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July 14, 2012
Gary Andersen, Lee Smith , Fairmont Sentinel

Be careful in pools, lakes

Minnesota - and the rest of the nation, for that matter - is experiencing a toasty summer. Among other things, this has translated into more people heading to pools and lakes to stay cool. That's all well and good, but the state has had more drowing deaths this year than at any time in the past decade.

Officials say more people are out there going for swims, so just the raw numbers are partly to blame. But some of those going into the water don't have the proper swimming skills. We hope everyone practices a little more caution in the water. It will save lives.

Hope streets unharmed

With Martin County Road 39 (the fairgrounds road) undergoing construction, some people in Fairmont have become concerned about truck traffic that has been moving through town, particularly along North North Avenue.

County Engineer Kevin Peyman rightly notes that as long as trucks are driving along designated truck routes, they are not breaking any laws. At the same time, drivers of trucks driving on roads rated under 10 tons can be ticketed.

We think one thing residents are wondering is whether there has been any increased enforcement to see who is driving where. We hope our county officials and local police are communicating to make sure streets are being preserved.

Get out, enjoy festivals

If you haven't yet had the chance to get out of the house, or out of town, to enjoy one of the area town festivals, you're getting another shot today. Two cities - Blue Earth and Trimont - are hosting events this weekend.

These kinds of festivals offer a wide variety of activities for a range of ages and interests. You can participate in a run, see vintage autos, sample food, enjoy music and relax in the beer garden with friends.

We hope area residents consider getting out to a festival or two this summer. You might make new friends or just enjoy a family outing.



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