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Mavis Fodness
This summer I celebrated my 55th birthday. That’s right the 5-5 —the posted speed limit on most county highways. It is also the minimum age for participating in the eight-hour defensive driving class through the Minnesota Safety Council and Luverne Community Education.  Any driver 55 and older can...
Troy Christianson
Question: I have heard a lot about “click it or ticket” recently. I thought seat belt use was at an all-time high. Answer:  Most Minnesotans are making the life-saving decision to buckle up. According to the 2019 Minnesota Seat Belt Survey, 93.4 percent of front seat occupants are wearing their...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in The Rose History in 1911.   Rock County Village (continued from 11-19-20 edition of the Star Herald.)            The proposition was carried by a majority of four votes, there being twenty cast in favor of the project [to create a municipality] and sixteen against. The...
Scott Rall
With all of the recent hunting opportunities it is hard to squeeze in other important fall projects, but I have made time to get them done. I got my burn breaks mowed for the prescribed fires that will take place on my wildlife property to enhance the diversity and stand integrity of the native...
Brenda Winter
There is a story in the Old Testament where the patriarch Abraham gives his selfish nephew, Lot, first choice in selecting farmland. Lot, being a bit of a jerk, takes all the good land and forces his uncle to pack his bags and move on. Abraham must have been downcast or pouting or something because...
Rick Peterson
A week from today (Thursday) is of course Thanksgiving, and that means it’s time for my annual list of things I am thankful for. Some of the things on this year’s list I never thought I would find myself being thankful for. They include toilet paper, hand sanitizer, paper towels, Lysol wipes and...
Scott Rall
The firearms deer season is underway across Minnesota. Reports have been coming in with success rates far above last year. With literally almost no standing crop left in the state, there are far fewer places for deer to hide. I guided a 62-year-old gal to her very first deer harvest. She comes from...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in The Rose History in 1911.   Rock County Village (continued from 11-12-20 edition of the Star Herald.)            Within two weeks after the plat was recorded, Gov. Yale had sold ten lots in the new town, more were sold a little later, and the promoters predicted a lively...
Lori Sorenson
A group text among my sisters typically makes the rounds during holidays: “When and where will we gather?” and "Who’s bringing what for food?” But this year we’re asking, “Should we gather?” And if so, “How can we safely gather?” There are five of us sisters, and with our growing families we’re...
Troy Christianson
Question: If a person has a permit to carry in Minnesota, can they transport a loaded rifle or shotgun in a vehicle? Answer: The permit to carry law applies only to handguns, so the answer is no with some exceptions. MS 97B.045 – A person may not transport a firearm in a motor vehicle unless the...

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