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  • October 26, 2021
    Saturday, Oct. 23, was National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, a safe, convenient and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs. Locally a drop box is available at the Rock County Sheriff’s Office. The box is available to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Last year 200 pounds of pills were collected from the drop box. Nationally 420 tons of medications were…
  • By Kari Voss-Drost, Southwest Crisis Center assistant director
    October 19, 2021
    Each year the Southwest Crisis Center joins advocates, survivors and supporters across the nation to recognize October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). More prevalent than most realize, one in four women and one in seven men will experience domestic violence in their lifetimes. Last year, the Southwest Crisis Center served over 500 individuals, families and children, providing nearly…
  • By JoAnne Lund, Second Harvest child hunger program manager
    October 12, 2021
    If you have a school-aged child, you may be aware that school meals are free for all students this school year regardless of household income, due to a federally funded U.S. Department of Agriculture program. This ensures Minnesota kids get the nutrition they need to thrive in another pandemic school year, but it may also mean that fewer families are filling out the Application for Educational…
  • October 05, 2021
    This week is National Newspaper Week and it’s a good time to consider why the Star Herald is worth the price of a subscription. •We are the only news outlet that covers your school boards, city councils and Rock County Board of Commissioners. These elected officials, dear readers, are the ones who spend your tax dollars and take action on building projects, commercial development and other…
  • By Mark Jacobson, Winona Peer support specialist
    September 28, 2021
    Although the majority of people who have depression do not die by suicide, having major depression does increase suicide risk compared to people without depression. The risk of death by suicide may, in part, be related to the severity of the depression. Recent data on depression that has followed people over long periods of time suggests that almost 2 percent of those people ever treated for…
  • By Lori Sorenson, editor
    September 20, 2021
    Views expressed on this page are those of the authors. They do not reflect the opinions or views of the Rock County Star Herald. This should be obvious. It’s the Opinion Page, after all. We invite our readers to submit letters expressing their views, and we encourage opposing viewpoints to play out on this page. It’s a sign of a healthy and engaged readership. Since the advent of Facebook and…
  • September 14, 2021
    Thumbs up — to the Historical Society for its work on the parking lot/plaza area on East Main Street by the History Center. That block just keeps looking better and better.   Thumbs down — to the visitors’ side bleachers at the Luverne High School football field. They’re a slippery hazard — especially the steps — when they’re wet, and the rickety setup isn’t very welcoming to out-of-town guests…
  • September 07, 2021
    Schools in Rock County resumed classes Tuesday, and that means students will be crossing streets and driveways, school buses will make stops for pickups and drop-offs, and there will be increased traffic at intersections near the school campus. What that means for the rest of us, especially the motoring public, is that we need to be hyper-vigilant in school zones and nearby neighborhoods. Further…
  • By Sgt. Troy Christianson, Minnesota Highway Patrol
    August 31, 2021
    “Let's have one last celebration before summer ends! What shall we do?" “Great idea! Let's spend thousands of dollars in legal fees! Or … spending months in the hospital might be fun. Or how about dying in a car crash?" If all of that sounds like a ridiculous way to spend Labor Day weekend, we agree. And yet that's what can happen if you don't find a sober ride, as a…
  • 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…
  • By Pat Baustian, mayor, city of Luverne
    June 29, 2021
    I was recently invited, among other community leaders across the state, to be a Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Ambassador. As ambassadors, it will be our focus to promote and encourage fellow Minnesotans to get the COVID-19 vaccine. I plan to continue communicating through the Rock County Star Herald to help inform, educate, promote and put aside any misinformation that citizens of Luverne and Rock…
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