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The 2017 baseball season came to an abrupt end for the Minnesota Twins on Oct. 3. Losing the do-or-die wild card game to the New York Yankees didn’t come as a surprise to me. In fact, I expected it to turn out the way it did. That’s probably why I wasn’t horribly disappointed when the game was...
Rick Peterson
October is here and as far as I’m concerned, it’s the best time of the year. If you want, you can get a football fix five nights a week at some level. Harvest is underway, cooler days and nights are the norm, and best of all, pheasant season opens this Saturday. With the good, there is always a...
Mavis Fodness
Luverne Homecoming King Mark Robinson was surrounded by three friends intent on unscrewing the decorative nut on top of the scepter he received during the coronation ceremony. The mom voice in me told me to see what shenanigans these teenagers were up to. I quickly snapped a photo of the foursome,...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on October 16, 1931, and is the last in a series about Luverne's Rock River bridge. Senator Schall, after a brief statement concerning good roads, gave a political speech lasting an hour and a half. The following is the ending of his speech: Rock...
Brenda Winter
It’s time for my annual CT scan to confirm that the anal cancer I was treated for a year ago is still gone. I had a simple question. “How much is this scan going to cost?”  My annual deductible has kicked in again, which means the first $10,000 of this year’s post-cancer surveillance spending is on...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on October 16, 1931, and is the third in a series about Luverne's Rock River bridge. Senator Schall, after a bried statement concerning good roads, gave a political speech lasting an hour and a half. The following is the second part of this speech....
George Bonnema
Now that we are into the month of October and frost is predicted next week, it is time to acclimate indoor plants that have been vacationing outdoors to their winter home indoors. Considering that they have had daylight flooding them from all sides and indoors they will have to adjust to what light...
Before you read on, let me be clear about something. I hope I’m absolutely wrong about my pending assessment. After watching Sunday’s Vikings-Lions game from the comfort of our living room, a question popped into my head. How safe is the field turf inside the new U.S. Bank Stadium? I’ve actually...
Rick Peterson
If you haven’t bought your ticket to The Rock County Pheasants Forever banquet, time is running out. The 33rd annual banquet is next Thursday night, Oct. 5, at Grand Prairie Events. Note the new location. For years the annual banquet flip-flopped back and forth between Sharkee’s and the Blue Mound...
Lori Sorenson
Siri is slowly doing away with recipe books, how-to manuals and other tried and true handy references. Our old backyard apple tree has been busy bearing fruit, and we’ve been busy harvesting. Since our McIntosh apples are somewhat “vintage” I consulted my 1950s-era community cookbooks for old-...

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