Editorials

A year after the Rock County Fair was canceled in the pandemic, this year’s event will be one to remember and enjoy. Included in this week’s Star Herald is a special Fair Preview section which spotlights a few highlights of the July 28-31 event. However, there are more events than we had space in...
A quiet revolution is underway on Rock County’s agricultural landscape that is changing how we grow crops, feed livestock, manage weeds and fertilize the soil. Progress is occurring at a pace non-ag people wouldn’t notice, but the Star Herald has enjoyed a front row seat to remarkable farming...
Preliminary figures from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety show 202 people have died on Minnesota roads since Jan. 1, compared to 148 last year at this time. The state reported its 200th traffic death on July 1, the earliest since 2009, and State Patrol Lt. Matt Sorenson said this is...
I was recently invited, among other community leaders across the state, to be a Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Ambassador. As ambassadors, it will be our focus to promote and encourage fellow Minnesotans to get the COVID-19 vaccine. I plan to continue communicating through the Rock County Star Herald...
Thumbs up — to the fantastic lineup at the Rock County Fair coming up at the end of July. There is something for everyone, and it’s clear our local fair board put thought and creativity into the lineup of offerings. Thumbs down — to Mother Nature for scorching heat and stingy rainfall this month....
One day last week something remarkable happened. Quietly, almost imperceptibly, Rock County hit a milestone with its COVID-19 data. While our masks were getting lost in glove boxes and purse pockets, and while we crowded together at Buffalo Days and began planning for the Fourth of July, and while...
We’ve started a new foundation in Rock County that I’d encourage you to join.  Building Bridges JC is non-profit that is part of the Luverne Area Community Foundation (LACF).  All are welcome to participate. We are not affiliated with a church or a political party. The goal of Building Bridges JC...
A year ago at this time, we lamented Rock County’s students in the Class of 2020 who were robbed of their graduation ceremony by the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent state guidelines barring in-person ceremonies. For the Class of 2020, it was the year that ended in sudden, unprecedented fashion...
Rock County foster parent Shawna Sjaarda recently wrote about being a foster parent and about the need for others to fill the role of foster parenting. Foster care is defined as “a situation in which for a period of time a child lives with and is cared for by people who are not the child's parents...
The Southwest Minnesota CEO (Creating Entrepreneur Opportunities) chapter in Rock County is one of three CEO chapters of the Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship program in Minnesota. Recently Midland’s executive director Austin Brooks and national program manager Amy Tarr visited this year’s...

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