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Bourbon, Brew and BBQ to help fund new amenity

FAIRMONT — The second annual Bourbon, Brew and BBQ is set for Saturday night at the Martin County Fairgrounds. Proceeds from the event will go to the accessible Adventure Playground at Gomsrud Park. Hours are 6-10:30 p.m. in the rustic setting of the fairgrounds sheep barn. The evening ...

Police: Man threatened County Attorney

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man is facing felony charges in Martin County after allegedly threatening the County Attorney. Bradley Steven Post, 56, has been charged with one count of terroristic threats and one count of harassment. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and ...

Truman seeking EMTs

TRUMAN — A benefit for Holly Brummond will be held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Truman. Holly is the wife of John, mother of Ainsley, and daughter-in-law of Roxy Brummond. Funds will help offset expenses and loss of income. n Truman City Council ...

Duo face felony counts

FAIRMONT — A homeless man and a Jackson woman are facing felony charges in Martin County. Johnathan Douglas Oldenkamp, 27, and Kimberley Jo Howell, 28, have each been charged with two counts of drug possession in the fifth degree. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in ...

Martin County eyeing Justice Center site

FAIRMONT — Martin County commissioners on Tuesday briefly discussed a possible location for a proposed Justice Center. The board approved a motion to write a letter to the County Auditor requesting four tax-forfeited parcels of land near the Fairmont liquor store off Highway 15 be withheld ...

Alzheimer’s expert plans talks in Fairmont

FAIRMONT — Alzheimer’s disease is still on the rise, with an estimated 94,000 Minnesotans affected by it or another form of dementia. On Oct. 15, Dr. Joseph Gaugler, an expert on Alzheimer’s, will be in Fairmont to give presentations at Fairmont Evangelical Covenant Church. Times are 11 ...

Feehan: He’s running again

NORTH MANKATO — Democrat Dan Feehan thinks it’s worth another shot. Who can blame him? Feehan on Tuesday announced he will challenge first-term Congressman Jim Hagedorn of southern Minnesota in 2020. Feehan lost to Hagedorn in 2018 by just 1,300 votes, out of 290,000 cast. “As a ...

Fairmont zoning panel OKs variances

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Board of Zoning Appeals unanimously approved two variance requests Tuesday, clearing the way for a business sign and a residential garage expansion. Vonnie Cone, property owner of 1007 E. 10th Street, requested a variance to install a sign for Buchan Bremer Crop ...

Faribault County public works projects advance

BLUE EARTH — With fall here and winter approaching, Faribault County commissioners received some good news Tuesday concerning road and bridge projects from Mark Daly, the county’s public works director. “We are wrapping up work on most of the road projects,” he said. “County Road ...

Homecoming events set

SHERBURN — Don’t forget hamburger night at the Sherburn American Legion. Grilled burgers will be served from 6-8 p.m. All are welcome. n A CREST “Lunch and Learn” event featuring the versatile pumpkin will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Senior Citizens Center in Sherburn. Following ...

Fairmont council hires new firm to probe City Hall

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont City Council met Monday for the sole purpose of selecting a new investigator to delve into city staff’s awareness of criminal cases allowed to expire under the statute of limitations during the tenure of former City Attorney Elizabeth Bloomquist. The investigator ...

Pair facing felony counts

FAIRMONT — A Truman man and woman are facing felony charges in Martin County. Jason Lee Martin, 31, and Amber Lynn Sathoff, 35, have each been charged with possession of stolen property, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Both are also charged ...

Man faces felony drug count

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Mario Jovan Neither, 34, 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 Feb. 26, the Fairmont ...

Hagedorn backs workforce training

FAIRMONT — A recurrent theme about economic life in the United States and Minnesota these days is that while the jobless rate is low, many workers lack the training they need to get jobs that businesses are trying to fill. This hurts the businesses and the workers, who may be foregoing ...

Martin County Library in Fairmont marking 50 years

The Martin County Library in Fairmont will mark a special occasion as it turns 50 years old on Oct. 11. Construction of the building began in 1968 on the site of the former Carnegie Library. The $440,000 building has been a mainstay in the community, withstanding and adapting to technological ...

Deputy takes on new role at GHEC

GRANADA — In addition to a new superintendent and principal this year, Granada-Huntley-East Chain has a school resource officer for the first time. Deputy Chris Gerhardt of the Martin County Sheriff’s Office serves in the role. A native of Fairmont, he has been with the Sheriff’s Office ...

Coffee hours wrapping up in Ceylon

CEYLON — Tuesday coffee hours for October will be held 8:30-10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Sherburn. October is the last month for these coffee hours until April 2020. Join friends and neighbors for a morning of good brew and fellowship. Also, Ceylon’s coffee lovers ...

Swea City hit by storm, recovering

SWEA CITY — Kossuth County Emergency Management is reporting that cleanup in Swea City has concluded following a violent wind storm that swept through earlier this week. According to the agency: The storm struck about 6:20 p.m. Tuesday. Swea City saw sustained winds of 75 mph, with ...

Granada woman makes miracle return

FAIRMONT — Granada resident Carol Spear will take part in the TCO Vikings 5K at the Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center on Sunday. It will mark her return after a tumultuous couple of years involving a near-death experience. Having recently shared her story with the Minnesota ...

Gardner bringing story of ‘Happyness’

FAIRMONT — In a world seemingly filled with divisiveness and negativity, Sweet Financial Services of Fairmont is offering an uplifting respite to local residents at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Fairmont High School auditorium. Chris Gardner, whose best-selling autobiography, “The Pursuit of ...