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Troy Christianson
Question: Can you please explain the new law that requires drivers to move to the right lane if they are impeding traffic by traveling under the posted speed limit? Answer: Modernized language regarding left lane usage was added to Minnesota state statute for those drivers that drive in the left...
Lori Sorenson
I got a new keyboard for my Mac at the Star Herald last week, and in addition to being shiny and new (and clean), it has a new sound. A satisfying sound. … Almost like a typewriter, minus the ding of the return cartridge. Clickety clackety clickety clackety … “It sounds very productive,” a fellow...
George Bonnema
Driving in the county on Saturday, I was surprised to see so much wild cucumber vine. It was growing on fences, through trees — especially evergreens — and along creek banks. I even saw it climbing up on corn stalks.  Now that it has started blooming, the airy white flowers make it very visible....
Betty Mann
The following appeared in the Rock County Star Herald on July 8, 1965   First National Bank To Open In New Location On Monday Moving day for the First National Bank of Luverne is this weekend. First National will move to its new building at Main and McKenzie over the July 10 weekend and will be...
It won’t be long until the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources releases their August roadside counts.  Just what are these reports and why are they important? Since about 1954 the DNR has conducted roadside counts primarily to count pheasants. They have individuals from all over the pheasant...
With pedestrian walkways prevalent around the city of Luverne, West Warren Street falls short and as a result pedestrian visitors are forced to use the roadway to get to Maplewood Cemetery.
So far after 15 days into the hands-free cellphone while driving era I have had only one near violation. I will admit that more than a few times after my phone rings or pings, I have made the motion to pick it up but resisted it. I suspect the hands-free law will take some time before compliance is...
Jason Berghorst
It may only be August, but I’ve decided to make a wish list. Instead of a Christmas list, however, I’m writing a wish list for Luverne. My guess is many local readers have found themselves saying, “I wish Luverne … ,” so I thought I’d turn my thoughts about that into a column. Luverne already has...
George Bonnema
My trees are dying!!!! I’ve had a few people question the leaf loss of their trees, and most often the trees they are alarmed about are flowering crab trees. This year is exceptional for infection of a fungal disease called scab. The infection starts mid spring, and the first symptom is a black...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in the Rock County Star Herald on July 8, 1965.   Weather Slows Work On County Highway Projects   Maintenance Work Behind Schedule, Too          The county highway department’s 1965 road building program is being delayed by wet weather, County Engineer Julius Brown said...
As much as I was looking forward to the prospect, history will not be made at the Luverne Country Club Sunday. The LCC will be the site of the 81st Men’s Club Tournament on Saturday and Sunday. It’s an event that has proved to be one of my favorite to cover during the summer months, largely because...

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