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Brenda Winter
Standing in my son’s back yard pushing my granddaughter on her swing, she instructs me, “Higher Grammy! Higher!” I’m facing north, staring at the former Sunrise Motel at the west end of Main Street between RCO and the old Ripley gas station. The motel is being remodeled by John and Vinnie. It’s one...
George Bonnema
I trust that the planters you put together this spring are giving you the color you had hoped for. If you have a plant in that combination that has assumed a “take over” attitude, don’t be afraid to give it some discipline … with a pruning shears! Also, be sure to continue feeding to keep that...
I drive a 2005 blue Chevy Trailblazer. What does this say about me? “You are logical and thoughtful,” says cars.lovetoknow.com, based on my responses to an online quiz. Truthfully, I’m a tightwad who found a good deal at Papik Motors over 10 years ago when my previous Chevy Blazer started falling...
Question:  How fast can I drive before getting stopped? Is there a tolerance? Answer: State Patrol policy does not allow for any speeds in excess of the posted limit. Officers use their departmental policy, the totality of circumstances, all other conditions (road, weather, lighting and traffic),...
The following appeared in the Rock County Star Herald on October 16, 1952.   State To Install Traffic Signal At Bank Corner Here   In a letter to Alan C. McIntosh, promise was made by Commissioner of Highways Hoffman that traffic signal lights will be installed at the “bank corner” intersection on...
It’s time for me to remind you to be proactive with the potential pests in your garden. Now is the time to spray the base of squash and pumpkins to prevent the destruction of squash vine borers. Sevin works well for this and I recommend adding 1 tablespoon of cooking oil per gallon of spray to...
I suspect Mary and I are like most grandparents in that we do things only grandparents would do — like drive three hours round trip to watch an 8-year-old grandson play a ball game of some kind. The sport or activity the grandson or granddaughter is participating in doesn’t really matter; the draw...
Is there anything more American than a family road trip? Generations of Americans have piled into the family car and headed west to see the sights. Many of us have memories of the long trip across South Dakota on our way to “see the faces” and vacation in the Black Hills. Visits to Wall Drug, Mount...
The following appeared in the Rock County Star Herald on October 2, 1952.   State Road Deal Protested State To Delay Letting Of No. 70 Grading Contract Pending Amendment Vote                   Outcome of the voting on controversial Amendment No. 5 in the election on November 4 will determine...
A teenager passes the behind-the-wheel driver’s test. That’s not a big deal, as it probably happens more than 100 times a year in Rock County alone. It happened again last Wednesday when our daughter, Melanie, secured her license to drive on her 17th birthday. Again, I’m sure anyone reading this...

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