Fairmont wins grant; Apple Tree will open

Believe it or not, good things keep happening in Fairmont. Two more occurred Monday, first when it was announced that the city of Fairmont has received a $434,000 state grant to extend utility services to two new industrial sites at the intersection of I-90 and the fairgrounds road.

Getting infrastructure in place will make the sites more appealing, to industry at the one and perhaps a truck stop at the other. We have heard a lot of talk lately about truck traffic to and from the local soybean-processing plant. A local business near the interstate that could service them — and other semi traffic — would be great.

Fairmont economic development director Linsey Preuss is to be credited for securing the grant. Once the infrastructure goes in, she can begin marketing the sites.

Meanwhile, on the other side of town, a five-year grant pledge of $2.4 million from the local Schmeeckle Foundation has helped facilitate a joint effort of Apple Tree Dental and Mayo Clinic Health System. The new Fairmont Center for Dental Health will be located on the local Mayo campus.

Apple Tree Dental carries out a non-profit mission to aid underserved people. It eventually hopes to regularly provide care to more than 4,800 patients in the area.

Kudos to Mayo, Apple Tree and the foundation for their willingness to invest in this endeavor. Their commitment to the Fairmont area is appreciated.