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Report: Recall effort aimed at Hawkins unlawful

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont City Council on Monday released an attorney’s summary effectively nullifying the recall petition for Tom Hawkins, and Hawkins and fellow council member Randy Lubenow blamed the Sentinel for divisiveness in the community. Lubenow spoke of visiting with Ward 3 ...

Fairmont City Council division ongoing

FAIRMONT — Determining who should find interim legal services for the city generated discussion among the Fairmont City Council members Monday. At the end of the council’s closed session April 22 for a performance evaluation of City Attorney Elizabeth Bloomquist, the council and mayor ...

Probe of tuberculosis shows all clear

FAIRMONT — Two months after it came to light that Community Health Services of Faribault and Martin Counties was monitoring and following up on an active case of tuberculosis, it seems that all is well. Chera Sevcik, Community Health manager, said the investigation has yielded negative ...

Two seeking spot at Blue Earth Area

BLUE EARTH — The Blue Earth Area School Board learned Monday that two citizens have applied to fill the board vacancy created by the resignation of Jeremy Coxworth. Interim Superintendent Dr. Jerry Jensen reported that Maria Frank and Jeff Eckles both met the filing deadline. The ...

VoicePlay set to perform

FAIRMONT — The 2018-2019 show season is coming to an end this weekend at the Fairmont Opera House. VoicePlay will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. As seen on Season 4 of NBC’s “The Sing-Off,” the group takes songs old and new and re-invents them in a cappella style. Based in ...

Health care at forefront for Hagedorn

FAIRMONT — Democrats regained control of the U.S. House of Representatives last fall by focusing on the issue of health care in swing districts. Democrats listened to Americans’ fears about rising health care costs and expensive insurance coverage, then leveraged what they learned into a ...

Amid ‘toxicity,’ meeting looms

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont City Council will face a lengthy agenda at its meeting Monday. Included will be votes on a separation agreement with the city’s in-house attorney, and a determination of who will handle the city’s current and future civil and criminal cases. Actions by two ...

Forshee exiting role with Martin County

FAIRMONT — Change is the only constant, and we would be wise to always be preparing for the next stage in life. Fortunately that preparation is eased when we have spent our time investing in others. Martin County Auditor/Treasurer Jim Forshee will retire in July, and he knows both the value ...

Students ready to offer help around town

FAIRMONT — For eight years, students at Fairmont High School have been getting out into the community to help others during the school’s annual Community Service Day. This year, the service day will take place Friday, and be led by students from the school’s National Honor Society. Mark ...

City selling off library books

CEYLON — Ceylon will host a time to buy library books from 8-11 a.m. today at the former Ceylon Library. Most books are 25 cents but there are some antique books available for more. There are still about 1,000 books left and approximately that many have been sold. Check them out and help ...

Child care shortage addressed

FAIRMONT — The shortage of child care slots in Fairmont and Martin County and the impact it has on business growth was in the spotlight Thursday as possible solutions to the issue were unveiled. Heidi Hagel Braid, chief program officer at the national non-profit First Children’s Finance, ...

GHEC hires new leader, SRO

GRANADA — The Granada-Huntley-East Chain School Board on Thursday approved a contract for Doug Storbeck as superintendent/principal for the 2019-22 school years. Storbeck is currently principal at St. James Public School. He will begin his new position July 1, taking over ...

MCW student named state FFA vice president

SHERBURN — Martin County West recently had 54 students attend the 90th Minnesota FFA Convention, an impressive number for a rural district. Two won State Proficiency Awards. Carson Kahler was first in diversified crop production, second in fiber and oil crop production, and a participant in ...

Cleanup day this weekend

WELCOME — Cleanup day in Welcome will be 8-10 a.m. (or whenever the truck is full) Saturday behind the Fire Hall on Campbell Street by the water tower. Be prepared to show identification that proves you are a Welcome resident. Appliances can be picked up curbside for a fee. Tickets for ...

Fairmont artist offers altered photographs at Red Rock Center

Each month, Red Rock Center for the Arts in Fairmont typically hosts an artist of the month. Art forms range from paintings to wood burnings to embroidery, and the artists are of all different ages. For May, Susan Anderson is the featured artist. Her altered photography is on display through ...

Citizens question Welcome officials

WELCOME — Welcome residents had lots of feedback for the City Council this week. Several asked about complaints of ordinance violations and notifications with photos. Officials reminded them that the city held an annual work session during which council members drove around town and made ...

Fairmont man charged with auto theft

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Christopher Jorgen Delaney, 37, has been charged with theft of a motor vehicle, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. According to the complaint: On April 20, a Fairmont police ...

Woman allegedly threatened violence

FAIRMONT — A homeless woman is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Heather Marie Miller, 31, has been charged with making threats of violence, which carries a maximum charge of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. According to the complaint: On April 21, a Fairmont police ...

Spring fling coming up

TRUMAN — Free household hazardous waste collections for Martin and Faribault county residents will be 6-7:30 p.m. tonight at the Granada Fire Hall. No empty paint cans, only cans that contain liquid paint. Ag chemicals and business products will be accepted by appointment. For more ...

Briefly

Fishing tourney set for May 18 FAIRMONT — Fairmont Lakes Foundation Inc. will hold its Spring Fishing Tournament on May 18. The event will be limited to the first 50 registered teams. The two-person team entry fee is $50 per boat. Everyone must check in at 7 p.m. May 17 at Gomsrud ...