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Brenda Winter
There are two types of clean at my house: “clean” and “Dutch lady clean.” My husband and I coined the phrase “Dutch lady clean” after observing a trio of Dutch ladies clean a public restroom at a Christian music festival. With gloves, buckets, rags and spray bottles in hand, the ladies stormed the...
Rick Peterson
I’m not sure I have ever written about shoes before, so this week seemed to be a good fit to do so. At the Peterson household we have had more than a few discussions about the number of shoes that take up space in the house when they’re not where they belong — on our feet. I won’t get into the...
Scott Rall
How many of you have a license plate on your car or truck that has more than a few letters and numbers?  The answer is a lot of you do. The Habitat License plate has been around for a long time and every vehicle I have owned since their inception has one on it. The first one was a light brown plate...
Think back to when you were a child. Do you ever remember doing something wrong and trying to hide it from your parents? As a kid you probably got yourself in all sorts of trouble. Sometimes your parents knew what you had done and other times they had no clue! But that still didn’t keep you from...
Love is in the air due to Valentine’s Day. Forty-seven years ago, a young lady walked into Calvary Baptist Church in Silver City, New Mexico, and I was awestruck with her beauty. As a 17-year-old boy I was convinced she was a girl I needed to know. We became great friends and soon were madly in...
Mavis Fodness
How well do you remember those U.S. history lessons? If you’re like me, I don’t remember those intricate details necessary to receive my U.S. citizenship. Luckily I don’t have to pass the test now in effect for those who are seeking citizenship. Out of curiosity I tried to answer the questions the...
Rick Peterson
So have you had a heart attack lately? Hopefully your answer is no, and just because February is heart month, that is no reason to have one. But if you happen to have a heart attack any time soon, Rock County is a pretty good place to have one. If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of...
Man-made nesting structures have helped the wood duck population to make up the bulk of hunters' fall harvest.
This is one of those times of the year when you are trapped between watching fishing shows on TV and wondering why the fish don’t bite nearly as well as they did back in December. I have an idea for a project for one of the next weekends when the temperatures are expected to hover around that 0-...
This coming Sunday celebrates Jesus’ Transfiguration, when Jesus meets Moses and Elijah on the mountaintop. His clothing shines dazzling white, and his true identity as Son of God is made known to the disciples Peter, James and John, as a cloud envelops them. Peter mumbles something about being...
Brenda Winter
ATLAS of Rock County and Redeemed Remnants, the ATLAS-sponsored thrift shop, plan to soon be under one roof in the former Luverne Kawasaki building. (That’s the former Bargain Center for you old-timers, the former Kenny’s Super Valu for you really old-timers.) The planned move has been the worst-...

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