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Rick Peterson
In a couple of days it will be August, normally one of my favorite months and also a busy one. We have a number of family birthdays and anniversaries throughout the month, and for me August is kind of the kick-off to fall. Well, as we all know, normal has been replaced by the new normal – whatever...
Question: If I sell my vehicle to a private party, what do you recommend I do to protect myself in the event the new owner gets into a crash or is arrested prior to them transferring the title into their name? Answer: If the vehicle you sold is involved in a hit and run or pursuit and the driver...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in The Rose History in 1911.   Rock County Village continued from 7-23-20 edition of the Star Herald.   Hardwick          There was practically no change at the station during the next few years. Otter Otterson continued buying grain for E. A. Brown, and later John Otterson...
These past few months the new “buzzword” or phrase has been “in these uncertain times.” It has been used with such frequency that it has begun to move into the realm of mockery and jokes. Not in a facetious way, just in the sense that in every time you see or read it, though the description be apt...
Jason Berghorst
Hi! I’m Jason, a teacher trying to fill in for the summer.” That’s how I responded to Kevin Kyle, the sports editor of the Pipestone County Star, at Redbird Field Sunday.  He saw me standing safely behind the net with a notebook under my arm and camera raised, attempting to get quality photos...
Scott Rall
As July races by, I was thinking that in only a few weeks I will be back on the road at sunrise for four days on four routes across the county that I live in. I waited for more than 20 years to have the opportunity to participate in the Minnesota DNR’s August roadside count program. This is a...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in The Rose History in 1911.   Rock County Village continued from 7-16-20 edition of the Star Herald.   Hardwick          According to the last census figures, Hardwick ranks third in size among Rock county villages. It is a compactly built, neat appearing, prosperous little...
Mavis Fodness
A half mile past my farm home in Battle Plain Township, a magnificent cottonwood tree used to grow tall and proud against the prairie skyline. For more than a decade before its demise, the tree marked the turnaround point for horseback rides, walks, and most recently, my attempts at jogging. Today...
Minnesota, particularly southwest Minnesota, is a place that I am proud to call home and to be raising my children in. We are a people of hard work and self-respect. We face our challenges head on, and over the last few months, we’ve had a few of those. We have, and are going through, a difficult...
Rick Peterson
As I sat in front of my computer struggling to come up with a column idea that doesn’t focus on the coronavirus or politics, I found myself wondering what I wrote about, say, 10 years ago at this time of the year. So I looked back at my column from July 8, 2010, and believe it or not, the following...

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