Local Editorials

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Shopko remaining open There was bad news, then good news this week for Fairmont area residents regarding the local Shopko store. First it was announced the store would close, negatively affecting shoppers and employees. Then came the reprieve, with Shopko saying the store will remain open, ...

State government has grown too big, onerous

The federal government is bloated and broke. A potential spending frenzy is building in St. Paul. Yet very little government does is efficient or effective. Despite the poor track record, we are constantly told that the solution is not less government but more. Why? A group of Republicans in ...

Red Cross seeks help; consider giving blood

On Monday, the Red Cross issued an emergency call for blood. Over the holidays, the Red Cross saw 27,000 fewer blood and platelet donations than it needs to sustain a sufficient blood supply. There were fewer blood drives held to provide the needed donations, and busy holiday schedules tended ...

Walz takes wrong step given ‘pain’ of shutdown

The federal government shutdown is portrayed by many, and many in the media, as a prescription for pain. They say the poor federal workers and recipients of government assistance are made to suffer because politicians cannot get along and resolve their dispute. They blame President ...

Legislators will have to set their priorities

Minnesota legislators have spent the first week or two of the new legislative session announcing their priorities — the bills they want to pass, the issues they wish to address. Democrats in the House introduced their first ten bills, focusing on health care for all and making it easier to ...

Minnesota flubs it; Tru Shrimp hits the road

Two years ago tru Shrimp, the innovative agriculture company based in Balaton, announced it would build its first commercial shrimp hatchery and harbor in Luverne. Shortly after that announcement, tru Shrimp said it was finalizing plans for a 67-acre shrimp harbor complex in Luverne that would ...

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Troubling development Presentation College is staying in Fairmont until 2021 to allow its students to finish up their coursework. The college recently signed a new lease with the city, which owns Southern Minnesota Educational Campus, where Presentation resides. This is unfortunate news for ...

Powell reminds nation that its debt is looming

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, unlike his predecessors, believes that the language he uses to talk about economic matters should be fairly straightforward so that citizens can understand him. He decries what he describes as “irritating” insider language. Good for him. We like his ...

Administration opts to get it right in Syria

President Donald Trump’s sudden announcement in December that ISIS was defeated and he was bringing U.S. troops in Syria home left his military advisers suffering from whiplash. They felt that ISIS was beaten down but not yet eliminated, and could stage a comeback with a too-hasty ...

Public input, plan essential to disaster aid

The Fairmont area is well aware of what it means to have damaging storms sweep through. Heavy rains early last summer caused all sorts of problems — just ask the city of Blue Earth and area farmers. And then Fairmont, Granada and Ceylon were punished by strong winds or tornadoes in September. ...

Walz, lawmakers get ready for session

Minnesota’s new governor, Tim Walz, was sworn in on Monday. We wish the governor and all of the state’s lawmakers the best of luck as they get ready to embark on the 2019 legislative session. We hope they can find some harmony even though Minnesota once again has divided government, with ...

Some public servants deserve great credit

Government at all levels can be frustrating, even infuriating. But there is an enormous, important difference between the politicians and bureaucrats who too often are the face of government and the hundreds of thousands of good, dedicated public servants who also are on local, state and ...

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Make good wishes A recent poll indicated that 7 in 10 Americans favor one day using gene-editing technology to prevent incurable diseases that a child would otherwise inherit. But the poll also shows that people are wary, concerned about the promise of the medical miracle being used ...

Would Democrats put any limits on access?

The Democratic leadership in Congress says the wall that President Trump wants is bad. So, what’s good? Trump’s request for $5 billion for wall funding on the Southern border is a drop in the bucket in terms of the $4 trillion federal budget. Democrats nevertheless believe denying Trump ...

Congress should take look at who’s needed

One of the big risks facing furloughed and laid-off “non-essential” government employees is the idea that people may soon realize just how non-essential they are. The longer the government shutdown over the Border Wall lasts, the more people may realize that we really don’t need this ...

Ideas enacted will tell us what works, doesn’t

It is a new year, so perhaps it is time for Americans to consider a new approach to their deep political divisions. Rather than being at each other’s throats, perhaps people could take a step back, take a deep breath and consider a longer-term view, adding a deep dose of respect for others in ...

Sad to see declining interest in Scout groups

This has been a year of change nationwide at both the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Both organizations are struggling financially. Efforts to attract new scouts have pitted the two against each other, as the Boy Scouts now are accepting female members. Interest in scouting has declined ...

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An incredible journey There was a time in American culture when explorers and scientists were looked upon with awe and wonder for their amazing feats and discoveries. Today, while people are mass consumers of technology, it seems they are less inclined to note the achievement. A little ...

Democrats won’t deal, so what’s that tell us?

We think it is astonishing that the federal government has shut down over what essentially amounts to $4.4 billion. That is the difference between what Senate Democrats are willing to spend on border security and what President Trump wants ($5.7 billion) for a border wall with Mexico. What is ...

‘Post 1905’ offers look at fire department work

There are groups, organizations and professions in our society that are having difficulty attracting members or employees. We have seen the decline in entities such as area veterans organizations in recent years. Some do not even have their own buildings anymore. Some civic groups, which work ...