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Second quarter local news for 2012 ...

August 7, 2012 - Lee Smith
I see that I’ve fallen behind on providing a review of second quarter local news for 2012. Here were the highlights, or lowlights as the case may be:

In April, Republican congressional candidates Al Quist and Mike Parry, along with their supporters, participated in an all-day battle for the party’s endorsement at the Kato Ballroom in Mankato. Neither candidate emerged with enough votes to win. Quist and Parry will face off in an Aug. 14 primary to see who advances to take on incumbent Congressman Tim Walz, D-Minn.

Mayo Clinic Health System marked 20 years in Fairmont in April.

In May, the Fairmont movie theater announced it was working on financing to remain open, given the cost of replacing its film projectors with digital technology. The theater previously had said it would be forced to close due to the $400,000 cost.

Also in May, area residents welcomed home the Jackson/Fairmont Red Bull brigade after it completed its deployment to the Middle East. Families and neighbors celebrated the return of their loved ones.

A fire in Blue Earth claimed two lives in the early morning hours of May 6. Cousins Rudy Carmona, 39, of Blue Earth and Fidel Bello, 47, of Elmore perished in the blaze.

Fairmont’s longtime city administrator Jim Zarling stepped down from his position in May. Considered a calm, steady leader, Zarling served in some capacity at City Hall since 1984.

In June, authorities announced that first-degree arson charges had been filed against a 19-year-old Fairmont man in the wake of a fire at Lincoln School. Timothy Jude Brickner is accused of lighting the stage curtains on fire. The ensuing alarm triggered an evacuation of the building.

Former Sentinel editor and publisher Ray Stougaard died in late June. He was remembered as a tough but fair newspaper man, as well as a leader in the community, especially during his retirement.

A grand jury indicted Brian Daniel Freeman of Ceylon on first-degree murder charges for allegedly breaking into a Blue Earth residence on Feb. 20, killing Christopher Fulmer, 37, and injuring Freeman’s wife, Candice, and her two teen daughters.


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