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UHD: Symptoms? Call first

BLUE EARTH — United Hospital District officials are urging people who suspect they may have coronavirus symptoms to call first before visiting their local health facility. Doing so allows limited resources to be used efficiently for those who are elderly, have compromised immune systems, ...

Virus claims Martin County resident, cases up to 18

FAIRMONT — The Associated Press reported late Friday afternoon that Martin County has seen its first fatality from the COVID-19 pandemic. The AP says the Minnesota Department of Health reported two more deaths Friday, for a total of four in the state. One was a resident of Hennepin County ...

‘Stay at home’: Is order ‘enforceable’?

FAIRMONT — Martin County commissioners met via conference call in an emergency gathering Thursday morning, to discuss county operations in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The board heard an update from County Emergency Management director Abigail Nesbit. “As far as the ...

Area groups react to virus

FAIRMONT — Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, area organizations continue to make changes to protect the well-being of communities. They include: Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation A press release from Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation states it is launching an emergency ...

Many events put on hold

WELCOME — The news, again, is mostly what’s NOT scheduled because of the coronavirus emergency for the area. n The following plans in April have been affected: o There will not be a cleaning day or opening day for the Welcome Historical Society Museum on April 4. o There will not ...

Martin Co. sheriff: Take Walz order seriously

FAIRMONT — In response to Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz issuing a stay-at-home order for Minnesotans on Wednesday, Martin County Sheriff Jeff Markquart issued a video update for the county on the sheriff’s Facebook page. Markquart noted that the county has 10 positive COVID-19 cases, and that ...

Martin Co. Sheriff: COVID-19 cases now at 12

FAIRMONT — Sheriff Jeff Markquart posted a video update Thursday concerning COVID-19 for the citizens of Martin County. “Yesterday, we had 10 [cases] and today we are up two, so we are at 12 total positive tests in Martin County,” he said. He went on to share that people who have tested ...

Amid pandemic: Area funeral directors adapting

FAIRMONT — Social distancing continues to impact the lives of everyone, as we are asked not to gather publicly or even with friends and loved ones. That can be a difficult situation from day to day, but especially in times of grief. Area funeral home directors face struggles and challenges ...

Lakeview in Fairmont earns ‘Safe Care’ honor

FAIRMONT — Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center in Fairmont was recently honored as one of 51 nursing facilities in Minnesota that have completed a five-step action plan called “Safe Care for Seniors.” The program is sponsored by LeadingAge Minnesota. Lakeview administrator Deb Barnes ...

Online feedlot meetings set

TRUMAN — Happy 50th wedding anniversary to Bob and Diane Mennen. They were married March 28, 1970, in Fairmont. Cards may be sent to them at 2368 200th Ave., Truman, MN 56088. n Truman City Hall is closed to the public. Sherry and Shannon are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through ...

COVID-19 cases hold steady at 8 in Martin County

FAIRMONT -- The number of positive COVID-19 cases in Martin County has held steady at eight for the third day in a row, suggesting preventative measures such as social distancing may be doing what they are intended to do. Tim Langer, public health sanitarian for Martin and Faribault counties, ...

Mayo-Fairmont shifts way it works

FAIRMONT — Mayo Clinic Health System has implemented a no-visitor policy for patients, and temporarily suspended operation of four part-time clinics in response to the constantly changing conditions caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. On Monday, business was suspended at regional clinics in ...

Fairmont Area Schools plan for ‘distance learning’

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Area School Board led by example Tuesday, conducting its first online meeting. The board talked about moving forward with online distance education. According to high school Principal Alex Schmidt, the Minnesota Department of Education has not given any official word ...

COVID-19 cases in Martin County reach 8

FAIRMONT — The number of COVID-19 cases in Martin County has reached eight, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. Of those, two involve people in their 50s, two in their 60s, one in their 70s and one in their late 80s. Two cases involve younger members of the population, with one ...

Fairmont declares emergency

FAIRMONT — Like everything else in the world impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fairmont City Council adopted a new demeanor Monday. Mayor Debbie Foster led the meeting in council chambers, joined only by Paul Hoye, city finance director, who manned the phone lines that connected ...

Briefly

Fairmont students get free books FAIRMONT — Fairmont Area Schools kindergarten students recently received a donation of personalized books from author Lillian Peterson. Kindergarten teacher Jenni Diegnau helped arrange the donation. Peterson, proprietor of A Blessing Comes LLC, is ...

Kinship program works around social limitations

FAIRMONT — From sea to shining sea, one cannot get away from the current news cycle when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic. Disrupting business, schools, and family gatherings, there is seemingly no area of life left untouched. Social distancing is the name of the game, but how do you offer ...

Martin County officials beseech public to self-quarantine

Dear Martin County residents: We need your help in suppressing the coronavirus. There is no longer any debate: All medical experts agree that the spread of COVID-19 has the potential to overwhelm the U.S. health care system by early summer. The number of positive COVID-19 cases in Martin ...

Social Security promises checks

FAIRMONT — Area organizations continue to provide updates and changes to schedules to protect the health and safety of the public because of the COVID-19 outbreak. They include: Social Security Administration The Social Security Administration has provided an update from Andrew Saul, ...

Area schools offering lunches for children

CEYLON — Most of the news is what’s not happening because of the coronavirus. There will be no cribbage tournament in Welcome today. The tournaments will resume in November. n Legends II will have take-out only and no specials. Off-sale and off-menu only until 8 p.m. Lunch is from 11 ...