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Pumpkin contest coming up

CEYLON — There will be an all-you-can-eat fish fry beginning 5 p.m. today at Legends 2 in Ceylon. The menu includes fish, French fries and coleslaw. n Tuesday morning coffee hours in October continue from 8:30-10 a.m. at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Sherburn. Join friends and neighbors ...

Bode takes planning reins at Fairmont City Hall

As the newest member of Fairmont’s city staff, Peter Bode plans to carry out his duties as planner and code enforcement technician with common sense and integrity. “When I have somebody come in, my thought is, ‘How can I help them make their project work for them?’” Bode ...

Benefit slated for Trimont man

FAIRMONT — The disappointments of life are always a struggle. Some do so by grappling them head-on. That seems to be the case for Trimont resident Brad Williams, who recently lost his left leg due to cancer. A benefit and silent auction for Williams will be held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 27 at ...

GHEC board updated

GRANADA — The Granada-Huntley-East Chain School Board on Thursday heard several reports from administrators. Superintendent Doug Storbeck noted, “I’m working with Lisa Shellum (Truman’s superintendent) to determine if we can offer an agriculture course. That’s one of the ...

Hagedorn: Dems actions are political

MADELIA — Congressman Jim Hagedorn fielded questions about the impeachment inquiry involving President Donald Trump at a town hall in Madelia this week. The Republican took questions from Watonwan County residents. Hagedorn, who opposes impeachment, was asked whether it is his ...

Man faces four felonies

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man is facing multiple felony charges in Martin County. Benjamin Edward Isenberg, 41, has been charged with drug possession in the second degree, which carries a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison and a $500,000 fine. He also has been charged with drug possession ...

Cleanup day set for Saturday

WELCOME — Welcome fall cleanup day will be held 8-10 a.m. Saturday, or until whenever the truck is full. Because of construction on the streets, the site has been changed to Hansen Keck Park. Please line up on Dugan Street on the west side of the road to Fifth Street. Unacceptable items ...

Minnesota Supreme Court visits Fairmont

FAIRMONT — The Minnesota Supreme Court held a traveling oral argument in front of students at Fairmont High School on Wednesday. The court travels twice per year to high schools around the state as part of a program that seeks to teach students about the state’s court system and build the ...

Tour reveals woes at Martin County jail

FAIRMONT — For a little over 20 years, Martin County has struggled and made do with an outdated jail building and limited courthouse space. Narrow corridors, cramped offices, water damage to electronics, a restrictive holding capacity and inmates moved through public areas are just some of ...

Mayo-Fairmont says it’s cutting 17 jobs

FAIRMONT — Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont says it plans to cut 17 jobs involving nursing staff and the facility’s Progressive Care Unit. Mayo’s announcement Wednesday followed a Sentinel request for information, as there are rumblings in the community about impending job losses ...

Truman Fire and Rescue offers meal

TRUMAN — Truman Fire and Rescue Department is observing Fire Prevention Week with an open house and meal from 5-7 p.m. tonight at the Fire Hall. This is a great time to tour the hall, see their equipment and meet the dedicated volunteers. n If anyone has any perennial plants they would ...

Ceylon eyes tax-forfeited sites

CEYLON — Ceylon City Council this week discussed tax-forfeited properties south of City Hall and between two demolished houses on Main Street. The City Clerk reported the city has spent about $21,000 on demolishing houses and cleanup this year. The council approved removing the two ...

Fairmont Area Schools ready to ‘Tackle Cancer’

FAIRMONT — Nearly everyone knows someone who has had or is battling cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2019 there will be 1.7 million new cancer cases and 600,000 cancer deaths in the United States. Many people and organizations are raising funds to find a cure. On ...

Fairmont Area Schools activities total 47, sports 22

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont School Board on Tuesday approved the fine arts coaches/advisers for the 2019-20 school year. There are 18 new high school activities or clubs this year, bringing the school’s total offerings to 47, in addition to 22 sports. “There’s 47 available this year ...

Co-owners: Sherburn truck wash could be boon

SHERBURN — Ground has been broken and dirt work completed for the Exit 87 Truck Wash near Sherburn. Meant to bring in revenue from the trucks and trailers that frequent I-90, the facility will provide cleaning opportunities for trucks, tractors, manure tanks, boats, trailers and nearly ...

Event in Sherburn to honor cancer survivors

SHERBURN — The monthly steak and shrimp fry will be 5-8 p.m. Saturday at the Sherburn American Legion. The public is invited. n As part of Homecoming Week last week at Martin County West, Payton Anderson and Emily Matejka were crowned homecoming king and queen. Carson O’Connor was named ...

Sherburn annexes 7.6 acres

SHERBURN — About a dozen people attended a public hearing this week concerning the annexation of land to the city of Sherburn. Questions about the township maintaining the gravel road and the ditch tax going to the township were answered in the affirmative. Officials say the entry to the ...

Truman talks power service

TRUMAN — The Truman City Council on Monday heard from Scott Reimer, general manager at Federated Rural Electric, who was there to present some information to the council. Federated primarily serves Jackson and Martin counties. Heartland Consumers Power District has been supplying the city ...

Blue Earth buzzes about bees

BLUE EARTH — The Blue Earth City Council spent most of their meeting last night going over several topics which had been discussed at previous meetings. One of those was the issue of allowing bee hives to be kept inside the city limits. Blue Earth resident Jacqui Drew was at the meeting ...

Hammock villages: Fairmont parks get upgrade

While the last vestiges of warm weather are slipping away, that doesn’t mean it will be gone forever. With that in mind, one might consider trying out one of the two new “hammock villages” that have popped up in Fairmont’s own Cedar Creek and Sylvania Parks. For her Girl Scout Gold ...