Letters to the Editor

Help stamp out hunger

Help stamp out hunger To the Editor: Saturday, May 13, marks the 25th anniversary of one of America’s great days of giving, the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Letter carriers walk through the community every day, often coming face to face with a ...

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Thank you, Bank Midwest To the Editor: I want to say thank you to Bank Midwest for sponsoring the Hawaiian concert on April 23 at the Fairmont Opera House. The Kahulanui nine-piece band was most enjoyable with an excellent performance of Hawaiian swing and big band sound. We would not have ...

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SHIP funding important To the Editor: Legislators are working on the state’s budget for the next two years. I’m grateful to see all sides are showing strong interest in funding the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) and hope they will deliver full funding for SHIP this ...

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Good news on road To the Editor: Recently, Gov. Mark Dayton announced he is likely to give in to Republican demands on transportation funding. This means he would drop his plan to raise gas taxes by a minimum of 16 cents per gallon and accept a GOP proposal that makes a $6 billion dollar ...

Entrepreneurs can get support

OWATONNA For the second year, Minnesota ranks first of the 25 largest states in the Kauffman Index for Main Street Entrepreneurship. We have the highest rate of business owners (7.75 percent), established small business density (687.2 small businesses per 1,000 firms) and business survival ...

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Thank you, volunteers To the Editor: National Volunteer Week is a time to honor the many ways that volunteers offer encouragement, optimism, patience and enthusiasm to enhance our community’s special quality of life. Fairmont Community Education and Recreation would like to take this ...

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Kids had great time To the Editor: Martin County Conservation Club held a birdhouse seminar April 8, with kids building 30 wren houses and 20 robin nesting shelves. While the number of participants was down, those who came had a good time building their houses and were eager to get their ...

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Plant sale coming up To the Editor: Martin County Humane Society will hold its annual spring plant sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 6, in the back parking lot of the UCC church at the corner of North Main Street and Third Street in Fairmont. Plant donations will be accepted at that ...

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It’s a great day to celebrate To the Editor: Every Earth Day, we at the Martin Soil and Water Conservation District reflect on the wonderful natural resources we get to enjoy in Martin County. Our staff is grateful for the opportunity to work with members of the community to facilitate ...

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Grateful for help To the Editor: Our heartfelt thanks to the Fairmont Police Department, Fairmont Fire Department and Martin County Sheriff’s Department for your swift, kind and professional response in our time of need. Your good work meant so much to us throughout the search for Bob. ...

Thank you for support

Thank you for support To the Editor: The 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 Judy Botzet, as Service Unit cookie manager, and to ...

House of Hope offers thanks

House of Hope offers thanks To the Editor: A big thank you to the Martin County Area Foundation for its generous contributions to House of Hope III, our addictions and mental health treatment center on Indus Drive in Fairmont. Your 2016 gifts totaling $8,400 have helped our clients and ...

Looking for volunteers

Looking for volunteers To the Editor: One in 10 Minnesotans, or more than 500,000 state residents, are food insecure on a regular basis. That’s more people than those who attended Minnesota Vikings football games during the 2015 regular season. Ten percent of seniors in Minnesota ...

A great game night

A great game night To the Editor: In February, 76 Kinship mentors and mentees met indoors together for a Mentor Appreciation Night/Indoor Game day. Our original plan had been to go snowmobiling and snowshoeing, but with high temps rapidly melting our snow, a complete change in events became ...

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Keep Penneys open To the Editor: People who wish to have the local JCPenney store remain open may state their preference by calling (800) 322-1189. Keeping another business in Fairmont is beneficial to our community. Kathy Eyerly Fairmont Pancake supper coming To the Editor: Mark ...

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An amazing baseball story To the Editor: John Wesley Donaldson was a black baseball pitcher who played from 1908-1941. His 33-year career saw him play for at least 25 different teams. It is known he won over 400 games while striking out over 5,000 batters. In 1915, Donaldson pitched 30 ...

Smarter is always better

OWATONNA Whether you prefer small government or big government, perhaps the better conversation is around what smarter government could do. Smart government requires collaboration and a long-term vision. It helps when you can start from a place of shared interest. Amid all of the areas of ...

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Thanks to everyone To the Editor: The members of Masonic Chain Lake Lodge 64 would like to thank the public for making this year’s scholarship fundraiser such a huge success. We held our spaghetti supper on Tuesday, March 14, at Grace Lutheran Church in Fairmont, where we served more than ...

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Thanks, Kiwanis To the Editor: We were so happy to have Barb from Profinium come and read to our classrooms. Not only did she read to us, but she also brought 50 books for our kids to take home. This was a program through our local Kiwanis. Thank you so much Barb and to the members of ...

Stabilizing the market

Stabilizing the market To the Editor: Solving Minnesota’s health insurance premium crisis is one of the Legislature’s top goals this session, and the Minnesota House approved another bill recently that could provide double-digit reductions on health insurance premiums. The Minnesota ...