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Mardi Gras set for Feb. 7

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To the Editor:Presentation College will hold the 2015 Mardi Gras on Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Holiday Inn in Fairmont, beginning at 6 p.m.The 8th annual fundraising event will raise money for scholarships given solely to deserving students at the Fairmont Campus.The night's festivities begin ...

Ebola may be forgotten but it definitely isn’t gone

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Remember Ebola? For a few weeks last year, the disease was the big story in the news. It has become an afterthought for many Americans, however.U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., probably reinforced that attitude after returning from a trip to Liberia, one of the West African hot spots for Ebola. ...

Arnold Lee Lewis

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Arnold Lee LewisWINNEBAGO - Arnold Lee Lewis, 91, Winnebago, Minn., passed away peacefully in his home on January 10, 2015. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Winnebago. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 ...

Norma Jean Crissinger

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Norma Jean CrissingerSHERBURN - A Celebration of Life Service for Norma Jean Crissinger, 79, of rural Sherburn, Minn., will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 13, 2015, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Sherburn, Minn., with Rev. Steven D. Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Sherburn Cemetery ...

Velna L. Dittbenner

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Velna L. DittbennerServices for Velna L. Dittbenner, 79, of Fairmont, are pending at the Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Fairmont. She died Sunday, January 11, 2015, at the Lakeview Methodist Healthcare Center in Fairmont.

Louise M. Loucks

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Louise M. LoucksLEDYARD, Iowa - A memorial service for Louise M. Loucks, 76, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Bethany Evangelical and Reformed Church in Ledyard, Iowa. Inurnment will be in Highland Home Cemetery in Ledyard, Iowa.She died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2014, at Kossuth Regional Health Center ...

Jerry Redenius

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Jerry RedeniusWELCOME - Visitation for Jerry Redenius, 66, of Welcome will be 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont. A memorial service is set at 3 p.m. at the Lakeview Funeral Home.He died Saturday, January 3, 2015, in Zapata, Texas. The Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation ...

Bernard “Bernie” Sampson

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Bernard "Bernie" SampsonMINNEAPOLIS - A Celebration of LIfe service for Bernard "Bernie" Sampson, 72, of Minneapolis will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Kramer Family Funeral Home Chapel in Trimont. Burial will be in Union State Line Cemetery in Jackson following the luncheon.He died Thursday, Jan. 8, ...

Elda M. Leiding

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Elda M. LeidingFAIRMONT - Funeral service for Elda M. Leiding, 95, of Fairmont, will be 1:30 p.m. Friday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Fairmont. Burial will follow in Lakeside Cemetery in Fairmont. Visitation will be noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Fairmont.Elda ...

Gail A. Dunker

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Gail A. DunkerFuneral service for Gail A. Dunker, 48, of Jackson will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Our Savior's Lutheran Church with Pastor Lance Isaacson officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Jackson.She died at the Methodist Hospital in Rochester on Friday, Jan. 9, ...

Police

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FAIRMONTFriday, Jan. 99:46 a.m. -An arrest was made in the 1000 block of Indus Street in Fairmont due to a violation of probation.10:20 a.m. - A case of theft and attempted credit card fraud was reported within the City of Fairmont. The investigation is ongoing.10:57 a.m. - Police responded to ...

People & Events

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Grower group sets Tuesday meetingGrower Learning Group will meet 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the media center at Fairmont Elementary School, 714 Victoria St., Fairmont. Please enter at door 21. Loretta Ortiz-Ribbing, Ph.D., will talk about creating and improving pollinator habitat and reducing the ...

New Arrivals

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Lily Ellen Pannkuk, daughter of Troy and Suzy (Gangl) Pannkuk of Lino Lakes, was born Dec. 27, 2014, at St. John's Hospital in Maplewood, Minn. She weighed 6 pounds, 4 ounces.Grandparents are Bill and Barb Pannkuk of Fairmont, and Tom and Mary Ellen Gangl of Roseville.Great-grandmother is Betty ...

Et Cetera …

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Get things cleaned upFairmont's Housing Redevelopment Authority has been busy these days, trying to address some troubles at the Friendship Village housing complex.An interim housing manager and police have brought forward complaints related to noise, drug use and criminal activity.Residents ...

Americans will never bow to this brutality

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We Americans are a cynical, irreverent people. Except for a few of us who have succumbed to political correctness, we tolerate - even encourage - severe verbal attacks on our political leaders. We laugh at and often are prompted to think about satire directed at them, our social customs, even ...

Economic report isn’t telling the whole story

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According to the latest round of numbers, business is booming in the United States. The Commerce Department says gross domestic product increased 5 percent in the third quarter - an adjustment up from their earlier guess of 3.9 percent. Employers reportedly added 321,000 jobs in November. The ...

E-cigarettes pose new danger to young people

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Young people have made tremendous progress when it comes to the fight against cigarette smoking. In fact, a recent anti-smoking campaign touts, "We can be the generation that ends smoking ..." It is a noble goal, and one toward which we all should continue to work.But there is a new worry: ...

Contracts make up for payroll reductions

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Cutting the size and therefor the cost of government is a promise politicians at all levels make. Reducing the number of people employed by government is a key to the process.But the powerful federal bureaucracy, aided and abetted by Congress and presidents of both parties, has found ways to ...

Balanced budget amendment necessary

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Most New Year's resolutions are broken soon after being made. Our national resolution, made several times during the past decade or so - to stop spending beyond our means - is an excellent example.At more than $18 trillion and climbing swiftly, the U.S. national debt is a real threat to our ...

Thank you mentors

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To the Editor:January is national mentoring month. Martin County Mentoring Network would like to honor all youth mentors, past and present, who have given their time as volunteer mentors to area youth.Thursday, Jan. 15, is the national "Thank Your Mentor Day." If you have experienced the value ...