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Fire departments accepting masks today

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CEYLON — Homemade masks may be donated to county fire departments from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. Since Ceylon may not have a firefighter at the fire hall, the masks can be taken to the old Odegaard Marine building now housing CFN Motor Sports. The masks will be distributed where needed in ...

Courts

Courts

FARIBAULT COUNTY DISTRICT COURT Speeding — Joshua M. Belai, 23, of Brookings, S.D.; Abdulrahman Y. Al-Hayali, 22, of Rochester; Thomas Hautmann, 30, of Dover, N.H.; each fined $125. Milomir Aleksic, 35, of Elk Grove Village, Ill.; fined $145. Failure to wear seat belt while in a motor ...

Police

Police

FAIRMONT Thursday, April 23 12:39 a.m. — A disturbance was reported in the 1300 block of Johnson Street. 5:34 a.m. — An animal complaint was reported at Second and North Main streets. 11:29 a.m. — An ordinance violation was reported in the 400 block of Woodland Avenue. Police ...

Fairmont Area orchestra hitting high note

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FAIRMONT — Fairmont Area Schools’ orchestra program has witnessed strong and steady participation for many years. Recently, it has seen a significant increase. In 2018, the Schmeeckle Foundation gave the school a $50,000 grant to purchase new orchestra and band equipment. This gift has ...

Fairmont area food shelves get boost

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FAIRMONT — For 12 years, Martin County Kids Against Hunger has held a food pack in February to aid hungry people overseas. Now the Fairmont area is a recipient of Kids Against Hunger’s good will. According to Karen Sandhurst, a local organizer for Kids Against Hunger, area food shelves ...

Welcome burn site to be opened

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WELCOME — The burn site in Welcome will be open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Please practice safe social distancing while waiting in line or unloading. n Donations of cloth masks may be given for distribution to any fire department in Martin County from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the ...

Police

Police

FAIRMONT Wednesday, April 22 9:39 a.m. — A suspicious person was reported in the 100 block of Linden Avenue. Police cleared the call. 10:01 a.m. — Suspicious circumstances were reported in the 600 block of Albion Avenue. Police rendered assistance. 11:25 a.m. — A civil matter was ...

Fairmont housing agency: It plans sale

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FAIRMONT — Looking to invest in rental properties? The Fairmont Housing and Redevelopment Authority has got some prime real estate available. This week, the HRA opted to put eight townhomes in the 500 block of Burton Lane and 16 units in the 2600 block of Poetter Circle up for sale, popular ...

Amid pandemic: ‘One Book’ aims for unity

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In a time when people are practicing social distancing, one program is attempting to bring them together in a different way. One Book One Minnesota is a new statewide book club that invites Minnesotans of all ages to read a common title and come together virtually. Martin County Library ...

Fairmont area health care leaders urge caution

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Over the coming days and weeks, the evidence that social isolation is working to curb the spread of COVID-19 will start to become clear. The graphs of the flattening curve, the phased reopening of the economy, and the slowing of new reported cases in our area and elsewhere will surely bring ...

Truman firefighters seek masks

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TRUMAN — Truman Fire Department is holding its homemade mask day from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. If you would like to donate any homemade masks, firefighters will have a drop-off collection from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the fire hall. They thank you and appreciate your donation. n Truman ...

Police

Police

TRIMONT Tuesday, April 21 11:36 a.m. — A civil matter was reported in the 200 block of Birch Street East. 8:27 p.m. — An animal complaint was reported in the 200 block of Birch Street East. The animal was gone when police arrived. FAIRMONT Tuesday, April 21 3:46 a.m. — ...

Martin Co. virus cases steady at 41

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FAIRMONT — Martin County commissioners on Tuesday heard from Emergency Management director Abigail Nesbit, who gave an update on COVID-19 in the county. Noting a slowdown in new cases, Nesbit said she hopes the area has peaked, though she could not guarantee it. Community Health and Human ...

Faribault Co. denies property tax relief

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BLUE EARTH — In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Faribault County commissioners took up the subject of possible property tax relief on Tuesday. “Right now, it appears there will be no statewide relief provided by the Legislature,” Auditor/Treasurer Darren Esser noted. “Some Minnesota ...

Blue Earth OKs street work

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BLUE EARTH — Blue Earth City Council has approved the low bid for one of the two street projects planned for this summer. The project is known as the 2020 Sailor Street improvement project, but also includes work in other areas of the city. The low bid came from Dirt Merchant, Inc., ...

Foundation gives $150K in local virus fight

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FAIRMONT — The Schmeeckle Foundation has gifted $150,000 to local community programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The group says in a press release that it is partnering with Martin County Area Foundation and Families First of Minnesota to deploy funds to three crucial areas: early ...

Sherburn cleanup day on hold

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SHERBURN — Parents who have a student who will enter kindergarten at Martin County West this fall and have completed registration paperwork may drop off those papers at Sherburn Elementary School or mail them to: 105 E. Fifth St., Sherburn, MN 56171. If you did not receive paperwork for ...

Martin County West weighs Welcome site repairs

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SHERBURN — Martin County West School Board learned more about problems at the Welcome school building this week. The board met by teleconference. Superintendent Alison Schmidt and board member Ryan Baker said there soon will be a video available on the school website about the needed ...

Police

Police

FAIRMONT Monday, April 20 5 a.m. — Police received a report of threats made in the 500 block of Home Street. 12:51 p.m. — Police received a report of suspicious circumstances in the 1000 block of North Dewey Street. 4:06 p.m. — Police received a report of a civil disturbance in ...

‘Martin County Strong’: Effort aims to aid local businesses

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FAIRMONT — The “stay at home” orders in effect in Minnesota and throughout the country to combat the COVID-19 pandemic have battered businesses, including our local companies. Two downtown Fairmont businesses have joined forces in an effort called “Martin County Strong,” an initiative ...