Editorials

The Rock County Fair is officially underway in Luverne, and we’d like to encourage everyone to head to the fairgrounds at least one of the four days. Why? There are plenty of reasons, but we can name a few: Funnel cakes. This probably goes without saying, but how can you go to a fair and not...
Editor’s Note: Luverne Public School officials hosted seven public presentations July 5 through 11 at various locations. The presentations outlined the proposed educational improvements. Below is a summary of those sessions.   By Craig Oftedahl The Board of Education at ISD 2184 is exploring the...
Lots of sprucing up has taken place in honor of this weekend’s 150th celebration in Luverne. One possibly overlooked improvement is our local railroad. Within years of Luverne’s founding in 1867, the railroad was making regular stops in the growing prairie town, and by 1883 tracks were running in...
It’s probably an understatement in Luverne to say we’re defined by our history. So much of who we are today and what we’ll do tomorrow hinges on who we were and what we’ve done in the past. Luverne’s 150th anniversary is all about that — about honoring our past and imagining our future. In doing so...
After months of meetings and discussions Luverne School District is ready to reveal its future education plans through a series of hour-long public meetings July 5-11. School officials will unveil a $24 million plan to take the current middle/high school out of the 1960s and place it in the 21st...
The Star Herald rarely covers private suicides as news out of respect for grieving family members. But the family of Dani Gacke has faced their tragedy head on, the next day announcing their tragedy on social media. “With broken hearts our family is informing you all that our beautiful loving...
By District 22 Senator Bill Weber (R-Luverne) In January I began my second term as your state senator, and it remains a true privilege to serve the people of southwestern Minnesota. The 2017 legislative session has come to a successful close, and Greater Minnesotans should take note. This...
Guest editorial by David Schultz A special session for the Minnesota State Legislature was entirely predictable. One could practically guarantee after the 2016 elections that with a Democratic governor and a Republican Legislature a special session was likely … … It points to many underlying...
"Always in Service" is the theme for the 2017 EMS Week, an annual celebration and recognition of EMS providers. Here's what I think "Always in Service" means to EMS organizations and individual EMS providers.   24/7 response capabilities EMS agencies — paid or volunteer, public or private — are...
        By Mavis Fodness Luverne’s seven school board members have important decisions to make in the next couple of weeks. Katie Baustian, Reva Sehr, Eric Hartman, Colleen Deutsch, Tim Jarchow, Shelley Sandbulte and Jodi Bosch have already begun weighing the pros and cons of how to improve our...

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