Second quarter news tragic
June 29, 2010 - Lee Smith
The second quarter news of 2010 was marred by tragedy in the Fairmont area. Two Truman teens were killed in a car accident in May. Around the same time, an Elmore teen drowned while swimming at Ward Park.
Meanwhile, in a strange story, a man was arrested in May after an alleged drunken evening that ended up with him stabbing 29 hogs at a feedlot.
Two referendums also passed in May: Fairmont Area Schools finally nailed down financing for an expansion project at Five Lakes Elementary. The project will allow the district to combine campuses, closing two buildings. One site — Budd School — is slated to become home to the city of Fairmont's new water treatment plant. The other referendum was passed in Truman, where firefighters saw voters approve $550,000 for fire hall expansion and renovation.
Also during the quarter, two long-time public servants announced they are retiring. Budd School principal Dick Truman and Martin County Sheriff Brad Gerhardt are calling it quits.
In May, Fairmont Area Schools announced it had hired Joe Brown, superintendent of Grand Meadow schools, as its new superintendent, replacing Butch Hanson.
Finally, in June, the local VFW successfully bid on the former Kak's restaurant, allowing the VFW to maintain a home after selling its facility. The Sanford medical operation out of South Dakota said it is NOT the business that bought the VFW.
Bank Midwest, meanwhile, announced plans to build a new facility along Highway 15 North in Fairmont. It will house the bank's "behind-the-scenes" operations.