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'Fresh' water sparks optimism

January 15, 2014 FAIRMONT — One of the goals when building Fairmont’s new water treatment plant was to eliminate taste and odor complaint. more »»

Fairmont enrollment steady

January 15, 2014 FAIRMONT — Across the country, enrollment in fifth-grade classes is low, and Fairmont Area Schools is no exception. more »»

Brown describes weather decisions

January 15, 2014 FAIRMONT — Though 2014 has just begun, the weather has already interrupted the regular school day on several instances. On Jan. 6, Minnesota Gov. more »»

Blue Earth Area will lock doors

January 15, 2014 BLUE EARTH — All doors at Blue Earth Area Schools’ three campus sites will be locked as of Monday, says Superintendent Evan Gough. “Student safety is our No. 1 priority,” he said. more »»

City worries about demo process

January 14, 2014 FAIRMONT — In the future, Fairmont City Council wants residents and businesses to go through a more stringent application process to receive assistance with demolitions. more »»

Study looks at income, housing

January 14, 2014 FAIRMONT — A recent study by Community Partners Research shows some interesting trends in Fairmont: The population might be declining, but its housing needs are increasing; its rich are getting... more »»

Blue Earth joins clay target league

January 14, 2014 BLUE EARTH — Students at Blue Earth Area can participate in clay target league, after the school board approved a cooperative agreement with Fairmont and United South Central schools Monday. more »»

Spectators, participants enjoy competition on the ice

January 13, 2014 FAIRMONT — The relief from below-zero temperatures came just in time for the Blizzard Snowmobile Club’s Icekahana snowmobile races and Southern Minnesota Pond Hockey Tournament held on Hall Lake in... more »»

Kids' concert to help in fight against hunger

January 13, 2014 FAIRMONT — Students throughout the area from all religious denominations will come together this week to put on the annual Kids Against Hunger concert. The event will be held 7 p.m. more »»

Fairmont grad gets her moment on ‘Wheel’

January 11, 2014 FAIRMONT — A Fairmont High School graduate has joined the ranks of the elite few selected to be contestants on “Wheel of Fortune.” Melissa (Botzet) Hicks will appear on the show at 6:30 p.m. Jan. more »»

Program links, aids businesses

January 11, 2014 FAIRMONT — Grow Minnesota! is a statewide effort that’s coming to Fairmont this month. more »»

'Powerless Balc' having good time

January 11, 2014 ELMORE — Jeff Balcom is still powerless and still having fun with it. more »»

Five Lakes Aviation files suit

January 10, 2014 FAIRMONT — Five Lakes Aviation, the airport management firm whose contract was terminated in September by Fairmont City Council, is suing the city for damages in excess of $50,000. more »»

Clinic battles urologist shortage

January 10, 2014 FAIRMONT — Recruiting a urologist isn’t an easy task, particularly for a rural site like Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont, but it’s not alone. more »»

GHEC seats board member

January 10, 2014 GRANADA — The Granada-Huntley-East Chain School Board swore in Chris Pytleski as its newest member Thursday. He fills the unexpired term of Ken Petrowiak, who resigned Dec. more »»

Elmore Academy closing up

January 9, 2014 ELMORE — Although Elmore Academy and the Wildcat Cafe will be shutting down, it’s not as simple as closing the doors, according to T.J. Mauer, acting facility administrato. more »»

Icekahana, pond hockey set for weekend

January 9, 2014 FAIRMONT — Now that the brutal polar vortex has left the area, milder temperatures are on the way in time for some winter fun this weekend. more »»

Carlson retires, sells Truman car dealership

January 8, 2014 TRUMAN — Mel Carlson has hit the brakes on his automotive career, idling into retirement on Dec. 31 after 58 years, eight months and 15 days with Chevrole. more »»

Martin Co. to recruit transport officers

January 8, 2014 FAIRMONT — Housing juvenile and mentally ill inmates requires a lot of road time for Martin Count. more »»

Faribault Co. considers fee hikes

January 8, 2014 BLUE EARTH — Faribault County Commissioners discussed raising fees for building permits and changing the charge to be per structure, instead of per permit, on Tuesday. more »»



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