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“If civilization is to avoid a long decline, like the one that has blighted North Africa or the Near East for 13 centuries, society must be born again out of an economy of exploitation into an economy of conservation.”  — W.C. Lowdermilk, former Assistant Chief of Soil Conservation Service and...
The Rock County Fair is underway in Luverne. The Star Herald has been previewing the annual event for weeks. Rock County Fair Board members have been working hard for months to prepare for these three days. 4-H members and families have spent thousands of hours getting ready to show their animals...
Have you read a newspaper lately? Was it your local newspaper? Was it in print or online? I’m fortunate to have a daily, regional newspaper delivered to my door every day. I also have two neighboring community newspapers delivered weekly. Why do I spend this money? It is my connection to my...
I strongly felt that I needed to respond in defense of the wonderful men and women who have volunteered and are serving on the Destination Branding Committee for Luverne Initiatives for Tomorrow.  If you are a social media person (I admit that I am not), you probably have heard of the negative...
Over the course of my teaching career, educational content and methods have evolved a lot, but unfortunately the Luverne Middle School/High School building has not kept up with the many changes. It is clear that the current middle school classrooms in particular are no longer adequate for the 21st-...
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...
Jason Berghorst
Like me, you felt it this past Friday and Saturday. Some of you, like me, were energized by it and liked the feeling. Others of you dreaded it. But we all noticed it. The change of seasons was in the air last weekend. Temperatures in the sixties during the day and low fifties at night felt...
A cool spring has blanketed much of Minnesota, but a change in weather and the storms that typically come with it are on the way. Tornadoes have occurred in Minnesota from March to November and last year, there were 39 reported touchdowns in the state. While there were no reported injuries or...
Agriculture plays a key role in our daily lives and in a variety of ways. This week, more than half a million FFA members will celebrate the role agriculture plays in our lives while sharing their message of agriculture and agricultural education throughout the country. During National FFA Week, a...
During last week’s East Coast winter storm, at least 29 people sadly lost their lives, making headlines across the world. In Minnesota 25 people were killed on our roadways in January, yet most people don’t give a second thought. In just the first 31 days of 2016, preliminary reports from the state...

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