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Dear Governor Tim Walz and Legislative Leaders:  As associations representing the state’s local partners — its school districts, counties, cities, and townships, encompassing all citizens of our state — we are aware of the significant challenges and needs local leaders face amid an uncertain...
Mavis Fodness
When I was growing up and doing chores around the family farm, a radio would often be heard in the dairy barn. WNAX out of Yankton, South Dakota, frequently broadcast the play-by-play of the Minnesota Twins games. Through the mid- to late 1970s I heard the names of future Hall of Famers Tony Oliva...
James “Jim” Vander Lugt, 84, Edgerton, died peacefully on Friday, June 17, 2022, at the Pipestone County Hospice House in Pipestone. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 24, at the First Christian Reformed Church in Edgerton. A funeral service will be at 10:30 Saturday, June 25, at the...
Congratulations to our Fourth of July Committee and the Cardinal Pride Committee for their work with the Luverne Chamber and CVB to secure fireworks for our summer celebrations. Fireworks are expensive and sometimes difficult to secure, but we can be grateful we’ll enjoy two great shows this summer...
For many caregivers, stress is a constant companion. One effective way to reduce caregiver stress and reduce burnout is to write in a journal. Getting your thoughts down on paper and out of your head is therapeutic.  Studies have found that journaling improves health and well-being. Chronic stress...
Thumps up — to Casey’s new bright red awning and sign. It’s a bright, shiny improvement to our South Highway 75 “gateway” into Luverne. Thumps down — to rising gas prices. They’re taking a huge bite out of family budgets at a time wages finally nudged upward but are being gobbled up furiously by...
This year’s legislative session will be about getting Minnesota back on the right track. My priorities will be to tackle the tax infrastructure, the state's education system, and public safety.   Surplus With a $7.7 billion surplus in the Minnesota state budget, there are a lot of opinions about...
Brenda Winter
I’m not a fashion diva, and never has that been made more clear than last week when I – like many in Rock County – slogged through the first week of 2022 with a case of the flu. I felt fine Sunday morning, but I opted not to attend church because my husband had been feeling poorly for a few days....
You don’t need special training to have an open, authentic conversation about mental health. For most of us, talking about other aspects of our health — like a recent surgery or treatment — comes easy. Brain health should be the same. Often, just talking about it can be the first important step in...
The 2021 session is in full swing as bills have started moving through the legislative process as committee meetings kick into high gear. While this year’s session looks different with most meetings taking place virtually, I nevertheless continue to work hard to make sure Senate District 22 is well...

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