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The following appeared in The Rose History in 1911.   Rock County Village, continued from 8-13-20 edition of the Star Herald.   Hardwick          With the prosperous times in the country a decade ago, Hardwick kept pace and made rapid strides forward. The town’s second railroad — the branch from...
Scott Rall
When I need a “pick me up,” I just go for a wildlife ride and look for God’s creatures. They seem to have made it through thousands of years of ups and downs, and last week they got a really, really big surge upwards. Congress passed the Great American Outdoors Act. I will provide a little...
Kent Theisse
The August 12 USDA Crop Report projected a record U.S. corn yield and record production in 2020, as well as a record 2020 soybean yield and the second highest U.S. soybean production level in history. The yield and production projections were based on conditions as of Aug. 1. Normally the record...
Rick Peterson
I have a coronavirus activity challenge for you that doesn’t include wearing a mask, and if you do this as a family, social distancing can be set aside momentarily. In today’s Star Herald you’ll find a “Kid Scoop” ad sponsored by our hometown Sunshine Foods store. The message of the ad is to...
Mavis Fodness
While removing the leaf from the kitchen table one day, my thoughts landed on how a simple piece of furniture reflects the changes in our empty nest household. In our 30-plus years of marriage, Bryan and I always had a kitchen table and a dining table in each of the half dozen or so homes we’ve...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in The Rose History in 1911.   Rock County Village continued from 8-6-20 edition of the Star Herald.   Hardwick          Hardwick became a municipal corporation in 1898. So early in its history as 1893, however, the first attempt to bring about this desired condition was made...
My new Labrador puppy recently joined our family that already includes three Labradors at my house. They all live inside and are all topnotch pheasant hunting dogs. They are Tracer, age 8, Sarge, age 6, and Raider, age 4. My new puppy is called Ghost. My son served in the United States Marine Corp...
Brenda Winter
It’s a goal of mine to have at least one funny line in every column I write, but there’s nothing very funny about the times in which we live. Being funny has become a challenge. I’ve already written about the funny neighborhood woodchuck that has since waddled out of the neighborhood. I could write...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in The Rose History in 1911.   Rock County Village continued from 7-30-20 edition of the Star Herald.   Hardwick          At the close of the year 1892 we find that there were in the new town three general stores, one hotel, one lumber yard, one fuel yard, two grain...
Lori Sorenson
I returned to the Star Herald office Monday after a refreshing vacation in the crisp dry air of the South Dakota Black Hills. The 80-degree, 70-percent humidity weather that welcomed us home was hard enough, but Monday was Day 1 of Minnesota’s indoor mask mandate. I hate to complain, but it was a...

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