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Salvation Army closes Fairmont store

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FAIRMONT — The Salvation Army Thrift Store at 314 Downtown Plaza in Fairmont has closed, the latest victim of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Salvation Army Northern Division announced Friday that the Fairmont thrift store and those in Faribault, Cloquet and Morris would close, effective ...

Fairmont reopening city parks

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FAIRMONT — Fairmont’s parks and recreational amenities will open today, just in time for the long Memorial Day weekend that serves as the traditional summer kickoff. The opening encompasses park playground equipment, restrooms, portable toilets, the dog park, the skate park, the ...

Ceylon cleanup day open to city residents

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CEYLON — There will be a Red Cross blood drive June 2-4 at the Holiday Inn in Fairmont. There also will be a blood drive from 1-5 p.m. June 8 at the Regional Worship Center in Sherburn. Contact the Red Cross at www.redcross.org, (800) 733-2767 or text BLOOD APP to 90999. n Martin ...

Courts

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MARTIN COUNTY DISTRICT COURT Speeding — Ronald L. Schnurr, 66, of Johnsburg, Ill.; fined $110. Loyd E. Hinton, 57, of Blue Earth; fined $125. Chris W. Juhl, 60, of Fairmont; fined $145. Sarah K. Bradley, 50, of San Francisco, Calif.; fined $225. Failure to wear seat belt while in ...

Police

Police

FAIRMONT Thursday, May 21 12:52 a.m. — A noise complaint was reported in the 900 block of Albion Avenue. Police cleared the call. 1:17 a.m. — A disabled motor vehicle was reported in the 100 block of Downtown Plaza. 3:57 a.m. — A suspicious person was reported in the 1000 block of ...

Hagedorn: Open hospitals to public again

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FAIRMONT — Congressman Jim Hagedorn of southern Minnesota had no idea that he had kidney cancer when he went to see his doctor for a routine visit in early 2019. But that checkup likely saved his life. Hagedorn has subsequently been undergoing immunotherapy and says he is doing well. In ...

Welcome’s cleanup day on hold

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WELCOME — This week, M.R. Paving & Excavating of New Ulm has been working on finishing up the 2019 reconstruction project with patching and seeding. They hope to be finished next week, weather permitting. n Cleanup day is still being considered and a date will be announced when it is ...

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Courts

MARTIN COUNTY DISTRICT COURT Driving after suspension — Holly M. Wolters, 24, of Truman; fined $285. Daniel R. Wayman, 34, of Fairmont was convicted on a felony charge of domestic abuse-violates two or more OFP within 10 years of previous conviction; fined $1,085, commit to Commissioner ...

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Police

FAIRMONT Wednesday, May 20 2:37 p.m. — Police received a report of fraud in the 300 block of Grant Street. 3:23 p.m. — Police received a report of an executive order violation in the 100 block of Albion Avenue. 3:37 p.m. — Police received an animal complaint in the 700 block of ...

Martin County still pursuing new jail funding

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FAIRMONT — Martin County continues to look for state funds to help with a $40 million Justice Center. County commissioners this week heard from Robert Long of Larkin Hoffman Attorneys of Bloomington. He has been representing a $20 million state bonding request for the county. Long noted the ...

Martin Co. West plans meeting on Welcome site

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SHERBURN — Martin County West Schools will hold a virtual public hearing on the future of the Welcome school building. The event is slated for 6:30 p.m. June 8. Instructions about submitting questions and comments for the hearing will be on the school web page. At the school board meeting ...

Truman Days cancelled

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TRUMAN — We regret to inform everyone that all festivities for Truman Days and the all-school reunion have been cancelled because of the COVID-19 virus. n Congratulations to the Truman Public High School graduates of 2020. A parade through Truman will be held 6:30 p.m. Friday to honor the ...

Firm updates Welcome council

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WELCOME — Welcome City Council this week heard from a Bevcomm representative, who discussed a local water main accident and suggested the company will be liable for the bill from Beemer Company. The council agreed to table the matter to investigate it and consider paying for asphalt ...

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Courts

FARIBAULT COUNTY DISTRICT COURT Speeding — Salah O. Aden, 31, of Sioux Falls, S.D.; fined $125. Failure to wear seat belt while in a motor vehicle — Wesley A. Annable, 54, of Bricelyn; fined $110. Hands free law-engage in cellular phone or video call — Joel C. Treptow, 47, of ...

Police

Police

FAIRMONT Tuesday, May 19 12:56 a.m. — Police received a report of suspicious circumstances at the intersection of Second Street and Park Street. 1:04 a.m. — Police received a noise complaint at the intersection of Woodland Avenue and Bird Park. 4:26 p.m. — Police received a report ...

Fairmont Park Board weighs reopening options

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FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Park Board weighed in Tuesday on the impact of COVID-19 on the city’s parks, learning what amenities are closed to the public and what might be opened. “The new guidelines from the governor have given a little bit of flexibility. I’m really looking for feedback ...

Republicans in District 23A endorse Olson

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FAIRMONT — Republicans in Minnesota House District 23A endorsed Elmore Mayor Bjorn Olson on Tuesday night. Olson garnered exactly the necessary 60 percent of the vote on the 8th ballot to defeat Fairmont engineer Michael Sukalski. Republicans made their selection via teleconference, at ...

Martin County weighs reopening

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FAIRMONT — Martin County commissioners on Tuesday began considering plans to potentially reopen the Courthouse. With the recent lifting of Gov. Tim Walz’s stay-at-home order, which expired Monday, the board was asked to consider amending a previous resolution, to continue operations and ...

Blue Earth set to buy fire truck

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BLUE EARTH — Blue Earth City Council has approved a loan and grant from the USDA for the purchase of a new fire truck. The loan is for $450,000 at 2.375 percent over 20 years. The city will receive a $50,000 grant from the USDA Rural Development Fund. The city’s share of the ...

Pihls Park opening for seasonal crowd

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BLUE EARTH — Faribault County commissioners have approved the opening of Pihls Park to seasonal campers. “The [state] Department of Natural Resources issued some guidelines which would allow us to open Pihls Park to seasonal campers that currently have personal property in the park,” ...