Local Editorials

Immigration dysfunction showing no end in sight

America’s immigration policies and its dysfunctional immigration system have been in the spotlight in recent days. The separation of children from their illegal immigrant parents touched a nerve for many in this country, leading President Trump to move away from the practice. Had the policy ...

Ideas based in reality are what truly matter

Democrats have endorsed state Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minneapolis in the race to replace Congressman Keith Ellison, who is running for attorney general in Minnesota. Omar is something of a rising star in the party. She is making clear her opposition to the Trump administration’s approach to ...

High-level FBI officials didn’t understand rules?

Ask an FBI agent if a specific person is being investigated, and the answer invariably will be, “No comment.” Expect special treatment from agents because you happen to espouse the same political beliefs they have? Not a chance. Now, however, Justice Department officials want us to ...

Foundation probe? More than one needed

New York’s attorney general has filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump and his charitable foundation, accusing them of using money illegally to help his businesses and political campaign. Whether the action has any merit remains to be seen. But while we are thinking of abuses ...

Americans remain incredible at giving

Americans are famously compassionate people. When we learn of someone in need, we tend to dig into our pockets to help them. Last year, we set a new record: about $410 billion in charitable giving, according to an authoritative report by the Giving USA organization. It totaled donations from ...

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Co-op move back on Area school districts have worked things out, facilitating the move of Southern Plains Education Cooperative from Winnebago to Fairmont. Fairmont Area and Granada-Huntley-East Chain ratified the relocation this week. Three other districts still must approve the pact, but ...

‘Dusty’ money should be utilized elsewhere

Do you have $15.4 billion socked away for a rainy day? We didn’t think so. But your government does, and the bureaucrats, backed by liberal lawmakers, don’t want to give it up. Analysts in President Donald Trump’s administration have found that amount of money locked up in inactive ...

U.S. must keep close eye on Kim’s actions

The niceties of diplomacy dictate that when world leaders meet, they smile, shake hands, even trade a joke or two. Kind words and gestures of trust are virtually mandatory. So it was this week in Singapore, when President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met. Before departing, ...

Hopes, worries exist as Trump meets Kim

Both U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un are in Singapore preparing for a face-to-face meeting today. It is no exaggeration to say that hundreds of millions of people have their fingers crossed that something productive will come of the encounter. Trump and other ...

Voters send message: Justice demands more

It may have been the fact that lots of young men get drunk and still manage to refrain from raping women that spelled the end of Santa Clara County, Calif., Judge Aaron Persky’s career on the bench. Persky drew fire two years ago when he sentenced Stanford University athlete Brock Turner to ...

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Join in the celebration Fairmont’s summer festival — Interlaken Heritage Days — is marking a milestone today: 30 years of fun in the sun. Today’s events include the Borderline Cruisers car show in downtown Fairmont, as well as activities at Heritage Acres from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The ...

After Obama, some in Congress still on guard

It is unfortunate in a way that even Republicans in Congress sometimes refuse to go along with President Donald Trump’s initiatives. But after eight years of former chief executive Barack Obama’s imperial presidency, one can hardly blame lawmakers for being on their guard. Another example ...

Few step forward for county races in area

This summer promises to be a wild primary season in Minnesota politics. The same cannot be said locally. There are three DFL candidates — Erin Murphy, Tim Walz and Lori Swanson — and two Republicans — Jeff Johnson and Tim Pawlenty — for governor. There’s a scramble in the attorney ...

Movie, video game in poor taste are rejected

You may want to sit down for this: Hollywood has done something worthy of praise. For once, the movie moguls have put ethics ahead of money. Paramount Network had planned a television reprise of the 1988 film, “Heathers.” The original version starred Winona Rider and Christian Slater. It ...

Flight 93 debris heads to location of memorial

Sept. 11, 2001, seems so long ago, in many ways. A whole generation of Americans has no personal recollection of that tragic day. We are being reminded of it once again, by the announcement that some wreckage from Flight 93, no longer needed for purposes such as investigating the tragedy, ...

Entertainment industry cares about money first

The entertainment world’s dirty little secret — that money trumps morals — has been on display a lot lately. After actress Roseanne Barr was fired by ABC over a racist tweet, stories of other questionable behavior began surfacing. An old picture of her dressed as Adolf Hitler and ...

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New store set to open It has been a long time since the floor space of the former Kmart building in Fairmont has been used as a retail outlet. Since Kmart closed, in fact. So it is heartening to see Tractor Supply Co. preparing for its store opening on June 21. The business will utilize ...

Dayton disconnected from session actions

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton had a bad legislative session. While he signed a major piece of legislation this week that earmarks $1.5 billion for projects around the state, the governor was still down in the dumps, lamenting the spending as inadequate. Of course, the governor’s standoff ...

Threat of shutdown shouldn’t stop progress

Liberal members of Congress and big-spending bureaucrats have found a foolproof way to get what they want, which is to milk taxpayers for all we are worth, and then some. It is simple: Merely threaten a “government shutdown.” After he signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill in March, ...

Nothing sweet about federal sugar tariffs

You may want to pick up a pack of Necco Wafers or one of those little boxes of candy hearts while you can. It is possible they may not be around for long. If so, part of the blame rests with Uncle Sam. The New England Confectionary Co., maker of those and other candies, has filed for ...