Et Cetera …

Festivals winding down

The summer season of festivals is winding down in the Fairmont area. Truman Days is this weekend, and it will wrap up what has been a fun series of events. We hope area residents consider venturing “north” to Truman this weekend.

The summer get-togethers are not over, though. The Faribault County Fair is taking place in Blue Earth through Sunday, and the Martin County Fair occurs in August.

We extend kudos to those who keep these traditions alive and well. The work you are doing for your communities is appreciated.

Connecting to ag

Project 1590 has had its hands in many endeavors and deserves credit for the good things it does. The group’s “From the Ground Up” event was held this week. It brings together area community leaders and residents to gain a better understanding of area agriculture. Farmers offer insight into production and describe the challenges they face.

We live in a place that is heavily tied to agriculture, yet many people take it for granted. It is the backbone of our area economy, and good to see people reconnect to these roots.

Caring for their town

The Civic and Commerce Committee of Sherburn is a great small town group. Its members regularly demonstrate their commitment to their community through fundraisers and projects that improve Sherburn as a whole. Most recently, this has involved downtown beautification.

Specifically, the group has brought in new benches; painted doors and window trim; sided a vacant store front; and bought new planters. A downtown lighting project is in the works, along with new banners.

Kudos to all involved. You are a credit to Sherburn and the area.

Project makes sense

City of Fairmont consulting engineers from Bolton & Menk this week unveiled a plan to reconstruct Lake Avenue from Fourth Street to Downtown Plaza. We believe they have drafted a sound proposal.

The plan does away with the odd and dangerous turns from First Street onto Lake Avenue, and from Lake Avenue onto Main Street. A mini roundabout would be built at the intersection of Blue Earth Avenue and Downtown Plaza.

Yes, it’s all a change, but designed to create a safer traffic flow and to be appropriate for the traffic volume.