November 26, 2023
According to a Gallup survey, 74 percent of holiday shoppers said they expect to spend about the same amount or more on holiday gifts this year compared to last, and 23 percent of shoppers said they choose one retailer over another because they want to support small and local businesses in their community.
Small businesses are essential to rural America. When buying from local small businesses,…
By U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar. Minnesota
June 27, 2023
The U.S. Surgeon General recently released a warning about the negative impacts of social media on children’s mental health, saying that it presents a profound risk of harm.
The advisory also urged social media companies to help parents with the burden of managing the effects of social media on kids.
Big tech companies have shown time and time again that they cannot be trusted to protect kids’…
By Linda Wenzel, A.C.E. of SW Minnesota Rock County program coordinator
June 20, 2023
Quality of life is important for the health and well-being of our seniors.
It’s not enough to just be alive. Good quality of life is especially important for older adults who are dealing with chronic health conditions and major life changes.
Feeling satisfied and fulfilled is just as important for overall well-being as getting regular doctor visits. In fact, having a positive view of life can…
By Craig Oftedahl, Luverne Public Schools Superintendent
February 07, 2023
Seven dedicated individuals devote time and energy, making sure Luverne Public Schools is helping every child learn at a high level.
The Minnesota School Boards Association has set February as Minnesota School Board Recognition Month to build awareness and understanding of the vital function elected school board members play in our society.
We here in Luverne are joining other public school…
By Jessica Campos, Center for Rural Affairs
November 29, 2022
This holiday season, pitching in to support a small business may be easier than you think.
Many small towns are proud to feature a vibrant main street, and rightfully so. Busy storefronts are a sign of activity and growth. They also indicate strong community support.
But not every small business gets their start in a brick-and-mortar location.
With the popularity of online shopping, more small…
By Sue Abderholden, director, Minnesota chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness
November 15, 2022
World Kindness Day was Nov.13, a day that more than ever before needs recognition.
Here at NAMI Minnesota, we’ve been promoting “Space and grace,” to give others space to err, to be upset or mad. It means giving others grace so that our response to them is not filled with anger or frustration.
When we respond with grace and space, we actually feel better – because we have responded with kindness…
By Michael Leach, substance use disorder and addiction specialist
November 01, 2022
Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, countless celebrations, family gatherings and work functions often occur.
It can be a stressful time of year for some people, especially those recovering from alcohol addiction or anyone battling alcohol addiction.
The holiday season can be triggering for many people, with the holiday parties, loneliness, financial worries, or the general stress of having…
By Linda Wenzel, A.C.E. of SW Minnesota Rock County program coordinator
May 17, 2022
For many caregivers, stress is a constant companion. One effective way to reduce caregiver stress and reduce burnout is to write in a journal. Getting your thoughts down on paper and out of your head is therapeutic. Studies have found that journaling improves health and well-being.
Chronic stress is devastating on your physical and mental health. Take a few minutes out of your busy day and try…
By Joseph Kertis
December 14, 2021
The Covid-19 pandemic put many of last year's holiday festivities on hold, so these holidays are the first opportunity that many have had to gather and celebrate. But this could also mean that many people who've become addicted to drugs and alcohol are seeing their family again, which could bring a lot of things to light.
That's because the Covid-19 pandemic drastically worsened…
By Kari Voss-Drost, Southwest Crisis Center assistant director
October 19, 2021
Each year the Southwest Crisis Center joins advocates, survivors and supporters across the nation to recognize October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM).
More prevalent than most realize, one in four women and one in seven men will experience domestic violence in their lifetimes.
Last year, the Southwest Crisis Center served over 500 individuals, families and children, providing nearly…
By Sgt. Troy Christianson, Minnesota Highway Patrol
August 31, 2021
“Let's have one last celebration before summer ends! What shall we do?"
“Great idea! Let's spend thousands of dollars in legal fees! Or … spending months in the hospital might be fun. Or how about dying in a car crash?"
If all of that sounds like a ridiculous way to spend Labor Day weekend, we agree. And yet that's what can happen if you don't find a sober ride, as a…
By Pat Baustian, mayor, city of Luverne
June 29, 2021
I was recently invited, among other community leaders across the state, to be a Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Ambassador. As ambassadors, it will be our focus to promote and encourage fellow Minnesotans to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
I plan to continue communicating through the Rock County Star Herald to help inform, educate, promote and put aside any misinformation that citizens of Luverne and Rock…
By Cary Radisewitz, Building Bridges JC, Luverne
June 08, 2021
We’ve started a new foundation in Rock County that I’d encourage you to join. Building Bridges JC is non-profit that is part of the Luverne Area Community Foundation (LACF).
All are welcome to participate. We are not affiliated with a church or a political party.
The goal of Building Bridges JC is to reach out to groups and individuals that need help and see if we can muster resources to help…
By Ken Paulson, director of the Free Speech Center at Middle Tennessee State University
March 16, 2021
When government fails, it’s the rare public official who says, “Oops. My fault.”
That’s human nature, particularly for officials in the public eye who may have to run for office again. No one wants to be held directly responsible for letting the public down.
Case in point is the recent catastrophe in Texas, when unexpected winter storms left four million homes without power, ruptured pipes and…
By Bob Worth, Lake Benton mayor and president Minnesota Soybean Grower's Association
May 26, 2020
Farm stress is certainly not a new concept. My father saw rural suicide rates spike in his farming days in the 1930s. When I was a young farmer just getting started in the ’80s, I became super depressed.
Interest rates were as high as 21 percent, while land and machinery values plummeted. Farmers were being foreclosed on, and once again mental health in ag communities declined. I didn’t want to…
By Sara Wahl, executive director of Southwest Crisis Center
April 28, 2020
Earlier this month, Minnesota Governor Walz reported that two-thirds of police calls over the weekend were related to domestic violence.
As individuals are coping with the uncertainty of the COVID- 19 virus, loss of income and staying in their homes, the stress can be overwhelming. Abusers often resort to the use of manipulation, power, control and violence, correlating to higher incidence of…