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‘Loop’ disappointing People enjoy the amenities of Cedar Creek Park in Fairmont, and are likely to utilize a 3,200-foot trail extension “loop” that is being added to the park. The City Council approved the $340,000 project this week, with a state grant covering $150,000 of the ...

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Academy growing To the Editor: Genesis Classical Academy in Winnebago will open its doors Sept. 5 for its fourth year of operation. Consistent growth has become a hallmark of this Christian classical academy. With the addition of seventh grade, the Genesis family now includes 74 students ...

Does community center have a broader backing?

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Representatives of Project 1590 approached the Martin County Commission this week to talk about a possible community center in Fairmont. They asked the county to consider a financial contribution, saying they are trying to pin down commitments from public entities before moving on to ...

McCain offers reminder that we’re all Americans

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During 60 years in public service, first in the Navy and more recently as a U.S. senator, John McCain made many sacrifices and did enormous good for us, his fellow Americans. Before passing on to his reward, he rendered one more great service. He reminded us who we are. McCain, who died last ...

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A pledge to support EMT funding To the Editor: As a strong supporter of emergency medical technicians (EMTs), I share concerns raised by folks in our area about the lack of funding for these services in the coming year. I proudly supported legislative efforts last session that would have ...

Trump won’t tolerate N. Korea bait and switch

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North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un may have been jubilant about his deal with President Donald Trump, reached earlier this summer during their meeting in Singapore. Kim may have believed that, in exchange for mere promises, he had gained Trump’s unqualified trust. That would have fit ...

Foundation aids community groups

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OWATONNA Several months ago, I was pleased to see my hometown of Kiester join forces with five nearby towns to create a new community foundation called Our Town USA. At Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, we support communities in capturing and retaining philanthropic wealth through ...

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Support appreciated To the Editor: The Fairmont Uptown Kiwanis Club thanks Hy-Vee for the hot dogs and buns and Perkins for the ice for the baseball fundraisers in June and July at the Fairmont Elementary School ball diamonds. A special thanks to the volunteer coaches and families of the ...

U.S. must deter further cyber warfare attempts

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No doubt many eyes are on Moscow after the revelation this week that an attempt to hack into the Democrat National Committee’s computers was thwarted. Coming two years after Russian hackers stole information from the DNC database, the new attempted electronic B&E does raise questions ...

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Social Host Ordinance As the school year approaches we would like to commend the Martin County West school district for adding the D.A.R.E. program to their 5th grade curriculum this year. D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. The program will educate the students about the ...

Parents must get children vaccinated

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World health officials are worried that measles may be making a comeback. During the first six months of this year, Europe alone reported more than 41,000 cases of the disease. Thirty-seven victims died. Contrast that with U.S. statistics: This year, there have been just 107 instances of ...

Does Tehran have more operations in the U.S.?

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Even as Iranian leaders were seeking Americans’ trust over nuclear weapons, they may have been plotting violence in this country. Two Iranians, Ahmadreza Doostdar and Majid Ghorbani, have been arrested by the FBI. Both are U.S. residents. The two are accused of spying on Jewish groups ...

Pope responds, rightly, to horrors within church

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Pope Francis took precisely the correct attitude in his letter responding to a grand jury investigation of sexual abuse by priests in Pennsylvania. Released Monday, the missive admitted that too many in the Roman Catholic church “showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned ...

Trump rightly removes ‘stabilization’ funding

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Even his fiercest foes ought to be able to see the wisdom of a decision last week by President Donald Trump. Apparently, some do not. About $230 million in “stabilization” funds the United States had agreed to spend in Syria will be withheld, Trump decided. Money for humanitarian ...

Airport security needs to be examined again

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Since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, federal officials have devoted an enormous amount of effort and resources to making airline travel safe. In general, they seem to have done a good job. But last Friday, a mentally disturbed ground crew member stole a 76-seat plane from the airport ...

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Where is the outrage? We thought the #MeToo movement was all about believing women when they alleged sexual misconduct by powerful men. Women should not have to be subjected to abuse and then humiliated by not being trusted, right? So why is Keith Ellison, the Democrat attorney general ...

President could do better than call names

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President Donald Trump gets too emotional sometimes and can be bombastic. People who dislike the president do not like these things about him. Neither do many of his supporters. When it comes to dealing with the media, the president is wasting an opportunity. He calls them names. He uses ...

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Support appreciated To the Editor: On behalf of our Community Resource Collaboration, the Fairmont Junior/Senior High School would like to thank the American Legion for sponsoring our Summertime Splash Party at Fairmont Aquatic Park. It was a huge success with over 300 people attending the ...

Fairmont taking aim at City Code violations

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Fairmont is preparing to crack down on residents who commit various offenses, such as letting their dogs roam free, committing noise violations or failing to register rental properties. In other words, the city is stepping in on behalf of the vast majority of citizens who want do not want ...

Finally, long overdue, FBI fires agent Strzok

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Former FBI agent Peter Strzok was fired by the agency Friday, long after he should have lost his job. Strzok was involved in both the FBI’s investigation of former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and that of President Donald Trump. He was removed from the Trump probe when his ...