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Blue Earth denies recall petition

BLUE EARTH — After nearly an hour of discussion which included a report from an attorney and input from members of the public and the council themselves, the Blue Earth City Council voted 6 to 1 to deny a petition calling for a recall election of a council member. The decision came at the ...

Man faces theft charge

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Darren Allen Dollen, 28, has been charged with theft, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. According to the complaint: On July 9, 2020, a Fairmont police officer received a report ...

Tire alignment, suspension are crucial

FAIRMONT—Car Parts Direct owner Jamie Johnson believes that spring car care is important to maintaining your vehicle. At Car Parts Direct, Johnson and his other workers perform services that will help maintain your vehicle after winter going into spring. Johnson stated that the Minnesota ...

Tour of Honor comes to Fairmont

FAIRMONT — Visitors to the Martin County Veterans Memorial (MCVM) will see a new sign up, courtesy of Visit Fairmont, welcoming riders of what is known as the Tour of Honor. A national event, the Tour of Honor is a summer-long motorcycle event that allows participants a chance to see the ...

FHS speech duo going to nationals

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont speech duo of Tabitha Thatcher and Isabell Geiger once again have qualified for the National Speech and Debate Association Tournament. The duo will participate in Nationals, which will be held virtually June 13-19. Fairmont High School co-speech coach Kathleen Walker ...

Coping with COVID: Red Rock Center

FAIRMONT — Executive Director of the Red Rock Center for the Arts Sonja Fortune described the process of the COVID-19 pandemic as exhausting and heartbreaking, but she still focused on the Red Rock Center’s goal of keeping a strong presence of the arts in the community. The Red Rock ...

Ceylon Fire Department thankful

CEYLON — Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Ceylon will celebrate Easter at their 5:30 p.m. service tonight, with communion. There will be no Easter meal or lunch. St. Peter Lutheran Church in Ceylon will have their Easter service at 9 a.m. on Sunday. The other Circle of Faith congregations ...

New art scholarship available

FAIRMONT — There’s a new scholarship available to assist Martin County high school seniors and previous graduates. Provided by the Martin County Preservation Association (MCPA), the scholarship is meant to help those students looking to further their education in the visual and performing ...

Rummage sale coming up soon

WELCOME — It’s April already, hope you didn’t get fooled too many times yesterday. Sunday is Easter. Circle of Faith congregations will have a Good Friday service 6:30 p.m. tonight at Trinity Lutheran Church in Welcome. On Easter the services will be 7 a.m. at Trinity in Welcome and First ...

North Union art to be displayed at Red Rock center

FAIRMONT — For the month of April, more than 100 pieces of art work done by students at North Union High School will be on display at the Red Rock Center for the Arts in Fairmont. North Union’s art program is led by J.D. Speltz, who will be retiring at the end of this school year. North ...

Geofencing campaign starts off strong

FAIRMONT — Fairmont Area Life previously started a geofencing campaign to recruit people to move to Fairmont and retain those people. This campaign efforts consist of talking about the work force, engaging young professionals, keeping them here once they arrive and talk about and brag about ...

Truman City Council to meet Monday

TRUMAN — St Paul’s Ev. Lutheran Church will be holding Maundy Thursday services and Holy Communion at 10 a.m. today and at 7 p.m. this evening. Their Tenebrae services will be held at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday. The Easter Vigil will be held 6:30 p.m. Saturday evening at Trinity Church, ...

Senior Place set to open in May

FAIRMONT— With the sale of the Senior Center building at 414 Downtown Plaza, City Administrator Cathy Reynolds said that the intent is to move the Senior Center concept to the Senior Place that will be located in room 127 in the SMEC building. The Senior Place will have handicapped ...

Chicago men charged with theft by swindle

FAIRMONT – Two Chicago, Illinois, men are facing felony charges in Martin County. Robert Jones, 65, has been charged with one count of theft by swindle. Frederick Vorter, 62, has been charged with one count of aiding and abetting theft by swindle. Both charges carry a maximum penalty of five ...

‘Gas for Grads’ award offered

FAIRMONT — In our busy society, it’s easy for many hardworking and caring individuals to go unnoticed. But that may be especially true of young people. Just setting out in the world, high school graduates can’t be blamed if they simply put all their effort into preparing for the future. ...

Man faces felony charge

FAIRMONT — A Truman man is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Troy Jay Larsen, 52, has been charged with one count of possession of ammo/any firearm after previously being convicted for a crime of violence. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 ...

Students celebrate music month

FAIRMONT — March is Music In Our Schools Month and Fairmont Elementary School has been celebrating all month long. Every student in the building, preschool through 6th grade, takes a general music class. Once they reach 3rd grade, they can choose whether or not they want to join choir and ...

Statues coming to Veterans Memorial

FAIRMONT — Phase one of the Martin County Veterans Memorial will soon be complete with the installation of four statues in front of the east side of the memorial wall, according to Chuck Mixson of the Martin County Veterans Committee. Mixson shares what the four statues will represent, as ...

School reunion, festival cancelled

CEYLON — Tomorrow is Palm Sunday and area churches have scheduled special services. St. Paul’s Lutheran in Wilbert will have their regular service at 9 a.m. (Please note the change in time from 9:30 a.m. that day). They will have a special confirmation service at 11 a.m. for the ...

Protecting lakes from pollution

FAIRMONT — Fairmont’s Director of Public Works and City Engineer Troy Nemmers wants the community and everyone to do their part in keeping pollution down in the lakes so that they can be preserved as resources. The lakes are used for numerous amount of recreational activities and that the ...