Opinion

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...
This is my first column of the New Year. I usually scribe out my predictions and resolutions, but this year I am going to change things up a bit. I turn 60 later this year, and frankly I have been thinking about that a lot lately. Maybe my thought process has been somewhat influenced by my overall...
I don’t know what it is about the arrival of another year that makes us, at least briefly, decide to better ourselves, our lives and our habits.  Perhaps it’s the same reason that causes us to start diets on Mondays instead of Thursdays. With sincere hearts, at the dawn of a new year, we pledge (...
Question: I was wondering if someone could tell me what the law is on commercial vehicles having window tint? I drive a dump truck and was wondering if window tint is allowed as long as it's the 50% that is allowed in passenger vehicles or if it is illegal for dump trucks/semi's to have any window...
We’re almost at year’s end and by now most of us have already been to our share of Christmas parties and family gatherings. It’s no wonder that the holiday season and cold and flu season often become one and the same, what with all the handshaking and coughing into hands going on all at once. Not...
Since becoming an empty nester, I’ve noticed changes in how the household operates without children at home. No one tells Mom milk is needed. The shoes piled in the entryway belong to one adult (not me) and the family dog is starved for attention. Bree is a 10-year-old chocolate Labrador we’ve had...
Support something smart for our community, something that really matters Anonymous donor match for History Center expires at yearend Nearly 5 billion artifacts are held in public trust by more than 30,000 archives, historical societies, libraries, museums, scientific research collections and...
Small town living brings out ‘good stuff’ this time of year Sometimes it's important to really notice and appreciate the world around you. We all know that, but how often do we intentionally slow down or quiet down in order to really “take in” the good stuff? I found myself doing that more this...

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