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Forums back inclusion

People are people. Everyone deserves respect and everyone likes the opportunity to be included in a community. So we appreciate the ongoing discussions about race and diversity in Fairmont.

We hope those who have lived here for decades as well as those who are newcomers will both put in the required effort, so that all can feel comfortable. This may mean being welcoming, or being willing to listen and learn from each other.

Another forum will be held 6:30 p.m. April 26 at Fairmont Elementary School’s Budd Room. We encourage attendance.

Details won’t be known

Blue Earth Area Schools this week released a summary of a report completed by an outside investigator. The probe looked into the district’s actions in wake of an alleged assault by students in October.

The report vindicates the district in that it says the school acted appropriately in investigating the incident in a timely and thorough manner. We have no reason to doubt the investigator’s findings.

At the same time, the public is never going to get a full look at the facts in the case, because much of the data is classified under state law. So the report is good for Blue Earth Area, but not illuminating.

More capacity needed

A Verizon representative this week talked to the Fairmont Public Utilities Commission about the company putting up small cell technology at five locations in town. The mini towers would go on top of light poles and provide needed capacity for the growing use of electronic devices that use lots of data.

Today’s average household owns 13 devices consuming 5.2 gigabytes of data per month. But household demand is expected to grow to 48 gigabytes in coming years.

We are certain local residents are going to want the technology. We hope the PUC will work with Verizon to get ahead of demand.

Schools leading the way

Technical, vocational and agricultural education has been reborn in our area, across the state and in the United States. We are glad that schools in the Fairmont area are among those leading the way.

The Sentinel this week featured career and technical education happening at Martin County West, where students can take a variety of classes that may lead to a career directly out of high school. Many of these jobs are good-paying and in demand. Other students may pursue technical education beyond high school. In any case, it’s good to see the hope and optimism that high schools like Martin County West are offering.