MCW Voters Approve Bond Referendum


On Tuesday, voters in the Martin County West School District approved a referendum to build a new K-12 school in Sherburn. The $64.7 million bond passed by a margin of 966 yes votes to 901 no votes. A previous attempt in November of 2023 to pass a bond had fallen 50 votes short. Voter turnout for the special election was 66% of registered voters in the district.

MCW Voters Approve Bond Referendum2024-05-14T22:03:53-05:00

Mayo Clinic Health System dedicates breast center as Hoffman Paschke Breast Clinic 


  MANKATO, Minn. — In recognition of a generous $3.5 million gift to Mayo Clinic Health System, the Madison East Health Campus breast clinic has been renamed as the Hoffman Paschke Breast Clinic.     The gift was made by Mike and Tami (née Paschke) Hoffman to further ensure patients have convenient, local access to the highest-quality care through support of capital initiatives and staff professional development.     "We can't thank the Hoffmans enough for their extraordinary generosity and long-standing support of Mayo Clinic," says Tara Krosch, M.D., regional vice chair of clinical practice for surgical specialties at Mayo Clinic Health System. [...]

Mayo Clinic Health System dedicates breast center as Hoffman Paschke Breast Clinic 2024-05-13T11:45:11-05:00

Federated REA Donates To Four Area Fire Departments


Federated Rural Electric, Jackson, recently presented a donation totaling $7,500 to four local fire departments Alpha, Ceylon, Lakefield and Northrop. Federated took advantage of matching funds from two organizations to triple the impact. “Federated donated $2,500, then secured matching funds from CoBank’s Sharing Success Program and Basin Electric Cooperative,” stated Federated’s General Manager Scott Reimer. “Cooperatives are concerned about their local communities; we saw this as a way to help each fire department with costly equipment needs. This is the third year of helping our local fire departments; we will rotate this donation each year until we’ve helped all the fire [...]

Federated REA Donates To Four Area Fire Departments2024-05-09T11:18:09-05:00

Spirit Lake Man Charged With First Degree Attempted Murder


A Spirit Lake man has been charged with attempted murder after an incident in Dickinson County. Caleb Crosby According to court documents, Caleb Crosby, 19, has been charged with attempted murder and 1st-degree theft. In a Facebook post, the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office said they were searching for Crosby Sunday after an incident near Montgomery. The sheriff’s office suggested that Crosby was dangerous in their post as they told citizens not to approach him if he was seen. Montgomery is a small, unincorporated community two miles northwest of Triboji Beach.

Spirit Lake Man Charged With First Degree Attempted Murder2024-05-06T14:01:04-05:00

Fairmont High School student named to Robotics All-State team


Isaac Sheard, a senior at Fairmont High School and a key member of its Robotics Team, was recognized during the Minnesota State High School League Robotics Tournament held at Williams Arena last Saturday. He was honored as a member of the 2024 Robotics All State Team, specifically for his expertise in programming. Out of over 200 robotics teams statewide, only three programming students were selected for this distinction, highlighting Sheard's remarkable skill and dedication. Throughout his four-year tenure with the robotics team, Isaac has been instrumental in various capacities. Serving as the programming lead, robot driver, and a team captain, he [...]

Fairmont High School student named to Robotics All-State team2024-05-06T13:28:50-05:00

More Fairmont Students Qualify For National Speech Tournament


On April 26 and 27, six members of Fairmont Speech competed at the online Last Chance National Qualifying Tournament. This tournament is held after the district qualifying tournament to provide an additional opportunity for speech and debate competitors to qualify for Nationals. Fairmont Speech already qualified three competitors at districts in March: Junior Grace Simpson (Duo Interpretation), Junior Oliver Thedens (Duo Interpretation) and Freshman Leon Yang (Humorous Interpretation). There were over 1,000 students across the nation competing at Last Chance. For main speech events, those who made it into the top 16 in their category qualified for Nationals. There were four [...]

More Fairmont Students Qualify For National Speech Tournament2024-04-30T11:44:31-05:00

Two Fairmont High School Students Win At State Speech Competition


Fairmont High School's speech team can boast of two individual state champions and an overall 3rd Place Team Sweepstakes honor from the Class A State Speech Meet.   Fairmont took first and second place in the Original Oratory category, with Junior Alayna Haefner winning first and Sophomore Bel Lutterman sweeping the top honors. Freshman Leon Yang took first place overall in the highly competitive Humorous Interpretation category. Leon has also qualified for the upcoming National Speech Competition this summer.   Also scoring medals for Fairmont were Junior Dominick Lund-May, 2nd in Extemporaneous Speaking, Junior Kelsey Hunter, 3rd in Informative Speaking, and [...]

Two Fairmont High School Students Win At State Speech Competition2024-04-23T13:24:51-05:00

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
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