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A citizen contacted me last week about a concern that several downtown retailers were not wearing masks in their stores and were not asking patrons to wear masks when shopping in their store. The citizen was concerned for personal health reasons, but the information concerned me on a much broader...
Thank you, Luverne teachers!        During the past six weeks, I have been reminded many times why I became an educator. It has been and always will be about the students for me.        As a teacher, coach, principal, athletic director, and now as a superintendent, I always wanted students to have...
As I suggested last week, there is a bright side dawning in this dehumanizing time. There is increasing sense in our land, spurred by the political crisis, about what defines and characterizes honorable public service, a free compassionate society and faithful witness to the Good Shepherd. ...
You in Luverne likely feel like I do here in Washington. In the midst of the hostile even bigoted political debates and civil disequilibrium, I confess the need for instruction to maintain my faith and peace. The Parable of the Good Shepherd (in Luke 15) reminds us what the sacrificing-servant-...
As the number of children in Minnesota’s foster care system has grown — from 11,500 in 2013 to 16,500 in 2018 — there is a greater need than ever for foster parents to provide temporary, critical care to children in crisis. The good news is many people who might not think they qualify to be foster...
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-...
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.”...
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...
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In the past year, two domestic violence-related hashtags have made a huge impact on social media. One in the summer of 2015 began close to home for us. A young Sioux Falls woman was physically assaulted by her boyfriend while she was driving. She later...
A statewide editorial June 24 called on agriculture to take the lead on managing pollutants. As farmers, we’re always working to improve how we grow food, feed, fiber and fuel for an increasing world population. And when it comes to the important issue of water quality and managing pollutants,...

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