After a lengthy closed session following the regular meeting Monday night it was revealed that Fairmont City Administrator Mike Humpal is on paid administrative leave, effective today, and Troy Nemmers, city engineer/public works director, has been named city administrator on an interim basis.The council voted 3-2 to place Humpal on paid leave “indefinitely.” No reason was given for the action, and there was no discussion afterward. At the beginning of Monday’s council meeting, a vote to approve the agenda resulted in the council’s familiar 3-2 split, with Peters and Hasek wanting the closed session evaluation removed, saying they had not [...]

HUMPAL-PAID LEAVE2019-10-15T11:30:06+00:00



A tax abatement program to spark construction of multi-family housing failed to win approval from the Fairmont City Council on Monday. Linsey Preuss, Fairmont’s economic development coordinator, told the council that Fairmont has a “very low” 2 percent vacancy rate for rental housing, which can make it difficult for area businesses to secure an adequate work force. The proposed program would aim to spur development of more housing options, with the abatement for 10 years of real estate tax increases resulting from the new multi-family housing built in the city limits. The program already has received unanimous support from the [...]

HOUSING TAX ABATEMENT2019-10-15T11:26:33+00:00



Fairmont has been selected to host the 2020 Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener. Governor Tim Walz made the announcement Friday night during the 2019 Pheasant Opener banquet in Austin. Visit Fairmont, the local convention and visitors bureau, submitted the application to host the 2020 Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Opener. Fairmont was selected through an application process that considered available hunting land, event facilities, travel recreation opportunities and community support. The 2020 event, scheduled for Oct. 9-10, will be the tenth annual Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener. Explore Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will assist local partners in planning the event. [...]

PHEASANT OPENER – FAIRMONT2019-10-14T11:35:43+00:00



The Minnesota Supreme Court held a traveling oral argument in front of students at Fairmont High School on Wednesday. Fairmont students in grades 9-12 attended, along with students from Martin County West, Truman, Martin Luther, Granada-Huntley-East Chain, Redwood Falls and from Blue Earth Area’s law class. The event took place in the Performing Arts Center at Fairmont High School. Students were then given the opportunity to ask questions. Chief Justice Lori Gildea said she enjoys these trips to schools in outstate Minnesota. She said students asked very good questions afterward and it was very inspiring. The justices were given a [...]

SUPREME COURT-FAIRMONT2019-10-10T11:46:35+00:00



For a little over 20 years, Martin County has been dealing with with an outdated jail building and limited courthouse space. On Wednesday, state Rep. Bob Gunther, R-Fairmont, and members of the Minnesota House of Representatives Capital Investment Committee were able to see the problems firsthand, as part of a tour of southwestern Minnesota. Martin County is asking the state for $20 million in 2020 to help with construction of a new justice center. Sheriff Jeff Markquart, Chief Deputy Corey Klanderud and county commissioners led a tour of the jail and courthouse for the committee. Capital Investment Committee Chair Mary [...]




On Friday, Oct. 11,the Cardinal football game in Fairmont will be a “Tackle Cancer” event, through the Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund. The game starts at 7 p.m. Fairmont will play Norwood Young America. Cyndi Johnson, a retired Fairmont High School English teacher, is coordinating this year’s activities and fundraising. The Fairmont football team will autograph a football to be raffled off during the third quarter of its game. Raffle tickets are $5 and can be purchased the night of the game through halftime. All proceeds will go to the Randy Shaver fund. “We’re going to do a [...]

TACKLE CANCER2019-10-09T11:25:14+00:00



The Fairmont Area School Board Tuesday approved the Assurance of Compliance Report for 2019-20. The board also: Approved holding the 2019 payable 2020 tax levy hearing at 6 p.m. Dec. 10 at City Hall. Accepted a $6,161 donation from Fairmont 3M for office and classroom supplies at Fairmont Elementary School. Approved hiring Cory Hainy as the head softball coach for 2019-20. The Fairmont School Board on Tuesday approved the fine arts coaches/advisers for the 2019-20 school year. Fairmont Area Schools Superintendent Joe Brown said enrollment is up at the district, with six new students, including three students in sixth grade, [...]

SCHOOL BOARD2019-10-09T11:20:26+00:00



During Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood or platelets to provide hope and healing to patients fighting cancer. Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women, and more than 268,000 women are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. In August 2016, Myel Bowers-Smith went to the doctor for what she thought was a breast infection for a mosquito bite after a vacation in Cancun. Instead, she received the devastating diagnosis – she had stage 4 inflammatory breast cancer, a very rare and aggressive breast carcinoma. [...]




The Minnesota Supreme Court will visit Fairmont High School Wednesday to hold its 50th traveling oral arguments. The program seeks to teach students about the Minnesota court system and build the public’s trust, confidence and understanding of the judiciary. At 9 AM Wednesday morning, the court will hold oral arguments in an actual court case in front of hundreds of students in the Performing Arts Center at Fairmont High School.Fairmont students in grades 9-12 will attend, along with students from Martin County West, Truman, Martin Luther, Granada-Huntley-East Chain and Arise Academy. Following oral arguments, the justices will hold a question-and-answer [...]

SUPREME COURT-FAIRMONT2019-10-08T11:19:11+00:00



With more than half a million dollars raised, the Adventure Playground will move toward reality Monday in Fairmont.. Groundbreaking ceremonies for the all-accessible area are set for 4:30 p.m. at Gomsrud Park. The final price tag came in at $505,346, about $20,000 higher than originally projected. The extra cost stems from additional excavating and preparation needed for the site. Flagship Recreation/ Landscape Structures of Delano designed the playground and adjusted for changes throughout the planning. While there is a chance that the playground could be finished this fall, it is more realistic to expect it next spring, depending on weather. [...]