Murtis Johnson

Funeral Services for Murtis Johnson, age 93, of Blue Earth, will be Saturday, October 30th, at 11am, at Patton Funeral Home in Blue Earth.  Burial will be in Bethany Lutheran Cemetery, in Frost.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the Funeral Home on Saturday Morning.  Murtis Johnson died Tuesday, October 26th.

Iowa Man Suffers Injuries in Accident South of Kiester

A North Central Iowa man suffered minor injuries in a single vehicle accident which occurred Tuesday evening, south of Kiester.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Gerard Faton, 24, of Ventrua, Iowa, was traveling southbound on State Highway 22, when he came upon another vehicle which was attempting to turn off onto 20th Street.  Faton then steered right, in an attempt to avoid a collision, but in doing so, lost control of his vehicle.

Faton was taken to an Albert Lea hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The Minnesota State Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Faribault County Sheriff’s Office, Kiester Fire and Rescue and Kiester Ambulance.

Martin County Resident Dies from COVID-19

On Tuesday, the Minnesota Department of Health confirmed the death of a Martin County resident from COVID-19.

The resident was between 60-64 years old, according to the Department of Health.

The person was among 22 COVID-19 deaths reported statewide on Tuesday, raising the state’s pandemic death toll to 8,581.

Local Sports Results from Tuesday 10/26/21


Section 2AA Playoffs
BEA 49, W-E-M 7
Maple River 46, LeSueur-Henderson 14
(BEA at Maple River Saturday at 7pm)

Section 2A Playoffs
USC 39, New Ulm Cathedral 7
(USC at Mayer Lutheran Saturday at 7pm)

Section 3-9 Man
Hills-Beaver Creek 47, GHEC-Truman 0
Mt. Lake 58, Madelia 0

Section 3A Playoffs
Martin Co. West 36, Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 0
(MCW at Murray Co. Central Saturday at 3pm)

Girls Tennis

State Team Tournament
Fairmont 7, Morris Area 0
(Fairmont vs. Breck 8am Wednesday)

Cross Country

Section 2AA Meet
Boys: 1. Worthington 51, 2. Mankato East 61, 9. Fairmont 261
Girls: 1. Marshall 49, 2. Mankato East 86, 6. Fairmont 147
(Fairmont’s duo of Laura Thompson was 2nd & Macy Hanson was 3rd)

MN & Iowa Farmers Making Good Harvest Progress

Field Conditions allowed for the rapid harvest of crops throughout Minnesota last week, according to the USDA, as 4.8 days were rated suitable for fieldwork.

Corn harvested for grain reached 70%, one day behind last year but eleven days ahead of average.  Corn moisture content of the grain at harvest was 18%.

Soybean harvest was nearly finished at 95% complete, one week behind last year but 12 days ahead of average.

Topsoil moisture supplies were down slightly to 5% very short, 16% short, 73% adequate and 6% surplus.

In Iowa, farmers were limited to 5 days suitable for fieldwork last week. 

Corn harvested reached 60%, one week ahead of the five year average.  Producers across much of the state have approximately two-thirds of their corn crop harvested, while producers in northeast and south central Iowa have more than half remaining to be harvested.  Moisture content of the corn being harvested was 18%, unchanged from last week.

Soybean harvest reached 83% complete, 6 days ahead of the five year average.   Although soybean harvest in the southern one-third of the state is still lagging behind, farmers in each of the southern districts harvested 18% or more of their soybean crop last week.

Topsoil moisture levels were rated 7% very short, 23% short, 63% adequate and 7% surplus.

Wells City Council Approves Conditional Use Permit for Jake’s Pizza

At Monday’s meeting, the Wells City Council approved a recommendation from the Planning and Zoning Commission allowing for the issuance of a conditional use permit on behalf of Dawn Navara, owner of Jake’s Pizza.  The issue was initially brought before the Council for consideration earlier this month, but the Council tabled action on the matter at that time in order to allow the City attorney to further review the application.

The Council also adopted a resolution ordering the abatement of a hazardous building located in the community.  It was further noted that a 90 day time frame has been established for starting work on the building.

A monetary donation was accepted by the Council for the new scoreboard at Thompson Park.

The Council also accepted a monetary donation on behalf of the Wells Fire Department.

The Council also approved a resolution on behalf of the Housing and Redevelopment Authority for the recommended purchase of tax forfeited parcels in the community.

Local Sports Schedule — Tuesday 10/26/21


Section 2AA Playoffs
W-E-M at BEA (On 1560AM, 95.3 FM &, 7pm)
LeSueur-Henderson at Maple River

Section 2A Playoffs
New Ulm Cathedral at USC (On 98.1 FM &, 7pm)

Section 3-9 Man
GHEC-Truman at Hills-Beaver Creek

Section 3A Playoffs
Russell-Tyler-Ruthton at Martin Co. West

Girls Tennis

State Team Tournament
Fairmont vs. Morris Area (8am)

Cross Country

Fairmont at Section 2AA Meet in Minnetrista

Mason City Woman Arrested After Shots Were Fired at an Albert Lea Hotel

Police in Albert Lea arrested a North Iowa woman Friday morning after reports were received of gunshots being fired at an Albert Lea Hotel.

At around 8:50am, Officers were called to the Albert Lea Motel 6, located in the 2000 block of East Main Street.  The caller reported that a woman had fired a bullet into a hotel room door before fleeing the scene.  Police located the suspect a short distance from the hotel a few minutes later.  A firearm was also found, according to Police reports.

Jussica Hutfles, 31, of Mason City, Iowa, was arrested by Police and now faces charges in connection with the incident.

House Capital Investment Committee Tours Martin County Law Enforcement Center

On Wednesday, October 20th, members for the Minnesota House Capital Investment Committee toured the Martin County Courthouse, Law Enforcement Center and Jail.

During the tour, local leaders had the opportunity to share why the County is requesting $18.4 million in the 2022 Legislative Session for the proposed Public Safety and Justice Center.

State Representatives Bjorn Olson and Julie Rosen were present, along with County Attorney Terry Viesselman, Judge Michael Trushenski, members of the Martin County Sheriff’s Office and the Martin County Commissioners.

Sheriff Jeff Markquart explained that the current law enforcement building was built in 1974, with the understanding that it would be a 25 year building.  He further noted that the facility is still operating at full capacity 45 years later.

The new facility would house the County Sheriff and City Police, law enforcement operations including dispatch and emergency management services.  It would also include courtrooms, court services, victim services, a behavioral health unit and a 50 bed jail.

In 2019, both the Senate and House Committees toured the facility and granted Martin County $2.1 million, which went toward the planning, designing and site development of the proposed Justice Center.

Capital Investment Committee Chairman Fou Lee of Minneapolis aid Wednesday’s tour was the first step of the bonding process.  He said they’ll start deliberations early next year to figure out what they want to invest state dollars in.