Columns

The more things change, the more they stay the same, and I often smile when I notice or experience something that proves the accuracy of my favorite saying. This week I’m returning to my part-time summer job as a reporter at the Star Herald. And each year, the position requires filling in for our...
I noticed black spots on my goldstrum rudbeckia (black eyed susan) and that is an indication of septora leaf spot.  A spray of the fungicide daconil will stop that disease.  If you don’t stop it now, that leaf spot will destroy the beauty of this perennial before it blooms.  The fungicide doesn’t...
The following appeared in the Rock County Star Herald on July 24, 1952.   Sportsmen’s Quarter To Headline The County Fair Rodeo, Midget Auto Races Also Included   The Sportsmen’s Quartet, nationally famous radio stars on the Jack Benny show, will headline the entertainment at the Rock County Fair...
The following appeared in the Rock County Star Herald on August 14, 1952. Magnolia’s new paved street was being used this week. The project which consisted of paving the street, new walks and gutters the full length of the business district, cost slightly over $15,000. Four new luminaire dome type...
I had a busy week last week, to say the least. Besides the normal work-related, day-to-day things, Mary and I took in our grandson’s spring band concert in Redwood Falls, and by week’s end I headed out for the annual fishing trip to the Missouri River. The band concert was a combined concert...
When in China ... Chopsticks become traveler's challenge Sitting in a Chinese restaurant (actually located in China!) I stared down at the steaming platter of beautiful food in front of me and carefully picked up the chopsticks. My three American dinner companions had already begun eating. They...
Working in my landscape, I notice that the majority of my “weeds” are actually tree seedlings. I see that to be a fact in many landscapes. Pulling those tree seedlings when they are small is not difficult. The trick is to pull it out, not pull it off. If you didn’t get some root with the stem, it...
Working in my landscape, I notice that the majority of my “weeds” are actually tree seedlings. I see that to be a fact in many landscapes. Pulling those tree seedlings when they are small is not difficult. The trick is to pull it out, not pull it off. If you didn’t get some root with the stem, it...
being a mom to turn you into your own mother. The older I get and the older my children get, the more I see and hear my mother in my house. Mostly I sound like her. “House cleaning is thankless work,” I heard myself say last week. “Tomorrow I can do it all over again, and no one will notice unless...
The following appeared in the Rock County Star Herald on July 3, 1952.   Members Of The 47thDivision Are Due To Be Discharged Soon   To Release Men By Point System After August 15   Best news to reach Rock county this week was the word that the local national guard unit members are coming home....

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