August 01, 2023
On Friday local first responders will meet with Angela Nolz, a licensed clinical counselor and integrated health therapist at Sanford Luverne, and we’re happy to hear our caregivers will get some care for themselves.
When a tragedy happens in a community, public safety professionals absorb that pain. They experience significantly more traumatic events than the average person, resulting in higher…
May 02, 2023
Foster Care Month in May offers an opportunity to recognize foster parents for providing care and stability to children in crisis across Minnesota.
Children often experience mental health challenges from trauma and family disruption. In fact, mental and behavioral health is the most significant unmet health need for children and teens in foster care.
As many as 80 percent of children in foster…
February 28, 2023
Minnesota’s 1,777 townships will hold their annual meeting on Tuesday, March 14.
Known as Township Day, these annual meetings take place every year on the second Tuesday in March and set townships apart from other forms of local government.
At these meetings, residents of the townships will voice their opinions about local issues with other township residents, and they’ll vote directly on their…
January 24, 2023
Thumbs up — to snowplow drivers and snow removal crews fighting a non-stop battle this winter.
Thumbs up — to law enforcement, first responders, utility workers and others who work in winter conditions to keep people safe.
Thumbs down — to those who drive on closed roads in the winter. They put themselves and others at risk by doing so and can delay the opening of the roads if they become…
May 24, 2022
Memorial Day will be celebrated Monday, May 30, 2022. It is a federal holiday observed on the last Monday in May and commemorates the men and women who died while in military service.
Memorial Day began after the Civil War with both formal and informal ceremonies at graves and ceremonies for the soldiers who had fallen in battle.
On May 5, 1868, the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), a Union…
August 03, 2021
You don’t need special training to have an open, authentic conversation about mental health.
For most of us, talking about other aspects of our health — like a recent surgery or treatment — comes easy. Brain health should be the same.
Often, just talking about it can be the first important step in staying connected and helping get support or treatment if needed.
The Luv1LuvAll team members with…
June 22, 2021
Thumbs up — to the fantastic lineup at the Rock County Fair coming up at the end of July. There is something for everyone, and it’s clear our local fair board put thought and creativity into the lineup of offerings.
Thumbs down — to Mother Nature for scorching heat and stingy rainfall this month. In a typical feast and famine cycle, we’re now longing for some of those rainy days that flooded our…
April 06, 2021
It’s always trendy to criticize government — its taxes, spending and general overreach and control over the lives of hard-working American citizens.
And, sometimes criticisms are warranted.
But sometimes government does accomplish good things, and this week the Star Herald shines light on a few government projects with positive impacts on the community.
For example, we have an update on the Rock…
March 09, 2021
Daylight saving time returns Sunday, March 14, signaling more late-afternoon sunshine and the upcoming warmer season.
It also kicks off National Sunshine Week, March 14-20, which celebrates and brings awareness to free and open access to public information and an accountable government.
The theme this year is “It’s your right to know,” and it sheds light on the importance of community journalists…
February 16, 2021
Thumbs up to local electric utility workers for their round-the-clock work at Luverne’s power plant to man the back-up generator that was called into service.
Thumbs up also to Luverne city leaders who had the foresight to maintain an independent power source for the community.
Thumbs down to climate change deniers. Our Arctic cap is melting, it’s snowing on the beaches of the Gulf, and our…
August 04, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic isn’t easy.
It isn’t easy for people who get sick.
It isn’t easy for their families and loved ones who can’t gather at their bedsides.
It isn’t easy to properly grieve losses, COVID or not.
It isn’t easy for communities to support residents and businesses.
It isn’t easy for our mentally ill who already feel isolated and insecure.
It isn’t easy for their caregivers and…
January 01, 2020
At the end of a year, and particularly at the end of a decade, it’s prudent to ask the question, “Are we better off now than we were a year ago (or 10 years ago)?”
It’s good to ask the question, because the details and obligations of daily life have a way of distracting us from our intended direction.
The question can apply to personal relationships as well as professional careers and community…
May 31, 2016
Thumbs up to those of you who are keeping up with the fast-growing grass between the frequent May showers. Another thumbs up to those home and business owners who have taken the time to decorate with brightly colored flowers.
Thumbs down to those who cannot seem to find their lawnmowers … or their green thumbs.
Thumbs up to the forward-thinking congregation of the Zion Lutheran Church, the…
March 08, 2016
March is recognized as MS Awareness Month through the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America.
For more than 20 years, Neil and Sharon Dohlmann of Magnolia have provided a face to MS and support for those living with MS.
During MS Awareness Month, they want individuals to know that a diagnosis of MS is not a “death sentence.”
While MS is an unpredictable, often debilitating disease of the…