Traffic closure to begin in Fairmont

FAIRMONT — Beginning Monday evening, First Street in Fairmont, from the corner of Lake Avenue and Main Street to the alley, will be closed to traffic through Sept. 20, and perhaps longer if there are weather delays.

This closure is to accommodate the placement of new rooftop air conditioners on the Human Services building located at 115 W. First St.

Rosen to speak to Historical Society

FAIRMONT — The public is invited to attend the Martin County Historical Society annual meeting and dinner 6 p.m. Thursday at Red Rock Center for the Arts in Fairmont. The program will be presented by Martin County native Tom Rosen.

Rosen was born in 1948 and is a 1966 graduate of Fairmont High School. He earned a business administration degree from Morningside College in 1970 and began his career as a sales representative for Marion Laboratories in Kansas City.

In 1973, he joined Rosen’s Inc. Agricultural Chemical Division as a sales representative and is now the chief executive officer of Rosen’s Diversified, Inc.

The company operates principally in food and agricultural industries. In addition, Rosen’s is a wholesale distributor of agricultural products including herbicides, insecticides, fungicides and adjuvants.

The privately held company was started by his uncle and father in 1946 and has been in business for 69 years. It has grown to more than 4,800 employees with worldwide sales in excess of $3.9 billion.

Tickets for the dinner are $15 per person. To reserve a spot, call (507) 235-5178.

Deputy shot with crossbow

SAUK CENTRE (AP) — Authorities say an erratic driver who crashed into a building and shot a Minnesota sheriff’s deputy with a crossbow was arrested following a standoff.

Stearns County Sheriff Don Gudmunson says the deputy who was pursuing the suspect Thursday was shot in the arm and was taken to a hospital, where he is in good condition. The sheriff’s office says another law enforcement officer fired gunshots, but that officer was not identified.

WJON radio reports that the suspect was holed up in a home in Sauk Centre, a community about 90 miles northwest of Minneapolis. Nearby homes were evacuated during the two-hour standoff, which drew multiple law enforcement agencies to the scene.

Gudmunson says the deputy began pursuing the 31-year-old suspect because he was driving erratically.