Editorials

I’ve worked in schools for 30 years and every fall I am impressed and inspired by the energy of students when they come back to school. It’s an exciting time of year for the kids, for parents and for teachers. The theme for this school year is “Purpose, Passion, Pride … Making a Difference.”...
Thousands of preschool through 12th-grade students entered schools throughout the area this week. It’s a fresh start. A clean slate. A new way to start over with a positive focus on the tasks at hand. Most importantly, the new school year is a chance for young people to learn to communicate and...
What happens when mail comes late?  We found out a few years ago, when the postmaster general took away overnight first-class and periodicals mail from most of the nation. That caused problems for a lot of consumers and businesses. Late payments affect credit scores. Medicines mailed late could...
When Minnesota’s public schools open their doors for the 2017-18 school year in September, some students will learn more than just reading, writing and arithmetic. Students at Luverne Public Schools will learn skills that may be life-saving. Beginning this year, Luverne students and staff will be...
As you can tell, we have a drastically different front page this week for Minnesota Newspaper Week and the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s 150th  anniversary. The whole idea behind the mostly blank front page is to offer a sense of what it would be like without a local newspaper. I suspect a few...
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...
Every year in October we observe National Newspaper Week during which time newspapers all over the nation remind their readers why local newspapers are important. In an age where we have instant access to so much online information, there’s little reason to be uninformed about the world around us....
Last week the Star Herald covered the Luverne Middle School-High School students’ participation in the nationwide event “See You at the Pole.” The last time such a gathering occurred in Luverne was at the turn of the new millennium, and community members resoundingly indicated it was about time....
Next week is Mental Illness Awareness Week. If you don’t have a mental illness or disorder, count your blessings, and if you don’t know someone with a mental illness or disorder, you’re in the minority. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, an estimated 26.2 percent of Americans...

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