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Gunther serves area well State Rep. Bob Gunther, R-Fairmont, has served the area for a long time in the Minnesota Legislature. This has given him the knowledge, experience and seniority to be an effective representative. Gunther understands the priorities and concerns of his constituents, ...

For school board: Myren, Rodriguez and Edman

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Anyone willing to serve on a school board in Minnesota deserves praise. Public schools are funded, regulated and constrained by the state in ways that other local units of government — cities and counties — are not. So school officials often work with their hands tied on matters of policy ...

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Vote for Gunther To the Editor: I have known state Rep. Bob Gunther for over 10 years, and I have had the honor of working with him at the Minnesota House of Representatives in St. Paul over the last four. I can say this from experience: Bob is one of the most well-respected legislators in ...

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Foster offers leadership Fairmont Mayor Debbie Foster believes in some important things. Like researching the questions people ask her. Asking tough questions herself to find out what is really going on. Presenting what she learns to the City Council and public. Having open, honest, structured ...

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‘Close Before You Doze’ To the Editor: October is Fire Prevention Month and many area departments have had open houses and other events to promote fire safety. A theme for Fire Prevention Week this year is “Close Before You Doze,” which promotes closing your bedroom doors when you ...

Justice cannot be left out, even for Weinstein

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Entertainment mogul Harvey Weinstein was chosen long ago as the poster pervert for the #MeToo movement. Yet this week, he became a reminder that justice in America is for everyone, not just people we like. Weinstein has been accused by many women of having used his power to victimize them ...

U.S. should not have to rely on Russians

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Space exploration is dangerous. No amount of technological advances and expensive safeguards changes the fact that the brave women and men who travel beyond the atmosphere have agreed to be strapped to the tops of massive amounts of explosives. We were reminded of the hazards recently when a ...

Et Cetera …

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State assisting Florida Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has issued an executive order directing a Minnesota National Guard team to help with Hurricane Michael relief efforts in Florida. We are glad to see that Dayton responded to Florida’s request for assistance. Many states are taking similar ...

Other states should lend hand to Florida

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Florida’s panhandle has been hit by what Gov. Rick Scott describes as “an absolute monster” of a hurricane. The full extent of the devastation and loss of life remains to be determined. Our state needs to provide whatever help is within our power. Because Florida is a haven for ...

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Time to work together To the Editor: As I’ve been pounding the pavement talking to voters across District 23A, I have gotten a lot of questions about the omnibus bill that was vetoed by Gov. Mark Dayton at the end of the last legislative session. At the end of the 2018 session, the ...

Democrats should learn from their mistake

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Behavior by some Democrat leaders in the wake of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation as a Supreme Court justice reminds one of some sports fans who just can’t believe their team lost. You know the refrain: We was robbed! But Democrats who engaged in character assassination against Kavanaugh ...

It is far from certain that court will overturn Roe

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In case you didn’t realize it, it’s not Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s past that really bothers liberals. It’s his future. For them, a high court with Kavanaugh on it is a threat to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 court ruling that legalized abortion nationwide. This is because liberals ...

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Grateful for support To the Editor: We want to send out a huge thank you to the Martin County commissioners for their support and approval of the turning and bypass lanes for the safety of everyone on County Road 26 entering the Flying Goose Campground. During this process, Kevin Peyman ...

Congress needs to get to work on Farm Bill

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Once every five years, Congress is called upon to pass a Farm Bill, one that sets government policy on a wide variety of agriculture programs, from commodity trade programs, to conservation programs, to organic agriculture, to support for beginning farmers and ranchers, to loans and subsidies ...

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Guess I was right To the Editor: Mayor and council members: On Oct. 24, 2016, my letter published in the Sentinel Readers’ Views pointed out the ambiguity in the wording on the ballot concerning the half-percent sales tax. Now I see my suspicions were well-founded, and I am wondering ...

FEMA’s hard deadlines hurt those needing help

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When will the electricity be back on? Is the water safe to drink? Which streets were damaged so badly they need to be closed to the public? Can school buildings be repaired and reopened quickly? Do any municipal employees need time off to ensure their own families are safe? That is just a ...

Et Cetera …

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Ideas are what matter President Trump visited Minnesota this week to lend his support to Republicans running for Congress, the U.S. Senate and state offices. Trump’s presence brings a lot of heat and light to these races, but that’s not what is important. What matters goes well beyond ...

Americans want Mueller probe to draw to close

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As often is the case when special counsel investigations are launched in Washington, the one headed by Robert Mueller has become far more complex and wide-ranging than some observers expected. It was in May 2017 that Mueller was told by the Justice Department to form a team and investigate ...

Justice demands that victims act promptly

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We’re sure that those who advocate for victims of crime in our society would say that these fellow citizens deserve sympathy and understanding. Some, including those who are victims of sexual assault, may also feel ashamed or embarrassed, although, of course, they have done nothing wrong. ...

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Vote for Wardlow To the Editor: Doug Wardlow is the Republican candidate for Minnesota attorney general. He is currently a counsel for the conservative Christian advocacy group Alliance Defending Freedom. Doug has spent his career fighting for free speech and other constitutional rights. ...