March 4, 2015

CAPX Brookings transmission project brings first revenue for Fairfax

Central Minnesota Municipal Power Agency CEO Steve Thompson (left) presents Fairfax Utility Superintendent Eric Nelson (right) with a ceremonial check for the CAPX Brookings transmission project ownership payment. (Submitted photo)

By Amy Berg, Staff Writer

Fairfax’s Public Utilities Department recently received just over $5,000 as a lump sum payment from the Central Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (CMMPA) for their shared ownership of the CAPX Brookings transmission line project.

According to a press release from CMMPA, the payment is the first of many the city will receive over the course of the CAPX Brookings line’s expected 40-year life.

The payments will now continue as smaller, monthly returns. The lump sum was for the year 2014.

The CAPX Brookings transmission line extends from a substation near Brookings, South Dakota to a substation near Hampton, Minnesota, a total of 250 miles.


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Fairfax Fireman’s Dance fast approaching

By Amy Berg, Staff Writer

Saturday, March 7 marks the Annual Fairfax Fireman’s Dance at the Frontier Bar & Lounge.

From 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. come enjoy the band 2nd Notion. The local band performs songs from a variety of sources including Journey, Alabama, Fall Out Boy, and more.

The Fireman’s Dance is also a good time to check out Frontier Bar & Lounge’s new open dance floor. The spindles and partial wall which separated the dance floor from the bar area were recently taken down.

Admittance to Frontier Bar & Lounge is no charge, but a free will donation to the Fire Department is encouraged. Fairfax firefighters will be posted at a table in the Frontier throughout the night for donations.

Held in conjunction with the dance is the annual Knights of Columbus Steak Fry from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Squirrels Bar and Grill. Fairfax firefighters will also have a donation table set up there.

The Knights of Columbus Council 1625 is made up of members from Fairfax, Franklin, Gibbon, and Lafayette.

The menu includes 14 ounce T-bone for $15 or 10 ounce rib-eye steak for $14. All entrees include salad bar, baked potato, garlic bread and dessert.

Other options at Squirrels for the night include a hamburger or cheeseburger. Carry-outs are also available.

This is an important fundraising event for the Fairfax Fire Department, so the community’s support is crucial. The funds raised are used for new equipment and essential upgrades to existing equipment.


Gibbon Fire & Rescue Grilled Chicken Dinner

By Amy Berg, Staff Writer

Come and get it! The Gibbon Fire & Rescue invites you to their annual all-you-can-eat Grilled Chicken Dinner, featuring their special recipe chicken.

The dinner takes place on Sunday, March 8, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (or until the chicken runs out) at the Gibbon Community Center, which is located on Main Street next to the railroad tracks.

Along with the special recipe grilled chicken, the meal includes potato salad, coleslaw, baked beans, a dinner roll, and beverages.

The meal is $10 for adults and $4 for children ages 4-12.

Want to eat while watching your favorite show or trick your family into thinking you cooked? No worries, takeouts are available!

All of the proceeds benefit the Gibbon Fire Relief Association, so come out and support the volunteer crew.

February 25, 2015

Second fire at Schweiss Welding, Inc.

in Fairfax just days later


Fairfax Fire Department responded to a second fire call in a week at the Schweiss Welding building. This second fire broke out on the southwest side of the main building. It was necessary to tear away part of the outside wall to enable the firefighters to make sure this fire was extinguished. (Staff photo by Marilyn Brandel)

By Amy Berg, Staff Writer

The Fairfax Fire Department was called back to Schweiss Welding, Inc. on Thursday, February 19 in Fairfax for the second time in a week.

Fairfax Fire Chief Joel Grejtak reported that the call came in at 5:28 a.m. and they were on the scene until approximately 10 a.m.

The second fire occurred in the main building on the southwest side.

Mutual aid was called and the Gibbon Fire Department assisted on the scene, as well as the Sleepy Eye Fire Department.


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Ryan Sabo injury update

By Amy Berg, Staff Writer

Ryan Sabo, the Gibbon firefighter injured in the early morning fire at Schweiss Welding, Inc. in Fairfax has been moved out of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale.

During the February 16 fire, Sabo was moving a hose when a steel door fell on him. His left femur was broken in three places, his pelvis was broken on both sides and he sustained a compression fracture in his lower back. He was flown to North Memorial Medical Center.

According to Sabo’s wife, Nickie, on his CaringBridge profile, Sabo was moved out of the ICU on February 17 and into a trauma room. Nickie also wrote Sabo has begun physical therapy.

Just a day later, on February 18, he was able to roll himself down a hallway in a wheelchair, according to a journal post on CaringBridge.


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