Opinion

For many caregivers, stress is a constant companion. One effective way to reduce caregiver stress and reduce burnout is to write in a journal. Getting your thoughts down on paper and out of your head is therapeutic.  Studies have found that journaling improves health and well-being. Chronic stress...
Thumps up — to Casey’s new bright red awning and sign. It’s a bright, shiny improvement to our South Highway 75 “gateway” into Luverne. Thumps down — to rising gas prices. They’re taking a huge bite out of family budgets at a time wages finally nudged upward but are being gobbled up furiously by...
This year’s legislative session will be about getting Minnesota back on the right track. My priorities will be to tackle the tax infrastructure, the state's education system, and public safety.   Surplus With a $7.7 billion surplus in the Minnesota state budget, there are a lot of opinions about...
Brenda Winter
I’m not a fashion diva, and never has that been made more clear than last week when I – like many in Rock County – slogged through the first week of 2022 with a case of the flu. I felt fine Sunday morning, but I opted not to attend church because my husband had been feeling poorly for a few days....
You don’t need special training to have an open, authentic conversation about mental health. For most of us, talking about other aspects of our health — like a recent surgery or treatment — comes easy. Brain health should be the same. Often, just talking about it can be the first important step in...
The 2021 session is in full swing as bills have started moving through the legislative process as committee meetings kick into high gear. While this year’s session looks different with most meetings taking place virtually, I nevertheless continue to work hard to make sure Senate District 22 is well...
The Star Herald this week is dated Dec. 24, Christmas Eve, so our editorial staff thought it fitting to use this space to remember the reason for the season: On Dec. 25 we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. For Christians, that little miracle baby was God’s son, born to save us from our sin. “For...
Before moving to Luverne, I was head football coach at a small university from 1985 to 1992. During my time there, my players faced several racist incidents from the community. The first happened when I arrived. A community member asked me about the "cans" I was bringing to the town. Confused, I...
Farm stress is certainly not a new concept. My father saw rural suicide rates spike in his farming days in the 1930s. When I was a young farmer just getting started in the ’80s, I became super depressed. Interest rates were as high as 21 percent, while land and machinery values plummeted. Farmers...
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...

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