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  • By Minnesota Department of Agriculture
    September 28, 2015
      As farmers across Minnesota ramp up fall harvest activity, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) reminds everyone of possible hazards of the season. Federal and state statistics show farming is one of the most dangerous professions. In 2013, the latest year reported, 17 of the 69 work-related deaths in the state were in the ag industry, according to data from the Minnesota Department of…
  • September 21, 2015
      In the past five years Rock County’s debt has grown. Today the amount totals $11,115,019.29. At the Sept. 8 Rock County Board meeting, Chairman Ron Boyenga proposed taking on no more debt for the next five years. Instead of passing the resolution, board members supported the idea instead, making it a possible goal. As a goal to not raise the county’s debt, the action won’t tie commissioners’…
  • September 14, 2015
      The little prairie town of Luverne was changed overnight when its “opera house” opened in September 1915. Founder Herman Jochims spared no expense in outfitting the Palace with the latest and greatest in technology and décor. The New Palace Theatre was able to offer the finest in stage productions, vaudeville and music entertainment in the world, and its very existence on Luverne’s Main Street…
  • By Randall J. Slieter, 8th Judicial District Judge, Olivia
    September 07, 2015
      Sept. 17 is the day we annually celebrate Constitution Day as a reminder of the importance of our constitution and the foundation it provides for the enduring magnitude of the United States.  Constitution Day is a federal observance that recognizes the signing of the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia on this day in 1787.  Here are some interesting facts about our United States Constitution: •…
  • August 31, 2015
      Tuesday marked a significant milestone for our rural Rock County residents. Rock County Broadband Alliance broke ground on a $14 million project to bring high-speed Internet service to all residents living outside the city of Luverne. RCBA is a subsidiary of Alliance Communications Cooperative based in Garretson, South Dakota. The co-op received a $5 million state grant to expand its fiber-to-…
  • August 24, 2015
      A disappointing controversy arose last week during the annual sale of the Cardinal Coupon Card. The folded card displays the names of more than 50 local businesses offering discounts totaling more than $2,000 in goods and services. The Chamber does the legwork contacting interested businesses, and the athletes do the legwork selling cards. The proceeds are split between the Chamber and Luverne…
  • By Lt. Governor Tina Smith
    August 17, 2015
        In 1922 the Minneapolis Tribune speculated, “… The day will come soon when farms are run by electricity, just as the other great industries are." The newspaper marveled that the relatively new technology was creating new economic opportunities in rural Minnesota and was making work more efficient and life a little easier. Eventually Minnesota farms were electrified, but it didn't…
  • August 10, 2015
      The Star Herald this week doles out thumbs up and thumbs down on topics ranging from street beautification to recycling contamination. Thumbs up — to the Rock County Agricultural Society for putting on another great fair. It had a great variety of things to do, see, hear and eat, and the improvements at the fairgrounds made everything look great and function smoothly. Of course perfect summer…
  • August 03, 2015
      The Rock County Sheriff’s Office and the members of Rock County Triad hosted a local celebration for National Night Out Tuesday. The national observance began as a way for neighborhoods (both residential and business) to meet and connect with each other. The premise for the celebration is that “friends take care of friends” and neighborhoods comprised of friends take care of each other. The…
  • 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…
  • By Sgt. Troy Christianson, Minnesota State Patrol
    July 13, 2015
      Question: I read an article about gas-powered bicycles/mopeds and I have some questions of my own. What is needed in addition when one has a permit or driver’s license? Answer: These rules apply to required equipment and gear for moped riders: •A moped must meet the same lighting requirements as a motorcycle, with a headlight, taillight and stop lamp. The headlight must be on during operation.…
  • July 13, 2015
      Construction on U.S. Highway 75 in Luverne is about halfway through the project timeline and we are starting to see some of its effects, both good and bad. First the good effects. Slowly, the large machines that have been digging and trenching in the middle and the sides of the roadway are disappearing. There are no more gaping holes in the ground detouring traffic from both directions. Slowly…
  • July 06, 2015
              By Mavis Fodness A grassroots movement is taking place to develop activities that get us up off the couch in Rock County. We hope more of this catches on. Kayaking down the Rock River, boating and swimming at a former gravel pit were some of the activities demonstrated last week. Not only did they seem fun, the activities burned a lot of calories. The Southwest Health and Human Services…
  • By Jason Berghorst, reporter
    July 06, 2015
      Growing up in Luverne in the 1980s and 1990s, I experienced a very quiet Fourth of July holiday in my hometown. Some years our family would travel to Leota to see fireworks or maybe to Hills to swim at the Rez. Any holiday activities were always in other towns. Luverne was closed for the Fourth. Independence Day is a summer, outdoor holiday. Luverne has no lake. There was no beach and no…
  • June 29, 2015
      Transplantation is one of the most remarkable success stories in the history of medicine. But despite continuing advances in medicine and technology, the need for organs and tissue is far greater than the availability. The Star Herald this week features a story about Al Berdahl and his quest to educate the public about organ and issue donation. Transplantation gives hope to thousands of people…
  • June 22, 2015
      This month is National Dairy Month, so the Star Herald did some research on dairy and why we should care. Outside of the fact that dairy operations play a big role in our local ag economy, there are plenty of nutritional reasons we should stock milk and other dairy products in our fridges. • Milk is the number one food source, in terms of consumption, for three of the four nutrients the Dietary…
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