Editorials

The Star Herald reached out to local state representative and senator to recap the recently completed 2015 legislative session, highlighting areas our Rock County readers might care most about. By Joe Schomacker I, of course, am going to start out by noting the nursing home rate reform bill that I...
  I hung the “Gone Fishing” sign on the office door last week, and as you have come to expect when I am involved, the trip had some trials and tribulations. One of my mottos in life is, “It’s not what you have, it’s who you know and what they have.” Luckily for me, my two fishing buddies have...
  Earlier this year, Governor Dayton proposed legislation to require all public waters from lakes and rivers and drainage ditches to have a 50-foot vegetative buffer. The governor wanted to protect our drinking water while increasing wildlife habitat. He met with resistance from landowners and...
  I hope that Mother's Day brought you flowers that were bought, picked or colored; handcrafted cards with careful crayon coloring, or beautiful scribbles. I hope you were blessed, Moms, for the blessings you give daily to your blessings. That said, sometimes our blessings, well, sometimes they...
  Do you ever fight with yourself? Who wins when you do? Do you ever fight with yourself out loud? If so, is anyone else ever in earshot? A silly question deserves a silly answer. Actually, I do fight with myself. This seems to be happening with increasing frequency lately. You see, as I pursue my...
  At this exciting time of year, we have many occasions to celebrate the amazing success of our students, including scholarship ceremonies, awards banquets and commencement activities.  These annual occasions exemplify our most valuable asset: an educated citizenry prepared to build the future...
  Question: I bought a used vehicle and noticed that the horn does not work. Is a person required to have a horn? Answer: Yes, you are required to have a working horn in the State of Minnesota. According to Minnesota State Statute, “Every motor vehicle when operated upon a highway must be equipped...
  While the recent avian influenza outbreak poses a low risk to human health and is not a food safety risk, Gov. Mark Dayton declared a state of emergency to stop the spread of the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). The declaration by the state’s leader couldn’t have come quickly enough. As...
  With winter safely behind us, the Blue Mounds State Park and Touch the Sky Prairie are seeing an increasing number of visitors enjoying the outdoors. We don’t have lakes or mountains in Rock County, but we do enjoy our prairie vistas with their Sioux quartzite outcroppings, which are beautiful in...

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