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The 125th Welcome Summer Festival Fundraiser will be held Saturday, February 21st at the Welcome Legion. The fund-raiser is a chili feed, featuring chili and your choice of cinnamon or caramel roll. Serving hours are 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Cost is kids 12 and under, $5, chili meal $10. Chili meal with the purchase of a commemorative crock is $25. Funds will be used for the events to be held at the 125th Welcome Summer Festival 2015. Commemorative Chili Crocks will be available for sale.
The Fairmont MN Area Multiple Myeloma Support Group will meet Saturday, February 28th from 10 a.m. to noon at the Mayo Clinic Health Systems - Hospital “The Classroom”. There will be a Dr. Durie, IMF President Presentation. A Continental Breakfast is available. Patients, caregivers, family and friends are all welcome. For more information phone Joyce Schultz at 507-230-0207.
Come join the Martin Soil and Water Conservation District for an open house retirement celebration for Kathy Smith on Friday, February 27th from noon to 3 p.m. at 923 North State Street, Fairmont.
MOSS (Many Offerings of Special Support) is seeking Ambassadors for the 2015 Garden Tour. MOSS raises funds for children in the Fairmont area with physical or learning disabilities. Request an application by calling Linda Quade at 507-235-3820 or e-mailing Linda_303@yahoo.com. Deadline to submit an application is April 1st.
Everyone is invited to an Adult Bible Study on “Does God Exist” led by Martin Luther High School Principal Paul Steinhaus. This month’s session will be at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Fairmont on Wednesday, February 25th at 7 p.m.
First Congregational UCC Church, 319 Downtown Plaza will serve a free community meal on Wednesday, February 25th, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The menu includes tater tot hot dish, dessert and beverages.
A spaghetti dinner fund-raiser is planned for Kaleb and Katie (Burnham) Meade to help with medical expenses for their daughter, Aubrianna who was born 2½ months premature and is in the hospital in Sioux Falls. The dinner will be Saturday, February 21st at the Fairmont Christian Church, 625 Johnson Street, Fairmont, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
A free will offering will be taken. The public is invited to attend to help support the family.
Join us in celebrating World Day of Prayer 2015 with 170 countries and regions. The Ladies of the Bahamas call us to celebrate Jesus’ radical love—a love that reaches out and draws others in. There is much to learn about the country often associated with vacations and tropical paradise. Share in World Day of Prayer on Friday, March 6th at 2 p.m. at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Sherburn.
Lake Belt Cemetery Association Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, February 21st at 11:00 a.m. at the Lake Belt Township Grader Shed/Town Hall. All members are invited to attend.
On Thursday, March 5th, Kindest Cut, a mobile spay and neuter clinic will visit Fairmont. This clinic is a low cost spay and neuter clinic for cats, dogs and rabbits owned by people in need. The clinic is being hosted at the Carl Nettifee Memorial Animal Shelter. For more details and to register visit kindestcutmn.com or call 763-489-7729. Preregistration is required.
Martin Soil & Water Open House tree winners were: Jeff Kurt, Eric Hanson, Harold Cooper, Gene Stene and Jon Anderson. The Open House was held the last three days in January. Congratulations to these lucky winners!
Ceylon High School All-School Reunion Committee will meet on Saturday, February 21st at 9:00 a.m. at the Ceylon Legion Hall.
Prairieland Antique Tractor Association will meet at McDonald’s on Thursday, February 19th, 7:30 p.m. The public is welcome.
The public’s input is now sought on the Project 1590’s list of community projects to narrow down the list. Projects that would enhance the vitality, liability and health of the greater Fairmont community can be voted on by going online to www.project1590.com. Survey deadline is February 28th.
A Call Out for ALL “Hunger Heroes”!
A goal has been set: pack meal kits of food to provide 100,000 meals and do it in one day! This ambitious goal is for the 7th Annual Kids Against Hunger Pack taking place this Saturday morning, February 21st at the Fairmont National Guard Armory.
Packing will take place by volunteers working in teams during three shifts that day: from 9 to 11 a.m.; 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; and from 2 to 4 p.m. Teams of ten people have been forming since last year's pack and this year they even added more teams to help accomplish their goal. Last year, over $29,000 was raised and over 89,000 meals were packed in Martin County.
The meal pack contains rice, soy, dried vegetables, chicken flavored powder and more. It contains 21 minerals and vitamins essential to a person’s health and has been proven to reverse malnutrition. It is a dry meal pack and has a shelf life of three years. All the recipients of the meal kits have to do is add boiling water. Some of the meal kits stay local to be provided to those in need, while a majority of the meals are shipped around the world to areas in need. One meal has all the nutrition that a person needs for one day.
The volunteers who work the shifts is made up of an area-wide effort, involving people of all ages. Many of the volunteers are high school students. The event is sponsored in part by Peterson Anthony Insurance Agency and many others have donated to help pay for the cost of the meals that day. Paige Cowing was one of those individuals as she organized a night of concerts and performances by local students and adults at the Fairmont Opera House a few weeks back and all of the money raised from that night went to the local food pack.
Volunteers are still needed, so if you would like to become a “Hunger Hero”, you can contact Beth Reeve at 507-235-5107 or email: email@example.com.
Family Fun Fair exhibit registration
Fairmont Community Education and Recreation and Early Childhood Family Education are organizing the 30th Annual Family Fun Fair. The Fair will be held on Friday, March 27th, 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., in the Fairmont Elementary School. The purpose of the Family Fun Fair is to assemble local agencies which are advocates of families with young children. The Fair displays numerous educational, economic, health and support services available to families in this area. Exhibitors provide an exciting variety of hands-on activities for young children.
Brian Richards ACME Magic Factory and Remarkable Reptiles will be the featured attractions of this year’s Family Fun Fair. Family entertainer Brian Richards will present two Acme Magic Factory children’s performances that evening. Remarkable Reptiles will bring several live reptiles (all harmless) including a friendly boa constrictor and assorted artifacts.
Groups interested in being exhibitors at the Fair are invited to contact the Fairmont Community Education and Recreation Office (235-3141) or Early Childhood Family Education (235-6205) for more information.
Agri-Business Committee Scholarship applications available for seniors
Graduating seniors of Martin County high schools planning to pursue a bachelor’s degree in agriculture or an area of study that services agriculture, such as finance, veterinary medicine, insurance, bio-science, or marketing are encouraged to apply for $8,400 in scholarships.
In partnership with the Agriculture Future of America (AFA), the Agri-Business Committee of the Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce is offering up to two $4,200 scholarships, which includes registration for the fall 2015 AFA Leaders Conference.
The Agri-Business Committee will determine the number of scholarships based on the number of qualified applicants. These scholarships are made possible through the Agriculture Future of America, the Agri-Business Committee of the Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce, and the following sponsors: AgStar Financial Services, Bank Midwest, Cargill Inc., Devenish Nutrition, Dutch Creek Farms, Fairmont Vet Clinic/Preferred Capital Management, Kahler Automation, Martin County Corn and Soybean Growers, Profinium Financial, Valero Renewables, and WFS.
Applications are available from high school Guidance Counselors, Vocational Agriculture Instructors, the Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce, and online at http://www.agfuture.org/scholarships.
Scholarship winners will be contacted following the April meeting of the Scholarship Committee and the Agri-Business Committee.
Applications are due March 20th, 2015. Completed applications can be dropped off at the Chamber office at 323 East Blue Earth Avenue, mailed to Agri Scholarship, Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 826, Fairmont, MN 56031, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Acid reflux class at MCHS-Fairmont
At least 40 million Americans suffer from acid reflux. Most have only mild or occasional symptoms. However, about 15 million need medication on a daily basis to control that burning sensation. Real acid reflux - also commonly known as heartburn - has nothing to do with the heart, but the location of the pain often requires health care professionals to make sure the heart is not involved.
Mayo Clinic Health System will offer a free presentation on acid reflux Thursday, February 26th at 7 p.m. in the main classroom of the medical center. LeRoy Hodges, M.D., General Surgery, will discuss many aspects of acid reflux and answer questions, such as:
Speaking of Health is a community health education series and does not qualify for clinical continuing education units or clinical contact hour credit. One clock hour credit is available. People can view previous Speaking of Health presentations on the Mayo Clinic Health System YouTube channel.
Fairmont CER Lights On For Kids
Walk for Diabetes
As a special community service learning project, Fairmont Community Education and Recreation’s Lights On For Kids hosted a School Walk for Diabetes on January 29th. Over 94 miles were walked raising $474.30 for the American Diabetes Associations.
While raising money for the American Diabetes Association, students also learned about diabetes and the importance of making healthy choices, such as eating good foods and exercising every day. The money raised through the Walk helps to fund diabetes research, camp scholarships, education and advocacy provided by the American Diabetes Association.
Tony Rosener along with Colin and Tracy Meadows presented a special messages on diabetes education to the Lights On For Kids youth during the afterschool enrichment program. Mikayla Fitzloff, Mary Jo Belaski, Jenna Spencer, Emma Driehorst, Adam Wohlhuter, and Brianna Nishimori were the top fundraisers.
Other youth participating in the Walk included Dylan Driehorst, Brandi Mulvihill, Ian Anderson, Mckayla Byers, Brooklyn Meyer, Lathon Rogge, Audrianna Lewison, Tyler Heckman, Reece Buntjer, Kimberlee Reed, Brian Schwebke, Macy Berkness, Kaden Rogge and Cody Lane.
Healthy treats - apples, granola bars and water - were generously provided by Hy-Vee Foods. McDonald’s coupons were also donated. Special thanks to each of these as well as the CER Lights On For Kids staff, volunteers and parent/community support of the walkers.