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FAIRMONT Monday, March 30 12:11 a.m. — Police received a report of suspicious circumstances in the 1200 block of Tilden Street. 4:34 a.m. — Police received a report of suspicious circumstances in the 600 block of Summit Drive. 7:19 a.m. — Police received an animal complaint in the ...

Schools begin distance learning

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FAIRMONT — Schools across the state started their distance learning adventure Monday. Under Gov. Tim Walz’s order, schools will engage in distance learning until through at least through May 3. This was the first time many districts in Minnesota had to put a plan in place and launch it ...

Martin Co. stands at 24 virus cases, Faribault Co. at 1

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FAIRMONT — In a Facebook video update Monday from Health and Human Services of Faribault and Martin County, Executive Director Chera Sevcik gave an update on positive COVID-19 cases. According to Sevcik, the total number of cases for Martin County stands at 24. “My job is to oversee the ...

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FAIRMONT Sunday, March 29 2:43 p.m. — Police received an animal complaint in the 500 block of North Dewey Street. A verbal warning was issued. 4:26 p.m. — Police received an animal complaint in the 2700 block of Albion Avenue. 5:43 p.m. — Police received an animal complaint at the ...

Quilt guild offers aid, masks

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FAIRMONT — In this time of great uncertainty and immense need for many, the Prairie Star Quilt Guild is doing what it can to help. The group’s most recent project is making face masks for area nursing home residents. Guild president Carolyn Seidel said fellow member Kathy Wilkening saw a ...

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FAIRMONT Friday, March 27 9:31 a.m. — Police received an animal complaint at the intersection of Albion Avenue and Cedar Avenue. A verbal warning was issued. 12:38 p.m. — Police received an animal complaint in the 500 block of Woodland Avenue. 2:10 p.m. — Police assisted an ...

Fairmont area churches work to adapt amid pandemic

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Editor’s note: A variety of area church leaders were contacted for this article. Not all answers were able to be used and some had to be edited for space. People may contact their church leaders for more information. FAIRMONT — As all areas of life continue to be impacted by the COVID-19 ...

Time might be right to get pet

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FAIRMONT — Whether you live alone or are confined with your family, the “stay-at-home” order issued by Gov. Tim Walz this week to stem the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic might provide the ideal time to adopt a pet. “It would be a wonderful time to bond with a new pet,” said ...

Ogden sets up $1M grant fund for business marketing

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FAIRMONT — Fairmont are businesses can now apply for a grant to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Ogden Newspapers Inc., the parent company of the Sentinel, has established a $1 million fund to help local businesses get back to full strength by subsidizing local ...

Blood drive slated in Ceylon

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CEYLON — Friendly Neighbors Card Club enjoyed their luncheon and afternoon of fellowship last month at Legends II, but will not meet during April. They ask members to stay home and take care of themselves to stay healthy. n Tuesday morning coffee hours in April that ...

UHD: Symptoms? Call first

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BLUE EARTH — United Hospital District officials are urging people who suspect they may have coronavirus symptoms to call first before visiting their local health facility. Doing so allows limited resources to be used efficiently for those who are elderly, have compromised immune systems, ...

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FAIRMONT Thursday, March 26 9:04 a.m. — An ordinance violation was reported in the 400 block of Winnebago Avenue. Police issued a verbal warning. 11:13 a.m. — An animal complaint was reported in the 800 block of Redwood Drive. Police assisted. 11:21 a.m. — An ordinance violation ...

Virus claims Martin County resident, cases up to 18

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FAIRMONT — The Associated Press reported late Friday afternoon that Martin County has seen its first fatality from the COVID-19 pandemic. The AP says the Minnesota Department of Health reported two more deaths Friday, for a total of four in the state. One was a resident of Hennepin County ...

‘Stay at home’: Is order ‘enforceable’?

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FAIRMONT — Martin County commissioners met via conference call in an emergency gathering Thursday morning, to discuss county operations in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The board heard an update from County Emergency Management director Abigail Nesbit. “As far as the ...

Area groups react to virus

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FAIRMONT — Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, area organizations continue to make changes to protect the well-being of communities. They include: Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation A press release from Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation states it is launching an emergency ...

Many events put on hold

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WELCOME — The news, again, is mostly what’s NOT scheduled because of the coronavirus emergency for the area. n The following plans in April have been affected: o There will not be a cleaning day or opening day for the Welcome Historical Society Museum on April 4. o There will not ...

Courts

Courts

MARTIN COUNTY DISTRICT COURT Speeding — Christopher S. Nielsen, 32, of Remsen, Iowa; Glendon E. Rice Jr., 57, of Sioux Falls, S.D.; Allison M. Franklin, 30, of Inver Grove; Abdulahi D. Macow, 27, of Burnsville; Marlon W. Burns, 54, of Faribault; Jonathan W. McCorkell, 48, of Ceylon; each ...

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FAIRMONT Wednesday, March 25 5:11 a.m. — Police assisted an ambulance in the 1000 block of Pheasant Avenue. 5:48 a.m. — Police received a report of a suspicious vehicle in the 200 block of South State Street. 8:17 a.m. — Police received a report of criminal damage to property in ...

Martin Co. sheriff: Take Walz order seriously

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FAIRMONT — In response to Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz issuing a stay-at-home order for Minnesotans on Wednesday, Martin County Sheriff Jeff Markquart issued a video update for the county on the sheriff’s Facebook page. Markquart noted that the county has 10 positive COVID-19 cases, and that ...

Martin Co. Sheriff: COVID-19 cases now at 12

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FAIRMONT — Sheriff Jeff Markquart posted a video update Thursday concerning COVID-19 for the citizens of Martin County. “Yesterday, we had 10 [cases] and today we are up two, so we are at 12 total positive tests in Martin County,” he said. He went on to share that people who have tested ...