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  Recent action has changed the landscape for two area schools prior to the 2019-20 winter sports season. Based on decisions made by both boards of education, Adrian and Ellsworth schools have entered a sports pairing agreement starting with the upcoming winter season and going forward. I learned...
Sgt, Troy Christianson
Traffic quiz: 1. It is legal to operate a motor vehicle without a license plate light. True  or  False 2. The use of headphones while driving a motor vehicle is legal as long as the driver has one ear           uncovered. True  or  False  3. The maximum bumper height for a private passenger vehicle...
Esther Frakes
As I finish up on 15 years of proofreading here at the Star Herald, I still love my job. One of the most amusing aspects of my job is to see the many ways that a missed or mistyped letter can potentially get us into trouble. The first week that I showed up for proofreading at the Star Herald in...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in The Rock County Star on September 20, 1929.   Excursion to Land O’ Lakes   Arrangements Made for Special Train to Land O’ Lakes Plant in Cities Next Thursday            An opportunity to see the Land O’ Lakes Creamery plant in the twin cities at specially reduced rates...
In the 1980s, I had 12 different plat books that served as treasure troves of published property owners in counties where I hunted and it even had some of their phone numbers. Back then I was hunting in Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota and North Dakota, and I had a list of over 60 landowners with whom...
Rick Petersen
It’s been a while since Grandma Mary and I watched the granddaughters for an overnight stint. The granddaughters’ mom and dad were headed to Minneapolis to celebrate their wedding anniversary and take in a Vikings game, so Mary and I were recruited for overnight childcare duties at their home in...
Brenda Winter
Unlike some, my husband and I heard the tornado sirens loudly and clearly when they blasted a severe weather alarm around midnight on Sept. 11. We were asleep. Deeply, blissfully, soundly asleep. When suddenly, a low whining, blaring, horn-like sound filled our bedroom. It was the sound of someone...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in the Rock County Star Herald on September 7, 1967.   Crowds Throng Here To Make Centennial Whopping Success          Luverne’s 100th anniversary birthday party was a whopping success.          Young and old alike came to celebrate ­— many in costume, many in whiskers, the...
The dove season, early goose season and first of three crow seasons are all underway. I really never understood why there is a season on crows. They should just be open year around. The waterfowl season is a split season with the opener running Sept. 9-29 and from Oct. 12 -Dec. 1. Pheasant Opener...
Just a reminder that if you have had some indoor plants vacationing outdoors for the summer, now is a good time to begin acclimating them to being indoors for the winter.  Place the plant in the spot you intend for it to grow for the winter season.  Keep it in for a week and then bring it back out...

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