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Student reaches state math meet

FAIRMONT — Junior Shintaro Takatsuki, a student at Fairmont Jr./Sr. High School, recently qualified as an individual for the Minnesota State High School Math League Math Bowl, which took place earlier this week at South St. Paul High School. Takatsuki is a foreign exchange student from ...

GHEC: No bags in classrooms

GRANADA — The Granada-Huntley-East Chain School Board has approved a policy that prohibits backpacks and bags in classrooms. The policy states that all backpacks and bags are expected to be stored in lockers during the school day. Examples of bags that are no longer permitted in the ...

Firefighters to host dance

WELCOME — There will be a cribbage tournament beginning 1:15 p.m. Saturday at the Welcome Legion. All those interested are welcome to attend. This will be the last tournament this year until November. Join them for fun and fellowship. n Midweek Lenten services will continue Wednesday with ...

Local students join movement

FAIRMONT — On Feb. 14, 17 high school students were shot and killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Exactly one month later, students and teachers across the nation walked out of class to raise awareness about gun violence in schools. Students left class at 10 ...

Man facing felony charge

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Blake Louis Bangsund, 31, has been charged with making threats of violence, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. According to the report: At 4:32 p.m. March 2, Martin County ...

Truman festival seeks volunteers

TRUMAN — It’s time to make an Easter egg wreath for pre-K through fourth-graders at a fun and festive spring craft class from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the THS home economics room. There is no cost, but please register before Saturday by sending an email to studerc@truman.k12.mn.us or ...

School officials testify

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Area School Board on Tuesday heard a report from Fairmont Jr./Sr. High School vocational principal Andy Traetow and vocational teacher Bob Bonin. Last Thursday, the pair — along with Superintendent Joe Brown and two students — visited the state Capitol to speak ...

Interstate stop leads to arrest

FAIRMONT — A 26-year-old, Columbus, Neb., man is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Rigoberto Quintana Rios 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 report: On March 8, ...

Project could benefit W’bago

WINNEBAGO — Winnebago City Council on Tuesday received an update from EDF Renewable Energy about the proposed Oza Tanka Wind Project, and learned how it may affect the city. The 200-megawatt wind project is set to be located in the Barber Township area. Jacob Salisbury, land acquisition ...

Honor Society ceremony set

SHERBURN — A three-meat buffet will be served 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Sherburn. The three meats include Swedish meatballs, turkey and ham. There will be a free will offering at the door, with a suggested donation of $8. The ...

Fairmont EDA OKs $5K outlay

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Economic Development Authority on Monday unanimously approved spending $5,000 to help fund a $25,000 tourism study, but members did not OK the financial outlay without some reservations. In February, Stephanie Busiahn, director of Fairmont’s Convention and Visitors ...

‘Village’ sees jump in utility costs

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Housing and Redevelopment Authority on Monday learned of the increasing utility costs at Friendship Village. Although there has been no electric rate increase, the budget utility costs have increased to $15,100 each month, a $1,200 jump per billing cycle. Utility ...

City adopts rules update

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont City Council adopted a new stormwater ordinance on Monday, accommodating changes required by federal and state environmental regulators. The public hearing drew no citizen comments on the new regulations, which provide the first city updates on stormwater rules ...

Woman facing charges

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont woman is facing multiple felony charges in Martin County. Pamela Elaine Carter, 24, has been charged with two counts of selling drugs in the fifth degree and one count of drug possession in the fifth degree. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison ...

Zierke Built mfg. settles in Fairmont

As he walks through the new Zierke Built Manufacturing building in Fairmont, Greg Zierke proudly points out the open spaces and high ceilings in the remodeled. Take all the pictures you want, he says, but make sure he’s not in any of them. Zierke bought the former US Foods warehouse at 1500 ...

Chen stays focused on recovery

FAIRMONT — Kevin Chen, an 18-year-old from Fairmont, has spent the last six months at home recovering after being hit by a car last September. Chen had just started his freshman year at Minnesota State-Mankato when he was struck in a hit-and-run accident in Mankato. After the accident, ...

Effort links firms with interns

FAIRMONT — Minnesota Valley Action Council recently renewed an agreement with Martin County to fund an annual summer youth internship administrative program. The program provides summer work experience for youth living in Martin County. Vicki Paskey of Minnesota Valley Action Council ...

Township elections slated

CEYLON — Sunday is the date to change to Daylight Savings Time, so change your clocks tonight by setting them one hour AHEAD. I’m claiming this as one sign of spring. n Area townships elections will be 5-8 p.m. Tuesday for one supervisor for a three-year term and one clerk for a ...

Business Briefs

Former Fairmont resident honored MINNEAPOLIS — Architect and former Fairmont resident Alissa D. Luepke Pier recently was honored by the University of Minnesota as one of its “Alumni of Notable Achievement” in 2017. Fewer than 1 percent of all graduates have received this ...

‘Old 16’ repairs coming this year

FAIRMONT — Martin County Road 26, often referred to as “Old 16,” is due for some much needed work. The road is set to receive a bituminous overlay and added bituminous shoulders later this year, starting from Highway 15 in Fairmont and running east to the Faribault County line. County ...