Opinion

Brenda Winter
I’m not a fashion diva, and never has that been made more clear than last week when I – like many in Rock County – slogged through the first week of 2022 with a case of the flu. I felt fine Sunday morning, but I opted not to attend church because my husband had been feeling poorly for a few days....
You don’t need special training to have an open, authentic conversation about mental health. For most of us, talking about other aspects of our health — like a recent surgery or treatment — comes easy. Brain health should be the same. Often, just talking about it can be the first important step in...
The 2021 session is in full swing as bills have started moving through the legislative process as committee meetings kick into high gear. While this year’s session looks different with most meetings taking place virtually, I nevertheless continue to work hard to make sure Senate District 22 is well...
The Star Herald this week is dated Dec. 24, Christmas Eve, so our editorial staff thought it fitting to use this space to remember the reason for the season: On Dec. 25 we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. For Christians, that little miracle baby was God’s son, born to save us from our sin. “For...
Before moving to Luverne, I was head football coach at a small university from 1985 to 1992. During my time there, my players faced several racist incidents from the community. The first happened when I arrived. A community member asked me about the "cans" I was bringing to the town. Confused, I...
Farm stress is certainly not a new concept. My father saw rural suicide rates spike in his farming days in the 1930s. When I was a young farmer just getting started in the ’80s, I became super depressed. Interest rates were as high as 21 percent, while land and machinery values plummeted. Farmers...
Luverne and Rock County have always been leaders in our little corner of the state on policies ranging from schools, the environment, agriculture and most recently the census (we’re leading the state right now in data response). Now, dear readers, we must again step up and be leaders. Our governor...
Luverne and Rock County are unlike 95 percent of the small towns in America. While tens of thousands of small communities see businesses closing and people moving away, we are at the brink of what can be the most exciting growth in decades. I remember in the early 1960s when Mid-Pack came to town....
In this week’s paper we have a story on page 6 about Dental Day in the elementary school. This happens to be a puff piece about kids having fun learning about oral health, but it’s part of a broader effort to bring dental health care to an underserved community. Rock County’s 9,000-plus residents...
We’re closing in the end of another decade, and the Star Herald is looking back on the highlights of the years between 2010 and 2020. The first 10 years of the new millennium in Rock County were marked by the Ken Burns world premiere of his documentary series, “The War,” at the Palace Theatre. The...

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