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February 25, 2012
Gary Andersen, Lee Smith , Fairmont Sentinel

IHD back on the agenda

Thanks to a new group of volunteers stepping forward, the Interlaken Heritage Days festival is back on in Fairmont. The event will take place June 9.

Earlier this year, the two remaining organizers of IHD?announced they could not put together the festival on their own, and they announced its cancellation. That news created some community angst, and prompted new helpers to step forward.

Anyone else interested in helping out with IHD can attend a meeting 5:30 p.m. Monday at St. John's United Church of Christ, 301 N. Main St.

Too much fear involved

We're glad that the committee raising funds for a new ag program at Fairmont Area Schools took some time recently to answer questions from school staff. These kinds of meetings can highlight concerns that may not have been considered previously.

However, another aspect of the meeting revealed a too-fearful attitude on the part of some staff about the possible ag program. We don't like the idea of public school employees trying to rain on a community-organized effort that will be privately funded. Their fears should be shelved.

Future has to be better

The future of the Prairieland refuse-derived fuel plant in Truman remains uncertain. It is not clear that the facility's plans to focus on refuse-derived fuel will be a financial success. However, it does seem to us that Prairieland's winding down of its compost operations is a good step forward.

Prairieland was built as a compost facility, tasked with the job of turning Martin and Faribault County garbage into a useful product. That never happened, as the public didn't want the stuff. Now, finally, after 20 years of red ink, the plant is headed in a new direction. That is something, at least.

They need another year?

A pipeline moratorium in Faribault County has run its one-year course. Now, commissioners are considering a renewal. Why? Because the county has not been able to come up with a wastewater discharge ordinance in the past year. Why? Because there are no similar ordinances elsewhere to use as a guideline. That should tell the county something about what it is doing.

There already are laws in place to prohibit businesses and individuals from polluting the environment. We don't understand why Faribault County wants to add a layer of redundancy and make doing business more difficult.



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