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Local woman faces drug-related felony

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont woman is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Danika Joy Freeman, 28, 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 July 20, a Fairmont ...

Sister reflects on Ritchie Valens’ life, legacy

Connie Valens, younger sister of rock and roll legend Ritchie Valens visited Red Rock Center for the Arts in Fairmont on Tuesday to discuss her brother, and how losing him affected her family. Ritchie Valens had several hits in his eight-month career. Notable songs include “La Bamba” and ...

Housing, child care spotlighted in Fairmont

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Economic Development Authority earlier this week focused on two areas vital to the local workforce — housing and child care. The group also tackled a tax abatement request by CHS, which is planning a $100 million project locally. Linsey Preuss, economic ...

Truman puts PUC on chopping block

TRUMAN — In a special election Tuesday night, Truman residents voted 125-40 to abolish its Public Utilities Commission. There was just one question on the ballot: “Shall the Public Utilities Commission be abolished?” and 165 votes were cast. Three voting members make up the PUC: Kathy ...

Blue Earth Area to host forums on levy

BLUE EARTH — Plans are moving forward as the Blue Earth Area School District prepares for a vote on an operating levy referendum slated for Nov. 5. “We have five informational meetings scheduled throughout the district,” Superintendent Mandy Fletcher told the school board earlier ...

Martin Co. West school year draws near

SHERBURN — Ruby’s Pantry food distribution will take place 6-7:30 p.m. Monday at the Regional Worship Center (across from Kum & Go) in Sherburn. There are no financial or residency restrictions for this distribution. The cost for a generous amount of food is $20. You will need to bring ...

Fairmont woman faces drug charge

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont woman is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Caitlyn Jean Hennager, 18, 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 July 18, a Fairmont ...

Competitors unite to back community

Clothing, particularly T-shirts, has become a popular billboard to advertise businesses, organizations, events, political views and personal philosophies. Starting today, shirts will be available to promote unity and teamwork in Fairmont. In the middle of July, Deb Foster visited four Fairmont ...

Council seeking summary

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont City Council postponed a vote Monday to update the city’s record retention and data practices policy after three council members wanted a summary of any major changes from existing policy. The policy governs procedures to handle information requests from private ...

Police: BB-gun vandals caught

FAIRMONT — Two adult males were taken into custody Saturday after two BB-gun related incidents, including an adult male who was shot while riding his bicycle. According to information provided by the Fairmont Police Department: At 6:26 p.m. Saturday, Fairmont police officers were ...

Fairmont talks parks, road repair

FAIRMONT — To say Nick Lardy, Fairmont’s Park and Street Departments supervisor, has a lot of irons in the fire would be a gross understatement. Lardy was in the spotlight at “Saturday Morning With the City” at Ward Park. The one-hour events are held periodically throughout the year ...

Census jobs available as count nears

FAIRMONT — The U.S. Census Bureau is working on the 2020 census and hiring for thousands of temporary jobs across Minnesota and Iowa, including many in the Fairmont area. The positions allow people to earn extra income while helping their community. The census has been performed across ...

Youth Conservation Day set

FAIRMONT — Martin County Pheasants Forever Youth Conservation Day is set to return Aug. 24. The event boasts a variety of activities for families and children, and provides an opportunity for people to learn and potentially develop an interest in conservation. Martin County Pheasants ...

School reunion set for 2020

CEYLON — There will be a Ceylon High School All School Reunion on June 27, 2020. Save the date and plan to attend. Does anyone know of a student/family member who may have had an address change since the last reunion? If so, contact committee member Jim Plumhoff at (507) ...

GHEC revises tardy policy

GRANADA — Superintendent Doug Storbeck provided a report to the Granada-Huntley-East Chain School Board on Thursday. Storbeck reminded the board that Aug. 27 will be the welcome back workshop for teachers and staff. Traditionally, school board members have served breakfast to staff at the ...

Kinship offers summer lunches

WELCOME — Circle of Faith congregations will continue their summer schedule in August, with services on Wednesday at Waverly Lutheran Church north of Welcome at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday 8:30 a.m. services at St. Peter in Ceylon and Trinity in Welcome. St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in ...

Perdue: Farms will regain markets

MANKATO – U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue offered words of encouragement to Minnesota farmers Wednesday at a listening session in Mankato, telling them U.S. farmers will regain the market they are losing because of the trade war with China. Perdue’s visit to south-central ...

Martin County Fair seeks boost in funding

FAIRMONT — The Martin County Fair is a big event for many, but the Martin County Fair board of directors is usually hidden in the background. But it works diligently to line up vendors and entertainment; organize events; provide ongoing building and grounds maintenance; and generally ...

Welcome work advances

WELCOME — Travis Winter, an engineer at Bolton & Menk, updated the Welcome City Council this week on progress of the streets project. He said phase one is almost complete, with some concrete work remaining. Phase two has begun, with the water main almost finished and the storm sewer ...

Truman Active Living invites citizens’ input

AJ’s Onion rings will be at T-Town from 3-8 p.m. Friday in Truman. n Beginning Monday through Aug. 25, the Truman pool will be open from 1-6 pm. Aug, 25 is the final day the pool is open for the season. n For the past several years, Truman Active Living has received statewide health ...