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Shopko remaining open There was bad news, then good news this week for Fairmont area residents regarding the local Shopko store. First it was announced the store would close, negatively affecting shoppers and employees. Then came the reprieve, with Shopko saying the store will remain open, ...

State government has grown too big, onerous

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The federal government is bloated and broke. A potential spending frenzy is building in St. Paul. Yet very little government does is efficient or effective. Despite the poor track record, we are constantly told that the solution is not less government but more. Why? A group of Republicans in ...

Red Cross seeks help; consider giving blood

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On Monday, the Red Cross issued an emergency call for blood. Over the holidays, the Red Cross saw 27,000 fewer blood and platelet donations than it needs to sustain a sufficient blood supply. There were fewer blood drives held to provide the needed donations, and busy holiday schedules tended ...

Walz takes wrong step given ‘pain’ of shutdown

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The federal government shutdown is portrayed by many, and many in the media, as a prescription for pain. They say the poor federal workers and recipients of government assistance are made to suffer because politicians cannot get along and resolve their dispute. They blame President ...

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Letters to the Editor

Streamed games are great To the Editor: Thumbs up to Fairmont High School and Gemini Studios for streaming girls basketball games. These streamed games are wonderful for us grandparents who cannot make all the games. We are the grandparents of Cadence Becker. Dale and Mary ...

Legislators will have to set their priorities

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Minnesota legislators have spent the first week or two of the new legislative session announcing their priorities — the bills they want to pass, the issues they wish to address. Democrats in the House introduced their first ten bills, focusing on health care for all and making it easier to ...

Minnesota flubs it; Tru Shrimp hits the road

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Two years ago tru Shrimp, the innovative agriculture company based in Balaton, announced it would build its first commercial shrimp hatchery and harbor in Luverne. Shortly after that announcement, tru Shrimp said it was finalizing plans for a 67-acre shrimp harbor complex in Luverne that would ...

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Local Editorials

Troubling development Presentation College is staying in Fairmont until 2021 to allow its students to finish up their coursework. The college recently signed a new lease with the city, which owns Southern Minnesota Educational Campus, where Presentation resides. This is unfortunate news for ...

Powell reminds nation that its debt is looming

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Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, unlike his predecessors, believes that the language he uses to talk about economic matters should be fairly straightforward so that citizens can understand him. He decries what he describes as “irritating” insider language. Good for him. We like his ...

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Letters to the Editor

Kinship offers thanks To the Editor: The holidays are a crazy time. Nearly everyone is planning events, gatherings and fantastic meals, and thoughtfully planning gifts for family, friends and others. Even with all of that going on, it was clear that the inhabitants of Martin County were not ...

Administration opts to get it right in Syria

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President Donald Trump’s sudden announcement in December that ISIS was defeated and he was bringing U.S. troops in Syria home left his military advisers suffering from whiplash. They felt that ISIS was beaten down but not yet eliminated, and could stage a comeback with a too-hasty ...

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Letters to the Editor

Committed to security To the Editor: I remain committed to securing America’s borders by dramatically reducing illegal entries, implementing a merit-based immigration system and restoring the rule of law. During Tuesday night’s address to the nation, President Trump outlined the ...

Public input, plan essential to disaster aid

Local Editorials

The Fairmont area is well aware of what it means to have damaging storms sweep through. Heavy rains early last summer caused all sorts of problems — just ask the city of Blue Earth and area farmers. And then Fairmont, Granada and Ceylon were punished by strong winds or tornadoes in September. ...

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Letters to the Editor

Republican priorities outlined To the Editor: I marked the beginning of the 2019 legislative session Tuesday by announcing key early session priorities. The Legislature’s first five bills will focus on issues that affect hardworking Minnesota families: child care affordability and ...

Walz, lawmakers get ready for session

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Minnesota’s new governor, Tim Walz, was sworn in on Monday. We wish the governor and all of the state’s lawmakers the best of luck as they get ready to embark on the 2019 legislative session. We hope they can find some harmony even though Minnesota once again has divided government, with ...

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Letters to the Editor

Grateful for the chance to serve To the Editor: My fellow Minnesotans: Thank you. I am deeply grateful for the chance to serve as our great state’s governor for the past eight years. In 2010, I promised “A Better Minnesota.” Working together, we have kept that pledge. Gov. ...

Some public servants deserve great credit

Local Editorials

Government at all levels can be frustrating, even infuriating. But there is an enormous, important difference between the politicians and bureaucrats who too often are the face of government and the hundreds of thousands of good, dedicated public servants who also are on local, state and ...

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Make good wishes A recent poll indicated that 7 in 10 Americans favor one day using gene-editing technology to prevent incurable diseases that a child would otherwise inherit. But the poll also shows that people are wary, concerned about the promise of the medical miracle being used ...

Would Democrats put any limits on access?

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The Democratic leadership in Congress says the wall that President Trump wants is bad. So, what’s good? Trump’s request for $5 billion for wall funding on the Southern border is a drop in the bucket in terms of the $4 trillion federal budget. Democrats nevertheless believe denying Trump ...

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Letters to the Editor

Stewards of our money To the Editor: This might be a good time to thank state Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Vernon Center, along with state Rep. Bob Gunther, R-Fairmont; state Rep. Rod Hamilton, R-Mountain Lake; state Rep. Joe Schomacker, R-Luverne; and every other Republican who spent $498 million ...