Editorials

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...
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...

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