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Rick Peterson
It’s been almost a month now that we have been in a virtual state of shutdown. Social distancing, shelter in place, essential business and hand washing — and now face masks have turned our worlds upside down. But really, has it been that unbearable? The whole day-to-day lifestyle changes pale in...
Lori Sorenson
My oldest son earned a law enforcement degree a couple of years ago at a time when mothers might worry about their sonsworking in law enforcement.      So, when he took a job in security and surveillance at Avera McKennan, I felt comforted to know he’d be less often in harm’sway. How many armed bad...
Betty Mann
Rock County will celebrate its 150th Anniversary this year. The news will be the history of Rock County, townships, and communities. The following appeared in the Rose History of Rock County, printed in 1911.   County and Township Organization — 1870-1878 (continued from 04-02 edition) Gregory (now...
Scott Rall
There is no way to pretend that this CV-19 thing is not a big deal. I started out with more than a little suspicion, as I think many of us did. But after a talk with my daughter, Brittany Remme, a certified registered nurse anesthetist, I got the clear picture. I understand all the rules and figure...
Mavis Fodness
Last week, with Gov. Walz’s order to shelter in place for two weeks, we at the Star Herald newsroom did some of our work from home to distance ourselves from others in the office while continuing the delivery of the community news.      On Thursday, as I tested video conferencing from home (I found...
Betty Mann
Rock County will celebrate its 150th Anniversary this year. The news will be the history of Rock County, townships, and communities. The following appeared in the Rose History of Rock County, printed in 1911.   County and Township Organization — 1870-1878 (continued from 03-26 edition) Martin The...
George Bonnema
A couple of days of 60-plus weather has certainly inspired me to get to work cleaning up my flower beds.        While working, I noticed the daffodils are already poking through … that was encouraging but also a reminder to get the work done before I would be damaging them by my cleanup activity...
Rick Peterson
Oftentimes when I sit down to write my column, I struggle as to what to write about. Well, as you can imagine, that is not a problem this week. You guessed it -- today’s topic is COVID 19. I am not going to tell you to wash your hands and cover your mouth and nose when you cough and sneeze. I am...
Jason Berghorst
‘So many things I never thought I’d see happening right in front of me.’        Seldom do the lyrics of a country song ring more true than those words do now.        The refrain of Brad Paisley’s 2009 song, “Welcome to the Future” includes that phrase.        The lyrics of the song highlight how...
Betty Mann
Rock County will celebrate its 150th Anniversary this year. The news will be the history of Rock County, townships, and communities. The following appeared in the Rose History of Rock County, printed in 1911.   County and Township Organization — 1870-1878 (continued from 03-19 edition) Kanaranzi...

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