Editorials

January is Poverty Awareness Month   Guest editorial By Marie Atkinson Smeins. Luverne, on behalf of #Luv1LuvAll Did you know? •The percentage of people in Rock County who are currently living at or below the federal poverty guidelines is 920. •A single adult wage earner with two children needs to...
It’s no secret that farmers in Minnesota and across the country have been rocked by low crop and dairy prices, and a crippling trade war that has blocked billions of dollars in sales of U.S. farm products abroad.  So, the last thing our farm economy needs as we move into the new year is to have the...
We can’t control what tru Shrimp does, but we can control how we respond Residents and community leaders are reeling this week from the news that tru Shrimp will not build its first harbor and hatchery in Luverne. We’ve been on an economic Cloud 9 for the past year anticipating the effect of a $300...
What is the Outdoor Heritage Fund and why should we care about it?   By Scott Rall Outdoors columnist A few weeks ago I wrote a multi-part series on the most recent land acquisition in Rock County named Rooster Ridge Wildlife Management Area. Pheasants Forever used funds from the Outdoor Heritage...
Star Herald reflects on turbulent year, sees promise for 2019Our annual year-in-review recap of the year’s headlines is an exercise in our own reflection of the passing of time.From week to week, we immerse ourselves in the news of the day and its effects on our readers.And over time, some of that...
Earlier this month, school officials in Rhode Island hired a collections agency to force parents to pony up for unpaid school lunch balances. The action occurred after district officials tried for two years through written reminders to coax parents to pay what they owed to the school. The gentle...
‘Cheapest of the Year’ gas prices no reason to waste   At $2.43 the national gas price average has set a new record low for 2018, according to AAA, the Auto Club Group.This is nearly a nickel less than this time last December.AAA expects this national gas price average to fluctuate through the end...
Recycling and reusing clothing benefits the environment. Luverne and surrounding areas lost an integral link last month when finances prohibited USAgain from transporting our unwanted clothing items from Luverne to the Twin Cities for reuse elsewhere. That means 20 tons of our materials could...
 ‘If you see something, say something’ We’re all in this farm crisis together; help is available for financial and mental health   Guest editorial By Minnesota Farmers Union Many of our local agricultural producers are facing difficult times right now. On top of typical farm stress factors —...
County committees are vital to USDA – Vote today!   By Joe Martin, State Executive Director, Minnesota Farm Service Agency Farmers and ranchers, it’s that time of year again. The 2018 Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) county committee elections are officially underway and we’re asking for your help....

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