Editorials

The federal REAL ID full enforcement deadline is less than eight months away, and Minnesotans need to know their options so they’re prepared on Oct. 1, 2021. Beginning Oct. 1, 2021, Minnesotans will not be able to use their standard driver’s license or ID card to board domestic flights or enter...
Thumbs up to local electric utility workers for their round-the-clock work at Luverne’s power plant to man the back-up generator that was called into service. Thumbs up also to Luverne city leaders who had the foresight to maintain an independent power source for the community. Thumbs down to...
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety (DPS-OTS) on Monday announced an extra speed enforcement and awareness campaign. Motorists can face serious penalties and lose driving privileges for choices that destroy lives, including losing their license for six months for...
As the state continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic and lawmakers begin to craft the next two-year state budget, we in greater Minnesota need to make sure our voices are heard. On Friday the Star Herald participated in a press conference call with board members of the Coalition of Greater...
One thing sets the Southwest Minnesota CEO program apart from others across the country — community support. As the 2020-21 CEO class opens their group business venture, “Souper” Supper, this weekend, the students will have already reached half of their fundraising goal of $15,000 through business...
Some of you know that one of life's joys that I take pride in is my athletic career long ago on the championship football and basketball teams in Luverne.  These memories, if verbalized, honor the coaches who were men of active faith who cared deeply for those of us who played for them. They...
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...
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...

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