Fairmont News


09/18/2018 11:51 AM  ~~~Source~~~
City weighs rec center costs 

Fairmont City Council was inundated Monday with information on building and operating costs for a proposed $24.7 million community center and its impact on the city's budget. Earlier this year, the council approved spending $125,000 to get the community center project started.


09/16/2018 04:31 AM  ~~~Source~~~
ATM taken from First Bank BE 

The ATM in the lobby at the First Bank Blue Earth was stolen on Friday, Sept. 7, and Blue Earth Police Chief Tom Fletcher says there are no leads in the case after more than a week since the crime happened.


09/14/2018 11:22 AM  ~~~Source~~~
News, Sports, Jobs 

Beginning Monday evening, First Street in Fairmont, from the corner of Lake Avenue and Main Street to the alley, will be closed to traffic through Sept. 20, and perhaps longer if there are weather delays.


09/14/2018 06:15 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Groups win $81K in grants 

A Schmeeckle Foundation reception was held Wednesday at the Fairmont Opera House, honoring fourth-round grant recipients Pheasants Forever, Fairmont Opera House and Habitat for Humanity. The private family foundation serves Martin County and carries on the legacy of long-time county resident Juanita Ellen Schmeeckle.


09/13/2018 08:27 PM  ~~~Source~~~
ECFE open house set for Sept. 27 

The Prairie Star Quilt Guild will host a Fiber Arts Festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Fairmont Evangelical Covenant Church, 901 Woodland Ave., in Fairmont. There will be 14 demonstrations presented throughout the day.


09/13/2018 03:38 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Walz team talks small town vitality 

DISCUSSINGa SSMALLa STOWNSa S- From left, Fairmont city administrator Mike Humpal, Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce President Ned Koppen and Fairmont Area Schools Superintendent Joe Brown listen Wednesday afternoon as Peder Kjeseth, far right, district director for Congressman Tim Walz, shares information about Walz's Small Town And Regional Vitality Investment Act at a roundtable discussion at the Martin County Library in Fairmont. According to Walz's chief of staff, Josh Syrjamaki, the goal of the tour is to get feedback and direction as Walz wraps up his time in Congress.


09/12/2018 01:01 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Principals touting new way to learn 

Principal Kim Niss and Assistant Principal Andy Traetow on Tuesday provided the Fairmont School Board an update on the high school's Personalized Learning journey. Personalized Learning is an approach to learning and instruction designed around individual learner readiness, strengths, needs and interests.


09/12/2018 08:02 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Man facing felony charge 

Larry Annis Drayfahl III, 32, has been charged with drug possession in the fifth degree, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. On Aug. 25, a Fairmont police officer was on patrol when he observed a van pull into Kwik Trip.


09/11/2018 10:17 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Man charged with sex crime 

Luke Sigor Thompson, 38, has been charged with criminal sexual conduct in the fourth degree, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. On Aug. 29, a Fairmont police detective was dispatched in response to a sexual assault report by medical personnel.


09/11/2018 10:17 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Cider Fest' set for Saturday 

Timberlake Orchard, located at 176 200th Ave. in rural Fairmont, will host its first Cider Fest on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Timberlake has been open since 1989. It is currently owed by Al and Josh Zeitz and Brian Kudlo, who purchased it from the previous owners about four seasons ago.


09/09/2018 01:38 AM  ~~~Source~~~
2018 South Dakota Senior Games held in Sioux Falls 

The event attracts athletes 50 years and older from across the state along with Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and even Canada. "I've known people who started in their 70's and get very competitive and have fun.


09/08/2018 06:20 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Church marking 150 years in Fairmont 

Pastor Cory Germain is seen inside First Congregational United Church of Christ of Fairmont. The church is getting ready to celebrate its 150th anniversary.


09/08/2018 06:20 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Et Cetera a 

President Trump this week approved a disaster declaration for 36 counties in Minnesota. These include Martin and Faribault counties in our area.


09/08/2018 06:20 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Schools' results mixed 

The state Department of Education recently released its Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments. While there was little improvement statewide in math and reading, several area schools have seen progress.


09/07/2018 09:36 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Red Rock offers concert series 

David Malmberg performs comedy, music and voice tossing. He will kick off the concert series at Red Rock Center for the Arts in Fairmont on Sept.