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Ceylon Community Day set for July 25

CEYLON — Circle of Faith parishes will resume their in-person services Sunday. St. Peter Lutheran Church in Ceylon will host services at 8:30 a.m., following the social distancing protocol it sent parish members in a letter. Waverly Lutheran Church north of Welcome will hold a service at 8:30 ...

Tom Mahoney Jr. remembered fondly

FAIRMONT — Those who knew Thomas Mahoney Jr. remember a man who was an avid outdoorsman, a dedicated bicyclist, a purveyor of local history, a diehard Minnesota Gophers fan and a public servant dedicated to his community. Mahoney died June 24 at Our lady of Peace Hospice in St. Paul at the ...

Sherburn man facing assault charges

FAIRMONT — A Sherburn man is facing felony charges in Martin County. Marvyn Wayne Hansen, 56, has been charged with two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon in the second degree. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of seven years in prison and a $14,000 fine. According to the ...

Truman Library now open

TRUMAN — Truman Library is open from 1:30-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. For the health and safety of others, they ask that you: 1) Use hand sanitizer upon entry. 2) Wear a mask or face covering. 3) Practice social distancing (6 feet). Building capacity is limited, so no extended stays will be ...

Seneca Foods in Blue Earth sees outbreak

BLUE EARTH — Officials from Community Health and Human Services of Faribault & Martin Counties say they are working with Seneca Foods of Blue Earth to respond to a cluster of COVID-19 cases. The Minnesota Department of Health, United Hospital District and Faribault County Emergency ...

Block party, fireworks scheduled in Fairmont

FAIRMONT — The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has caused the cancellation of many area festivals this summer, but Fairmont will offer activities for the public on July 4. The Fairmont Opera House will sponsor a block party beginning 10 a.m. Saturday on the first two blocks of Downtown ...

Sherburn indoor pool open again

SHERBURN — Martin County libraries are open once again. The library in Sherburn is open from 1:30-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. There are new rules and procedures that must be followed, however. These include using hand sanitizer when you enter the library, wearing a mask or face ...

Health official: Caution still needed on virus

FAIRMONT — Positive COVID-19 cases in Martin County seem to have slowed for now, with 17 days in June having zero new cases. However, the spread has not ceased, as the month still saw 26 new cases as of Monday. Tim Langer, Community Health sanitarian with Human Services of Faribault and ...

History Day Nationals: Students receive high honor

FAIRMONT — Two eighth-grade students from Fairmont Area Schools, Isaac Sheard and Blaze Geiger, recently received a great honor when their National History Day project placed fourth at nationals. The theme this year was breaking barriers in history. Sheard and Geiger’s topic project was ...

Fairmont Aquatic Park readies to open

FAIRMONT — Grab a towel and your sunscreen. The Fairmont Aquatic Park opens Wednesday for an abbreviated but much anticipated summer season. On June 8, after weighing COVID safety concerns and citizens’ overwhelming requests to open the pool, the City Council unanimously agreed to do so ...

At virtual national event: Speech duo make mark

Fairmont Area juniors Isabell Geiger and Tabitha Thatcher recently ended their relatively unique experience of competing in the first-ever virtual National Speech and Debate Tournament. The girls ended in the top 30 quarterfinalists, tying for 24th place out of 200 duo teams. The pair ...

Ceylon Community Day set for July

CEYLON — Circle of Faith parishes will resume in-person worship services on July 5, while following social distancing protocols outlined in a letter sent to the parishioners. Services will be held at 8:30 a.m. at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Ceylon and Waverly Lutheran Church, north of ...

Senior facilities prepare for outdoor visits

FAIRMONT — The COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult for everyone, especially senior citizens. While precautions are in place virtually everywhere, assisted-living facilities and nursing homes perhaps have seen the most strict. While many senior facilities closed to visitors in March, many ...

Clean-up day set for Saturday

WELCOME — Clean-up day in Welcome will begin 8 a.m. Saturday on Campbell Street near the fire hall. This is for residents of Welcome only. Proof of residency will be checked, and items will have to be unloaded by residents. There is an appliance pick up that day and they must have a sticker ...

Welcome school will close in September

SHERBURN — The Martin County West School Board has voted to close the Welcome school. The building will be closed Sept. 30, and an evacuation of tenants and salvaging of useful equipment will be held. The site, however, will not be demolished. The resolution to close the school cited a ...

Couple facing multiple felonies

FAIRMONT — An Elmore man and woman are facing multiple felony charges in Martin County. Donald Eldon Lamont, 34, and Ashlyn Nicole Mosloski, 29, both been charged with a firearm violation after having previously been convicted of a crime of violence. Lamont faces three counts, while ...

Truman pool set to open

TRUMAN — The Truman spruce-up group wishes to thank those on their donations of money for paint. You’ll see them painting murals, barn quilts and other projects around town. When you see them painting an individual’s business, the business has paid for their own paint. n Truman ...

Belgard, Buhmann seeking District 1 seat

FAIRMONT — Martin County commissioner filings have closed, with incumbent Elliot Belgard set to face off against challenger Brad Buhmann for the District 1 seat. District 1 encompasses the eastern edge of the county, and includes the cities of Truman and Granada, as well as Ward 4, Precinct ...

Gunther endorses Olson’s bid

FAIRMONT — State Rep. Bob Gunther, R-Fairmont, believes the political endorsement process holds value, and so has thrown his support behind Elmore Mayor Bjorn Olson in the Minnesota House District 23A race. Gunther is retiring from the seat after serving the region for 25 years. On May 19, ...

Lawmakers to meet again in July

FAIRMONT — State Rep. Bob Gunther, R-Fairmont, says he and fellow lawmakers will give it another shot next month when they return for a second special session. Gunther this week expressed frustration with the process, particularly about the Legislature and Gov. Tim Walz’s failure to pay ...