Opinion

While interviewing Sewing Basket owner Barb Bork and employee Barb Sandbulte last week, I was struck by their enthusiasm for all things crafty and creative. To the non-crafty person (me), their world is a strange new territory. However, a faint wave of nostalgia came over me when I stepped into...
Fire marshal urges Minnesotans to keep taking fire prevention seriously   One person died this morning in an apartment fire in Mound, the first fire fatality of 2017 in Minnesota. The death comes on the heels of a near record-setting year for fire deaths in the state. The number of fire deaths in...
I became the unsuspecting envy of friends when I recently made a stop in Waco, Texas. It was more than a year ago that I wrote about my fascination with a PBS food show and my wish to visit and eat at the restaurant where the show is filmed. In that column I expanded my road trip fantasy to include...
By now we have been in the New Year long enough that writing 2017 on the check should be second nature, but for me, not so much. I am not sure what the grace period is for scratching 2016 out and writing in 2017, but I am guessing it’s about over. Under the heading of “things are changing,” I don’t...
To the Editor: I recently saw a meme on Facebook that caught my attention. It said, “Stalking is a strong word. I prefer to say intensive research of an individual.” Many of us use the term “stalk” in a variety of jokes. And if we are being honest, who hasn’t used online resources to discreetly...
Community newspapers have played a vital role in preserving our area’s history, and it has become apparent we couldn’t observe Luverne’s 150th birthday without the diligence of our journalistic forefathers. (See the front page “Moment in Time.”) With the advent of the Internet that spews out “news...
I like living in a state with four distinct seasons. I believe we can appreciate and enjoy each season more because it is only here for part of the year. If the weather was always the same, would we even notice and enjoy it? And what would we have to talk about? Of course the weather in Minnesota...
It’s not every day we get to celebrate 150 years of anything, so if the opportunity arises, it should be a pretty big party. At least we think so. That’s why we at the Star Herald are pretty excited about the fact that this year, Luverne is observing 150 years since its founding. The “event” per se...
Question: Are people allowed to push their leftover snow out onto the highway for the snowplow to move it? Answer: According to Minnesota State Statute 160.2715, “It shall be unlawful to obstruct any highway or deposit snow or ice thereon.” This law prohibits the plowing, blowing, shoveling or...

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