Editorials

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...
Anyone who’s paid attention over the past 18 months knows we have an active group of smart, sincere individuals working to improve mental health in Rock County. The #Luv1LuvAll Brain Health Committee led a series of informative sessions to call attention to mental health as a key component in a...
Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2-8, 2021, and if there were ever a time to thank a teacher, the time is now. Teaching can be difficult, demanding and emotionally and physically exhausting work in a non-pandemic environment. But teachers will also tell you the rewards are often worth the...
Youthful exuberance was palpable Friday as Hills-Beaver Creek Secondary students exited the school bus at the Hills Rez Park. They were laughing, running after each other and just plain excited to be outdoors. The change of scenery, however, didn’t mean they weren’t learning. Last Thursday was...
National Volunteer Week 2021 is this week, April 19-24, and it is an opportunity for volunteers and organizations to raise awareness of the contribution volunteers make in their communities. It is also a chance to celebrate these efforts and to promote their work in our communities. Week after week...
On May 7 of last year, the Hastings Star Gazette printed its last issue. The paper’s first issue as The Hastings Independent was published in 1857, a year before Minnesota gained statehood. Generations relied on papers like this for local news — they told you who was born and who died, whose...
It’s always trendy to criticize government — its taxes, spending and general overreach and control over the lives of hard-working American citizens. And, sometimes criticisms are warranted. But sometimes government does accomplish good things, and this week the Star Herald shines light on a few...
It’s been a good news week here at the Star Herald, and it’s worth pointing out that we have a lot to be happy about. For example, in our Home Yard and Garden edition in Section B, we have several uplifting stories of local young business people chasing their entrepreneurial dreams. Please take...
We appreciate the opportunity to clarify the Minnesota Parks and Trails project to redevelop Eagle Rock Vista at Blue Mounds State Park.  First, it is important to note for context that the Frederick Manfred house site is an important and valued area within Blue Mounds State Park. It reflects the...
When government fails, it’s the rare public official who says, “Oops. My fault.” That’s human nature, particularly for officials in the public eye who may have to run for office again. No one wants to be held directly responsible for letting the public down. Case in point is the recent catastrophe...

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