Kits available for wet basements

FAIRMONT – After last week’s heavy rainfall, there have been reports of water seeping into residents’ basements. The Red Cross has cleanup kits available for people who experienced water in their basements.

For those whose house was affected and would like a kit, contact Martin County Emergency Management director Erin Busta at (507) 238-3193.

Blue Earth City Council to meet

BLUE?EARTH?- Blue Earth City Council will meet 4:30 p.m. Thursday in council chambers at City Hall.

On the agenda is a contract with Todd Bodem to serve as interm city administrator, and a closed session to discuss police officer Chad Bonin.

Dollars for Scholars notes donors

FAIRMONT – Fairmont Dollars for Scholars has announced that the following individuals recently donated funds to the chapter.

In memory:

o Lorraine Balske: Jerry Mathwig, Donna Burman, Sue Wilken, Jeremy Evans, Arnin Flachsmann, Ron Hested, Jane Kotewam, Harland Anderson, Marilyn Holtey, A.F. Hartmann, Don Dahlke, Doug Striemer, Jon Rippke, Don Oberg, R.J. Huemoeller, Jim Simser, Dan Kehrberg, Scott Cole, Ron Kopischke, Vance Welchlin, Deloris Hillmer, Merton Miller, Ardys Bloom, Evelyn DeBoer, Owen Fellerson, Maynard Madson, Linda Gruber, Robert Bonk, Kathy Renken, Larry and Barb Schmidt, Sherwood Sagedahl;

o Shirley Britt: Marilyn Holte;

o LaVonne Harris: Ken Scott;

o Eric Luetgers: Joan Engquist;

o Richard Vincent: Robert Bonk, Harlan Gorath.


Mike and Liz Garry, Cress Refrigeration, 4M Farms, Marlowe and Jean Potter, Knights of Columbus, Loren Dunham and Dee Anne Helfritz, Illinois Tool Works and employees, Tom Arneson, Profinium Bank, Martin County Bankers Association, R. P. Heinrichs, Martin County Conservation Club, Larry and Barb Schmidt, Lakesters Car Club, Bank Midwest, Bolton and Menk, Metro Sales, Jerry Mathwig, River Bend Business Products, Dennis Murphy, William and Sharon Richardson, Lorraine Balske, Barbra Nehls, Alice Peters, Sue Wilken, Jim Simser, Tom Stone, Rod Heinrich, Lowell Spee and Lunz Farms.

For more information on endowing a scholarship, creating a one-time scholarship in honor of memory of someone, or donating funds, contact Loren Dunham at (507) 238-1172 or Bob Huemoeller at (507) 238-1004.

For more information on Fairmont Dollars for Scholars, find us at

Obama coming to Minnesota

ST. PAUL (AP) – President Barack Obama’s visit later this week to Minnesota will include a town hall event Thursday and an economic policy speech on Friday.

The White House gave details Tuesday of Obama’s plans during his Minneapolis stops.

Officials have said previously that they picked Minnesota because of a recent law change that will boost a long-stagnant minimum wage. Under the law, the wage will climb to $9.50 per hour by 2016 through a series of incremental increases.

Obama’s town hall at Minnehaha Park is open to invited guests. Public tickets to his speech at the Lake Harriet Bandshell will be distributed.

The president is also headlining a fundraiser Thursday for the congressional campaign arm for House Democrats.

‘Like a Rolling Stone’ sells for $2M

NEW YORK (AP) – A draft of one of the most popular songs of all time, Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone,” sold Tuesday for $2 million, which the auction house called a world record for a popular music manuscript.

A working draft of the finished song in Dylan’s own hand went to an unidentified bidder at Sotheby’s. The selling price, $2.045 million, included a buyer’s premium.

The manuscript is “the only known surviving draft of the final lyrics for this transformative rock anthem,” Sotheby’s said.

The draft is written in pencil on four sheets of hotel letterhead stationery with revisions, additions, notes and doodles: a hat, a bird, an animal with antlers. The stationery comes from the Roger Smith Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Dylan was 24 when he recorded the song in 1965 about a debutante who becomes a loner when she’s cast from upper-class social circles.

“How does it feel To be on your own” it says in his handwriting. “No direction home Like a complete unknown Like a rolling stone.”

Sotheby’s described the seller as a longtime fan from California “who met his hero in a non-rock context and bought directly from Dylan.” He was not identified.

Court asked to speed up lynx plan

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) – Wildlife advocates want a federal judge to order faster action on a recovery plan for imperiled Canada lynx, after wildlife officials said it could take until 2018 to finish the long-delayed work.

The U.S. government declared the snow-loving big cats a threatened species across the Lower 48 states in 2000. But officials haven’t come up with a mandated recovery plan, citing budget limitations and competing concerns from other troubled species.

After a federal judge in Montana criticized the long delay, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offered to complete the work by early 2018.

A coalition of wildlife advocacy groups says that’s not soon enough. They’re asking U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy to order the work done by late 2016.

Lynx dwell in the forest, where they’re rarely seen, and there’s no reliable estimate of their population. They range across parts of 14 states in the Northeast, the Rocky Mountains, the Great Lakes and the Cascade Range of Washington and Oregon.

Lynx are about the size of a bobcat, with large paws that help the predator stay on top of the deep snow typical through its range. Those paws also make it easier to capture its primary prey, snowshoe hares.