Opinion

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...
Pat Smedsrud
Patricia A. “Pat” Smedsrud, 84, Garretson, South Dakota, died Sunday, April 21, 2019.  A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, April 26, at George Boom Funeral Chapel in Brandon, South Dakota.  Visitation begins at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at the funeral chapel in Brandon, where the family...
Like many Rock County residents, I’ll do my best to keep up with what’s going on in Wheaton, Illinois, over the next four days. Luverne’s Jerilyn Britz is playing in the first U.S. Women’s Senior Open Championship at the Chicago Golf Club starting Thursday. Britz is one of 120 players taking their...
April 21 will be an anniversary of sorts. On that day 25 years ago, I began what would become a long-term relationship with the Star Herald. When Roger Tollefson offered me the job, I was already in a relationship with the Worthington Daily Globe. Breaking up is hard to do. But I did, sensing a...
With the new school year off to a successful start, now is a good time to talk about the school board’s long-range plan to meet the facility needs of students, teachers and the community. Luverne School District residents will decide whether to move forward with the school district’s building...
With school back in session, students and parents are focused on classes and schedules, but it’s also time to recognize and prepare for the possibility of various forms of violence. Domestic and sexual violence do not discriminate. Any time is a good time to start ongoing conversations with young...
It’s been a couple of weeks since Roger Brooks gave his three-hour presentation on Luverne. I have to tell you those three hours passed by very quickly. Our story on the front page of the Star Herald last week about the presentation had the headline, “The Good, The Bad, The Ugly.” Happy to say we...
This Friday, June 9, Luverne has the opportunity to discover specific ways we can make our amazing city an even more spectacular place to live, work, and visit. The Luverne Economic Development Authority, along with funding from various grants, have made it possible for Luverne to bring in Roger...
Question: What should a person do if they are involved in a crash? Answer: If it is a property damage crash without injuries, you should move your vehicle away from traffic if possible and get to a safe location before exiting or exchanging information with the other driver involved. This may...
This summer Luverne will host the party of the century when we celebrate the town’s 150th anniversary. This is the sort of occasion that comes around only every so often (every 150 years, actually) so it would be a great idea to put our best foot forward. We have a lot happening here in terms of...

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