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Fairmont Area approves hirings

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont School Board on Tuesday approved several hirings for the 2019-20 school year. They are: o Jessica Koskovich as a high school teacher. o Megan Potthoff as a fourth-grade teacher. o Maisy Diegnau as a fifth-grade teacher. o Leslie Crissinger as a sixth-grade ...

Sherburn woman faces assault charge

FAIRMONT — A Sherburn woman is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Kimberly Kay Ewert has been charged with assault with a dangerous weapon in the second degree, which carries a maximum penalty of seven years in prison and a $14,000 fine. According to the complaint: On May 18, ...

Festival begins Friday

SHERBURN — Sherburn’s annual holiday festival gets underway this weekend beginning Friday evening with the Sherburn Fire Department’s “Finger lickin’ chicken feed” and a free dance featuring the band “Rhino.” Chicken, sweet corn and beans will be served from 5-8 p.m., and the ...

Fairmont hires prosecutor, civil attorney

FAIRMONT — By unanimous vote Monday, the Fairmont City Council secured interim legal counsel for both criminal and civil cases, but a City Code requirement to have the attorney present at council meetings split the votes, 3-2. The need for interim counsel was brought about a month ago by the ...

Fairmont’s share of industrial park project rises

FAIRMONT — Running infrastructure to the proposed new industrial park off Interstate exit 99 will cost Fairmont more money but keep options wide open for a variety of potential businesses. The Fairmont Economic Development Authority is ready to apply for a Greater Minnesota Business ...

Blue Earth Area reviews legislation

BLUE EARTH — The Blue Earth Area School Board on Monday discussed the results of the recently completed Minnesota legislative session. Interim Superintendent Dr. Jerry Jensen’s report included an update on bills signed into law that affect Blue Earth Area. Jensen said the education ...

Gunther reviews legislative session

FAIRMONT — State Rep. Bob Gunther, R-Fairmont, has a negative analysis of the recently concluded 2019 legislative session, but in a positive light. “It was not what was done as much as what wasn’t done,” he says. Positive, however, because Gunther is perfectly pleased — for the ...

Salvation Army transforms itself

FAIRMONT — The past two years have represented a time of change and adaptation for the Fairmont Salvation Army. Dwindling membership in its congregation resulted in the closing of its church program in October 2017. In January 2018, the local organization received a $1 million bequest from ...

Baby Breck battles back, makes strides

Breck Remus isn’t a year old yet, but she has proven to be quite the fighter. Breck, daughter of Ashley (Schultz) and Justin Remus, has spent much of her life in a hospital and has quite a bit of therapy in her future. A benefit is planned for Breck from 4-7 p.m. June 15 at the Truman ...

Cancer survivors praise their support systems

The upcoming 2019 Martin County Relay for Life on June 29 serves as a powerful reminder that at some level we all need each other. Banding together to offer camaraderie, hope and encouragement in the face of cancer is a testament to the fortitude of those who have been either in or affected ...

Council meets Tuesday

CEYLON — Tuesday coffee hours for June will continue from 8:30-10 a.m. at the Regional Worship Center in Sherburn. Also, Thursday coffee lovers meet 8:30-10 a.m. at the Legends 2 building in Ceylon. n Ceylon City Council will meet 6 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall. There is always a public ...

System at Fairmont Area Schools offers career insights

FAIRMONT — Students at Fairmont High School have access to a site that helps prepare them for college or a career following high school. Through the Minnesota Career Information Systems, students can: learn about more than 520 occupations; research colleges, universities and career ...

Fairmont man facing drug possession count

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Brent Neal Shaikoski, 37, 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 May 11, Fairmont police ...

Project requires patience

WELCOME — Welcome Legion and Sons of the Legion will meet 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Legion. All members are urged to attend. n Tuesday coffee hours for the month of June continue from 8:30-10 a.m. at the Regional Worship Center (across from Kum & Go) in Sherburn. Join friends and ...

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Sheriff’s Office lifts no wake order FAIRMONT — The Martin County Sheriff’s Office has lifted the “slow/no wake” order on all Martin County lakes. Water levels may still be marginal in places so the office asks that boaters be respectful of all shoreline properties. All lakes are ...

Water woes worry Welcome

WELCOME — Several Welcome residents looked to the City Council this week for answers about water damage in their homes. They were wondering about applying for the city’s insurance in relation to damage caused by rain inundation and sewer backups, after an unprecedented 9 inches of rain ...

Predatory offender allegedly failed to register

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Kenneth Marquez Tuncle, 44, has been charged knowingly violating registration requirements for a predatory offender, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. According to the ...

Lewisville gets ready to host its ‘Fun Daze’

TRUMAN — Trinity Lutheran Church will host a “Quilters and Crafters Dream Sale” from noon to 6 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church, 102 S. Seventh Ave. E., in Truman. n Prairie Ecology Bus Center will hold a space day camp for kids, kindergarten through third ...

Martin County takes on Fairmont’s criminal cases

FAIRMONT — Martin County commissioners on Tuesday approved a proposed prosecution contract with the city of Fairmont for a period of six months at a rate of $150 per hour. County Attorney Terry Viesselman was on hand to discuss the terms, the work involved and answer questions from the ...

Fairmont’s IHD festival starts Friday

FAIRMONT — This weekend’s forecast calls for pleasant temperatures, with a 100 percent chance of fun as Fairmont celebrates Interlaken Heritage Days. “All our food vendors are really excited. Our flea market vendors are excited. I hope the weather holds and lots of people come out. ...