Letters to the Editor

Readers’ Views

Support Hagedorn To the Editor: Jim Hagedorn is running for First District Congress and his GOP primary opponent has, as a last ditch effort, taken her campaign into the gutter with personal attacks and lies. Unfortunately, I don’t think this sort of behavior is over. Carla Nelson ...

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Ag trade remains vital To the Editor: We were honored to be a part of the awesome celebration of our agricultural community at the Ground Up on July 25. What a blessing to have so many people doing so much work devoted to supporting each other as neighbors, for our economy and the future of ...

Helping our firefighters

WASHINGTON When firefighters like Jeff Laskowske from Albert Lea arrive at a fire, they are fully aware of the dangers they face from the flames and smoke. But Jeff and millions of other firefighters like him are exposing themselves to another deadly risk each time they show up to work — ...

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Lesser selves emboldened To the Editor: This letter is written in response to the note entitled, “Hate will divide us” that appeared in the “Readers’ Views” section of the Sentinel on July 11. I appreciate the writer’s readiness to engage in debate. His letter focused on the ...

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Band offers thanks To the Editor: The Fairmont City Band has just finished a successful 2018 season. This would not be possible without the assistance of many groups and individuals. We’d like to thank the city of Fairmont and its parks department for their financial support and help ...

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Can’t believe this occurred To the Editor: Recently, I stopped in at Upward Bound 5th Street Express just as a police vehicle was leaving. When I found out they were there because somebody had dug up some of our plants and took them, along with the yard art that had been in the back of ...

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Support appreciated To the Editor: Rural Renaissance Project would like to thank everyone who helped make its launch party and open house a great success at Blue Earth’s Giant Days on July 13-14. The two-day event was held in the “Three Sisters” buildings on Main Street, Blue ...

Bus tour offers insight

OWATONNA An event I look forward to each year is Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation’s annual bus tour. SMIF staff, board and colleagues spent the day visiting partners who are making a difference in their community. We use this time to hear from stakeholders and listen to community ...

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A clarification on ATEP history To the Editor: On July 11, my letter to the editor was printed in the Sentinel. In that letter, I spoke of the Alien Transfer and Exit Program (ATEP) implemented in 2008 under President Obama, in which families were separated as they entered the U.S. in a ...

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Band offers its thanks To the Editor: From July 2-11, 106 members of the Fairmont Cardinals marching band, along with 12 adults, traveled to represent the community of Fairmont in California. We cannot tell you how proud we were to do so. We marched with dignity and pride at the 70th Annual ...

MNLARS needs much more work

ST. PAUL The end of July marks an important anniversary. On July 24 of last year, Minnesota’s new system for licensing and registering vehicle titles (MNLARS) officially came online. It had been in production for nearly a decade. At one point, Hewlett-Packard was contracted to develop the ...

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Loans available to farms To the Editor: Gov. Mark Dayton recently declared a state of emergency in 36 counties, including Jackson, Martin, Faribault and Watonwan, which I represent. I am encouraging farmers impacted by recent storms to take advantage of the Disaster Recovery Loan Program ...

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Hate will divide us To the Editor: I am responding to the letter to the editor in the July 6 edition written by Peter Engstrom. The letter started with discussion of a Trump rally you said your children attended in Alabama. You stated that your daughter had never before witnessed such hate ...

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Changing country for worse To the Editor: In reference to the June 29 Sentinel editorial on “civility”: In the 2016 presidential election campaign, my two children went to a Trump rally in Madison, Alabama. In the rally were hundreds of cheering supporters. But also in the crowd were a ...

Helping children read

OWATONNA Summer is here, which means families are finally able to enjoy the outdoors after a long winter. As campfires burn out and kids get ready for bed, many parents will pull out a book and read a bedtime story. This is important because studies consistently show that reading at a young ...

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Get out to Opera House To the Editor: Last night, I attended a performance of the FAB 6 at our Opera House. They were a Beatles tribute band and they were fabulous. Great guitar playing, string instruments and brass backing them up, and just a uplifting performance. And it was right here in ...

Relay organizers offer thanks

To the Editor: The Cancer Fighters team recently participated at the Martin County Relay for Life. On behalf of the team, I would like to thank everyone for your generous donations and support for this worthy cause. Together we can make a difference. Also, the Relay for Life Leadership team ...

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Triathlon help appreciated To the Editor: God put on a lightning show to herald the beginning of the recent 2018 Fairmont Triathlon (Olympic, Sprint and Youth), Duathlon and 5K. With a bit of a delay for safety, more than 160 participants took off to achieve amazing feats of physical ...

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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 ...