Letters to the Editor

Readers’ Views

Library makes changes To the Editor: The Fairmont library has heard concerns from community members about people congregating in front of the building at all hours. We have heard your comments and are doing all we can to address the issues that you have brought to our attention. Some of the ...

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It takes many hands To the Editor: On behalf of the members and the board of directors of Fairmont Lakes Foundation, Inc., we want to thank the Sentinel for the positive recognition of our organization that was expressed in your editorial on Saturday. That said, we would be remiss if we ...

Investing in workers

From paper mills to poultry lines, the American workforce is changing. This spring, I had the honor of giving the commencement address to Ridgewater College’s class of 2018 in Willmar. Ridgewater is a community and technical college where students have the opportunity to partner with local ...

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Elect Diane Sanders To the Editor: Martin County citizens have had the privilege of the experience and services provided by County Recorder Diane Sanders for over 23 years, first as chief deputy county recorder, and then as the county recorder upon the retirement of Kay Wrucke. How do I ...

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A rewarding career To the Editor: I’m approaching my 35-year anniversary as a caregiver, and I can tell you that I love this career and I’m very happy I found it. This profession is not easy, but it is very rewarding. Here in Martin County, our senior population is growing by leaps ...

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An important office To the Editor: Through all my experiences in family and business life, I have seen that the County Recorder’s Office is an important, though often unnoticed, county office. It requires someone with a deep knowledge and experience in the area, as well as someone of ...

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Academy growing To the Editor: Genesis Classical Academy in Winnebago will open its doors Sept. 5 for its fourth year of operation. Consistent growth has become a hallmark of this Christian classical academy. With the addition of seventh grade, the Genesis family now includes 74 students ...

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A pledge to support EMT funding To the Editor: As a strong supporter of emergency medical technicians (EMTs), I share concerns raised by folks in our area about the lack of funding for these services in the coming year. I proudly supported legislative efforts last session that would have ...

Foundation aids community groups

OWATONNA Several months ago, I was pleased to see my hometown of Kiester join forces with five nearby towns to create a new community foundation called Our Town USA. At Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, we support communities in capturing and retaining philanthropic wealth through ...

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Support appreciated To the Editor: The Fairmont Uptown Kiwanis Club thanks Hy-Vee for the hot dogs and buns and Perkins for the ice for the baseball fundraisers in June and July at the Fairmont Elementary School ball diamonds. A special thanks to the volunteer coaches and families of the ...

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Support appreciated To the Editor: On behalf of our Community Resource Collaboration, the Fairmont Junior/Senior High School would like to thank the American Legion for sponsoring our Summertime Splash Party at Fairmont Aquatic Park. It was a huge success with over 300 people attending the ...

Vote for Bob Lessard

To the Editor: Turning your attention toward campaign season in the middle of summer is going to be a tough task, but I’ll give it a try. This is about the most important race for attorney general in the history of Minnesota, and the need for you to make sure to vote for Bob Lessard in ...

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Support Hagedorn To the Editor: Jim Hagedorn is running for First District Congress and his GOP primary opponent has, as a last ditch effort, taken her campaign into the gutter with personal attacks and lies. Unfortunately, I don’t think this sort of behavior is over. Carla Nelson ...

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Ag trade remains vital To the Editor: We were honored to be a part of the awesome celebration of our agricultural community at the Ground Up on July 25. What a blessing to have so many people doing so much work devoted to supporting each other as neighbors, for our economy and the future of ...

Helping our firefighters

WASHINGTON When firefighters like Jeff Laskowske from Albert Lea arrive at a fire, they are fully aware of the dangers they face from the flames and smoke. But Jeff and millions of other firefighters like him are exposing themselves to another deadly risk each time they show up to work — ...

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Lesser selves emboldened To the Editor: This letter is written in response to the note entitled, “Hate will divide us” that appeared in the “Readers’ Views” section of the Sentinel on July 11. I appreciate the writer’s readiness to engage in debate. His letter focused on the ...

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Band offers thanks To the Editor: The Fairmont City Band has just finished a successful 2018 season. This would not be possible without the assistance of many groups and individuals. We’d like to thank the city of Fairmont and its parks department for their financial support and help ...

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Can’t believe this occurred To the Editor: Recently, I stopped in at Upward Bound 5th Street Express just as a police vehicle was leaving. When I found out they were there because somebody had dug up some of our plants and took them, along with the yard art that had been in the back of ...

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Support appreciated To the Editor: Rural Renaissance Project would like to thank everyone who helped make its launch party and open house a great success at Blue Earth’s Giant Days on July 13-14. The two-day event was held in the “Three Sisters” buildings on Main Street, Blue ...

Bus tour offers insight

OWATONNA An event I look forward to each year is Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation’s annual bus tour. SMIF staff, board and colleagues spent the day visiting partners who are making a difference in their community. We use this time to hear from stakeholders and listen to community ...