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Shock to state will be relieved given planning

June 5, 2014 The state of Minnesota had already taken steps to reduce the output of carbon dioxide in power production, before President Barack Obama issued an edict this week that requires the state to produce... more »»

Shinseki resigns but deeper blame remains

June 4, 2014 At Veterans Affairs medical centers throughout the country, lying, cheating bureaucrats are hoping the buck stops with former VA?Secretary Eric Shinseki. It should not. more »»

Congress should stop targeting of businesses

June 3, 2014 A Justice Department initiative, “Operation Choke Point,” is hurting businesses that the Obama administration finds objectionable, such as gun dealers. more »»

Offenders should face criminal punishments

June 2, 2014 No wonder some bureaucrats think they can get away with shabby, dishonest treatment of veterans. more »»

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May 31, 2014 Parking change good Fairmont Area Schools has decided to ban parking along the south side of Johnson Street, adjacent to the school. This makes sense. more »»

‘Unsession’ was great; now let’s slash burdens

May 30, 2014 Minnesota lawmakers this year did something rather incredible. They actually wiped laws from the books. The total was 1,175. Call it a good start. more »»

Education failure hurts students’ career options

May 29, 2014 Every year, U.S. businesses with job openings for technology specialists resort to hiring thousands of bright young foreigners to fill them. more »»

Problems at the VA covered up for too long

May 28, 2014 Many veterans of military service and the tens of millions of Americans who are grateful to them are outraged about allegations involving the Department of Veterans Affairs. more »»

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May 24, 2014 Truman wins funding We congratulate the city of Truman for capturing a state grant of $1.4 million, to help complete the final phase of the city’s storm water project. more »»

Wise leaders suggest county re-entry program

May 23, 2014 Those who deal with criminal justice in Martin County believe they are on to something in the form of re-entry programs. more »»

State finds triclosan more trouble than good

May 22, 2014 The state of Minnesota has banned triclosan, a germ-killing ingredient used in soaps, deodorants and toothpaste nationwide. Minnesota’s ban takes effect Jan. 1, 201. more »»

Veterans Administration needs complete review

May 21, 2014 No doubt some defenders of the federal bureaucracy will use an old last-ditch defense against allegations the Veterans Administration is endangering the health of many men and women who have served... more »»

World should unite to eradicate Boko Haram

May 20, 2014 It took headlines about nearly 300 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls for the U.S. to offer that country help in fighting the Boko Haram terrorists responsible. more »»

IRS harasses citizens, then falls down on job

May 19, 2014 The Earned Income Tax Credit can be a blessing to low-income families. It also has been a bonanza for tax cheats — and the Internal Revenue Service cannot seem to stop the. more »»

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May 17, 2014 New cameras for buses Fairmont Area Schools is teaming up with Minnesota Motor Bus to equip all route buses with security cameras next fall. The new equipment will include audio capability. more »»

Four-day school week has fallen short of goal

May 16, 2014 The Minnesota Department of Education is calling a halt to the experiment with four-day school weeks. more »»

We hope both sides understand situation

May 15, 2014 The CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System came to the Fairmont City Council meeting this week to talk about improving the local medical center’s relationship and reputation in the community. more »»

Amid ‘alternative’ craze, why not fund clean coal?

May 14, 2014 It makes no sense for the U.S. government to be concentrating on ways to stop use of our most plentiful, economical source of energy — coal — instead of finding better ways to benefit from it. more »»

Americans in dark on EPA policy, decisions

May 13, 2014 Science, not politics, guides environmental policy in his administration, President Barack Obama insists. No, it does not. The point was reinforced last wee. more »»

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May 10, 2014 Big burden on business The problem with the “women’s employment rights bill” making its way through the Minnesota Legislature is that it would hurt flexibility as businesses try to accomplish their... more »»



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