Opinion

  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...
  One benefit of being a reporter is the role of quiet observer in a community — following events but not interfering with the news as it unfolds. A story assignment in Jasper two years ago is one such event. The experiences of one family have left a lasting impression, and I continue to follow...
  The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on September 1, 1922: GROCERY PRIZES TO BE GIVEN AWAY TONIGHT AT PALACE The following prizes will be given between the first and second show Friday evening, featuring the County Grocery. The groceries to be given are purchased of Snook’s Grocery,...
  Each new growing season brings its own unique set of circumstances that determine which pests and diseases will be evident in our gardens.  This year I am seeing a lot of fire blight in fruit trees and cotoneaster hedges.  This virus is devastating to plants it attacks. As bees travel from flower...
  The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on June 19, 1902:   Union Services at the Park A meeting of representatives from the different churches was held in the lecture room of the Presbyterian church last Monday evening and the question of holding union meetings in the park similar to...
  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...
          By    You might not believe it given the Baby Brezza Formula Machine mess and the television volume debacle, but Grandma Mary and I got another chance to watch our granddaughter Brooke for a couple of hours Saturday morning. Brooke’s mom and dad were in the Jubilee Days parade in Hartford...
  It was just another Father’s Day picnic. Except it wasn’t. This year was different. A 7 pound, 10 ounce first-time guest made the difference. Wrapped in pink, dressed in a pink “Daddy’s girl” T-shirt and actually looking a little pink, the special guest slept, stretched, yawned and slept some...
  The Star Herald isn’t lacking this week for topics that warrant thumbs up and thumbs down. Thumbs up — to local town celebrations. Luverne enjoyed great weather for its annual Buffalo Days celebration, and last weekend Hills enjoyed a proud weekend in the spotlight for its 125th Anniversary and...
  Last summer my family unknowingly fostered a Canada goose. I last wrote about how Gary came to us as a duckling, but as he (or she) grew, it was obvious he was not a duck. The yellow and gray fuzzy ball developed beautiful gray, white and black feathers, and my husband, Bryan, taught Gary how to...

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