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January 21, 2012
Gary Andersen, Lee Smith , Fairmont Sentinel

County opts for 'Code Red'

Martin County commissioners this week gave the go-ahead for the Sheriff's Office to begin using the Code Red notification system. It allows citizens to receive notice by phone call, email, text or fax when there are severe weather warnings.

People will be able to sign up online for the notices. Citizens will receive the information as quickly as police and the media.

Given people's increasing reliance on electronic communications, we believe this system will help save lives.

Blue Earth hires chief

Kudos to Blue Earth City Council, which this week ratified Mayor Rob Hammond's choice of police chief. Ongoing questions about the fuure of the police department had bogged down the council and dispirited the police department for months.

We congratulate the new chief, Tom Fletcher, who has been with the department for 13 years. He and the council are now talking about the best ways to proceed forward, including discussions about how many new officers to hire. We believe the department is in good hands.

Ag program possible

Although Fairmont Area Schools finds itself in a financial pickle, it may soon be able to add an agriculture program, thanks to the efforts of local group.

People involved in the local ag community have been working on a plan to reinstate FFA at the school. It has been 25 years since FFA existed at Fairmont Area. The ag group believes fund-raising could create a self-sustaining ag program. It plans to discuss its ideas with the school board on Tuesday.

We wish everyone involved the best of luck in moving ahead and fine-tuning this proposal.

Issue grows complex

The deeper the state of Minnesota gets involved in trying to find a way to help build a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings, the more complex the whole problem seems. Gov. Mark Dayton said this week there are lingering questions hanging over the stadium issue related to possible sites.

We have to agree. The Vikings favor a site that is not feasible financially. And the team is lukewarm about downtown Minneapolis sites, which have problems all their own.

The Legislature will soon meet to address this issue, but it cannot approve a plan that doesn't exist.



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