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September 15, 2012
Gary Andersen, Lee Smith , Fairmont Sentinel

Hungry are out there

According to a U.S. Department of Agriculture study, 10 percent of Minnesotans do not have access to enough food for a healthy lifestyle. About 4 percent are very insecure about where their next meal is coming from.

Many of these people rely on food shelves to feed themselves and their families. Food shelves in Fairmont are experiencing low supplies, meaning these folks are even less secure in our area.

We hope locals will consider making a donation to Heaven's Table Food Shelf, Salvation Army or St. John Vianney Catholic Church Hope Shop.

Kahler plans to expand

We congratulate Kahler Automation in Fairmont for its growing success, and for its plans to expand. The company hopes to work with the city on a tax incentive package to begin that project.

Kahler makes and installs control and data collection systems that measure bulk materials, such as grain, seed, lubricant or sand. It also develops software and systems to manage the mixing and distribution of these products.

Kahler sells its wares to companies all across the United States, and around the world. We wish the business continued good fortune.

Spending is problem

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, made some outrageous comments this week about taxation. Dayton believes that those opposed to higher taxes are complicit in the imminent demise of the state and nation. Not unusual for him, Dayton has things exactly wrong.

The collapse of the United States will come from government spending too much, trying to solve too many problems it can't solve, throttling the private sector in the meanwhile.

Improving operations

Winnebago City Council voted this week to stop mailing out late notices for utility bills that are just one month overdue. The city's reasoning makes sense:?It can save time and money. To make sure people pay their bills, Winnebago will send a shutoff notice when a bill is unpaid for two months.

We're sure there are many things still being done in city governments around the area that once made sense or were policies for years. We appreciate Winnebago taking the time to review this policy to improve its operations.



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