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Airport needs hangar

Fairmont’s airport has become an important part of the city’s economic development apparatus, and is well-used by pilots in general. The airport has a modern terminal and has made investments in runways, taxiways and lighting. It is a fine facility.

One shortcoming seems to be enough space to house airplanes. Interest suggests another hangar would serve the airport well, in addition to the pilots who would welcome it.

The city is has begun a process to add a hangar by 2020. This would be a good investment.

Tax bill moves ahead

The U.S. Senate seemed to struggle mightily with a tax reform package, but pushed the ball over the finish line Friday after reaching several compromises. The Senate bill advances to conference committee, where it will have to be blended with the House version. We believe the two chambers will formulate a compromise, for two reasons.

No. 1, the American people and U.S. economy need and deserve a break. No. 2, Republicans must deliver on tax reform if they are to be taken seriously. They must not let this chance slip away, as they did with repealing Obamacare.

Great event for ideas

Red Rock Center for the Arts in Fairmont this week hosted an event that let leaders and organizers of various proposed projects in town present their ideas to the public. We believe this “Celebrate Fairmont” event was a great idea.

There are several major proposals in the works these days. These include things like a possible community center, trails expansion, playground projects and others. Some require planning and consensus-building while others are looking for financial backers. We hope the gathering this week can help bring these ideas closer to reality.

Turbines here to stay

Not everyone is a fan of wind farms, but states like Minnesota have pushed and demanded alternative forms of energy that electricity-producers must come up with. Wind farms have become a common site in our region, because Minnesota certainly is a windy place.

A large wind farm is now being planned in southwestern Martin County. The turbines can only be built where landowners agree to leases, so we believe they have a right to engage in this type of enterprise. We understand that not everyone likes seeing these towers and turbines, but they are here to stay.