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Decision seemed sound

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton canceled all public school classes Monday. We don’t have a problem with that.

It was the first time in 17 years that a governor made this decision. Dayton was worried about dangerously cold temperatures.

The rare use of this power is an action that makes this statement: No school should risk children’s health, regardless of what any local official might believe.

The following day, Dayton relinquished control, back to local school superintendents. That too seemed just fine to us.

Traditions being saved

Kudos to the Fairmont Trap Club, which hosted its annual gun show last weekend at the Fairmont Armory. Events like these help support the American tradition of hunting and preservation of our Second Amendment rights.

The show attracted men, women, people of all ages and families. Children browsed the aisles with parents and grandparents.

We agree with the sentiments of the attendee who saw something good in young people being there. He said children need to learn about gun safety and respect for firearms. They also can begin their roles in maintaining family traditions.

Dayton faces re-election

It’s 2014, so Minnesotans will have some important decisions to make at the ballot box this fall. These include whether to re-elect Gov. Mark Dayton.

Dayton’s opponents point to his support of the national health care overhaul, for $2.1 billion in tax increases and for the Vikings stadium deal and its rocky financing. The governor can tout a good state economy and a declining jobless rate.

We think Dayton has questions to answer, but we also believe Republicans need to field a credible candidate who can ask them and offer a strong vision for the state. It will be an interesting race to watch.

A remarkable career

The Sentinel extends its thanks and congratulations to automotive sales icon Mel Carlson, who has sold his Chevrolet dealership in Truman and is moving on to retirement after nearly 60 years with the company.

Carlson enjoyed a career that spanned from the automotive golden era of the 1950s, to the troubled times of the 1970s, through the recent auto bailout, and right up to the present.

He says he will miss his customers and employees. We’re sure they will miss him in return. We wish Carlson the best as he enters a new chapter in his life.