Editorials

The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donations to prevent a shortage this winter. Busy holiday schedules in November and December contributed to about 1,700 fewer blood drives held across the country compared to the two previous months, which has resulted in about 50,000...
With less than one week into 2016, we’d like to offer one New Year’s resolution for everyone who lives, works and visits our communities from rural locales. The pungent smell left by snowy, dirty boots has been considerably noticeable in several public establishments. It was obvious the wearer...
A few weeks ago, I visited the Rock County Board of Commissioners to discuss the DNR’s process for evaluating and deciding the future of the dam at Blue Mounds State Park, which was significantly damaged during the flood of June 2014.  Knowing our local communities have great interest in this issue...
In November community and industry leaders gathered in Slayton to celebrate the contributions that wind energy has made to southwest Minnesota. As the representative of the state’s wind industry, I couldn’t have been happier to deliver a ceremonial “big check” in the amount of $7,224,246, which was...
  Transition back to a traditional school year Encourage our educators to continue thinking outside the box For six years Luverne Public Schools have been members of a unique group of educators who wanted to take an adventurous approach to instruction. State education officials supported this...
  There is a quiet discussion underway in the community right now about the future of the Carnegie Cultural Center on North Freeman Avenue in Luverne. For the past two decades, the city of Luverne, which owns the building, has leased it to the Council for Arts and Humanities in Rock County (CAHRC...
  City ordinances were developed by our forefathers as a guide for community development — both residential and commercial. These ordinances are sometimes hard to understand, and we may wonder if following these rules is the right course to follow. In a small town, why would anyone care if the...
  No one ever plans to grow up and become an abusive partner. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the Star Herald shares the following information from the Southwest Crisis Center in an effort to spread awareness and prevent domestic violence. The transition from love to control to...
  We at the Star Herald have performed little impromptu tests the improvements on Highway 75 and the experiences have left many of us with smiles on our faces. One said he drove from north to south unimpeded with the new two-lane configuration with a central turning lane. Another said she likes the...
  Guest Editorial by Jim Zachary, director of the Transparency Project Last week marked the 75th anniversary of National Newspaper Week, and the theme, “The Power of the Press,” points to the importance of watchdog journalism, accurate reporting, strong editorials, comprehensive public notices and...

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