August 17, 2021
‘Curious Rock County’ answers questions about rocks and trains
Several weeks ago, the Star Herald launched its “Curious Rock County” segment, which solicits questions from readers with promises to search for answers.
Q. Our first question was a softball: Where did Rock County get its name?
A. Many might assume that it’s named for the rock outcroppings of the Blue Mounds, but Rock County was named…
August 10, 2021
We have a lot of opinions this week, based on an informal survey of our Star Herald news team and support staff.
Most of the feedback is positive because, let’s face it, Rock County is a great place to live and work in, and we don’t have a lot to complain about. But, upon further reflection, there is always room for improvement.
Thumbs up —overwhelmingly to the Rock County Ag Society and their…
July 27, 2021
Have you ever wondered about something you’ve seen or heard about in Rock County or have questions about a story you read in the Star Herald?
If so, we would like to answer questions on what you’re curious about.
We’re calling it “Curious Rock County.”
It’s not an original idea; we’re borrowing it from the Star Tribune.
In 2019 Star Tribune editors launched “Curious Minnesota,” which invites…
July 20, 2021
A year after the Rock County Fair was canceled in the pandemic, this year’s event will be one to remember and enjoy.
Included in this week’s Star Herald is a special Fair Preview section which spotlights a few highlights of the July 28-31 event.
However, there are more events than we had space in our newspaper to write about.
For a day-by-day listing of events, make sure you check out page 11 in…
July 13, 2021
A quiet revolution is underway on Rock County’s agricultural landscape that is changing how we grow crops, feed livestock, manage weeds and fertilize the soil.
Progress is occurring at a pace non-ag people wouldn’t notice, but the Star Herald has enjoyed a front row seat to remarkable farming ingenuities over the past several years.
And, thanks to articulate, driven ag leaders in Rock County, we’…
July 06, 2021
Preliminary figures from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety show 202 people have died on Minnesota roads since Jan. 1, compared to 148 last year at this time.
The state reported its 200th traffic death on July 1, the earliest since 2009, and State Patrol Lt. Matt Sorenson said this is unacceptable.
“Most tragedies on the road can be prevented, and we’re working to remind motorists to slow…
June 15, 2021
One day last week something remarkable happened.
Quietly, almost imperceptibly, Rock County hit a milestone with its COVID-19 data.
While our masks were getting lost in glove boxes and purse pockets, and while we crowded together at Buffalo Days and began planning for the Fourth of July, and while we ramped up our social schedules after a pandemic year of isolation …
… Rock County reached 20…
June 01, 2021
A year ago at this time, we lamented Rock County’s students in the Class of 2020 who were robbed of their graduation ceremony by the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent state guidelines barring in-person ceremonies.
For the Class of 2020, it was the year that ended in sudden, unprecedented fashion. The dates clicked by on the calendar without spring sports, year-end academic challenges, prom and…
May 18, 2021
The Southwest Minnesota CEO (Creating Entrepreneur Opportunities) chapter in Rock County is one of three CEO chapters of the Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship program in Minnesota.
Recently Midland’s executive director Austin Brooks and national program manager Amy Tarr visited this year’s class of 14 students in Luverne. The organizers were impressed at what the three-year-old program has…
May 11, 2021
Anyone who’s paid attention over the past 18 months knows we have an active group of smart, sincere individuals working to improve mental health in Rock County.
The #Luv1LuvAll Brain Health Committee led a series of informative sessions to call attention to mental health as a key component in a community’s overall success.
One of the most important themes from one meeting to the next is that…
May 04, 2021
Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2-8, 2021, and if there were ever a time to thank a teacher, the time is now.
Teaching can be difficult, demanding and emotionally and physically exhausting work in a non-pandemic environment.
But teachers will also tell you the rewards are often worth the challenges in ways they’re not able to share, due to student privacy protection.
These past two years have…
April 27, 2021
Youthful exuberance was palpable Friday as Hills-Beaver Creek Secondary students exited the school bus at the Hills Rez Park.
They were laughing, running after each other and just plain excited to be outdoors.
The change of scenery, however, didn’t mean they weren’t learning.
Last Thursday was Earth Day, a day to protect the environment and focus on conservation.
Our prairie landscape needs to be…
April 20, 2021
National Volunteer Week 2021 is this week, April 19-24, and it is an opportunity for volunteers and organizations to raise awareness of the contribution volunteers make in their communities. It is also a chance to celebrate these efforts and to promote their work in our communities.
Week after week, the Star Herald has the honor and privilege of sharing stories about the local people and causes…
March 30, 2021
It’s been a good news week here at the Star Herald, and it’s worth pointing out that we have a lot to be happy about.
For example, in our Home Yard and Garden edition in Section B, we have several uplifting stories of local young business people chasing their entrepreneurial dreams.
Please take time to read their stories and, if you’re looking for ways to spend your pandemic stimulus money, take…
By Bob Welsh, Resource and Asset Management Section Manager; Division of Parks and Trials, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
March 23, 2021
We appreciate the opportunity to clarify the Minnesota Parks and Trails project to redevelop Eagle Rock Vista at Blue Mounds State Park.
First, it is important to note for context that the Frederick Manfred house site is an important and valued area within Blue Mounds State Park. It reflects the contributions of a famous American author to the community of Luverne and his family’s legacy.
March 02, 2021
The federal REAL ID full enforcement deadline is less than eight months away, and Minnesotans need to know their options so they’re prepared on Oct. 1, 2021.
Beginning Oct. 1, 2021, Minnesotans will not be able to use their standard driver’s license or ID card to board domestic flights or enter federal facilities.
Instead, they will need one of three options: a passport or passport card, a REAL…