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Youth Foundation awards grants

FAIRMONT — Martin County Youth Foundation recently held its Donor Recognition and Awards Presentation. Grants totaling $13,250 were awarded to 12 organizations or projects. They are: o Project 1590, $1,000, Science, technology, engineering and math activity camps. o Minnesota Ag in the ...

Dunnell man facing felony theft charge

FAIRMONT — A Dunnell man is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Erik Vaughn Godwin, 39, has been charged with theft, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. According to the complaint: On Sept. 15, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office received a ...

Man facing felony count

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Tederian Charles Hughes, 36, has been charged with drug possession in the fifth degree, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,00 fine. According to the complaint: On Nov. 2, the Fairmont ...

Blood drive set for Monday in Truman

TRUMAN — Lewisville firefighters’ 81st annual feather party is Friday evening. The doors will open at 7 p.m. at the fire hall. Everybody can come and have fun. Firefighters with badges are admitted for free. Funds generated will be used for the operation of the Lewisville Fire ...

Housing tax abatement revived in Fairmont

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Economic Development Authority earlier this week resurrected the subject of tax abatement to spur the development of multi-family housing in the city. The board unanimously approved a citywide 10-year property tax abatement program Aug. 12, but when the issue came up ...

Klobuchar staff meets with veterans

FAIRMONT — Members of U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s staff visited the Martin County Library in Fairmont on Tuesday to hold a discussion with the public about veterans services. Also present were representatives from the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, county Veterans Service offices ...

In Martin County: Anti-invasives plan OK’d

FAIRMONT — Martin County commissioners on Tuesday heard from Dustin Benes of the Martin Soil and Water Conservation District. He provided an update on the Aquatic Invasive Species prevention plan, which the board approved for 2020. Benes shared the how and why behind the request, as well as ...

Faribault County eyeing bridge trouble

BLUE EARTH — “I know this news is a little old, but we had to close the bridge on 165th Street,” Public Works director Mark Daly told Faribault County commissioners Tuesday. The bridge is located south and east of Huntley and spans Center Creek. “During a routine safety ...

Sherburn OKs ordinance

SHERBURN — Sherburn City Council has approved an ordinance related to unlicensed, unregistered or inoperable motor vehicles. During discussion, a question was raised about boats, pull-behind campers and other junk falling under the ordinance. The council tabled those provisions for more ...

Grandparents Day coming soon

SHERBURN — Grilled burgers will be served 6-8 p.m. tonight at the Sherburn American Legion. Everyone is welcome. n An informational meeting for Martin County West seniors and their parents will begin 7 p.m. tonight in the computer lab at the high school in Sherburn. The scholarship ...

Martin Co. West board receives update

SHERBURN — Martin County West School Board this week heard a presentation from Abbey Smith entitled “World’s Best Workforce – Together Towards Tomorrow.” She explained some of the results of student proficiency tests in the district, noting that reading, science and math proficiency ...

Fairmont legal counsel bids fall flat

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont City Council work session held Monday to view proposals from law firms seeking a contract as the city’s legal counsel for civil matters failed to produce a consensus, and sent the whole process back to the drawing board. During work sessions, the council does not ...

Blue Earth plans work on Sailor Street

BLUE EARTH — While the North Sailor Street reconstruction project did not quite get completed in 2019, the Blue Earth City Council on Monday put in motion plans for the second half of the project next year. The council voted to accept a feasibility study for the 2020 South Sailor Street ...

Expo Center break-in leads to charges

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man is facing felony charges in Martin County stemming from burglaries that took place in October at the I-90 Expo Center near Sherburn. Chad Allan Mekosch, 44, has been charged with theft, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $100,000 fine. He ...

Truman ready to woo Kwik Trip

TRUMAN — Truman City Council on Monday heard from Patty Truax, a resident, who shared her desire to bring a Kwik Trip to the city. Truax said she has been working on attracting a Kwik Trip for quite some time. She recently went to a convention with her daughter, who works for the ...

Fire sparks felony charge

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Brent Neil Shaikoski, 38, has been charged with negligent fires, which carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a $5,000 fine. According to the complaint: On April 3, a Sherburn/Welcome police officer ...

Fairmont talks budget process

FAIRMONT — The final installment of the 2019 “Saturday Morning With the City” conversation series brought up questions about Fairmont’s 2020 budget, trains blocking the roadways, snow removal, street construction, the tree dump and the city’s leaf pickup. The events offer Fairmont ...

Fairmont City Council, Humpal part ways

FAIRMONT — At a special meeting Friday, the Fairmont City Council approved a separation and release agreement between the city and Mike Humpal, city administrator, by the group’s frequent 3-2 margin. The decision was made following an 18-minute closed session. Council member Randy Lubenow ...

With first evening class: Fairmont Area gets a bright idea

FAIRMONT — Fairmont High School is offering an evening class to its students for the first time this semester. The class — electricity and magnetism — is taught by Louise Ostlie. The school has previously offered a welding class during the summer and on Saturdays during the winter. But ...

In wake of referendum defeat, Blue Earth Area seeks solutions

BLUE EARTH — The Blue Earth Area School Board met Thursday for the first time since an operating levy referendum was narrowly defeated by voters on Nov. 5. The measure was voted down, 756-721, a difference of 35 votes. Had it passed, it would have brought in an additional $900 per pupil ...