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Pancake brunch postponed

CEYLON — Several annual church meetings are scheduled Sunday. A storm is also forecast so keep an eye on the weather and news of cancellations for these meetings. St. Paul’s Lutheran in Wilbert’s meeting is scheduled after the 9:30 a.m. service. St. Peter Lutheran in Ceylon’s ...

St. John Vianney earns $25K grant

FAIRMONT — Students at St. John Vianney School in Fairmont can look forward to some classroom improvements in the near future thanks to a $25,000 matching challenge grant from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation. The school was not only able to meet the challenge but surpass it, ...

Council will meet Tuesday

WELCOME — There will be a cribbage tournament beginning 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Welcome Legion. Join friends and neighbors for an afternoon of fun and fellowship. n Monday is Martin Luther King holiday so some businesses and government offices will be closed and the mail will not be ...

Senf, Geerdes garner ‘Triple A’ honors

Every year, two students are selected as Fairmont Area School’s Triple A recipients. One young man and young woman are given the award for excelling in the arts, academics and athletics. This year’s recipients, Tyson Geerdes and Bergen Senf, shared how they felt when they learned of their ...

B.E. School Board picks officers

BLUE EARTH — Susan Benz and Frankie Bly have been re-elected chairman and vice chairman, respectively, of the Blue Earth Area School Board. Stacey Beyer was elected treasurer while Sara Hauskins will serve as clerk. At the school board meeting earlier this week, Benz offered her ...

Children can make pies

TRUMAN — National Pie Day is Thursday, Jan. 23, but if you are pre-kindergarten and older and would like to celebrate pie day, you must pre-register by Friday. You will be making different mini-pies and different flavors to choose from. This fun class will be held 4:15-5:15 p.m. in the ...

Martin Co. seeking state’s help

FAIRMONT — State Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Vernon Center, attended a special meeting of the Martin County Commission on Tuesday to hear about the needs of the county. County department heads also were present, along with a few members of the public. Commissioner Elliot Belgard began by ...

Child care, housing still local hurdles

FAIRMONT — Two ongoing workforce issues in Fairmont — child care and housing — were the focus of the Fairmont Economic Development Authority earlier this week. Linsey Preuss, economic development coordinator, updated the board on continuing efforts to incentivize new child care ...

Fairmont weighing half-cent tax hike

FAIRMONT — The possibility of a second half-cent local option sales tax earmarked for street improvements inched ahead at the Fairmont City Council meeting Monday. The city currently has a half-cent tax approved by voters in November 2016 that generates about $600,000 per year. The council ...

Klassen won’t run for 23A seat

JACKSON — Democrat Heather Klassen, who ran an active and informed campaign for Minnesota House District 23A in 2018, said Tuesday she will not seek the seat this year. “After the 2018 election, I had fully planned to run again and even started fundraising,” she posted on her Facebook ...

Co-op director: Arise offers learning options

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Area School Board heard from Sarah Mittelstadt, director of Southern Plains Educational Cooperative, on Tuesday. She gave the board a brief update concerning Arise Academy, which recently held an open house at its location in the now-renovated former Lincoln School. ...

Free family swim slated in Sherburn

SHERBURN — Grilled burgers with all the fixings will be served 6-8 p.m. tonight at the Sherburn American Legion. Everyone is welcome. n There is a free family swim from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday at the indoor pool in Sherburn. All families are welcome to attend but children must be ...

New year, old battles for Fairmont City Council

FAIRMONT — Like the monster that refuses to die, the division on the Fairmont City Council reared its head again in the governing body’s first meeting of the new year Monday. For the past nine months, the council has produced numerous 3-2 decisions, with Tom Hawkins, Randy Lubenow and ...

Pair facing felony drug counts

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man and Armstrong woman are facing felony drug charges in Martin County. Cody William Diekmann, 26, and Allison Marie Kingswan, 22, both have been charged with one count each of selling drugs in the first degree and drug possession in the first degree. Each charge ...

Pond hockey returns for 10th year

FAIRMONT — This weekend will mark the 10th annual Southern Minnesota Pond Hockey Championship in Fairmont. The event, held on Sisseton Lake by the Marina Lodge at 501 Lake Ave., will feature events for non-skaters as well as the traditional hockey games. Ian Bents and Kelly Artz, members of ...

Chaplain’s mission: smiles, comfort

As the most recent full-time chaplain at Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center in Fairmont, Bruce Koskovich is a familiar and friendly face to many. Having recently retired, Koskovich shared what it was like to be a chaplain in a long-term care facility, describing the ups and downs he had ...

Townships seeking supervisors, clerks

CEYLON — There will be a cribbage tournament at 1:30 p.m. today at Legends II in Ceylon. The public is welcome and encouraged to have a fun afternoon. Next Saturday, the cribbage will be played at the same time at the Welcome Legion. n Legion and Sons of the Legion groups will meet 7 p.m. ...

Shepherd of the Lakes making a move

FAIRMONT — The congregation of Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church in Fairmont has long been preparing for a move that will increase the church’s visibility and accessibility, as well as meet its growing space needs. Fortunately, just such a location recently became available. The ...

GHEC tackles student cell phone use

GRANADA — Assistant Principal Taylor Topinka updated the Granada-Huntley-East Chain School Board on Thursday on a new practice concerning students and cell phone use. “After we came back from Christmas break, one modification that Mr. Storbeck and I put in place here at the middle school ...

Townships to hold votes

WELCOME — Welcome Legion and Sons of the Legion groups will meet 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Welcome Legion. All members are urged to attend. n Tuesday is the last day to file affidavits of candidacy for township elections. Fraser Township should contact Rita Garbers. Rolling Green ...