Editorials

Almost a year ago the Rock County Commissioners began talking about amending the county’s current tax abatement program to include new residential housing. The old program began almost 20 years ago as an incentive for business owners to move to or expand within the county boundaries. Since that...
With this week’s attention on the Blue Mounds State Park and its future recreational opportunities, now is a good time to review the full calendar of events planned this summer at the state park and Touch the Sky Prairie. Each and every one of these events provides unique opportunities to...
This week is National Volunteer Recognition Week, and no one should be more excited about that than the people of Rock County. We have a whole lot to be proud of in our corner of the state, but our milestones and achievements wouldn’t have happened without generous donors and volunteers. In other...
Sign up by April 28 Caring for someone with a debilitating diagnosis can take a toll on even the healthiest people. No one knows this better than caregivers themselves, according to a caregiver who spoke with the Star Herald anonymously about his experiences. His information sheds light on the...
‘A Message To Men’ April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month; why does your online activity matter? Pornography is often considered an acceptable personal pleasure that causes no public harm. But if you ask law enforcement, victims’ advocates, health professionals and addiction professionals, they’ll...
About 100 interested community members attended Friday’s showing of the documentary film, “The Bad Kids,” at the Palace Theatre. The 1-hour, 40-minute film followed 1984 Luverne High School graduate and now alternative school principal Vonda Viland through a single school year. The Black Rock...
Luverne senior Hailey Franken talks about her plans after high school Tuesday, Nov. 22, along with fellow seniors (from left) Logan Stratton, Knute Oldre and Bergin Flom, at an assembly for middle school students in the auditorium.
Parents may have found polished stones in their students’ pockets last week. The thumb-sized rocks came in various shades of blue, green, yellow and red. They were shiny, smooth and a reminder of the message Luverne and Hills-Beaver Creek fourth- through eighth-graders heard during last week’s “...
The following appeared in an 1886 atlas:   ORGANIZATION OF TOWNSHIPS   Until the 15th of February, 1871, the whole county was in reality one township, although they had not elected any township officers, except a justice of the peace. At a meeting of the board of county commissioners, however, held...
The political campaigning is now over and it’s time to pull together. We need to gather those good ideas and actually accomplish some legislative good for our communities, our state and our nation. We also need to set aside blatant disrespect, finger pointing and general negativity of the...
At this stage of any election process, it’s easy to become cynical. This year that’s the case more than we’ve ever seen in any other presidential election. In fact, it’s not uncommon to hear people say, “I don’t trust any of them. They’re all crooks, and I’m not going to vote.” Sadly, this would be...

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