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Blue Earth wins spot

We congratulate Blue Earth for being among five communities in southern Minnesota selected to take part in the Rural Entrepreneurial Venture program, which seeks to boost diverse economic growth. The program is offered through Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation.

Blue Earth was selected based on its solid working relationship with SMIF, and because of its potential and willingness to increase economic growth. Leadership in Blue Earth has been making good decisions in this regard, and they are to be praised for it.

Lighting project OK’d

Fairmont Area Schools is undertaking a major lighting renovation project that will save costs in the long term. Kudos to school officials for moving ahead on this project this week.

The school board has awarded a $670,000 bid to DeWar Electric of Fairmont to complete the work, which will replace less-efficient equipment with LED lighting. This is something many local governments, and businesses, are considering or moving forward on. There is an up-front cost, but one that will be recouped over 5 to 10 years.

An excellent decision

Woodland Avenue in Fairmont is truly transformed on Halloween. The street has become more than just a popular place for trick-or-treaters. It is something of a carnival and festival for children and adults alike.

It’s fair to say that in addition to all the fun, there have been worries over the years as the popularity of the street has grown. Traffic and pedestrians are in close proximity, creating potential hazards, or disasters.

So the City Council has agreed that Woodland should be closed to auto traffic during the evening on Halloween. This is such a good decision.

K9 unit seeking grant

Faribault County’s K9 unit is looking for some support from area residents. K9 officer Zeus and his partner, Brittney Gehrking, are in the running for a $5,000 grant. The funds could help pay for equipment as well as Zeus’ vet bills.

K9 units are invaluable members of police departments around the country, helping officers sniff out contraband and capture suspects. These units also help police and deputies connect with the public.

We encourage people to lend a hand to Zeus and Gehrking. Vote online at Voting ends Nov. 7