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  • September 01, 2023
    As students head back to school, we urge motorists to slow down and stay alert, and we urge families with children to talk about safety. This time of year is particularly dangerous with young inexperienced drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists who will all share the road in the early morning and afternoon hours. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers these tips to help keep…
  • August 22, 2023
    To stop impaired driving from endangering lives as people enjoy the end of summer, troopers, deputies and officers will team up for a DWI enforcement campaign Aug. 18-Sept. 4. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) coordinates the campaign with funding provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “Impaired is impaired, regardless of the…
  • August 15, 2023
    As we linger in the Dog Days of Summer, the Star Herald applauds the Luverne Area Chamber and its volunteers and community partners for organizing a full summer of entertainment and activities. Rock County already enjoys a full slate of community entertainment with Buffalo Days, Hills Friendship Days, Hardwick Jubilee Days and the new Beaver Days in Beaver Creek. In between, there’s the Fourth of…
  • August 08, 2023
    A bipartisan bill, the Community News and Small Business Support Act, has been introduced in Congress to help both newspapers and local businesses that have faced economic challenges in recent years. Local newspapers make a difference in their communities, and that’s why Claudia Tenney, a New York Republican, and Suzan DelBene, a Washington Democrat, introduced the bill. According to the bill…
  • By American Farm Bureau
    July 18, 2023
    A summer cookout costs significantly more than two years ago but slightly less than record highs in 2022. Families now pay $67.73 to host a cookout for 10, based on the 2023 American Farm Bureau Federation market basket survey. The $67.73 grocery bill is down 3 percent from 2022, but still approximately 14 percent higher than prices were just two years ago. The cookout favorites include…
  • July 11, 2023
    To remind motorists to drive safely, law enforcement partners are participating in a statewide extra speed enforcement and awareness campaign through the end of July. Officers, deputies and troopers will be looking for speeders endangering their own lives and the lives of others. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety coordinates the campaign with funding provided by…
  • July 04, 2023
    We often don’t know what we need until we need it, and that’s likely the case for most people finding themselves in need of emergency assistance. Until we need help, we don’t know what kind of help is available, and many who have needed help for fires, crashes or medical emergencies will attest to the quality firefighters and first responders we have in Rock County. On Wednesday, June 28, Luverne…
  • June 13, 2023
    Dispatch centers across the state and across the country are experiencing a significant uptick in pocket dials and hang-ups — with some 911 call centers seeing these calls go up 300 percent. These misdials often require dispatchers and law enforcement officers to follow up with the caller to see if there is an emergency, which prevents them from answering other legitimate calls for emergency help…
  • June 06, 2023
    Gov. Tim Walz and Minnesota DNR are encouraging Minnesotans to get out in nature and enjoy the state’s outstanding outdoor opportunities by proclaiming June 2023 as Great Outdoors Month. The proclamation cites the health and wellness benefits of spending time outdoors as one of the many reasons to encourage Minnesotans to get outdoors. We couldn’t agree more. The recently completed Legislative…
  • May 30, 2023
    Old Glory was waving proudly over the Memorial Day weekend, and with the onset of summer, she’ll have increasing opportunities to be on display. Flag Day is observed on June 14. It’s a good time to review flag etiquette with regard to proper handling and display of our nation’s symbol of freedom and liberty. According to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the U.S. flag should fly at peak, above any…
  • By Veronica Raussin
    May 23, 2023
    Memorial Day is a time to honor the memory of men and women who lost their lives while serving in the U.S. military. But we must also never forget the veterans who made it home but are struggling with addiction and mental health issues and suicide thoughts. Early intervention and prevention is critical to help veterans find the treatment they need. More than 300,000 veterans live in Minnesota,…
  • By Eric Sage, executive director, Rock County Opportunities, Luverne
    May 16, 2023
    I have been asked a lot lately what I think about the growing movement across the country and here in Minnesota to end subminimum wages for people with disabilities in the next five years. It's comforting that Minnesota has a Task Force on Eliminating Subminimum Wages to help develop a plan if this bill does pass. However, I’m nervous about removing options for individuals with disabilities…
  • April 25, 2023
    The Rock County Board of Commissioners will consider the future of mail ballots at their meeting on Tuesday, May 2. And we hope they consider the reasons we implemented mail ballot voting in the first place. Rock County has been using mail ballots since 2006 when the federal Help America Vote Act required all precincts to make sure all voters can vote with ease, regardless of disability. It also…
  • April 18, 2023
    ​Are you ready for severe weather? Each year Homeland Security and Emergency Management, in collaboration with the National Weather Service, sponsors Severe Weather Awareness Week in Minnesota. The week is designed to remind and educate the public about the seasonal threats from severe weather and how to avoid them.  It's also a good time to make and practice emergency plans and check…
  • April 11, 2023
    April is National Safe Digging Month and CenterPoint Energy encourages customers to call 811 in advance about projects such as installing a garden, fence, pool or water sprinkler system.  Digging without knowing the location of underground utilities can result in serious injury or death, service disruptions and costly fines or repairs. Hitting underground natural gas, electric, communications,…
  • April 04, 2023
    Driving distracted puts everyone on the road in danger, contributing to an average of 28 deaths and 156 serious, life-changing injuries per year in Minnesota. That’s why law enforcement agencies and traffic safety partners are teaming up to educate motorists, enforce the hands-free cell phone law and help stop other distracting behaviors. The distracted driving enforcement and awareness campaign…
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