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Lori Sorenson
I returned to the Star Herald office Monday after a refreshing vacation in the crisp dry air of the South Dakota Black Hills. The 80-degree, 70-percent humidity weather that welcomed us home was hard enough, but Monday was Day 1 of Minnesota’s indoor mask mandate. I hate to complain, but it was a...
Lori Sorenson
A “novel” virus is, by definition, a new virus, not previously identified. When it emerged six months ago scientists knew nothing about it, except that it was highly contagious and could kill people. Today we know a little about it, like how it’s transmitted and what it’s capable of. But mostly, it...
Lori Sorenson
More than once in the past several days, I’ve opened my mouth to say something profound, but stopped short, realizing that words aren’t enough. There simply are no words to describe the occurrences of the past week in Minneapolis and their ripple effect statewide and now in cities across the nation...
Lori Sorenson
Something truly remarkable happened one gray day in April. I’m still shaking my head over it. The high school senior wandered into the kitchen on a Saturday afternoon. “Mom, let’s take my graduation photo.” I just about dropped the frying pan. This is the kid who hates to have his photo taken and...
Lori Sorenson
My oldest son earned a law enforcement degree a couple of years ago at a time when mothers might worry about their sonsworking in law enforcement.      So, when he took a job in security and surveillance at Avera McKennan, I felt comforted to know he’d be less often in harm’sway. How many armed bad...
Chance came to us three years ago as a 3-year-old Lab-Pyrenees mix whose family had surrendered him. We now can’t imagine our lives without him.
Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Paul McCartney further said, “You can judge a man's true character by the way he treats his fellow animals.” If this is true, it’s safe to say we have a great community blessed by people of solid...
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I enjoyed taste-testing chili last week at Schomackers Home Galleries where family members (who happen to be business partners) competed for bragging rights to the best recipe. Brothers Joe and Tony Schomacker and their dad, Randy, were chili cooks, and Sharon baked sweets to sell on the side. The...
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My high school senior caught me off guard last fall with the announcement, “Mom, I’m playing hockey this year.” This from the kid who’s never played hockey … Not that he hasn’t wanted to; we just aren’t hockey people. By that I mean his mother had neither the will nor the means to keep up with our...
Lori Sorenson
Mom wasn’t a fan of Christmas. She didn’t raise her children to believe in Santa and our tree didn’t go up until well into December. Mostly Mom despised the commercialism of the holidays, openly cringing at the first Christmas ad on TV or first decorations to show up on store shelves. Of course, it...
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I was an honored guest for Luverne’s ninth-grade Career Day on Nov. 13 when invited local professionals shared insights into their jobs. In the days leading up to Career Day, I pondered the message I’d share with these young minds. What could I tell 14-year-olds about what I do that would matter to...

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