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Local Editorials

Fail-safes, testing are invaluable tools

U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials and scientists are in a raee against death. It is one they must undertake in a cautious sprint. Two COVID-19 vaccines appear nearly ready to go. Before doses already on the production line can be distributed, the FDA has to approve ...

Oversight bills require attentiveness

For years, veterans of military service and their families have worried about the Department of Veterans Affairs. News of lengthy wait-lists, enormous cost overruns on new facilities and similar outrages was, to say the least, worrisome. It got worse in 2018, when what happened at a VA ...

Shutdowns should be a last resort

With the coronavirus coming back strong, a number of governors have already ordered new — or rather, renewed — steps to combat the disease. Most are reluctant to mandate widespread business closings, however. There are very good reasons for that. Our economy may not be able to withstand ...

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Good opportunity The COVID-19 virus is real. Governor Walz has shut down bars, restaurants and fitness centers. He is pausing social gatherings and organized amateur sports. The Minnesota State High School League revamped the sectional football playoffs for one more round of games played ...

Trump needs to start working with Biden

American presidents need to hit the ground running, especially when it comes to national security. We have too many enemies in the world to let our guard down for even a few hours. President Donald Trump continues to challenge results of the Nov. 3 election through court challenges. That is ...

Nursing homes must be protected

Thankfully, we have learned — at the cost of tens of thousands of possibly preventable deaths — that COVID-19 finds nursing homes to be good hunting grounds. At one time earlier in the epidemic, more than half the nation’s deaths from the disease in many state were among residents of ...

The ‘swamp’ still needs draining

More than a few people who voted for Joe Biden as our next president were not unhappy with one aspect of incumbent President Donald Trump, we suspect. It was his pledge to battle the federal bureaucracy on behalf of the American people. Trump calls it “the swamp” — and there is ample ...

Biden must clarify his energy agenda

Joe Biden is not yet president-elect officially, but it seems clear he will be the nation’s next chief executive. The sooner he clarifies his agenda — especially regarding energy — the better. It is probably no coincidence that within days of the election, some energy companies began ...

Let’s remember our own resiliency

Fifty years ago this last Saturday, Americans were united in the worst possible way — grief over what had happened near the airport near Huntington, West Virginia. An airliner carrying nearly all members of the Marshall University football team crashed. All 75 people aboard ...

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FHS Trades Building The Fairmont School Board is seeking positive reviews and comments from the Minnesota Department of Education so they can present a $6.7 million bonding bill for the building of a 13,860 sq. foot construction trades building at the Fairmont High School. This is another ...

Biggest loser in the election: polls

The biggest loser in last week’s election wasn’t any of the candidates for president — not even entertainer Kanye West, who collected little more than 60,000 votes, which was less than one-tenth of 1% of ballots cast. Nor was it Donald Trump, who lost the White House to challenger Joe ...

COVID-19 is not just going away

For yet another month, Gov. Tim Walz is calling a special session of the Minnesota Legislature to extend his peacetime emergency powers to help deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. The record surge of cases and deaths, and the doubling of the seven-day rolling average of the positivity The ...

National Guard worthy of recognition

We call them “citizen soldiers” because for most of the year, they are not in uniform but instead, among us at our workplaces, schools and elsewhere in our society. But this year, many are on the front lines of a war being fought not with firearms and other implements of combat, but with ...

Let’s remember those who gave so much

How fortuitous it is that this week, while the attention of millions of Americans seems focused on controversy, we take time out to honor those about whom we are in complete agreement: veterans of military service. No matter how we view politics, we are united in revering the men and women ...

An accurate census count is vital for nation

Census Bureau officials’ claim the agency was able to collect information from 99.9% of the households in America strains credibility. It would during normal times, not to mention the middle of a deadly epidemic. If officials in several states, cities and organizations are right, the bureau ...

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Fairmont tackles nitrates Kudos to Troy Nemmers, Fairmont city engineer/public works director. He has been working on a project for years that will remove nitrates from the watershed into Fairmont’s lakes while preserving the wetlands and wildlife. Nemmers has partnered with a number of ...

Criminal hackers pose a real danger

At least the Russian and Iranian operatives attempting to influence public opinion in advance of the election have ideological goals. Not so with a more dangerous class of hackers — freelancers willing to kill for money. Federal officials warned last week of a new wave of online extortion ...

Virus testing is an important tool

COVID-19 testing is more than a matter of individuals safeguarding their own health and that of their families. It has become an important tool in limiting the disease’s spread. Recognizing that, members of Congress included an important testing provision in the CARES Act approved earlier ...

Americans can’t afford another lockdown

With COVID-19 slashing through populations throughout the world, some nations are preparing for lockdowns of the type employed last spring to curb the virus’ spread. Americans can’t afford to do that. Another business slowdown/shutdown of the type we experienced for a few months could ...

Greatest generation must be remembered

Before long, the last American military veteran of World War II will be gone from among us. We can never thank and honor them adequately — but President Donald Trump is being asked to do something special that would provide an appropriate formal and national expression of gratitude. In our ...