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Truck wash stirs concerns

SHERBURN — Sherburn City Council this week heard from home owners along Swanson Drive concerned about a planned truck wash on the northwest edge of the city. The council approved initiating a process to annex 10.74 acres where the truck wash would be located. The truck wash investors ...

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Noll elected vice chair/treasurer EDEN PRAIRIE — The Minnesota Bankers Association recently elected Andy Noll, president of First Farmers & Merchants Bank in Fairmont, as its 2019-2020 vice chairman/treasurer. Noll formerly served a three-year term on the MBA board of directors ...

Blue Earth takes aim at jake braking

BLUE EARTH — Truckers driving through Blue Earth, especially on Highway 169, will have to curtail their use of “jake braking” in the future. The Blue Earth City Council passed a resolution at its meeting Monday that puts into motion a request to the Minnesota Department of ...

Truman eyeing tree dump site

TRUMAN — Truman City Council members on Monday again spoke with Larry Krenz, owner of the tree dump site. Several months ago, Krenz had asked the council if it would be interested in purchasing the dump from him. The city has been renting it from Krenz for $1,000 each year. The entire ...

Fairmont man faces felony counts

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man is facing felony charges in Martin County. Justin Phillip Crowe, 31, has been charged with two counts of domestic assault, each of which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. According to the complaint, on June 23, Fairmont police ...

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Sen. Rosen applauds bill signing ST. PAUL — State Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Vernon Center, is touting state legislation signed Monday by Gov. Tim Walz. The new law creates a state opiate epidemic response account. Rosen was the chief author of the bill. “Today is a great day for those ...

Empowering kids: Program promotes local produce

FAIRMONT — Adults understand the joy of biting into vegetables fresh from the garden, but kids — well, not so much, but Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont and Rural Advantage have joined forces to change that. Their joint program, called the Power of Produce, enables children ages 4-12 ...

Martin County Veterans Memorial lands a major find

FAIRMONT — The clock is ticking for the Martin County Veterans Memorial committee to get the recently acquired Vietnam-era Cobra helicopter restored and on display at its commemorative site at 507 Winnebago Ave. in Fairmont. “The government contract says it must be on public display in ...

Interlaken Golf Club in Fairmont marks 100 years

Interlaken Golf Club in Fairmont has hit an important milestone as it celebrates its 100th year of operation this year. To commemorate the event, there will be a three-day centennial celebration from July 12-14. A member of the club, Van DeWar, and clubhouse manager Micaela Ellefson discussed ...

Tietje, Schmidt relish new roles at Fairmont Area Schools

FAIRMONT — Fairmont High School will see a number of new faculty and staff at the start of the 2019-20 school year. However, two faces won’t be new but familiar. Fairmont graduates Jake Tietje and Alex Schmidt are stepping into the role of co-principals at the high school. Tietje and ...

Fairmont Area teacher in running for national award

FAIRMONT — Long-time Fairmont Area Schools teacher Bob Bonin is in the running for the National Rural Teacher of the Year award. Last school year, Bonin was named a Minnesota Educator of Excellence by the Minnesota Rural Education Association. He was one of just four teachers in the state ...

Ceylon Summerfest set for today

CEYLON — Ceylon Summerfest will be held today. The vendor fair, silent auction and classic car show run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Main Street. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Live music by Bordertown is from noon to 2 p.m. The parade will begin at 4 p.m., with lineup at 2:30 p.m. by ...

Program at Fairmont Elementary offering a boost to ELL students

Fairmont Elementary School is offering its young English Language Learners the opportunity to get some extra help over the summer. This is the first year the school has offered a summer language immersion program, led by a group of teachers working toward getting their ELL licenses. There ...

Blood drive coming up

WELCOME — Martin County Relay For Life will be 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the Martin County Fairgrounds. There are many things going on during the relay: opening ceremonies; survivor ceremonies; silent auction and live auction; meal; caregiver walk; bands; games; campsites; walking ...

Woman facing felony count

FAIRMONT — A St. James woman is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Heidi Louise Thomas, 33, 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 June 8, a deputy with ...

Man allegedly stole medication

FAIRMONT — A Swea City, Iowa, man is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Brandon Scott Bartolo, 31, 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 May 29, 2019, an officer with the Fairmont ...

Annie Oakley Fun Shoot set for Sunday

TRUMAN — 2019 Jaguar football team camp for varsity and junior varsity players is being held 4-6 p.m. on July 22-25. The fee is $30 and all players will receive a camp shirt and four days of instruction. Register by Monday to senfb@truman.k12.mn.us with your name, shirt size, grade in fall of ...

Pollinators are important to the future

The “save the bees” movement has been fairly popular over the last few years. While many people have mixed feeling about bees, it’s undeniable that they are important little creatures. According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, pollinators play a critical role in ...

County Relay for Life will be held Saturday

SHERBURN — An open house is being held today at Bank Midwest for John Tirevold who is retiring after 42 years of dedicated service to our local bank. The public is invited to stop by for cupcakes and refreshments from 1-4 p.m. and to wish John the best in whatever the future holds for him and ...

Discord on Fairmont City Council continues

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont City Council spent 2 hours and 21 minutes in a closed session Monday to evaluate the job performance of City Administrator Mike Humpal. Although Councilman Randy Lubenow had pushed to adjust the agenda to include a summary of the evaluation and a resolution ...