Readers’ Views

Making a difference

To the Editor:

Coaches vs. Cancer committee would like to thank the community and families for a successful fundraiser event held Feb. 3-4 at Fairmont High School. Fifty-four businesses and families donated generous baskets, clothing and gift certificates for the raffle drawings. Thank you.

Paper basketballs also were purchased in honor of or in memory of a loved one who has fought this difficult battle. They’re hanging on the south wall of the gymnasium for the remainder of the basketball season so people can reflect and feel for the families affected by this dreadful disease.

Our student athletes in our basketball program and their families raised $3,300 for the Infusion Lab at Mayo Clinic Health System-Fairmont, Martin County Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society. Their efforts are making a difference in the lives of those affected with cancer.

Funds this year were the highest in the last four years, thanks to our generous community support. Thank you for making a difference.

Deb Heinrich

and the Coaches

vs. Cancer Committee


Ready to back Hagedorn

To the Editor:

The Republican National Congressional Committee recently announced it has made the First Congressional District a targeted race, with the goal of replacing incumbent Democrat Tim Walz in 2018.

During his more than 10 years in Congress, Walz has consistently misrepresented southern Minnesota’s voters by voting for radical Obama initiatives like amnesty for illegal aliens, sanctuary cities, massive refugee transfers from anti-American counties, Obamacare, extremist EPA regulations and late-term abortion on demand.

Though outspent 4-1, Republican congressional candidate Jim Hagedorn nearly defeated Walz this past November. The 50.3% to 49.6% Hagedorn-Walz race was one of the closest in Minnesota history.

Unlike incumbent Walz, Jim Hagedorn takes time to visit our communities, listen to our concerns and openly share his positions on any issue. Jim is smart, hard-working and much better reflects our southern Minnesota values than Democrat Walz. I look forward to supporting Jim once again. It’s time to elect a new First District congressman.

Neal Breitbarth