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Shepherd of the Lakes making a move

FAIRMONT — The congregation of Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church in Fairmont has long been preparing for a move that will increase the church’s visibility and accessibility, as well as meet its growing space needs. Fortunately, just such a location recently became available. The ...

GHEC tackles student cell phone use

GRANADA — Assistant Principal Taylor Topinka updated the Granada-Huntley-East Chain School Board on Thursday on a new practice concerning students and cell phone use. “After we came back from Christmas break, one modification that Mr. Storbeck and I put in place here at the middle school ...

Townships to hold votes

WELCOME — Welcome Legion and Sons of the Legion groups will meet 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Welcome Legion. All members are urged to attend. n Tuesday is the last day to file affidavits of candidacy for township elections. Fraser Township should contact Rita Garbers. Rolling Green ...

Fairmont plans $10M public works building

FAIRMONT — A new public works building for the city of Fairmont is on the agenda for construction this year, but the proposed $10 million project has been under development for several years. The existing building at 411 E. Margaret St. has served the city for more than 50 years, at least ...

Weigh-Tronix founder Bradley created, cared

Richard “Dick” Bradley was an ingenious innovator who left a lasting legacy in Fairmont through what is known today as Avery Weigh-Tronix. But the incredible effect he had locally was only one part of an amazing, creative life that even included a harrowing escape from death. That ...

Elmore mayor joins 23A race

ELMORE — Elmore Mayor Bjorn Olson has entered the race to replace state Rep. Bob Gunther, R-Fairmont, who will retire in 2021. “We need a representative who can passionately represent all of us down here in south-central Minnesota,” Olson said in a press release. “As a father and ...

Pair charged with drug counts

FAIRMONT — A Truman man and woman are facing multiple felony charges in Martin County. Jeffery Lee Heitz, 57, and Leeann Shendel Kroc, 35, have each been charged with the sale of narcotics in the third degree, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. They ...

Subs support post-prom

TRUMAN — Order your sub sandwiches by Jan. 31 to support the after-prom party fundraiser. The sandwiches are made with a 10- to 12-inch poor boy bun, layered with sliced ham, turkey, American and Swiss cheese. They come with lettuce and mayo, so they freeze well. Place your order with a ...

Welcome weighing decision on property

WELCOME — A citizen asked the Welcome City Council this week about the status of a house at Dugan and Fifth Street. Officials explained there will be soon be a meeting with the owner and the city will decide which option to take — demolition or a sale to the city. In other business, ...

Rochester man facing felony counts

FAIRMONT — A Rochester man is facing felony charges in Martin County. Ryan Patrick Bartz, 37, has been charged with violating a no contact order and domestic abuse. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. According to the complaint: On Dec. 25, ...

Martin Co. tables decision on resettlement consent

FAIRMONT — Martin County commissioners again discussed the topic of refugee resettlement consent Tuesday. On Sept. 26, President Trump issued an executive order requiring state and local governments to provide written consent to the federal government before refugees can be resettled in ...

Blue Earth gets projects update

BLUE EARTH — Blue Earth City Council this week received an update from City Engineer Wes Brown, who discussed several projects. These include the new housing development, the 13th and Moore Street project, and the 2020 Leland Parkway project. Brown said the final closeout has been ...

Faribault Co. board elects new chairman

BLUE EARTH — Faribault County commissioners on Tuesday elected a new chairman and vice chairman for 2020. Tom Warmka was elected chairman while John Roper will be vice chairman. In other business, Public Works director Mark Daly brought the Joint Powers Agreement between the city of ...

Fairmont man facing felony charge

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Dakota Joseph Haegeman, 25, 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 Dec. 31, Fairmont ...

Panel gives OK to rezoning

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Planning Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved the rezoning of 924 Lake Ave. from its current heavy industrial classification to general business. Adam Garbers, owner of Fairmont National Insurance, submitted a rezoning application for the property, intending ...

Martin Co. West students earn awards

SHERBURN — A CREST Lunch and Learn will be held 11 a.m. today at the Senior Citizens Center in Sherburn. The program will take a look at the 2020 census. Following the presentation, a soup and sandwich lunch will be served. Donations for the lunch are always welcome. Anyone in the area ...

Sherburn rejects business plan

SHERBURN — Sherburn City Council has rejected a proposal that would have created a new business at a former church at 321 Lake St. Kay Ebeling and Amber Singleton wanted to acquire the site and open Highway 4 Thrift and Craft. The council would like to make the property available for ...

Domino’s Pizza plans March opening in Fairmont

FAIRMONT — Domino’s Pizza soon will be opening in Fairmont. Franchise owner Ryan Hawkins of Coon Rapids plans to open the store on March 16 at 117 Downtown Plaza, the former Krisma Counseling building. “In a town like Fairmont, I think it’s crucial to be in the downtown area. It’s ...

Report: Man assaulted deputy

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man is facing a felony charge for allegedly assaulting a sheriff’s deputy. Anthony Brian McAllister, 50, has been charged in Martin County with assault of a peace officer in the fourth degree, which carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a $6,000 ...

Legislative session’s focus will be surplus

FAIRMONT — The Minnesota Legislature will go into its 2020 legislative session with a nice problem to have: how to utilize a projected $1.5 billion budget surplus. State Rep. Bob Gunther, R-Fairmont, hopes the situation translates into tax relief for Minnesotans, but he anticipates some ...