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 30, 2021
It’s been a good news week here at the Star Herald, and it’s worth pointing out that we have a lot to be happy about.
For example, in our Home Yard and Garden edition in Section B, we have several uplifting stories of local young business people chasing their entrepreneurial dreams.
Please take time to read their stories and, if you’re looking for ways to spend your pandemic stimulus money, take…
By Bob Welsh, Resource and Asset Management Section Manager; Division of Parks and Trials, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
March 23, 2021
We appreciate the opportunity to clarify the Minnesota Parks and Trails project to redevelop Eagle Rock Vista at Blue Mounds State Park.
First, it is important to note for context that the Frederick Manfred house site is an important and valued area within Blue Mounds State Park. It reflects the contributions of a famous American author to the community of Luverne and his family’s legacy.
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…
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…
March 02, 2021
The federal REAL ID full enforcement deadline is less than eight months away, and Minnesotans need to know their options so they’re prepared on Oct. 1, 2021.
Beginning Oct. 1, 2021, Minnesotans will not be able to use their standard driver’s license or ID card to board domestic flights or enter federal facilities.
Instead, they will need one of three options: a passport or passport card, a REAL…
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…
February 09, 2021
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety (DPS-OTS) on Monday announced an extra speed enforcement and awareness campaign.
Motorists can face serious penalties and lose driving privileges for choices that destroy lives, including losing their license for six months for speeding 100 mph or more.
DPS is collaborating with the Minnesota departments of Health and…
February 02, 2021
As the state continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic and lawmakers begin to craft the next two-year state budget, we in greater Minnesota need to make sure our voices are heard.
On Friday the Star Herald participated in a press conference call with board members of the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC). The meeting addressed priorities to bolster economic recovery in rural…
January 19, 2021
One thing sets the Southwest Minnesota CEO program apart from others across the country — community support.
As the 2020-21 CEO class opens their group business venture, “Souper” Supper, this weekend, the students will have already reached half of their fundraising goal of $15,000 through business sponsorships.
Other members who follow the Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship model only raise a…
January 12, 2021
Some of you know that one of life's joys that I take pride in is my athletic career long ago on the championship football and basketball teams in Luverne.
These memories, if verbalized, honor the coaches who were men of active faith who cared deeply for those of us who played for them. They focused more on character building than on winning, and as a result were perennial champions as…
January 05, 2021
According to data from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, 2020 has proven to be a challenging year on state roadways.
Preliminary reports show there were 394 traffic deaths on Minnesota roads in 2020, compared with 364 in 2019. Of the 2020 fatalities:
•64 were motorcyclists, compared with 44 in 2019.
•10 were bicyclists, compared with 10 in 2019.
•45 were pedestrians, compared with 50 in…
December 08, 2020
With 21 days left in 2020, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety released a grim milestone — 367 people died on Minnesota roads since Jan. 1 this year.
That compares with 364 fatalities in all of 2019.
On a 10-year average, 30 people die on Minnesota roads in December.
Public safety officials said more crashes were speed-related, involved more motorcycles, more drivers were alone when the…
December 01, 2020
We’re not getting the Christmas we dream of this year, but that doesn’t mean we’re getting lumps of coal.
This year more than ever we need to count our blessings and watch for bright spots in the season.
On Sunday we watched our Luverne City Park light up with dozens of festive holiday displays decorated by local businesses and organizations.
They were ushered in by a 20-minute spectacular…
November 23, 2020
We try to leave our readers each week with editorial messages to advocate, encourage, enlighten and inform.
This week we’re torn between two messages: get out and support local businesses and stay home to protect vulnerable loved ones and health care workers.
Our holidays are coinciding with the peak of pandemic spread, which means we should hunker down with our immediate households at a time…
November 17, 2020
In the November Chamber Chatter, the Luverne Area Chamber Director Jane Wildung Lanphere offered ways to be grateful this holiday season.
Specifically, she suggested being thankful for this list of blessings:
•Awakening alive. Just waking up is something we should be grateful for every day of our lives. Being alive allows us to love, enjoy, make decisions, act and make our day the best.