Editorials

During the month of January, advocates, organizations and individuals unite to raise awareness about the issue of human trafficking. While movements like #MeToo have started to bring crimes like sexual harassment and sexual assault out of the shadows, human trafficking largely remains hidden....
On Monday, Minnesota Senate Republicans announced their agenda for the upcoming legislative session. Known as “Vision 2020,” it will guide public policy work during the 2020 legislative session, which is expected to include capital investment bill, a supplemental budget, tax relief, health care,...
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety recently released its 2019 traffic data, and it appears there are many ways we can improve our driving habits and resolve to be safer in 2020. Preliminary reports show there were 364 traffic deaths on Minnesota roads in 2019, compared with 381 in 2018....
At the end of a year, and particularly at the end of a decade, it’s prudent to ask the question, “Are we better off now than we were a year ago (or 10 years ago)?” It’s good to ask the question, because the details and obligations of daily life have a way of distracting us from our intended...
If you looked only at the big picture, you’d have to say our nation lives in deeply troubled times. It seems we’ve never been more polarized. Political discourse feels more like a war zone than a thoughtful national conversation. But what happens when you zoom in more closely? After all, real life...
As families across Rock County prepare for the holidays, they will join 16 million families and friends who are also caring for someone living with Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia. Though holiday celebrations are often happy occasions, they can be challenging and stressful for those...
Winterfest weekend was another proud moment for Luverne residents to showcase holiday spirit and a respect for the meaning of Christmas. In particular, the “Love the Light” Christmas at the city park was a grand finale to the already great Winterfest weekend. If you haven’t had a chance to take in...
If you have more than one dog, there is a greater chance for things to go wrong. After a great hunt last Tuesday, my big lovey dog Sarge came up lame. Walking around on three legs looks really funny but it’s not a laughing matter. After some very close inspection it was obvious that he had gotten a...
We’re closing in on the end of another decade, and the Star Herald is looking back on the highlights of the years between 2010 and 2020. The first 10 years of the new millennium in Rock County were marked by the Ken Burns world premiere of his documentary series, “The War,” at the Palace Theatre....
Thanksgiving and the holidays are a perfect time to talk with your friends and family about what matters most in life. When people are together for Thanksgiving and the holidays, there’s no better time to have meaningful conversations and heartfelt sharing about matters truly important to each of...

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