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Memorial Day program slated

CEYLON — Our Savior’s Lutheran Church will have its usual 5:30 p.m. service tonight with communion. Area residents are invited to join them each Saturday evening. n Coffee hours in May continue from 8:30-10 a.m. Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Welcome. Join them for good coffee, ...

Flamingos aid good cause

The United Methodist Church in Fairmont has found a unique way to raise funds for an upcoming mission trip. Throughout May, “flocks” of pink flamingos will be landing in area yards, most of which belong to church members. Those people then “pay” to have the birds removed, which ...

School reunion is June 30

WELCOME — Welcome Legion Auxiliary will meet 7 p.m. Monday at the Legion. All members are urged to attend. They will discuss plans for the Memorial Day Program. n The Memorial Day Program will be 9 a.m. May 28 in the old gym at the Welcome School building. The speaker will be Lenny ...

Briefly

Scholarship winners named FAIRMONT — Fairmont Community Hospital Foundation has announced the recipients of the 2018 Erma Rosen Nursing Scholarship. This scholarship was available to students entering their fourth year of study in an accredited baccalaureate nursing program in the fall of ...

Fairmont students plant apple orchard

The Fairmont Rotary Club had donated funds for the Fairmont Jr. Sr. High School’s Ag academy to purchase and plant 40 apple trees. Students in Amber Seibert’s Plant Science and Landscaping class planted the orchard on the east side of the high school’s greenhouse last ...

Welcome council talks sewer issues

WELCOME — Welcome City Council convened on May 15. The meeting began with comments from the public about Second Street potholes being patched and sewer backup especially in the southeast corner of town. The council had working orders to fix the potholes and the backup has been a problem for ...

Davis benefit to be held Saturday

TRUMAN — A benefit for Merle and Bonnie Davis of Lewisville will be held noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s Church in Madelia. They will be serving hot turkey sandwiches for a free will donation. There will also be a bake sale and silent auction. Bonnie has Stage III breast cancer, is ...

Fairmont parks open for season

FAIRMONT — The city’s parks are open and ready for visitors. That was the message from Nick Lardy, Fairmont street and park superintendent, at the Fairmont Park Board meeting on Tuesday. Due to the lack of a quorum, no official business was conducted, but reports from the park department ...

County talks Granada SRO

FAIRMONT — The Martin County Commissioners met on Tuesday to discuss hiring a shared deputy that will work as Granada-Huntley-East Chain’s school resource officer. The personnel committee had met last week and gave a proposal on a shared cost and came up with a recommendation of a 66/34 ...

STEAM concept takes off at BEA

BLUE EARTH — On Monday, the Blue Earth Area school board were given an update on a new class at BEA that encourages students to think outside the box. At the meeting, Middle School Science Teacher Brian Kokos gave a presentation on BE A Quest, an elective class for seventh graders that ...

Clean up day on Saturday

SHERBURN — Grilled burgers will be served 6-8 p.m. tonight at the Sherburn American Legion. All are welcome. n Sherburn residential clean-up day will be held Saturday. Items may be brought to the lot behind City Hall between 8 a.m. and noon, or when the trucks are full. This is for ...

City updated on water park

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont City Council heard a report on Monday recapping the 2017 activity at the Fairmont Aquatic Park. Although the total daily patron count hit 21,500 last year, that number was about 4,000 less than 2016. Patrons purchased 220 seasonal family passes, and 466 people took ...

FEDA prepares to update document

FAIRMONT — In 1988, Fairmont was awarded funds from the Federal Economic Development Authority. At that time, the Fairmont Economic Development Authority scripted a 15-page document for its revolving loan fund plan utilizing the federal money. “It has never been updated,” Linsey Preuss, ...

BEA approves SPEC move

BLUE EARTH — The Blue Earth Area school board on Monday approved the Southern Plains Education Cooperative (SPEC) moving to Fairmont. SPEC is a joint powers organization that provides special education and ALC programs to six districts in the area: Blue Earth Area, Fairmont Area, Granada ...

State may fund area projects

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont area stands to benefit from several multi-million dollar grants working their way toward approval at the State Capitol. State Rep. Bob Gunther, R-Fairmont, notes that the House of Representatives has passed an $825 million bonding bill with several items of interest ...

MCW teacher receives free books

SHERBURN — You don’t know what you’ll get until you try. Just ask Martin County West Language Arts Teacher Amanda Larson, who received 65 free books for her classroom. Larson recently enjoyed a book titled ‘Small Great Things’ by author Jodi Picoult. According to Picoult’s website, ...

Tourism survey looks to draw visitors

FAIRMONT - The local tourism office is taking the theme seriously for National Travel and Tourism Week which culminates today. “Travel Now and Then” calls for the tourism industry to consider travel successes from the past while promoting growth for the future. Visit Fairmont, which ...

Teacher of the Year: Fairmont native wins honor

FAIRMONT — Kelly Holstine, a Fairmont native, was recently named 2018 Minnesota Teacher of the Year by Education Minnesota. Each year, the program chooses just one teacher to represent Minnesota’s thousands of excellent educators. Holstine, who is the daughter of Dr. John and Donna ...

Clean Up day today from 8 a.m. to noon

CEYLON — Clean Up Day in Ceylon will be held 8 a.m. to noon today. n Mother’s Day will be tomorrow. Hope all you Moms and those who are like a mom to children in the area have a great day. n Coffee hours in May will continue from 8:30-10 a.m. Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church in ...

Retired nurses reflect on careers

It is National Nurses Week, set aside to honor nurses for the work they do and to educate the public about nurses’ role in health care. It’s only fitting that all nurses, those currently practicing and those who served for many years, receive recognition. Goldfinch Estates in Fairmont ...