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Students team up with Mayo

FAIRMONT — Fairmont High School students with an interest in the medical field recently began shadowing different departments at Mayo Clinic Health System-Fairmont. Of the eight students, each will spend two consecutive weeks in one department before rotating to another. The departments ...

Reading program empowers kids

TRIMONT — Reading can be difficult for some children, especially if they feel pressured or put on the spot. If their ability isn’t on par with others, it can be easy to get discouraged. However, students at Martin County West Elementary School in Trimont now have the option to continue ...

Habitat plans for first ‘Winter Dinner’

FAIRMONT — On Feb. 17, Habitat for Humanity of Martin and Faribault Counties will hold its first Winter Celebration Dinner. Habitat for Humanity is a global, nonprofit organization that focuses on building, rehabilitating and preserving homes. It also advocates for fair housing policies, ...

Historical Society to meet

CEYLON — Our Savior’s Lutheran Church will have its usual 5:30 p.m. service tonight, followed by its monthly potluck fellowship supper. It also will have its annual voters meeting tonight after the supper. Area residents are invited to join them for services and the monthly potluck ...

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Blue Earth team sees success BLUE EARTH — The 2018 Senior High Knowledge Bowl season is going well for the Blue Earth Area squad midway through the season. At the Blizzard Invitational (Part 1) on Jan. 19 in Blue Earth, the Maroon team — James Greer, Amanda Jacobson, Bobby Karp, Katlyn ...

City will host public gatherings

FAIRMONT — At the Fairmont City Council meeting this week, Mayor Debbie Foster expressed her desire to hear more from members of the community. To that end, she has been talking with City Administrator Mike Humpal about holding community meetings throughout town this year. “I [want] to ...

Truman fire chief offers update

TRUMAN — The city of Truman and surrounding townships held an annual fire department meeting Thursday. Truman Fire Chief Dave Bentz began these meetings several years ago as a way to communicate more effectively with the townships. Representatives from Waverly, Westford and Nashville ...

Firefighters to offer breakfast

WELCOME — Welcome Fire Department will have a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday at the Welcome Legion. They will serve pancakes, sausage, and potatoes for a donation. Everyone is invited. Good food for a good cause. n Senior citizens will meet for their usual potluck ...

Council weighs in on plowing

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont City Council on Wednesday heard a presentation on snow removal in the city. Director of Public Works/City Engineer Troy Nemmers and Park and Street Department Supervisor Nick Lardy addressed everything from available equipment, to the process of determining where and ...

Kids can send cards to friends

TRUMAN — Truman City Council will meet 5:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall. All council meetings are open to the public. n Truman Pride meets 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Truman High School Learning Center. n Recycling day is Wednesday. Place your container curbside with the wheels facing your ...

Scanner moving lunch line along

FAIRMONT — Fairmont Elementary School recently began using a new system to get children through the lunch line in less time and with more security. The biometric finger ID system does not record children’s fingerprints, but scans certain points of their index finger. The data is then ...

Courthouse, jail options are high-cost

FAIRMONT — Martin County commissioners on Tuesday heard from Jonathan Loose of Wold Architects, as well as members of the Justice Center Study Committee, who presented the board with findings and options concerning the future of Martin County’s law enforcement center and historic ...

Group raises funds for CuddleCots

BLUE EARTH — Last year, the Fairmont Women of Today set out to raise enough funds to help grieving families following the death of an infant. What came next was overwhelming community support, doubling the amount of giving. Fairmont Women of Today is a local organization that promotes ...

Food shelf seeks donations

SHERBURN — A spaghetti feed, sponsored by parents of the Martin County West class of 2019, will be held 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Martin County West Jr./Sr. High School in Sherburn. Tickets are available at the door. Cost is $7 for adults, $5 for students in grades K-6, while preschoolers and ...

Dream come true: Local boy going to big game

While the rest of us sit at home watching the Super Bowl on our TVs this Sunday, one 12-year-old from Blue Earth will be smiling from the stands. Sully McGuire, 12, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer, in December 2012. In February 2013, Sully started treatment and had ...

Fun opportunity: Volunteers help with Super Bowl

FAIRMONT — It’s been 26 years since Minnesota last hosted a Super Bowl, but now we’re in the midst of festivities as the big game is less than a week away. A lot goes into planning a Super Bowl and with all of the events surrounding it, many volunteers are needed to ensure that everyone ...

5 local groups get $1M each

FAIRMONT — Fairmont attorney John Edman described Marlin Milbrandt as independent, opinionated and a real behind-the-scenes guy who maintained a strong interest in community events and organizations. Milbrandt loved to hunt and fish, and scout around lake shores searching for Indian ...

Schools seek revised rules

FAIRMONT — By now it’s fairly well known that Minnesota is facing a shortage of skilled workers. With the current workforce aging and nearing retirement, there are not enough young people trained to take over jobs that will soon need to be filled. So how does society go about training ...

Students get new best friend

Fairmont Christian School will have a regular visitor to help its young students with everything from verbal and reading skills, to offering someone to open up to. No, it won’t be a special educator or school psychologist, but a small hairy individual with four feet. Fairmont Christian ...

School spirit soars at GHEC

After 10 years without a cheerleading team, Granada-Huntley-East Chain is ready to take school spirit to the next level. The idea to form a cheerleading team came about when a couple of students approached athletic director Erin Roiger, asking if the school could bring back ...