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Letters to the Editor

Readers’ Views

Volunteering during COVID-19 To the Editor: With the events involving COVID-19, the stay-at-home order from Gov. Tim Walz and employment uncertainties, we have heard a lot about volunteering. Pre-pandemic, the Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging was part of a coalition in the state to ...

‘Love Where You Live’

OWATONNA In January, I wrote about the importance of having an endowment so that at Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation we can continue to address the emerging needs of our 20-county region through thick and thin. Little did I know at the time how critical this would be for our ...

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Just more nonsense To the Editor: Although the Democrat “resistance” has already cost this nation trillions of dollars in lost opportunities as well as time spent “investigating” the president, and fighting everything he has been doing, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has apparently ...

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Stay ahead of cancer To the Editor: The month of April draws attention to several cancers. It is Head and Neck, Oral, Esophageal and Testicular Cancer Awareness Month. Regular oral cancer examinations performed by your oral health professional remain the best method for detecting oral ...

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Millions backed Sanders To the Editor: In reference to the ideas expressed in the April 11 Sentinel editorial titled, “Sanders calls it quits,” I must respectfully disagree. The ideas of free health care for all and free education for all were trademarks of Bernie Sanders’ campaign. ...

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Red Rock appreciates support To the Editor: On behalf of the Martin County Preservation Association, dba Red Rock Center for the Arts, we are grateful for the grant dollars we received from the Martin County Area Foundation. With the support of these grant funds, we were able to enhance our ...

Remember resiliency

OWATONNA In 1986, an economic crisis had shaken Greater Minnesota. Farms across the state faced bankruptcy and rural communities suffered. Accordingly, young people were leaving the small towns that had nurtured them in search of opportunities elsewhere. These developments created uncertainty ...

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Great community spirit To the Editor: Thank you to all the local businesses that donated door prizes for the Ladies Monday Night Commercial Bowling League banquet on March 9. We appreciate your community spirit in giving to us some great prizes. Again, thank you. Sue Langford and other ...

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Congratulations, Ken To the Editor: Ken Goraczkowski recently retired from Fairmont Ford. For 43 years, he worked as the body shop manager and service manager. Ken was a very dedicated hard-worker who put in long hours, many Saturday mornings and came in during adverse weather. He treated ...

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Helping save lives To the Editor: Relay for Life is a community-based fundraising event for the American Cancer Society. Each year, more than 5,000 Relay for Life events take place in more than 20 countries. American Cancer Society would not be successful without one key element: you. ...

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Did you see accident? To the Editor: I am asking for your help. I was involved in an accident at 1 p.m. March 2 at the intersection of State Street and Blue Earth Avenue in Fairmont. Several other cars were present and I believe the drivers saw the accident. If you were one of them, please ...

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Make tax law change To the Editor: On behalf of our 8,500 members, the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants supports the recent column by the Invest in Minnesota Coalition, “Invest in the future state.” It’s tax season and CPAs are busy interpreting complex federal and ...

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Attend Township Day To the Editor: Nearly 1 million township residents in Minnesota will have the opportunity to participate in their local government by attending their township’s upcoming annual meeting. On Township Day, held this year on Tuesday, March 10, citizens attending their ...

Invest in future of state

By Doug Loon, Tamara Nelsen, John Hausladen and Kevin Paap Business owners invest in Minnesota’s future every day. They invest in their employees and their communities. They invest in their business needs — equipment, workforce — to grow, many times before company profit is a ...

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Proud supporter of FFA To the Editor: Martin County and Minnesota Farm Bureau salutes FFA during National FFA Week from Feb. 22-29. This week is a great reminder of the many reasons why Farm Bureau maintains such strong support for the FFA program. Farm Bureau invests in FFA throughout ...

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Make Census count To the Editor: As with every year ending in zero, the U.S. Census Bureau performs the decennial census. The 2020 Census is going to be a little different. Minimal mailings will take place, and most information will be collected digitally (online). In March, individuals ...

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Join in the experience To the Editor: As the executive director of Red Rock Center for the Arts, I am very proud of the quality of entertainment we bring to the community at a very affordable price. It is our goal to reach beyond our four historic walls and bring opportunities out into the ...

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Piecemeal socialism To the Editor: It looks as if Norman M. Thomas’ observation back in 1944 has pretty well come true. He was a leading American socialist, pacifist and six-time presidential candidate for the Socialist Party of America. Thomas said this in a 1944 speech: “The ...

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A pleasant surprise To the Editor: On Friday, Feb. 7, Dan and I had some errands to do and decided that we would also go have lunch just to get out of the house and treat ourselves. After we were finished with the errands, we went to Green Mill, where we experienced a very pleasant ...

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The fear of getting sick To the Editor: Health care issues are No. 1 with voters in 2020. Why? Because to get sick in this country is scary. We are afraid. A friend in Fairmont last summer was carried to a hospital emergency room. She could not move. The sky was turning. Later diagnosis: ...