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Fairmont man, 72, dies in grain bin

FAIRMONT — A 72-year-old Fairmont man was killed in a grain bin accident earlier this week. According to the Martin County Sheriff’s Office: At 4:36 p.m. Wednesday, sheriff’s deputies, Fairmont Fire Department and Mayo Clinic Ambulance were dispatched to rural Fairmont on a call about ...

Churches cancel services because of virus

CEYLON — As of this writing, Circle of Faith parishes are planning to hold in-person worship services. St. Peter Lutheran Church in Ceylon has an 8:30 a.m. service Sunday as does Waverly Lutheran Church, north of Welcome. Trinity Lutheran Church in Welcome has its Sunday service at 10:30 ...

Fairmont student joins state Youth Council

FAIRMONT — Kaycie Brookens, a junior at Fairmont High School, is the newest addition to the Minnesota Youth Council. The council is a collaboration of youth and adults who work together to empower and mobilize young people across the state to exercise their voices and take action on issues ...

Dunnell man faces drug counts

FAIRMONT — A Dunnell man is facing felony charges in Martin County. Justin Thomas Keodouangdy, 40, has been charged with drug possession in the first degree, which carries a maximum charge of 40 years in prison and a $1 million fine. He is also charged with drug possession in the second ...

Relay for Life ceremony cancelled

WELCOME — Relay for Life drive through luminaria ceremony that was originally scheduled for Saturday has been cancelled due to a spike in positive COVID-19 tests in Martin County. The decision was made due to the fact that the Relay for Life committee wants to keep the survivors, family, and ...

Martin County West adjusts to pandemic

SHERBURN — The Martin County West School Board this week received updates on how the district is coping with the coronavirus pandemic. Superintendent Allison Schmidt reported that health and safety procedures are going well, with everyone wearing face coverings and extra sanitation being ...

Woman facing drug charge

FAIRMONT — A Stewartville woman is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Maggie Marie McDonald, 19, has been charged with drug possession in the third degree, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. According to the complaint: At 10:47 a.m. Aug. 19, ...

Agriculture loans available

TRUMAN — This week is National Farm Safety and Health week. Thank you for providing us with our food, as every farmer counts. n Many loans available from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture Rural Finance Authority are now available at even lower interest rates. Minnesota Management ...

Fairmont Area Schools switches learning model

FAIRMONT — Only days after all public high schools in Martin County announced a switch to hybrid learning, Fairmont Area Schools on Tuesday opted to go to full distance learning, effective today. Meanwhile, elementary students will move to an alternate hybrid learning model as of Monday. ...

Martin County virus cases surge

FAIRMONT — There has been a steep increase in positive COVID-19 cases in Martin County over the last couple of days. Chera Sevcik, executive director of Health and Human Services of Faribault and Martin Counties, discussed some of the numbers Tuesday, and how local health officials are ...

Blue Earth proposed levy hike: 12.3%

BLUE EARTH — Blue Earth City Council established a preliminary 2021 budget and property tax levy earlier this week, with council members noting they plan to lower the figures by the time the final numbers are set in December. The council set the preliminary tax levy at $1.88 million, a 12.3 ...

Martin Co. West revamps learning

SHERBURN — Martin County West School transitioned to hybrid learning for grades 7-12 on Monday. Grades K-6 will still have in-person learning at this time. This was, no doubt, a difficult decision to make. MCW has been working closely with the local public health department. As a result of ...

Blue Earth nets $50,000 grant

BLUE EARTH — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday that it is investing $50,000 for essential maintenance equipment in Blue Earth. “By assisting the city of Blue Earth with maintenance equipment, we are also helping them to achieve their goals to encourage more students ...

Charge: Mankato man fled from state trooper

FAIRMONT — A Mankato man is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Caden James Albrecht, 19, has been charged with fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle. The charge carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a $5,000 fine. According to the complaint: At 4:28 p.m. ...

Hawkins, Miller vie for council

FAIRMONT — In the Nov. 3 general election, Fairmont residents will choose between two candidates for the “at-large” position on the City Council. Incumbent Tom Hawkins, who is seeking a second four-year term, is being challenged by Fairmont native Michele Miller. The city is divided ...

At Loxley Coffee in Fairmont: Brothers brew up business

If you love a good brew, you will enjoy the heavenly aroma inside the Loxley Coffee building in Fairmont. Located at 428 E. Blue Earth Ave., Loxley is a small batch specialty coffee roasting business that will target its sales to private consumers and commercial businesses alike, whether ...

‘Don’t Give Up’ campaign takes aim at suicide

FAIRMONT — Driving around Fairmont, you may have seen the little white signs. Carrying simple statements such as “Don’t give up,” “You are not alone,” and “You’re worth it,” the signs are part of a local suicide prevention awareness campaign. The Don’t Give Up campaign was ...

Welcome housing development bonds approved

WELCOME — The city of Welcome has moved forward on financing for new housing being built in the northwest corner of the city. The City Council and Economic Development Association met Thursday. Resolutions were approved for the terms of the general obligation housing development bonds, and ...

Legends II in Ceylon celebrating anniversary

Congratulations to Legends II in Ceylon on its fifth anniversary. It is hosting a bean bag tournament at 4 p.m. today on the street west of the bar. n There will be a Red Cross blood drive 2-7 p.m. Monday at St. John Vianney in Fairmont. There will be a blood drive Sept. 29 at St. ...

Martin County high schools switching to hybrid learning

FAIRMONT — All public high schools in Martin County will switch to hybrid learning Monday. Elementary schools will remain with in-person learning. The news comes just as the new school year was getting underway. On Thursday, administrators from four school districts — Fairmont Area, ...