Et Cetera …

This really looks bad

Like a ride at the fair, a proposed land swap between the city of Blue Earth and the Faribault County Fair Board just keeps going round and round. This week, the city rejected a fair board plan. Last month, it was the other way around.

The land swap makes a great deal of sense. It would put fairgrounds land in the fair board’s hands; it would put land near the Green Giant statue under the city’s control.

The ongoing failure to work out a deal epitomizes smalltown small-mindedness.

Raceway season on

Fairmont Raceway is back in business. It was announced this week that Al and Becky Thoreson have been hired to work as promoters at the track. That means there will be a 2013 racing season, something that was in doubt for several months.

We hope the Thoresons can bring back some enthusiasm and crowds to the track. We hope drivers and fans are ready to give them a shot to show what they can do.

The Thoresons say area businesses have been stepping up to help. That’s a great start for the new regime.

Are you in the Top 20?

“Top 20”?training returned to Fairmont this week. A group of 20-plus local businesses is sponsoring the workshops, which put a focus on getting people – students, parents, business owners, employees, families, citizens in general – to take a different approach in their thinking. The lessons are basic, but they are excellent reminders of how to approach life in one’s own mind, and in dealing with others.

The end goal is to transform Fairmont into the first “Top 20” community in the nation. That holds out great promise for the future of various successes here.

Program brought back

Kudos to the local organizers who have worked diligently to bring back Special Olympics to Martin County. This is an important program to many people with disabilities.

The group plans its first event – track and field – for May 5.

Anyone interested in volunteering or participating in Special Olympics may contact James Miller at (507) 848-0224, or email, or visit