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March 10, 2012
Gary Andersen, Lee Smith , Fairmont Sentinel

Trying to help youth

We appreciate the efforts of a group of Fairmont citizens who recently came together to review a survey of local students in grades 7-11. The Healthy Youth committee workshop then involved some planning to try to address issues raised.

We wholeheartedly agree with one leader at the event who said the question now is how to turn thoughts into action to help support local youth. That work will continue April 13 at the Knights of Columbus Hall at an event open to the community. We encourage citizens to attend.

Time to resolve issue

The Blue Earth City Council is working on a resolving a dispute between neighbors that could have larger ramifications. One citizen says his neighbor - a business - is using a wood-burning furnace that spews smoke toward his home. The business is willing to use better wood and raise its smokestack, but the citizen remains leery.

The council, which tried to address the issue through a committee, has decided to hear the matter itself. A public hearing is set for 5 p.m. March 26 to listen to concerns about smoke and burning. Citizens should take note and show up to have their say.

School seeking input

Should Fairmont Area Schools consider a year-round schedule? A four-day week?

Those ideas are on the table as the district considers ways to trim expenses in coming years. Other schools have already made the switch to calendars different than the traditional one. But is something new right for Fairmont?

School board members hope the public will weigh in on this and other budget-related issues. The district began a series of public meetings this week just for that purpose. There are two upcoming meetings, both at 6 p.m. in the William Budd room at Fairmont Elementary. The first is Tuesday and the second on March 26.

People buying cars

We congratulate area car dealerships on their newfound success. Sales are booming locally and nationally as consumers return to showrooms after what had been a down streak in the industry.

There is, of course, controversy over the auto industry bailout. The risk of a bailout is that it won't succeed, putting taxpayer dollars in jeopardy. In the cases of GM?and Chrysler, the government intervention seems to have saved the day. We hope all our auto dealers continue to enjoy healthy bottom lines. We hope their success indicates broader economic health as well.



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