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Fall cleanup set for Oct. 21

WELCOME — Coffee hours for September will continue one more week from 8:30-10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Welcome. The coffee hours for October will be held at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Sherburn. The October coffee hours will be the last of the ...

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Correction In Kathy Hendricksen’s Truman column in Thursdays edition, an announcement about a tailgate party before tonight’s football game in Truman listed an incorrect time for the event. The tailgate party will begin at 5:30 p.m. tonight. Benefit slated for Roger Spiegeler CEYLON ...

Couple faces devastation of hurricane

FAIRMONT — Jamee Hinrichsen and her fiance, George Pierce, witnessed the devastation of Hurricane Irma firsthand when they lost their home in St. John, one of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Now, Jamee’s family is doing everything it can to rebuild the young couple’s lives. Jamee went to ...

Buffer law deadline draws near

FAIRMONT — Martin County landowners with property adjacent to public waters and ditches are getting ready for change, as Minnesota’s buffer law will reach implementation deadlines soon. First up is buffers on public waters, which will go into effect Nov. 1. The deadline for public ditches ...

Public invited to meet alpacas

LEWISVILLE — Known for their luxurious, warm fibers, alpacas are unique and inquisitive animals. This upcoming weekend provides an opportunity to learn more about them as it is National Alpaca Farm Days. Golden Meadow Alpacas, a farm located in rural Lewisville, will participate and be open ...

Blue Earth on alert for cougar

BLUE EARTH — A mountain lion was recently spotted southwest of Putnam Park in the River Road area of Blue Earth. According to Chief Deputy Scott Adams of the Faribault County Sheriff’s Office, a trail camera captured footage of a mountain lion, also known as a cougar, on Aug. 22. The ...

‘Super Deuce’ making appearance

TRUMAN — The Jaguar girls volleyball team travels to Nicollet this evening. Game time is 7:30 p.m. n The Jaguar football team will host Buffalo Lake/Hector/Stewart at 7 p.m. Friday in Truman. There will be a tailgate party starting at 6:30 p.m. just inside the football field gate. Come and ...

Highway 4 work planned

SHERBURN — Minnesota Department of Transportation representatives this week met with the Sherburn City Council to discuss plans to improve Highway 4. They said the project will involve Highway 4 from the Iowa state line to Highway 60. It would begin in 2022 and continue until 2027, with ...

Ash borer concerns park panel

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Park Board spent much of its meeting Tuesday pondering how the recent discovery of an emerald ash borer, a type of beetle, could impact the city’s trees. The presence of the invasive pest in Martin County was confirmed recently when one was captured in an ...

Board receives projects update

FAIRMONT — Martin County commissioners heard an update from Highway Engineer Kevin Peyman on Tuesday. He said there has been a slight delay on some roadwork in Northrop because of rain, but the work itself should continue without too much trouble. He also noted that the flashing four-way ...

Faribault County levy hike: 4.75%

BLUE EARTH — Faribault County commissioners on Tuesday set a preliminary tax levy for 2018. The board set the preliminary budget at $22.3 million, with a 4.75 percent property tax levy increase. One item that stuck out to the board was Human Services, which is currently at a 14.5 ...

Homecoming celebrated

SHERBURN — They will grill burgers from 6-8 p.m. tonight at the Sherburn American Legion. Everyone is welcome to stop in. n Homecoming is being celebrated this week at Martin County West. Congratulations to Parker Anderson and Emma Behrends, who were crowned king and queen at coronation ...

MCW sets public hearing

SHERBURN — Martin County West School Board has set a public hearing for Dec. 18 on the district’s proposed budget and property tax levy. In other business this week, the board heard a report on senior class trip plans, including cost of trip and chaperones. It was mentioned that if ...

City seeks thoughts on trail system

FAIRMONT — The city of Fairmont has teamed with Bolton & Menk Inc. for an innovative process aimed at updating the public and gathering input on the Active Transportation Plan, the community’s bike and trail system. Called an online open house, the concept allows residents go online ...

Public can weigh in on ash borer

FAIRMONT — Pests are, well, pests. They not only have the ability to pop up where they are least wanted, but are often difficult to control. One such pest is the emerald ash borer, a type of beetle that has been confirmed to have found a home in Martin County. The invasive species lays ...

Blue Earth levy hike set at 14%

BLUE EARTH — On Monday, the Blue Earth City Council approved a 14 percent preliminary property tax levy increase for 2018. Tim Ibisch, city administrator, presented the budget and preliminary tax levy numbers. Departments that may see an increase in funding for 2018 include engineering, ...

Fire department receives funding

TRUMAN — Truman City Council on Monday heard a quarterly report from Fire Chief Dave Bentz, who noted that the department has been doing a good job applying for grants. And recently, it received word it has obtained some. Just last week, Bentz received word the fire department won a $2,500 ...

Opera House plans addition

FAIRMONT — An unexpected financial windfall has prompted the Fairmont Opera House board of directors to embark on a $10 million fundraising endeavor to upgrade and expand the facility. Blake Potthoff, executive director of the Opera House, said expanding the building has been discussed for ...

Classmates hold 72-year reunion

FAIRMONT — In the spring of 1945, World War II was in its last waning months. Following the death of President Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman took over leadership of the country and ordered atomic bombs to be dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. Gas was 15 cents a gallon, and the ...

Student named National Merit semifinalist

FAIRMONT — Fairmont High School senior Kellen Rodriguez recently accomplished a rare achievement. Rodriguez was just named a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist. He is one of only three students from Fairmont who have been named a semifinalist in the last 20 years. National Merit ...