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Opinion

Time to consider catastrophe

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: As an Emergency Manager, I have dedicated my career to protecting and preserving the safety of people living across our state. But I’m concerned because every year we are seeing increasingly severe weather and flooding. This means, that unless we are building our communities ...

COVID-19’s origin no excuse for racism

Local Editorials

OK, we know that the COVID-19 virus originated in Wuhan, China. We know that it spread from there around the world, causing this terrible pandemic we are battling. But the idea that people of Chinese or Asian descent, some of whom have lived in this country for generations, are responsible for ...

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Local Editorials

FEDA Loans Kudos to the Fairmont Economic Development Authority for their approval of three loan requests at a recent meeting. One of those loans was for a new business in the form of a brewery. The other loans were CARES Act relief loans to two area businesses. Local businesses need ...

Atlanta shooting shows violence is now routine

Local Editorials

It will be a while before we get a full picture of the motives behind the shootings at three spas in the Atlanta area late Tuesday afternoon, which police allege were committed by a 21-year-old white man. But the contours of the violence make one explanation plausible. Among the eight dead were ...

Mpls settlement comes at funny time

Local Editorials

Last Friday, Minneapolis city leaders approved a mammoth $27 million settlement in a civil suit brought by the family of George Floyd. It is the largest pre-trial settlement of its kind anywhere in the nation. It’s a huge amount of money, far surpassing the $20 million settlement the city ...

We are winning, thanks to COVID soldiers

Local Editorials

On Friday, when Gov. Tim Walz announced the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions, he was enthusiastic and optimistic. “I'm here to tell you that we're winning. We're winning, and this thing is coming to an end," Walz said at his livestreamed announcement. He’s right. The number of COVID-19 ...

Governor loosens restrictions in Minnesota

Local Editorials

Gov. Tim Walz announced Friday he is relaxing some restrictions on public gatherings. Starting today, churches will have no attendance limits, though social distancing will still be required. Bars and restaurants can be at 75% capacity, with a limit of 250 people, and bar seating for parties of ...

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Local Editorials

Public Works facility The Fairmont City Council remains divided on the need for a new Public Works Building. Why? At $167 per square foot for a 50 year building, that is by far the best option. The current building desparately needs replaced. This has been six years in planning and a previous ...

Selling the aid bill’s pros and cons

Local Editorials

The Biden administration is planning on hitting the road to sell the idea of the $1.9 trillion virus relief bill that passed Congress on Wednesday, giving President Joe Biden his first major legislative win. It shouldn’t be hard to sell a bill that gives $1,400 checks to most Americans, that ...

A break for the fully vaccinated

Local Editorials

This past week the CDC issued relaxed guidelines for people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. These are people for whom two weeks have passed after having both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines, or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson. Their vaccine should be in full ...

Justice for Floyd means objectivity for Chauvin

Local Editorials

The death of George Floyd last May under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer sparked an eruption of anger and frustration from the Black community that continues to this day. The crowds that have demonstrated and protested and sometimes rioted across the nation want one thing — justice ...

Mega-aid bill had better work

Local Editorials

With a $1.9 trillion price tag, the COVID-19 aid bill passed by Congress this week has some lofty goals. It is providing huge amounts for COVID vaccines and testing, shoving money to cities and schools to help them recover from virus-related losses, extending the $300 weekly unemployment ...

Plastic pollution: how we contribute

Local Editorials

It is estimated that 8 million tons of plastic waste flows into the world s ocean each year. Some of it is in pieces large enough to entangle fish and other creatures. Some of it is broken down into beads small enough to be consumed by fish and whales that feed on plankton. A global study is ...

Ceylon auction coming up in April

Local Editorials

CEYLON — Ceylon City Council will meet 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Ceylon City Hall. All members are urged to attend. There is time for public comments/questions at the beginning of each meeting. If the comment will take more than five minutes or you want to be on the regular agenda, please ...

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Local Editorials

Theobald-Schlaphoff’s Congratulations to the Theobald-Schlaphoff family of Sherburn on recently winning the Family Heritage Award from the National Weather Service in the Twin Cities. The family has taken daily weather measurements for the National Weather Service as a Cooperative Weather ...

Abbott’s decision: only time will tell

Local Editorials

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott did Wednesday what many people would like other governors to do. He threw the state wide open by repealing most of the state’s COVID-19 restrictions. He said “100% of businesses are open “100 %,” and dropped the requirement for wearing masks. Did he do it on the ...

Fair, free elections must be the goal

Local Editorials

In states across the country, conservative groups and legislators are pushing legislation they say will make elections more secure. They worry that potential voters don’t trust the process, a worry that should be put to rest by the record-setting voter turnout in the last election. Voters ...

No easy path through Congress

Local Editorials

President Joe Biden’s first big legislative goal is to get a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 aid bill through Congress. But even though Democrats have control (barely) of House and Senate, they are proving that their majority is not enough to ram a Democrat agenda through. One issue of contention in ...

Another vaccine is more good news

Local Editorials

With the approval of the Johnson & Johnson one-shot COVID-19 vaccine, the nation now has a third bullet in the battle against this disease, which has killed over 500,000 Americans. Johnson & Johnson were shipping out the entire stock Sunday night to the states, and injections should ...

Technical trades education is valuable

Local Editorials

Education in the trades has become a growing trend in schools around the country. There is a desperate need for skilled tradespeople — carpenters, electricians, plumbers, welders, and masons — as the older generations of workers retire out of the building trades. For a long time, schools ...