Letters to the Editor

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Single-payer system would work To the Editor: “Single-payer” is not viewed as “free” health care. We would all pay into the single-payer system, just as we all currently pay into the patchwork of various systems in operation in the U.S. However, most individuals and most businesses ...

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Let’s keep Lutz goal in place To the Editor: As members of the Lutz family, we are concerned about the announcement of the Lutz Wing closure at Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont. Our cousin, Peter Lutz, contributed a sizeable donation to the Fairmont Hospital. This donation ...

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Support appreciated To the Editor: On Aug. 16, the 20th Annual Martin County Blue Ribbon Pork Cook-Off was held at the Martin County Fairgrounds. Despite unfavorable weather conditions and the complexities it caused, our participants once again demonstrated their unwavering support for our ...

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Mayo forgetting about patients To the Editor: Mayo Clinic is tearing the heart out of small Minnesota towns. At 10 a.m. Thursday, nursing staff were told that in 90 days, Lutz Wing at the Mayo Clinic Health System-Fairmont site would close. Staff will lose their jobs. Many other employees ...

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Trio will serve us well To the Editor: It is frustrating to hear that our elected official often do not work together to take care of the problems facing our state and nation, but change is on its way. I am excited to hear that our state senator, Julie Rosen, and state representative, Bob ...

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Saying a sad farewell To the Editor: We are saddened that we had to say good-bye to our wonderful and loyal customers at JCPenney. We had the opportunity to work with and serve so many special people. You all made our years so very memorable. Thank you to Fairmont and the surrounding ...

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Someone stole her memories To the Editor: I have plots at the community garden. I like to grow vegetables there and often share them with others. My granddaughter planted seeds and helped weed. Last month, she asked if she could pick the only watermelon that grew. I told her to wait until ...

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Church, school on right path To the Editor: School is about to start again, but it’s anything but “usual” for St. James Lutheran School and St. James and Zion Lutheran churches. First, we welcome a new principal to the helm: Mr. Jon Jenks. He brings new and exciting skills to the ...

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Kinship having fun To the Editor: Kinship has had a busy summer. On July 12, we held the summer picnic with 108 mentors, mentees, rent-a-ments and board members present. We had a wonderful time boating, tubing, kayaking, jet skiing, making massive bubbles, playing yard games, and eating ...

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Relay appreciates help To the Editor: Martin County Relay for Life raised about $85,000 this year. We couldn’t do this without our many generous sponsors who donated almost $25,000 and our Relay teams And everyone who donated to the teams. Thanks to all. This money does many things. It ...

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Tractor Ride offers thanks To the Editor: The Truman Classic Tractor Ride would like to thank all the drivers who came and participated in our ride during the recent Truman Days Festival. We also would like to thank the following sponsors that supported us: Prairieland Facility, Baarts ...

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Support appreciated To the Editor: The Fairmont Uptown Kiwanis Club thanks Hy-Vee for the hot dogs and buns and Perkins for the ice for the baseball fundraisers in June and July at the Fairmont Elementary School ball diamonds. A special thanks to the volunteer coaches and the families of ...

Weed is present here too

Weed is present here too To the Editor: I want to thank the Sentinel for printing (on July 15) the Des Moines Register’s article regarding the infestation of curlyleaf pond weed on East Okoboji Lake. Readers should find this to be a valuable heads-up for the adverse effects that can ...

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A great day for reflection To the Editor: Martin County Beyond the Yellow Ribbon’s 5th annual Freedom 5K Color Dash on July 4th had more than 200 participants (from ages 1 to 81) strolling, biking, walking and running around Sisseton Lake. It was a great day for reflection of our ...

Knowing God is freedom

Knowing God is freedom To the Editor: Freedom is something we celebrate each year on the Fourth of July. A freedom that was earned a couple hundred years ago by our forefathers, brave men and women who sacrificed everything for this belief. Yet when asked, what makes this celebration ...

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Relay offers thanks To the Editor: The Relay for Life Committee would like to thank everyone who participated in the 25th year of Martin County Relay for Life. We wouldn’t have a Relay without our sponsors, those who donate, our teams and all of you that come to the Relay. The Relay is ...

Why build a memorial?

FAIRMONT The mission statement of the Martin County Veterans Memorial is: “To provide a source of funding for veterans memorials and parks, to commemorate the men and women of Martin County whose faithful loyalty and service in our armed forces, during times of war and peace, has helped ...

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Dedication coming up To the Editor: The dedication of the area veterans tribute in Trimont will be 10 a.m. July 8 at Memorial Park in Trimont. The tribute is for all Martin County and area veterans. The cost is $150 for a bronze plaque on a granite monument. The first set of names were ...

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Lake cleanup went well To the Editor: Twenty-two volunteers showed up at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 17, at Gomsrud Park to collect refuse and debris from the shoreline and under the surface of Budd Lake. The city of Fairmont provided a truck and Terry Anderson provided a trailer to assist with ...

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Shame on officials To the Editor: Shame on the Martin County commissioners who feel the county should not financially support the Martin County Veterans Memorial that is going to be constructed on donated land. It appears to me you do not understand that these men and women have served, are ...