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It’s time we have “that talk” with our loved ones — whether a spouse, parent, in-law, grandparent or a friend — about establishing a plan as they age. We plan careers, vacations, weddings, get-togethers and retirements, but we often don’t take time to plan the things we’ll need help with as we age...
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...
If you don’t live in rural America, you may well have some preconceptions about what it’s like “out here” in the heartland. It’s true, the news hasn’t been good: the worst farm economy in a generation, never-ending wet weather that has kept farmers out of the field when they can least afford it,...
Local Rock Beast The American bison is the national mammal of the United States and is native to Rock County. It is one of the heaviest land animals in the Americas with wild bulls weighing up to 2,800 pounds and semi-domestic bulls weighing up to 3,800 pounds.  The Lakota Native Americans called...
Nothing is more satisfying to an editor than reviewing a day’s edition — whether in print or digital format — and quietly proclaiming, “We connected with our readers.” A newspaper’s relationship with its readers is at the heart of National Newspaper Week. Newspapers, at their best, are stewards of...
Rep. Schomacker helps approve Real Id legislation  The Minnesota House of Representatives has approved legislation that would allow the implementation of REAL ID. Without it, Minnesota driver’s licenses can no longer be used to board airplanes beginning January 2018. State Representative Joe...
Jane Wildung Lanphere
In the dictionary, synergy is defined as the interaction of elements that, when combined, produce a total effect that is greater than the sum of the individual elements, contributions, etc. Synergy is the reason that every single business in Luverne and the surrounding area is important for the...
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...
  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...
  The Star Herald reached out to the local state senator to recap the recently completed 2015 legislative session, highlighting areas our Rock County readers might care most about. By Bill Weber With the regular session of the 2015 Minnesota legislative session behind us and the prospects for a...

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