June 07, 2022
Thumbs up — to our local graduates: given their profile information in the recent Star Herald graduation edition, these kids are going places. Also, this week’s Arts and Academics edition showcases all kinds of student talent worth community accolades.
Thumbs down — to Main Street business owners and their employees who park in front of other businesses. A brief stop is one thing, but we’ve heard…
May 31, 2022
Summer in Minnesota brings sunshine and the excitement of school being out for summer and families heading out on vacation.
However, all the campers, trailers and extra vehicle traffic makes the next 100 days the deadliest days for traffic fatalities on Minnesota roads.
That’s why the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety issued a reminder this week that law enforcement…
By Scott Buchanan, administrator, Minnesota Veterans Home, Luverne
May 10, 2022
As the Veterans Home in Luverne celebrates the annual Minnesota Veterans Homes Week May 8 through 14, our staff acknowledges the benefits of a caring, generous community.
We’re so grateful to neighbors and veteran champions for their partnership, especially during the pandemic.
We looked for new ways to enhance the experiences of our veterans and their families, and community contributions of all…
May 03, 2022
May is National Foster Care Month, and Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota (LSS) is seeking foster parents to partner in caring for children and youth in need.
If you are interested in making a difference in children’s lives, consider becoming a foster parent.
On an average day in 2020, approximately 8,600 children and young adults were in foster care, according to the Minnesota Department of…
By By Suree Sompamitwong, Southwest Crisis Center’s Rock and Nobles regional advocate
April 26, 2022
Though sexual assault and child abuse happens every day, now is a particular time to remember those impacted by it.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month.
According to RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network), every 68 seconds someone in America is sexually assaulted. Furthermore, one in 10 children will experience some sort of abuse as a child.
By Linda Wenzel, A.C.E. of SW Minnesota Rock County program coordinator
April 19, 2022
If you want happiness for an hour … take a nap.
If you want happiness for a day … go fishing.
If you want happiness for a year … inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime … Help Somebody!
This is what I believe epitomizes the true joy of being a volunteer, “Helping Others.”
Our A.C.E. of SW Minnesota - Rock County volunteers are some of the best of the best!
In 2021, 590 amazing…
April 05, 2022
No one intends to seriously injure or kill someone by driving while distracted, but good intentions alone don’t prevent crashes. Smart choices do.
In Minnesota the dangerous choice of driving while distracted contributed to more than 39,000 crashes from 2017-2021 and an average of 28 deaths and 161 serious, life-changing injuries per year on the road.
To increase awareness and change dangerous…
March 29, 2022
Each spring, the Rock County Star Herald publishes a Home, Lawn and Garden special section which features businesses and issues unique to these topics.
This year’s special section (tucked inside this week’s Star Herald) prompted us to once again marvel at the ingenuity of local residents and businesses and the entrepreneurial spirit of newcomers to the local business scene.
We at the Star Herald…
March 22, 2022
Thumps up — to Casey’s new bright red awning and sign. It’s a bright, shiny improvement to our South Highway 75 “gateway” into Luverne.
Thumps down — to rising gas prices. They’re taking a huge bite out of family budgets at a time wages finally nudged upward but are being gobbled up furiously by across-the-board inflation. And along those lines …
Thumbs down — to small-minded people eager to…
March 15, 2022
The foundation of our well-being in general depends on the domestic production of food. Our farmers and ranchers provide us with an abundant, nutritious food supply throughout the year.
In recognition of this achievement, members of the Rock County Farm Bureau and Rock County Library will celebrate Farm Week next week.
On Monday, March 21, stop in for giveaways and coloring contest sheets.…
By Mark Jacobson, Winona Peer support specialist
March 08, 2022
The mental health system in the United States is currently in a state of crisis. Consider the following:
•In 2019, just prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, 19.86 percent of adults in the U.S. experienced a mental illness, equivalent to nearly 50 million Americans.
•Suicidal ideation continues to increase among adults in the United States, with 4.58 percent of adults reporting serious thoughts of…
By Bill Weber, Luverne, District 22 Senator
February 22, 2022
This year’s legislative session will be about getting Minnesota back on the right track. My priorities will be to tackle the tax infrastructure, the state's education system, and public safety.
With a $7.7 billion surplus in the Minnesota state budget, there are a lot of opinions about what to do with all this extra money.
Before I discuss what we should and should not do with the…
February 15, 2022
It’s time again to review the Rock County Star Herald “thumbs up” and “thumbs down” for local bright spots and disappointments over the past several weeks.
Thumbs up — to local efforts to protect drinking water sources. Gravel is an important economic resource but mining in sensitive areas can lead to water pollution.
Manure is also an important economic resource, but again we need to protect…
February 08, 2022
This week, Feb. 7-11, is National School Counselors Week, a time to consider the unique contribution of school counselors in U.S. school systems.
National School Counseling Week, sponsored by American School Counselors Association, highlights the significant impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.
The 2022 theme is “School Counseling:…
By the Senate Republican Caucus
February 01, 2022
Senate Republicans recently announced session priorities that will focus on helping Minnesotans afford everyday life, reducing crime and empowering parents.
“Senate Republicans are focused on getting Minnesota back on track by making life affordable for Minnesotans, tackling crime, and improving education,” Sen. Bill Weber (R-Luverne) said.
“We focused on the issues important to you, not on how…
January 25, 2022
January is National Blood Donor Month and the nation’s blood supply remains at one of its lowest levels in recent years.
In recent weeks, blood centers across the country have reported less than a one-day’s supply of blood of certain critical blood types — a dangerously low level.
If the nation’s blood supply does not stabilize soon, life-saving blood may not be available for some patients when…