Editorials

Voting is both a right and a privilege, but it’s also an important responsibility of every eligible citizen. This election season is shaping up to be a pivotal moment of changing leadership in many levels of government, from township halls to the White House, so it’s never been more important to...
Whether it’s just walking across the street to the school bus or young adults experimenting with alcohol for the first time at college, parents need to talk with their children about the dangers that lie ahead during the school year. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety has compiled a list of...
Standing beside Lake Itasca, where the Mississippi River begins its 2,350-mile journey to the Gulf of Mexico, Gov. Mark Dayton kicked off a “Year of Water Action” in Minnesota. He urged businesses, the agricultural industry, outdoor enthusiasts, communities and families to take action to conserve...
Thumbs up — to Ferrellgas for beginning the cleanup process at its Luverne location. They have removed dozens of old propane tanks and have made efforts to control weeds at the former office location. A spokesperson said they want to be good neighbors and want to contribute to the continued...
Luverne has long been known for its clean, safe neighborhoods and its beautiful, well-cared-for public parks and recreation areas. We’re proud of these amenities and we’re proud that visitors notice them and remark about them. That’s why it’s so disheartening to hear about the recent vandalism of...
Jane Wildung Lanphere
In the dictionary, synergy is defined as the interaction of elements that, when combined, produce a total effect that is greater than the sum of the individual elements, contributions, etc. Synergy is the reason that every single business in Luverne and the surrounding area is important for the...
Negative news events and extreme humid weather have taken their toll in recent weeks, leaving many of us in sour moods. To get away from the national police shootings and negative political events, residents can use this week’s Rock County Fair to step back, take a deep breath and enjoy a...
Summer months in Rock County are filled with dozens of special events, most of which feature food and beverages. Also common in the summer is foodborne illness or food poisoning. The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one in six Americans (that’s 48 million people) suffer...
People are still talking about it. Luverne’s Fourth of July celebration was a big hit. An out-of-the-park hit. Home run. Slam dunk. Call it what you want — the event was undeniably spectacular. Especially for a first-time effort by a group of enthusiastic volunteers, willing city workers and smart...
The Father’s Day flood of 2014 tore through the spillway of the dam at the Blue Mounds State Park, draining what had been the park’s Lower Lake. Since then, park visitors and community members have been waiting for answers about what would be done about the flood damage. Those answers were...

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