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Local Editorials

Weather doesn’t respect borders

Perhaps you noticed the moon the last couple of nights with a reddish tint as it crept across the sky. No doubt you saw the haze in the morning air as you looked down the street, or across the valley. Meteorologists tell us the haze is being caused by wildfires burning in the West, affecting ...

County fairs brighten up summer

The COVID-19 restrictions last year forced us to give up a lot of things that we take for granted — packing into a ballpark to watch a town team baseball game, for instance, or going to the movies or out for dinner. One thing that hurt a lot of small Minnesota communities was the shutdown of ...

The odd Olympics

This week the Olympic Summer Games will begin in Tokyo, already a year late and one of the oddest ever to be held. Thanks to COVID-19, the International Olympics Committee and the Japanese government have banned foreign spectators. The athletes marching in for the opening ceremony will have ...

Rep. Thompson should step down

State Rep. John Thompson, DFL-St. Paul, raised questions of racial profiling during a recent traffic stop, when police pulled him over for not having a front license plate. Since then, the questions have all been raised about him. First, why would a Minnesota state representative have a ...

Hiding out is an old political ploy

The Democratic members of the Texas Legislature are on the lam in Washington D.C. this week, to prevent Republicans in the state from passing more restrictive voting regulations by denying them a quorum. It’s not the first time a legislative caucus has abandoned their session to stymie ...

Et Cetera

Joe Brown Congratulations to Superintendent Joe Brown, who has made the decision to retire from Fairmont Area Schools. Brown has done a great job since he was hired in 2010. The school district is in great financial shape, he has passed multiple referendums in his tenure, and the facilities ...