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Veterans Administration needs complete review

May 21, 2014 No doubt some defenders of the federal bureaucracy will use an old last-ditch defense against allegations the Veterans Administration is endangering the health of many men and women who have served... more »»

World should unite to eradicate Boko Haram

May 20, 2014 It took headlines about nearly 300 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls for the U.S. to offer that country help in fighting the Boko Haram terrorists responsible. more »»

IRS harasses citizens, then falls down on job

May 19, 2014 The Earned Income Tax Credit can be a blessing to low-income families. It also has been a bonanza for tax cheats — and the Internal Revenue Service cannot seem to stop the. more »»

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May 17, 2014 New cameras for buses Fairmont Area Schools is teaming up with Minnesota Motor Bus to equip all route buses with security cameras next fall. The new equipment will include audio capability. more »»

Four-day school week has fallen short of goal

May 16, 2014 The Minnesota Department of Education is calling a halt to the experiment with four-day school weeks. more »»

We hope both sides understand situation

May 15, 2014 The CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System came to the Fairmont City Council meeting this week to talk about improving the local medical center’s relationship and reputation in the community. more »»

Amid ‘alternative’ craze, why not fund clean coal?

May 14, 2014 It makes no sense for the U.S. government to be concentrating on ways to stop use of our most plentiful, economical source of energy — coal — instead of finding better ways to benefit from it. more »»

Americans in dark on EPA policy, decisions

May 13, 2014 Science, not politics, guides environmental policy in his administration, President Barack Obama insists. No, it does not. The point was reinforced last wee. more »»

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May 10, 2014 Big burden on business The problem with the “women’s employment rights bill” making its way through the Minnesota Legislature is that it would hurt flexibility as businesses try to accomplish their... more »»

Citizens need to know about these matters

May 9, 2014 We have lamented the fact before but it remains ridiculous that taxpayers — the bosses of public employees — cannot find out why those employees may be facing scrutiny. more »»

Schools must be able to exercise discretion

May 8, 2014 A pair of local school superintendents — from Blue Earth Area and Fairmont Area Schools — recently weighed in on the issue of weapons policies in their districts. more »»

Senate should take action to thwart Obama

May 6, 2014 U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. more »»

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May 3, 2014 Can’t support ordinance Fairmont City Council approved a rental ordinance this week, over the objections of landlord. more »»

Lawmakers rightly OK online registration site

May 2, 2014 Minnesota lawmakers this week passed and Gov.?Mark Dayton signed a bill to preserve an online voter registration system. more »»

Campaign donations are free speech, period

May 1, 2014 The state of Minnesota has rules related to campaign finance that can only be described as onerous. They violate what is a clear right to free speech, as defined by the U.S. Supreme Court. more »»

School board decision lacked common sense

April 30, 2014 In the past we have objected to the lack of common sense in cases of school discipline and “zero tolerance” policies for drugs or weapons. more »»

U.S. manufacturing needs low-cost energy

April 29, 2014 Perhaps the most important report on the U.S. economy in years was released last week by a private consulting company. more »»

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April 26, 2014 Change, opportunity State demographer Susan Brower visited Blue Earth this week to discuss the shifting nature of the population, as in Faribault County, which is shrinking and growing older. more »»

Both sides have points about police lobbying

April 24, 2014 There was an interesting exchange this week at the Minnesota Capitol in regard to the power and influence that law enforcement has as a lobbying group. more »»



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