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First quarter news interesting

March 30, 2010 - Lee Smith

The first quarter of local news in 2010 has left me feeling hot and cold. Actually, the other way around. The year began with lots of snow, ice, missed school, collapsed roofs and two days of state highway closings. Now, in a turnaround, March is unseasonably warm, making winter nasty, but short.

Among other major news in Q1:

Three people died in a Lewisville murder-suicide in January. The tragic case involved a domestic dispute.

Fairmont Area Schools Superintendent Butch Hanson announced his retirement. He will end his tenure in June.

Meanwhile, the school and the city of Fairmont are trying to put together a series of maneuvers to close Budd School, transfer the site to the city for its new water plant and build an addition at Five Lakes Elementary. The school referendum is in May.

The Fairmont VFW voted in February to sell its building to an unknown buyer; the same buyer that is seeking 12 homes around the VFW site. Rumors still abound as to who is interested in the land.

The Fairmont Medical Center has announced plans to build a walk-in clinic. It also suspended a rival, Dr. Corey Welchlin, from performing surgeries. However, Welchlin has won a court ruling to still be able to visit the medical center.

An ongoing story has been the worries of local governments and others about state aid cuts, with more to follow. The cuts come as the state of Minnesota wrestles with a budget deficit, and an even larger deficit looming in years ahead.

Winnebago City Administrator Jennifer Feely, who has had a long-running battle with the CIty Council, announced in March that she would resign, taking a position in Caledonia.

The Fareway Foods grocery store opened in March in Fairmont.

Truman City Council has scheduled a vote on a fire hall addition for May.


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