Opinion

Next weekend Luverne will again rise to the challenge of hosting one of the most prestigious high school band festivals in the region. Luverne’s Tri-State Band Festival is always a proud time of year for the community, the school, the student musicians and all the families and volunteers who pull...
My husband’s parents, Arden and Mary Ellen, said good-bye this week to their little house on the banks of Split Rock Creek. The rolling green pastures, lush farm ground and thick grove of trees are deceptively tranquil considering the destructive force of the river in high-water years. For decades...
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...
Pat Smedsrud
Patricia A. “Pat” Smedsrud, 84, Garretson, South Dakota, died Sunday, April 21, 2019.  A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, April 26, at George Boom Funeral Chapel in Brandon, South Dakota.  Visitation begins at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at the funeral chapel in Brandon, where the family...
Like many Rock County residents, I’ll do my best to keep up with what’s going on in Wheaton, Illinois, over the next four days. Luverne’s Jerilyn Britz is playing in the first U.S. Women’s Senior Open Championship at the Chicago Golf Club starting Thursday. Britz is one of 120 players taking their...
With the new school year off to a successful start, now is a good time to talk about the school board’s long-range plan to meet the facility needs of students, teachers and the community. Luverne School District residents will decide whether to move forward with the school district’s building...
With school back in session, students and parents are focused on classes and schedules, but it’s also time to recognize and prepare for the possibility of various forms of violence. Domestic and sexual violence do not discriminate. Any time is a good time to start ongoing conversations with young...
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...
Jason Berghorst
Like me, you felt it this past Friday and Saturday. Some of you, like me, were energized by it and liked the feeling. Others of you dreaded it. But we all noticed it. The change of seasons was in the air last weekend. Temperatures in the sixties during the day and low fifties at night felt...
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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