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Troy Christianson
Question: I've often wondered why Troopers wear their badges on their pocket flaps and not their chests like other law enforcement officers. Can you tell me the story behind that? Answer: Each individual agency and department will have different rules and regulations as to how the badge is to be...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in The Rock County Star-Herald on Jan. 17, 1946.   Rock County’s New Extension Agent and Soil Conservationist Are Named George Golla, 27, Shevlin, Minn., arrived this week to begin his duties as Rock county’s new extension agent. A native Minnesotan, he was graduated from...
George Bonnema
August is the month to thin or transplant German bearded iris and peonies. Dividing fern leaf peonies is a bit more complicated than regular peonies in that they have a “neck” between the eye of next year’s growth and the tuber. Just cutting into the clump with a spade will often ruin a lot of the...
Scott Rall
The headline of the Star Herald a few weeks back announced that a nearby community’s drinking water had levels of magnesium that were five times higher than what was safe for infants. It really doesn’t matter where in the state you live, this is becoming a far too frequent headline. There is a very...
Every time the United States Department of Agriculture announces additional acres for the CRP program, sportsmen and women across the country cheer. The federal Conservation Reserve Program pays farmers to take marginal cropland out of production and plant it to native grass and flower cover....
Betty Mann
The following appeared in The Rock County Herald on Feb. 22, 1935.   Birthday Ball Shows $157.15 Net Proceeds   Total Receipts From Sale of Over 800 Tickets, $215,10; Funds Will be Used for Health Activities A financial report covering receipts and disbursements for the President Roosevelt birthday...
Rick Peterson
Just when you’re about to give up on people in general, something happens and you realize there are still good people out there … more than we realize. As strange as what you’re about to read may seem, it really happened. A week or so ago on a Saturday, Mary and I thought we would take our side-by-...
Brenda Winter
My husband, Jim, has been telling people that we celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary last week by “getting a room” in Orange City, Iowa. Then he slyly adds, “a hospital room.” (Long story. Sanford and Avera are “out of network” for our insurance.) It all started two weeks ago with what I...
Scott Rall
With the increase in popularity of off-road recreational vehicles, I am seeing more and more side-by-sides running around the counites where I live. The units I am referring to are like 4-wheel-drive golf carts. Polaris Rangers and others made by Arctic Cat, Yamaha and Bombardier are all commonly...
George Bonnema
Japanese beetles … they’re back and they’re hungry. I saw the first of these pests on my rose blossoms last week. Last summer I fought them on my roses, my zinnias, my beans and my raspberries. Japanese beetles (Popillia japonica) are small insects that carry a big threat. They do not discriminate...

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