St. James stabbing results in arrest


A St. James man has been arrested after a stabbing occurred Tuesday evening in the city. Authorities responded to a report of a man profusely bleeding in the lobby of the Watonwan County Sheriff's Dispatch Lobby at about 10:30 p.m. The victim received first aid and was able to name of the individual who stabbed him. The victim, a 30 year-old St. James man, was transported to the Mayo Health System St. James Hospital, and later airlifted to Rochester for further treatment. Officers executed two search warrants at local residences, ultimately resulting in the arrest of Antonio Trevino, 23, of St. [...]

St. James stabbing results in arrest2024-04-17T18:23:36-05:00

Blue Earth Woman injured in one-car accident


A Blue Earth woman was injured early Tuesday morning in a one-car incident in Fairmont. Just after 6 a.m., emergency responders arrived at East Blue Earth Avenue and Home Street in Fairmont. A car driven by Marianna Grace Rincon, 20, of Blue Earth, went out of control, struck a light pole, and overturned. Rincon was taken by ambulance to Mayo Clinic Health System Fairmont for treatment of possible injuries. The driver was wearing a seat belt and alcohol was not involved according to the report from the Fairmont Police Department.

Blue Earth Woman injured in one-car accident2024-04-17T15:03:32-05:00

Fairmont City Council Approves New City Administrator


Monday night the Fairmont City Council voted unanimously to approve the hire of Matt Skaret as the new City Administrator.  Skaret has been serving as the City Administrator for the City of Jackson, Minnesota, where he has been in the position since 2018. Prior to this, he served as the City Manager/EDA Director for the City of Springfield, Minnesota, for nearly four years, as the City Clerk/Administrator for the City of Milford, Iowa for four and a half years, and as the City Manager for the City of Madison, Minnesota, for over three years. Skaret holds a bachelor's degree in Political [...]

Fairmont City Council Approves New City Administrator2024-04-09T11:13:18-05:00

Martin County Sheriff Announces New Evidence In Cold Case


The Martin County Sheriff's Office, in a press release, announced on Thursday that they have submitted evidence to the BCA Laboratory in St. Paul. Through the help of the BCA, they discovered an unknown DNA sample from the murder scene of Sherburn resident JoAnn Bontjes, which occurred on October 3, 1975. They are currently in the process of trying to determine whose DNA this is. Martin County Sheriff's Office has announced multiple DNA samples have been collected from various individuals, with none of their profiles matching the new DNA sample profile. If you have any information regarding the murder of JoAnn [...]

Martin County Sheriff Announces New Evidence In Cold Case2024-04-04T12:38:35-05:00

Former Armstrong City Clerk Pleads Guilty


A third defendant connected to a lengthy investigation involving several former Armstrong , Iowa, city leaders has pled guilty to charges. Online court records show Connie Thackery was originally charged with second and third degree theft, along with ongoing criminal conduct and non-felonious misconduct in February 2021 after an investigation by the State of Iowa found a number of irregularities during an investigation into the city’s finances. Thackery, who served as Armstrong City Clerk until retiring in 2016, submitted a written guilty plea last month as part of a plea deal and is scheduled for sentencing Thursday, May 2nd. Two other [...]

Former Armstrong City Clerk Pleads Guilty2024-04-04T12:29:33-05:00

Schmeeckle Foundation awards $394,013 in Grants


The Schmeeckle Foundation recently approved fourteen grants totaling $394,013 to support initiatives in Martin County, Minnesota. This now brings the total investment into Martin County by the Schmeeckle Foundation to over $5,500,000. These grants support the Schmeeckle Foundation’s three core focus areas: early childhood care and education, serving the disabled and elderly, and promoting the arts. The Schmeeckle Foundation is a private family foundation serving Martin County, Minnesota. Its mission is to carry on the legacy of long-time Martin County resident, Juanita Ellen (Teubner) Schmeeckle, to provide grants for the betterment of Martin County. The recent award recipients are: $15,000 to [...]

Schmeeckle Foundation awards $394,013 in Grants2024-03-13T10:42:30-05:00

Three Fairmont High Students Qualify For National Speech Tournament


This weekend, ten members of the Fairmont Speech Team competed at the Southern District National Qualifying Tournament for Speech hosted by Woodbury and Eagan High School in the Twin Cities. Fairmont Freshman Leon Yang was the Champion in Humorous Interpretation and qualified for the national tournament. Fairmont Juniors Grace Simpson and Oliver Thedens placed 3rd in Duo Interpretation and qualified for the national tournament. Fairmont Junior Grace Simpson placed 4th in Dramatic Interpretation and qualified for the national tournament. Grace Simpson elected to take Duo Interpretation with Oliver Thedens as the NSDA only allows for a student to take one main [...]

Three Fairmont High Students Qualify For National Speech Tournament2024-03-11T13:42:12-05:00

Fairmont Robotics Team Competes For First Time This Season


Fairmont High School Robotics/The MegaHertz - Team 2847 competed in a field of 55 teams from Minnesota and Wisconsin in the Lake Superior Regional Robotics Competition in Duluth Feb. 28th through March 2nd. Team 2847 finished qualification rounds on Saturday with a 6-2 record and a rank of 8th among the 55 teams participating. During the alliance selection process, the team moved up to become the team captain for the sixth alliance in play-off rounds choosing Team 930 - The Mukwonago Bears from Mukwonago, WI, and 5914 - The Robotic Warriors from Caledonia, MN, as their alliance partners. The team lost [...]

Fairmont Robotics Team Competes For First Time This Season2024-03-07T15:05:53-05:00

Large Wildfire Near Waseca


A large fire that burned hundreds of acres northeast of Waseca is now under control. The fire reportedly started before noon Sunday northeast of Waseca near 383rd Avenue along the Snake Trail. Gusty winds fueled the blaze, which spread quickly.  Fire departments across the area responded. The Waseca County Pioneer reports that at least two homes caught flames and one homeowner was hospitalized for burns.

Large Wildfire Near Waseca2024-03-04T11:31:29-05:00

Easton Man Receives Jail Time and Probation After Threatening Store Workers


North Mankato - An Easton man has been sentenced to jail time and probation for threatening store workers at a local store in September. The incident occurred after the man, identified as 63 year old Steven Scott Gray, disputed charges on his account at the store. According to court documents, Gray initially faced a felony threats of violence charge but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of misdemeanor disorderly conduct last week in Nicollet County District Court. The incident involved employees at a store in North Mankato, but it was also reported that Gray had a similar dispute with a store [...]

Easton Man Receives Jail Time and Probation After Threatening Store Workers2024-02-28T08:47:24-05:00
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