Here you will find Martin County Historical Society TV Series. "Out of the Past" presented by Our Story Production featured on Martin County on TV. On each segment Martin County Historical Society Executive Director Lenny Tvedten and a variety of guest hosts will share a interview or field report covering the history of Martin County and or what you can see when you visit their Museum. 


Here you will find all the episodes of Season Two of Martin County Historical Society/Out of the Past. (coming soon)

Martin County Historical Society/Out of the Past Lenny & Jim share some recent artifacts that have been donated to the Pioneer Museum. Then Lenny Tvedten interviews Jay & Jeff Balcom from the Balcom Implement & Auctioneers.


 Martin County Historical Society/Out of the Past with hosts MCHS Director Lenny Tvedten & Curator James Marushin. On this episode Lenny interviews Bruce & Shelly Abitz about Hands Park. Later Lenny & Jim share some recent artifacts that have been donated to the Pioneer Museum and Jim talks with Alexandra Hurney about a mural she is creating for the museum.


Martin County Historical Society/Out of the Past with hosts MCHS Director Lenny Tvedten & Curator James Marushin. On this episode Lenny interviews Bruce & Gregg Donnelly about the Triangle Drive-In. Later Lenny & Jim share some recent artifacts that have been donated to the Pioneer Museum


Martin County Historical Society/Out of the Past with hosts MCHS Director Lenny Tvedten & Curator James Marushin. On this episode Jim shares some recent artifacts that have been donated to the Pioneer Museum. Then part one of Lenny's interview with Richard Bradley about the history of Weigh Tronix! 

Martin County Historical Society/Out of the Past with MCHS Director Lenny Tvedten & Curator James Marushin.  On this episode Jim shares some recent artifacts that have been donated to the Pioneer Museum. Then part two of Lenny's interview with Richard Bradley about the history of Weigh Tronix!

Coming soon Lenny's interview with the Draper Bros.

Coming soon Lenny's interview with Marilyn Carrigan !


Here you will find all the episodes of Season One of Martin County Historical Society/Out of the Past. 

Host James Marushin Martin County Historical Society Curator  interviews Farmont native Frank Winzenburg

Host Lenny Tvedten/Historical Museum Executive Director interviews Fairmont Resident, Bob Gunther

Host Lenny Tvedten/Historical Museum Executive Director interviews Randy Musser, Former Fairmont Fire Chief

Host Lenny Tvedten/Historical Museum Executive Director interviews Trimont Resident, Darwin Anderson.

Out of the Past with host Martin County Historical Society Executive Director Lenny Tvedten interviews Bob Krause Longtime Fairmont Resident and Musician.

Martin County Historical Society/Out of the Past with MCH Executive Director Lenny Tvedten interview with Paul Gladfelter

Out of the Past with host Martin County Historical Society Curator - Jim Marushin's interview with Retired Fairmont Area Teacher - Harlan Gorath


 "Out of the Past" TV Series is made possible by........

The Martin County Historical Society is located in the Pioneer Museum in Fairmont. The Pioneer Museum has 9 rooms dedicated to displays, a state of the art research library, a genealogy room dedicated to family research, and plenty of room to accommodate groups of varying sizes. The Pioneer Parsonage is fully restored to represent a 1910-1930s era home. The parsonage is an extension of the museum providing additional space for displays as well as storage.  It is available to rent for groups of 50 or less for birthday parties, wedding showers, graduation receptions, business meetings, and more.

Before you go into  the Pioneer Museum be sure and stop and say hi to Ham Carver!

Telling the story of Martin County Historical Society 

Board of Directors

Executive Director: Lenny Tvedten

Lenny Tvedten became the Executive Director of the Martin County Historical Society in 2001 following a 30-year career as an elementary teacher in the Fairmont Public Schools.  He is a military veteran and was honorably discharged from the United States Coast Guard having served from 1968-1972. His Coast Guard basic training was held in Alameda, California.  That was followed by 4 months on CGC KAW, an ice breaker on the Great Lakes.  He was then transferred to the payroll office of the Ninth Coast Guard District Offices in the Federal Building in Cleveland, Ohio, where he spent the balance of his enlistment. During his career in education, he primarily taught 5th grade science, reading, and English.  Since he spent his entire career in education in Fairmont, he has had the opportunity to interact with many of his former students now as adults, which he thoroughly enjoys. He met his wife, Carol, while attending college and they were married in 1967.  They have one daughter and three grandchildren.  They have also had 3 West Highland White Terriers.  Their last one, Maisie, lived to be just 4 months short of 16.Lenny enjoys watching sports, and of course, especially the Minnesota Vikings.  He is also a car enthusiast having had 3 convertibles:  a 1974 MGB, a 2005 Nissan 350Z, and currently a 2020 Mercedes SLC 300.  Carol retired from Avery Weigh-Tronix in 2018 and spends her time with grandchildren, volunteering, and creating new and delectable menu items for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Lenny considers himself blessed, very fortunate, to have had the opportunity to have had two careers that have both been very interesting and rewarding.


Curator: James Marushin

James is a lifelong Martin County resident who joined the Martin County Historical Society in the Fall of 2008. He graduated from Fairmont High School in 2004 and received his B.A. in History from Southwest Minnesota State in 2008. His love of history developed early in life through excellent social studies teachers, video games, board games, and books. While his original plan was to teach, he has since found a passion for the world of museums and enjoys being able to educate the public on Martin County’s interesting, unique, and rich history. At the MCHS he enjoys conversing with visitors, researching and writing articles, designing displays, giving presentations around the area, and helping to conduct the MCHS’ School Visitation Program.

James met his future wife Megan in 2013 and the two married in February of 2015. Megan works for the Fairmont Area School District as a Special Education Paraprofessional at the Elementary School. They welcomed their daughter Wilhelmina into the world in May of 2018. She is creative, rambunctious, hilarious, and loving who recently graduated pre-school and is looking forward to Kindergarten. They also have a very loud rough collie named Humphrey. James enjoys spending time with his family both indoors and outdoors, playing games, watching sports or enjoying a good movie/show.


Administrative Assistant      Dona Paris

Dona (Petrowiak) Paris from the Fairmont area. She graduated from East Chain High School and went into the work force following graduation. Her first job wasat Braun’s Shoes and she worked there until the store closed in 1995. She took afew years off to be home with her two young daughters, Casey and Jill. When her girls were in school, she was employed with the Fairmont School District working in the elementary department as a 2nd grade aide. In her spare time, she worked
on family history and also volunteered at the Genealogy department. In 2017, she landed a part-time job at the Historical Society.
Dona is married to Jeff Paris, a plumber that has been with Day Plumbing for over 30 years. Their older daughter, Casey, will be married this September to Jesse Baier from Parkston, SD. Their youngest daughter, Jill, was married last June to Hayden Fast of St. James and will be expecting their first child in May.



Join Lenny & Jim when they share with us some of the special displays & items found at the Martin County Historical Society 


Over the last three years Lenny as been a special guest on Martin County on TV. Here you can see Lenny shares his vast knowledge and interest for Martin County! 

Special guest Don Dahlke - Martins Baseball Team

Special guest author Tom Tourville/SCM Rock N' Roll Years

England's John Wollaston, great grandson of Fairmont's first mayor

Lenny shares with us some clips from a 2003 Hometown Focus interview with Randy Musser about old building in Fairmont. A 1995 Focus on Fairmont  about the history of the Fairmont courthouses, Our Story/Out of the Past interview with Mike Garry about Frank Day and a 1995 Focus on Fairmont story about the Chubb House.

Lenny shares a 1999 Focus on Fairmont report about 50 years of KSUM and a 2008 Our Story/Out of the Past interview with Walter Mondale by Lenny Tvedten

Lenny shares a Our Story 2007 interview with Radio City Rockette, Nita Borchardt Lundacer! A 1997 Focus in Fairmont interview with former Central Telephone Company operator, Roberta Rosen and a 2008 Our Story/Today interview with Fairmont Sentinel photographer Bob Schroeder!

Lenny shares some clips from a 2004 Hometown Focus interview with John Larsen about the discovery of a 1950's movie highlighting Fairmont. A 1995 Focus on Fairmont report about Ward's Orphanage and a 2007 Our Story/Out of the Past interview with WW 2 vet Gordon Kellander.

Lenny shares a 1995 Focus on Fairmont report on Farmont Community Hospital and a 1996 Focus in Fairmont report about the Fairmont Area Fire Department.


During the high of COVID 2020 student groups were unable to visit the Martin County Historical Society so the MCHS team took the kids on a video tour of the Pioneer Museum