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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 ...

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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 ...

Martin County 4-H move to fairgrounds OK’d

FAIRMONT — Martin County commissioners have approved a lease agreement with the Martin County Fair for office space at the fairgrounds for the 4-H program. The lease, set at $6,000 annually for a five-year period, cements a plan that has been in progress since December. County 4-H ...

Fairmont slates open house on Lake Avenue work

FAIRMONT — Fairmont residents will have the opportunity to express their thoughts and concerns about the upcoming Lake Avenue construction project at an open house from 5-7 p.m. Thursday in council chambers at City Hall. Although the project is included in this year’s street improvement ...

Fairmont School Board ratifies insurance switch

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont School Board on Tuesday approved changing the district’s health insurance from Blue Cross Blue Shield to PEIP (Public Employee Insurance Plan) starting July 1. The change comes following news that Blue Cross Blue Shield was going to increase insurance rates by 32 ...

Faribault County gets good news on bridges

BLUE EARTH — Faribault County commissioners have received some good news regarding bridges in the county. Two months ago, Mark Daly, the county’s Public Works director, informed the board that seven bridges would be going from legal weights, which they had been for the last 30 years, ...

Sherburn ups fee for ambulance, fire calls

SHERBURN — The Sherburn City Council this week discussed the city contribution to the Fire Department Relief Association. The council approved increasing the ambulance and fire call fee by $50, which will boost revenue to the relief fund. The council also approved contributing 6 percent ...

It’s citywide cleanup week

SHERBURN — A community spaghetti supper will be served 5-6 p.m. tonight at the Regional Worship Center in Sherburn. A donation will be accepted for the meal. The public is invited. n Martin County West grades 7-12 will perform 7:30 p.m. Thursday in their spring choir concert. The concert ...

Fairmont City Councilman Tom Hawkins could face recall vote

FAIRMONT — A committee of Fairmont citizens has filed the necessary papers at City Hall to initiate a recall election of Tom Hawkins, Fairmont councilman at-large, stating his recent actions constitute “an abuse of power.” The petition is referring to Hawkins initiating efforts to ...

Blue Earth OKs added outlay

BLUE EARTH — Blue Earth City Council had an unexpected expense issue to deal with Monday. The council learned there was a heavier toll taken on the roadways around the Blue Earth Wastewater Treatment Plant reconstruction project than what had been planned for, and it will end up costing ...

Truman may buy dump site

TRUMAN — The Truman City Council on Monday heard from Larry Krenz, owner of the tree dump site. The city has been leasing the land from Krenz but the deal expires June 1 and he is considering getting it off his shoulders altogether. He asked if the city would be interested in purchasing ...

Man faces felony count

FAIRMONT — A Welcome man is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Jacob Andersen Loughmiller, 20, 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 report: On Aug. 27, a Fairmont ...

Inmate charged with felony

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Barrie Allen Skweres, 54, 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 April 26, a deputy with ...

Wollastons make historic visit to Fairmont

Richard and Catherine Wollaston of Essex, England, spent the weekend in Fairmont, a community they felt compelled to visit after learning Richard’s great-grandfather, Percy Wollaston, was the city’s first mayor. Their journey began 15 months ago, in February 2018, when they were driving ...

ProStart offers opportunities at Fairmont High School

Next school year, Fairmont High School will offer its students the opportunity to join ProStart, a nationwide program that develops the best and brightest talent into tomorrow’s restaurant and food service leaders. High School FACS instructor Jeanne Garbers-Walden will teach the ...