Drive Thru Dispute Causes Injury


A dispute at the McDonald's drive-thru in Fairmont on Thanksgiving Day resulted in an injury to a Truman man. At 9:55 a.m. Thursday morning, Fairmont Police responded to the report of an incident outside the McDonald's building. According to the Police report, the incident started as a verbal dispute between two drivers. One stated they had accidentally cut off the other vehicle in the merging area of the drive thru. The two drivers continued to yell at each other through their windows as they continued through the line. The first unit pulled up to the pick-up window, whereupon the second vehicle [...]

Drive Thru Dispute Causes Injury2023-11-27T12:40:50-05:00

Federated REA Announces Fall Round-Up Recipients


(Jackson, MN) -- The Federated Rural Electric Trust, Jackson, recognized local organizations receiving $20,984 through Operation Round Up. These donations occur due to monthly contributions by participating Federated members. 29 groups received money in this 58th round of funding:     Human Services of Faribault & Martin Co. $225 Buy 25 Love & Logic Way parenting workbooks JCC Ag Department $250 Fund 18 students with OSHA 10 work-based training certification MCW Speech Department $400 Speechwire software used for speech meets HL-O Family Career Community Leaders of America Circuit machine to make student display boards HL-O Elementary Special Education $478 Five flexible [...]

Federated REA Announces Fall Round-Up Recipients2023-11-21T15:24:55-05:00

Mike Murphy Inducted Into NAFB Hall Of Fame


Last week the 80th annual convention of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting [NAFB] was held in Kansas City. A “Night of Honors” banquet is held each year that includes inducting two members into the NAFB Hall of Fame. This years inductees were Mike Perrine of MP Ag Radio in Troy, Illinois; and Mike Murphy, retired farm broadcaster at KSUM/KFMC, Fairmont.   Murphy became the Farm Director at Woodward Broadcasting in 1983 with the passing of then Farm Director Marv Carlson. Over the years Mike reported daily markets, covered ag events like the Minnesota Pork Congress, World Pork Expo, The National [...]

Mike Murphy Inducted Into NAFB Hall Of Fame2023-11-20T09:08:08-05:00

Blue Earth Man Arrested For Role At Capitol Insurrection


The FBI on Tuesday arrested a Faribault County man on charges that he participated in the January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol. Federal prosecutors in Washington, D.C., charged Paul Orta Jr. of Blue Earth with a felony count of obstructing police during a civil disorder and misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct and entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds. According to the criminal complaint, Orta, 34, went to the FBI field office in Brooklyn Center, Minn., on Jan. 25, 2021 and “told the agents that he had seen his picture on the FBI website and that he wanted to do [...]

Blue Earth Man Arrested For Role At Capitol Insurrection2023-11-15T14:24:29-05:00

Man Injured In Watonwan County Accident


MADELIA — A 44-year-old Comfrey man was injured Thursday morning when the semi he was driving on Highway 60 rolled between St. James and Madelia. Nathan Alan Lang was driving a 2003 Peterbilt westbound near the Highway 30 ramp in Fieldon Township when the truck rolled into a ditch. Lang was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato. Road conditions were dry and alcohol was not a factor in the crash according to the Minnesota State Patrol report.

Man Injured In Watonwan County Accident2023-11-09T15:03:32-05:00

MCW School Bond Election Measure Fails


On Tuesday night, voters in the Martin County West school district went to the polls with the issue of a $63 million bond for a new K-12 school on the ballot. The issue was defeated with 911 no votes and 861 yes votes. A second question which would have provided an additional $9 million for an auditorium and additional gym facilities failed with 722 no votes and 655 yes votes. Turnout was good with 1,772 votes cast amongst 2,741 registered voters in the district.  

MCW School Bond Election Measure Fails2023-11-08T10:35:58-05:00

Fairmont Public Hearing To Be Held


Please take notice that The City of Fairmont will be holding a public informational meeting on Monday, December 11, 2023, at 4:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. in Council Chambers at 100 Downtown Plaza, giving the public an opportunity to give feedback on the adequacy of the City’s Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan as required in our MS4 permit, issued by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.   This meeting may be attended by members of the Fairmont City Council.

Fairmont Public Hearing To Be Held2023-10-30T14:38:05-05:00

Charges In Martin County Accidental Shooting


A  Martin County man faces charges including second-degree manslaughter, child endangerment and negligent storage of a loaded firearm in connection with the fatal shooting of a 2-year-old boy by another child earlier this month. 33-year-old Colton Mammenga of Welcome was charged Thursday in Martin County District Court. The charges stem from the death of Matthew Alshaikhnasser. Authorities said he was fatally shot by his 4-year-old brother on Oct. 15 after the older boy found a loaded handgun while the two children were left alone for a few minutes in a pickup truck. Matthew died two days later. The criminal complaint alleges [...]

Charges In Martin County Accidental Shooting2023-10-27T08:07:23-05:00

Accidental Shooting In Martin County


On Sunday, October 15, at 10:20 a.m., the Martin County Sheriff's Office responded to an emergency report of an accidental shooting. The caller was in the 1300 block of 130th Avenue and headed toward Fairmont for medical assistance. Deputies intercepted the caller's vehicle in the 1800 block of 120th Street. There they assisted an adult in rendering first aid to the victim, a two-year old child. Mayo Clinic Ambulance Service transported the victim to Mayo Clinic Health System Fairmont for further assistance. Later the victim was transported via air ambulance to Mayo Clinic Rochester. Based on information gathered at the scene, [...]

Accidental Shooting In Martin County2023-10-17T07:37:25-05:00

Algona Man Charged in Murder of Police Officer Enters Not Guilty Plea


The man accused of fatally shooting Algona Police Officer Kevin Cram has pleaded not guilty to first degree murder charges in a written plea submitted to Kossuth County Court. According to authorities, 43-year-old Kyle Ricke of Algona is charged with the shooting death of Officer Cram, who was attempting to serve an arrest warrant for third degree harassment at approximately 8pm on September 13th. After the incident, Ricke fled the scene and a four hour manhunt ensued, involving law enforcement from both Iowa and Minnesota. Recent court records reveal that a pretrial conference has been set for November 14th, with a [...]

Algona Man Charged in Murder of Police Officer Enters Not Guilty Plea2023-10-10T07:03:06-05:00
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