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We would say wage hike goes overboard

April 16, 2014 Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has signed the Minimum Wage bill passed by the Democrats in the Legislature. more »»

High school stabbing didn’t have telltale signs

April 15, 2014 Sometimes it must seem to the public that the more researchers learn about homicidal teenagers, the less we really know. more »»

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April 12, 2014 Cameras would help From the sound of things, Fairmont Area Schools will be getting a bargain if it spends its share — $11,000 — of the cost to put in security cameras on the buses its students ride. more »»

We hope police, citizens can find common ground

April 11, 2014 We believe there is a potential for conflict in Fairmont over the future of the police department, with ramifications involving crime levels, response times, recruiting officers and public... more »»

What in the world is Speaker talking about?

April 10, 2014 Here is what Minnesota House of Representatives Speaker Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis, said this week in regard to the state possibly raising its minimum wage: “No Minnesotan should have to work a... more »»

Obama’s priorities will hurt environmental cause

April 9, 2014 Clean water and effective sewage treatment are serious, immediate environmental concerns for tens of millions of Americans in rural areas and small towns where funds for such purposes are limited. more »»

Germany serves as example on coal issue

April 8, 2014 It is appropriate that a major conference on climate change — and what to do about it — is being held this week in Berlin. more »»

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April 5, 2014 We’re still skeptical We still aren’t big fans of the city of Fairmont’s proposed rental ordinance. We don’t understand the push for it, nor see the purported benefits. more »»

Office project should be discussed further

April 4, 2014 Last year, in the waning moments of the Minnesota legislative session, as the state tax bill was heading for final approval, Senate Democrats stuck in a $90 million project that had nothing to do... more »»

We elect lawmakers to decide these issues

April 3, 2014 We suppose it is possible for state lawmakers to simply pass on every important decision they should make to the voters. But this is hardly the best way to run a representative democrac. more »»

Veterans deserve more attention from agency

April 2, 2014 Veterans Administration officials insist they are making progress in reducing the time those who have served our country in uniform must wait for decisions on disability benefits. more »»

Rule of law supposed to apply to everyone

April 1, 2014 It should be clear to Americans that President Barack Obama’s opinion is that the law is what he and he alone says it is — even if it encourages wholesale slaughter of bald eagles, the nation’s... more »»

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March 29, 2014 We support El Agave We share the sentiments of those who hope customers will not hold a grudge against El Agave restaurant in downtown Fairmont. more »»

Political stunt could endanger voting rights

March 28, 2014 Voting and being able to hold public office are cornerstones of our democracy. People should not lose these rights except when they commit treason or serious criminal offenses. more »»

Fairmont Area offers good, creative proposal

March 27, 2014 In any industry in the United States, there are a variety of responses to market conditions. more »»

Lawmakers shouldn’t be immune from DWIs

March 26, 2014 The current legislative session is supposed to be an “Un-Session,” according to Gov. Mark Dayton, a chance to clean up obsolete, confusing and redundant laws on the books. more »»

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March 22, 2014 Movies back in town With the official opening of the new Fairmont movie theater, we again extend our thanks and congratulations to the city of Fairmont and theater proprietor Todd Frage. more »»

Tough drug enforcement has offered so-so results

March 21, 2014 Minnesota lawmakers are working on a bill that targets the sale of synthetic drugs in the state. more »»

Probably best now to put in irrigation system

March 20, 2014 Even strong opponents of government action and interventions can be mollified if the government in question can deliver a needed service in a quality manner. more »»

Toothless U.S. foreign policy clearly exposed

March 18, 2014 By an overwhelming margin, voters in the Crimea region of Ukraine agreed Sunday to separate and establish an independent nation. more »»



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