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May 5, 2012
Gary Andersen, Lee Smith , Fairmont Sentinel

Theater back on track

Well, we are among those relieved to see that Five Lakes Cinema, the movie theater in Fairmont, believes it may have found a way to remain open. The theater is contending with a major expense - $400,000 - to upgrade to digital projectors.

The theater's proprietor says some financial restructuring of loans and rent likely will allow the venue to remain open. We see that as a good thing for the town, given a theater's ability to attract visitors.

With the new digital projectors, the theater will be able to offer higher-quality and more entertainment. That too bodes well.

Let the people know

Fairmont Area Schools Superintendent Joe Brown likes to tell it straight. As he did this week in revealing that a fire at Lincoln School was deliberately set by someone, perhaps a student at the Alternative Learning Center.

The fire caused disruptions to programs at the school and caused more than $20,000 in damage. We, like Brown, believe citizens deserve to know what is going on when things like this occur. Other officials seem to hem and haw and reserve comment until some later date. It's never really clear why. More public officials should learn to be responsive to citizens, their bosses.

Welcome home, troops

We join Martin County Beyond the Yellow Ribbon in welcoming home our area troops. The Beyond the Yellow Ribbon group, which held a pre-homecoming event last Saturday, works to make sure military families have the support they need while loved ones are overseas, and when families are reunited.

The Iraq War has ended, and the conflict in Afghanistan is winding down. We take this moment to thank all the servicemen and women who served in these operations. Your nation is grateful for your commitment, bravery and sacrifice.

They make a difference

There are a lot of good things happening at our area school districts. We note this week the contributions of students at Blue Earth Area, who went out into the community and performed service projects. These included everything from washing fire trucks to painting urn holders at a cemetery.

We also note that schools are honoring "friends of education" for longtime commitments to students and schools. Teachers of the year also are being named. We thank all of these good folks for giving their time and talents to help educate and support young people.



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