pandemic

Gracie Zewiske serves the ball during the Cardinals’ match against the Worthington Trojans. Zewiske was one of many senior volleyball players in the state of Minnesota who didn’t get an opportunity to participate in postseason play due to Covid-19.
The Luverne Cardinals were just starting to find their footing when the state of Minnesota put a halt on all youth sports  due to Covid-19. The Cardinals were on a four-game winning streak and owned a 5-5 record. They appeared to be picking up momentum as the section tournament neared. Then the...
Amber Schieck strips electrical insulation off wires in order to sell the copper.
Pandemic economic relief aid is helping businesses cover losses; however, Rock County Opportunities has been quietly bleeding revenue — over $200,000 with no government relief in sight. Until Friday. That’s when Gov. Tim Walz signed into law a bill that includes $30 million for disability service...
The Star Herald this week carries a story about volunteers assembling personal care kits to be shared with community members. The primary idea is that social isolation and economic hardships of a pandemic take a toll on human beings, especially those with fewer resources. This is especially true...
The coronavirus pandemic isn’t easy. It isn’t easy for people who get sick. It isn’t easy for their families and loved ones who can’t gather at their bedsides. It isn’t easy to properly grieve losses, COVID or not. It isn’t easy for communities to support residents and businesses. It isn’t easy for...
Limited in-person client activities resumed for the first time July 22 at Rock County Opportunities since the closing of the facility on March 18 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Nancy Lewis works behind a partition as she stuffs envelopes with the Luverne Alumni News.
A small handful of RCO clients returned to work last week, four months after the organization was forced to shut down March 18 under pandemic stay-at-home orders. The effect of shutdown on staff, clients, employers and others has been devastating, according to RCO director Elizabeth Schear. “It’s...
A July 11 fireworks display at the Hills Rez Park is intended to promote a sense a community — at a safe distance. Howie Vis is an organizer with Helping Build Communities Stronger, a community club focused on promotional activities in Hills, Beaver Creek and Steen. The group annually hosts the...
Lori Sorenson
A “novel” virus is, by definition, a new virus, not previously identified. When it emerged six months ago scientists knew nothing about it, except that it was highly contagious and could kill people. Today we know a little about it, like how it’s transmitted and what it’s capable of. But mostly, it...
Dennis Madison lowers the flag at the city of Magnolia/post office building Friday morning.
In Minnesota on the 19th of each month, all U.S. flags outside of state and federal buildings in Minnesota are to be flown half-staff from sunrise to sunset. The directive, from Gov. Tim Walz, is to remember, mourn and honor lives lost due to COVID-19.
Mavis Fodness
My last in-person visit with my granddaughter, Jayden, was March 6. Almost 60 days later, on the bright, sunny Sunday morning of May 3, the grandmother in me knew it was time to see Jayden face to face. Unbeknownst to me, when my daughter Courtney told Jayden that MeeMaw Mavis was coming to Iowa...
Rick Peterson
I don’t know about you, but keeping track of what day of the week it is has been a bit of a problem for me. It seems like we’ve been doing this stay-at-home thing forever when really it’s only been six weeks. That said, six weeks is a long time when you don’t know from one day to the next what the...

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