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January 7, 2012
Gary Andersen, Lee Smith , Fairmont Sentinel

Deal sounds reasonable

Minnesota lawmakers apparently are moving toward a deal to help fund a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings. If that plan involves utilizing gaming revenue by allowing slot machines at Canterbury Park and Running Aces Harness Park, we believe lawmakers have found a winning formula.

It is a sad-but-true fact these days that sports stadiums are public-private partnerships. With the Vikings willing to put up a huge chunk of change to get the stadium built, citizens are getting a good deal that will keep the team in the state.

Big year on building front

Fairmont saw some major improvements get under way in 2011. Building permit value for the year was $39 million, with $28 million slated for the new water treatment plant.

Community development director Mike Humpal correctly notes that all projects - large and small - help make the city sustainable for the long term.

Among other notable improvements:?Hy-Vee, House of Hope, Doolittle's, Five Lakes Centre and Buffalo Lake ethanol plant.

They honor our nation

We add our thanks and congratulations to Bob Stewart of Fairmont for his long service - 43 years - as a member or commander of the Honor Guard, a group of veterans that volunteers to convey their country's apprecation for military service at veterans' funerals.

Stewart was involved in about 1,300 funerals, at which the Honor Guard presents the flag to the family, fires a rifle salute and plays Taps, among other things. We're sure this service meant a lot to the families of the deceased. We know being there meant a lot to Stewart and others in the Honor Guard. We salute them all.

Long road comes to end

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann this week became the second Minnesotan to drop out of the presidential race, joining former Gov. Tim Pawlenty on the sidelines.

Bachmann pinned her hopes on doing well in her native state of Iowa, but she finished sixth in the caucuses on Tuesday.

It takes a lot of gumption and a willingness to suffer a lot of criticism to aspire to the presidency. Bachmann was already something of a controversial figure before she entered the race. But she took her lumps and kept working. After Iowans had their say, Bachmann graciously bowed out.

We wish her all the best in whatever she may choose to do in the future.



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