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Thank you, Luverne teachers!        During the past six weeks, I have been reminded many times why I became an educator. It has been and always will be about the students for me.        As a teacher, coach, principal, athletic director, and now as a superintendent, I always wanted students to have...
Luverne and Rock County have always been leaders in our little corner of the state on policies ranging from schools, the environment, agriculture and most recently the census (we’re leading the state right now in data response). Now, dear readers, we must again step up and be leaders. Our governor...
On Monday, Minnesota Senate Republicans announced their agenda for the upcoming legislative session. Known as “Vision 2020,” it will guide public policy work during the 2020 legislative session, which is expected to include capital investment bill, a supplemental budget, tax relief, health care,...
So what’s in a name? Obviously a very specific spelling, for one thing. One of the challenges for the Star Herald staff is to spell names correctly — not an easy task. As early as possible at the beginning of each school year, we ask the area schools to email student class lists to us for reference...
We’re closing in the end of another decade, and the Star Herald is looking back on the highlights of the years between 2010 and 2020. The first 10 years of the new millennium in Rock County were marked by the Ken Burns world premiere of his documentary series, “The War,” at the Palace Theatre. The...
Every two years state legislators submit requests for the capital budget bill. The requests include improvements to state facilities, public lands and grants to local government entities. The city of Ellsworth is requesting a $1.3 million grant for a new city hall, multi-purpose center and...
As I suggested last week, there is a bright side dawning in this dehumanizing time. There is increasing sense in our land, spurred by the political crisis, about what defines and characterizes honorable public service, a free compassionate society and faithful witness to the Good Shepherd. ...
You in Luverne likely feel like I do here in Washington. In the midst of the hostile even bigoted political debates and civil disequilibrium, I confess the need for instruction to maintain my faith and peace. The Parable of the Good Shepherd (in Luke 15) reminds us what the sacrificing-servant-...
“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...

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