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February 4, 2012
Gary Andersen, Lee Smith , Fairmont Sentinel

Corn Plus doing better

The Corn Plus ethanol plant in Winnebago has been in the news too much in recent years. The plant has faced scrutiny and fines for wastewater discharge and clean air violations. Reports of the violations seemed as regular as clockwork.

Today, Corn Plus apparently is doing better, and that's good. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says the plant has been making steady progress in curing its ills.

We commend Corn Plus for turning things around. We hope it does not slip back to its previous ways.

Tough, right decision

Armstrong-Ringsted moved ahead this week with plans to close its Ringsted building, given the district's recent signing of a sharing agreement with Sentral and North Kossuth.

A public meeting this week generated some questions about what will become of the Ringsted facility and its contents. But there was no great outcry against the closure. We assume citizens understood the inevitability of the decision.

The school board will officially vote to close the Ringsted building this month. We commend them for this tough but necessary action.

Theater needs funding

We know people love their movie theater in Sherburn. That is obvious in the commitment the town has made to the venue, along with the multiple ways in which it is used. Now the theater faces a big challenge, again.

A few years back, the theater needed a new projector. People responded with donations. Now, a digital projector must be acquired to keep pace with changes in the industry. The price tag??About $75,000.

Anyone who is a fan of the theater can help out by writing a check to:?Region Nine Area, Inc. and putting SATF on the memo line. Send checks to Bank Midwest, 33 N. Main St., Sherburn MN?56171.

Head out to caucuses

Minnesotans have the opportunity on Tuesday to have their say in who will represent the Republican Party in the 2012 presidential race. A non-binding straw poll will be taken at the party caucus, which in Martin County begins at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Fairmont.

We encourage citizens to take some time to visit the caucus and offer their input. If you are not inclined to vote Republican, the Democrats and Independence Party also are meeting that night, although they will not be conducting any voting in the presidential race.



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