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Food shelf thankful To the Editor: Heaven’s Table Food Shelf humbly and gratefully acknowledges the tremendous support shown during March Minnesota FoodShare month. We truly appreciate the contributions of individuals, church and civic groups, schools, businesses and other organizations ...

Celebrating small firms

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OWATONNA The Small Business Administration celebrates America’s small business owners during National Small Business Week, April 29 through May 5. According to SBA’s 2017 Small Business Profile, there are 509,732 small businesses in Minnesota, comprising 99.5 percent of Minnesota ...

Idea is to ensure that amateur status endures

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During her time as U.S. secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice had to navigate the quagmire that is Washington, D.C. One wonders whether she found the world of college basketball to be even more of a swamp. Rice headed a commission formed to recommend solutions to rampant corruption in NCAA ...

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Job fair coming soon There are jobs to be had here. Nearly 350 full- and part-time openings that are listed on the MinnesotaWorks.net website within a 30-mile radius of Fairmont. And that does not count the jobs listed other than on the state-run site. In other words, employers are looking ...

Schools must be sure to check the little things

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Safety against violent intruders has become a major concern in planning construction of new schools and renovation of existing ones. That can mean expensive provisions such as “mantrap” entrances and metal detectors. Let us not overlook the little things. A commission investigating the ...

Cyber threats abound

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Equifax. Uber. Facebook. WannaCry. Petya. Guccifer. Any of those names ring a bell? Chances are you’ve heard of these data breaches and these cyberattacks — you may have even been personally affected by them. Over the course of the last year, our nation has experienced firsthand the ...

‘Necessity defense’? Decision is laughable

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The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled this week that two environmental protesters who face criminal charges related to their efforts to shut down two oil pipelines can use a “necessity defense” in court. If this is the state of our legal system, we all have much to worry about. The ...

No exceptions: Punish adults who supply booze

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Too often, adults laugh it off when they hear about minors consuming alcohol. Hey, kids will be kids, right? Jason A. Bartley Jr. was a kid, just 17 years old. He never made it to adulthood. Bartley lived in Chillicothe, Ohio. There, last October, he drank too much vodka. He died from acute ...

Legislature rightly tries to aid registrars offices

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A month remains in the Minnesota legislative session, and as usual, legislators are putting off until May 21 (the legislative closing date) what they could do today. We will no doubt see the state bonding bill, a bill to conform the state tax system to the new federal tax code, and a variety of ...

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Thanks for attending To the Editor: Friends and family of Deb Salic would like to thank everyone who attended the recent benefit. A special thank you for the generous contributions from the silent auction and food and drinks that were donated for the meal. Also, an extra special thanks ...

Perhaps U.S. should demand a precondition

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Are U.S. officials being played like the proverbial violin by North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un? Let us hope not — but at the same time, let us not make the mistake of assuming there is a sincere, humane bone in Kim’s body. Mike Pompeo, the CIA chief soon to become secretary of state, met ...

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Speech team excels Fairmont High School’s speech team continues to amaze with its excellence. The group is heading back to the state meet this weekend, following another win at section competition. It has been said that human beings are more afraid of getting up and talking in front of a ...

Spending down reserve represents valid proposal

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At first glance, we found ourselves agreeing with Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, who believes that if the Legislature wants to have the state build and operate three new nursing homes for veterans, it should make a specific appropriation for that purpose. That, to us, seems like good government. ...

Trump’s leadership backed by U.S. allies

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One chorus in which President Donald Trump’s critics delight in singing is that he is ruining our relationships with other countries. Not really. Consider what happened last Friday and Saturday: That night, armed forces from the United States, England and France joined in an attack on ...

Americans pay their bills, government runs up debt

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Many Americans recently finished their income tax returns for 2017. The deadline was Tuesday, unless citizens requested and got an extension. Oh, well. At least the government will be paid for ... Wrong. The Internal Revenue Service collects only about $1.69 trillion in income taxes each ...

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Forget 1 percent idea To the Editor: Recently in Sharon Rosen’s Ceylon news column, it was noted that Ceylon is considering charging the Howell Helmers Auction Company 1 percent of its proceeds of the sale to clean the mud off the streets. Any number of communities in the area would ...

President had no choice but to act in Syria

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Syria was not the only, or even the most important, target in Friday’s attack on chemical weapons facilities in that country. The focus was on deterring use of such fearsome armaments by any nation. Bashar Assad, Syria’s murderous dictator, has used chemical agents on his own people in ...

‘Entitlement’ spending cannot be maintained

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U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan is leaving Congress because he doesn’t want his children to reach adulthood having experienced only a “weekend dad.” After 20 years in Congress, Ryan’s decision is understandable in that light. But one wonders if Ryan, R-Wis., may have been motivated by ...

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Forums back inclusion People are people. Everyone deserves respect and everyone likes the opportunity to be included in a community. So we appreciate the ongoing discussions about race and diversity in Fairmont. We hope those who have lived here for decades as well as those who are ...

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Bill creates barrier To the Editor: As a parent and advocate for people with disabilities, I’ve worked for much of my adult life to reduce barriers that prevent people with disabilities from being included in the community. So I was greatly disappointed to see a bill at the State Capitol ...