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Plea deal tops first quarter news
March 29, 2013 - Lee Smith
The first quarter of 2013 did not bring with it too many local news stories of note. Probably the top story was the plea deal accepted by Brian Daniel Freeman, 30, of Ceylon. He had been accused of killing Christopher Fulmer, 37, of Blue Earth in February 2012, as well as attacking Freeman’s wife and her two teen daughters.
The plea deal sent Freeman to prison for at least 33 years and made a lengthy trial unnecessary.
Another major story of the quarter included Fairmont Raceway desperately seeking and eventually finding a promoter, so that the summertime auto races will continue as normal this year. Losing the races would also have meant losing some local economic activity.
With a national debate raging about gun control in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting in December, people in Martin and Faribault County continue to purchase guns and apply for permits to carry them, according to area sheriffs.
Also, it was announced that the Special Olympics will be making a return to Fairmont.
And, finally, Fairmont participated in “Top 20” training over the past several months. The motivational program aims to get children, their parents, teachers, business leaders and others to think and react to others in ways that are productive, rather than negative and useless. Fairmont is the first “Top 20” community in the nation.
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