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  • March 28, 2023
    The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is waiving vehicle permit fees at all 75 state parks and recreation areas on four dates in 2023. The Free Park Days will be Saturday, April 22; Saturday, June 10; Saturday, Sept. 9; and Friday, Nov. 24. With the support of the state legislature, the DNR offers Free Park Days to encourage Minnesotans to get outdoors and enjoy the health and wellness…
  • By Nickolaus Hayes, Health Care Professional
    March 21, 2023
    The NCAA tournament, known as March Madness, showcases some of the best basketball talent in the nation, but for every tip-off, students and fans are likely tipping back an excessive amount of alcohol. It can be challenging at any time of the year to avoid excessive alcohol use. It can be particularly difficult for someone in recovery or the average person choosing sobriety for their health.…
  • By Jim Pumarlo, Red Wing Republican Eagle
    March 14, 2023
    Sandy Robinson and Ben Carlson were part of news reports as birth announcements in Minnesota’s newspapers.  Neither one was probably aware of the attention created by the event, but we could expect to see more of Sandy and Ben in the coming years.  Likewise, we hope the local newspapers become a part of their daily routines. Newspapers pride themselves as recorders of local history. I encourage…
  • March 07, 2023
    Rural residents have dealt with diminishing access to health care for decades, largely because increasing costs of services makes sparsely populated areas less economically feasible to serve than densely populated urban areas. This problem applies just as much to mental health services as to any other aspect of health care in the United States. But now more than ever, as the demand for mental…
  • February 21, 2023
    This week Minnesotans honors bus drivers across the state with “School Bus Driver Appreciation Day” on Wednesday, Feb. 22, to draw attention to these dedicated professionals and to the statewide bus driver shortage. Rock County’s list of school bus drivers report for duty in the Luverne and Hills-Beaver Creek districts. Luverne school bus drivers include Brad Goembel, Scott Adams. Keith Brandt,…
  • February 14, 2023
    Parents need to understand the prevalence of e-cigarette use, also known as vaping, and the serious health risks they pose to young people. Vaping comes in many forms: e-cigarettes, pen mods, box mod kits, pod mods (JUUL), which may sound foreign to some, but are everyday terms among youth. They look like pens or flash drives or are disguised as watches or tucked into the sleeve of a hoodie,…
  • January 31, 2023
    Feb. 6-1o is National School Counselors Week, a time to focus attention on the contributions of school counselors in education. Sponsored by American School Counselors Association, the week highlights the impact school counselors have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. According to Luverne Elementary School Counselor Marie-Atkinson Smeins, children are experiencing…
  • January 10, 2023
    Rock County’s recent heavy snow created headache and hardship for many people attempting to travel – and even depart their blocked garages and driveways. This week’s Star Herald chronicles the efforts of professional snow movers and shares images of snow blowing, snow shoveling and snow piles of mammoth proportions. The sheer volume of snow last week was the third largest in recent history,…
  • December 27, 2022
    Happy New Year, Star Herald readers. We in the newsroom find satisfaction in reviewing and highlighting the top stories of the year in our final December edition. It shows we have progressive and ambitious local leaders and residents, and it shows our news team takes our work seriously in documenting big things, whether good news or bad. At a glance, this year’s top stories include: •PrairiE Loft…
  • December 20, 2022
    Christians believe “God so loved the world that he gave his only son” to take away the sins of the world (John 3:16), and as such, we celebrate the arrival of Jesus as told in the Bible’s second chapter of Luke:   In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. … And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of…
  • December 13, 2022
    It’s no secret that citizens, businesses and organizations in Luverne and Rock County are among the most generous in the nation. It’s a badge we proudly bear on occasions when told our Dollars for Scholars is second in the nation (first in terms of scholarship amounts awarded per student) or when we learn our little community raises more money for the American Cancer Society than most cities…
  • December 05, 2022
    The Luverne Area Chamber’s annual meeting is Monday night, and it will be a time for board members, businesses and individuals to reflect on the organization’s mission and accomplishments. Looking at the agenda, it appears the past year has seen a dizzying level of community events to promote the town. For example, in 2022 the Chamber and its partners: ·Welcomed approximately 6,000 visitors to…
  • November 21, 2022
    The Rock County Star Herald is again facilitating a holiday campaign to send Christmas greetings to deployed military men and women serving the United States around the world. After the first campaign in 2019, more than 600 letters were mailed through the Star Herald’s lighted display in the city park. We are again collecting letters for service people at our lighted display at the park, and…
  • October 25, 2022
    Politics have a way of bringing out the worst in people, and that’s never been truer than in the wake of the 2020 election. Online conspiracy theories and unfounded allegations of voter fraud are still widely believed by many who feel their candidates had their elections “stolen” from them. We’ve grown accustomed to reading these sentiments on social media and even in a few random letters to the…
  • October 18, 2022
    We at the Star Herald take seriously our role in educating voters as they navigate their options for the Nov. 8 General Election. In the Luverne School District, voters will choose school board members from a crowded ballot of 18 candidates, and residents in Ward 2 of the City of Luverne will choose one of two candidates seeking to represent them on the Luverne City Council. Voters in the cities…
  • By Kari Voss-Drost, Southwest Crisis Center assistant director
    October 11, 2022
    This past weekend I was in line at a concession stand when a guy standing behind me started harassing the woman at the front of the line. As he did so, he laughed and rhetorically asked, “If you can’t verbally abuse your neighbor, who can you?” The answer is, “No one.” Whether it is verbal, physical, sexual or psychological, violence and abuse is never OK. Now, I understand that the man thought…
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