parking ordinances like parking on the sidewalk, boulevards, and blocking view for intersections. Parking on City Lots for longer periods of time and the vehicles parked there not having current tags was also discussed. The police will ...

Firefighters to hold breakfast

TRUMAN — If you would like to save 10 percent on your auto insurance you still have time to register for the Driver Improvement Refresher course given by St. Cloud University from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the conference room at Truman High School. Enter through door #6. To register, call ...

County seeks justice center funds

FAIRMONT — Martin County Commissioners heard from Robert Long of Larkin Hoffman Attorneys of Bloomington Tuesday, who reviewed the county’s state general obligation bond request for Martin County to construct, furnish, and equip a new regional justice center. Long has been representing a ...

Faribault County talks road work

BLUE EARTH — “The condition of County Road 31, east of Kiester, has deteriorated so much the blacktop road was closed to through traffic beginning April 1,” Public Works director Mark Daly told the Faribault County Board at their regular meeting Tuesday morning. “There are major ...