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Question: Minnesota just recently enacted a hands free while driving law, but many states do not have such a law. How is this enforced when people from out of state are traveling on our interstate highways? I have not seen any signs go up stating that Minnesota is hands-free. Would violators just...
Jason Berghorst
They say that working with kids keeps you young. Now in my 17th year of teaching, I’d say that’s true.  As a teacher, I hear many of the new slang terms and even know what quite a few of them mean.  I’m aware of many famous people on YouTube and I have a front row seat to unfortunate trends in...
George Bonnema
Our 2019 garden season is pretty much finished, and now as we contemplate cleaning up perennial flowerbeds and the landscape, we have to decide what to cut and what not to cut. I am not a fan of clear-cutting the perennial garden in the fall. Plants that hold their form add interest to the winter...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in The Rock County Star on October 4, 1929.   Frank Clague Is Luverne Visitor          Luverne was favored on Monday of this week with a visit from Congressman Frank Clague, the Representative of the Second District. The Congressman spent most of the day in the city, visiting...
Rick Peterson
This weekend I will be attending the Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener in Austin. This will be the ninth year for the Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener. The annual event has done a great job promoting the sport of pheasant hunting. As you may recall, Luverne was the host city last year...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in The Rock County Star on September 20, 1929.   Hills Picnic Is Successful Event Former Senator Magnus Johnson Delivers Feature Address of Day Nearly a thousand people are estimated to have turned out for the annual picnic of the Hills Co-operative Creamery Association held...
George Bonnema
     The inevitable frost is predicted for this week so that means if you want to savor the flavor of a few more tomatoes, you will want to pick as many as you have good intentions for. Fairly mature green tomatoes can be ripened off the vine by wrapping them individually in paper or putting...
  Recent action has changed the landscape for two area schools prior to the 2019-20 winter sports season. Based on decisions made by both boards of education, Adrian and Ellsworth schools have entered a sports pairing agreement starting with the upcoming winter season and going forward. I learned...
Sgt, Troy Christianson
Traffic quiz: 1. It is legal to operate a motor vehicle without a license plate light. True  or  False 2. The use of headphones while driving a motor vehicle is legal as long as the driver has one ear           uncovered. True  or  False  3. The maximum bumper height for a private passenger vehicle...
Esther Frakes
As I finish up on 15 years of proofreading here at the Star Herald, I still love my job. One of the most amusing aspects of my job is to see the many ways that a missed or mistyped letter can potentially get us into trouble. The first week that I showed up for proofreading at the Star Herald in...

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