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Farm stress is certainly not a new concept. My father saw rural suicide rates spike in his farming days in the 1930s. When I was a young farmer just getting started in the ’80s, I became super depressed. Interest rates were as high as 21 percent, while land and machinery values plummeted. Farmers...
Earlier this month, Minnesota Governor Walz reported that two-thirds of police calls over the weekend were related to domestic violence. As individuals are coping with the uncertainty of the COVID- 19 virus, loss of income and staying in their homes, the stress can be overwhelming. Abusers often...
Luverne and Rock County are unlike 95 percent of the small towns in America. While tens of thousands of small communities see businesses closing and people moving away, we are at the brink of what can be the most exciting growth in decades. I remember in the early 1960s when Mid-Pack came to town....
Purple ribbons around the light poles on Main Street Luverne are in honor of October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
October is often a busy month with school sports, fall festivals and harvest season upon us. Easily forgotten is that October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. In the past year, the Southwest Crisis Center in Rock County has provided services for 88 individuals who experienced domestic and...
With the new school year beginning, I thought that it would be a good idea to review the driver’s responsibility for when they see children getting on or off a school bus, as well as the Hwy Pedestrian Crossing Lights. The Law states in MN Statute 169.444 Safety of School Children: Duties of Other...
This is somewhat an unusual title to an article in September, but each year at school, we get to experience a new beginning in September.  Our tremendous staff members are busy prepping for the return of students and anxiously await the arrival of friendly faces, smiling students, giddy parents and...
It’s time we have “that talk” with our loved ones — whether a spouse, parent, in-law, grandparent or a friend — about establishing a plan as they age. We plan careers, vacations, weddings, get-togethers and retirements, but we often don’t take time to plan the things we’ll need help with as we age...
We are seeing a new national epidemic in our teenagers regarding E-cigarettes and vaping, and they are starting at earlier ages than even with cigarettes.  Statistics show that many start at 13 or even younger and that since 2014 the number of teenagers using e-cigarettes has increased over 50...
If you don’t live in rural America, you may well have some preconceptions about what it’s like “out here” in the heartland. It’s true, the news hasn’t been good: the worst farm economy in a generation, never-ending wet weather that has kept farmers out of the field when they can least afford it,...
Local Rock Beast The American bison is the national mammal of the United States and is native to Rock County. It is one of the heaviest land animals in the Americas with wild bulls weighing up to 2,800 pounds and semi-domestic bulls weighing up to 3,800 pounds.  The Lakota Native Americans called...

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