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Betty Mann
The following appeared in The Rose History in 1911.   Rock County Village of continued from 6-18-20 edition of the Star Herald.   The next item we have to consider in the history of Hills was also an important one — no less than the removal of the entire business section of the town. The village...
Mavis Fodness
Since the first cases of the coronavirus hit Minnesota in March, one of my colleagues went missing. Gone. Poof. Vanished. In the past three months only a handful of sightings of former sports editor John Rittenhouse have been passed on to the newsroom, but none of these by me, this former colleague...
Rick Peterson
The Luverne Area Community Foundation has created a worthy dedicated fund called the Rock County Veterans Fund. Don’t confuse this fund with the Rock County Veterans Memorial fund. The Rock County Veterans Memorial Fund is dedicated to the perpetual care of the Veterans Memorial on the front lawn...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in The Rose History in 1911.   Rock County Village of continued from 6-11-20 edition of the Star Herald.   The growth of Hills during 1892 was substantial and its permanency was assured. It distanced some of the neighboring villages and boasted a larger growth than its rivals...
Scott Rall
Does anybody know what I am talking about when I call a bird a “shy poke”? This was the name I first learned from my grandpa, Arnold Bender, who lived in Leola, South Dakota. This is the nickname for the great blue heron. Another name for them is a looper. This is for their large slow wind beats....
Scott Rall
My friend Ken Red has wildlife property in Pine County, Minnesota, where there are pheasants, wood cock, sand hill cranes, ruffed grouse and deer. I am impressed by the difference between my similar spot in southwest Minnesota and his property only 285 miles away. His game species is way more...
Brenda Winter
I was just learning to read when I handed my mom the anniversary card I’d found in a box on her desk. With all the over-dramatic “ohhs and ahhs” one gives a child for doing a good thing, Mom received the card with appreciation and read it silently. Then — she collapsed into a heap of laughter and...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in The Rose History in 1911.   Rock County Village of Hills, continued from 6-4-20 edition of the Star Herald.            In April the store building of Jacobson & Sexe was moved across the fields from Bruce, and early in May that firm opened a general store one block...
Lori Sorenson
More than once in the past several days, I’ve opened my mouth to say something profound, but stopped short, realizing that words aren’t enough. There simply are no words to describe the occurrences of the past week in Minneapolis and their ripple effect statewide and now in cities across the nation...
Rick Peterson
I wear my coronavirus mask more often than not, but not 100 percent of the time, which I probably should. I kind of relate the habit of wearing the mask to wearing my seatbelt in the car. When the recommendation to wear your seatbelt first came out, it was done so as a way to save lives. Wearing...

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