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Time for dumping to stop Fairmont’s thrift stores — the Salvation Army and Twelve Baskets Re-Sale — offer a triple value to the community. They accept unwanted household items, allowing people to lighten their load. They sell those items at a low cost, often to people who cannot afford ...

Hawkins knows best, except that he doesn’t

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Fairmont City Councilman Bruce Peters is to be commended for understanding and doing his job. It must be incredibly frustrating for him — and for council member Wayne Hasek and Mayor Debbie Foster — to be serving at a time when they are surrounded by a trio of others who clearly fail to ...

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Lions grateful to all To the Editor: We would like to express our extreme gratitude to everyone who attended the Lions’ fly-in breakfast on Sunday. Fairmont and the surrounding communities showed up in record numbers for our main fundraiser. We truly appreciate your support, and please ...

Helping new businesses

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OWATONNA At Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, one of the three program areas we focus on is economic development. Since our founding in 1986, we have worked to catalyze entrepreneurial activity in our 20-county region by providing early-stage investments, traditional loans, micro ...

Police should protect, rather than jail victims

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In a case of selective law enforcement, an Orlando, Florida woman has been arrested for theft after turning over her abusive husband’s guns to police. Courtney Irby’s husband Joseph Irby had been charged with domestic violence-aggravated battery. He was in jail for a day for ramming her ...

Wiping out college debt not a good idea

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Sen. Bernie Sanders upped the ante on his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination on Monday, calling for the government to eliminate all college student loan debt. Just wipe it out, all $1.6 trillion of it. How to pay for it? Sanders would raise the money through a tax on Wall ...

Reparations? How on earth could they be fair?

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A committee of the U.S. House of Representatives last week held a hearing on whether the United States should pay reparations to the descendants of slaves, for the moral crime of slavery. The proposal is not going anywhere, but its status as a non-starter does not mean it will not be brought ...

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Fireworks are not fun To the Editor: The Fourth of July is fast approaching, that time of year we celebrate with fireworks over Lake Sisseton. Some citizens oppose this tradition. They think fireworks are too noisy. Many pet dogs go crazy when they hear the loud “boom” from a ...

Biden’s efforts against cancer deserve respect

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When could anyone have expected that being a champion in the battle against cancer would be a political liability? It will be, if some of Joe Biden’s opponents for the Democratic Party nomination for president have their way. While vice president, Biden had called for more research into ...

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City was well-represented To the Editor: The Fairmont airport served as one of the race stops for the 43rd annual Air Race Classic, featuring 109 female pilots from all over the United States, 47 race teams, 6 foreign countries, and 15 colleges and universities with aviation programs, and ...

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Local Editorials

Too many distracted Minnesota has a new distracted driving law that takes effect Aug. 1, and thank goodness. Every driver on the road these days has probably noticed two dangerous things: 1) that too many drivers are looking at their phones when they should be driving; and 2) that they are ...

Ocasio-Cortez knows better, does not care

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Give U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez credit for one thing: She is intelligent — enough so to understand entirely how most people interpret the term, “concentration camp.” Ocasio-Cortez, a frequent critic of U.S. immigration policy, posted this on Twitter a few days ago: “This ...

Rapists should not have parental rights

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Sometimes a thing just seems so undeniably wrong, we assume there is a law against it. Such is the case with the issue of a rapist seeking parental rights to a child conceived by his crime. But a case in Alabama, where a woman is fighting in court to keep the step-uncle who raped her at the age ...

Federal funds are not needed for wildlife areas

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Over the past 50 years, 11 different wildlife areas in Minnesota — from the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness to the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge — have received more than $250 million in federal funding, through the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The federal program’s ...

U.S. could help Mexico tackle its border crisis

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Mexico’s still relatively new leader, who took office only in December, had seemed even before this month to be attempting to do more to keep illegal immigrants from crossing the border into the United States. But U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat to impose tariffs on some imports from ...

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Thanks for your support To the Editor: On behalf of all the workers at the Chubb House, we would like to thank all of you who came to our spring tea. It is a lot of work and a lot of fun for us and we appreciate your support. That sweet, old home takes lots of loving care to keep it in good ...

Half a billion could be spent in better ways

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Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced last week that his philanthropic foundation will spend $500 million to close as many coal-fired power plants as possible. He also wants Americans to stop building new gas-fired power plants. Period. Bloomberg claims the move is needed ...

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Funds lag behind laws Special education is an expensive proposition for school districts in Minnesota. Schools face mandates to provide the service but are not given adequate funding by the federal and state governments to carry out these demands. We note that the state of Minnesota has ...

World may need to act, but solid proof needed

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If indeed Iran is behind recent attacks on several tanker ships carrying petroleum products, action by the world community — not just the United States — may be necessary. On Thursday, two more oil tankers were attacked in the Gulf of Oman, about 25 miles from the Iranian coast. One ship ...

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CREST needs volunteers To the Editor: If you have some spare time on your hands and are looking for something to do, why not consider becoming a CREST volunteer. Volunteers of different faiths help people shop, cook, drive or just check in on someone to see how they are doing. Even just a ...