Editorials

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...
Drivers in Luverne need to take notice. Pedestrians always have the right of way. If drivers don’t stop and let pedestrians cross the road, they could be subject to a fine. And if the crossing lights are malfunctioning, it’s not an excuse. On a daily basis Sheriff Evan Verbrugge is contacted about...
As work continues on bringing broadband Internet to all rural residences in Rock County, commissioners are reconsidering the county’s current tax abatement resolution. For almost 20 years Rock County has offered tax incentives to new businesses that move into or expand within the county boundaries...
Thumbs up ­ to those of you who are keeping up with the fast-growing grass between the frequent May showers. Another thumbs up to those home and business owners who have taken the time to decorate with brightly colored flowers. Thumbs down ­to those who cannot seem to find their lawnmowers … or...
We have life pretty good here in Rock County, with relative peace and prosperity that we tend to take for granted. We don’t worry where our next meal will come from and we don’t fear enemy attacks on our community. When we turn on the light switch and water faucet, we don’t give it another thought...
Dear survivors of sexual assault, It’s not your fault.  You didn’t ask for it.  I believe you.  You might be thinking that you’re not a victim of sexual violence because you weren’t kicking and screaming or because it was someone you knew. The truth is that 82 percent of sexual assaults are...
A report released earlier this year named Rock County as one of only 10 counties in Minnesota to have fully recovered from the 2010 recession. The National Association of Counties report indicated a large majority (93 percent) of U.S. counties have not recovered to prerecession levels in jobs,...

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