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The 2018-19 winter sports season came to an over the weekend for athletes from the Star Herald coverage area. The campaign ended on a positive note for an Adrian High School junior, but five basketball teams from Luverne, Hills-Beaver Creek, Adrian and Ellsworth went a combined 0-5 during a...
Top sheet or no top sheet? Great debate comes down to sleep philosophy An out-of-reach shelf in the back of my closet holds a stack of flat bed sheets without their matching fitted counterparts. They started out as sets — flat sheet, fitted sheet and two matching pillow cases — folded neatly in...
By Rick Peterson, Tollefson Publishing General Manager     I don’t know about you, but I am about to throw in the white towel of surrender as far as winter goes. February — albeit a short month — seems like it will never end. Snow, cold, ice, wind ... repeat, repeat, repeat. Hopefully Old Man...
The following appeared in the Rock County Star Herald on February 25, 1954.   Board Sets Mar. 26 To Vote On School Bonds   To Cost about $22.30 For Each $1,000 Assessed Valuation Voters of Consolidated School District No. 80 on March 26 will be asked to approve a bond issue of $1,520,000 to pay for...
The following appeared in the Rock County Star Herald on March 13, 1986.   Schools terminate vocational center director’s position   In a move Luverne Superintendent Norman Miller called a“painful procedure,” the School Board approved the elimination of the director’s position at the Blue Mound...
Question: Do you turn in front of an approaching vehicle or behind it when two vehicles both want to turn left at an uncontrolled intersection? Answer: If two vehicles approach the intersection close to the same time, both vehicles should carefully make a left turn in front of each other while...
My soon-to-be 2-year-old granddaughter Jayden is a fast learner.She walked and said words before she was a year old, and she is a master at the iPad.She studies the app images, then touches, double-clicks and swipes her finger across the screen like a pro. She’s even taught this grandma about the...
What had been a pretty typical winter has recently turned into a nightmare for area teams and athletic directors. The first eight weeks of the winter sports season, when all 13 teams from the Star Herald coverage area started competing on a regular basis, included limited interruptions. There were...
I am not sure what spurred the conversation but recently the topic of school janitors came up. Maybe it was because it was National Custodians Appreciation Day or something, so I did what we do nowadays and googled “Custodian Day.” Sure enough — there is such a day, and it falls on Oct. 2. It made...
A reflection on unplanned gymnasts and hallway locker signs “I am the pro-life generation,” proclaimed the typing paper signs last weekend taped to lockers in the hallway at school. There were several such signs decorating what was called “seventh grade hall” 40 years ago.  I don’t know what they...

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