Virtual Relay for Life event slated

SHERBURN — Word was received in Sherburn last week of the death of Norm Opheim, a long-time Sherburn resident and much-loved teacher and coach for many years at the Sherburn/Martin County West Schools. His students called him “Mr. O,” and he was a favorite.

Norm and his wife, Marlys, lived in Sherburn for 27 years, moving to Pine City in 1997 after his retirement.

Our sincere sympathy to his family.


Martin County Relay for Life, along with so many other events this year, had to make some changes.

A virtual Relay on Facebook, “Stronger Together Minnesota-Relay for Life,” will be held 6-8 p.m. Saturday on the American Cancer Society MN Facebook page.

Your support for this cause is urgently needed. You may contact your favorite Martin County Relay for Life team to purchase luminarias or to make a donation. Donations may also be taken to US Bank.

Martin County Relay for Life is still planning to hold a drive-through luminaria ceremony Sept. 26 at the fairgrounds in Fairmont. The time and details for this event are still being planned.

If you have questions, please contact Marsha Williams by phone or text at (507) 236-2034.

The money raised through Relay for Life is used to honor survivors, remember loved ones who have died and help give cancer patients the resources needed to continue their fight against cancer.

There is a live 24/7 helpline for cancer patients where they can get information, answers, and hope. The number is (800) 227-2345.


Swimmers: the indoor pool in Sherburn has fixed its pump problem and is once again open for fitness and aerobics swims from 6-7:30 a.m. and 5-6 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. There is also a special needs swim time from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays.


Flag football for MCW students entering grades 1-3 is scheduled to begin in September. The deadline to register your child is Aug. 3. To register or for more information, call Martin County West Community Education at (507) 764-2336 or visit the Martin County West website www.martin.k12.mn.us


Anyone wishing to file for Sherburn City Council or for mayor of Sherburn may do so now through Aug. 11. There are two council member positions open for four-year terms and the mayor position is for a two-year term. Affidavits of candidacy may be filed at the city clerk’s office in Sherburn. The general election will be held Nov. 3.


Also, the Martin County West School Board will elect four board members for four-year terms at the general election. Anyone wishing to file for those positions may do so now until 5 p.m. Aug. 11 at the school district administrative office in Sherburn.


Federated Rural Electric annual meeting, which has been held at the Martin County West High School in Sherburn for the past few years, will be a drive-in meeting this year. It will take place Aug. 5.

Because of the pandemic, no meal will be served, but registered voters who attend will instead receive a $20 credit on their account. There will be two locations for members to vote for directors, nominating committee, and bylaws amendments. Those locations are the Martin County Fairgrounds in Fairmont from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Jackson County Fairgrounds.

Ballots will be counted the following day and announced through the media or on Federated’s Facebook page.

There will be a member attendance gift, a wall charger and phone holder with two USB charging ports for cell phones or tablets.


Regional Worship Center in Sherburn is holding community breakfasts from 8-10 a.m. each Monday morning at the church located at 2 Crossroads Drive in Sherburn. Donations accepted for the meal, and they welcome everyone.


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