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June 20, 2015 Mayo opens its doors Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont had a great idea that it made real this week: open its doors and allow guests to get a behind-the-scenes look at the medical center. more »»

Skeptics, critics need to take in whole story

June 19, 2015 We have noticed over the years that no matter what development actually occurs in Fairmont, many people remain dissatisfied with the city’s efforts in the proces. more »»

Even special session came with showdowns

June 18, 2015 Special legislative sessions in Minnesota are becoming so common they should be called “extra sessions” — there’s not much special about them. more »»

About time: House using power of purse

June 17, 2015 Members of Congress fed up with Barack Obama’s imperial presidency finally have decided to use the one tool they have to compel his administration to at least cooperate with Congres. more »»

Freedom of information doesn’t seem to exist

June 16, 2015 President Barack Obama’s administration, which he promised in 2009 would be the most transparent in history, instead is on track to set new records for concealing information. more »»

Laws, not presidents, are supposed to rule

June 15, 2015 A critical case involving the national health care law “probably shouldn’t even have been taken up” by the Supreme Court, President Barack Obama said this week. more »»

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June 13, 2015 Fairgrounds plays host We would be remiss not to mention the great work being done by the Martin County Fair board of directors in making and keeping the fairgrounds a friendly and viable facility... more »»

Lawmakers, governor just need to get it done

June 12, 2015 It sounds like the Minnesota Legislature’s latest special session should be starting soon. Gov. Mark Dayton announced Wednesday that the basic agreements have been reached. more »»

City Council opts to allow Class 2 ATV use

June 11, 2015 The Fairmont City Council this week turned aside a proposed ordinance to regulate the use of a new class of all-terrain vehicles on city streets. more »»

Social Security has to start doing better

June 10, 2015 $17 billion is a drop in the bucket compared to the long-term fiscal challenges facing the Social Security progra. more »»

FBI spying on people without getting warrants?

June 9, 2015 Claims of “black helicopters” spying on us for the government are not just wild conspiracy theories, it turns out. more »»

Hundreds of millions wasted on screenings

June 8, 2015 Most of us who have traveled by air over the past 13 years have experienced the inconvenience of dealing with Transportation Security Administration screenings, random searches and regulations. more »»

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June 6, 2015 Be fair but consistent County ditch systems exist to serve landowners. They carry away excess water that would otherwise harm the ability to grow crops. more »»

News from insurers should force reforms

June 5, 2015 Health insurance is going to cost a lot more for many Americans, thanks in large measure to the president who said he had the answer to providing more people with health care insurance while... more »»

Further study, analysis needed on surface waters

June 4, 2015 We might suggest that an environmental study about surface waters in Minnesota released this week should raise questions rather than alarm bells. more »»

Congress must review new NSA regulations

June 3, 2015 Intelligence agencies want unfettered authority to invade our privacy. It is in the very nature of spying organizations such as the National Security Agency. more »»

U.S. energy policy must change with the times

June 2, 2015 Oil and natural gas are being used as geopolitical weapons like never before in history. Russia’s Vladimir Putin has become perhaps the world’s most skillful, effective practitioner. more »»

Americans forced into giving IRS information

June 1, 2015 Thieves stole about $5.8 billion from the Internal Revenue Service in 2013, by taking tax refunds due to people whose personal information they used to make the claims. more »»

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May 30, 2015 Saving veterans’ stories Interesting and important stories from the nation’s veterans are being preserved right here in Fairmont. more »»

Time for United States to reassess Iraq fight

May 29, 2015 Defense Secretary Ashton Carter’s assessment of why the Islamic State terrorist army took Ramadi — “the Iraqi forces just showed no will to fight” —probably destroyed his popularity in Baghdad. more »»



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