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Appeals Court should rectify earlier decision

August 5, 2015 In early June, a panel of judges in the U.S. more »»

Zimbabwe needs to take a look in the mirror

August 4, 2015 Cecil, the lion killed illegally in Zimbabwe by an American dentist, will not have died in vain if what happened to him draws attention to the threat of extinction of his kind. more »»

Congress, president fall short on ivory trade

August 3, 2015 An ongoing environmental disaster has not received appropriate attention from world leaders, including both Republican and Democrat presidents and members of Congress in the United States. more »»

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August 1, 2015 Kids celebrate ‘Heroes’ Kids love action and heroes, and they get excited about meeting and interacting with them. So the “Hero Celebration” this week in Fairmont was a great success. more »»

N. Korea demonstrates what Iran could be like

July 31, 2015 A preview of one potential scenario for a Middle East including a nuclear-armed Iran is being provided just a few time zones away, in North Korea. There, U.. more »»

Society disarms victims, then laments shootings

July 30, 2015 A group of Republican lawmakers in Minnesota are advocating a bill that would allow active duty members of the military and National Guard to carry weapons without permits, given recent attacks on... more »»

No pact means war? But it could lead to war

July 29, 2015 White House political aides are doing an excellent job of fear-mongering to convince members of Congress to support the proposed nuclear arms deal with Iran. more »»

Sometimes getting what you want isn’t that great

July 28, 2015 It is likely that soon, thousands of fast-food restaurant workers in New York will have a personal understanding of the warning, “Be careful what you wish for. You may get it. more »»

Congress has work to do on Ex-Im Bank bill

July 27, 2015 Members of Congress are being pressured by President Barack Obama to reauthorize the U.S. Export-Import Bank — but they should refuse to do so on the White House’s terms. more »»

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July 25, 2015 Name park for Pierce When Fairmont tore down its old water plant, it created a park. Which then needed a name, which the Park Board sought through an online survey. more »»

Transit routes are questionable, at best

July 24, 2015 Faribault-Martin County Transit Service is a good idea. It creates efficiencies and opens up possibilities for new services. It also comes with this nice reality: A combined cost of $1.4 million. more »»

Report should tell us: Fund other priorities

July 23, 2015 We suppose we respect Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton’s tenacity. We just hope and expect that his Republican opponents will continue to match it. more »»

Islamic terrorists are using human ‘drones’

July 22, 2015 Islamic terrorists in the Middle East may not have an armada of drone aircraft at their disposal, but they kill by remote control just as effectively — perhaps more so — as the U.S. military. more »»

Issue is drug trafficking; bias is a different matter

July 21, 2015 Law enforcement officers and officials, along with the prosecutors and judges who deal with those they arrest, should discriminate against people only on the basis of the crimes they commi. more »»

Not enough money? IRS isn’t being truthful

July 20, 2015 Taxpayers were not given good service by the government tax agency this year, officials admit. Advocates for the Internal Revenue Service blame — you guessed it — budget cuts. more »»

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July 18, 2015 Welcome, Dr. Nissen Fairmont Opera House is a one-of-a-kind facility, one that the community is blessed to hav. more »»

Seems clear: Lawsuit tries to save union jobs

July 17, 2015 Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is under fire for closing two state-run mental health centers. A public employee union and Democratic lawmakers filed suit this week trying to force re-openings. more »»

Fairmont earns title of ‘Bookend Community’

July 16, 2015 Fairmont does so much right when it comes to early childhood educatio. more »»

U.S. Army troop cuts should be re-examined

July 15, 2015 “I believe that where we are now is about as low as we can go,”?Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno told reporters in May, during a discussion of that service branch’s staffing level. more »»

Amid data breach, feds failed to offer information

July 14, 2015 A company that kept information about a massive theft of personal information from its customers secret would be raked over the coals mercilessly by federal officials. more »»



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