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Rick Peterson
It’s been a productive summer around here. By that I mean it’s been a productive few months in the baby department here at the office as well as in my family. Abbe, our production manager here at the office, had her second son at the end of July. My daughter Jenna had daughter No. 2 on Aug. 10. Our...
Brenda Winter
My husband, youngest daughter and I arose early that morning. Our mission for the day was to drive to Beatrice, Nebraska, to view the total eclipse of the sun scheduled to happen there around noon. NASA promoted the event like this: “On Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on November 12, 1926:   MANY FARM OWNERS ARE OPPOSED TO RE-ROUTING NO. 9   Divided Fields With Resultant Inconveniences Are Most General Grounds for Complaint.   The re-routing of trunk highway No. 9, so that it will run along the north side of the...
I received an unexpected text message as I was writing about the Luverne football game Friday night. Ever since reading the content of the message, my duties as a sports editor have been rendered somewhat meaningless. Based on the e-mails we swapped earlier in the day, I wasn’t expecting to connect...
My friend, Carrie, and I recently took advantage of cheap airfare and an invitation to stay in her family’s Las Vegas timeshare. I wouldn’t describe either of us as impulsive, but sometimes good deals are too good to pass up, and sometimes spur-of-the moment plans actually work. Within days of...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on November 5, 1926:   SCHOOL BUILDING IS FORMALLY DEDICATED   Large Throng Attends Exercises and Inspects Luverne’s New High School Friday Evening.   DESIGNERS AND BUILDERS ARE WARMLY PRAISED   Splendid Value and many Merits of New Structure Are...
  It was only two days, but it seemed like I was carrying around the full weight of a week on my shoulders last weekend. Apparently that’s the price I have to pay for writing a column on nearly a weekly basis. I’ve often wondered if anyone takes the time to read my musings online or in the paper,...
Sgt. Troy Christianson
Question: I read that the fine for going through a school bus stop arm will increase in Minnesota. Can you talk about the fine amount and school bus safety? Answer: State law requires all vehicles to stop for school buses when the bus driver activates the flashing lights and has the crossing arm...
Rick Peterson
“Thanks for the memories.” That is how I felt after Sunday afternoon’s Stars and Stripes USO Show at the historic Palace Theatre. They weren’t really my memories, but I could tell many of those in the audience were remembering good times of long ago. I truly enjoyed the show, but it was an added...
Mavis Fodness
Naming an animal is not at all unusual. As a child I named every cat — along with a special chicken or cow. Giving an object a name is a little more unusual. In elementary school I gave my first band instrument, a clarinet, the name Clarice. Clarice the Clarinet. I grin at the thought. You might...

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