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Teachers deserve praise as well as more freedom

May 11, 2016 Along with the enormous rewards enjoyed by good school teachers comes terrible frustration. Many wish they could do more for their students. more »»

Report shows authority failing on basic oversight

May 9, 2016 Because terrorists have targeted subways several times in the past, security officials often pay special attention to that mode of transportation. more »»

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May 7, 2016 City’s rules are fair The city of Blue Earth has established a permit system for those who wish to drive golf carts, all-terrain vehicles, utility task vehicles or mini-trucks on city streets. more »»

Drug sentence proposal seems like fair way to go

May 6, 2016 A group of Minnesota county attorneys and law enforcement officials are calling for reduced prison sentences for many of the state’s drug offenders, in light of automatic sentence reductions set to... more »»

Commissioners didn’t spell out actual solution

May 5, 2016 Martin County commissioners did not exactly go out on a limb this week while discussing how to fund state road and bridge wor. more »»

It’s possible to be wise and kind-hearted too

May 4, 2016 We Americans have big hearts. They go out to people forced from their homes by vicious terrorists, including the Islamic State. But we have wide-open eyes and ears too. more »»

Why waste time only to reject ex-cons later?

May 3, 2016 Some employers have very good reasons for rejecting job applicants with criminal histories. For example, you probably don’t want your local police department offering jobs to convicted felons. more »»

Kids can’t sing? Where is the common sense?

May 2, 2016 “Common Sense,” written by one of the founding fathers, Thomas Paine, was something of a handbook for American colonists thinking of forming a new government in 1776. more »»

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April 30, 2016 Congrats to GHEC We congratulate Granada-Huntley-East Chain for being one of just 10 schools in southwest and south-central Minnesota that is partnering with the Perpich Center for Arts Education. more »»

State should let rural areas figure things out

April 29, 2016 Minnesota lawmakers agree that they want to get rural areas of the state connected to the Internet. Among other concerns are making sure rural schools have service. more »»

Good people working together to help kids

April 28, 2016 There are some really good-hearted businesses, organizations and people living in the Fairmont area. more »»

Are U.S. leaders ready for N. Korea’s actions?

April 27, 2016 North Korea clearly is working feverishly to increase its military capability and to heighten worry about it among other world leaders. more »»

House bill on freedom of speech sad to see

April 26, 2016 Many Americans probably believe the First Amendment is our ironclad guarantee of freedom of speech. more »»

Obama’s Cuban policy is not helping Cubans

April 25, 2016 When he changed U.S. policy toward Cuba in 2014, despite widespread opposition in Congress, President Barack Obama insisted his goal was to improve life for the people of that island country. more »»

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April 23, 2016 Transit report mixed We will be interested to see how the new Prairie Lakes Transit system fares a few months down the road. more »»

Now’s the time to offer input on more disc golf

April 21, 2016 The city of Fairmont is considering adding a third disc golf course to Cedar Creek Park, where the existing two courses make the park one of the best sites in the state to play the sport. more »»

Congress still doling out pork barrel projects

April 20, 2016 Remember when Congress said it was eliminating earmark spending? Absurd wastes of taxpayer money through pork barrel projects were going to be a thing of the past. Not so fas. more »»

Garland should not be on court in any case

April 19, 2016 Whether they refuse to even consider him or hold hearings on his nomination, U.S. senators should not place federal Judge Merrick Garland on the Supreme Court. more »»

EPA’s double standards should not be allowed

April 18, 2016 When the tables are turned, the U.. more »»



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