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In rural Sherburn: Scout restores gravestone

Local Eagle Scout Isaac Striemer is finishing his Eagle Scout project with a big celebration. Having taken on a Civil War gravestone restoration project, Striemer will hold a dedication ceremony 10 a.m. Saturday at Lone Cedar Cemetery in rural Sherburn. Striemer discussed how he got started ...

Fire hoses to be checked Saturday in Welcome

WELCOME — Welcome Fire Department will check fire hoses beginning 8 a.m. Saturday morning. First Street, from Campbell Street to Main Street, will be closed while they perform the check. n Welcome Fire Department is taking applications for two firefighter positions. Applications are ...

Blue Earth Area unveils website to explain referendum

BLUE EARTH — Blue Earth Area Schools announced Wednesday that it has launched a website — www.BEAExcellence.org — meant to inform residents about the proposed operating levy on the ballot Nov. 3. If approved, the levy would provide more financial support for the district’s programming ...

Madelia man charged with felony

FAIRMONT — A Madelia man is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Austin David Gulden, 19, has been charged with criminal sexual conduct in the third degree, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $30,000 fine. According to the complaint: At 2:33 a.m. June 28, ...

Granada man faces felony

FAIRMONT — A Granada man is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Brandon Lee Loeschen, 39, 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: At 9:34 p.m. Aug. 14, a ...

Truman to offer busy weekend of garage sales

TRUMAN — Come to Truman to enjoy 19-plus garage sales from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Crafters will be located at Graf Park on both days. It is never too early to Christmas shop for those unique gifts. Food vendors will be at Graf Park and NAPA with a variety of ...

Blue Earth Area students will return to school

BLUE EARTH — Blue Earth Area plans to transition to all in-school learning beginning Monday. Superintendent Mandy Fletcher shared the news with the school board earlier this week. Students in grades K-7 began their school year Thursday with in-person learning. However, students in ...

Aid available to Fairmont area businesses

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Economic Development Authority this week reviewed three funding sources from the CARES Act. Local small businesses, non-profits and individuals may apply for appropriate financial assistance in the form of loans or grants from money provided by the federal ...

Martin County engineer: Road work proceeding

FAIRMONT — Martin County commissioners on Tuesday heard from County Engineer Kevin Peyman, who noted that two county road projects were briefly slowed by recent rains but are nearing completion. “They’re working on milling the Main Street of Truman today and paving the base layer of ...

Faribault County Board approves land repurchase

BLUE EARTH — The saga of a piece of tax-forfeited land in Blue Earth that had been owned by Bruce Stensland may be over, following the Faribault County commissioners meeting Tuesday. The land in question is where Stensland operated his car repair business — Bruce’s Auto Repair — ...

Sherburn to hold citywide cleanup Saturday

SHERBURN — Saturday is citywide cleanup day in Sherburn. There will be curbside pickup available this year. You may place items on the curb and they will be picked up starting at 7 a.m. Only residents of Sherburn will be allowed to participate in this cleanup. No electronics, chemical ...

City of Fairmont backs $1M relief fund for businesses

FAIRMONT — By combining resources from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, the city of Fairmont and Martin County have created a pool of $1 million to be used for grants to local small businesses and non-profits. The Fairmont City Council approved the creation of ...

Welcome man faces felony count

FAIRMONT — A Welcome man is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Nicholas Jamal Miller, 20, has been charged with knowingly failing to fulfill registration requirements for a predatory offender. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. According ...

Man charged with drug crime

FAIRMONT — A homeless man is facing a felony charge in Martin County. Robert Willis McCormick, 37, 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 July 25, a Martin ...

Lions Club impacted by virus

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Lions Club was organized in February of 1956. It’s part of the large international organization that was started in 1917. The motto of all Lions Club is “we serve.” The local club raises money through different fundraisers and then donates it to a variety of ...

Lake Avenue project in Fairmont reaches midpoint

FAIRMONT — The Lake Avenue reconstruction project in Fairmont has hit the midway point of its 2020 component, and things are proceeding on schedule. “Generally speaking, we’ve had good weather to get a lot of work done on the project,” said Troy Nemmers, Fairmont’s city ...

Bible study group finds way to stay connected

FAIRMONT — Community means a little something different in the time of COVID-19. With government recommendations encouraging people to keep physical distance from each other, people are finding new was to connect. Take, for instance, small church groups and Bible studies. Dr. Jeff Fordice ...

Centenarians: No secret to a long life

FAIRMONT — Imagine what you could experience if you lived to be 100 or more years old. Five of the residents at Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center in Fairmont know firsthand. Five women at Lakeview happen to be at least 100 years old. From youngest to oldest, they are: Beatrice ...

Blood drives planned in Ceylon, Welcome

CEYLON — American Red Cross will host a blood drive from 1-6 p.m. Sept. 17 in the banquet room at Legends II in Ceylon. There also will be a blood drive from noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 29 at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Welcome. To make an appointment, call (800) 733-2767, go ...

Martin County census response: 72 percent

FAIRMONT — With only a couple of weeks left for residents to be included in the 2020 census count, about one-quarter of Martin County residents have not yet responded. According to Linsey Preuss, Fairmont economic development coordinator, who is leading the local Complete Count Committee ...