Editorials

With the new school year beginning, I thought that it would be a good idea to review the driver’s responsibility for when they see children getting on or off a school bus, as well as the Hwy Pedestrian Crossing Lights. The Law states in MN Statute 169.444 Safety of School Children: Duties of Other...
This is somewhat an unusual title to an article in September, but each year at school, we get to experience a new beginning in September.  Our tremendous staff members are busy prepping for the return of students and anxiously await the arrival of friendly faces, smiling students, giddy parents and...
This is the time of year we hear from school and traffic safety folks about school bus safety and student pedestrian safety. And yes, motorists, please watch for the big yellow school bus flashing lights and stop arms, and slow down at intersections to watch for little students on foot. Lives...
A story in the Wednesday, Aug. 21, edition of the Brandon Valley News caught our attention this week as a precautionary tale for all communities to be aware of. A Facebook post reporting over-the-limit radium levels in Brandon’s drinking water sent residents into a tailspin and prompted city...
The Star Herald recently stepped back for a look around our communities and found a lot to be proud, but other areas were more worthy of “thumbs down” notations. Thumbs up — to the smooth ride on North Highway 75 through Luverne with the mill-off and overlay completed last week. After so many of...
On June 30, 2014, 33-year-old Andrea Boeve was enjoying a bike ride along the shoulder of Highway 270 near Steen with her two daughters, 4 and 1, in a child bike trailer. It was around 11:30 a.m. on a Monday. About that same time, Chris Weber was also traveling eastbound on 270 in a flatbed truck...
This week the Hills Crescent put out its final edition after 126 years of serving the readers of Hills, Beaver Creek and Steen. (See the related story on page 1.) Since 1997, it’s been publishing under the same ownership as the Rock County Star Herald but with its own news writer and its own...
The Rock County Fair is underway in Luverne. The Star Herald has been previewing the annual event for weeks. Rock County Fair Board members have been working hard for months to prepare for these three days. 4-H members and families have spent thousands of hours getting ready to show their animals...
We are seeing a new national epidemic in our teenagers regarding E-cigarettes and vaping, and they are starting at earlier ages than even with cigarettes.  Statistics show that many start at 13 or even younger and that since 2014 the number of teenagers using e-cigarettes has increased over 50...
Submitted by Dale Moerke, Luverne, field staff West Area Labor Council- Red River Valley/AFL-CIO In 2018 CEOs of Standard and Poor’s 500 companies made on average $14.5 million, up from the $500,000 dollar raise from 2017. Compare that to the average rank-and-file worker who received barely more...

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