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Martin County Commissioners


Martin County Commissioners on Tuesday heard from County Assessor Mike Sheplee, who noted progress on updating the county’s homestead application files. As part of a new policy, a letter was sent out in October to about 4,100 county residential taxpayers who did not have a homestead application on file, due to a misunderstanding in Sheplee’s office about how long to keep homestead applications. Those who do not return the form will see an effect on their 2020 property taxes. “After 14 business days, we’ve received 44 percent of the requests back. We started out with 4,100 and what we have left [...]

Martin County Commissioners2019-11-07T17:14:11+00:00

Mayo cutting six jobs in Fairmont


Citing low usage on evenings and weekends, Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont has restructured its surgical services, resulting in the reduction of six positions. A press release Wednesday announced that effective Jan. 2, the positions of four nurses, one health unit coordinator who handles scheduling and one sterile processing technician who prepares surgical equipment and supplies will be eliminated. So far this year, only one or two surgeries per week were performed after hours during the week or any time during the weekend. General surgery will remain four days per week from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Emergency obstetrical surgeries, [...]

Mayo cutting six jobs in Fairmont2019-11-07T17:10:46+00:00

Friday Scoreboard


GIRLS TENNIS SECTION 3A INDIVIDUAL MEET Both of Fairmont’s singles players, sophomores Claire Nemmers and Briana Joseph, qualified for Day 2 of the Section 3A individual girls tennis meet Wednesday at Gustavus Adolphus after winning two matches each Friday. FOOTBALL FAIRMONT 41, BELLE PLAINE 22 M C W 38, L C W M 0 GHEC/TRUMAN 38, W W G 20 NICOLLET 22, MADELIA 6 J C C 20, B E A 15 LUVERNE 47, TRI-CITY UNITED 8 U S C 26, J W P 6 WINDOM 22, ST.JAMES 20 MAYER LUTHERAN 14, ST.CLAIR/LOYOLA 7 SIBLEY EAST 6, N Y A 0 [...]

Friday Scoreboard2019-10-05T22:06:34+00:00

Adventure Playground Groundbreaking


With more than half a million dollars raised, the Adventure Playground will move toward reality Monday in Fairmont.. Groundbreaking ceremonies for the all-accessible area are set for 4:30 p.m. at Gomsrud Park. The final price tag came in at $505,346, about $20,000 higher than originally projected. The extra cost stems from additional excavating and preparation needed for the site. Flagship Recreation/ Landscape Structures of Delano designed the playground and adjusted for changes throughout the planning. While there is a chance that the playground could be finished this fall, it is more realistic to expect it next spring, depending on weather. When [...]

Adventure Playground Groundbreaking2019-10-03T16:27:54+00:00

Threats on County Attorney


A Fairmont man is facing felony charges in Martin County after allegedly threatening the County Attorney. Bradley Steven Post, 56, has been charged with one count of terroristic threats and one count of harassment. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. He has also has been charged with stalking, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine, according to the criminal complaint. Post has two convictions for stalking, in 2016 and 2017. The County Attorney’s Office has prosecuted Post for criminal matters and civil commitment matters in [...]

Threats on County Attorney2019-10-03T16:26:31+00:00

Fairmont City Council Special Meeting


The Fairmont City Council met Monday for the sole purpose of selecting a new investigator to delve into city staff’s awareness of criminal cases allowed to expire under the statute of limitations during the tenure of former City Attorney Elizabeth Bloomquist. The investigator also will identify any individuals officially involved in the matter and the extent of the involvement and awareness from January 2012 to May 2019. The firm selected by the council at its Sept. 23 meeting — Jardine Logan and O’Brien — was unable to start an investigation until November, and Councilor Tom Hawkins and Mayor Debbie Foster, who [...]

Fairmont City Council Special Meeting2019-10-01T16:20:49+00:00

Thursday’s Scoreboard


GIRLS TENNIS BIG SOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP B E A 6, ST. JAMES 1 SECTION 3A TEAM MEET MONDAY No. 3-seeded Fairmont plays host to No. 6-seeded Maple River in a 4:30 p.m. Monday quarterfinal, while No. 4-seeded Luverne entertains No. 5-seeded United South Central to round out the Section 3A team bracket. No 1 seed Blue Earth Area (17-1) opens its sectional team quarterfinal against No. 8-seeded River Valley (Springfield and Sleepy Eye ) Monday in Blue Earth, while No. 2-seeded St. James Area plays host to No. 7-seeded Pipestone. BOYS SOCCER WASECA 3, FAIRMONT 1 VOLLEYBALL M C W DEF. FAIRMONT [...]

Thursday’s Scoreboard2019-09-27T15:13:15+00:00

Swea City Storm Damage


Many residents in southern Minnesota and north Iowa are picking up the pieces after severe storms rumbled thru the area on Tuesday evening. In northern Iowa,  one of the hardest hit areas was Swea City, as numerous power poles and trees were knocked down by the strong winds that were part of a line of thunderstorms. Authorities said the storm took out power for nearly 100 customers in the Swea City area.. The city clerk in Swea City said "As part of the clean up, city residents should deposit their tree limbs and branches on the curb-side for pick up as [...]

Swea City Storm Damage2019-09-26T15:46:02+00:00

Fairmont School Board


The Fairmont Area School Board on Tuesday approved a 2020 property tax levy that will decrease 2.93 percent. The proposed levy is $5.5 million, a reduction of $167,000 from 2019. Superintendent Joe Brown reminded the board that the Minnesota Supreme Court will be at Fairmont High School on Oct. 9 to hold its 50th traveling oral argument. Fairmont High School has been selected as the site this year. “They’ll be hearing an oral argument case. We have invited other local schools as well,” he said. The justices are then expected to visit Fairmont classrooms. On the Tuesday night prior, a community [...]

Fairmont School Board2019-09-26T15:40:50+00:00

Mayo Helicopter Emergency Landing


Early Tuesday morning  the Faribault County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Blue Earth Airport for an emergency landing by a  Mayo helicopter. The Faribault County Sheriff’s Office was notified that the Mayo  helicopter had to make an emergency landing due to smoke in the cockpit. When deputies arrived on scene the helicopter was grounded and shut down. The crew was standing outside of the helicopter and they were safe. There was no longer any visible smoke inside the cockpit. The Blue Earth Police Department, Blue Earth Fire Department and the United Hospital District Ambulance Service assisted on the scene.

Mayo Helicopter Emergency Landing2019-09-24T15:19:33+00:00