Local Editorials

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City has new plan The city of Fairmont has a new plan for plowing the streets. It includes more snow emergency routes, i.e. streets on which parking in prohibited when 2 inches of snow fall. The city also has added a plow, giving it nine vehicles for snow removal. We appreciate what the ...

Rhetoric isn’t to blame, but why not tone it down?

No one knows why numerous pipe bombs, none of which worked, have been sent to national Democratic figures. No one knows why — yet — because the perpetrator has not been tracked down. The person or persons responsible are clearly unhinged and dangerous. It could be a right-wing nut. It ...

Senate special election: Housley would do well

Republican Karin Housley has served Minnesota well in the state Senate, and now she hopes to translate that experience into helping Minnesotans in a new way, by moving up to the U.S. Senate. We believe she deserves the chance as she takes on Democrat Tina Smith, who has held the Senate seat in ...

For Senate: Klobuchar has proven her worth

We do not always agree with U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., but we always respect her. As do the vast majority of Minnesotans. Why? Because Klobuchar is honest and she does her job with integrity. She also does it effectively, particularly in an era in which politics has absolutely torn ...

Hagedorn openly backs Trump, deserves support

The epicenter of the 2018 congressional election could very well occur in southern Minnesota. It’s a place where the Republican candidate, Jim Hagedorn, is crystal clear in his support for President Trump’s policies on taxes, regulation, immigration, health care and a variety of other ...

Trump absolutely right to threaten consequences

Clearly, officials in some Central and South American countries are capitalizing on U.S. domestic policies to handle some of their own problems. The fact they get to embarrass President Donald Trump’s administration seems to be a bonus for some of them. Rampant violence and poor economies ...

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Give them something The best way to get more of something is to create incentives for suppliers. Minnesota and our area is facing a crisis in the number of available slots for child care. So why not give child care providers, and those who would consider it, more reasons to stay in or get in ...

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Gunther serves area well State Rep. Bob Gunther, R-Fairmont, has served the area for a long time in the Minnesota Legislature. This has given him the knowledge, experience and seniority to be an effective representative. Gunther understands the priorities and concerns of his constituents, ...

For school board: Myren, Rodriguez and Edman

Anyone willing to serve on a school board in Minnesota deserves praise. Public schools are funded, regulated and constrained by the state in ways that other local units of government — cities and counties — are not. So school officials often work with their hands tied on matters of policy ...

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Foster offers leadership Fairmont Mayor Debbie Foster believes in some important things. Like researching the questions people ask her. Asking tough questions herself to find out what is really going on. Presenting what she learns to the City Council and public. Having open, honest, structured ...

Justice cannot be left out, even for Weinstein

Entertainment mogul Harvey Weinstein was chosen long ago as the poster pervert for the #MeToo movement. Yet this week, he became a reminder that justice in America is for everyone, not just people we like. Weinstein has been accused by many women of having used his power to victimize them ...

U.S. should not have to rely on Russians

Space exploration is dangerous. No amount of technological advances and expensive safeguards changes the fact that the brave women and men who travel beyond the atmosphere have agreed to be strapped to the tops of massive amounts of explosives. We were reminded of the hazards recently when a ...

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State assisting Florida Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has issued an executive order directing a Minnesota National Guard team to help with Hurricane Michael relief efforts in Florida. We are glad to see that Dayton responded to Florida’s request for assistance. Many states are taking similar ...

Other states should lend hand to Florida

Florida’s panhandle has been hit by what Gov. Rick Scott describes as “an absolute monster” of a hurricane. The full extent of the devastation and loss of life remains to be determined. Our state needs to provide whatever help is within our power. Because Florida is a haven for ...

Democrats should learn from their mistake

Behavior by some Democrat leaders in the wake of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation as a Supreme Court justice reminds one of some sports fans who just can’t believe their team lost. You know the refrain: We was robbed! But Democrats who engaged in character assassination against Kavanaugh ...

It is far from certain that court will overturn Roe

In case you didn’t realize it, it’s not Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s past that really bothers liberals. It’s his future. For them, a high court with Kavanaugh on it is a threat to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 court ruling that legalized abortion nationwide. This is because liberals ...

Congress needs to get to work on Farm Bill

Once every five years, Congress is called upon to pass a Farm Bill, one that sets government policy on a wide variety of agriculture programs, from commodity trade programs, to conservation programs, to organic agriculture, to support for beginning farmers and ranchers, to loans and subsidies ...

FEMA’s hard deadlines hurt those needing help

When will the electricity be back on? Is the water safe to drink? Which streets were damaged so badly they need to be closed to the public? Can school buildings be repaired and reopened quickly? Do any municipal employees need time off to ensure their own families are safe? That is just a ...

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Ideas are what matter President Trump visited Minnesota this week to lend his support to Republicans running for Congress, the U.S. Senate and state offices. Trump’s presence brings a lot of heat and light to these races, but that’s not what is important. What matters goes well beyond ...

Americans want Mueller probe to draw to close

As often is the case when special counsel investigations are launched in Washington, the one headed by Robert Mueller has become far more complex and wide-ranging than some observers expected. It was in May 2017 that Mueller was told by the Justice Department to form a team and investigate ...