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BACK TO SCHOOL MENTAL HEALTH

2020-08-12T06:44:37-06:00

Mayo Clinic Health System encouraging the four Be’s for back-to-school mental health The COVID-19 pandemic has caused much stress and uncertainty for students, parents, teachers and staff. “All of our lives have changed so much the past few months, including how we interact with one another and so many of our routines,” says Lisa Hardesty, psychologist, Mayo Clinic Health System. “As school begins this fall, parents and kids may be experiencing anxiety and other emotions because school plays such a big role academically, socially and emotionally for children. To work on a healthy mindset for this school year, it may help [...]

BACK TO SCHOOL MENTAL HEALTH2020-08-12T06:44:37-06:00

ELECTION FILINGS CLOSE

2020-08-12T05:44:33-06:00

Filings for the Nov.3 Elections have closed. The race for the Ward 2 seat on the Fairmont City Council is a four-way contest. Candidates include Ronald Lindberg Britney Kawecki, Joe Loughmiller and incumbent Ruth Cyphers. Other races on the Nov. 3 ballot include incumbent Wayne Hasek and Terry Anderson in Ward 4; and incumbent Tom Hawkins, Jay Maynard and Michele Miller for the at-large position that represents the entire city. The Fairmont Area School Board had three incumbents -Julie Laue, Michelle Green and Dan Brookens file - with no challengers for the General Election. The Martin County Board of Commissioners will [...]

ELECTION FILINGS CLOSE2020-08-12T05:44:33-06:00

COVID-19 UPDATE

2020-08-12T05:23:58-06:00

MARTIN COUNTY HAS 208 CONFIRMED CASES. 5 ACTIVE. 197 RECOVERED. FARIBAULT COUNTY HAS 89 CONFIRMED CASES. ACTIVE 8. RECOVERED 81 WATONWAN COUNTY HAS 323 CONFIRMED CASES. 13 ACTIVE. 310 RECOVERED. The Minnesota Department of Health reported on Tuesday 332 new confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.  The total number of cases in Minnesota is 61,839. There have been 6 additional deaths associated with COVID-19, putting the death total at 1,666.  Deaths among cases that resided in long term care or assisted living facilities increased to 1,251. As of 11am on Tuesday, there were 337 people hospitalized, with 147 in Intensive Care. A [...]

COVID-19 UPDATE2020-08-12T05:23:58-06:00

OLSON WINS 23A PRIMARY

2020-08-12T04:27:11-06:00

Elmore Mayor Bjorn Olson won a Republican primary vote over opponent Michael Sukalski on Tuesday night. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Olson netted 58 percent of the vote to Sukalski’s 42 percent in the party  battle for the District 23A seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives. Both men were seeking to replace state Rep. Bob Gunther, R-Fairmont, who is retiring after 25 years representing the area. Olson had the party’s endorsement, but Sukalski, an engineer in Fairmont, challenged him based on a technical glitch at a May 19 “virtual” district convention. Olson garnered 2,447 votes and Sukalski 1,807. Voter [...]

OLSON WINS 23A PRIMARY2020-08-12T04:27:11-06:00

FAIRMONT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

2020-08-11T08:10:05-06:00

THE FAIRMONT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY AT THEIR MEETING EARLIER THIS WEEK APPROVED A $500 CONTRIBUTION TO THE GOOGLE DESTINATION MARKETING ORGANIZATION PARTNERSHIP LOCALLY JOINING VISIT FAIRMONT WITH THEIR $1,000 LEAD CONTRIBUTION AND AN ANTICPATED $500 FROM THE FAIRMONT AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FOR A TOTAL OF $2,000 PROJECT COST FOR A SAVINGS OF 73% OF THE $7,500 PROGRAM COST. THIS PROGRAM HELPS PARTICIPATING DESTINATIONS POSITION THEIR LOCAL BUSINESSES AND POINTS OF INTEREST TO BE BOTH COMPLETE AND COMPELLING WITHIN THE THE WORLD'S LARGEST TRAVEL PLANNING PLATFORM. THE BOARD APPROVED ENTERING INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH REMAX TOTAL REALTY WITH PAUL DETERMAN BEING [...]

FAIRMONT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT2020-08-11T08:10:05-06:00

CITY COUNCIL-FRANCHISE FEE

2020-08-11T05:28:20-06:00

A natural gas franchise fee was on the Fairmont City Council agenda Monday. Fairmont customers of Minnesota Energy, the city’s natural gas provider, will notice a slight increase in their monthly bills next year , due to a franchise fee approved by a 4-1 council vote. Wayne Hasek dissented. “To me, this just seems like a tax increase,” he said. Fairmont gas customers will pay $2.50 plus a therm fee every month, costing them about $40 to $50 annually. The fee is to be part of a plan to eventually reduce or eliminate assessments on future street improvements. Policy decisions about [...]

CITY COUNCIL-FRANCHISE FEE2020-08-11T05:28:20-06:00

COVID-19 UPDATE

2020-08-11T05:21:35-06:00

No new cases reported in Martin or Faribault Counties. Watonwan County has 308 confirmed cases. 7 Active. 301 Recovered. The Minnesota Department of Health reported on Monday 625 new confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.  The total number of cases in Minnesota is 61,516. There have been 3 additional deaths associated with COVID-19, putting the death total at 1,660.  Deaths among cases that resided in long term care or assisted living facilities increased to 1,250. As of 11am Monday, there were 320 people hospitalized with 159 in intensive care. A total of 54,364 people have recovered statewide and no longer require isolation. [...]

COVID-19 UPDATE2020-08-11T05:21:35-06:00

WEEKEND SCOREBOARD

2020-08-10T07:53:25-06:00

The Fairmont Martins guaranteed themselves a second consecutive bid to the Minnesota Class ‘C’ state amateur baseball tournament after Friday night’s 19-11 win at Irish Yard in Milroy. The No. 1-seeded  Martins open defense of their Region 13C amateur baseball crown against the No. 6-seeded and 2019 regional runner-up Hadley starting Wednesday night. The Martins (20-2) play host to the Buttermakers in Game 1 of their best-of-3 regional championship series. Hadley defeated the number 2 seed Luverne Redbirds in their series this past weekend.

WEEKEND SCOREBOARD2020-08-10T07:53:25-06:00

COVID-19 UPDATE

2020-08-10T05:42:54-06:00

MARTIN COUNTY AT LAST REPORT HAS 207 CONFIRMED CASES. 7 ACTIVE. 179 RECOVERED. FARIBAULT COUNTY HAS 87 CONFIRMED. 7 ACTIVE. 80 RECOVERED. Minnesota on Sunday recorded nine deaths from COVID-19, along with 806 new cases, according to the Department of Health. Four of the deaths reported were from residents of long-term care and assisted living facilities. The state has tallied 1,657 deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic. Over the past two weeks, the rolling average number of daily new cases has remained mostly constant at about 702 per day. The number of hospitalizations has also remained mostly steady [...]

COVID-19 UPDATE2020-08-10T05:42:54-06:00

MINNESOTA PRIMARY ELECTION

2020-08-10T05:39:03-06:00

Minnesotans head to the polls Tuesday  Aug. 11 for the primary election, although many people have already voted by mail and those ballots remain to be counted. Closer to home voters in all of Martin and parts of Faribault, Watonwan and Jackson Counties have the Minnesota House of Representatives District 23A Seat on the Republican side between Michael Sukalski and Bjorn Olson on the ballot. Current State Representative Bob Gunther of Fairmont has announced his decision to retire from the State Legislature. Polls are open in Martin County Municipalities from 7 AM to 8 PM and for Townships that have not [...]

MINNESOTA PRIMARY ELECTION2020-08-10T05:39:03-06:00