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December 22, 2012
Gary Andersen, Lee Smith , Fairmont Sentinel

Police, school plan

We appreciate the planning and public relations put in by the Fairmont Police Department and Fairmont Area Schools this week. Officials met (again) to talk about school security, this time in wake of the deadly school shooting in Connecticut.

Police officers visited local schools first thing this week to reassure students. Fairmont also is lucky to have a police liaison officer at the junior/senior high.

Anything can happen anywhere in the country, as the Connecticut shooting shows. Being prepared matters, even if it is highly unlikely that a given school will be victimized.

Project could cut costs

We are impressed by the pilot project happening in Truman, where the Public Utilities supervisor is designing a solar panel system for a customer. The intent is to reduce power drawn during peak times.

Truman is battling the highest demand rates in southern Minnesota, due to charges for electricity and its transmission. The object of the project is to see if residents can lower their demand during peak use hours, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. If so, residents will benefit, because everyone is charged for the peak rate, even if they aren't using lots of power.

Police join program

Kudos to Fairmont Police Department for getting involved in the "Shop with a Cop" program. It pairs police officers with local youth, helping the kids shop for family members.

The Police Officer Association donated funds and officers donated time to the cause. Officers picked up the kids from their homes and took them to Walmart, where each child received a $75 gift card to buy presents for family.

Underneath the shopping, the day featured mentoring, staying within a budget and creating good memories.

Young people inspire

We want to congratulate some young people in the area for contributing to the feeling and charity of the holiday season.

Boy Scout Isaac Landsteiner organized showings of "It's a Wonderful Life" at the Fairmont Opera House as a way to help raise funds for Heaven's Table Food Shelf.

Meanwhile, students at St. James Lutheran School in Northrop put in time and effort to make pillowcase dresses to donate to the Orphan Grain Train, which helps those in need in the United States and around the world.

These projects are inspiring to us all.



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