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MCAF grant cycle ends soon

FAIRMONT — Martin County Area Foundation (MCAF) is currently accepting applications through May 31 from eligible organizations for its 2020 competitive grant cycle as well as its Martin County COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund grant. For information, please refer to the guidelines and application forms for these grants at https://fairmont.org/faf/. If you have further questions or ideas, please contact the Foundation’s administrative staff at (507) 235-5547 or any member of their board of directors.

Martin County Area Foundation is a community endowment founded in 1993 by a group of community residents and established by a matching grant from the Mickelson Foundation. Martin County Area Foundation is governed by a volunteer board responsible for growing the endowment and selecting grant recipients. Per its mission, the Foundation focuses its giving in five general areas: arts and humanities, community and civic affairs, social and economic growth, environment and youth.

Eight rescued after boat sinks into lake

WILLMAR (AP) — Eight people have been rescued after their boat sank in Big Kandiyohi Lake in west-central Minnesota.

The Kandiyohi County sheriff’s office said authorities received a call just before 6 p.m. Sunday of a submerged boat. Everyone who was in the water was pulled to safety by others on a pontoon who heard the calls for help.

The driver of the 1974 Larsen speedboat, a 35-year-old Hector man, was trying to bring the boat up to speed when there was a loud noise at the rear, KSTP-TV reported. The outboard motor tore off from the transom. The motor and a portion of the boat fell into the lake, according to the sheriff’s office. At the time, the driver, three other adults and four children were aboard.

Toddler killed, 3 hurt in house fire

DETROIT LAKES (AP) — A 2-year-old boy has died and three family members have been injured in a house fire in northwestern Minnesota.

The Becker County Sheriff’s Office got a 911 call shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday about the fire northeast of Detroit Lakes.

The first deputy on the scene found the house fully engulfed.

Children in the basement heard smoke alarms, saw flames on the main floor and alerted family members who escaped. After learning a 2-year-old was missing, his father and an older brother went back in but couldn’t find the boy. Micah Hedlund was later found dead.

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