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George Bonnema
This summer has been one of the more frustrating summers for gardeners in recent years.  Persistent drought, heat, and pests have presented challenges than were not encouraging.  I am grateful for the abundant rain we have been blessed with in the past week because going into winter with limited...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in The Rock County Herald on May 20, 1932.   Raccoons are Latest Addition to Park Zoo   Alderman Peschon Secures Pair from Arnold Schoon to be Exhibited with Deer and Bear at Park An important addition to the zoo annex at Luverne’s public park was made the first of the week...
Scott Rall
Minnesota’s pheasant opener this year is Oct. 16, a week later than the normal opening weekend, cutting the season short by seven days. I have attended the Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener for the past 10 years or so, but the jury is still out as to whether this is actually going to...
Brenda Winter
I’ve become a crotchety old lady. I used to delight in the silly ways of happy creatures such as puppies. Now they annoy me. My sister recently added a furry bundle of joy to her life named Snoop. I call him Snoop-id. My relationship with Snoop-id went south the day he ate my sandal. Not just any...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in The Rock County Herald on May 10, 1935.   Roller Skating Rink To Be Opened Here   Amusement Company Erecting Portable Floor and Tent on East Main Street; Formal Opening Next Week The roller skating rink which is being erected on the vacant lot on East Main street just west...
Scott Rall
It is mid-August and the past several free days and evenings have been spent doing public lands habitat improvements. These improvements have been in the way of spraying a leaf application brush killer on volunteer trees that for all practical purposes pollute grassland ecosystems. One tree here or...
Esther Frakes
Well, I had another birthday last week … not a significant one, though.  At St. John, a birthday is significant if it can be divided by five. Significant birthdays are announced and prayers are offered. (Wouldn’t it be great if we only needed to count those birthdays!) I’m getting too close to the...
Rick Peterson
Earlier this month Mary and I celebrated our 44th wedding anniversary. A couple of weeks after that, I added another year to my age. I bring up both of those milestones because with our aging we have noticed some not-so-subtle changes that are starting to creep into our daily lives. Body aches and...
Scott Rall
The first fall gunning season is only two weeks away. The fall hunting season starts with the mourning dove opener on Sept. 1. The mourning dove is the most numerous game bird in North America, and states have been hunting them for decades. When the season started in Minnesota more than a decade...
Lori Sorenson
As a first-year gardener I’ve made plenty of rookie mistakes this growing season. … Planting too late in the spring, spacing plants too closely together, and not reading the directions on the seed labels. Actually, the garden wasn’t intended to be a garden in the first place. It started as a swath...

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