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Sherburn pool reopens

SHERBURN — Martin County West indoor swimming pool in Sherburn re-opened Monday with limited hours and activities. At present, there is no open swimming or pool rental for parties, etc. Adult fitness and aerobics swims will be held 6-7:30 a.m. and 5-6:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. ...

Fairmont sells disputed land to Habitat for Humanity

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont City Council on Monday upheld a verbal agreement to sell a city-owned lot at 512 N. Elm St. to Habitat for Humanity of Faribault and Martin Counties, despite two abutting property owners expressing interest in buying the lot. The 4-1 vote, with Wayne Hasek opposing ...

St. James man facing felony counts

FAIRMONT — A St. James man is facing felony charges in Martin County. Jose Arturo Sanchez, 30, has been charged with domestic assault and drug possession in the fifth degree. Both charges carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. According to the complaint: On ...

Opera House ready for musical events

FAIRMONT — Whether your taste leans toward classic rock, country, folk or current hits, two upcoming events, sponsored by the Fairmont Opera House, will satisfy your musical preference. A Tom Petty tribute band will take the stage at the Sylvania Park band shell at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 2, ...

Heading to Air Force Academy: Geerdes earns rare honor

Recent graduates of Fairmont High School are about to take different paths. Some will attend a two- or four-year college. Others will enter the workforce. And some will join the armed forces. Tyson Geerdes is one of the latter. He is heading for the U.S. Air Force Academy. Geerdes, son of ...

GHEC ready for grand march

GRANADA — While school may be out for the summer, students at Granada-Huntley-East Chain have a chance to enjoy an event they otherwise would have missed. Prom, at least a grand march, is still on the schedule for GHEC students who wish to participate. Principal Doug Storbeck and Assistant ...

Ceylon Community Day auction set

CEYLON — Just a reminder that today is the first official day of summer. Also, on Sunday, it’s Father’s Day, so let your dad know that you love him. Thanks to all those foster dads and stepdads who are like a father to our children. n Our Savior’s Lutheran Church will hold a 5:30 ...

Cobra lands at new home at Veterans memorial

FAIRMONT — On June 18, 2019, Steve Chase, a Fairmont native who now lives in the Twin Cities area, flew to California to make arrangements to transport a 1966 Bell Cobra helicopter from California to Fairmont. Exactly one year later, that same helicopter, now completely refurbished, was ...

Martin County libraries open doors again

FAIRMONT — Sitting at home for the past several months has been difficult for many Americans, who would rather be out and doing something productive. One of the time-honored ways to pass the time is to sit down with a good book. Whether it’s finding something new or revisiting a beloved ...

Welcome cleanup day coming up

WELCOME — Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Welcome Legion Auxiliary was not able to sell poppies this year. Selling poppies is a fundraiser for veterans. The Auxiliary would like to thank everyone for their past support, and if anyone would like to honor and support the veterans this ...

Opponents take aim at hog facility

BLUE EARTH — A hog facility scheduled to be built in Rome Township in Faribault County is still being opposed despite receiving a conditional use permit from county commissioners on May 19. Barbara Baker, who lives across the road from the site, asked commissioners to revoke the permit ...

Red Rock to host virtual open mic night

FAIRMONT — Red Rock Center for the Arts in Fairmont will hold a virtual open mic night Monday. Performers of all ages and talent can sign up to perform, and an online viewing will take place later in the week. Katie Koenning, a Red Rock board member and organizer for the event, said Red ...

In Martin, Faribault counties: Transit stays on the road

FAIRMONT — Prairie Lakes Transit has continued operations throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, at times trading actual riders for delivering meals and other essential goods. Transit director Jeremy Monahan discussed how the pandemic has affected ridership levels, and how transit employees have ...

Kayak rentals on hold this year in Fairmont

FAIRMONT — Kayak and paddleboard rentals, a popular amenity for water sports enthusiasts, will not be available in Fairmont this summer. The Fairmont Lakes Foundation, which originated the rental program, opted to suspend the program this summer because of the coronavirus pandemic. Sommer ...

Fate of Welcome school pending

SHERBURN — A special Martin County West School Board meeting has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to decide the fate of the Welcome school. The meeting will be held via teleconference. The link is on the school’s website. Hearing officer Steve Rutzick is considering all testimony ...

Truman to open pool July 1

TRUMAN — Friday is the day to fly flags at half staff to honor those we have lost to COVID-19. This is a request of Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and is slated for the 19th of each month through the end of 2020. n Happy Father’s Day to all those important people who have been there for you. ...

Martin County reopening park campsites

FAIRMONT — Martin County commissioners have approved allowing Cedar-Hansen and Perch Lake Parks to be open for camping as of today, with some modifications. No group camping will be allowed, meaning just one camper or tent per site. In addition, no new reservations for shelter houses for ...

Fairmont summer playground program adjusts

FAIRMONT — This year’s summer playground program, coordinated by Fairmont Community Education and Recreation, has taken on a new format because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Fairmont Park Board on Tuesday heard about the restyled program, which is sponsored annually by the ...

Blue Earth tackles housing issues

BLUE EARTH — Blue Earth City Council earlier this week held two public hearings related to houses in the city. One hearing concerned an empty house at 906 Valley Drive. The purpose was to discuss the existence of public nuisance conditions and City Code violations at the ...

Fairmont man facing felony counts

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man is facing multiple felony charges in Martin County. Alexander Sterling Johnson, 20, has been charged with three counts of criminal sexual conduct in the fourth degree. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. Johnson is ...