Letters to the Editor

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Tradition continues To the Editor: On Saturday, June 9, more than 2,000 children from ages birth to 18 were delighted to receive a brand new book from Education Minnesota Fairmont at the Interlaken Heritage Days Parade. This is the fourth year that Education Minnesota Fairmont has ...

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Proud of our students To the Editor: Thank you to Chris Engelby, Cardinal Connections coordinator at Fairmont Jr./Sr. High School, for putting together the recent Service Project Day. It was amazing to see students and staff out giving back to the community, working in people’s back ...

Senate’s plan good for state

Just a couple of months ago, I had the opportunity to meet Joe Arnold and his parents at their family farm in Holloway. Sitting around their dining room table, Joe told me about his grandpa Vernon, who built their farm from nothing in the late 1960s. Vernon was an original shareholder of the ...

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Watch the whole clip To the Editor: Just to clarify, on May 16, the White House held a roundtable discussion with California mayors and sheriffs specifically about California’s sanctuary state laws. The full transcript may be found at whitehouse.gov website ...

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Celebrating Flag Day To the Editor: Our national holidays are an important and traditional part of our American heritage. Flag Day, on June 14, is not one of those legal holidays, but the cause for celebration is just as great. On that day, our nation commemorates two events that are so ...

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Kids enjoyed fishing To the Editor: The annual Kid’s All American Fishing Derby sponsored by the Bass Seekers B.A.S.S. Club of Fairmont, with the assistance of the Fairmont Early Riser Kiwanis, was a great success. Sixty-one kids participated and 141 fish were weighed in. These included ...

‘Quiet crisis’ gets loud

OWATONNA In 2016, Minnesotans were alerted to the fact that there is a serious lack of child care slots in our state, leading to a “quiet crisis,” according to a report that year from the Center for Rural Policy and Development. It is clear two years later this crisis is no longer so ...

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Grateful for help To the Editor: I’d like to extend my appreciation the Fairmont High School students for your helping hands, your opened hearts, for mowing our lawn, and also at our extra lot at 315 E. Fifth St. in Fairmont. You were a godsend. When our community takes time to send ...

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Kinship grateful for funds To the Editor: On March 24, the gym at the St. John Vianney School was buzzing with activity despite the less-than-ideal weather outside. Dozens of people gathered for the Knights of Columbus silent and live auction to peruse the myriad items available. More than ...

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Pursuit of happiness To the Editor: Springtime brings graduations, and graduations are often about accomplishments. But in all the talk and celebrations about accomplishments, something more important can get lost. What can get lost is just the simple and yet never-ending quest for a happy ...

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Red Rock grateful To the Editor: On behalf of Red Rock Center for the Arts, I would like to take a moment to thank everyone who supported us during our annual fundraising event. The generosity of our sponsors and silent auction donors reached far beyond the Fairmont area. Many thanks to ...

House OKs tax reforms

To the Editor: The Minnesota House of Representatives recently approved legislation that would cut taxes for the first time in two decades while making Minnesota’s tax code simpler to navigate. I voted yes on the plan. We’re looking at a bill that is fair for everybody, give a maximum ...

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Food shelf thankful To the Editor: Heaven’s Table Food Shelf humbly and gratefully acknowledges the tremendous support shown during March Minnesota FoodShare month. We truly appreciate the contributions of individuals, church and civic groups, schools, businesses and other organizations ...

Celebrating small firms

OWATONNA The Small Business Administration celebrates America’s small business owners during National Small Business Week, April 29 through May 5. According to SBA’s 2017 Small Business Profile, there are 509,732 small businesses in Minnesota, comprising 99.5 percent of Minnesota ...

Cyber threats abound

Equifax. Uber. Facebook. WannaCry. Petya. Guccifer. Any of those names ring a bell? Chances are you’ve heard of these data breaches and these cyberattacks — you may have even been personally affected by them. Over the course of the last year, our nation has experienced firsthand the ...

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Thanks for attending To the Editor: Friends and family of Deb Salic would like to thank everyone who attended the recent benefit. A special thank you for the generous contributions from the silent auction and food and drinks that were donated for the meal. Also, an extra special thanks ...

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Forget 1 percent idea To the Editor: Recently in Sharon Rosen’s Ceylon news column, it was noted that Ceylon is considering charging the Howell Helmers Auction Company 1 percent of its proceeds of the sale to clean the mud off the streets. Any number of communities in the area would ...

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Bill creates barrier To the Editor: As a parent and advocate for people with disabilities, I’ve worked for much of my adult life to reduce barriers that prevent people with disabilities from being included in the community. So I was greatly disappointed to see a bill at the State Capitol ...

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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 ...

Payment not guaranteed

To the Editor: Electric de France (EdF) says the annual tax revenue generated by its proposed Oza Tanka project will be $800,000. This is not a guarantee, and will only happen if the wind blows as predicted, and the turbines generate at full capacity 34 percent of the time. I have built a ...