Editorials

Marking one year until Census Day 2020, Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan joined the co-chairs of the Minnesota Complete Count Committee to kick off Minnesota’s “We Count” Census campaign on Monday, April 1. The campaign brings together a statewide coalition of counties, cities, nonprofits...
Have you read a newspaper lately? Was it your local newspaper? Was it in print or online? I’m fortunate to have a daily, regional newspaper delivered to my door every day. I also have two neighboring community newspapers delivered weekly. Why do I spend this money? It is my connection to my...
Farmers and ranchers are the backbone of America. They grow food to feed us, fiber to clothe us, and fuel to run our homes and cars. Their hard work and dedication provide economic stability across the nation — stability that supports rural economies and creates much-needed jobs in local...
Sunshine Week is a national initiative spearheaded by the American Society of News Editors to educate the public about the importance of open government and the dangers of excessive and unnecessary secrecy For government to be of, by and for the people, it must be out in front of the people. The...
When I first came to Congress, my No. 1 ask was to be on the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee. The reason was simple: I wanted to work on behalf of the communities and people of rural Minnesota It's no secret that Minnesota farmers have had a rough couple of years and are facing...
Question: In the past few weeks, I noticed a major increase in the number of crashes due to slippery roads. Can you explain the importance of driving with due care and what troopers are seeing? Answer: The Minnesota State Patrol has been extremely busy this winter responding to crashes and calls...
By Jane Wildung Lanphere Luverne Area Chamber director Knowledge is said to be the key to success. As far back as 1597, Sir Francis Bacon coined the phrase, ”Knowledge is power,” in his book, “Meditationes Sacrae and Human Philosophy.” Today more than ever, the same is true. Learning and knowing...
Construction update, weather woes and prom   By Craig Oftedahl, Luverne Schools Superintendent  The much-anticipated building project for Luverne School District is just around the corner. The first three items that will be worked on starting March 5 include a new electrical panel in the basement...
Southwest Youth Services, Magnolia, employs 40 people full and part-time. Staff members on hand for the photograph Friday, Feb. 1, include (front, from left) line staff Craig Lovett, line staff, teachers Christine Lovett and Dawn Wojciechowski, group leader Dennis Wojciechowski, (back) business manager Amber Shaw, program director Jeremy Hough, line staff Kent Davis, records manager Renee Dibbern, food service manager Kerassia Aslanoglou, facility manager Dale Auch and executive director Don Johnson.
Southwest Youth Services, Magnolia, shares message with community In a world of uncertainty, our students can be certain of warm shelter, nourishing food, good health and consistent learning while they’re in our care … thanks to community support   Guest opinion By Carole Naasz, Southwest Youth...
January is Poverty Awareness Month   Guest editorial By Marie Atkinson Smeins. Luverne, on behalf of #Luv1LuvAll Did you know? •The percentage of people in Rock County who are currently living at or below the federal poverty guidelines is 920. •A single adult wage earner with two children needs to...

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