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Mavis Fodness
A half mile past my farm home in Battle Plain Township, a magnificent cottonwood tree used to grow tall and proud against the prairie skyline. For more than a decade before its demise, the tree marked the turnaround point for horseback rides, walks, and most recently, my attempts at jogging. Today...
Minnesota, particularly southwest Minnesota, is a place that I am proud to call home and to be raising my children in. We are a people of hard work and self-respect. We face our challenges head on, and over the last few months, we’ve had a few of those. We have, and are going through, a difficult...
Rick Peterson
As I sat in front of my computer struggling to come up with a column idea that doesn’t focus on the coronavirus or politics, I found myself wondering what I wrote about, say, 10 years ago at this time of the year. So I looked back at my column from July 8, 2010, and believe it or not, the following...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in The Rose History in 1911.   Rock County Village of Hills continued from 7-09-20 edition of the Star Herald.   The Churches — Hills has three active church organizations, the Immanuel Norwegian Evangelical Union (Synod), the United Norwegian Lutheran and the Trinity...
Brenda Winter
“Yep. It’s a woodchuck.” I made the declaration with confidence after spending half an hour studying a compelling article titled, “Woodchucks and their droppings.” The little fella startled me for the first time last week when he emerged from under a wide-leafed plant in my garden. I greeted his...
Troy Christianson
Question: I have heard speeding over 100 mph has increased. What is the State Patrol doing about this problem? Answer:  The Minnesota State Patrol, along with law enforcement agencies across the state, is currently conducting enhanced speed enforcement on the roadways through July 19. The extra...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in The Rose History in 1911.   Rock County Village of Hills continued from 7-02-20 edition of the Star Herald.            Since Hills has become an incorporated town, its growth has been steady. Over $30,000 were expended on building improvements in 1904. The state census of...
Scott Rall
I was on a daylong, 75-mile wildlife ride on my Polaris Ranger with a few friends Saturday to observe habitat conditions on public lands located in Nobles County. One of the riders said her friend didn’t know what a side-by-side was. A side-by-side is the slang term for a 4-wheeled all-terrain...
Lori Sorenson
A “novel” virus is, by definition, a new virus, not previously identified. When it emerged six months ago scientists knew nothing about it, except that it was highly contagious and could kill people. Today we know a little about it, like how it’s transmitted and what it’s capable of. But mostly, it...
Rick Peterson
In past columns I have shared with you the little life changes I have experienced that may indicate that the aging process in my case keeps advancing. Here are two sure, but not so subtle, hints I reluctantly took notice of recently. Making a list of things to pack for any sort of trip —be it an...

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