Opera House faced with theft

FAIRMONT – A burglary earlier this month at the Fairmont Opera House resulted in a loss of thousands of dollars in cash and equipment.

The burglary occurred following a Dec. 13 fundraiser for the replacement of a damaged stage curtain.

“My office door was damaged,” said Fairmont Opera House executive managing director Kathi Peterson. “That was an estimated $2,000 in damage. The safe that was stolen was an additional thousand dollars. There were three wireless mics that were in the safe, each valued at $1,000 a piece. Then there was the money from the fundraiser, box office receipts and the bar.”

Nearly $4,000 was collected through the fundraiser, with $1,100 in box office receipts.

To add insult to injury, none of the losses is covered by insurance.

“With the Opera House on the National Register of Historic Places, insurance is very costly, plus we’re a non-profit,” Peterson explained. “We filed a claim and just learned that nothing was covered.”

A few donors who submitted checks to the Opera House fundraiser have re-submitted their donations.

“But we’re no place close to where we were once at,” Peterson noted.

Fairmont police continue to investigate the crime, and anyone with information in regard to the burglary is encouraged to contact police at (507) 238-4481.

Those wishing to donate to the Opera House may do so by mailing a check to P.O. Box 226, Fairmont, MN 56031.