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Kids enjoyed fishing To the Editor: The annual Kid’s All American Fishing Derby sponsored by the Bass Seekers B.A.S.S. Club of Fairmont, with the assistance of the Fairmont Early Riser Kiwanis, was a great success. Sixty-one kids participated and 141 fish were weighed in. These included ...

Few step forward for county races in area

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This summer promises to be a wild primary season in Minnesota politics. The same cannot be said locally. There are three DFL candidates — Erin Murphy, Tim Walz and Lori Swanson — and two Republicans — Jeff Johnson and Tim Pawlenty — for governor. There’s a scramble in the attorney ...

Movie, video game in poor taste are rejected

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You may want to sit down for this: Hollywood has done something worthy of praise. For once, the movie moguls have put ethics ahead of money. Paramount Network had planned a television reprise of the 1988 film, “Heathers.” The original version starred Winona Rider and Christian Slater. It ...

Flight 93 debris heads to location of memorial

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Sept. 11, 2001, seems so long ago, in many ways. A whole generation of Americans has no personal recollection of that tragic day. We are being reminded of it once again, by the announcement that some wreckage from Flight 93, no longer needed for purposes such as investigating the tragedy, ...

Entertainment industry cares about money first

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The entertainment world’s dirty little secret — that money trumps morals — has been on display a lot lately. After actress Roseanne Barr was fired by ABC over a racist tweet, stories of other questionable behavior began surfacing. An old picture of her dressed as Adolf Hitler and ...

Et Cetera …

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New store set to open It has been a long time since the floor space of the former Kmart building in Fairmont has been used as a retail outlet. Since Kmart closed, in fact. So it is heartening to see Tractor Supply Co. preparing for its store opening on June 21. The business will utilize ...

Dayton disconnected from session actions

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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton had a bad legislative session. While he signed a major piece of legislation this week that earmarks $1.5 billion for projects around the state, the governor was still down in the dumps, lamenting the spending as inadequate. Of course, the governor’s standoff ...

Threat of shutdown shouldn’t stop progress

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Liberal members of Congress and big-spending bureaucrats have found a foolproof way to get what they want, which is to milk taxpayers for all we are worth, and then some. It is simple: Merely threaten a “government shutdown.” After he signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill in March, ...

Nothing sweet about federal sugar tariffs

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You may want to pick up a pack of Necco Wafers or one of those little boxes of candy hearts while you can. It is possible they may not be around for long. If so, part of the blame rests with Uncle Sam. The New England Confectionary Co., maker of those and other candies, has filed for ...

‘Quiet crisis’ gets loud

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OWATONNA In 2016, Minnesotans were alerted to the fact that there is a serious lack of child care slots in our state, leading to a “quiet crisis,” according to a report that year from the Center for Rural Policy and Development. It is clear two years later this crisis is no longer so ...

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Grateful for help To the Editor: I’d like to extend my appreciation the Fairmont High School students for your helping hands, your opened hearts, for mowing our lawn, and also at our extra lot at 315 E. Fifth St. in Fairmont. You were a godsend. When our community takes time to send ...

Supreme Court ruling recognizes court’s role

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Judges and appeals court justices are not supposed to make new laws. Their role under our checks-and-balances system is limited to interpreting laws and state and national constitutions. For many years, some on the U.S. Supreme Court ignored that fundamental doctrine. Now, however, the tide ...

On Memorial Day: We remember all of them

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In large cemeteries in our cities and small ones on our hills and in our valleys, they lie. Some rest in churchyards, others in family plots. Some never made it home at all, remaining where they fell in far-off lands. We mourn them all today, Memorial Day. We celebrate their lives, give ...

Et Cetera …

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Decision down to one Five area school districts have approved moving Southern Plains Education Cooperative from Winnebago to the former Lincoln School in Fairmont. This will cost each of them a significant investment, but all have agreed the move is their best option. Now, the whole deal ...

Government needs to first take look at itself

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Liberals in Congress are livid that conservatives would dare to meddle with the Dodd-Frank financial regulation law. It is needed to safeguard Americans against predatory bankers, say some Democrats. Had Dodd-Frank been in effect a decade ago, the 2008 financial crisis might never have ...

Gov. Dayton lets down millions of Minnesotans

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Perhaps Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton just decided that it was time for a tantrum. He is not seeking re-election and apparently felt like this year’s legislative session was going to boil down to his way or else. Hence his decision Wednesday to veto tax and budget bills that the Legislature had ...

New CIA leader has her priorities straight

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To judge by her comments moments after she was sworn in as the new CIA director, Gina Haspel has her priorities in order. Haspel, a 33-year veteran of the intelligence agency, revealed some of her plans Monday. She wants to improve CIA personnel proficiency in foreign languages, strengthen ...

Courts continue to rule against Obama’s actions

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Former President Barack Obama’s attempt to establish an imperial presidency running roughshod over Congress took another hit last week. You may remember Obama’s comment that regardless of what Congress wanted, he would get things done with his pen and phone. He was not as open about some ...

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Kinship grateful for funds To the Editor: On March 24, the gym at the St. John Vianney School was buzzing with activity despite the less-than-ideal weather outside. Dozens of people gathered for the Knights of Columbus silent and live auction to peruse the myriad items available. More than ...

VA stubborness must be met with solutions

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Opponents of a measure to make it easier for military veterans to see private-sector health care providers instead of relying on the Department of Veterans Affairs have one big complaint: Doing that could lead to privatizing the VA, they complain. Horrors! Take control of veterans’ health ...