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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...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in The Rose History in 1911.   Rock County Village of Hills continued from 5-28-20 edition of the Star Herald.          The farmers residing in the vicinity were given the privilege of christening the new town. They chose the name Oslo, but before the site was platted, late...
Scott Rall
Star Herald editor Lori Sorenson recently told me her son just acquired a black Lab puppy for hunting. Most new puppies go to their new homes at seven to eight weeks of age, so that little one will be about 7 1/2 months old when he gets to use his natural instincts. I wrote a few months back about...
Jason Berghorst
Staying positive was one of my main goals as the pandemic began to impact us in mid-March. As the weeks – and  now months – have gone on, it’s gotten somewhat harder to stay positive for me, and maybe for you, too.  In order to focus on the positive, I’ve been making a mental list of the changes...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in The Rose History in 1911.   Rock County Village of Hills          Ranking second in size among Rock county villages is Hills, situated in the southern part of Martin township, two miles from the Iowa state line. It is located at the junction of the Great Northern and...
Mavis Fodness
My last in-person visit with my granddaughter, Jayden, was March 6. Almost 60 days later, on the bright, sunny Sunday morning of May 3, the grandmother in me knew it was time to see Jayden face to face. Unbeknownst to me, when my daughter Courtney told Jayden that MeeMaw Mavis was coming to Iowa...

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