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Board drafts priorities The Blue Earth Area School Board this week discussed and outlined goals that we believe will serve the district well, with several being absolutely crucial. The school board knows it must address deficit spending, as it also works to pass an operating levy, something ...

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Helping save lives To the Editor: Relay for Life is a community-based fundraising event for the American Cancer Society. Each year, more than 5,000 Relay for Life events take place in more than 20 countries. American Cancer Society would not be successful without one key element: you. ...

If you are able, please remember to give blood

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COVID-19 has become a danger to a significant number of people who will never contract the disease. They are those suffering from illnesses or injuries that require them to receive blood transfusions. American Red Cross officials say about 50 blood drives that had been planned across the ...

Law-abiding citizens deserve their rights

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Minnesota lawmakers in both political parties would like to address the issue of gun violence. But Republicans and Democrats also share a distrust of one another, and a disdain for the other side’s ideas. This was evident again this week, as Republicans in the Senate introduced several bills ...

World should unite to pressure Kim’s regime

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It is tempting sometimes to view North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un as the little dictator who cried missile. Unfortunately, he gets away with his saber rattling too often. He did it again earlier this month, ordering his military to fire three short-range rockets off the country’s east ...

Wall Street gets zapped by panicky investors

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Many of us have little detailed, direct control over our investments, which are in 401(k) funds and other instruments through which we save money for retirement. But for those who can and do make regular decisions on how their money is invested, recent days, including Monday, have not been ...

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Did you see accident? To the Editor: I am asking for your help. I was involved in an accident at 1 p.m. March 2 at the intersection of State Street and Blue Earth Avenue in Fairmont. Several other cars were present and I believe the drivers saw the accident. If you were one of them, please ...

Virus makes news, but don’t forget about flu

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Other than avoiding people who may have been traveling internationally, there is not much you can do to avoid catching COVID-19, the coronavirus variety that has been in the headlines. There is something you can do to avoid coming down with common influenza, however: Get a flu shot. Doing ...

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Make tax law change To the Editor: On behalf of our 8,500 members, the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants supports the recent column by the Invest in Minnesota Coalition, “Invest in the future state.” It’s tax season and CPAs are busy interpreting complex federal and ...

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Local Editorials

Key is to listen to them The Fairmont City Council this week chose four law firms as candidates to become the city’s civil attorney. A civil attorney provides legal advice, as opposed to prosecuting local crimes, something handled by the County Attorney. One of the choices is Flaherty ...

Democratic race gets really clear, really fast

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Sen. Bernie Sanders’ status as the Democratic frontrunner took a beating on Tuesday. While Sanders, the self-proclaimed democratic socialist, did win the big delegate prize of California, former Vice President Joe Biden swept to victory in 10 of the 14 states that held their presidential ...

Businesses need state to help remove obstacles

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People sometimes make the mistake of thinking that every business makes money, will keep making money and has lots of money laying around. They forget about our dynamic economy, in which things can change fast. They forget about the rising expenses or fresh competition that businesses face. ...

U.S. has given Afghan people tools to utilize

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A peace agreement signed Saturday between U.S. officials and representatives of Afghanistan’s Taliban organization is long overdue, as far as Americans are concerned. We have spent far too much money and lost too many lives in what has become the longest armed conflict in our nation’s ...

Drug shortage warning serves as wake-up call

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Shaving a few dollars off the cost to consumers of some medicines — and yes, padding profits on their sale — have led many U.S. drug companies to rely on overseas manufacturers for the products. Last week, the truth of warnings against such dependence was proven. U.S. public health ...

Troubling poll reveals worries about census

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Learning how many people live in the United States — and how they live — is important for any number of reasons. That is why the census is conducted every decade. Information the census collects is of interest not just to demographers. It is used to apportion states’ members of the ...

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Attend Township Day To the Editor: Nearly 1 million township residents in Minnesota will have the opportunity to participate in their local government by attending their township’s upcoming annual meeting. On Township Day, held this year on Tuesday, March 10, citizens attending their ...

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Area schools impressive Our area school districts continue to impress and amaze us. The Sentinel this week had the opportunity to present stories about innovative and important programs happening at Martin County West and Granada-Huntley-East Chain schools. Martin County West is offering ...

Situation is serious, but it’s no time to panic

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So, how worried should people be about COVID-19? What do they need to do to keep themselves and their loved ones safe? There is reason for concern about COVID-19, the coronavirus that has spread to 50 countries after breaking out in China. As of Thursday morning, the disease had killed about ...

It would be tragic to cast aside Scouting

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Millions of American boys, along with millions of others worldwide, became better men because of the Boy Scouts. For them, the more than century-old organization helped build character and taught valuable skills. But more than 12,000 boys in the Scouts became victims of the adults they and ...

Allegations out of Iowa are beyond disturbing

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If one were to hear that the federal government was launching an investigation into allegations of human experimentation and other medical treatment concerns, one would be inclined to believe that such a probe involved looking at some totalitarian regime overseas. And one might wonder if this ...