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Camp set for parents, ‘Tots’

FAIRMONT — A Tiny Tots Sports Camp for children ages 3-4 and their parents will take place at Fairmont Elementary School over the next few weeks. The camp is being led by retired physical education teacher Deb Heinrich and sponsored by Fairmont Community Education & Recreation. The ...

Woman allegedly assaulted officers

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont woman is facing multiple felony charges in Martin County. Niki Michelle Stanley, 32, has been charged with two counts of assault of a peace officer in the fourth degree, each of which carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a $6,000 fine. She is also ...

Volunteers provide Tax-Aide service

FAIRMONT — For those struggling with low incomes or in need of help when it comes to filing taxes electronically, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free, individualized tax preparation at sites around the country. This year, Fairmont’s site has moved to St. Martin’s Episcopal Church at ...

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Fire chief: Clear vents, gas meters FAIRMONT — Fairmont Fire Chief Brandon Scott is reminding local residents that snow and ice buildup around their homes can create several problems. Scott says people need to remember to clear their furnace and dryer vents after the recent snow and ...

Crawford recognized by Pork Board

FAIRMONT — We never know just how our life decisions are going to impact others. But some of us may get an idea after time. On February 4, Bill Crawford of Fairmont became one of those people, as he was honored by the Minnesota Pork Board’s recognized him as their 2019 Distinguished Award ...

Danger: Driving distracted

FAIRMONT — With recent snow and the poor road conditions winter inevitably brings, one would assume people are thinking twice about taking time to be cautious while driving. After all, who wants to end up sliding into a snowplow, a ditch or oncoming vehicle? But in good weather or bad, all ...

Teen helping state leaders shape legislation

Weston Loughmiller, a sophomore at Fairmont High School, is helping shape public policy as a member of the Minnesota Youth Council. The council is a collaborative effort of youth and adults working to empower and mobilize young people across the state to exercise their voices, opinions and ...

Chamber honors businesses of the year

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce looked back at 2018 at its annual meeting Friday at the Holiday Inn. Ned Koppen, Chamber president, said the scope of the organization’s work encompasses 4,200 people working at 259 member businesses. More than 100 of those people are ...

Community Day event to be April 13

CEYLON — St. Peter Lutheran Church in Ceylon will be the site for some awesome quilting Wednesday and Thursday. Anyone interested in helping make quilts for missions is welcome to help. They usually begin around 9 a.m. and go until the afternoon. If staying for the afternoon, please bring a ...

Student garners rare honor

Jeb Green, a senior at Fairmont High School, has been named a National Merit Scholarship finalist. Students are selected based on their PSAT test scores, involvement in activities and for other accomplishments. More than 1.6 million students from 22,000 high schools across the country take ...

Local pair face felony charges

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man and woman are facing felony charges in Martin County. Kenneth Ray Terrell, 36, has been charged with domestic assault and making threats of violence, each of which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Terrell also has been charged ...

Murder mystery set for March

WELCOME — All the weather delays have curtailed plans for most things in the area. So most of the news is about upcoming events. n There will be a Red Cross blood drive from noon to 6 p.m. March 4 at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Welcome. Give the gift of life, give blood. To ...

Mayo touts array of changes

FAIRMONT — Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont has undergone numerous enhancements over the past 18 months. These include adding several new providers, new services, electronic record-keeping common to all Mayo sites, increased security, opening Urgent Care and community ...

Truman Days searching for volunteer help

TRUMAN — Truman City Council this week talked about the need for more Truman Days volunteers. A Truman Days meeting is set for 7 p.m. March 10 at the fire hall. “I went to a meeting and it was alarming to see that there was myself and then three others that are going to stay on to plan, ...

Council tours new city facility

BLUE EARTH — Blue Earth City Council members toured the new Public Works garage Tuesday. Jamison Holland, Public Works director, led the tour and explained some of the benefits of the new building. Thanks to wide overhead doors, workers are now able to get plows into the building ...

City, officer part ways

BLUE EARTH — The city of Blue Earth has agreed to part ways with police officer Chad Bonin. The City Council met recently to review an investigation into a complaint filed against Bonin. Council members Glenn Gaylord, John Huisman and Russ Erichsrud, along with Mayor Rick Scholtes and ...

Spaghetti feed fundraiser set

TRUMAN — Truman FFA members will hold their annual community pancake breakfast for students, families and supporters from 6-9 a.m. today in the ag shop. Cost is a donation. Also, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., visitors can enjoy the FFA baby animals. All the animals are brought in by the ...

Man facing felony drug count

FAIRMONT — A Lewisville man is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Brenden Cary Weihe, 18, 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 Feb. 10, a Martin County ...

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Rosen: Walz budget ‘unsustainable’ ST. PAUL — State Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Vernon Center, is not a fan of the budget proposed Tuesday by Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz. Rosen says Walz has offered a $49 billion budget that represents a 9 percent increase from the previous budget, and sets ...

Group planning wetland project

FAIRMONT — Martin County commissioners on Tuesday heard from Kassy Dumke, a biologist from Ducks Unlimited, concerning a prairie wetland restoration project. “We’re working on an acquisition of 147 acres in Fox Lake Township,” she said. “The cool thing about this acquisition is that ...