Editorials

The county fair is one of those events that seem to go off every year without a hitch and without much effort. Most of us arrive at the grounds, eat some cotton candy and funnel cakes, look at the bunnies and the cows, take in a grandstand event (or two) and go home thinking, “That was fun.” What...
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...
Following China’s announcement of a proposed 25 percent tariff on imported U.S. soybeans, the American Soybean Association (ASA) issued a statement about the escalation of a trade war with the largest customer of U.S. soybeans and calls on the White House to reconsider the tariffs that led to this...
Guest editorial by U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar The Fourth of July is about the patriots who risked everything to establish a new nation based on life, liberty and equality. And on this anniversary of our nation’s independence, there’s no better time to honor those who continue to defend and serve...
Anyone who’s been paying attention in neighborhoods around Luverne and communities in Rock County this week may have noticed something encouraging. Teenagers are busy doing the right thing for the sake of doing the right thing. How cool is that? Truth be told, they may have needed gentle nudges (or...
By Myron Frans, Commissioner of Management and Budget With the stroke of his pen, Gov. Mark Dayton signed the final bill of his administration on May 31, reinforcing the 2018 legislative session as one in support of public servants.  The Pension Reform Bill eliminated $3.4 billion of the state’s...
This week we bid farewell to Sister Mariella Hinkly who died Thursday, June 7, at the age of 95. She hasn’t lived in Luverne for over 10 years, but her legacy lives on in Luverne’s historic Victorian home on North Freeman Street. Mariella was a tiny woman with a tiny voice and really tiny...
By Jane Wildung Lanphere, Luverne Chamber director Recent data shows a movement away from the large coastal cities as Millennials tend to look for affordable single-family homes and a family-friendly lifestyle. The number of rural home mortgages has increased for the last five years, where data...
Over the past several months, more than two-dozen local volunteers have been grappling with the concept of poverty in our community. We’re a community abundant with blessings and with generous people, but poverty does exist, and those in its grips are in a daily struggle to escape it. What we’ve...
This week, May 6-12, is Drinking Water Week, which recognizes the critical role drinking water plays in our daily lives. The theme for the week is “Protect the Source,” which encourages people to learn more about their drinking water sources and why protecting them is critical to our health....

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