Editorials

  Question: I read an article about gas-powered bicycles/mopeds and I have some questions of my own. What is needed in addition when one has a permit or driver’s license? Answer: These rules apply to required equipment and gear for moped riders: •A moped must meet the same lighting requirements as...
  Construction on U.S. Highway 75 in Luverne is about halfway through the project timeline and we are starting to see some of its effects, both good and bad. First the good effects. Slowly, the large machines that have been digging and trenching in the middle and the sides of the roadway are...
  Transplantation is one of the most remarkable success stories in the history of medicine. But despite continuing advances in medicine and technology, the need for organs and tissue is far greater than the availability. The Star Herald this week features a story about Al Berdahl and his quest to...
In my extensive research on the subject of species teenagerus (with subspecies teenagerus grumpitus, teenagerus independentus, and the more elusive teenagerus agreeablitus), I have yet to identify all the factors associated with healthy eating. Exercise habits are largely dependent upon the habits...
  This month is National Dairy Month, so the Star Herald did some research on dairy and why we should care. Outside of the fact that dairy operations play a big role in our local ag economy, there are plenty of nutritional reasons we should stock milk and other dairy products in our fridges. • Milk...
  It seems that summertime is (finally) upon us! The rhubarb is prolific, blueberries and strawberries are available and delicious, my kids are in shorts every day, and barefoot whenever possible. Who am I kidding, so am I! As the kids have been home for a few weeks already, and can expect to...
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...

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