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Brenda Winter
It was 1971. Or maybe it wasn’t. I don’t know. I was a kid and there were three of us in the back seat of a Ford Mustang with Mom and Dad in the front. I sat in the middle. I always sat in the middle. I was the middle child and that’s where I sat with my older brother on one side and my younger...
George Bonnema
Vegetable gardens are at their maximum production and that quantity of fresh produce can be almost overwhelming, but this is the vision for every gardener. Beans are being produced in quantity, and you may get tired of harvesting. But if you don’t keep picking, they stop producing, and beans...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in the Rock County Star Herald on Aug. 5, 1965.   OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY- Kanaranzi Bank Has Served Community Half A Century Open house will be held Saturday afternoon from 2 to 5 p.m. at the First Farmers State Bank in Kanaranzi, commemor-ating the 50th anniversary of the bank’...
I couldn’t be more elated for Luverne’s Chaz Smedsrud. The 2016 LHS graduate will get to live his dream. The Luverne boys’ hockey program’s all-time point producer (315 points) has yearned to play Division 1 hockey at the college level for as long as he can remember. After spending the last three...
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...

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