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Fairmont Area Schools switches learning model

FAIRMONT — Only days after all public high schools in Martin County announced a switch to hybrid learning, Fairmont Area Schools on Tuesday opted to go to full distance learning, effective today. Meanwhile, elementary students will move to an alternate hybrid learning model as of Monday. ...

Martin County virus cases surge

FAIRMONT — There has been a steep increase in positive COVID-19 cases in Martin County over the last couple of days. Chera Sevcik, executive director of Health and Human Services of Faribault and Martin Counties, discussed some of the numbers Tuesday, and how local health officials are ...

Blue Earth proposed levy hike: 12.3%

BLUE EARTH — Blue Earth City Council established a preliminary 2021 budget and property tax levy earlier this week, with council members noting they plan to lower the figures by the time the final numbers are set in December. The council set the preliminary tax levy at $1.88 million, a 12.3 ...

Martin Co. West revamps learning

SHERBURN — Martin County West School transitioned to hybrid learning for grades 7-12 on Monday. Grades K-6 will still have in-person learning at this time. This was, no doubt, a difficult decision to make. MCW has been working closely with the local public health department. As a result of ...

Blue Earth nets $50,000 grant

BLUE EARTH — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday that it is investing $50,000 for essential maintenance equipment in Blue Earth. “By assisting the city of Blue Earth with maintenance equipment, we are also helping them to achieve their goals to encourage more students ...

Charge: Mankato man fled from state trooper

FAIRMONT — A Mankato man is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Caden James Albrecht, 19, has been charged with fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle. The charge carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a $5,000 fine. According to the complaint: At 4:28 p.m. ...

Hawkins, Miller vie for council

FAIRMONT — In the Nov. 3 general election, Fairmont residents will choose between two candidates for the “at-large” position on the City Council. Incumbent Tom Hawkins, who is seeking a second four-year term, is being challenged by Fairmont native Michele Miller. The city is divided ...

At Loxley Coffee in Fairmont: Brothers brew up business

If you love a good brew, you will enjoy the heavenly aroma inside the Loxley Coffee building in Fairmont. Located at 428 E. Blue Earth Ave., Loxley is a small batch specialty coffee roasting business that will target its sales to private consumers and commercial businesses alike, whether ...

‘Don’t Give Up’ campaign takes aim at suicide

FAIRMONT — Driving around Fairmont, you may have seen the little white signs. Carrying simple statements such as “Don’t give up,” “You are not alone,” and “You’re worth it,” the signs are part of a local suicide prevention awareness campaign. The Don’t Give Up campaign was ...

Welcome housing development bonds approved

WELCOME — The city of Welcome has moved forward on financing for new housing being built in the northwest corner of the city. The City Council and Economic Development Association met Thursday. Resolutions were approved for the terms of the general obligation housing development bonds, and ...

Legends II in Ceylon celebrating anniversary

Congratulations to Legends II in Ceylon on its fifth anniversary. It is hosting a bean bag tournament at 4 p.m. today on the street west of the bar. n There will be a Red Cross blood drive 2-7 p.m. Monday at St. John Vianney in Fairmont. There will be a blood drive Sept. 29 at St. ...

Martin County high schools switching to hybrid learning

FAIRMONT — All public high schools in Martin County will switch to hybrid learning Monday. Elementary schools will remain with in-person learning. The news comes just as the new school year was getting underway. On Thursday, administrators from four school districts — Fairmont Area, ...

In rural Sherburn: Scout restores gravestone

Local Eagle Scout Isaac Striemer is finishing his Eagle Scout project with a big celebration. Having taken on a Civil War gravestone restoration project, Striemer will hold a dedication ceremony 10 a.m. Saturday at Lone Cedar Cemetery in rural Sherburn. Striemer discussed how he got started ...

Fire hoses to be checked Saturday in Welcome

WELCOME — Welcome Fire Department will check fire hoses beginning 8 a.m. Saturday morning. First Street, from Campbell Street to Main Street, will be closed while they perform the check. n Welcome Fire Department is taking applications for two firefighter positions. Applications are ...

Blue Earth Area unveils website to explain referendum

BLUE EARTH — Blue Earth Area Schools announced Wednesday that it has launched a website — www.BEAExcellence.org — meant to inform residents about the proposed operating levy on the ballot Nov. 3. If approved, the levy would provide more financial support for the district’s programming ...

Madelia man charged with felony

FAIRMONT — A Madelia man is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Austin David Gulden, 19, has been charged with criminal sexual conduct in the third degree, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $30,000 fine. According to the complaint: At 2:33 a.m. June 28, ...

Granada man faces felony

FAIRMONT — A Granada man is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Brandon Lee Loeschen, 39, has been charged with drug possession in the fifth degree, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. According to the complaint: At 9:34 p.m. Aug. 14, a ...

Truman to offer busy weekend of garage sales

TRUMAN — Come to Truman to enjoy 19-plus garage sales from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Crafters will be located at Graf Park on both days. It is never too early to Christmas shop for those unique gifts. Food vendors will be at Graf Park and NAPA with a variety of ...

Blue Earth Area students will return to school

BLUE EARTH — Blue Earth Area plans to transition to all in-school learning beginning Monday. Superintendent Mandy Fletcher shared the news with the school board earlier this week. Students in grades K-7 began their school year Thursday with in-person learning. However, students in ...

Aid available to Fairmont area businesses

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Economic Development Authority this week reviewed three funding sources from the CARES Act. Local small businesses, non-profits and individuals may apply for appropriate financial assistance in the form of loans or grants from money provided by the federal ...