Editorials

As we consider our shopping lists this Christmas, a look back at our most memorable gifts likely produces a pretty short list. Maybe it was a long-awaited Cabbage Patch doll or the coveted remote-control monster truck (that didn’t last until New Year’s Day). Stuff — even stuff given in the...
By Jane Wildung Lanphere Luverne Area Chamber Director   I find it kind of amazing how we are all getting “duped” into believing that online and big box store shopping are the most convenient and cheapest ways to shop.    A couple of weeks ago I had a phone call from a college friend who lives in a...
If poverty is to be ended in our community, the women are going to need a little help from the men. When the Blandin Foundation-sponsored Leaders Partnering to End Poverty (LPEP) group met for the first time Oct. 26, more than 40 women were in attendance — and one man.  One. Many men in this...
We’re proud of our schools and proud of our voters Luverne School District residents will vote Tuesday on a school referendum that asks two questions. The ballot questions ask voters to support a $16 million addition and renovation of the school facilities. The second question asks for approval for...
By Craig Oftedahl I hope local residents have had the time to find out more about the school board’s plan to reinvest in our schools. Early voting has been underway for more than a month now and Election Day on Nov. 7 is quickly approaching. The school board plan focuses on necessary improvements...
Domestic violence affects our future   By David Ewert When you ask children to think about their future, how do they respond? Some answer with their favorite profession, maybe a police officer, a professional athlete, or a doctor. Others might mention the family they hope to have, with kids and a...
Over the course of my teaching career, educational content and methods have evolved a lot, but unfortunately the Luverne Middle School/High School building has not kept up with the many changes. It is clear that the current middle school classrooms in particular are no longer adequate for the 21st-...
Nothing is more satisfying to an editor than reviewing a day’s edition — whether in print or digital format — and quietly proclaiming, “We connected with our readers.” A newspaper’s relationship with its readers is at the heart of National Newspaper Week. Newspapers, at their best, are stewards of...
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...

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