Readers’ Views

Article not accurate

To the Editor:

Your article on the community center in the Feb. 28 edition is not accurate. The Albert Lea YMCA does not offer its pool as part of the membership to Anytime Fitness. I own Anytime Fitness in Albert Lea. The Y has offered a discounted rate for Anytime members to use the pool, and I learned later that they only did this as an attempt to attract members away from us. A total of one person in a year has actually purchased the discounted pool rate from Anytime.

Bill Bromeland

Blue Earth

Class served 400

To the Editor:

On Jan. 21, 34 members of Fairmont’s class of 2019 served more than 400 community members at the annual Fairmont Dollars for Scholars chicken dinner. Thank you so much to those of you who braved Minnesota’s winter temperatures.

The evening went so smoothly with great food and help from Pizza Ranch’s Lori Stubbe and Lisa DeBoer.

We appreciate the Knights of Columbus, specifically Carroll Collins, for again letting us host our event there.

Thank you also to First Farmers and Merchants Bank, the Sentinel, Fairmont Photo Press, 106.5 Lakes FM/KSUM and area churches for helping get the word out about our event.

I also want to thank the donors who covered the cost of the meals for the students serving, and to our board members who continue to run this organization with integrity and discernment in order to continue providing scholarship dollars in perpetuity for Fairmont graduates.

Last but not least, thank you to the class of 2019 for its help in serving and for representing our community well.

Liz Wheeler,

executive secretary

Fairmont Dollars for Scholars


Players saved the day

To the Editor:

A group of Cardinal football players along with their coach, Mat Mahoney, came to my aid recently.

Backstory: After a blizzard, my patio and most of the back of my house was covered with a 7- to 9-foot drift that ran the extent of my backyard. My son and I woke up to our furnace reading 54 degrees and I was struggling to keep the snow off the meters.

I work at Fairmont Jr./Sr. High School and sent out an email asking to borrow some snowshoes from anyone who was willing to lend me a pair. I needed them to get to one of my meters as I kept sinking up to my knees to when I tried to dig it out.

I received a response back from Coach Mahoney, who said he had recruited eight football players to help dig us out, along with community member Brian Gregor, who brought his tractor blower.

They arrived around 4:15 p.m. and, one by one, came around the corner of our lot to a lot of snow. It was entertaining to see and hear each of the guys express what they thought about the amount of snow. I believe they thought they were going to do a little shoveling, not digging out a house.

They all worked diligently until the job was done. Never did they complain. They just kept digging.

At the end, they were “paid” with pizza and pop. I was most amazed how many times I was thanked for feeding them pizza.

These guys are truly amazing young men and deserve some recognition for going above and beyond anything I could have imagined. I truly am thankful for being able to live in a community that steps up when a person is over their head, literally.

Kandice Petschke