Editorials

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...
What happens when mail comes late?  We found out a few years ago, when the postmaster general took away overnight first-class and periodicals mail from most of the nation. That caused problems for a lot of consumers and businesses. Late payments affect credit scores. Medicines mailed late could...
When Minnesota’s public schools open their doors for the 2017-18 school year in September, some students will learn more than just reading, writing and arithmetic. Students at Luverne Public Schools will learn skills that may be life-saving. Beginning this year, Luverne students and staff will be...
As you can tell, we have a drastically different front page this week for Minnesota Newspaper Week and the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s 150th  anniversary. The whole idea behind the mostly blank front page is to offer a sense of what it would be like without a local newspaper. I suspect a few...
Over the past year, reports of domestic violence increased in Rock County. The numbers came from Southwest Crisis Center personnel in their annual report to county commissioners at their July 25 meeting. Last year SWCC served 52 victims/survivors from October 2015 to September 2016. In 2015, 36...
Last week we encouraged our readers to attend the Rock County Fair, and we think it was worth the journey. The Minnesota State Fair is often dubbed as “The Great Minnesota Get-Together.” We think this year’s Rock County Fair could set the stage of becoming “The Great Tri-State Get-Together.” We at...
The Rock County Fair is officially underway in Luverne, and we’d like to encourage everyone to head to the fairgrounds at least one of the four days. Why? There are plenty of reasons, but we can name a few: Funnel cakes. This probably goes without saying, but how can you go to a fair and not...
Editor’s Note: Luverne Public School officials hosted seven public presentations July 5 through 11 at various locations. The presentations outlined the proposed educational improvements. Below is a summary of those sessions.   By Craig Oftedahl The Board of Education at ISD 2184 is exploring the...
Lots of sprucing up has taken place in honor of this weekend’s 150th celebration in Luverne. One possibly overlooked improvement is our local railroad. Within years of Luverne’s founding in 1867, the railroad was making regular stops in the growing prairie town, and by 1883 tracks were running in...
It’s probably an understatement in Luverne to say we’re defined by our history. So much of who we are today and what we’ll do tomorrow hinges on who we were and what we’ve done in the past. Luverne’s 150th anniversary is all about that — about honoring our past and imagining our future. In doing so...

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