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Voice of our Readers Sept. 2, 2021

‘Out of the Darkness’ walk coming Sept. 18
To the Editor:
The Luv1LuvAll team members with the Brain Health Initiative have teamed up with Luverne schools and Sanford Luverne to bring suicide survivor Kevin Hines to the community on Sept. 1.
He’ll be there at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1, in the school’s new performing arts center. (It will be the first event to be held in the new auditorium.)
Hines, who was diagnosed at 17 with bipolar disorder, is now a brain health advocate and an award-winning filmmaker, best-selling author, international educator and speaker.
In addition to bringing Hines in to share his message, the Luv1LuvAll Brain Health group is organizing an “Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk” on Sept. 18 at the Luverne High School track.
Sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the purpose of the walks (in many communities nationwide) is to increase awareness in order to help save lives.
We hope to see local participation in the Sept. 18 walk in order to help the foundation raise money for prevention research and provide free community education and training.
I am especially excited about their goal of decreasing suicide by 20 percent by 2025. 
A life saved is a life saved. If we can save one life through a conversation, then goal met.”
The Luv1LuvAll Facebook page will share a link with registration information for the walk. Meanwhile, more information about Out of the Darkness walk can be found at
Meanwhile, if you’re hurting, ask for help. If you know of someone hurting, reach out.
Are you OK? Is something wrong? Can I help?
Hines says that these were the words he desperately wanted to hear in the moments before he catapulted himself over the rail of the Golden Gate Bridge.
We don’t have to be mental health professionals to be kind.
—     Angela Nolz,
Sanford Luverne integrated health therapist and Luv1LuvAll Brain Health team member

Thank you to Joe Schomacker for supporting police officers and public safety efforts during legislative session
To the Editor:
On behalf of our state’s police officers, corrections officers and dispatchers, we’re writing to publicly say thank you toRepresentative Joe Schomacker for his steadfast support of increased public safety efforts during the past legislative session in St. Paul.
With increasing crime, it’s especially important to stop all effortsto defund, demoralize or demonize public safety officials who keepcommunities safe by deterring lawbreaking and aiding victims of crime.
Rep. Schomacker is a tremendous advocate for our first responders andpublic safety officials and stood against attempts to defund and dismantle the police. He voted to promote public safety legislation such as pay raises for law enforcement officers and investments intraining programs.
Thank you for supporting public safety and law enforcement.
Brian Peters
St. Paul

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