Opinion

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...
Troy Christianson
Question:  With all this attention to distracted driving recently, I know that a person can talk on a cell phone while driving if they are 18 years or older. I understand that it is illegal for anyone under that age to be on a cell phone.  Does that apply to a hands-free device such as a blue tooth...
Minnesota West will soon award 661 diplomas, certificates, and associate degrees for spring commencement, and another 288 students have completed the Certified Nursing Assistant courses. Collectively, 949 awards will have been earned, and we know over 85 percent of these graduates will stay, live,...
Lori Sorenson
Growing older doesn’t necessarily mean growing up, and we’ll soon be reminded of this when the adult children return from college for the summer. At 18 they became legal adults eligible to vote, buy cigarettes, serve in the military, gamble at a casino and participate in other things reserved for...
Gov. Mark Dayton has declared this week, April 18-22, Water Action Week to encourage Minnesotans to establish an ethic of clean water practices. Throughout the week, state agencies will promote practices and work being done to restore and protect Minnesota’s water. Responsibly managing our water...
A cool spring has blanketed much of Minnesota, but a change in weather and the storms that typically come with it are on the way. Tornadoes have occurred in Minnesota from March to November and last year, there were 39 reported touchdowns in the state. While there were no reported injuries or...
Preventing chronic illness and treatable diseases is necessary for supporting our long-term health and wellness.  Over 70 percent of Minnesotans have a dedicated health care and dental professional, and along with personal health goals and responsibility, this is one of the most important factors...
March is recognized as MS Awareness Month through the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America. For more than 20 years, Neil and Sharon Dohlmann of Magnolia have provided a face to MS and support for those living with MS. During MS Awareness Month, they want individuals to know that a diagnosis of...
Agriculture plays a key role in our daily lives and in a variety of ways. This week, more than half a million FFA members will celebrate the role agriculture plays in our lives while sharing their message of agriculture and agricultural education throughout the country. During National FFA Week, a...

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