Opinion

Shutdown ends, so will Dems keep their word?

Local Editorials

Now, the ball is in U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s court. She has insisted for weeks that she and other Democrats would negotiate over President Donald Trump’s request for funds to erect new physical barriers on the nation’s southern border only if he agreed to end the partial shutdown ...

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Help support Scouts To the Editor: In honor of “Scout Sunday,” Boy Scout Troop 56 will host the 48th annual pancake breakfast Sunday, Feb. 2. What is “Scout Sunday” and how is it significant to Boy Scouts of America? In 1909, Chicago publisher W.D. Boyce was visiting London, where ...

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Local Editorials

Sounds like flaw exists We don’t care what name you call them, but we hope the emergency sirens in cities around Martin County are actually useful in the event of severe weather. Martin County officials talked about the issue this week, and revealed that while the Sheriff’s Office can ...

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Standing up for life To the Editor: Jan. 22 marked the 46th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that legalized abortions nationwide. On Tuesday, thousands of pro-life supporters from across the state took part in a march at the state Capitol to show their ...

Why I love where I live

Letters to the Editor

OWATONNA There have been moments throughout my life when opportunities arose to move to a different part of Minnesota, or even a different part of the country. Anyone who knows me knows that I love living in southern Minnesota and that there are many reasons why I choose to stay here. As ...

Walz reviewing project, which has PUC backing

Local Editorials

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is new to the job and has a responsibility to review a whole host of government policies and actions that came before he entered office. Walz should not simply rubber stamp Dayton administration choices, nor should he toss them out before an in-depth analysis. We ...

Some are desperate to condemn others

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So eager have many Americans become to find people to call evil that they have taken to inventing them. Thoughtful people — the overwhelming majority of the nation, in our opinion — were reminded this week of the spreading sickness. It began with videos posted online, showing a group ...

Marijuana debate: Start with individual freedom

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Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and Attorney General Keith Ellison support the legalization of marijuana in the state for recreational purposes. The state House of Representatives, controlled by Democrats, seems willing to consider the idea, which may face a tougher go in the state Senate, controlled ...

Sensible Democrats need to make difference

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Once again, Democrat leaders in Congress have made it plain their chief goal is attacking President Donald Trump, not dealing with illegal immigration. Unless reasonable Democrats retake control of their party, that attitude will continue to block progress. During the weekend, President ...

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Hope to see you there To the Editor: Kids Against Hunger is a nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating the problem of hunger here in the U.S. and across the world. Since its launch, Kids Against Hunger has provided more than 2 billion meals to malnourished children and families in ...

No surprise that WHO is riddled with corruption

Local Editorials

Well, surprise, surprise: The World Health Organization is riddled with corruption, racism and sexism, say some United Nations officials. We won’t ask you to pardon us for our sarcasm, because, after decades in which it was obvious some key arms of the UN are rotten to the core, such ...

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Thank you, Hockey Association To the Editor: On behalf of MERGE (area youth organization leaders), we would like to thank the Fairmont Hockey Association for opening their doors for us from 3-6 p.m. on the afternoon of Dec. 29. The rink was buzzing with excitement as families gathered for a ...

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Local Editorials

Shopko remaining open There was bad news, then good news this week for Fairmont area residents regarding the local Shopko store. First it was announced the store would close, negatively affecting shoppers and employees. Then came the reprieve, with Shopko saying the store will remain open, ...

State government has grown too big, onerous

Local Editorials

The federal government is bloated and broke. A potential spending frenzy is building in St. Paul. Yet very little government does is efficient or effective. Despite the poor track record, we are constantly told that the solution is not less government but more. Why? A group of Republicans in ...

Red Cross seeks help; consider giving blood

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On Monday, the Red Cross issued an emergency call for blood. Over the holidays, the Red Cross saw 27,000 fewer blood and platelet donations than it needs to sustain a sufficient blood supply. There were fewer blood drives held to provide the needed donations, and busy holiday schedules tended ...

Walz takes wrong step given ‘pain’ of shutdown

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The federal government shutdown is portrayed by many, and many in the media, as a prescription for pain. They say the poor federal workers and recipients of government assistance are made to suffer because politicians cannot get along and resolve their dispute. They blame President ...

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Streamed games are great To the Editor: Thumbs up to Fairmont High School and Gemini Studios for streaming girls basketball games. These streamed games are wonderful for us grandparents who cannot make all the games. We are the grandparents of Cadence Becker. Dale and Mary ...

Legislators will have to set their priorities

Local Editorials

Minnesota legislators have spent the first week or two of the new legislative session announcing their priorities — the bills they want to pass, the issues they wish to address. Democrats in the House introduced their first ten bills, focusing on health care for all and making it easier to ...

Minnesota flubs it; Tru Shrimp hits the road

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Two years ago tru Shrimp, the innovative agriculture company based in Balaton, announced it would build its first commercial shrimp hatchery and harbor in Luverne. Shortly after that announcement, tru Shrimp said it was finalizing plans for a 67-acre shrimp harbor complex in Luverne that would ...

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Troubling development Presentation College is staying in Fairmont until 2021 to allow its students to finish up their coursework. The college recently signed a new lease with the city, which owns Southern Minnesota Educational Campus, where Presentation resides. This is unfortunate news for ...