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This is a time of year my phone rings frequently with calls from folks who want to get their hands on some corn to feed wildlife — pheasants in particular. So, is feeding pheasants a worthwhile endeavor? The answer is that it really depends. Pheasants during winter periods will feed primarily on...
There’s a lot of season left, but last Friday proved to be the most entertaining night of the winter for this sports scribe. I simply love taking in Big South Conference basketball twin bills at this time of year, and the Cardinal teams didn’t disappoint me in any way, shape or form when they...
Troy Christianson
Question: I see many vehicles driving down the road with ice and snow coming off of them. What is the law about clearing ice and snow from your vehicle prior to driving? Answer: The law states that no vehicle shall be moved on a roadway, unless the load is secured to prevent any leaking, blowing,...
Mavis Fodness
Growing up, I often heard the phrase “Keeping up with the Joneses.” Now, I didn’t have any neighbors named Jones, but I knew the saying referred to buying something just because someone else already had the same item. By owning the item, you were at the same high social level, and those who didn’t...
George Bonnema
In response to the problems we are encountering with our popular and reliable shade trees, it is important to make sure the new trees we plant are getting the best care we can give them. Young trees like linden and maple have smooth bark and are very prone to sunscald damage during the coldest part...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in The Rock County Herald on January 13, 1905.   Barely a quorum of the members of the Maplewood Cemetery association turned out Monday evening to attend the annual meeting held in J. H. Furlow’s office. While this fact indicates the implicit faith and entire satisfaction  of...
If one asks a typical Minnesota sports fan what they remember the most from 1987, the response will be overwhelming for good reason. That was the year the Minnesota Twins defeated the St. Louis Cardinals to claim their first World Series title. It was a glorious season for our Twins, and the...
With 2020 knocking on the door of the New Year, I usually fill the space this time of the year with my resolutions. I haven’t had great success fulfilling my resolutions, so this year I am going to take a slightly different approach. I have come up with what I am calling my Luverne Bucket List....
So what’s in a name? Obviously a very specific spelling, for one thing. One of the challenges for the Star Herald staff is to spell names correctly — not an easy task. As early as possible at the beginning of each school year, we ask the area schools to email student class lists to us for reference...
Brenda Winter
From now on, if anyone asks me for the definition of a good sport, I’m going to answer “Betty Mann.” Betty was willing to portray herself in the “Marlene and Darlene Present the Nutcracker” show at the Palace Theatre on Dec. 22 even though the storyline poked fun at nutcrackers and people like...

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