Editorials

The Star Herald rarely covers private suicides as news out of respect for grieving family members. But the family of Dani Gacke has faced their tragedy head on, the next day announcing their tragedy on social media. “With broken hearts our family is informing you all that our beautiful loving...
By District 22 Senator Bill Weber (R-Luverne) In January I began my second term as your state senator, and it remains a true privilege to serve the people of southwestern Minnesota. The 2017 legislative session has come to a successful close, and Greater Minnesotans should take note. This...
Guest editorial by David Schultz A special session for the Minnesota State Legislature was entirely predictable. One could practically guarantee after the 2016 elections that with a Democratic governor and a Republican Legislature a special session was likely … … It points to many underlying...
"Always in Service" is the theme for the 2017 EMS Week, an annual celebration and recognition of EMS providers. Here's what I think "Always in Service" means to EMS organizations and individual EMS providers.   24/7 response capabilities EMS agencies — paid or volunteer, public or private — are...
        By Mavis Fodness Luverne’s seven school board members have important decisions to make in the next couple of weeks. Katie Baustian, Reva Sehr, Eric Hartman, Colleen Deutsch, Tim Jarchow, Shelley Sandbulte and Jodi Bosch have already begun weighing the pros and cons of how to improve our...
Almost a year ago the Rock County Commissioners began talking about amending the county’s current tax abatement program to include new residential housing. The old program began almost 20 years ago as an incentive for business owners to move to or expand within the county boundaries. Since that...
With this week’s attention on the Blue Mounds State Park and its future recreational opportunities, now is a good time to review the full calendar of events planned this summer at the state park and Touch the Sky Prairie. Each and every one of these events provides unique opportunities to...
This week is National Volunteer Recognition Week, and no one should be more excited about that than the people of Rock County. We have a whole lot to be proud of in our corner of the state, but our milestones and achievements wouldn’t have happened without generous donors and volunteers. In other...
Sign up by April 28 Caring for someone with a debilitating diagnosis can take a toll on even the healthiest people. No one knows this better than caregivers themselves, according to a caregiver who spoke with the Star Herald anonymously about his experiences. His information sheds light on the...
‘A Message To Men’ April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month; why does your online activity matter? Pornography is often considered an acceptable personal pleasure that causes no public harm. But if you ask law enforcement, victims’ advocates, health professionals and addiction professionals, they’ll...

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