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  • April 11, 2016
    A cool spring has blanketed much of Minnesota, but a change in weather and the storms that typically come with it are on the way. Tornadoes have occurred in Minnesota from March to November and last year, there were 39 reported touchdowns in the state. While there were no reported injuries or deaths in 2015, those tornadoes serve as a good reminder for families to have an emergency plan in place…
  • By Nicole Woodley, Luverne native and current resident physician at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
    April 04, 2016
    Preventing chronic illness and treatable diseases is necessary for supporting our long-term health and wellness.  Over 70 percent of Minnesotans have a dedicated health care and dental professional, and along with personal health goals and responsibility, this is one of the most important factors that has led to Minnesota becoming the fourth-healthiest state in the nation.  The University of…
  • March 08, 2016
    March is recognized as MS Awareness Month through the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America. For more than 20 years, Neil and Sharon Dohlmann of Magnolia have provided a face to MS and support for those living with MS. During MS Awareness Month, they want individuals to know that a diagnosis of MS is not a “death sentence.” While MS is an unpredictable, often debilitating disease of the…
  • February 22, 2016
    Agriculture plays a key role in our daily lives and in a variety of ways. This week, more than half a million FFA members will celebrate the role agriculture plays in our lives while sharing their message of agriculture and agricultural education throughout the country. During National FFA Week, a host of activities raise awareness about the role the National FFA Organization plays in the…
  • February 09, 2016
    Seven years ago, the Luverne community came together as individuals, businesses and government to brainstorm on ways to improve this community. The downtown retail corridor was suffering, the community was lacking things to do, places to eat, venues to shop and daily activities. People and businesses were moving out of town. Some of this was real, some was perception, but everyone agreed we…
  • February 09, 2016
    Seven years ago, the Luverne community came together as individuals, businesses and government to brainstorm on ways to improve this community. The downtown retail corridor was suffering, the community was lacking things to do, places to eat, venues to shop and daily activities. People and businesses were moving out of town. Some of this was real, some was perception, but everyone agreed we…
  • February 02, 2016
    During last week’s East Coast winter storm, at least 29 people sadly lost their lives, making headlines across the world. In Minnesota 25 people were killed on our roadways in January, yet most people don’t give a second thought. In just the first 31 days of 2016, preliminary reports from the state Office of Traffic Safety show 25 traffic fatalities, which compares with nine people at this time…
  • December 28, 2015
    Rep. Joe Schomacker (R-Luverne) hosted a Town Hall last Tuesday, Dec. 22, for concerned deer hunters in southwest Minnesota to express their frustrations regarding the Minnesota Department of Natural Resource's (DNR) management of the deer herd. Over 50 deer hunters attended the Town Hall at Beaver Creek Archery Club in Slayton to hear from Rep. Schomacker, who was joined by Rep. Tom…
  • December 28, 2015
    We at the Star Herald take our Year in Review coverage seriously, in part because it’s a way for us to look back at our work and assess how thorough (or not) we’ve been. People often ask our news reporters, “Do you ever run out of things to put in the paper?” And there’s never hesitation in our response: “No. Never.” Rock County is a happening place to be, and there’s never a shortage of news…
  • December 22, 2015
    As we marvel at the new and shiny Christmas gifts we anxiously waited to unwrap, please take a moment and think about what to do with the old stuff. We live in a disposable age where unwanted and broken items are thrown away. In fact, more and more of today’s items are designed with discarding in mind when broken. The price of these items is lower than their fixable predecessors, making the…
  • By By Jane Wildung Lanphere, executive director, Luverne Area Chamber
    December 14, 2015
    So here we are again, one of my favorite times of the year — Christmas. Christmas is that magical time of Santa, toys, children, trees, tinsel, elves, Rudolph, carols and turkey. When I hear the words “It was the night before Christmas” or the melody of “Joy to the World, “ I still get thrills of delight as I think of the children waiting for Santa to come down the chimney and the congregations…
  • By mavis fodness, reporter
    October 26, 2015
      Freshly painted barn brings dreams of very own quilt design Sac County, Iowa, has more barn quilts than any other place in the country ­ or so its website indicates. Visitors can even run a self-guided tour to all 58 sites by printing the simple map off the Internet. For the past couple of years, my self-guided tour of the large, hand-painted designs on the front or sides of barns has consisted…
  • By Evan Verbrugge, Rock County Sheriff
    October 12, 2015
       Recently I was asked about whether a semitrailer can park on the streets in a residential area.  We have been noticing more and more individuals are doing this, and it actually goes against the City of Luverne Ordinance. According to Ordinance SEC. 9.30 TRUCK PARKING. •Subd. 1. It is unlawful to park a detached semitrailer upon any street, City-owned parking lot, or other public property,…
  • By Rick Peterson
    October 12, 2015
      Well, both the Rock County Pheasants Forever banquet and the Minnesota pheasant hunting season opener have come and gone since my last column. To give you an update, the local Pheasants Forever chapter hosted one of its most successful events in recent years. Credit for that success goes to the hard-working committee that plans for months and to the tremendous support the local chapter receives…
  • By mavis fodness, reporter
    September 28, 2015
      The saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” was never more poignant in describing my experience at this year’s state 4-H horse show. Unbeknownst to me, a Clay County mother and daughter were dealing with a nightmare the day after the Rock County delegation pulled onto the state fairgrounds Sept. 17. The Brown family’s horse named Brick was having trouble moving. No amount of coaxing from…
  • July 20, 2015
          In several studies over the past decade, behavioral scientists have found that some people look so much like their pets that outside observers can match them based on pictures alone. The accompanying image, for instance, comes from a 2005 study in which test participants identified owner-pet pairs at a success rate far greater than what you'd get with random guessing. So, if this is…
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