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Mavis Fodness
A little bit of Rock County has found a home in Iowa. I recently toured a brand new 4,800-head finishing barn near where my daughter lives in rural Schaller, Iowa. She is the reason a part of the county she grew up in now has a home in another state. Courtney works for a company that builds those...
Sgt. Troy Christianson
Question: I was hoping in a future column you could talk about safely navigating a roundabout. Last fall a roundabout was put in by our elementary school. Since the start of the 20-21 school year, I’ve been using it 20 times a week to drop off my kids and pick them up. I see many drivers stopping...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in The Rose History in 1911.   Rock County Village ( from 01-14-20 edition of the Star Herald)            In the fall of 1880 a side track was constructed, and a correspondent predicted that Ashcreek was about to shape itself into a metropolis. The extent of the subsequent...
Scott Rall
Last week I wrote about the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund created by constitutional amendment back in the late 1980s when the Minnesota State Lottery was begun. It has done many good things but still funds too much research and not enough on the ground habitat and water projects for...
Brenda Winter
I raised my kids with “chore charts” so it’s no surprise that my oldest daughter’s oldest daughter is carrying on the tradition. She’s five. Nothing makes her happier than a timeline, a calendar or a chore chart. Her daily duties include the “pick up toys” and “brush teeth” requirements one expects...
Rick Peterson
With the start of the New Year, the pheasant hunting season came to an end. Because the New Year’s Day holiday fell on a Friday, the season extended through Sunday, Jan. 3. The season for me was a success in so many ways, and none of the success was because of the number of birds I harvested. In...
Scott Rall
When is the last time you bought a lottery ticket? For some it is at least a weekly occurrence and for others the answer might be never. I am not a big gambler by any means, but I do buy a Powerball ticket every once in a while. I have no doubt that I will never win any money, but the Minnesota...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in The Rose History in 1911.   Rock County Village (continued from 01-07-20 edition of the Star Herald)   Ashcreek          The little village of Ashcreek, the first  station south of Luverne on the Doon extension of the Omaha railway, is one of the two Rock county hamlets in...
Lori Sorenson
My sisters and I met Sunday afternoon at the farm for an impromptu social gathering. There are five of us, but only four could make it on short notice, and it was just us — no husbands, no kids, no grandkids and, of course, no Mom and Dad. Mom died in September of 2019, and Dad died in August of...
Troy Christianson
Question: My neighbor’s cattle are always out. They don’t take care of their fence and they are getting into my yard. I can deal with that, but my real concern is the highway we live along. I’m worried someone is going to hit a cow and get hurt or something worse. There must be a law about this....

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