Readers’ Views

Offering an apology

To the Editor:

I need to offer an apology to Bryan Gregor. Bryan recently sent a well-written, respectful Letter to the Editor expressing concerns he had with the Legacy Committee legislation. I was also informed that other individuals throughout the state had sent similar letters to nine newspapers in various communities, including Mankato and Rochester.

Because of the long work days and nights during these last weeks of the session, the Research and Media Department of the Minnesota House decided to take on the responsibility of answering these letters and sent the responses in my name to the various papers.

Expecting a general, more “news release” type of response, I was extremely unhappy to read such a harsh, personal letter. The tone of the letter was unlike any that I have ever written, and it was certainly not the way I would have chosen to address Bryan’s concerns. His letter deserved a respectful explanation, and I would like to sincerely apologize to Bryan for the letter that was published.

I am always interested in hearing from my constituents and am anxious to provide answers or solutions whenever possible. If you have a question or have heard something that is concerning to you, please give me a call. Often I can relieve your fears and frustrations with a short visit.

We are working hard to complete this session with good results for the people of Minnesota. We hope you will be pleased with many of the plans we have for the state.

State Rep. Bob Gunther,


Community support appreciated

To the Editor:

The Fairmont Kiwanis Club, Early Risers, wishes to thank the community for the support we received for our annual Pancake Benefit Supper held Monday, May 1, at Five Lakes Centre in Fairmont. It was so heartening to see the tremendous support given to benefit the Rotary Club’s sponsorship of their “Special Needs Playground” Project, as well as the support shown for the project backed by STEP, Inc. as they pursued additional funding for their transportation needs. The great support received from the community helps to fund and support those projects, and helps to ensure continued enhancement of positive lifestyles in our area.

Because of this support, we served approximately 800 people at our event. Thanks to all who participated in and supported our efforts so that we can continue to “improve the world, one child and one community at a time.”

We hope to see all of you at our Fall Pancake Supper on Nov. 27.

John Hovick, president

Kiwanis Club of Fairmont, Early Risers


Harlan Gorath

Public Relations Committee member,

Kiwanis Club of Fairmont, Early Risers

Successful bike rodeo held

To the Editor:

A most successful bike rodeo and safety program was held May 10 at Fairmont Elementary School in conjunction with International Walk/Bike to School Day.

A special thanks to the volunteers from Early Risers Kiwanis, Community Education and Recreation, Safe Routes to School and law enforcement who conducted the safety program and rodeo. ABC bike checks were handled by Larry Vogel and Kyle Schanning from the Bike Shoppe. Over 82 new bike helmets were fitted and given to youth by staff from Mayo Clinic Health System-Fairmont (with transport of helmets provided by Olson Rental). Hot dogs and buns were donated by Hy-Vee Foods and served by Principal Jim Davison and Superintendent Joe Brown.

Bike safety rules of the road were demonstrated and practiced at the rodeo. Safety rules fliers were also distributed. Parents are especially encouraged to remind their children to practice safe biking habits, including use of helmets. Additional copies of safety rules information are available at the CER office located at Fairmont Elementary School.

Take advantage of the beautiful trails and parks in our community this summer while biking or walking with your family and be safe.

Joe Burns

Early Risers Kiwanis

Safe Routes to School