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What happened in first quarter of 2011?

March 25, 2011 - Lee Smith
A Martin County commissioner — Gerald Boler — made news in the first quarter of 2011, after being charged with felony theft for allegedly double-dipping on expense reports to the county and another group. Boler has hired an attorney and made several court appearances to date. Meanwhile, a colleague on the commission censured Boler in March. The public rebuke followed weeks of uncertainty, as commissioners considered ways to let the public know how they felt about the case.

In other first quarter local news, Fairmont Area Schools stayed in the headlines. It announced budget cuts of $1.5 million in January, then carried through on the proposal by cutting 21 jobs in March. The district also witnessed a fire at its Five Lakes Elementary construction site in late March. And the district announced it would sell Lincoln School for $1 to any interested bidder.

And in other news:

— Ceylon lost a local icon when Dorothy Petersen passed away in January.

— Sherburn saw the long-standing Cup N Saucer cafe close its doors.

— A Jackson manufacturer announced it was bringing back a product line from France, meaning 100 to 150 jobs would be created in Jackson.

— Doug Bennett of Fairmont was found guilty in the assault of a rural Truman couple. Bennett was sentenced to 11 years in prison.

— Faribault County commissioners passed a moratorium on pipelines discharging into the Blue Earth River. The decision affects the Buffalo Lake ethanol plant in Fairmont. It had hoped to send its discharge water to the river by pipeline.

— The death of a Truman couple in February was deemed a murder-suicide.


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