Editorials

County committees are vital to USDA – Vote today!   By Joe Martin, State Executive Director, Minnesota Farm Service Agency Farmers and ranchers, it’s that time of year again. The 2018 Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) county committee elections are officially underway and we’re asking for your help....
Get out and socialize Doctor advocates for more education during caregiver awareness month November is National Family Caregiver Awareness Month, a time to recognize thousands of Minnesotans across the state who dedicate time, money and energy to caring for family members and friends, and to offer...
Study shows younger voters are better at fact versus opinion; we all need to vote smarter Some people say wisdom comes with age, but sometimes with age comes being stuck in our ways. A recent Pew Research Center study shows Americans age 50 and older have a difficult time distinguishing facts from...
Teens driving with teens increases risk for everyone on the road   Parents need to be engaged during the dangerous learning-to-drive process   By Dr. David Yang, Director, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety Teen drivers can increase the risk for everyone on the roadway, especially if they are...
By Tom Landwehr I love to hunt pheasants. Walking through the grasslands, watching the passion of hunting dogs pursue a rooster, busting birds out of heavy cover, and seeing autumn turn to winter – these are experiences that rejuvenate my spirit. The opening of the 2018 pheasant season is a very...
We all make bad choices at some time or another. We’re human. If we’re fortunate, the consequences of bad choices are limited to our own bruised egos, and if we’re smart we learn from mistakes and vow to do better. But sometimes a casual mistake can have devastating, life-altering consequences as...
by Lizabeth Stahl U of M Extension Although conditions were already soggy from rain showers over the past several days, a significant storm front tore across southern Minnesota Thursday, dropping anywhere from 0.5 to over 3 inches of rain across the region.  For the month of September to date, many...
By Jane Wildung-Lanphere, Luverne Area Chamber Director With the development of the Luverne LOOP over the last five years, the CVB recognizes that Luverne will have the potential to be a family biking destination. With the LOOP completed and connected to the Blue Mounds Trail, our community will...
Guest editorial, By Michael Walgrave, Rock County SWCD Engineering Technician My Grandpa Anders used to wonder, “When you dig a hole, put a post in it and then fill the hole back in, why is there never enough dirt to fill the hole?” This puzzled both of us for years. It wasn’t until a few years...
By Katie Baustian Luverne School Board Chairman As of Thursday, Aug. 23, the Luverne School Board voted to reject all the bids for the project and go out for new bids. The bids came in $3 million over budget, and that was a number the board was not comfortable trying to “value engineer” away. Three...

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