Opinion

To the Editor: Like my colleagues around the state, I was ecstatic to learn that the smoking rate among teenagers is falling to record low levels, according to the Minnesota Student Survey results. However, this great news from the Minnesota Student Survey is tempered by some very serious findings...
Wondering what to be thankful for this year? We’re putting teachers on our list This week, Nov. 14-18, is American Education Week. It’s a time for schools nationwide and their communities to observe the role of public education in shaping the success of future generations. In Rock County, this is...
  Question: What is the difference between careless or reckless driving? What about “exhibition driving”? Answer: In general, the difference between reckless and careless is that “reckless” is generally “intentional” or the driver “should know” that the driving behavior could injure or kill someone...
To the Editor: As Thanksgiving approaches, we are reminded of the great abundance of God’s creation and the blessings we all take for granted.  This is also a time of preparation for the Salvation Army’s giving season.  Once again volunteer bell ringers are needed to man the red kettle that will...
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In the past year, two domestic violence-related hashtags have made a huge impact on social media. One in the summer of 2015 began close to home for us. A young Sioux Falls woman was physically assaulted by her boyfriend while she was driving. She later...
Jason Berghorst
Like me, you felt it this past Friday and Saturday. Some of you, like me, were energized by it and liked the feeling. Others of you dreaded it. But we all noticed it. The change of seasons was in the air last weekend. Temperatures in the sixties during the day and low fifties at night felt...
A statewide editorial June 24 called on agriculture to take the lead on managing pollutants. As farmers, we’re always working to improve how we grow food, feed, fiber and fuel for an increasing world population. And when it comes to the important issue of water quality and managing pollutants,...
George Bonnema
We have had wonderful moisture for our flower and vegetable gardens and our season is about two weeks early. If you have hostas, I’m suggesting that you be on the lookout for slugs. These slimy critters eat irregular-shaped holes in the leaves, and if you don’t attack them early on, you will have...
In the coming week, hundreds of local seniors will graduate from high schools in the Star Herald coverage area. As longtime news reporters, we’ve followed many of these students from preschool through their senior year, documenting their journey and accomplishments along the way. It’s been our...
Teachers play a critical role in educating and shaping our children’s lives. Many of these children will become the future leaders in our communities and will be the teachers for future generations. Our teachers’ impact is immeasurable and worthy of celebration every day. Last week marked the...

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