Fairmont to host Arbor Day program

FAIRMONT — City of Fairmont Park Department invites the public to its annual Arbor Day celebration on Friday.

The program will be held at 1:30 p.m. in Memory Park, 600 Shoreacres Dr. (east of Lakeview Methodist Home), in Fairmont. Mrs. Finkbeiner’s fourth-grade students from St. John Vianney School will perform a short program. City Forester Chad Striemer will then plant a quaking aspen tree with the assistance of the students.

In case of inclement weather, the program will be held at the park department facility at 407 E. Margaret St. in Fairmont. The park department would then plant the tree at a later date. Anyone with questions may contact Nick Lardy at (507) 235-9330.

MnDOT awards Safe Routes grants

ST. PAUL — Sixty-three schools in Minnesota will benefit from $2.3 million in planning assistance and infrastructure grants that support the Safe Routes to School program, the Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced.

Safe Routes to School is an international program to improve safety, reduce traffic congestion around schools, increase physical activity and improve health by making it easier for students to walk and bicycle to school.

The city of Blue Earth is among the recipients. It received an infrastructure award. Infrastructure grants provide construction funding for projects that promote and encourage more students to walk or bicycle to school by making the routes safer and more accessible. Projects can include sidewalks, trails, crosswalk markings, flashing beacons and other traffic control devices.

Planning assistance grants, meanwhile, provide communities the resources to convene a team, understand key issues, prioritize strategies and identify solutions that fit the local need.

Polaris reports earnings of $48M

MEDINA (AP) — Polaris Industries Inc. on Tuesday reported first-quarter earnings of $48.4 million.

The Medina, Minnesota-based company said it had net income of 78 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for amortization costs and restructuring costs, were $1.08 per share.

The results exceeded Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 92 cents per share.

The snowmobile and ATV maker posted revenue of $1.5 billion in the period, which matched Street forecasts.