Courier-Tribune candidate forums canceled

When you see this symbol in our print editions, it denotes special reporting on the COVID-19 pandemic.

The health and safety of our community members is a top priority for us at the Courier-Tribune as we continue to monitor and report on developments related to COVID-19. As there currently is no vaccine for the virus and one of the best methods to help prevent its spread is social distancing, we made the tough decision to cancel our upcoming candidate forums in Kearney on March 26 and Smithville on March 31.

As an educated electorate is paramount for a democracy, we at the Courier-Tribune feel strongly about voter education and did not enter into our decision lightly. We appreciate our partners at 102.7 FM and the Kearney Chamber of Commerce and look forward to working with them on future projects.

To our citizens, readers and candidates, we thank you for your support, readership and participation in our efforts.

As voters have submitted questions to us for candidates that were to be asked at the forums, we will be emailing those questions to candidates for city and school board elected offices and will be publishing those online at and on our app, Courier-Tribune NOW.

As your trusted community news source, we will continue to responsibly report on developments across the Northland related to the novel coronavirus in an effort to help families stay updated and make decisions based on facts.

We appreciate your understanding. To share your news tips or if you have questions for us, please contact Managing Editor Amanda Lubinski at 903-6001 or

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