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Truman faces fallout The city of Truman continues to face the repercussions of voters’ decision this year to abolish the Public Utilities Commission. City Council members and staff are finding out how much work there is to do, and how complicated it can be. The biggest problems, it seems, ...

Seeking city’s support

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FAIRMONT One year ago, a public meeting on the community center was held at the Opera House. A presentation was given on the status of the project and the public was given the opportunity to ask questions and voice their opinions. Concerns were raised about the cost of the facility, the ...

U.S. should renew its offer to assist neighbor

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Just a month after Mexican drug cartel murderers massacred at least nine Americans living in that country, more evidence of mayhem south of the border has been written in blood. In early November, two separate groups of women and children were ambushed near their homes in northern Mexico. ...

Worried about climate change? Tell Chinese

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“Do we really want to be remembered as the generation that buried its head in the sand, that fiddled while the planet burned?” asked U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres this week. He was addressing representatives from nearly 200 nations, gathered in Spain for a meeting on climate ...

Cyphers owes attorney, city residents an apology

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A Fairmont City Council member engaged in a charade recently to make herself look better in light of news that was disappointing to her. Council member Ruth Cyphers should apologize to the city’s interim attorney and to citizens. The Minnesota Office of the State Auditor recently rejected ...

Fight in Afghanistan about America as well

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Just before Thanksgiving, several members of Congress went to Afghanistan. There they talked with U.S. forces and officials as well as Afghans, including that nation’s president, Ashraf Ghani. Making the trip were Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va.; Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa; Sen. Kirsten ...

Impeachment inquiry is politically driven

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What has occurred thus far in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump bears little resemblance to a criminal trial — and that is appropriate. The House of Representatives move against Trump involves politics, not allegations of criminal behavior. Much of the inquiry was ...

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Support our businesses Today is Small Business Saturday in Minnesota. It is a day to back your local retailers, and other businesses, that give economic strength to our communities and employ many of us, our friends and our neighbors. Given the holiday shopping season, now is the perfect ...

The season of giving

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OWATONNA This season of giving and gratitude continues to inspire me. I am always overwhelmed by the generous contributions from donors to Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, our 30 community foundations and to other local non-profits. Nov. 14 was “Give to the Max Day” in ...

Some nuclear weapons are simply a deterrent

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During recent visits to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, Pope Francis pronounced that, “The use of atomic energy for purposes of war is immoral.” He added, “As is the possession of atomic weapons.” For many years, the Roman Catholic Church seemed to sanction policies by the United ...

On Thanksgiving, we appreciate our nation

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Too often, we prosperous, free Americans take our many blessings for granted. Nearly all of us enjoy material wealth that is the envy of billions of people in other lands. We are free to do nearly anything our hearts desire, as long as our actions do not harm others. Our nation itself is a ...

Investigation of staff shows their innocence

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The Fairmont City Council on Monday received a report from investigator Michelle Soldo of Soldo Consulting. Her finding is that city staff targeted by her probe did not know about some criminal cases in the former City Attorney’s Office that ran past their statute of limitations. Of course ...

Readers’ Views

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What do you think? To the Editor: If you happen to wander upstairs to the second floor of the excellent Martin County Historical Society on Blue Earth Avenue in Fairmont, you might see something unexpected: A white robe and hood from the KKK (Ku Klux Klan). In the 1920s, the KKK was strong ...

Addressing health care

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ST. PAUL Health insurance gives people peace of mind that they can take care of themselves from preventative care to medical crisis. Providing coverage for quality care at an affordable price also is a priority for employers to attract and retain workers in our historically tight labor ...

In this day and age, this app could save lives

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A Washington Post database of police shootings indicates about 1 in 5 police encounters that end in a fatality involve a person with mental illness. Often, friends or family members may call police to assist when something is going wrong with someone, but the encounter spirals out of control ...

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Auditor’s Office says no The Minnesota State Auditor’s Office has spoken: It will not spend time or energy delving into the city of Fairmont’s accounts for the past 17 years. It sees no reason to do so. The Auditor’s Office has made the city one offer: it will take a look at the ...

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Come check it out To the Editor: The 2019-2020 hockey and ice skating season is in full swing at the Martin County Arena and the Fairmont Youth Hockey Association board of directors would like to take time to thank all the arena, sign and team sponsors. Without your support, the 2019-2020 ...

China aims to repress freedom in Hong Kong

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Slightly more than 30 years ago, millions of Americans watched helplessly as pro-democracy protests in China were crushed ruthlessly. Our horror at the Tiananmen Square massacre was mixed with admiration for the courage shown by more than a million Chinese in standing up to their ...

Lawmakers have had 30 days to negotiate

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Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz on Monday called on legislators to hold public hearings on their conflicting plans to make insulin more affordable. They have been holding closed-door negotiations over the past month with no resolution on how to pay for their plans to help those diabetics who cannot ...

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Food pack helps many To the Editor: Plans are underway for the 12th Annual Martin County Kids Against Hunger food pack, to be held 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Fairmont Armory. I invite you to put together of team of friends, family or co-workers and join in the excitement ...