Opinion

In addition to the increased risk of dangerous weather with icy roads and snow during winter months, there is also a significant uptick in impaired driving during winter months. In fact, 40 percent of highway deaths during winter are alcohol-related, according to the National Institute of Alcohol...
It’s that time of the year for our 2023 New Year’s resolutions. If you find yourself in or near Luverne, you don’t have to look far. If you’re looking for a place to start a resolution to be more fit, I’d recommend the Luverne Aquatics Center. Sam Honerman and her staff can help you reach your...
As we wrap up the 2022 election, we’ve seen a divided electorate, increasing polarization and even threats of violence against poll workers, candidates and elected officials. In a recent NBC news poll, voters cited threats to democracy as the top issue facing the country. While politicians and...
Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, countless celebrations, family gatherings and work functions often occur. It can be a stressful time of year for some people, especially those recovering from alcohol addiction or anyone battling alcohol addiction. The holiday season can be triggering for...
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...

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