Who We Are
Recently, the team who coordinates this effort to entice people to relocate to Martin County, Minnesota was challenged with the question of what makes us different. We are competing with virtually every community in America to attract employees, entrepreneurs, residents, students and volunteers. We are different! We have assembled a team of community leaders, all who have agreed to guide a tour, help you find churches, educational opportunities, healthcare options, recreational amenities and jobs as you consider moving to our area. We would like to introduce you to the “Fairmont Area Life” team:
A native of Truman, Minnesota, Margaret returned to her roots in the fall of 2014 as President of the Fairmont Area Chamber. Traveling extensively through central and western states, she was captivated by the Arizona borderlands where her advertising agency, Prism Communications was founded in 1991.
Professional and personal interests blend in the arena of online marketing, social media and videography for business and non-profits. She also is Chair for Fairmont School’s Community, Education and Recreation (CER) Advisory Council and serves on City of Fairmont’s Planning Commission. Margaret has four grown children, two grandsons and is married to Arizona journalist, tour guide and historian, Gary Dillard.
Linsey Preuss is the Economic Development Coordinator for the City of Fairmont. In her spare time, she serves on the Board of Trustees for her church, as a mentor for the STRIVE program, and gives back to the community as a Rotarian. Growing up in Wells, MN, she has been in southern MN her entire
life. Her family includes her husband, Travis, who is the Nutrition Services Manager at Mayo Clinic Health Systems – Fairmont, and kids: Dylan, Ayla and Carter. The family enjoys boating, hiking and the outdoors.
I was born on February 16, 1965 and was raised on a farm about 5 miles northwest of Ceylon. I grew up helping with milking cows, raising pigs, chickens and learned how to help dad with the crops on the farm.
I graduated from Ceylon High School in 1983 and went on to receive my education in broadcasting from Mankato State University and also Brown Institute for Broadcasting in Minneapolis. From there I went into working in radio for 4 years, then decided to step away from that to serve my country in the Army for 3 years, which also included a stint in the Persian Gulf War. Upon my discharge, I worked for another
3 years in radio before switching over to television working for Fairmont Cable TV and later for Charter Communications for a total of 19 years.
In the fall of 2012, the opportunity came up to manage the Fairmont Photo Press and I decided to switch over to newspaper and have been enjoying it ever since.
Some of the organizations I belong to include: Sherburn Lions Club, Ceylon American Legion, lifetime member of the Sherburn VFW Post #526, Prairieland Antique Tractor Association, Fairmont CVB Marketing Committee, Historic Downtown Fairmont Association, Clerk of Lake Belt Township, President of Lake Belt Cemetery Association, Board Member at Heritage Acres Interpretive Center, Choir Director at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sherburn, Fairmont Area Brain Gain Committee, Kids Against Hunger Fairmont
Committee and President of the Martin County Historical Society.
I have been married to Karis (Harder) Hagen since 2002 and we both enjoy living the “country life” on the farm I was born on,
north of Ceylon.
Connie is an Iowa native who moved to Fairmont in my early 20’s. My career has been spent working with Employment Programs for the State of Minnesota. I’m currently the Site Manager at the Fairmont Workforce Center. Our office works with job listings, veterans employment, specialized services for those with disabilities, at risk teens, senior employment, dislocated workers, employer services and job training programs. I live on a hobby farm near Fairmont and have horses and dogs. I enjoy walking, biking, kayaking, animals and nature.
Connie Hines • Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
400 South State Street, Suite 180 Fairmont, MN 56031 • 507-235-5518
Email • www.mn.gov/deed