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Martin County has 4 COVID-19 cases

FAIRMONT — The number of COVID-19 cases in Martin County has increased to four, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. This is up from two earlier in the week. Tim Langer, public health sanitarian for Martin and Faribault counties, said Friday it is his understanding that two of ...

School makes shift in meal plan

FAIRMONT — Area organizations continue to provide updates and changes to schedules to protect the health and safety of the public because of the COVID-19 outbreak. They include: Fairmont Area Schools The school district says the student meal drop-off program will operate differently next ...

Fairmont man charged with 3 felonies

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man is facing multiple felony charges in Martin County. Denetrius Demar Washington, 42, has been charged with possession of ammunition after having been previously convicted of a crime of violence, which carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 ...

Area schools offer food sites for children

WELCOME — Most of the news for this column is what’s not scheduled now because of the coronavirus situation. n A cribbage tournament to be held Saturday at the Legion in Welcome has been cancelled. They will continue the tournament in November. Thank you to all those who attended ...

Officials: Martin County has 2 COVID-19 cases

FAIRMONT — The Minnesota Department of Health has confirmed two presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Martin County. One involves an individual in their 60s and the other in their 50s. According to the Centers for Disease Control, a presumptive positive case means a patient has tested ...

Martin County declares emergency

FAIRMONT — Martin County commissioners met in an emergency session Wednesday to take action in response to the ever-evolving impact of COVID-19. Commissioners approved and signed an emergency disaster declaration and took measures to provide protection for county workers. Emergency ...

Sentinel, city of Fairmont, Chamber alter operations

FAIRMONT — Given the ever-changing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, area organizations continue to make changes to protect the health and safety of the community. The updates include: Sentinel The Sentinel is implementing temporary changes to operations effective 8 a.m. today. The ...

Blue Earth council discusses outbreak

BLUE EARTH — Blue Earth’s City Council this week discussed the procedures that the federal government and Minnesota have adopted to curb the spread of COVID-19. “The state has mandated us to shut down a lot of our local businesses and our fitness center; this will cut down on some ...

Scrap booking event scheduled

TRUMAN — Listen to KNUJ AM 860 at 3:15 p.m. Monday for “Truman Time.” Mayor Lynn Brownlee will give us an update on news from our town. n Bob and Dianne Mennen will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary next weekend. They were married March 28, 1970, in Fairmont. Cards can reach ...

Welcome opts to close City Hall

WELCOME — Welcome City Council has approved closing City Hall to the public during the coronavirus pandemic. Calls or emails can be made to contact the city clerk. City Council meetings will be conducted via email or teleconference. In other business, council members discussed placing ...

Martin County officials respond to pandemic

FAIRMONT — Martin County commissioners heard from Emergency Management director Abigail Nesbit and Faribault and Martin County Public Health sanitarian Tim Langer on Tuesday. The pair provided a brief update on the COVID-19 virus situation in the county. “The Minnesota Department of ...

Mayo, UHD, city of Fairmont limiting public access

FAIRMONT — In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many area organizations say they are making changes to protect the health and safety of the public, as well as to respond to economic change. Mayo In a press release, Mayo states it has evaluated the readiness of its facilities, personnel, ...

City of Fairmont narrows attorney choices

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont City Council has selected three law firms for further interviews for the city’s permanent civil attorney. The council voted unanimously this week to notify the firm of Smith, Tollefson, Rahrick & Cass of Owatonna; the firm of Christian, Keogh, Moran & King ...

Faribault County backs gun rights

BLUE EARTH — Faribault County commissioners have approved a resolution in support of the Second Amendment right to bear arms. Brenda Baldwin appeared before the board this week representing a group of concerned citizens who had collected 668 signatures on a petition for a resolution to ...

Martin Co. West board studies Welcome site

WELCOME — Martin County West School Board met at the Welcome School building this week to continue considering the future of the site. The board heard a presentation from former gymnastics coach Leeann Steen about the use of the building by the gymnastics program. The number of students ...

Many Sherburn events cancelled

SHERBURN — As most of you are aware by now, nearly all events and activities have been cancelled or postponed for the next couple of weeks. School, school events, church services and many other activities have all been put on hold. If you have been planning to attend an event, it might be ...

Fairmont area community partners respond to virus

FAIRMONT — A press conference Monday, organized by Martin County Emergency Management director Abigail Nesbit, brought together community partners in the Fairmont area to discuss efforts regarding the COVID-19 outbreak and public safety. Kicking off the conference was Dr. Marie Morris, ...

Prairie Lakes Transit remains on road

FAIRMONT — During a press conference Monday at the Martin County Courthouse, Prairie Lakes Transit director Jeremy Monahan said the local public transit system will remain up and running until he hears otherwise. “We’re waiting for guidance from the Minnesota Department of Transportation ...

COVID-19 pandemic: Fairmont council gets updates

FAIRMONT — “This is the time to do something. It’s better to do something even if nothing happens.” Those were the words of advice Abigail Nesbit, Martin County emergency management director, told the Fairmont City Council at a special meeting Monday. The council received updates from ...

Area postponements start to pile up

FAIRMONT — As the area continues to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak, many local governments, businesses and organizations are being forced to cancel or postpone upcoming events. They include: o The Fairmont Opera House has immediately postponed and cancelled all upcoming events until ...