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  • September 27, 2023
    National research shows about half of parents install their child’s car seat incorrectly, and more than a third of children under 13 who died in crashes were unrestrained. To help protect the youngest Minnesotans and motorists of all ages, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Office of Traffic Safety recently coordinated a Click It or Ticket enforcement and awareness campaign. The…
  • By Mavis Fodness, reporter
    September 27, 2023
    A teal-colored envelope arrived in our mailbox last week, days after our farm dog, Lucy, was struck by a car. The card inside read, “There will forever be a place in your heart for such a good and faithful friend.” Its message brought tears, and they spilled over to sobs when four squares of paper slipped out of the card. Inked on each square was a single paw print – for each of Lucy’s four…
  • By U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar
    September 13, 2023
    The cost of prescription drugs has been too high for too long, and it’s hurt Americans’ health and bank accounts. Medicines don’t work if people can’t afford them. For far too many people, high drug prices can force difficult choices like whether to ration meds or food or not pay the electric bill during a hot summer. This is true even for seniors covered by Medicare. But after years of…
  • By Sgt. Troy Christianson, Minnesota State Patrol
    September 13, 2023
    Question: I know it’s discouraged, but is it actually illegal for students to be standing on a school bus while it is moving? Answer: Minnesota state law says no person shall stand in a school bus when the bus is in motion. In addition, the aisle and emergency exit of a school bus shall be kept unobstructed at all times when children are being transported. Stop for school buses: It's the law…
  • February 28, 2023
    Minnesota’s 1,777 townships will hold their annual meeting on Tuesday, March 14. Known as Township Day, these annual meetings take place every year on the second Tuesday in March and set townships apart from other forms of local government. At these meetings, residents of the townships will voice their opinions about local issues with other township residents, and they’ll vote directly on their…
  • By Rick Birt, Students Against Destructive Decisions
    January 17, 2023
    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 Abuse and Alcoholism. Impaired driving is when someone operates a motor vehicle while under the…
  • By Cary Radisewitz, Luverne
    January 03, 2023
    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 fitness goals. The facility is quite amazing. You can do anything from water walking to lap swimming,…
  • By Jeanne Massey, director, FairVote Minnesota
    November 08, 2022
    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 media figures who spread misinformation and use violent rhetoric are certainly to blame, they…
  • By Michael Leach, substance use disorder and addiction specialist
    November 01, 2022
    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 many people, with the holiday parties, loneliness, financial worries, or the general stress of having…
  • By Luverne Mayor Pat Baustian
    August 02, 2022
    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 economy and the ongoing effects of the pandemic.  Since the legislative session adjournment on May 23rd,…
  • By Mavis Fodness, reporter
    July 26, 2022
    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, Rod Carew and Bert Blyleven as they came to the plate or played a great defense. Hearing those…
  • June 21, 2022
    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 church.  Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Edgerton. Arrangements are provided by the…
  • June 14, 2022
    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 — one on the Fourth of July at The Lake and another at the Luverne City Park for the Cardinal Pride…
  • By Linda Wenzel, A.C.E. of SW Minnesota Rock County program coordinator
    May 17, 2022
    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 is devastating on your physical and mental health. Take a few minutes out of your busy day and try…
  • March 22, 2022
    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 across-the-board inflation. And along those lines … Thumbs down — to small-minded people eager to…
  • By Bill Weber, Luverne, District 22 Senator
    February 22, 2022
    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 what to do with all this extra money. Before I discuss what we should and should not do with the…
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