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  • May 03, 2022
    May is National Foster Care Month, and Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota (LSS) is seeking foster parents to partner in caring for children and youth in need. If you are interested in making a difference in children’s lives, consider becoming a foster parent. On an average day in 2020, approximately 8,600 children and young adults were in foster care, according to the Minnesota Department of…
  • By By Suree Sompamitwong, Southwest Crisis Center’s Rock and Nobles regional advocate
    April 26, 2022
    Though sexual assault and child abuse happens every day, now is a particular time to remember those impacted by it. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month. According to RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network), every 68 seconds someone in America is sexually assaulted. Furthermore, one in 10 children will experience some sort of abuse as a child. Locally,…
  • By Linda Wenzel, A.C.E. of SW Minnesota Rock County program coordinator
    April 19, 2022
    If you want happiness for an hour … take a nap. If you want happiness for a day … go fishing. If you want happiness for a year … inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime … Help Somebody! This is what I believe epitomizes the true joy of being a volunteer, “Helping Others.” Our A.C.E. of SW Minnesota - Rock County volunteers are some of the best of the best! In 2021, 590 amazing…
  • April 12, 2022
    National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to recognize the impact of volunteer service and the power volunteers have in our communities. These are selfless servants who tackle society’s greatest challenges such as lessening the effects of poverty on individuals and families and making sure everyone has access to dental services. Volunteers assist in building stronger communities by making sure…
  • April 05, 2022
    No one intends to seriously injure or kill someone by driving while distracted, but good intentions alone don’t prevent crashes. Smart choices do. In Minnesota the dangerous choice of driving while distracted contributed to more than 39,000 crashes from 2017-2021 and an average of 28 deaths and 161 serious, life-changing injuries per year on the road. To increase awareness and change dangerous…
  • March 29, 2022
    Each spring, the Rock County Star Herald publishes a Home, Lawn and Garden special section which features businesses and issues unique to these topics. This year’s special section (tucked inside this week’s Star Herald) prompted us to once again marvel at the ingenuity of local residents and businesses and the entrepreneurial spirit of newcomers to the local business scene. We at the Star Herald…
  • March 15, 2022
    The foundation of our well-being in general depends on the domestic production of food. Our farmers and ranchers provide us with an abundant, nutritious food supply throughout the year. In recognition of this achievement, members of the Rock County Farm Bureau and Rock County Library will celebrate Farm Week next week. On Monday, March 21, stop in for giveaways and coloring contest sheets.…
  • By Mark Jacobson, Winona Peer support specialist
    March 08, 2022
    The mental health system in the United States is currently in a state of crisis. Consider the following: •In 2019, just prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, 19.86 percent of adults in the U.S. experienced a mental illness, equivalent to nearly 50 million Americans. •Suicidal ideation continues to increase among adults in the United States, with 4.58 percent of adults reporting serious thoughts of…
  • By Dale Walker, Patriotic Millionaire
    March 01, 2022
    The IRS started off the 2022 tax season ringing the alarm bells, warning that they do not have the resources to return filers’ tax returns in a timely manner and will likely be overwhelmed by the number of returns.   You might think that this means that you won’t have to pay your 2021 taxes. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you will. Unless, of course, you’re wealthy.  Report after report…
  • February 15, 2022
    It’s time again to review the Rock County Star Herald “thumbs up” and “thumbs down” for local bright spots and disappointments over the past several weeks. Thumbs up — to local efforts to protect drinking water sources. Gravel is an important economic resource but mining in sensitive areas can lead to water pollution.  Manure is also an important economic resource, but again we need to protect…
  • February 08, 2022
    This week, Feb. 7-11, is National School Counselors Week, a time to consider the unique contribution of school counselors in U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by American School Counselors Association, highlights the significant impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. The 2022 theme is “School Counseling:…
  • By the Senate Republican Caucus
    February 01, 2022
    Senate Republicans recently announced session priorities that will focus on helping Minnesotans afford everyday life, reducing crime and empowering parents.   “Senate Republicans are focused on getting Minnesota back on track by making life affordable for Minnesotans, tackling crime, and improving education,” Sen. Bill Weber (R-Luverne) said. “We focused on the issues important to you, not on how…
  • January 25, 2022
    January is National Blood Donor Month and the nation’s blood supply remains at one of its lowest levels in recent years. In recent weeks, blood centers across the country have reported less than a one-day’s supply of blood of certain critical blood types — a dangerously low level. If the nation’s blood supply does not stabilize soon, life-saving blood may not be available for some patients when…
  • January 18, 2022
    This week’s Star Herald features a story on Generations’ next steps in their mission to improve senior nutrition in Rock County. Senior nutrition used to be a poverty topic for the community group, Luv1LuvAll. Luv1LuvAll grew out of a Blandin Foundation initiative called “Leaders Partnering to End Poverty,” and senior nutrition was identified as one piece of the poverty puzzle. Now, fully…
  • January 11, 2022
    The critically important role of health care workers has never been more apparent than now as we enter a second winter with COVID-19. Minnesota’s nursing assistants, RNs, respiratory therapists and many others have saved thousands of lives during the pandemic. They need more Minnesotans to join them in this noble and lifesaving work. That’s why Governor Walz has proclaimed January as Health Care…
  • January 04, 2022
    Maybe it’s the promise of a new year, or maybe we really do live in a great community, but this round of Star Herald “thumbs” are all pointed up. Thumbs up — to the city workers who combed the field east of Blue Mound Avenue to pick up all the recycling that blew out early Monday morning. Thumbs up — to the city of Beaver Creek for approving new “Welcome to Beaver Creek” signs at the city’s…
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