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I am not sure what spurred the conversation but recently the topic of school janitors came up. Maybe it was because it was National Custodians Appreciation Day or something, so I did what we do nowadays and googled “Custodian Day.” Sure enough — there is such a day, and it falls on Oct. 2. It made...
A reflection on unplanned gymnasts and hallway locker signs “I am the pro-life generation,” proclaimed the typing paper signs last weekend taped to lockers in the hallway at school. There were several such signs decorating what was called “seventh grade hall” 40 years ago.  I don’t know what they...
The following appeared in the Rock County Star Herald on February 18, 1954.   Blacktopping of T.H. 270 Is Scheduled   Minnesota’s 1954 construction program includes the blacktopping of Trunk Highway No. 270 from U.S. 75 to Hills. O. L. Kipp, assistant commissioner of highways and chief engineer,...
Postseason competition is on the horizon and I’m getting ready for what should be an entertaining stretch of action. How long the second season lasts for our area athletes is anyone’s guess, but I have a hunch some area teams and individuals have a chance to advance to the Twin Cities for state...
Hot vs. cold, spicy vs. mild busy vs. lazy, rich vs. poor … Relative to what? When temperatures finally climbed above zero Friday, it felt balmy outside. We could breath deeply without freezing our lungs. We could walk to the car without wrapping our faces like mummies. Was 15 degrees really all...
Question: During the last snow storm I went in the ditch and got stuck. I wanted my friend to come with a tow rope and pull me out. The officer that was there said that was not allowed. What is the deal with that? Answer: It is illegal in Minnesota for the public to use the highway or right-of-way...
The following appeared in the Rock County Star Herald on February 4, 1954.   Stores To Stay Open On Friday Nights In Future   Friday night will be shopping night in Luverne beginning this week. And with this change, a long-time tradition of Saturday night as community shopping night will have ended...
Fans of the Luverne girls’ basketball program have reason to be excited about the near future. A freshman sensation has made her presence known in the immediate area this winter, and it will be fun to see how things progress from here for Brooklynn Ver Steeg. Ver Steeg is the point-guard for a...
A simple question following Friday’s boys’ basketball game between Adrian and H-BC in Hills stumped me. Annette Elbers, the official scorekeeper for H-BC home games, left me feeling baffled with her unexpected query. “So who do you want to win the Super Bowl,” Elbers asked?  For the next 10 to 15...
It’s been a while, but recently Grandma Mary and I were called into duty to watch our granddaughters while their mom and dad attended a holiday gathering. Brooke is four and Ellee is one. So both walk, only one in diapers, and there are no bottles to deal with. So this should be relatively simple....

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