Editorials

We get a kick out of recalling the “good old days” of wrestling with our siblings in the back seat or sleeping in the rear window of the family sedan on long road trips. And we survived to tell the tale. … Well, most of us did. In 1987 more than 4,000 people suffered severe injuries in traffic...
Next week, Oct. 4-10, is National Newspaper Week, and the 2020 theme is “America Needs Journalists.” It’s a fitting theme for so many reasons, but 2020 has proven in countless ways that professional journalists are more necessary than ever before. In recent years we’ve watched the ranks of...
Who knew the postal service and mail ballots would be politicized? Who knew we would distrust mail service to deliver our ballot, yet trust it to deliver our tax refunds? Who knew that same mail ballot voting that military members have used for decades would be discouraged for average citizens...
Schools in Rock County resumed classes Tuesday, and that means student pedestrians will be crossing streets and driveways, and school buses will be present for pickups and drop-offs. What that means for the rest of us, especially the motoring public, is that we need to be hyper-vigilant in school...
Census takers are visiting households in Rock County communities to follow up with residents who have not yet participated in the 2020 Census. (See the front-page story) They’re paid, part-time temporary government employees, but the work isn’t easy. Gone are the days of door-to-door salesmen and...
The Minnesota Department of Transportation is thanking thousands of Adopt a Highway volunteers across the state and encouraging others to clean a section of roadway in celebration of the program’s 30th anniversary. More than 3,800 volunteer groups, ranging from four to 25 people, spent an estimated...
A citizen contacted me last week about a concern that several downtown retailers were not wearing masks in their stores and were not asking patrons to wear masks when shopping in their store. The citizen was concerned for personal health reasons, but the information concerned me on a much broader...
The Star Herald this week carries a story about volunteers assembling personal care kits to be shared with community members. The primary idea is that social isolation and economic hardships of a pandemic take a toll on human beings, especially those with fewer resources. This is especially true...
The coronavirus pandemic isn’t easy. It isn’t easy for people who get sick. It isn’t easy for their families and loved ones who can’t gather at their bedsides. It isn’t easy to properly grieve losses, COVID or not. It isn’t easy for communities to support residents and businesses. It isn’t easy for...
As you all have heard or read by now, Gov. Walz ordered the use of masks in all buildings in his new Executive Order 20-81. Since this announcement I have been contacted by a number of people asking how the Sheriff’s Office would enforce the mask order.  I can tell you that we will continue to do...

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