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I strongly felt that I needed to respond in defense of the wonderful men and women who have volunteered and are serving on the Destination Branding Committee for Luverne Initiatives for Tomorrow.  If you are a social media person (I admit that I am not), you probably have heard of the negative...
Voting is both a right and a privilege, but it’s also an important responsibility of every eligible citizen. The primaries are only a few weeks away, and the 2018 election season is shaping up to be a pivotal moment of changing leadership in many levels of government, so it’s never been more...
I’ve worked in schools for 30 years and every fall I am impressed and inspired by the energy of students when they come back to school. It’s an exciting time of year for the kids, for parents and for teachers. The theme for this school year is “Purpose, Passion, Pride … Making a Difference.”...
Thousands of preschool through 12th-grade students entered schools throughout the area this week. It’s a fresh start. A clean slate. A new way to start over with a positive focus on the tasks at hand. Most importantly, the new school year is a chance for young people to learn to communicate and...
What happens when mail comes late?  We found out a few years ago, when the postmaster general took away overnight first-class and periodicals mail from most of the nation. That caused problems for a lot of consumers and businesses. Late payments affect credit scores. Medicines mailed late could...
When Minnesota’s public schools open their doors for the 2017-18 school year in September, some students will learn more than just reading, writing and arithmetic. Students at Luverne Public Schools will learn skills that may be life-saving. Beginning this year, Luverne students and staff will be...
As you can tell, we have a drastically different front page this week for Minnesota Newspaper Week and the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s 150th  anniversary. The whole idea behind the mostly blank front page is to offer a sense of what it would be like without a local newspaper. I suspect a few...
"Always in Service" is the theme for the 2017 EMS Week, an annual celebration and recognition of EMS providers. Here's what I think "Always in Service" means to EMS organizations and individual EMS providers.   24/7 response capabilities EMS agencies — paid or volunteer, public or private — are...
Almost a year ago the Rock County Commissioners began talking about amending the county’s current tax abatement program to include new residential housing. The old program began almost 20 years ago as an incentive for business owners to move to or expand within the county boundaries. Since that...
This week is National Volunteer Recognition Week, and no one should be more excited about that than the people of Rock County. We have a whole lot to be proud of in our corner of the state, but our milestones and achievements wouldn’t have happened without generous donors and volunteers. In other...

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