Et Cetera …

County OKs abatement

Faribault County commissioners this week approved a 12-year property tax abatement for StateLine Cooperative, which plans to build a grain facility near Guckeen.

The county’s decision is an economic development tactic meant to spur construction of the facility and give area farmers more options when it comes to selling their corn and soybeans.

We believe commissioners made the right choice. The county will take a medium-term hit in tax revenue, but it is not clear the project would have proceeded without the tax break for the company.

School sticks to policy

The Fairmont Area School Board this week stood behind its policy to not weight the grades of students enrolled in college courses. We believe the school’s reasoning makes sense.

There is nothing particularly special about basic college courses, as compared to some of the more rigorous academic programs that the school oversees. Those programs do offer weighted grades, boosting the grade-point averages of students who do well in these classes.

Students taking college courses may not earn higher GPAs, but they do get something else quite valuable: up to two years of college for free.

Hanson will be missed

We join those in the Blue Earth Area School District mourning the loss of school board member Vickie Hanson. She was a 12-year veteran of the board.

Among the tougher elected positions out there is school board member. There is so much state oversight of schools, along with state funding, that school boards tend to take the heat locally without really having much power to change things. That there are caring, dedicated citizens willing to fill these roles – because they want to do what they can – is to their credit. And so it was in Hanson’s case.

She was also a human being who will be missed by her family and friends. We offer them our condolences.