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Kudos to foster parents May is National Foster Care Month, and Martin and Faribault counties are among the entities noting the contributions of foster care families, which offer safe haven to children and give them hope for better futures. There are just 15 licensed child foster homes in the ...

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Help us create mall play area To the Editor: Project 1590 subgroup “Kids Just Want To Have Fun” has been busy raising funds and spreading the word for an indoor play area at Five Lakes Centre in Fairmont. Fairmont Eagles will host a Belgian Waffle feed from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, ...

Federal government has spending problem

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Now the bare-fisted battle for money begins: President Donald Trump is recommending a $4.1 trillion federal budget. There is something in it — or, rather, not in it — to anger just about every member of Congress. Both senators and House of Representatives members from Minnesota and Iowa ...

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They can meet challenge To the Editor: I attended a surprise concert the evening of May 18. I thought it would be the usual kind of concert staged by the Fairmont Area Schools band department every spring — but I was wrong. What a pleasant surprise! It started with the fifth-grade band. ...

Minnesota’s leaders conclude budget pact

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Minnesota lawmakers did not meet the deadline Monday to wrap up the legislative session, but they have managed to put together an agreement on a $46 billion state budget. So, a couple days of overtime that are deemed a “special session” will conclude this morning with the final budget. Not ...

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Kinship appreciates grant To the Editor: On behalf of Kinship, I would like to thank everyone at the Martin County Youth Foundation for its decision to bless us with an incredibly generous grant of $3,000 for our Adopt-A-Match Program at the grant award presentation on May 8. We’re ...

Trump sends clear messages to Saudis

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There can be no doubt Saudi Arabia leaders got the message President Donald Trump was sending Saturday. Trump has been accused of, in effect, being unnecessarily blunt and forceful when tact would accomplish an end more certainly. He used a mixture of the two on Saturday. During his visit ...

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Clean up after dogs To the Editor: With summer here, Fairmont’s parks are once again open for your enjoyment. At our May park board meeting, it was brought to our attention that some dog owners are not cleaning up after their dogs when using the parks. The park board wishes your visit ...

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This can’t be justice Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning, released from prison Wednesday under a clemency order signed by former President Barack Obama, will be eligible for various benefits including military health care, at least for a time, the Army has revealed. Manning, formerly known as ...

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Sunday sales approved The Fairmont Municipal Liquor Store will be open Sundays, beginning July 2, for a six-month trial run. The decision this week reverses an earlier announcement that the store would not open on Sundays. We appreciate the re-evaluation by those city staff members in ...

What do most people want? Less government

Local Editorials

A large portion of the maintstream media is liberal. That is to say they have their own agenda, which runs to the socialist side of the political spectrum. They prefer big government solutions and “egalitarianism.” As opposed to say laissez faire capitalism and rugged individualism, ...

Lawmakers move ahead on Real ID bill

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Lawmakers move ahead on Real ID bill Minnesota is on its way to meeting federal standards on state driver’s licenses to board domestic flights. The Legislature on Wednesday approved a bill to comply with the 2005 federal Real ID Act, which includes a 2018 deadline for upgraded IDs. Real ...

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Kinship feels grateful To the Editor: The 27th annual Knights of Columbus Silent and Live auction was held Saturday, March 25, in the St. John Vianney School gym. There was a huge array of items for sale and a great turnout by the community. From the proceeds of this auction, the Knights ...

What can, should be done about disruptions?

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A case the U.S. Supreme Court may handle this week raises troubling questions — but they are not limited to those many in the media and the courts are addressing. Reporters have focused on the case because it is one new Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch dealt with while he was a ...

North Korean dictator has chosen his course

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President Donald Trump seems to be trying a carrot-and-stick approach to North Korea’s militancy. He has threatened harsh action against Kim Jong Un’s regime. But Trump has been wise enough to hold out an olive branch, too. He has broken with most of his predecessors in flattering Kim and ...

Do Democrats really want this can of worms?

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A chorus of Democrats are demanding an independent prosecutor be commissioned to investigate Russian tampering with the 2016 presidential election. Fine. By all means, let us have a comprehensive, independent probe of links between Russian officials and U.S. politicians. And while we are at ...

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Offering an apology To the Editor: I need to offer an apology to Bryan Gregor. Bryan recently sent a well-written, respectful Letter to the Editor expressing concerns he had with the Legacy Committee legislation. I was also informed that other individuals throughout the state had sent ...

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Iowa passes voter ID Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has signed a bill that will require the state’s residents to show an ID at the polls beginning with the 2018 gubernatorial primaries. Branstad says the law helps protect the integrity of the election system. We agree. As the system changes, ...

Lawmakers, Dayton will have to compromise

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The Minnesota Legislature could be headed for a serious showdown. The evidence? Lawmakers and Gov. Mark Dayton are currently engaged in a prequel. It’s all a little strange from the long view. Dayton wants a $46 billion two-year spending plan. Republicans, who control the House and Senate, ...

Legislation looks to fill open teaching slots

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Legislation looks to fill open teaching slots School boards and school administrators in Minnesota could soon get more discretion in hiring prospective teachers. That’s a good thing. Minnesota is facing a teacher shortage in areas such as math, science and special education, and these ...