Editorials

Thumbs up — to the fantastic lineup at the Rock County Fair coming up at the end of July. There is something for everyone, and it’s clear our local fair board put thought and creativity into the lineup of offerings. Thumbs down — to Mother Nature for scorching heat and stingy rainfall this month....
One day last week something remarkable happened. Quietly, almost imperceptibly, Rock County hit a milestone with its COVID-19 data. While our masks were getting lost in glove boxes and purse pockets, and while we crowded together at Buffalo Days and began planning for the Fourth of July, and while...
We’ve started a new foundation in Rock County that I’d encourage you to join.  Building Bridges JC is non-profit that is part of the Luverne Area Community Foundation (LACF).  All are welcome to participate. We are not affiliated with a church or a political party. The goal of Building Bridges JC...
A year ago at this time, we lamented Rock County’s students in the Class of 2020 who were robbed of their graduation ceremony by the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent state guidelines barring in-person ceremonies. For the Class of 2020, it was the year that ended in sudden, unprecedented fashion...
Rock County foster parent Shawna Sjaarda recently wrote about being a foster parent and about the need for others to fill the role of foster parenting. Foster care is defined as “a situation in which for a period of time a child lives with and is cared for by people who are not the child's parents...
The Southwest Minnesota CEO (Creating Entrepreneur Opportunities) chapter in Rock County is one of three CEO chapters of the Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship program in Minnesota. Recently Midland’s executive director Austin Brooks and national program manager Amy Tarr visited this year’s...
Anyone who’s paid attention over the past 18 months knows we have an active group of smart, sincere individuals working to improve mental health in Rock County. The #Luv1LuvAll Brain Health Committee led a series of informative sessions to call attention to mental health as a key component in a...
Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2-8, 2021, and if there were ever a time to thank a teacher, the time is now. Teaching can be difficult, demanding and emotionally and physically exhausting work in a non-pandemic environment. But teachers will also tell you the rewards are often worth the...
Youthful exuberance was palpable Friday as Hills-Beaver Creek Secondary students exited the school bus at the Hills Rez Park. They were laughing, running after each other and just plain excited to be outdoors. The change of scenery, however, didn’t mean they weren’t learning. Last Thursday was...
National Volunteer Week 2021 is this week, April 19-24, and it is an opportunity for volunteers and organizations to raise awareness of the contribution volunteers make in their communities. It is also a chance to celebrate these efforts and to promote their work in our communities. Week after week...

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