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School is part of study Fairmont Area Schools has gained another bit of interesting distinction, with the University of Minnesota making it the only outstate school involved in a study and project related to science learning. Lucas Simpson, a 2017 graduate of Fairmont High School, is the ...

Report Card results remain discouraging

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Those aligned against education reform in the United States need to explain themselves. If they can. Results out this week from the Nation’s Report Card show more dismal results among students on reading and math achievement. Those who support reforms, including federal Education Secretary ...

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Fox Lake needs help To the Editor: I would like everyone to follow what is happening at the Fox Lake power plant that has been sold to a company that plans to put a scrap metal recycling business on the site. This could destroy the recreation, fishing and beauty of the lake. This is serious ...

Parents, drivers: Please remember kids’ safety

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No doubt many adults are annoyed by reminders that we need to be on our toes to protect children in our communities. After all, we are adults, are we not? We don’t need to be told to watch out for the kids, do we? Apparently, we do, especially today, on Halloween. Children are twice as ...

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A service for veterans To the Editor: As Veterans Day approaches, I wanted to notify the residents of Faribault and Martin County about a benefit that may be available to them from the area’s public transit system, Prairie Lakes Transit. Back in March, the Faribault-Martin County ...

Americans must fight against all bigotry

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We know no one in our area who reacted to the attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue nearly a year ago with anything other than sorrow and anger. We doubt that you know anyone with a different opinion, either. But a microscopically tiny number of people viewed the assault, in which 11 worshippers ...

Democrats need to address #MeToo

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It has been just two years since the #MeToo movement came on the national stage. Its founder and others concerned about sexual assault and harassment worry that the issue has been sidetracked by candidates for president next year. #MeToo founder Tarana Burke is doing something about that. ...

U.S., world will have to solve Kurd problem

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At some point, a new crisis involving the Kurds will break out. Count on it, because the future of that people is among the great unsolved dilemmas of world diplomacy. President Trump was criticized earlier this month for pulling a handful of U.S. troops out of northern Syria, where they had ...

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An inspiration to us all Fairmont benefactor Mike Garry, who passed away recently at age 95, always seemed happy, engaging, charming. He liked people. Loved them. He loved life. It wasn’t a chore to him, it was a privilege. His energy and perspective were inspiring. If a person did half ...

Time now for good old American skepticism

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Russian trolls who have worked to sow discord among Americans may be getting a good chuckle out of an announcement by Facebook. Officials at the widely used social media company say they will increase efforts to keep Facebook from being used as a propaganda weapon. Facebook will label ...

U.S. can’t afford to lose quantum computing race

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We Americans have a habit of bragging about our feats of technology. Our chief economic and military rivals — namely Russia and China — seldom do. They prefer to keep their secrets. No one in this country is certain, then, how far the state-controlled economies of those nations have gone ...

Executive orders need ongoing public scrutiny

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Former President Barack Obama’s abuse of executive orders to get his way when Congress refused to go along with him — or when he simply did not want the American people to know what he was doing — was wrong. President Donald Trump’s critics now point to the fact that his use of ...

Lawmakers must weigh solutions on vaping issue

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Last week, the Minnesota Department of Health reported two more Minnesotans died in September as a result of vaping-related injuries. This brings the number of vaping related deaths in the state to three. To date, according to the department, Minnesota has 73 patients classified as confirmed ...

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Women learn to hunt To the Editor: Martin County Pheasants Forever hosted a mentored “Women’s Learn to Hunt Class” on Oct 5-6. It began at the Fairmont Trap Club, with a classroom session, where the women learned safety, handling and proper gun fit. Next, the women had the chance to ...

Put on the hunting gear

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ST. PAUL Minnesota doesn’t close up shop as the leaves change colors — there is so much to be done as temperatures cool and the days grow shorter. Many Minnesotans across the state have been counting down the days to when they could break the blaze orange gear out of the closet, map out ...

Costs of drug crisis show human tragedy

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The standard measuring stick for determining the human cost of the drug abuse crisis tends to be the number of lives claimed by it — more than 70,000 annually in the United States. That exceeds the total number of U.S. deaths in the Vietnam War (58,220). But an estimate released a few days ...

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Building value soars While this year’s turmoil at Fairmont City Hall and in City Council chambers has roiled the city, local businesses and individuals have been putting their stamp on the year in a much different, much more positive way. They have been busy building. Fairmont economic ...

Property owners: Be sure to notice letter

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We hope Martin County residents took note this week of a significant message from County Assessor Mike Sheplee. He is in the process of mailing out 4,100 letters to every county residential taxpayer who does not have a homestead application on file. Those who do not file an application will see ...

Senators raise valid concern about U.S. role

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Encouraging people in pain to use opioids for relief if there are effective alternatives is, in a word, insane. Yet the federal government does just that, according to two U.S. senators from states hit hard by the drug abuse epidemic. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Sen. Jeanne ...

Don’t count on council coming to its senses

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Laying rotten eggs has become the new norm for the Fairmont City Council. It did so again Monday night when it could not find a way to agree on passing a tax abatement program to spur more multi-family housing in the city. The program would serve as incentive to developers, because ...