Letters to the Editor

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Feds allow extension To the Editor: On Oct. 18, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security formally granted Minnesota a one-year extension to comply with federal REAL ID standards. The new extension will expire on Oct. 10, 2018. The extension gives Minnesota enough time to prepare to issue ...

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Help fight pornography To the Editor: Starting on the last Sunday in October, the local Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court Joan of Arc #691 of Blue Earth will join in a nationwide fight against pornography. This week has been named White Ribbon Against Pornography (WRAP) Week and is ...

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CREST makes move To the Editor: On behalf of the CREST board of directors and staff, we would like to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to the administration and staff at the Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center for housing our CREST office in their facility for the past 15 ...

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Grateful for article To the Editor: Judy Bryan did outstanding work telling the story of a recent PEO Program for Continuing Education grant to a local woman. Ms. Bryan remains one of the finest reporters in the area. She is easy to work with and tells a story in an interesting and ...

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‘Day of Discovery’ planned To the Editor: There’s still room at the inn, the Holiday Inn in Fairmont, for people with disabilities, their families and staff to attend the second annual Day of Discovery. Join us at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. Martin County Self Advocates will be ...

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Supporting Tim Walz To the Editor: As a social worker for 37 years and a school social worker for the past 25 years, I’m supporting Tim Walz for governor of Minnesota. As a father, teacher and coach, Tim knows what all children in Minnesota need to be successful. I know that as governor, ...

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Support appreciated To the Editor: The Martin County Historical Society has created a historic calendar since 2005 as an annual fundraiser. Thanks to the support of the business and professional community of Martin County in purchasing advertising, coupled with the design and layout ...

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Heritage Acres offers thanks To the Editor: The board of directors of Heritage Acres wishes to thank the Martin County Area Foundation and the Carl and Verna Schmidt Foundation for their continued financial support in the preservation of the barn and church located on the Heritage Acres ...

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Juniors can serve as pages To the Editor: If your son or daughter is a high school junior and is interested in politics, I strongly encourage them to apply for the Minnesota House of Representatives 2018 High School Page Program. By taking part in this week-long program, pages learn the ...

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Thanks for supplies To the Editor: On behalf of the kindergarten teachers and staff at Fairmont Elementary School, I would like to thank the generous donors in the surrounding communities that aided in providing nearly 110 kindergarteners with their school supplies for the 2017-2018 school ...

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Thank you, council To The Editor: On Aug. 14, the Fairmont City Council allowed the Adventure Playground Task Force the time to tell our story of why an inclusive playground is needed here in Fairmont and to request help in funding. We want to thank the council for taking the time to meet ...

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Single-payer system would work To the Editor: “Single-payer” is not viewed as “free” health care. We would all pay into the single-payer system, just as we all currently pay into the patchwork of various systems in operation in the U.S. However, most individuals and most businesses ...

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Let’s keep Lutz goal in place To the Editor: As members of the Lutz family, we are concerned about the announcement of the Lutz Wing closure at Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont. Our cousin, Peter Lutz, contributed a sizeable donation to the Fairmont Hospital. This donation ...

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Support appreciated To the Editor: On Aug. 16, the 20th Annual Martin County Blue Ribbon Pork Cook-Off was held at the Martin County Fairgrounds. Despite unfavorable weather conditions and the complexities it caused, our participants once again demonstrated their unwavering support for our ...

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Mayo forgetting about patients To the Editor: Mayo Clinic is tearing the heart out of small Minnesota towns. At 10 a.m. Thursday, nursing staff were told that in 90 days, Lutz Wing at the Mayo Clinic Health System-Fairmont site would close. Staff will lose their jobs. Many other employees ...

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Trio will serve us well To the Editor: It is frustrating to hear that our elected official often do not work together to take care of the problems facing our state and nation, but change is on its way. I am excited to hear that our state senator, Julie Rosen, and state representative, Bob ...

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Saying a sad farewell To the Editor: We are saddened that we had to say good-bye to our wonderful and loyal customers at JCPenney. We had the opportunity to work with and serve so many special people. You all made our years so very memorable. Thank you to Fairmont and the surrounding ...

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Someone stole her memories To the Editor: I have plots at the community garden. I like to grow vegetables there and often share them with others. My granddaughter planted seeds and helped weed. Last month, she asked if she could pick the only watermelon that grew. I told her to wait until ...

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Church, school on right path To the Editor: School is about to start again, but it’s anything but “usual” for St. James Lutheran School and St. James and Zion Lutheran churches. First, we welcome a new principal to the helm: Mr. Jon Jenks. He brings new and exciting skills to the ...

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Kinship having fun To the Editor: Kinship has had a busy summer. On July 12, we held the summer picnic with 108 mentors, mentees, rent-a-ments and board members present. We had a wonderful time boating, tubing, kayaking, jet skiing, making massive bubbles, playing yard games, and eating ...