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B.E. Area brings back ‘Buc Bags’

Strong community support and effort has brought back a program that provides food to Blue Earth Area students outside of school. The “Buc Bags” program began five years ago, according to school board member Jeremy Coxworth. But when the previous facilitator began facing health issues, the ...

Party for kids set for Sunday

CEYLON — There will be a benefit pancake feed for Rachel Schafer from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today at Martin County West High School in Sherburn. Sherburn Lions will serve pancakes for a donation, and there will be a bake sale with Christmas goodies. Rachel’s parents are Julie (Thiesse) ...

School puts focus on ‘bullying’

FAIRMONT — In the summer of 2014, the Fairmont Area School District published a pamphlet titled “What you need to know about bullying.” The pamphlets were created during an anti-bullying crackdown throughout the state. They are available at both the elementary school and high ...

GHEC sets levy hike at 11 percent

GRANADA — The Granada-Huntley-East Chain School Board on Thursday set the property tax levy for 2018. It amounts to an 11 percent increase. In September, the proposed levy was set at $1.6 million, the maximum allowed by state law. This represented a 15.27 percent increase from ...

Man faces drug charge

FAIRMONT — An Elmore man is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Scott Christopher Goodrich, 34, 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: At 3:20 p.m. Dec. 3, a ...

Busy Saturday in the works

WELCOME — Saturday will be a busy day for the area. In the morning, there is a benefit pancake feed from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Martin County West High School in Sherburn. Free will donations will help Rachel Schafer with expenses incurred while she has had kidney illness, dialysis and ...

City gets update on Parker Oaks

WINNEBAGO — On Tuesday, the Winnebago City Council received an update on the planned renovations for Parker Oaks Retirement Communities, which was recently purchased by Heartland Senior Living. Heartland Senior Living is a local non-profit community corporation that recently agreed to buy ...

Pancake benefit to be held Sunday

TRUMAN — St. Paul’s Lutheran School Christmas service is being held 7 p.m. tomorrow evening. Everyone is welcome to join them for “The Words of Christmas.” n There will be a pancake benefit breakfast for Dan Carlson from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the Truman Café. There will be a ...

Pastor gets 5 years probation

FAIRMONT — In late April, the small town of Northrop was rocked by the news that Robert Cairl Trueblood, then pastor at St. James Lutheran Church, had been charged with the possession of child pornography. Trueblood, 56, has now been sentenced, with a stay of imposition. A stay of ...

School levy to fall 0.7 percent

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont School Board helds its annual truth-in-taxation public hearing Tuesday. The district is proposing a local property tax levy of $5.7 million payable for 2017-2018, or an increase of 6 percent. However, with the passage of the state ag land tax credit, which benefits ...

Ceylon council OKs Christmas light contest

CEYLON — Ceylon City Council has decided to continue with the Christmas lights contest for residents this year, with a twist. There will be three categories judged: traditional, most effort and most festive. Winners of those categories will each get $30 off their utility bill. There will ...

Post-prom meeting slated

SHERBURN — Lutheran Women’s Missionary League of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sherburn will host its “Guest Day” at 2 p.m. today at the church. There will be a program followed by a time of dessert, coffee and fellowship. Everyone is invited to come and join them as they ...

School invests in security cameras

FAIRMONT — This year, there are 20 new cameras at both Fairmont Elementary School and Fairmont Jr./Sr. High School, bringing the total to 103 in the elementary school and 120 at the high school. Each camera costs about $1,000. Footage is stored on a file server and is retrievable for about ...

Fairmont OKs levy hike of 12%

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont City Council held its annual truth-in-taxation hearing Monday. No members of the public offered comments on the city’s proposed use of tax dollars that will result in a 12.1 percent levy increase to generate an additional $489,000. “The levy increase results in a ...

Trail to be named for Joe Burns

FAIRMONT — It was standing-room only at the Fairmont City Council meeting Monday, but the council chambers were not filled with residents attending the truth-in-taxation hearing. Instead, it was the friends and family of Joe Burns who were present to witness a section of the city’s trail ...

Parents, citizens weigh in on bullying again

BLUE EARTH — Bullying, how the district has handled it in the past and how it should be dealt with in the future was a recurring topic Monday during the Blue Earth Area School Board meeting. Parents and community members showed up to voice their concerns about how the district handles ...

Man faces felony theft charge

FAIRMONT — A 19-year-old Alpha man is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Spencer Lee Gilmore has been charged with theft, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $100,000 fine. According to the report: On Nov. 7, a Fairmont police officer was contacted by a ...

Focusing on the positive: Local residents publish book

FAIRMONT — Negativity seems to pervade our daily lives whether it’s in the news, at work, on social media or even in our own homes. It can leave us defeated, unmotivated and depressed. Two local residents have published a book that uses simple guidelines to improve the way you think, the ...

Sentinel launches job site

FAIRMONT — www.fairmontsentinel.com, the leading publication web site for local news and information, along with industry professionals seeking to hire people or looking for work, has launched http://FairmontSentinel.thejobnetwork.com with job-matching technology and targeted network ...

King makes mark downtown

“Say hello to friends you know and everyone you meet.” Those words from “A Holly Jolly Christmas” paint an idyllic holiday scene, but for Fairmont resident Greg King they have become a reality. King, a retired elementary teacher, has been gaining local fame and meeting friendly ...