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June 2, 2012
Gary Andersen, Lee Smith , Fairmont Sentinel

Good group needs help

Martin County Humane Society does a lot of good work trying to save unwanted pets and finding them new homes. The shelter also serves as the county pound, taking in all strays. All of this creates space constraints at the shelter. As the Humane Society tries to expand its facility in Fairmont, financial worries compound the headaches.

We hope area citizens will consider contributing to the Humane Society's building fund. The group is trying to raise about $50,000. Donations can be made at Profinium, or dropped off at the shelter.

Preserve shoreland

The best way to preserve lake quality and shoreland is to turn to natural solutions, such as plantings along the shore to preserve it from crashing waves, and to keep harmful pollutants from making their way into lakes from lawns.

We encourage those interested in doing the right thing to attend a June 13-14 workshop in Fairmont about lakeshore restoration. The class will address what to plant, how much, in what configuration, and where to find seeds.

Anyone interested in the workshop must contact Martin Soil and Water Conservation District by 5 p.m. Monday at (507) 235-6680.

City tackles eyesores

Kudos to Blue Earth City Council members for putting their feet down when it comes to abandoned, dilapidated buildings. The council moved this week to force an owner of a building at 119 N. Main St. to clean up the property or demolish it. The site isn't just an eyesore, it's a potential safety hazard.

The council also is moving ahead on a trio of properties at 126, 128 and 130 S. Main St. The city would like to see the abandoned buildings put to use or renovated. Right now, they sit empty year after year and slowly decline. The council is right to keep pursuing the matter.



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