Starr is a graduate of South High School in Minneapolis and earned a B.S. from the University of Minnesota in Home Economics (now called "Family & Consumer Science"). She has worked as a Home Economist for both Anoka and Dakota County's Electrical Cooperatives and as a Sales Consultant for Dayton's (now called "the store that used to be Dayton's").
She and husband Jim have two adult children and two grandchildren. They have been members of Woodlake Lutheran Church for more than 30 years.
And they have been busy years, including as they do service as Commissioner of Education, Commission member, Vacation Bible School Coordinator, Stephen Minister, Small Group Leader, and member of a catering group and a women's Circle. In February, 2010, she will complete nine years in her position as Outreach Coordinator.