August 15, 2023
As we linger in the Dog Days of Summer, the Star Herald applauds the Luverne Area Chamber and its volunteers and community partners for organizing a full summer of entertainment and activities.
Rock County already enjoys a full slate of community entertainment with Buffalo Days, Hills Friendship Days, Hardwick Jubilee Days and the new Beaver Days in Beaver Creek. In between, there’s the Fourth of…
August 08, 2023
A bipartisan bill, the Community News and Small Business Support Act, has been introduced in Congress to help both newspapers and local businesses that have faced economic challenges in recent years.
Local newspapers make a difference in their communities, and that’s why Claudia Tenney, a New York Republican, and Suzan DelBene, a Washington Democrat, introduced the bill.
According to the bill…
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…
By Angela Nolz, licensed professional clinical counselor and Sanford Integrated Health therapist
July 25, 2023
Brain health is health. This concept lives in my mind, daily. I have worked as a mental health therapist for the past 15 years.
The more research emerges, the better we understand the inner workings of the brain, and yet, we have so very far to go to best understand illness and best recovery treatments.
Some things have changed in the 15 years that I've been involved in this field, but the…
By American Farm Bureau
July 18, 2023
A summer cookout costs significantly more than two years ago but slightly less than record highs in 2022. Families now pay $67.73 to host a cookout for 10, based on the 2023 American Farm Bureau Federation market basket survey.
The $67.73 grocery bill is down 3 percent from 2022, but still approximately 14 percent higher than prices were just two years ago.
The cookout favorites include…
July 11, 2023
To remind motorists to drive safely, law enforcement partners are participating in a statewide extra speed enforcement and awareness campaign through the end of July. Officers, deputies and troopers will be looking for speeders endangering their own lives and the lives of others.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety coordinates the campaign with funding provided by…
July 04, 2023
We often don’t know what we need until we need it, and that’s likely the case for most people finding themselves in need of emergency assistance.
Until we need help, we don’t know what kind of help is available, and many who have needed help for fires, crashes or medical emergencies will attest to the quality firefighters and first responders we have in Rock County.
On Wednesday, June 28, Luverne…
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…
June 13, 2023
Dispatch centers across the state and across the country are experiencing a significant uptick in pocket dials and hang-ups — with some 911 call centers seeing these calls go up 300 percent.
These misdials often require dispatchers and law enforcement officers to follow up with the caller to see if there is an emergency, which prevents them from answering other legitimate calls for emergency help…
June 06, 2023
Gov. Tim Walz and Minnesota DNR are encouraging Minnesotans to get out in nature and enjoy the state’s outstanding outdoor opportunities by proclaiming June 2023 as Great Outdoors Month.
The proclamation cites the health and wellness benefits of spending time outdoors as one of the many reasons to encourage Minnesotans to get outdoors.
We couldn’t agree more.
The recently completed Legislative…
May 30, 2023
Old Glory was waving proudly over the Memorial Day weekend, and with the onset of summer, she’ll have increasing opportunities to be on display.
Flag Day is observed on June 14.
It’s a good time to review flag etiquette with regard to proper handling and display of our nation’s symbol of freedom and liberty.
According to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the U.S. flag should fly at peak, above any…
By Veronica Raussin
May 23, 2023
Memorial Day is a time to honor the memory of men and women who lost their lives while serving in the U.S. military.
But we must also never forget the veterans who made it home but are struggling with addiction and mental health issues and suicide thoughts.
Early intervention and prevention is critical to help veterans find the treatment they need.
More than 300,000 veterans live in Minnesota,…
By Eric Sage, executive director, Rock County Opportunities, Luverne
May 16, 2023
I have been asked a lot lately what I think about the growing movement across the country and here in Minnesota to end subminimum wages for people with disabilities in the next five years.
It's comforting that Minnesota has a Task Force on Eliminating Subminimum Wages to help develop a plan if this bill does pass.
However, I’m nervous about removing options for individuals with disabilities…
May 09, 2023
May 10, National Small Business Day, celebrates small businesses and honors small business owners. It was designated by the Small Business Administration to honor the importance of small businesses around the country.
Defined as having 20 employees or fewer, small businesses account for three-fifths of new jobs in the country each year, and one in five are family owned.
By this definition, Rock…
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…