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Sgt. Troy Christianson
Question: Can you drive in a bike lane? For instance, use it for a right turn lane? Answer: No, motorists are not allowed to drive in the bike lanes. The solid white lines on any road mean do not cross. There are designated areas where the solid white line is converted to dashed lines and this is...
Jason Berghorst
There’s a first time for everything. I had one last week when I purchased my first brand new major household appliance. I’ve purchased brand new TVs, computers and furniture before, but never an appliance. When I bought my house eight years ago, the refrigerator, range, dishwasher, washing machine...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on October 8, 1926:   CROW HUNTERS FAIL TO BAG MANY BIRDS   Total of Only 103 Crows Killed in First Crow Hunt Staged by Local Izaak Walton League   LOSING TEAM TO GIVE WINNING TEAM A FEED   Second Hunt will be Staged Next Month, When it is Hoped More...
George Bonnema
The Minnesota Northern Gardener magazine was in my mail box today, and there is an article about a new disease showing up in roses in the Midwest ... Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois. The disease is rampant in southern states because of milder weather. Rose rosette...
The 2017 fall sports season is shaping up to be an interesting one for area teams. As I was conducting interviews for the Fall Sports Preview that will be included in the Aug. 31 edition of the Star Herald, I realized this should be a unique campaign. With a number of different storylines to keep...
Brenda Winter
And now they are 2. The baby girls who became our granddaughters two years ago have had their birthdays — one in June and one in July. So the family is blessed with not one, but two, completely illogical people. Webster defines logic as “a proper or reasonable way of thinking about something.” A 2-...
George Bonnema
Blessed is the only word that I can come up with to express how I feel about getting over 4 inches of rain in the last 7 days. I had just thrashed the seed out of my dead spinach plants, and that seed has germinated like too thick … I’ll have to thin it when normally I’m just happy to have a...
Betty Mann
This is the fifth and last in a series about a 1926 Pioneer Girls reunion that appeared in the Rock County Herald on July 9, 1926. At the meeting, Effie Grout-Lindsey pays tribute to the mothers and wives of early day settlers.   LUVERNE PIONEER GIRLS HOLD ANNUAL RE-UNION   Effie Grout-Lindsey...
Parenting happens in stages — infant and baby stage, toddler and preschool stage, school and teen stage and so on. My two boys were born five years apart, so parenting for me has been a one-stage-forward, one-stage-back sort of progression. When the first one started kindergarten, the second was an...
  Question: When does the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) get involved with crashes? Answer: The Minnesota State Patrol notifies the NTSB on the following types of crashes: •School bus injuries or death to student passengers. •Public or charter bus crashes resulting in death or injury...

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