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FAIRMONT Monday, May 13 12:10 a.m. — Police received a report of suspicious circumstances in the 1300 block of Johnson Street. 9:58 a.m. — Police received a report of a suspicious person in the 1200 block of Goemann Road. 10:20 a.m. — Police received a report of illegal garbage ...

Report: Recall effort aimed at Hawkins unlawful

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FAIRMONT — The Fairmont City Council on Monday released an attorney’s summary effectively nullifying the recall petition for Tom Hawkins, and Hawkins and fellow council member Randy Lubenow blamed the Sentinel for divisiveness in the community. Lubenow spoke of visiting with Ward 3 ...

Fairmont City Council division ongoing

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FAIRMONT — Determining who should find interim legal services for the city generated discussion among the Fairmont City Council members Monday. At the end of the council’s closed session April 22 for a performance evaluation of City Attorney Elizabeth Bloomquist, the council and mayor ...

Probe of tuberculosis shows all clear

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FAIRMONT — Two months after it came to light that Community Health Services of Faribault and Martin Counties was monitoring and following up on an active case of tuberculosis, it seems that all is well. Chera Sevcik, Community Health manager, said the investigation has yielded negative ...

Two seeking spot at Blue Earth Area

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BLUE EARTH — The Blue Earth Area School Board learned Monday that two citizens have applied to fill the board vacancy created by the resignation of Jeremy Coxworth. Interim Superintendent Dr. Jerry Jensen reported that Maria Frank and Jeff Eckles both met the filing deadline. The ...

VoicePlay set to perform

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FAIRMONT — The 2018-2019 show season is coming to an end this weekend at the Fairmont Opera House. VoicePlay will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. As seen on Season 4 of NBC’s “The Sing-Off,” the group takes songs old and new and re-invents them in a cappella style. Based in ...

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FARIBAULT COUNTY DISTRICT COURT Speeding — Katie Jo Davis, 37, of Albert Lea: fined $125. Joshua A. Pourrier, 27, of Wells was convicted of second-degree driving while impaired-refuse to submit to chemical test; fined $865, sentenced to jail 365 days, stayed 335 days for two years, ...

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FAIRMONT Sunday, May 12 3:16 p.m. — Police received a report of loud music in the 1900 block of South Prairie Avenue. The noise was quieted. 5:13 p.m. — Police received a report of theft in the 1500 block of Albion Avenue. 5:35 p.m. — Police received a report of shoplifting in ...

Health care at forefront for Hagedorn

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FAIRMONT — Democrats regained control of the U.S. House of Representatives last fall by focusing on the issue of health care in swing districts. Democrats listened to Americans’ fears about rising health care costs and expensive insurance coverage, then leveraged what they learned into a ...

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FARIBAULT COUNTY DISTRICT COURT Wilma J. Jones, 47, of Wells was convicted of fleeing a peace officer by means other than a motor vehicle; sentenced to jail two days, credit for time served two days, sentence to service two days for 60 days. Also convicted of careless driving; fined ...

Amid ‘toxicity,’ meeting looms

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FAIRMONT — The Fairmont City Council will face a lengthy agenda at its meeting Monday. Included will be votes on a separation agreement with the city’s in-house attorney, and a determination of who will handle the city’s current and future civil and criminal cases. Actions by two ...

Forshee exiting role with Martin County

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FAIRMONT — Change is the only constant, and we would be wise to always be preparing for the next stage in life. Fortunately that preparation is eased when we have spent our time investing in others. Martin County Auditor/Treasurer Jim Forshee will retire in July, and he knows both the value ...

Students ready to offer help around town

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FAIRMONT — For eight years, students at Fairmont High School have been getting out into the community to help others during the school’s annual Community Service Day. This year, the service day will take place Friday, and be led by students from the school’s National Honor Society. Mark ...

City selling off library books

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CEYLON — Ceylon will host a time to buy library books from 8-11 a.m. today at the former Ceylon Library. Most books are 25 cents but there are some antique books available for more. There are still about 1,000 books left and approximately that many have been sold. Check them out and help ...

Courts

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FARIBAULT COUNTY DISTRICT COURT Speeding — Ramon Briseno, 57, of Elmore; Danielle M. Halvorsen, 33, of Albert Lea; each fined $125. Benjamin J. Parpart, 46, of South St. Paul; fined $145. Failure to wear seat belt while in a motor vehicle — Elizabeth A. Ehrich, 62, of Elmore; fined ...

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FAIRMONT Thursday, May 9 12:28 a.m. — A disturbance was reported in the 1200 block of Hickory Street. 8:42 a.m. — A suspicious person was reported in the 1100 block of Day Street. 12:23 p.m. — Police assisted an ambulance in the 400 block of East 11th Street. 1:33 p.m. — ...

Child care shortage addressed

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FAIRMONT — The shortage of child care slots in Fairmont and Martin County and the impact it has on business growth was in the spotlight Thursday as possible solutions to the issue were unveiled. Heidi Hagel Braid, chief program officer at the national non-profit First Children’s Finance, ...

GHEC hires new leader, SRO

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GRANADA — The Granada-Huntley-East Chain School Board on Thursday approved a contract for Doug Storbeck as superintendent/principal for the 2019-22 school years. Storbeck is currently principal at St. James Public School. He will begin his new position July 1, taking over ...

MCW student named state FFA vice president

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SHERBURN — Martin County West recently had 54 students attend the 90th Minnesota FFA Convention, an impressive number for a rural district. Two won State Proficiency Awards. Carson Kahler was first in diversified crop production, second in fiber and oil crop production, and a participant in ...

Cleanup day this weekend

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WELCOME — Cleanup day in Welcome will be 8-10 a.m. (or whenever the truck is full) Saturday behind the Fire Hall on Campbell Street by the water tower. Be prepared to show identification that proves you are a Welcome resident. Appliances can be picked up curbside for a fee. Tickets for ...