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  It was only two days, but it seemed like I was carrying around the full weight of a week on my shoulders last weekend. Apparently that’s the price I have to pay for writing a column on nearly a weekly basis. I’ve often wondered if anyone takes the time to read my musings online or in the paper,...
Sgt. Troy Christianson
Question: I read that the fine for going through a school bus stop arm will increase in Minnesota. Can you talk about the fine amount and school bus safety? Answer: State law requires all vehicles to stop for school buses when the bus driver activates the flashing lights and has the crossing arm...
Rick Peterson
“Thanks for the memories.” That is how I felt after Sunday afternoon’s Stars and Stripes USO Show at the historic Palace Theatre. They weren’t really my memories, but I could tell many of those in the audience were remembering good times of long ago. I truly enjoyed the show, but it was an added...
Mavis Fodness
Naming an animal is not at all unusual. As a child I named every cat — along with a special chicken or cow. Giving an object a name is a little more unusual. In elementary school I gave my first band instrument, a clarinet, the name Clarice. Clarice the Clarinet. I grin at the thought. You might...
Mavis Fodness
Naming an animal is not at all unusual. As a child I named every cat — along with a special chicken or cow. Giving an object a name is a little more unusual. In elementary school I gave my first band instrument, a clarinet, the name Clarice. Clarice the Clarinet. I grin at the thought. You might...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on October 15, 1926:   Minnesota’s highway department the first of this week completed the task of oiling and resurfacing with gravel the two-mile stretch of trunk highway No. 6, between the Kniss avenue paving and state road No. 8 north of this city...
George Bonnema
For weed spray to be most effective, the weeds should be growing actively ... with all the rain we have had, the weeds ARE really growing actively. So, I’m saying that right now is a great time to attack creeping Charlie and any other broad leaf weed in your lawn. A fall application of spray will...
Ellsworth’s Marlin Boom is a softball guy. He played the fast-pitch game for 30 years at a very high level that ultimately led Boom to be inducted into the Minnesota Softball Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Owatonna last October. Although it’s been 11 years since Boom stepped on a softball field...
Sgt. Troy Christianson
Question: Can you drive in a bike lane? For instance, use it for a right turn lane? Answer: No, motorists are not allowed to drive in the bike lanes. The solid white lines on any road mean do not cross. There are designated areas where the solid white line is converted to dashed lines and this is...
Jason Berghorst
There’s a first time for everything. I had one last week when I purchased my first brand new major household appliance. I’ve purchased brand new TVs, computers and furniture before, but never an appliance. When I bought my house eight years ago, the refrigerator, range, dishwasher, washing machine...

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