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Public might need help with use of roundabouts

We believe the Minnesota Department of Transportation when it says a study it conducted shows that roundabouts installed statewide have reduced the number of injuries and fatalities due to car crashes. But we likewise believe Blue Earth Police Chief Tom Fletcher, who says the number of overall ...

Given laws, there has to be an energy source

A portion of Faribault County is involved in debate over a proposed wind farm in Barber Township, located several miles northeast of Blue Earth. EDF Renewable Energy plans to build 80 to 100 wind turbines by working with participating landowners. It has run into some public opposition from ...

Down road, Congress should kill off mandate

Republican leaders in Congress were not happy with one tax reform proposal from President Donald Trump. It was that the comprehensive tax bill on which they are working include a provision rescinding the Affordable Care Act’s so-called “individual mandate.” Tax reformers knew that ...

Aid to Puerto Rico must prompt reforms there

President Donald Trump has been accused of discriminating against Puerto Rico in terms of U.S. aid to help the island recover from devastating hurricanes. Far from it. Trump appears to be discriminating against U.S. states with big disaster recovery bills. Trump previously had told the ...

U.S. Park Service forgot about murder of its own?

In September, the National Park Service announced it would provide $98,000 for a project to honor the legacy of the Black Panther Party. The money was to go to the University of California at Berkeley. One wonders whether the park service would have paid that much to honor the legacy of one ...

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Making Halloween fun We extend kudos to Fairmont, and especially the residents along Woodland Avenue, for making Halloween a special evening for youngsters and adults alike. The city took action this year to close Woodland Avenue to vehicle traffic so the popular trick-or-treating street ...

Don’t let compromise gut real tax law changes

Republicans writing a comprehensive tax reform bill already have made compromises. One occurred this week, when they bowed to the “tax-the-rich” crowd by agreeing to leave rates at current levels for top earners. Those are the very people most likely to have taken any tax savings and ...

Iranian announcement provides little assurance

Iranian Revolutionary Guard officials announced Tuesday that the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khameini, has restricted the range of missiles manufactured in Iran to 1,240 miles. Oh. Everything’s all right, then. All that worry over Iran’s missile and nuclear weapons programs ...

Left scrambles to undermine tax cuts

As conservatives in Congress and President Donald Trump move closer to enacting a major tax relief bill, liberal opponents are scrambling to find arguments against it. Their quest has taken them even to the point of disavowing — for now — one of the key tenets of liberal philosophy. Now, ...

U.S. intelligence needs to get it right on N. Korea

Knowing what North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is thinking is virtually impossible, because of his brutal, often erratic personality. One question is whether he understands he has an ace in the hole and is using it. If so, Kim may well bring on a nuclear war. During the weekend, U.S. ...

Congress must probe uranium sale, Clintons

A “new” scandal is being looked into by some members of Congress. It involves sale of about 20 percent of the nation’s uranium assets to a Russian company in 2010. If you have been paying attention, however, you already know about it. We have urged for some time that circumstances ...

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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 ...

Others would notice if the city simply paid out

Fairmont’s City Council and city staff are to be commended this week for protecting the interests of local taxpayers. Discussion of an insurance claim against the city came up at a council meeting this week, and at least one council member suggested the city provide the difference between ...

Suddenly, liberals care about the national debt?

Liberals in Congress are up in arms about a plan to grant some tax relief to Americans. The idea, by conservative lawmakers and President Donald Trump, is irresponsible, they huff. It could add as much as $1.5 trillion to the national debt within the next decade, opponents of the plan ...

E-sports? How about getting some exercise?

It was inevitable, we suppose, that the ever-widening world of digital technology and personal electronic devices would take the physical activity out of sports and put them on a screen. This has begun in Minnesota, where competitive video gaming has taken a foothold. “E-sports” is ...

Terrorist wannabe was easily manipulated

David Wright is a troubled young man, perhaps in part because of a lack of intellectual energy. He is an American citizen, a resident of Everett, Mass. He also is a terrorist. Wright has been convicted of involvement in a terrorist scheme to behead a conservative blogger, Pamela Geller. Via ...

Once government gives, it’s hard to take it away

As we pointed out years ago, billions of dollars in taxpayer subisides funneled to insurance companies by former President Barack Obama were a coverup. They were not authorized by Congress, as the Constitution requires. For that reason, President Donald Trump was absolutely correct in saying ...

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Lodge marking 150th The Chain Lake 64 Masonic Lodge of Fairmont is inviting the public to come visit today from noon to 5 p.m. at 204 Downtown Plaza. We encourage those interested or curious to take the Masons up on their offer. The group is celebrating 150 years here. That is an amazing ...

Court should sentence Bergdahl to life in prison

When Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl deserted his post in Afghanistan in 2009, he put his fellow soldiers in jeopardy. At least two were wounded in firefights while they searched for him. And though Bergdahl had no part in the ill-informed decision by former President Barack Obama to exchange five ...

County contribution likely, but how much?

The Martin County Veterans Memorial Committee is working diligently to raise money for the proposed project on Winnebago Avenue. Some site work already has begun, including the installation of a 70-foot flag pole and an entrance sign. The group says it has raised 25 percent of its goal of ...