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According to data from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, 2020 has proven to be a challenging year on state roadways. Preliminary reports show there were 394 traffic deaths on Minnesota roads in 2020, compared with 364 in 2019. Of the 2020 fatalities: •64 were motorcyclists, compared with...
The Star Herald news writers each year at the end of December consider and recap top stories that filled the pages throughout the year. We thought 2019 was a rough year, with a continued depressed farm economy, destructive flooding and tru Shrimp’s broken promise of a $100 million development. We...
We learned that Rock County will receive its first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine next week, which is the best news of the year in many ways. It would be better news if it meant our sick ones healed overnight and our businesses could reopen tomorrow. Realistically it will be several months before we...
With 21 days left in 2020, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety released a grim milestone — 367 people died on Minnesota roads since Jan. 1 this year. That compares with 364 fatalities in all of 2019. On a 10-year average, 30 people die on Minnesota roads in December. Public safety officials...
We’re not getting the Christmas we dream of this year, but that doesn’t mean we’re getting lumps of coal. This year more than ever we need to count our blessings and watch for bright spots in the season. On Sunday we watched our Luverne City Park light up with dozens of festive holiday displays...
We try to leave our readers each week with editorial messages to advocate, encourage, enlighten and inform. This week we’re torn between two messages: get out and support local businesses and stay home to protect vulnerable loved ones and health care workers. Our holidays are coinciding with the...
In the November Chamber Chatter, the Luverne Area Chamber Director Jane Wildung Lanphere offered ways to be grateful this holiday season. Specifically, she suggested being thankful for this list of blessings: •Awakening alive. Just waking up is something we should be grateful for every day of our...
Nonprofit organizations are at the heart of our communities, but many of our local organizations have canceled fundraiser galas and activities due to the pandemic. This is not only a loss of social connections, but it represents lost fundraising that would support 2021 projects that strengthen the...
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is considered by many to be one of the most effective pieces of civil rights legislation in our nation's history. Now as we head into the final stretch of the 2020 presidential election, it’s abundantly clear how necessary the law is. Before the Voting Rights Act was...
We get a kick out of recalling the “good old days” of wrestling with our siblings in the back seat or sleeping in the rear window of the family sedan on long road trips. And we survived to tell the tale. … Well, most of us did. In 1987 more than 4,000 people suffered severe injuries in traffic...

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