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Flooding tops third quarter news

October 4, 2010 - Lee Smith
The third quarter of 2010 was all wet when it came to local news. An overnight downpour in late September left the area suffering from flooding; the worst of which occurred in Truman, where hundreds of basements saw several feet of water, streets were deluged and things became a general mess. The Red Cross set up an emergency relief center in Truman. Gov. Tim Pawlenty, and state and national officials came to assess the damage. Cleanup eventually began, and the area began awaiting word on federal disaster relief.

In other third quarter news: The city of Fairmont and the local school district worked out a deal on the Budd School site, which will become home to the city’s new water treatment plant. The deal emerged only after some criticism of the school for not being willing to sell the site for less. Fairmont also moved ahead on a proposal to build a softball complex on Winnebago Avenue. The concept has been in the works for at least a decade. Fairmont Medical Center cut its home health and home hospice programs, sparking concerns about the loss of the programs to the community. UHD of Blue Earth announced it would open a hospice office in downtown Fairmont. In the race for Martin County sheriff, Jeff Markquart and Lowell Spee emerged in the August primary. The duo will face off in November. Sadly, in July, a car accident in Welcome left four young people dead.


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