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January 16, 2016 Great kids, great deeds Fairmont has some outstanding kids. As evidenced by the variety show held Wednesday for the benefit of the Kids Against Hunger food pack to be held in February. more »»

Development efforts proved solid in 2015

January 15, 2016 Economic development is a tricky thing. It’s part proactive planning, part thoughtful execution and part good luck. more »»

Branstad’s plan would over-complicate things

January 14, 2016 As Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad promotes with his agenda to put more money into K-12 education and improve water quality in the state, we’re not sure he has found the winning formula. more »»

‘Fracking’ report was pretty clear in findings

January 13, 2016 Whether the science on energy-related issues is settled apparently depends on whether it is politically correct. more »»

‘End-of-life’ counseling shows up in Medicare

January 12, 2016 Millions of older people who rely on Medicare will find the health care program is different this year. Several changes have been made to reduce costs and allegedly improve quality. more »»

Obama’s abuses not stopped by Congress

January 11, 2016 Members of Congress do not always get it right. But our system of government mandates that when corrections need to be made, they will be up to voters at the ballot box or, occasionally, the courts. more »»

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January 9, 2016 Working things out Minnesota state lawmakers finally seem to be getting on the same page. On Friday, Gov. more »»

‘BizPitch’ could help local entrepreneurs

January 8, 2016 We’re sure many people in the Fairmont area have considered opening their own business. Maybe they have a good idea, or think they have one that needs further development. more »»

Minnesotans will suffer from another standoff

January 7, 2016 Politicians, it seems, cannot agree on anything, as demonstrated by the lack of cooperation between Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and House Speaker Kurt Daudt on Wednesday. more »»

Presidents, Congress failing nation on debt

January 6, 2016 No nation on earth has a battle tank capable of matching the U.S. M1 Abrams. It is simply unbeatable on combat. more »»

Great New Year for America’s creditors

January 5, 2016 Among America’s creditors, 2016 promises to be a good new year indeed. Our national debt will top $19 trillion sometime during the year. more »»

Another year goes by as reforms still languish

January 4, 2016 Another year goes by as reforms still languish Another year has come and gone with neither Congress nor the White House doing anything to ensure Social Security is viable for future generations. more »»

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January 2, 2016 Thanks, Judge Walker We extend our thanks and congratulations to Judge Robert Walker, who is stepping down from the bench in Martin County after serving 26 years as the leader of the court system. more »»

On New Year’s Eve: Please be safe tonight

December 31, 2015 If the trend during recent years holds true tonight, about 156 Americans will not live to see daylight on New Year’s Day. Please, don’t be among them. more »»

Can energy outlook get worse? It sure can

December 30, 2015 With President Barack Obama gloating over his success — he, at least, calls it that — at the Paris climate change conference, it may be easy for people to wonder how the energy outlook for us could... more »»

Islamic-based terror larger than one group

December 29, 2015 Islamic-based terror larger than one group At least President Barack Obama no longer is talking in terms of “containing” Islamic State terrorists. more »»

Please remember those in need throughout year

December 28, 2015 Please remember those in need throughout year Another Christmas is history. Once again our compassionate region has worked something of a miracle for our less fortunate neighbors. more »»

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December 26, 2015 WFS works out merger We congratulate WFS of Truman on the merger announced this week with Central Valley Cooperative of Owatonna. more »»

Obamacare is a flop, in every way possible

December 24, 2015 By the millions, Americans are passing judgment on Obamacare — by staying as far away from it as they can get. That should tell Congress something. more »»

AP investigation shows power grid is vulnerable

December 23, 2015 What if you flipped the switch some evening and the lights did not come on? Worse, what if the temperature outside was below zero and the furnace would not work? It happens, almost always because of... more »»



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