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June 9, 2012
Gary Andersen, Lee Smith

Celebrate IHD?today

Interlaken Heritage Days in Fairmont was dead and nearly buried earlier this year, but you'd never know it today as the event is back and better than ever.

We congratulate those diehard organizers who hung in there, and we thank the newcomers who volunteered to help out with the festival. It's nice that Fairmont has a summer fest, and it wouldn't be possible without people dedicated to the proposition.

We hope locals will step out and take in an event or two, or all of them, today. Head downtown to get started.

Preserving history

One great way to learn about history is to get it from the mouths of those who lived it. We commend the Pioneer Museum in Fairmont for beginning a project that involves recording the experiences of local and area veterans who served in wars from World War II, to Iraq and Afghanistan.

The museum is putting together a collection of veterans' stories. These can be valuable to historians, school children or museum visitors who may simply wish to look back.

Kudos to Martin County Historical Society for this project.

Seems like time to act

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker prevailed in a recall election fight this week. His victory is seen as a win for taxpayers in reining in the power and cost of public employee unions. We agree.

Other leaders in Midwestern states now feel empowered to take on the unions. There is talk among some lawmakers in Minnesota and Iowa that it is time to act. At the very least, Iowa and Minnesota should initiate reviews of how the two states compare to others in terms of salaries, benefits, pensions and mandatory union dues. If the tide is turning on this issue, states do not want to face costs that their neighbors do not.

Change happening here

Medicine is changing in America, so it's nice to know that a leader of change - Mayo Clinic Health System - isn't afraid to take on the challenge right here in town.

The medical center this week began its "hospitalist" model of care. It lets doctors at the clinic focus on seeing patients while other specialists take care of patients at the hospital. Clinic doctors do not have to try running back and forth.

We continue to wish Mayo well as it tries to transform health care delivery.



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