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  • By Sue Abderholden, director, Minnesota chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness
    October 04, 2022
    Mental Illness Awareness Week is Oct. 3-8. It’s a time to raise awareness of mental illnesses, fight discrimination and provide support to people whose lives have been impacted. This year it takes on significant importance because so many people are experiencing poor mental health due to the impact of the pandemic. Anxiety and depression have increased dramatically. We can see the angst in our…
  • September 27, 2022
    Everything’s coming up Thumbs Up this week in the Star Herald’s Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down editorial. Thumbs up — to Fairway Meat Market and their grand opening. This business is clearly a class act, from its bow-tie-sporting manager to its attractive meat cases fully stocked with mouth-watering meats and groceries. Thumbs up — to PrairiE Loft apartments for their steady construction progress and now…
  • September 20, 2022
    It warms my heart to see Carson’s young friends rallying to remember him and raise money in Carson’s name to help others. I love them for this, but I cautioned them against glamorizing Carson’s life amid their loss. We need to avoid the suggestion that suicide is a noble way to escape burdens. Carson was indeed a special soul who had many reasons to live, but he was much like his 20-something…
  • September 13, 2022
    Ready or not, the 2022 election season is upon us, and by next week, early voting will be available for those interested in doing so. If they haven’t been paying attention, Luverne School District voters will be surprised and a little overwhelmed by a list of 18 candidates vying for five open seats on the Luverne School Board. There are 15 seeking election to four open seats with four-year terms…
  • September 06, 2022
    Dear Gov. Walz, Lt. Gov. Flanagan and members of the Minnesota House and Senate: As associations representing the state’s local partners – its school districts, counties, cities, and townships, encompassing all citizens of our state – we are aware of the significant challenges and needs local leaders face amid an uncertain economy and the ongoing effects of the pandemic. During the 2022…
  • By Craig Oftedahl, Luverne Public Schools Superintendent
    August 30, 2022
    Staff encouraged to ‘know’ each and every student Superintendent Craig Oftedahl addressed employees at Luverne Public Schools Monday morning in preparation for the 2022-2023 school year, opening on Sept. 6. In his annual address to all staff members, Oftedahl encouraged them to make “Cardinal Connections.” To illustrate his message, the names of the 1,200 students were typed on a sheet of paper…
  • August 23, 2022
    Eighteen candidates seeking election to five open seats on the Luverne School Board is a testament to the spirit of local leadership and interest in the future of the district and its students. With this many candidates on the ballot, the heightened interest in voting will also shine a spotlight on the quality of education in our district. Luverne boasts a talented staff that rivals any in the…
  • August 16, 2022
    Maybe it’s the barometric pressure, or maybe we didn’t receive enough happy “thumbs” from readers, but this week we’re all down in the thumbs. Thumbs down — to bicycle riders on Main Street sidewalks. The painted red circles with a line through a bike are fading at downtown intersections, but common sense would suggest it’s unsafe for bicyclists to whiz by storefront doors where pedestrians could…
  • By Angela Nolz, walk chair, Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk
    August 09, 2022
    Luverne will host its second annual ‘Out of the Darkness’ suicide prevention walk on Sept. 10 following an amazing outpouring of support for our walk last year. The Luverne community has been known to lend a hand in hardship and prides itself in the health and sustainability of the community. Our goal is to ensure the mental health of this community is also considered. We want to provide support…
  • July 26, 2022
    The Star Herald asked around for tidbits to include in this month’s round of Thumbs Up and Thumbs Down, and the worst complaint for Thumbs Down was that weeds are making some properties look dumpy. We encourage residents and businesses to mow or spray their weeds to help keep our communities clean and inviting. Other than that, we have nothing but Thumbs Up to share: Thumbs up — to the festive…
  • July 19, 2022
    Bravo, Luverne, on a job well done hosting the 60th Annual Hot Dog Night and Cardinal Pride All-School Reunion over the weekend. Of course, to praise “Luverne” is to praise Luverne leaders, Chamber staff, committee members, businesses and countless volunteers who worked quietly behind the scenes for months to make sure the community was ready for the big weekend. The goal was to put our best foot…
  • By Pat Baustian, mayor, city of Luverne
    July 12, 2022
    I would like to extend a warm welcome to all the Luverne alumni who made the trek back to their hometown for the Luverne Cardinal Pride All School Reunion. For some of you it’s probably been a few years since you’ve visited. We hope you’ll find that your hometown school and community are in grand shape. We hope that you are all excited about everything that the Cardinal Pride Committee has put…
  • July 05, 2022
    There are plenty of reasons for Luverne residents — especially as American citizens – to be proud right now. Our little community pulled off another spectacular Fourth of July celebration at The Lake in Luverne. It had all the makings of Americana, cold drinks, outdoor dining, festive music, snow cones and friendly competitions. And, of course, fireworks — a display that rivaled many in much…
  • By Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar
    June 28, 2022
    n this Fourth of July, we celebrate the birth of our country — the great American experiment in democracy that began in 1776, when our founding fathers adopted the principles penned in the Declaration of Independence. Those principles became the bedrock of our nation, a roadmap of America’s purpose, and the foundation for a new way of governing rooted in the importance of working together.…
  • June 21, 2022
    Rock County Relay for Life hit its prime in Luverne about 10 years ago when hundreds of people raised thousands of dollars to support the American Cancer Society’s search for a cure. Dozens of local teams fundraised year-round, and in June they met other teams to “relay” at the park amid live music, food booths, testimonials and, of course, lighted luminaries in memory of or in honor of those…
  • June 14, 2022
    Congratulations to our Fourth of July Committee and the Cardinal Pride Committee for their work with the Luverne Chamber and CVB to secure fireworks for our summer celebrations. Fireworks are expensive and sometimes difficult to secure, but we can be grateful we’ll enjoy two great shows this summer — one on the Fourth of July at The Lake and another at the Luverne City Park for the Cardinal Pride…
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