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Opinion

Anderson served state well, left behind ‘what-if’

Local Editorials

As governor of Minnesota from 1970 to 1976, Wendell Anderson led the reform of the state's school financing system and overhauled many programs to make the state more responsive to the needs of the people. His leadership and charisma earned him a cover on Time Magazine touting "The Good Life in ...

Kinship picnic was a blast

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:This summer has had a recent "splash" and we aren't talking about the local downpour that happened over the weekend. On July 13, Kinship had it's annual picnic out at Char Kahler's house. We had a wonderful time boating, tubing, kayaking, jet skiing, making massive bubbles, ...

Variety of providers ensure medical care

Local Editorials

People want to see their own doctor. It's a familiar refrain in rural Minnesota and, we would note, in Fairmont, where concerns have been expressed over the years about family physicians departing the scene. While this has led to some criticism of major health care providers like the Mayo ...

Bigger problem at State than just Hillary Clinton

Local Editorials

It turns out Hillary Clinton had an option she did not use - probably wisely - in defending her use of personal email servers for official business while she was secretary of state: Everyone else is doing it.After recently testifying to Congress that he has decided not to recommend Clinton be ...

Thank you for support

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:The Cancer Fighter team recently participated in the Martin County Relay for Life. On behalf of the team, I would like to thank everyone for their generous donations and support for this worthy cause. Together we can make a difference.Marsha WilliamsCancer Fighters Team CaptainWelcome

Running for City Council

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:I want to take this opportunity to announce my candidacy for the Fairmont City Council office of councilman-at-large in the November election. It is my belief that the needs and wishes of Fairmont residents would continue to be best served from a business owner's perspective. We ...

Citizens should watch their harsh rhetoric

Local Editorials

It has been said of the men and women in law enforcement that they "have targets on their backs." Meant figuratively, the observation is being taken literally by a handful of brutally unbalanced people.Five police officers were killed in Dallas earlier this month by a man who may have believed ...

Time for world powers to join all-out campaign

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How is it that a few small terrorist groups with relatively limited resources have been able to kill so many people in so many different places? We know the answer to that, but it raises another question: Why are the major powers of the world not doing more to stop the evil movement?Not so long ...

Contributions appreciated

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To the Editor:Fairmont Uptown Kiwanis Club thanks the following businesses for contributions to the Kiwanis baseball fundraiser on July 12 at the Fairmont Elementary School ball diamonds: Fareway Foods for the hot dogs and buns; Culligan for the water; and Perkins Restaurant for the ice.A ...

Mr. Hagen: Tone it down!

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To the Editor:Peter Hagen, pastor of Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church of Fairmont, has wrote an "editorial" on the church page in the Sentinel on July 15, using I Kings 18: (the big "Show Down" between Elijah and the 450 Prophets of Baal to address what appears to be a limited scheduling ...

Zierke deal will boost economic development

Local Editorials

The big news in Fairmont this week is in economic development, with Zierke Built Manufacturing of Winnebago planning a move to Fairmont by spring. The company would relocate into the former US Foods building at 1500 Winnebago Ave. following renovations. Zierke would bring with it 35 to 40 ...

Government can’t have it both ways on secrecy

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Secrecy over technology is unacceptable when the prosecutors need evidence, government lawyers argued in the Apple cellphone situation a few months ago. A court showdown was prevented when experts cracked Apple's encryption.But when the government wants to protect its software secrets, that's ...

Illegals are cashing in

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To the Editor:Each spring at tax preparation offices all across the nation, many illegal immigrants are now eagerly filing tax returns to take advantage of a tax loophole, using their ITIN (Individual Tax Identification Number) to get huge refunds from the IRS.The loophole is called the ...

Band thanks community

Local Editorials

To the Editor:I had the extreme honor of taking 131 students and 12 chaperones on a trip to the East Coast, specifically the areas of Washington, D.C., New York and Boston from June 27 through July 6.We performed on the North Senate Park of the U.S. Capitol, on the flight deck of the USS ...

Minnesotans should exert some pressure

Local Editorials

Minnesotans need to raise a fuss if we're ever going to get state leaders to agree on a special session this summer. The Legislature left a lot of important business undone this year.Among the bills lost in the last-minute shuffle and its aftermath:o A tax bill that did pass at the last minute, ...

Exonerated? Clinton has a lot to explain still

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The FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton has concluded that Clinton's use of her own e-mail server while Secretary of State is not sufficient to bring criminal charges. Clinton can now safely say, in the words of Richard M. Nixon, "I am not a crook."But the conclusions of the FBI should still ...

Donations appreciated

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To the Editor:Thank you to all the sponsors, volunteers and everyone who donated to the 2016 Relay for Life. At the end of the Relay on June 25, $64,000 had been raised for the American Cancer Society. That isn't the final total, as the fiscal year ends on Aug. 31. Without all of you, we would ...

Proud of band, school

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To the Editor:I watched the Bristol, Rhode Island, Fourth of July Celebration on the Internet. A featured band was the Fairmont High School Band and its director, Katie Kallenbach. The band was excellent and what a teacher, taking 131 students on a 10-day history of America and musical ...

Et cetera …

Local Editorials

County moves forwardMartin County commissioners moved forward this week on some needed technology upgrades. They approved a $51,300 bid for a data cabling project at the Courthouse, Highway Department building and Law Enforcement Center. And they OK'd purchasing a new county telephone system at ...

Minnesota reports: abortions at 35-year low

Local Editorials

An abortion is a failure. We mean this is the broadest sense, without suggesting that women should lose their reproductive rights or dominion over their bodies. Instead we are saying that an abortion is a regrettable and tragic act that (sometimes too casually) snuffs out a potential human ...