Letters to the Editor

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Loans available to farms To the Editor: Gov. Mark Dayton recently declared a state of emergency in 36 counties, including Jackson, Martin, Faribault and Watonwan, which I represent. I am encouraging farmers impacted by recent storms to take advantage of the Disaster Recovery Loan Program ...

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Hate will divide us To the Editor: I am responding to the letter to the editor in the July 6 edition written by Peter Engstrom. The letter started with discussion of a Trump rally you said your children attended in Alabama. You stated that your daughter had never before witnessed such hate ...

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Changing country for worse To the Editor: In reference to the June 29 Sentinel editorial on “civility”: In the 2016 presidential election campaign, my two children went to a Trump rally in Madison, Alabama. In the rally were hundreds of cheering supporters. But also in the crowd were a ...

Helping children read

OWATONNA Summer is here, which means families are finally able to enjoy the outdoors after a long winter. As campfires burn out and kids get ready for bed, many parents will pull out a book and read a bedtime story. This is important because studies consistently show that reading at a young ...

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Get out to Opera House To the Editor: Last night, I attended a performance of the FAB 6 at our Opera House. They were a Beatles tribute band and they were fabulous. Great guitar playing, string instruments and brass backing them up, and just a uplifting performance. And it was right here in ...

Relay organizers offer thanks

To the Editor: The Cancer Fighters team recently participated at the Martin County Relay for Life. On behalf of the team, I would like to thank everyone for your generous donations and support for this worthy cause. Together we can make a difference. Also, the Relay for Life Leadership team ...

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Triathlon help appreciated To the Editor: God put on a lightning show to herald the beginning of the recent 2018 Fairmont Triathlon (Olympic, Sprint and Youth), Duathlon and 5K. With a bit of a delay for safety, more than 160 participants took off to achieve amazing feats of physical ...

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Tradition continues To the Editor: On Saturday, June 9, more than 2,000 children from ages birth to 18 were delighted to receive a brand new book from Education Minnesota Fairmont at the Interlaken Heritage Days Parade. This is the fourth year that Education Minnesota Fairmont has ...

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Proud of our students To the Editor: Thank you to Chris Engelby, Cardinal Connections coordinator at Fairmont Jr./Sr. High School, for putting together the recent Service Project Day. It was amazing to see students and staff out giving back to the community, working in people’s back ...

Senate’s plan good for state

Just a couple of months ago, I had the opportunity to meet Joe Arnold and his parents at their family farm in Holloway. Sitting around their dining room table, Joe told me about his grandpa Vernon, who built their farm from nothing in the late 1960s. Vernon was an original shareholder of the ...

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Watch the whole clip To the Editor: Just to clarify, on May 16, the White House held a roundtable discussion with California mayors and sheriffs specifically about California’s sanctuary state laws. The full transcript may be found at whitehouse.gov website ...

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Celebrating Flag Day To the Editor: Our national holidays are an important and traditional part of our American heritage. Flag Day, on June 14, is not one of those legal holidays, but the cause for celebration is just as great. On that day, our nation commemorates two events that are so ...

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Kids enjoyed fishing To the Editor: The annual Kid’s All American Fishing Derby sponsored by the Bass Seekers B.A.S.S. Club of Fairmont, with the assistance of the Fairmont Early Riser Kiwanis, was a great success. Sixty-one kids participated and 141 fish were weighed in. These included ...

‘Quiet crisis’ gets loud

OWATONNA In 2016, Minnesotans were alerted to the fact that there is a serious lack of child care slots in our state, leading to a “quiet crisis,” according to a report that year from the Center for Rural Policy and Development. It is clear two years later this crisis is no longer so ...

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Grateful for help To the Editor: I’d like to extend my appreciation the Fairmont High School students for your helping hands, your opened hearts, for mowing our lawn, and also at our extra lot at 315 E. Fifth St. in Fairmont. You were a godsend. When our community takes time to send ...

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Kinship grateful for funds To the Editor: On March 24, the gym at the St. John Vianney School was buzzing with activity despite the less-than-ideal weather outside. Dozens of people gathered for the Knights of Columbus silent and live auction to peruse the myriad items available. More than ...

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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 ...