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Opinion

Massive project will require residents’ help

Local Editorials

Fairmont Public Utilities is undertaking an enormous project this spring that will require the assistance of city residents. We hope they take note and lend their cooperation. The city is going to replace all of the electric and water meters in town over a period of five years. Load ...

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Fun events upcoming To the Editor: Kids Just Want to Have Fun would appreciate any individual or business sponsors to assist in funding our upcoming community events. Our 3rd annual Father/Daughter Sweetheart dance will be held 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at Fairmont Bethel Evangelical ...

U.S. should support Puerto Rican leader

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Puerto Rican Gov. Wanda Vasquez is fighting back against the corruption and inefficiency that has hindered efforts to help hurricane victims on her island. Good for her. U.S. officials should provide all the support at their disposal. On Sunday, Vasquez fired the heads of two government ...

Et Cetera …

Local Editorials

Troubling crime stats Martin County Attorney Terry Viesselman this week shared some discouraging news. Major crimes increased 66 percent in the last decade in the county, with Viesselman pointing to drugs as a major cause. Drug use also tears at families, with Viesselman noting that the ...

Whose side was he on? It couldn’t matter less

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On occasion, politics in our nation becomes an exercise in confrontation. Harsh words are exchanged. Voices are raised. But most of the time, people who disagree keep their distance, recognizing that the First Amendment is no excuse for violence. Last week, a judge in Cincinnati sentenced a ...

Love Where You Live

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OWATONNA At Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, we are proud of our ability to adapt and address the needs in our region. We know there is no one-size-fits-all solution to economic development, early childhood and community vitality. But, responding to the needs of southern Minnesota ...

Realistic solutions needed on trash issue

Local Editorials

Clearly, the developed world needs to do more about how we dispose of our trash. Just as obviously, the United States, often cited as the chief villain in that regard, is far from alone. For years, much of the plastic waste disposed of by prosperous countries — even much of that officials ...

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A simple message of love To the Editor: I am writing to thank Fairmont residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season. Because of the generosity of donors in Fairmont and across the United States, Operation Christmas Child, a project ...

American hero deserves Medal of Honor

Local Editorials

Many Americans became heroes on Dec. 7, 1941, during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. One of them, a Navy mess attendant, had been told he wasn’t even supposed to fire guns — because he was black. He was Doris “Dorie” Miller, a young Texan serving aboard the battleship USS West ...

How we pursue equality will be remembered

Local Editorials

This week, many Americans celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr., who preached both an unceasing struggle against prejudice and discrimination and use of non-violent methods to win the battle. King’s high-profile leadership cost him his life. Others perished, too, during the struggle ...

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Working together To the Editor: Being together with friends and family is a hallmark of the holiday season. For Kinship, its mentors and families, another key part of the holidays is working together to make the holiday the best it can be for everyone. This year was no exception. We were ...

Presidential primary weakens secret ballot

Local Editorials

We’re not sure who thought it was a good idea, but Minnesota law now allows political parties to pull back the voting booth curtain and peek over your shoulder in the new Minnesota presidential primary. The primary will allow the state’s residents to have a say in who is nominated to ...

Et Cetera …

Local Editorials

Firms will take notice Fairmont economic development director Linsey Preuss is a committed, competent and well-respected professional. She knows her stuff. Such as the fact that consultants who look for new locations for businesses will look away from cities embroiled in political turmoil. ...

Iran acting no differently than a school yard bully

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“Give me your lunch money or I’ll beat you up,” says the school yard bully. So do Iranian leaders. They never had any intention of canceling their development of nuclear weapons, despite their agreement to suspend the project during former President Barack Obama’s administration. ...

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Appreciating the good things To the Editor: With all the negativity this past year regarding the city of Fairmont, we have experienced some of the goodness that comes from living in this city and the people who are often behind the scenes. We recently had some difficulties with our water ...

New year opportunity thrown in the dumpster

Local Editorials

The Fairmont City Council’s majority trio failed epically in 2019. One might think that taught them a lesson. It did not. Instead they are doing all they can to divide the city further in the new year. The trio is comprised of Tom Hawkins, Ruth Cyphers and Randy Lubenow. Last year, they ...

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No retaliation? Right To the Editor: To my fellow Fairmont citizens: After watching Monday’s City Council meeting, I have put my finger on what our problem is at City Hall. Three council members — Tom Hawkins, Randy Lubenow and Ruth Cyphers — are not in their right minds. How do I ...

Please consider giving a life-saving donation

Local Editorials

Among the good reasons for getting a flu shot is to keep yourself healthy enough to be there for the folks who need you this time of year. That is true in a larger sense when it comes to those in need of donated blood — and there are many more than we may think. According to blood banks, ...

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Mother/son event set To the Editor: Kids Just Want to Have Fun is excited to announce our second annual mother/son event, “Not All Superheroes Wear Capes,” to be held 4-6 p.m. Saturday at Bethel Evangelical Free Church in Fairmont. The event includes a professional photo booth, ...

Senate GOP outlines forward-looking plans

Local Editorials

Leaders in the Republican-led Minnesota Senate have outlined their priorities for the 2020 legislative session that begins Feb. 11. Their plans are not perfectly defined, but their direction is the right one. Majority Leader Paul Gazelka touts what Republicans have able to achieve already, ...