Letters to the Editor

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Pursuit of happiness To the Editor: Springtime brings graduations, and graduations are often about accomplishments. But in all the talk and celebrations about accomplishments, something more important can get lost. What can get lost is just the simple and yet never-ending quest for a happy ...

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Red Rock grateful To the Editor: On behalf of Red Rock Center for the Arts, I would like to take a moment to thank everyone who supported us during our annual fundraising event. The generosity of our sponsors and silent auction donors reached far beyond the Fairmont area. Many thanks to ...

House OKs tax reforms

To the Editor: The Minnesota House of Representatives recently approved legislation that would cut taxes for the first time in two decades while making Minnesota’s tax code simpler to navigate. I voted yes on the plan. We’re looking at a bill that is fair for everybody, give a maximum ...

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Food shelf thankful To the Editor: Heaven’s Table Food Shelf humbly and gratefully acknowledges the tremendous support shown during March Minnesota FoodShare month. We truly appreciate the contributions of individuals, church and civic groups, schools, businesses and other organizations ...

Celebrating small firms

OWATONNA The Small Business Administration celebrates America’s small business owners during National Small Business Week, April 29 through May 5. According to SBA’s 2017 Small Business Profile, there are 509,732 small businesses in Minnesota, comprising 99.5 percent of Minnesota ...

Cyber threats abound

Equifax. Uber. Facebook. WannaCry. Petya. Guccifer. Any of those names ring a bell? Chances are you’ve heard of these data breaches and these cyberattacks — you may have even been personally affected by them. Over the course of the last year, our nation has experienced firsthand the ...

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Thanks for attending To the Editor: Friends and family of Deb Salic would like to thank everyone who attended the recent benefit. A special thank you for the generous contributions from the silent auction and food and drinks that were donated for the meal. Also, an extra special thanks ...

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Forget 1 percent idea To the Editor: Recently in Sharon Rosen’s Ceylon news column, it was noted that Ceylon is considering charging the Howell Helmers Auction Company 1 percent of its proceeds of the sale to clean the mud off the streets. Any number of communities in the area would ...

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Bill creates barrier To the Editor: As a parent and advocate for people with disabilities, I’ve worked for much of my adult life to reduce barriers that prevent people with disabilities from being included in the community. So I was greatly disappointed to see a bill at the State Capitol ...

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She’s ready to learn To the Editor: Public service and elective office don’t always look like attractive choices these days, but thank goodness we still have thoughtful, ethical people who believe that everyone should step up to serve. This is what prompted Heather Klassen, candidate ...

Payment not guaranteed

To the Editor: Electric de France (EdF) says the annual tax revenue generated by its proposed Oza Tanka project will be $800,000. This is not a guarantee, and will only happen if the wind blows as predicted, and the turbines generate at full capacity 34 percent of the time. I have built a ...

Put student safety first

Put student safety first To the Editor: Recently, Minnesota House Republicans highlighted a comprehensive plan designed to prioritize student safety. The changes are necessary. No student should fear going to school, and the proposals that are moving forward in the House will undoubtedly ...

Service projects sought

To the Editor: Fairmont Jr./Sr. High School Cardinal Connections groups are looking for service projects to tackle in the Fairmont community for our Community Service Project Day on Friday, May 18 (rain date is May 25). There are 46 Cardinal Connections groups with an average of 19 students ...

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They gave us a gift To the Editor: Nannie Clee Leonard and Edwin Richard Engstrom read books. Mom would always have a book with her. In the early 1970s, she worked at the Martin County Library in Fairmont. Dad was a minister. He had to write a sermon every week. To figure out what to say, ...

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Grateful for support To the Editor: We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all those who planned, organized and attended the benefit held in honor of our son, Charlie Spencer, on March 16 at the Fairmont Christian Church. The donations we received for Charlie’s expenses are ...

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Fundraiser benefits Kinship kids To the Editor: The 28th annual Silent and Live auction hosted by the Knights of Columbus is almost here. It will be held Saturday, March 24, in the St. John Vianney School gym. The silent auction begins at 6 p.m., and the live auction starts at 8:30 p.m. ...

Economy is on a roll

To the Editor: Following news from Minnesota’s Management and Budget Office that “the stimulus” from tax reform is credited for our state’s $329 million budget surplus, I say it’s time for naysayers to recognize that tax relief for middle-class Minnesotans is paying ...

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MN.IT needs to go To the Editor: I have introduced a bill to restructure Minnesota’s information technology agency — MN.IT — after another disastrous public software system rollout caused countless headaches and lost revenue for thousands of Minnesotans and small businesses. My bill ...

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Group offers thanks To the Editor: Here we are into the third month of 2018 and Martin County Humane Society has been busy. But first, we need to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported us so graciously in 2017. Your support helped us take care of the 793 animals that entered ...

Tax cuts boost revenues

To the Editor: There were more positives than negatives to be found in Minnesota’s recent state budget forecast, which shows a $329 million budget surplus. This is roughly $517 million more than the previous projection — a $188 million deficit — made in November. Democrats desperately ...