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Blue Earth council weighs property repurchase request

BLUE EARTH — The matter of a property that Bruce Stensland has been trying to repurchase from Faribault County came up again at the Blue Earth City Council meeting this week. Stensland appeared before the council to ask its members to rescind their objection to him repurchasing the site, ...

Ceylon studies uses for virus relief funds

CEYLON — The city of Ceylon is still contemplating how to use $24,465 in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act funds. The money must be used in connection with the pandemic, and related to loss of income or expenses from circumstances. Two grinder pumps to aid in the ...

Sherburn wants low tax hike in 2021 budget

SHERBURN — Sherburn City Council this week continued its discussion of the preliminary 2021 city budget. The council would like to keep the property tax levy increase low, or even at zero percent. However, the city may first submit a preliminary budget at a higher percentage because it can ...

South Dakota woman charged in Martin County

FAIRMONT — A Dell Rapids, South Dakota, woman is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Shawn Marie Flatebo, 33, has been charged with burglary in the second degree, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. According to the complaint: At 8:42 p.m. July ...

Fairmont woman facing felony counts

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont woman is facing felony charges in Martin County. Crystal Ann Somnis, 38, has been charged with assault with a dangerous weapon in the second degree, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. Somnis also is charged with assault in the ...

Burger bash scheduled in Lewisville

TRUMAN — Wishing Lorraine Michalke a belated 93rd birthday which was Wednesday. Cards can be sent to Lorraine at: 818 E. Second St. N., Truman, MN 56088. n Lewisville Fire Fighting Company is having a drive-and-go burger bash from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Lewisville Fire Hall. ...

Fairmont Area finds distance-learning hiccups

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Area School Board on Tuesday heard from Superintendent Joe Brown, who reported the first day of school went well overall, but he also noted some hiccups in regard to distance learning. “I spent about four hours at the high school today just visiting classrooms and ...

Martin Co. West school year begins

SHERBURN — The school year at Martin County West is officially underway. Students in grades 7-12 began Tuesday, and students in grades K-6 will start Thursday. Students and staff will see each other in school and in-person for the first time in nearly six months. Everyone will be ...

Red Rock ready to present concerts

Summer has turned the final corner and is beginning to fade into the background. With that in mind, Red Rock Center for the Arts in Fairmont is getting ready to kick off a new season this week. Director Sonja Fortune discussed some of the events people can look forward to. Things begin at ...

New memorial to be dedicated in East Chain

EAST CHAIN — The East Chain Memorial Day Association will dedicate its new veterans memorial monument today. The event will take place at 10 a.m. at Wolter Park in East Chain. Moby Whitman, treasurer of the association, said the group also will hold a delayed Memorial Day celebration, which ...

In rural Fairmont: Orchards offer taste of autumn

Fall is quickly approaching and the new season will offer a different set of activities. What better way to celebrate than by visiting a local apple orchard? Center Creek Orchard, located southeast of Fairmont at 663 254th Ave., opens for the season today. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Gordy ...

Rural Winnebago party caused many problems

WINNEBAGO — A large party on a farm southeast of Winnebago was raided recently by law enforcement officials. The party, referred to as a “gathering” at a recent Blue Earth Area School Board meeting, resulted in numerous arrests and citations; an uptick of coronavirus cases locally; and ...

Ceylon City Council meets Tuesday

CEYLON — Monday is Labor Day. Have a fun and safe holiday. Some businesses may be closed. And don’t go to the mailbox. n Ceylon City Council will meet 6 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall. There is always a time for public comments/questions at the beginning of each meeting. No prior ...

Martin County District 2 candidates debate

FAIRMONT — Four candidates are running to fill the Martin County District 2 seat left vacant by the passing of Tom Mahoney Jr. Dan Geronsin, Kyle Gustafson, Jamie Bleess and James Forshee had a chance to answer questions Thursday at a public forum conducted by the Fairmont Area Chamber of ...

Belgard, Buhmann seek District 1 seat

FAIRMONT — Incumbent Elliot Belgard and challenger Brad Buhmann gave their thoughts on issues concerning Martin County at a public forum Thursday evening. The pair are seeking the District 1 commissioner seat. Asked how to limit taxes for Martin County residents, Buhmann believes the issue ...

Blood drives slated in Fairmont area

WELCOME — Monday is Labor Day so you may want to check to make sure any business you plan to visit is open. n Good luck to all the students going back to school. Drivers: Please watch carefully for them and the buses that transport them. n Red Cross blood drives will be held in the ...

City of Welcome acts on housing project

WELCOME — The city of Welcome is moving forward with plans to add eight rental housing units to the community. The City Council this week held a public hearing on the matter while the Economic Development Authority gave preliminary approval of the sale of bonds not to exceed $1.5 ...

Fairmont police: Sex offender charged

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Steven Theodore Rummens, 39, has been charged with two counts of knowingly violating registration requirements as a predatory offender. The charges each carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 ...

Fairmont man facing felony counts

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man is facing felony charges in Martin County. Denetrius Demar Washington, 42, has been charged with possession of ammunition and a firearm after having previously convicted of a crime of violence. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a ...

Truman garage sales coming soon

TRUMAN — Labor Day is Monday, with all government offices closed. It is a day to show appreciation for the dedicated workers who make an impact on our lives every day. Every one of you is appreciated. n Truman City Council will meet 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. The change is because of Labor ...