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George Bonnema
Impatiens have been the best choice for an annual that will produce fantastic color in shaded areas. Now we may have to go for another option. Recently, I have noticed impatiens that have suddenly lost all of their leaves and are naked stalks. The cause is downy mildew. This fungus moved into our...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on February 13, 1925:   M. W. CHUNN TAKES ISSUE WITH REPRESENTATIVE JACOBSON   Contends That Measure Prohibiting Sunday Movies, Sponsored by Him, is “Foolish and Vicious.”   To the Editor of Rock County Herald: Many of the friends of Representative J...
In terms of its journey, the Hills-Beaver Creek volleyball team is half the way there. The Patriots entered the 2016 season with the lofty goal of becoming the first H-BC volleyball team to capture a Red Rock Conference championship. The quest has been successful to date as the Patriots entered...
George Bonnema
Just a reminder that if you have had indoor plants “vacationing” outdoors for the summer, it is time to start acclimating them to coming back inside. A day or two inside followed by a day or two outside will give them a chance to adjust to lower light and the warmer temperature without shocking the...
Praying mantis sightings in Luverne are rare, according to scientists who say the northernmost region for the insects is Missouri.
As a child growing up in the 1970s and ‘80s, I couldn’t wait to see the latest horror flick. Movies like “The Shining,” “Christine,” “Nightmare on Elm Street,” and “Friday the 13th” would garner excitement. These movies featured a creepy bad guy who was out to hurt teenagers or their family members...
Rick Peterson
My last column was about buying a new alarm clock. This one is going to be about time. More precisely, the following is more about the word “time” than how to tell time. I figured there is no better time to write about time than now, so I suppose you could say it’s about time. We have part time,...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on November 27, 1896:   Hills Creamery The Hills creamery made a very satisfactory record during the month of October. The Crescent says: “The board of directors of the Hills Creamery association met Monday of last week. After allowing bills for...
Luverne’s Shane Fick has put together a sensational summer as a micro sprints driver with eight consecutive feature race wins late in the 2016 season.
The summer of 2016 will be a season that will be unforgettable for Shane Fick. Fick, a 2008 Luverne High School graduate who farms in the area, has emerged as a dominating presence on the micro sprints racing scene over the past couple of months. The fact that Fick won the micro sprints points...
Question: What are the driver’s license requirements and equipment laws for the new three-wheel type motorcycle vehicles? Answer: The law changed on August 1, 2016. An auto cycle is a motorcycle that: •has three wheels in contact with the ground; •is designed with seating that does not require...
Jason Berghorst
This is a big weekend in Luverne. Sure, there have been a lot of "big" events in Luverne this summer. Buffalo Days, Fourth of July at The Lake, Hot Dog Night, the county fair, a beer fest, and other events have given local residents plenty to do. But this weekend is the Tri-State Band Festival, the...

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