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Jason Berghorst
What makes a person a true Minnesotan? Some may say it’s rooting for the Vikings or the Twins. Others might say it’s having a special taste for tator-tot hotdish, lefse or a Jucy Lucy. It could be owning or using a boat, a hockey stick or a snowmobile. Or is it a propensity to utter phrases like...
George Bonnema
So here we are in September, the best time to do lawn seeding — renovation, if necessary — and the best time to rid your lawn of weeds. If you are seeding a new lawn, as the ground temperature drops, most weed seed will not germinate; however, the grass seed germinates better in cool soil so the...
Sgt, Troy Christianson
Question: When turning left on a blinking yellow light, should one pull into the intersection? It seems like a blinking yellow should let at least one car through, but often cars will wait behind the line, negating the ability to move traffic through the intersection. Answer: If you are preparing...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in the Rock County Star Herald on August 17, 1967.   Fairgrounds Barn Leveled In Spectacular Blaze   Costly Fire Hits One Week After The Fair          Two boys, ages 9 and 10 admitted to the deputy state fire marshal and local police that they had been smoking in the...
Question: I'm writing to you to ask a question regarding whether or not you might know where the signal is that I can only assume is the method to tell current "smarter" cars what the speed limit is on the road or highway they are currently driving. I wonder how accurate they really are. Answer:...
Last week I reached one of those birthday milestones, something called Social Security age. Twenty years ago that was the age when darn near everyone walked off the job into retirement. Not so much nowadays. With $1,000-a-month health insurance premiums, not many of us can pull the plug on the nine...
Brenda Winter
It was 1971. Or maybe it wasn’t. I don’t know. I was a kid and there were three of us in the back seat of a Ford Mustang with Mom and Dad in the front. I sat in the middle. I always sat in the middle. I was the middle child and that’s where I sat with my older brother on one side and my younger...
George Bonnema
Vegetable gardens are at their maximum production and that quantity of fresh produce can be almost overwhelming, but this is the vision for every gardener. Beans are being produced in quantity, and you may get tired of harvesting. But if you don’t keep picking, they stop producing, and beans...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in the Rock County Star Herald on Aug. 5, 1965.   OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY- Kanaranzi Bank Has Served Community Half A Century Open house will be held Saturday afternoon from 2 to 5 p.m. at the First Farmers State Bank in Kanaranzi, commemor-ating the 50th anniversary of the bank’...
I couldn’t be more elated for Luverne’s Chaz Smedsrud. The 2016 LHS graduate will get to live his dream. The Luverne boys’ hockey program’s all-time point producer (315 points) has yearned to play Division 1 hockey at the college level for as long as he can remember. After spending the last three...

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