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What was expected to be a learning season for the Luverne girls’ basketball team has turned into a pretty impressive campaign for the Cardinals. LHS coach T.J. Newgard has what largely was an inexperienced group of players at the beginning of the year playing at a high level. I’m not so sure the...
Troy Christianson
Question: What allows private for-profit ambulance companies to run tax-exempt license plates on their vehicles? Answer: Vehicles owned by ambulance services specifically intended for emergency response or providing ambulance services are exempt under the Minnesota State statutes. All services must...
Rick Peterson
Before I closed the book on the past year, I went back and checked my first column of 2019 to see what words of wisdom I may have jotted down. As it turns out, I came up short in the wisdom category. My bold and optimistic look at 2019 included four major construction projects that would be well...
Jason Berghorst
“There’s a lot of psychology in that.”  That’s one of my favorite and most used sayings, at least according to my students and the coworkers that I eat lunch with. Paul Harvey had “the rest of the story.” Al Roker has “here’s what’s happening in your neck of the woods.” My signature saying, it...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in The Rock County Herald on January 13, 1905.   The committee in charge of the Modern Woodmen’s annual dance which is to be given next Thursday, January 19, have completed all arrangements in a very satisfactory manner and the indications are that the dance will be one of...
This is a time of year my phone rings frequently with calls from folks who want to get their hands on some corn to feed wildlife — pheasants in particular. So, is feeding pheasants a worthwhile endeavor? The answer is that it really depends. Pheasants during winter periods will feed primarily on...
There’s a lot of season left, but last Friday proved to be the most entertaining night of the winter for this sports scribe. I simply love taking in Big South Conference basketball twin bills at this time of year, and the Cardinal teams didn’t disappoint me in any way, shape or form when they...
Troy Christianson
Question: I see many vehicles driving down the road with ice and snow coming off of them. What is the law about clearing ice and snow from your vehicle prior to driving? Answer: The law states that no vehicle shall be moved on a roadway, unless the load is secured to prevent any leaking, blowing,...
Mavis Fodness
Growing up, I often heard the phrase “Keeping up with the Joneses.” Now, I didn’t have any neighbors named Jones, but I knew the saying referred to buying something just because someone else already had the same item. By owning the item, you were at the same high social level, and those who didn’t...
George Bonnema
In response to the problems we are encountering with our popular and reliable shade trees, it is important to make sure the new trees we plant are getting the best care we can give them. Young trees like linden and maple have smooth bark and are very prone to sunscald damage during the coldest part...

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