Editorials

By Jane Wildung Lanphere, Luverne Chamber director Recent data shows a movement away from the large coastal cities as Millennials tend to look for affordable single-family homes and a family-friendly lifestyle. The number of rural home mortgages has increased for the last five years, where data...
Over the past several months, more than two-dozen local volunteers have been grappling with the concept of poverty in our community. We’re a community abundant with blessings and with generous people, but poverty does exist, and those in its grips are in a daily struggle to escape it. What we’ve...
This week, May 6-12, is Drinking Water Week, which recognizes the critical role drinking water plays in our daily lives. The theme for the week is “Protect the Source,” which encourages people to learn more about their drinking water sources and why protecting them is critical to our health....
Toward Zero Deaths is a statewide program where everyone who drives plays a role in the program’s success. So far TZD has slowly lowered the number of fatalities occurring on our roadways each year. Twenty years ago, traffic fatalities in Minnesota began averaging more than 600 each year. By 2003...
By Allison Eitreim April is Autism Month, but we could all benefit from year-round support for the independent living skills of this population. For starters, we need to clear up the misperception that people with autism are solitary and prefer to operate alone. Studies, and my own 22 years working...
Star Herald guest editorial By Jan Malcolm Minnesota Health Commissioner and Chuck Johnson, Acting Minnesota Human Services Commissioner For nearly three decades MinnesotaCare has been a trusted choice for health care coverage, providing an affordable option for working people earning too much to...
Star Herald guest editorial By the Minnesota Department of Public Safety In a matter of seconds, a driver’s choice to take their eyes off the road can have fatal consequences. More than 300 law enforcement agencies statewide will be conducting extra distracted driving enforcement April 9–22 to...
Countless hours are given by our local volunteers to various causes in and around Rock County. These selfless individuals never want repayment. They don’t like being singled out, but we want to recognize this dedicated group of individuals and encourage others that it’s never too late to join them...
I have to go to the dentist.  For some, this is as common as getting the oil changed in the car and paying for the yearly tags on the car. It can seem routine and an ordinary annual or bi-annual occurrence, even though some people dread going or at least find it moderately annoying. Growing up,...
Our March 14 Facebook post about the National School Walkout event in Luverne schools drew widespread reaction from community members and Facebook readers. (See the related story in this week’s paper.) The national event was an outcry to policymakers to enact more stringent gun laws, but local...

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