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Red Rock hosting 30 artists

This month, there is not just one featured artist at Red Rock Center for the Arts in Fairmont but about 30 local artists whose works are being displayed. The community art show continues through Aug. 30. “For the most part, they’re from Fairmont but there’s a couple from Blue ...

Truman enjoyed celebration

TRUMAN — Wow, what a wonderful weekend had by all for Truman Days 2018. Thank you to all the volunteers who stepped up to help us be proud of our town. There will be Truman Days next year, so put July 25-29 on your planning calendar. It’s not too early to start scheduling class ...

Women facing check forgery charges

FAIRMONT — Two Fairmont women are facing felony charges in Martin County. Michelle Marie Cline, 39, has been charged with two counts of check forgery. Hope Kristine Kain, 19, has been charged with one count of check forgery. All of the charges carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison ...

Chief: Be prepared, have plan

FAIRMONT — Don’t hurt people and don’t take their stuff are simple yet foundational truths that underpin our rights as human beings. Unfortunately, not everyone likes to abide by these principles, as evidenced by an attempted abduction in Blue Earth on Friday. According to the ...

3M-Fairmont puts focus on health, safety

FAIRMONT — Safety is important in any business, but the 3M plant in Fairmont took the well-being of its employees to a new level on Tuesday when it closed down production to hold a Safety Day. The event split the plant’s 150 employees into small groups that could then cycle through ...

Filings open for city, school

FAIRMONT — Filings opened for two Fairmont City Council seats and the mayor’s seat on Tuesday. At Fairmont Area Schools, filings have opened for three seats on the school board. Debbie Foster filed to retain her position as mayor, and incumbent Bruce Peters filed for re-election to the ...

Water facility event slated

SHERBURN — CREST will hold its monthly “Lunch and Learn” event today at 11 a.m. at the Senior Citizen Center in Sherburn. Sylvia Hasara, an ombudsman, will give the presentation. A lunch of grilled burgers, veggie salad and peach dessert will follow the program. The event is free and ...

City eyes college’s future here

FAIRMONT — Fairmont officials are keeping a close eye on events taking place at the city-owned Southern Minnesota Educational Campus, where Presentation College’s long-term presence is in doubt. City administrator Mike Humpal has been in talks with the college about its situation and ...

‘Night Out’ slated for Aug. 7

FAIRMONT — Founded in 1984, National Night Out offers an opportunity for communities to promote fellowship and safety. Fairmont’s National Night Out is scheduled for Aug. 7. Fairmont Police Chief Mike Hunter shared the details. “It’s from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Gomsrud Park,” he ...

Abduction report being investigated

BLUE EARTH — Faribault County authorities are investigating an attempted abduction that occurred at the eastbound Interstate 90 rest area near Blue Earth. According to a press release issued Monday, sheriff’s deputies were dispatched at 4:12 p.m. Friday to the rest area on a report of an ...

Players cases advance

FAIRMONT — The repercussions from an assault involving Blue Earth football players continue to play out. A second teen, Blake Joseph Barnett, 18, now of Des Moines, recently pleaded guilty in Martin County juvenile court to a felony assault charge. As part of a plea bargain, a charge of ...

‘Enemy of the People’ coming to local stage

Sod House Theater, a Minneapolis-based group, is bringing a bluegrass-infused adaptation of “An Enemy of the People” by Henrik Ibsen to Fairmont and Blue Earth. The production will be staged 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Sylvania Band Shell in Fairmont. Show times in Blue ...

Three local govt. seats to be filled

FAIRMONT — Fairmont voters will have three municipal government seats to fill on the Nov. 6 ballot. Open positions include mayor and Fairmont City Council representatives from Ward 1 and Ward 3. All terms are for four years. Filings open tomorrow and run through Aug. 14. Incumbent Mayor ...

Northrop stuck with bill for fire

NORTHROP — $248,000 is the daunting cost faced by the city of Northrop in the aftermath of a grain elevator explosion and subsequent fire earlier this year. Fifty-nine fire departments from all over southern Minnesota responded to the explosion, and put in a whopping 60 hours in frigid ...

Teen offering sweet treats

Kay Walters is a 13-year-old girl with different interests and hobbies. She enjoys creating art, especially anime drawings. A new interest is baking. In fact, the teen recently started her own small business, Kay’s Sweet Treats. Last year, Kay was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, ...

Museum will be open Aug. 4

CEYLON — Tuesday Coffee Hours continue with one more session at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Ceylon. August Coffee Hours will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sherburn. n On Wednesday, the ladies from St. Peter Lutheran in Ceylon will meet at 9 a.m. ...

Candidates for governor square off

MANKATO — Three of Minnesota’s gubernatorial candidates — Republican Jeff Johnson and Democrats Erin Murphy and Tim Walz — debated the issues Thursday night at the Civic Center Plaza in Mankato. Former governor and current GOP candidate Tim Pawlenty declined an invitation to the forum ...

Fairmont man faces felony count

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Mathew Leslie Flowers, 29, has been charged with domestic assault by strangulation, which carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a $5,000 fine. According to the complaint: On July 10, Fairmont police ...

Man faces felony drug charge

FAIRMONT — A Madelia man is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Bradley Gerald Osborne, 60, has been charged with drug possession in the fifth degree, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. According to the complaint: On July 1, a Minnesota State ...

Welcome museum will be open Aug. 4

WELCOME — There will be a Relay for Life wrap-up meeting for committee members and team captains at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the main meeting room at Mayo Clinic Health System hospital in Fairmont. n Wednesday is the first of August already. Circle of Faith parishes may attend a 6:30 p.m. ...