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 [...]
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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 [...]
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.
The Fairmont City Council voted 4-1 Monday to move ahead with a state forensic audit covering 17 years in two areas of the city’s books. After a lengthy discussion, council members decided on a time span from January 2002 to January 2019, focusing on the municipal liquor store and the Housing and Redevelopment Authority. Councilor Wayne Hasek, who cast the lone dissenting vote , questioned the need , citing the annual audit the city undergoes each year. Fairmont City Council members Tom Hawkins, Randy Lubenow and Ruth Cyphers. Out numbered Bruce Peters and Wayne Hasek, who opposed hiring an investigator to [...]
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The Martin County Board Tuesday Approved a resolution certifying the proposed 2020 property tax levy at $17.3 million, a 6.44 percent increase over the 2019 levy. Cuts to the levy can be made, and are expected, but the amount can no longer increase before final approval in December. The Truth in Taxation Hearing is set for Tuesday Dec. 3, at 6 PM. The Commissioners heard from Sarah Emery, regional manager for Avengrid Renewables concerning the Trimont Wind Repower Project. It is meant to upgrade to the existing Trimont Windfarm, a 100.5-megawatt wind generation facility that operates in Martin and Jackson counties. [...]
A Fairmont dental practice is partnering with the Mayo Clinic to open a new facility in its Fairmont Campus. Thanks to a multi-year grant pledge from the Schmeekle Foundation, Apple Tree Dental is set to receive $2.39 million to open the new clinic. According to a press release, the grant funds will be distributed over the course of five years. The dental clinic says it served nearly 100,000 patients last year and the new Mayo location will increase their reach by 1,100 patients initially, with an estimated 4,800 patient-increase once the facility is fully functional. A reception will be held September [...]
The Fairmont School Board on Tuesday approved a 10-year tax abatement for CHS Inc., which is planning a $100 million project at its existing plant in Fairmont. CHS estimates that more than $3.1 million will go to local contractors and materials for construction. The project will include the addition of equipment that will allow the plant to run at a 30 percent faster rate. Construction is expected to start this fall and be completed by 2021. The abatement will be for up to 10 years, beginning with real estate payable in 2022 and continuing through 2031, not to exceed $423,930. County [...]
FAIRMONT 41, ST. PETER 19 WASECA 48 , NORWOOD-YOUNG AMERICA 0 REDWOOD VALLEY 26, M C W 13 HILLS-BEAVER CREEK 58 G H E C/TRUMAN 20 EDGERTON-ELLSWORTH 36, MADELIA 34 B E A 57, N R H E G 6 J C C 76, WORTHINGTON 6 NEW ULM 28, BELLE PLAINE 20 MT.LAKE AREA 49, W W G 6 UNITED SOUTH CENTRAL 60, CLEVELAND 20 MAPLE RIVER 27, LUVERNE 21 OT L C W M 34, ST. JAMES AREA 30 NICOLLET 45, CEDAR MT. 20 MARSHALL 48, TRI-CITY UNITED 6 JORDAN 46,, SIBLEY EAST 0 RENVILLE COUNTY WEST 48, HERON LAKE-OKABENA/FULDA [...]
TENNIS B E A 5 FAIRMONT 2 SOCCER GIRLS FAIRMONT 3 MARSHALL 0 BOYS MARSHALL 2 FAIRMONT 1 CROSS COUNTRY MONTGOMERY INVITATIONAL GIRLS VARSITY Rochester Century 85; 2. Waconia 86; 3. Belle Plaine 119; 4. Jordan 123; 5. Stewartville 170; 6. New Prague 172; 7. Rochester Lourdes 181; 8. Waseca 182; 9. Fairmont 198; 10. Mahtomedi 220; 11. Glencoe-Silver Lake 303; 12. Mound Westonka 306; 13. Le Sueur-Henderson 324; 14. Richfield 417; 15. Sibley East 474; 16. Tri-City United 476; 17. Norwood Young America 523; 18. United South Central/Alden-Conger 543; 19. Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial/Nicollet 562; 20. Cannon Falls 577; 21. [...]