Readers’ Views

She’s ready to learn

To the Editor:

Public service and elective office don’t always look like attractive choices these days, but thank goodness we still have thoughtful, ethical people who believe that everyone should step up to serve. This is what prompted Heather Klassen, candidate for Minnesota House District 23A, to mark off 40 dates on her calendar last fall. Her goal was to attend meetings of county boards, city councils, school districts and townships throughout her district, listening to the conversations among these local officials who often must make tough choices, and who run into their constituents daily. As of last week, Heather had just six of those 40 meetings left to go. She is committed to listening and learning.

Heather is exactly what we want and need in this district: she works hard, she listens, she has energy to spare. And her own life has given her great insight into what many of her future constituents face. I have been honored to accompany her to some of these meetings and to introduce her to voters. Please watch for her in your community. Don’t hesitate to ask her questions — she is ready to engage and learn.

Jean Burkhardt


Thanks for support

To the Editor:

Martin County/Fairmont Girl Scouts would like to thank all the parents, individuals, businesses and organizations that supported the girls in their recent cookie sale. A big thank you goes out to all troop cookie managers for organizing, collecting and keeping track of the cookies.

Thank you to Hy-Vee, Walmart, Shopko and Fareway Foods for allowing our troops to hold booth sales on their premises. Thank you also to those churches, businesses and organizations that worked with individual troops on their booth sales.

Thank you for the continuing support of the community: Grace Lutheran Church for the use of its facility for Cookie Delivery Day and Cookie Rally; the Gibson family for its help with cookie pickup; Gemini Studios for promoting on the local access TV; First Farmers and Merchants for use of its electronic billboard; CER for assisting with the use of the city of Fairmont community events calendar; KSUM/KFMC Radio for promoting on the local radio station; and the area newspapers: the Sentinel, the Photo Press, Martin County Star and Truman Tribune for all their publicity during the cookie program.

Finally, a big thank you to all of our customers. The girls sold 24,035 boxes of cookies this year. Selling cookies plays a vital role in supporting our local troops, camps and facilities, along with scholarships from council to the girls. We appreciate your continuing support and see you next year.

Kayla Green and Karen Munsch

service unit cookie managers

and Jennifer Nielsen

service unit manager