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School board acts in third quarter ...

October 18, 2012 - Lee Smith
The Fairmont School Board took a bold step in the third quarter of 2012, voting to cut extracurricular activities for students next school year if voters do not approve an operating referendum this fall. The board’s decision was among the top news stories in the July-September period.

The school district also enjoyed some good news, when it was announced in July that a buyer had been found for Lincoln School, formerly an elementary and early childcare center. Some early childcare functions will remain in the building, leasing space from George and Gayla Properties of Missouri. The business acquired the school for $11,000. The sale of the school means lower maintenance costs for Fairmont Area. It also means the school’s campuses have been reduced to two — Fairmont Elementary and Fairmont Junior/Senior High School.

In other third quarter news:

The city of Fairmont revamped its downtown parking regulations in August. More parking in the downtown area was switched back to eight-hour parking, in the wake of a decision to begin enforcing two-hour parking along Downtown Plaza. The enforcement came with $25 fines.

The ongoing drought affected the farming community in the Fairmont area, although harvest reports indicate Minnesota farmers are faring much better than their brethren in other parts of the country, where the drought has been more severe.

The Fairmont City Council tweaked a local law regarding what constitutes a pet. Locals who own chickens get to keep them.

The Fairmont medical center was fined by the federal government for having too many readmissions.

The med center also announced plans for a $445,000 renovation of its chemotherapy department.

In September, the city of Fairmont announced limits on use of water, given the ongoing drought. Watering lawns and washing cars became no-nos.

The Buffalo Lake ethanol plant in Fairmont was idled in September. The high price of corn, the ongoing drought and an ethanol surplus were cited as reasons.


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