Faced with mounting safety concerns and a difficult battle for bonding dollars, state Department of Human Services Commissioner Emily Johnson Piper is optimistic positive change is ahead for the Minnesota Security Hospital and Minnesota Sex Offender Program.

Northfield couldn’t pull off another win over Rochester John Marshall Friday in Rochester as the Rockets’ interior players proved too much.

Of the 12 disciples called by Jesus to “Follow Him,” 10 were martyred and one died of old age after being isolated on an island.

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) and Capstone are offering BookStart grants to regional organizations working with young children. The BookStart program is intended to ensure every child has their own book at home.