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By Rick Peterson, Tollefson Publishing General Manager It’s that time of year when we take a moment to consider all the things we are thankful for. It’s a shame really that we only set aside one day a year to do that. Here’s an early New Year’s Resolution for you: Each day I am going to write down...
Now that the 2016 fall sports season is behind us in Rock County, I came to this conclusion when summing up the past couple of months. As an observer, I’m satisfied with what I witnessed. There were no state titles to celebrate at season’s end, but there were enough positive accomplishments to make...
Troy Christianson
Question: I’ve been helping my neighbor prep for sale a 1955 Ford pickup that has been in her family since new.t I noticed the other day that the VIN plate is missing from the glove box door (the rivet holes are still there). It must have been lost by the body shop that painted the truck about 15...
Rick Peterson
A couple of weeks ago a few of my hunting buddies and I spent a few days out in Winner, South Dakota, hunting pheasants. I’ve been making my way to Winner at least once a year for the past 20 years. Over the years a number of things have changed. We have always hunted the same land and have...
Brenda Winter
It’s Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, and the sun is rising over the bike path in my back yard. I’ve had my first cup of coffee and fed the stray calico kitty who now lives on our deck. (Because we are clever we have named her “Deck Kitty.”)  I haven’t yet cast my ballot for oatmeal or...
Betty Mann
This is to continue my article from last week:   ORGANIZATION OF ROCK COUNTY   On the 17th day of October, 1870, this board held its first meeting at the house of H. A. Gregory. Daniel Wilmott was chosen chairman, and P. J. Kniss, clerk pro tem. The first work of the board was to call an election...
Not realizing it at the time, I was on the receiving end of a pretty solid tip a little more than five years ago. I traveled to Brandon, South Dakota, early in September of 2011, where the Cardinal cross country teams competed in their second meet of that season. Prior to varsity competition that...
An intriguing couple of days await two football teams from the Star Herald coverage area. Both Hills-Beaver Creek and Adrian have qualified for their respective section championship games, which will be staged at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall Thursday and Friday. Both teams have...
Lori Sorenson
Several weeks ago, my sisters and I and my parents planned holiday dates for the Kroontje Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings. While we were busy entering the dates into our smartphones, Mom made an off-hand remark that stopped us mid-text. “It’s a blessing to be able to plan for the future,” she...
Betty Mann
The following was found in an atlas dated 1886:   ORGANIZATION OF ROCK COUNTY   Prior to its organization Rock County was attached to Jackson for civil and judicial purposes, and when, in the winter of 1869-70, the Legislature passed the enabling act, there was but comparatively little talk or...

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