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Without accountability, waste will keep coming

July 15, 2014 Estimates by federal agencies that they in effect threw away nearly $100 billion last year should infuriate taxpayers. It is our hard-earned money, after all. more »»

Easy question: Will VA bosses be disciplined?

July 14, 2014 Many people who work in the private sector would have no trouble answering a “what’s wrong with this picture” question about a Veterans Affairs Department official’s apology this week. more »»

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July 12, 2014 Investment in the future If American students can take up the mantle in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, they will enjoy fulfilling lives and careers, and help their... more »»

Sometimes, society seems to be in slow rot

July 11, 2014 The city of Blue Earth recently released some information related to the discipline of a police officer. more »»

How about funding ways to save low-cost energy?

July 10, 2014 President Barack Obama’s administration has slashed hundreds of millions of dollars out of research programs to find ways to burn coal more cleanly at power plant. more »»

Islamic terrorists don’t know they are ‘defeated’

July 9, 2014 Fifty-six people, most of them old women selling food to make money so they could eat, died when Boko Haram terrorists recently set off a bomb in a Nigerian marketplace. more »»

Regional board’s ruling should be overturned

July 8, 2014 National Labor Relations Board members have an opportunity to avoid making their agency look ridiculous, simple-minded and biased. They should take it. more »»

Local Editorials

July 6, 2014 Obama does what he wants; Congress shrugs Congress would not go along with President Barack Obama’s plan to close down coal-fired power plants and drive electricity prices up. more »»

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July 5, 2014 Abortions down in state Minnesota has again seen a decline in the number of abortions in the state. This year, the figure dropped below 10,000 for the first time since 1975. more »»

Supreme Court ruling offers common sense

July 3, 2014 Being in business does not need to mean compromising one’s morals, Supreme Court justices ruled Monday. That should be obvious, but it was not so to President Barack Obama’s administration. more »»

If Iraqi leaders are not serious, what can we do?

July 2, 2014 An example of what can happen when other countries become too reliant on the United States to defend them can be seen in Iraq. more »»

Border is secure? Are they sure about that?

July 1, 2014 A flood of thousands of Central American children who managed, sometimes alone, to sneak across the allegedly secure border between the U.S. more »»

'Terrorism' won't vanish if we refuse to use word

June 30, 2014 Boko Haram, in Nigeria, uses tactics such as surrounding churches, then burning them down to kill all insid. more »»

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June 28, 2014 Take in a local festival Area communities are putting on a show. Shows, actually. It’s the summer season and that means city and county celebrations are taking place. more »»

We doubt our allies, world have faith in us

June 27, 2014 Americans should be worried about the war in Iraq, for various reasons. One concern is that the Sunni army assaulting Iraq’s Shiite-controlled government may interrupt oil shipment. more »»

If city doesn’t need the land, why not sell?

June 26, 2014 Fairmont City Council dove into an interesting issue this week: what to do with small parcels of lakefront property that the city owns but that are maintained and used by citizens living nearby. more »»

Medtronic move shows U.S. in need of reforms

June 25, 2014 The chairman and CEO of Medtronic, Omar Ishrak, recently said the company is planning to spend $42.9 billion to acquire an Irish company that makes medical device. more »»

Spending, productivity lead to service cutbacks?

June 24, 2014 You may want to make that call or visit soon, before the Social Security Administration decides to close your local office. more »»

Local Editorials

June 22, 2014 Neat, simple idea gets no support from EPA Nature Conservancy scientists are collaborating with Dow Chemical Co. more »»

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June 21, 2014 They help out others A bad storm battered the Fairmont area this week, flooding basements, snapping trees and knocking out power. more »»



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