Opinion

  Is it safe to plant yet? I’ve heard that 50 times this spring and the varied weather pattern almost made me a liar! The prediction for frost didn’t hit the mark for most gardens, but my garden is the lowest point in town and we had frost twice. It’s frustrating because the 10-day forecast would...
  The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on June 2, 1922:   NEW MASONIC HALL FORMALLY DEDICATED Handsome New Home of Luverne Masonic Orders Consecrated to Masonic Uses Wednesday OFFICERS OF MINNESOTA GRAND LODGE OFFICIATE Many From Adjoining Towns Assemble to Witness Simple but Impressive...
  I hung the “Gone Fishing” sign on the office door last week, and as you have come to expect when I am involved, the trip had some trials and tribulations. One of my mottos in life is, “It’s not what you have, it’s who you know and what they have.” Luckily for me, my two fishing buddies have...
  Earlier this year, Governor Dayton proposed legislation to require all public waters from lakes and rivers and drainage ditches to have a 50-foot vegetative buffer. The governor wanted to protect our drinking water while increasing wildlife habitat. He met with resistance from landowners and...
  One of the many benefits of being a teacher that I appreciate is the school calendar. I’m not just talking about having “summers off,” although that is part of it. I’m also not referring to how some schools now consider May to be summer and August to be fall; that’s a topic for another column. I’...
  An activity traditionally used to keep children busy is making its way into adult hands and eventually into my own hands in the not too distant future. Call me strange, but I have loved poking through the various pens, pencils and crayons in the office supply aisles. The purchase of new markers...
Congratulations to the Class of 2015. It’s a proud time for the news staff at the Star Herald, because we’ve watched (mostly through the lenses of our cameras) these students grow up over the past 18 years. Through various photo opportunities, we’ve come to know them as they’ve risen through the...
  To the Editor: This month is Poppy Month, by proclamation of Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton. On behalf of the American Legion Auxiliary, the verbiage of the governor’s proclamation is reprinted here to encourage community members to support the cause. Beth Wieman, Luverne American Legion...
  To the Editor: I’m happy the city took out the three condemned homes and the fourth will soon follow, I hope. Now the city has to take out the old laundromat. It looks worse than the three houses that went. That corner would look beautiful with a flower garden.  This would be a good project for 4...
  To the Editor: The father of an old friend of mine recently passed away. His name was Rufus Garnmeister. The following letter was on a display table at his funeral. The letter was written by Rufus to the Star Herald in the late ’70s. Many people at the funeral thought it would be good to see it...

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