Opinion

This is my first column of the New Year. I usually scribe out my predictions and resolutions, but this year I am going to change things up a bit. I turn 60 later this year, and frankly I have been thinking about that a lot lately. Maybe my thought process has been somewhat influenced by my overall...
I don’t know what it is about the arrival of another year that makes us, at least briefly, decide to better ourselves, our lives and our habits.  Perhaps it’s the same reason that causes us to start diets on Mondays instead of Thursdays. With sincere hearts, at the dawn of a new year, we pledge (...
Question: I was wondering if someone could tell me what the law is on commercial vehicles having window tint? I drive a dump truck and was wondering if window tint is allowed as long as it's the 50% that is allowed in passenger vehicles or if it is illegal for dump trucks/semi's to have any window...
We’re almost at year’s end and by now most of us have already been to our share of Christmas parties and family gatherings. It’s no wonder that the holiday season and cold and flu season often become one and the same, what with all the handshaking and coughing into hands going on all at once. Not...
Since becoming an empty nester, I’ve noticed changes in how the household operates without children at home. No one tells Mom milk is needed. The shoes piled in the entryway belong to one adult (not me) and the family dog is starved for attention. Bree is a 10-year-old chocolate Labrador we’ve had...
Support something smart for our community, something that really matters Anonymous donor match for History Center expires at yearend Nearly 5 billion artifacts are held in public trust by more than 30,000 archives, historical societies, libraries, museums, scientific research collections and...
Small town living brings out ‘good stuff’ this time of year Sometimes it's important to really notice and appreciate the world around you. We all know that, but how often do we intentionally slow down or quiet down in order to really “take in” the good stuff? I found myself doing that more this...
Question: What are the legal ramifications if someone is arrested for DWI with a child in a vehicle? Answer: If the child is less than 16 years of age and is greater than 36 months younger than the driver, the DWI violation would be enhanced to include Child Endangerment. •First offense DWI under a...
By Craig Oftedahl Who is ALICE? A new student perhaps? A robot? The housekeeper from “The Brady Bunch”? Some of those answers may be correct depending on the context of the question. When it comes to the Luverne Public Schools, ALICE is the newest best practice in school safety involving how to...
I’m kind of a Christmas tree snob.  You know — the sort of person who has to have every decoration in exactly the right place.   The small ornaments go at the top. The larger ones at the bottom. Each year requires a color theme. Mismatched bulbs are not allowed. The key to a really beautiful tree...

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