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Kids returning to school

Fairmont Area Schools’ leaders spent many hours developing a plan to allow students to return to classrooms this fall, given the COVID-19 pandemic. They also surveyed parents to gauge their thoughts.

In the end, Fairmont has chosen in-person learning, a plan people support and one that makes sense given the case numbers locally.

We congratulate administrators and all involved for doing their research and moving ahead.

Will votes be diluted?

We are pleased to know there are many interested citizens who have chosen to file for Fairmont City Council. Everyone who wishes to do so puts something on the line.

We do have some concerns that given the problems on the council in recent years, the enthusiasm to run against the problem council members may have sparked too many candidates, who may dilute the votes needed to oust those who have let the city down. This would be a real shame as an end result.

Firefighters seek help

Our area firefighters are amazing people who commit much time and effort into making sure their fellow citizens can count on them in an emergency. They do it all on a volunteer basis, making it possible for area cities to save hundreds of thousands of dollars or more.

Currently, Fairmont, Sherburn and Welcome fire departments are seeking additional members. There is definitely a time commitment involved, as well as much training. But we hope those interested will consider stepping forward.

Opener to return in 2021

Before the coronavirus pandemic struck, Fairmont was locked and loaded, ready to host the 10th annual Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Opener. But the virus continues to take its toll on events everywhere and the Pheasant Opener is no exception.

There is good news: Gov. Tim Walz says the 2021 opener, slated for Oct. 8-9 next year, will be held in Fairmont. This decision benefits organizers, who have put in a lot of hard work on the event, and area businesses, which will reap some rewards.

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