Editorials

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...
This week is Sunshine Week, and its timing is only coincidental with the extra hour of daylight that came with Sunday’s time change. Sunshine Week started in 2002 as an annual effort to foster a discussion about the need for open government, especially the public’s access to government records and...
The annual meeting of LIFT — Luverne Initiatives For Tomorrow — is at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 16, in Grand Prairie Events. The event is a fundraiser for LIFT, with tickets going for $40 per person to support ongoing projects to improve the community. The cost of admission isn’t cheap, but it’s a...
Enclosed with this week’s Star Herald is the Spring 2018 Agriculture Special Edition. Our readers may or may not open it, depending on their connection to agriculture or their level of interest in it. This year’s spring “Ag Mag,” as we call it, has really good information about efforts by local...
By State Representative Joe Schomacker You and I know that Minnesota is a great place to live. There are plenty of numbers to back that up. Since 2009 our economy has been healthier than the U.S. as a whole. Minnesota’s unemployment rate is lower than the national average and our job growth is more...
It was fun to be in Luverne Saturday with two big events back-to-back on the same day. The Third Annual Get Hooked Ice Fishing Derby drew 300 people to The Lake from 1 to 4. Three hundred people. And it was 5 degrees. The icehouses dotting the lake from one end to the other was a sight to behold....
By Miranda Roskamp, youth advocate with the Southwest Crisis Center.   February is Teen Dating Awareness Month Adults have a vital role assisting teens to define healthy relationships January usually starts with new resolutions and goals to be healthy and fit physically. February is a great time to...
Child care, like roads and bridges, is an important part of the infrastructure for economic development, and that’s becoming painfully clear as Luverne prepares for its next round of growth. Tru Shrimp will begin hiring in 2019, and its potential employees will be sizing up the town in terms of...
Sixty years of social science research shows that adult role models help adolescents by modeling positive, responsible behavior. Rock County’s Big Buddies program was developed with this research in mind — to provide role models for youth in grades kindergarten through fifth grade. The Star Herald...
It’s satisfying to find you’re doing something right. It’s even more rewarding (literally) to learn that doing the right thing actually pays in real dollars. This week we learned that our local arts community has a $2 million impact on Rock County’s economy. Talk about a return on investment. In...

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