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March 24, 2012
Gary Andersen, Lee Smith , Fairmont Sentinel

Festival being held today

Red Rock Center for the Arts and the Martin County Library have teamed up to offer the Arts and Culture Fest, being held today at Red Rock Center. Events begin at 1 p.m.

We hope area citizens consider a visit to the celebration, which offers everything from storytelling, to demonstration tables, to folk artists. Red Rock's gallery will feature art from international artists.

We believe this festival is a great way for locals to learn more about cultural heritage around the world.

Best to hire fifth officer

Blue Earth leaders had been contemplating a switch to having Faribault County step in and oversee policing within the city. Also on the table was consideration of a joint powers agreement with Winnebago Police Department. As it turned out, neither possibility came to fruition.

Blue Earth chose to hire a police chief and maintain its own department. We think that means the city must do what is right for coverage, including hiring a fifth police officer.

Blue Earth police officers are working far too much overtime, without the proper backup from fellow officers.

No spot east of town?

Martin County commissioners were baffled and surprised this week to learn that one of the new emergency communications towers going up in the county will be just 10 miles from the other tower.

As the state switches over to the ARMER radio system, towers are generally being built 30 miles apart to offer complete coverage. But in Martin County, one tower is being built near Sherburn, the other just west of Fairmont.

Ideally, there should be a tower in eastern Martin County. We're not sure enough was done to find a proper location.

Work to catch scofflaws

Apparently there are some bad actors who are disposing of appliances, electronics, paint and garbage at Martin and Faribault County recycling drop sites. This creates costs for the counties, meaning every citizen is forced to pay more.

People need to respect the drop sites for their intended use, and they need to understand that if they are caught misuing the sites they can be fined up to five times the expense of disposing of what they leave behind.

We hope the counties make an effort to catch these scofflaws, to make an example of them.



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