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By Sgt. Troy Christianson, Minnesota State Patrol Q: As a traffic safety official, I am very upset that people don’t realize that there is some significance as to what is going on with using the term “crash” as compared to using the word “accident” in news articles and other media. I see both terms...
Winter’s back; do you need winter driving refresher tips? Winter hit with a vengeance this week, and by all reports Minnesotans (Rock County included) forgot how to drive in winter conditions. The Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Department of Public Safety issued numerous warnings...
Question: What is the procedure if I hit a deer with my vehicle? Can I keep it? Answer: The Minnesota State Patrol does issue permits for road-kill deer generally right at the time of the crash or soon after. Any Minnesota resident may claim a road-killed animal by contacting a law enforcement...
I had one, actually a couple, of those “you know you live in a small town when...” moments recently. I came home from work one day a couple of weeks ago to find my entire backyard completely free of leaves. This was significant because, when I left for work that morning, my backyard was completely...
Brenda Winter
Teaching a class of Sunday School students many years ago, I asked my little scholars to look up and say the first book of the Bible. An energetic young boy found the page and yelled, “Preface!” One of my relatives, (then age four), upon learning that Noah lived to be 950 years old told his Sunday...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on July 18, 1924:   TOMORROW WILL BE “HEART TAG DAY”   Every One Asked to “Have a Heart and Help the Unfortunates” by Buying a Tag. Heart Tag Day will be observed in Luverne tomorrow in behalf of The Volunteers of America, a most worthy benevolent...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on February 2, 1924:   CAPONS BRING BIG PRICE ON LIVE POULTRY MARKET   Clinton Township Farmer Sells 30 Birds That Average Better Than 9 pounds and Bring 25c a Pound   A striking illustration of the success that may be attained in marketing farm...
When it comes to the days leading up to Christmas Eve, I’m pretty much of a “Bah Humbug” kind of guy. I find it difficult to get into the spirit of Christmas when stores start advertising Christmas items weeks before Thanksgiving and radio stations begin to play Christmas music almost as soon.  The...
I’ve never cared for family Thanksgiving prayers that require each of us to say out loud what we’re thankful for. Mostly that’s because an original prayer is hard to come by at the end of a 10-person table. Also, we’re sometimes thankful for things that require explanation (which nobody wants to...
  I scraped the last of the peanut butter from the bottom of a Skippy jar last week and thought about our golden retriever. It was Ginger’s job to lick the peanut butter and yogurt containers before they hit the recycle bin. I can still see her — the picture of contentment. She’d wrap her front...

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