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March 17, 2012
Gary Andersen, Lee Smith , Fairmont Sentinel

Students sign up for ag

It is great to see that Fairmont Area High School students are interested in ag classes. Students, and the school, are taking advantage of a three-year commitment by the local ag industry to fund a program to be known as "Ag Academy."

Given student interest, the school will now move to hire an ag instructor.

We especially like the school's plan to offer ag classes mainly in the first two and last two hours of the day, something that may attract students to open enroll at Fairmont Area.

What an inspired idea

Creating a community festival can be as simple as hitching a ride on a popular nationwide theme. So we believe Winnebago is right on target in coming up with its "Craft Brew Fest," slated for June 23.

Craft beers - made by unique, smalltown breweries - have been rising in popularity for years. Festivals in other cities have been successful. Will Winnebago be able to match that success? Who knows? But a brew fest is certainly something no one else in the area is doing, and we think Winnebago deserves praise for thinking of it.

Plan saves city money

We can't help but wonder what would have happened if Fairmont City Council had decided to interview other candidates - besides community development director Mike Humpal - for the job of city administrator. If they had chosen someone else, where would that have left Humpal?

Under the succession plan put together by current administrator Jim Zarling, Humpal moved up, combining his development role with the new position. This saves the city $140,000 annually. The council this week approved a contract with Humpal that solidifies this plan. We again thank those city leaders who saw the wisdom of Zarling's planning.

Give teens a chance

Each year, students in Cardinal Connections at Fairmont Area Schools pick a spring day to take on community service projects. These involve everything from basic home repair, to helping out at nursing homes and businesses. This year, the date for projects is May 18.

We encourage community members to give these young people a chance to make a difference. Applications for possible projects are available at the school Web site, at the high school main office, at the Chamber of Commerce, and at the Sentinel. They are due by April 12. People will be notified by early May if their project is accepted.



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