Readers’ Views

IHD appreciates grant

To the Editor:

On behalf of the Interlaken Heritage Days committee, I would like to thank the Martin County Area Foundation for awarding us a grant in the amount of $10,000 in support of our 30th anniversary event in 2018.

The foundation’s contributions to the area were about $96,000 to many worthwhile organizations. We are humbled to be among those selected.

The addition of this funding will allow us to provide a series of free/low cost activities to citizens of all ages, abilities and circumstances, and celebrate the uniqueness of the Fairmont area and our lakes that Interlaken Heritage Days were founded on in 1988.

We will again be kicking off the weekend with a free community meal at Heritage Acres on Friday. Be sure to join us June 8-10, 2018.

Laura L. Dunker,


Interlaken Heritage Days

Poppy Days are here

To the Editor:

Members of the Fairmont American Legion Auxiliary Unit 36 will distribute poppies at Fareway, Hy-Vee, Shopko and Five Lakes Centre on Saturday. Veterans remember the wild flowers blooming in the devastated battlefields of France and Flanders. The basic purpose of Poppy Days is to offer the American public an opportunity to honor those who have and are presently serving for our freedom.

The poppy is a memorial emblem to show a personal tribute for the sacrifice that has been made for Americans by both dead and living veterans. The poppy is made by disabled veterans, helping with rehabilitation for them. All funds received are used for veterans programs in our area. Poppy distribution simply says “Remember Our Veterans.”

Bonnie McMurtry,

Poppy chairwoman,

American Legion

Auxiliary Unit 36


Save health services

To the Editor:

When my family lived in Fairmont during the 1980s, the new hospital was a source of pride and service to Fairmont. Katherine and I have retired to the Albert Lea area. We are trying to save the medical services Mayo is moving out of our community.

Save Our Hospital Albert Lea has formed the Rural Health Care Coalition because the issue is bigger than just our area and includes southern Minnesota, northern Iowa and western Wisconsin. I urge your readers to join the coalition by sending an email to with their name in the subject line.

We need a united voice to keep health care services in rural areas and to protect the health and well-being of residents. It makes no sense for taxpayers in Fairmont and Albert Lea to be contributing hundreds of millions of dollars to Destination Mayo while the health services in our areas are being destroyed.

Joseph Pacovsky


Consider donating

To the Editor:

Give to the Max Day is Nov. 16. The concept was created in 2009 to help make Minnesota a better place by encouraging people to support the numerous nonprofits in the state. That initial spark touched off a blast of online giving — $14 million in 24 hours. Since then, Give to the Max Day has grown and become an annual tradition. Every year, thousands of organizations and individuals generate donations and excitement for Minnesota causes that are working to improve the quality of life for all Minnesotans.

Give to the Max Day not only encourages the public to support causes they believe in, but also awards prizes to charities to encourage donations. A person who is only able to donate a small amount has a chance to make a much larger impact by winning their charity prizes of $500, $1,000, and $10,000. All an organization must do to be eligible for the drawings is be registered and have a donation made during the time period. On Nov. 16, there will be a drawing every hour for a $1,000 Golden Ticket. If you are busy on GTMD, you can schedule your gift before that day and still be eligible to win your charity money.

Another way people can increase the impact of their donation is through donating to groups that have matching funds available. This doubles your impact without costing you more. For example, Martin County Humane Society has $5,500 in matching funds available. If you donate $10, a generous donor has agreed to match it and the animal shelter will receive $20 and a chance to win one of the prizes.

The Martin County Humane Society would like to thank the many supporters that make it possible to care for homeless animals. One of the wonderful groups helping Martin County charities is the Martin County Area Foundation. It recently provided a $5,000 grant to replace the aging doors on the dog kennels.

Other upcoming MCHS fundraisers/events are:

o Nov. 11 — Christmas Crafts at the Red Rock Center Craft Show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

o Nov. 18 — Bake Sale at Fleet and Farm from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

o Nov. 27 — MNSNAP (mobile spay and neuter clinic; animals must be pre-registered.)

o Dec. 9 — Christmas Crafts at Five Lakes Centre at 10 a.m.

Thank you to all the generous supporters in Martin County,

Karen Folkers, president

Martin County Humane Society

Looking for a little help

To the Editor:

I was sports editor of the Sentinel from September 1974 through September 1979 and am seeking some help from readers. I am planning on retirement soon and would like to compile a book of the best features and columns I have written in what will be a 50-plus-year career.

If there are Sentinel readers who have a copy of a feature or column while I wrote for the Sentinel, it would please me if they could make a copy of the story and send it to me either via email at the address below, or to make a copy and mail it to the address listed below:


Steve Matthies

Sports Editor

Herald and News

2701 Foothills Blvd.

Klamath Falls, OR 97603

I have great memories of my time in Fairmont, but did not keep too many features and columns, which I regret. With the help of readers, I hope to be able to make up for lost time.

Thank you for your assistance.

Steve Matthies

Klamath Falls, Ore.