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ROSEN- M S B A DISTINCTION

2019-08-29T11:39:36+00:00

Southern Minnesota residents have one of the best advocates for schools serving them in the Minnesota Senate. State Senator Julie Rosen  has been named 2019 Legislator of Distinction by the Minnesota School Boards Association (MSBA). The organization honored Sen. Rosen with the award because of her support for local decision-making authority and her advocacy for stronger youth mental health support. This is the second consecutive year Sen. Rosen has been honored by MSBA. In 2018, the organization named her Legislator of the Year for her work on behalf of Minnesota schools. “Minnesota has some of the best schools in the [...]

ROSEN- M S B A DISTINCTION2019-08-29T11:39:36+00:00

CORN PLUS SHUT DOWN

2019-08-29T11:36:05+00:00

The Corn Plus Ethanol Plant in Winnebago will be going into what company officials are calling a “cold idle.” Employees of the plant were notified of the decision on Tuesday and a member of the plant’s Board of Directors confirmed the decision on Wednesday. City Officials from Winnebago met Wednesday afternoon with officials from the plant. The plant employs about 2 dozen people, some of the are expected to be laid off next week. The plant will shut down as the industry battles low commodities prices. The plant could reopen under certain circumstances, like new ownership of the plant. [...]

CORN PLUS SHUT DOWN2019-08-29T11:36:05+00:00

ROSEN-CARE PROVIDERS

2019-08-28T11:33:01+00:00

The Care Providers of Minnesota have named District 23 State Senator Julie Rosen as their 2019 Public Official of the Year. The non-profit organization, which has been active in the effort to reform Minnesota’s elder abuse prevention laws, recognized Sen. Rosen for her senior care advocacy. “I am deeply honored and proud,” said Sen. Rosen. “I am proud of the historic elder care reform bill we passed this year, and eternally thankful for the Care Providers and their involvement in the effort to protect and care for our elderly and vulnerable.” “Senator Rosen was selected as this year’s recipient in [...]

ROSEN-CARE PROVIDERS2019-08-28T11:33:01+00:00

SCHOOL BOARD-HANDBOOK

2019-08-28T11:19:55+00:00

The Fairmont School Board on Tuesday heard from new high school co-principals Jake Tietje and Alex Schmidt, who described changes to the high school student handbook. Tietje said a team met several times to go over the handbook. It included the dean of students, a social worker, a board member, two parents, two teachers, two students, a secretary and two principals. Tietje and Schmidt were not part of the process but studied the changes recently and added some of their own. “With that, the first key change that you’re going to see is the addition of the huddle time that [...]

SCHOOL BOARD-HANDBOOK2019-08-28T11:19:55+00:00

SCHOOL BOARD-LEAD

2019-08-28T11:16:22+00:00

The Fairmont Area School Board Tuesday heard from Tyler Garrison, buildings and grounds director, who went over lead in water testing results. Minnesota schools are required to do a lead in water test every five years. Garrison said they collected 92 water samples district-wide, with 53 at the high school and 39 at the elementary school. He said eight fixtures came back higher than they were five years ago. Those fixtures were replaced before the new school year. The Board tabled action on a new housing construction agreement to abate property taxes for 10 years for new construction of rental [...]

SCHOOL BOARD-LEAD2019-08-28T11:16:22+00:00

CITY COUNCIL-AUDIT

2019-08-27T11:41:30+00:00

The Fairmont City Council acted on Councilor Ruth Cyphers’ request for a state forensic audit of the city’s finances. City Administrator Mike Humpal said there is a required resolution that must be submitted to the state auditor’s office and an affidavit assembled. He asked the council to direct city staff to put that information together to make the request. “City staff is 100 percent supportive of any type of audit the council wants to do and to show the general public and the citizens that there no irregularities in our finances,” Humpal said. “We’re more than happy to work [...]

CITY COUNCIL-AUDIT2019-08-27T11:41:30+00:00

CITY COUNCIL-ABATEMENT

2019-08-27T11:37:05+00:00

The Fairmont City Council unanimously approved a 10-year tax abatement for CHS on Monday, but council members stressed that the soybean-processing plant address safety issues caused by semis backed up on the road during peak times and a water flow problem. Linsey Preuss, Fairmont’s economic development coordinator, told the council that CHS is the city’s highest taxpayer, paying more than $760,000 annually in property taxes. The company, which will continue to pay taxes on the existing property, requested the abatement on $5.3 million of the proposed $100 million capital investment, or $59,000 per year for the city’s share. The [...]

CITY COUNCIL-ABATEMENT2019-08-27T11:37:05+00:00

FAIRMONT SCHOOL BOARD

2019-08-23T14:09:55+00:00

THE FAIRMONT AREA SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TUESDAY AT 5 P.M. THE BOARD WILL HEAR A PRESENTATION OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT LEAD IN WATER REPORT, WILL ACT ON THE STUDENT HANDBOOK, A TAX ABATEMENT ON PROPERTY TAXES FOR 10 YEARS ON NEW HOUSING CONSTRUCTION AGREEMENT, CALL FOR A PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED C H S INC. TAX ABATEMENTS AND A BUILDING AND GROUNDS MAINTENANCE AGREEMENT WITH SOUTHERN PLAINS EDUCATION COOPERATIVE. PERSONNEL MATTERS WILL BE ACTED ON AND DONATIONS ACCEPTED AT TUESDAY'S MEETING AT THE FAIRMONT CITY HALL COUNCIL CHAMBERS.

FAIRMONT SCHOOL BOARD2019-08-23T14:09:55+00:00

FAIRMONT CITY COUNCIL

2019-08-23T12:31:18+00:00

THE FAIRMONT CITY COUNCIL MEETS MONDAY AT 5;30 PM. THE COUNCIL WILL HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING ON A TAX ABATEMENT REQUEST FROM C H S INC, WILL ACT ON PERMIT REQUESTS AND ACT ON AN AMENDMENT TO A TASK ORDER FOR PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AT THE AIRPORT. THE COUNCIL WILL ACT ON APPROVAL OF THE LESSARD SAMES OUTDOOR HERITAGE COUNCIL GRANT AGREEMENT, APPROVAL OF A LAKE AVENUE VARIANCE RESOLUTION AND WHETHER TO REQUEST A STATE FORENSIC AUDIT OF THE CITY OF FAIRMONT AT MONDAY'S MEETING AT THE FAIRMONT CITY HALL COUNCIL CHAMBERS. Paste In or Write Your Content Here!!!!!!!!! [...]

FAIRMONT CITY COUNCIL2019-08-23T12:31:18+00:00

HALL OF FAME-JANKE

2019-08-21T11:51:31+00:00

FORMER FAIRMONT AREA SCHOOLS EDUCATOR CLIFF JANKE HAS BEEN SELECTED FOR INCLUSION IN THE 2019 MINNESOTA STATE HIGH SCHOOL LEAGUE HALL OF FAME. Cliff Janke, a 1973 graduate of Lead (SD) High School, has demonstrated excellence throughout his career of more than three decades as a coach and professional leader in the areas of Speech and Theater. For 29 years, he served as either co-head coach or head coach of the Speech Team at Fairmont High School. He coached 14 Class A champions, including a four-time gold medalist. Janke has been actively involved and has had an impact on [...]

HALL OF FAME-JANKE2019-08-21T11:51:31+00:00