Let's try to drive safer
We suppose it can be frustrating for people to see or hear about car accidents at the intersection of Highway 15 and Johnson Street in Fairmont. There have been attempts over the years to install a stoplight or find some other way to make it a safer crossing.
However, fundamentally, what would work best is safe driving. Highway 15 is through-traffic, so drivers at the stop signs on Johnson Street must act accordingly. It doesn't matter if they are in a hurry, 17 years old or just careless. They must be sure that the highway is clear before moving on. Nothing is more simple.
Happy birthday, SMIF
We offer our thanks to Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, which is marking 25 years of influence in the region. SMIF has spent more than $1 million in Martin County alone, trying to boost economic growth and improve the quality of life for everyone.
The foundation also is taking the opportunity of its 25th birthday to thank some significant supporters. They include Tom Rosen of Fairmont as well as Neil and Sue Eckles of Blue Earth. Kudos to them.
Glad they're out there
Fairmont emergency responders and firefighters have had a busy week, dealing with a chemical explosion at an International Ag Labs warehouse on Oct. 14, followed by a fire in the bell tower of Grace Lutheran Church on Tuesday.
These incidents again demonstrate the training, commitment and professionalism of our police, emergency medical technicians and firefighters, all of whom respond quickly to tackle real emergencies and potential disasters.
We thank all of them for their hard work and dedication.
Good plan for old bikes
Like many people, until this week we weren't aware that the city of Truman was sitting on a stash of bicycles that have piled up over the years. We think the City Council's plan to get the bikes cleaned up and refurbished through volunteerism is a good idea.
The city is asking for help or donations so the bicycles can be given out to needy children over the holidays.
We encourage anyone who may be interested in helping with this neat plan to get in touch with Monte Rohman at Truman City Hall: (507) 776-7951, or Police Chief Justin Jobe at (507)?776-8211.