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Brenda Winter
Seventy-some years ago our grandparents would not have thought it was possible. We were at a fundraiser for a community member who’d received a discouraging diagnosis. Standing in the shade, we reflected on who we were and from where we had come. The Norwegian shared stories his mother told of...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in The Rose History in 1911.   Rock County Village continued from 9-3-20 edition of the Star Herald.   Beaver Creek          Hardly had the location of the site been announced in September when preparations were made by several persons to engage in business in the prospective...
Scott Rall
I recently welcomed home my new puppy Ghost, a 7-week-old black Labrador puppy who is the son of my oldest dog, Tracer. Many people told me just how bad the first few weeks with a new puppy are. They are not totally off base. A new puppy that has spent the past seven weeks with his six other...
Mavis Fodness
As reporters, we routinely convey stories on a wide variety of topics. This week I’ve chosen to tell a high school classmate’s story. However, this one doesn’t have a happy ending, but maybe you can help write a positive chapter in the story. Doctors told Curt Thorson on Aug. 10 that the sharp...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in The Rose History in 1911.   Rock County Village continued from 8-27-20 edition of the Star Herald.   Beaver Creek          On the banks of the “roaring” Beaver creek, eight and one-half miles southwest of the capital city of Rock county, is the little village of Beaver...
Scott Rall
When I wrote about this subject matter 15 years ago for the first time, I almost got my head ripped off. Letters to the editor were a regular occurrence. Minnesota had not had a morning dove season for many decades, and in 2014 that opportunity was made available again by the Minnesota legislature...
Lori Sorenson
My grade school report cards surfaced during a recent cleaning at my childhood home. The yellowed paper told the story of a good student, with mostly As and some Bs, but she had trouble following instructions. In the section for teacher observations, the line, “Listens well to instructions,”...
Sgt. Troy Christianson
Question: I was told the fine for passing a school bus, when the red lights are activated and the stop arm is extended, had recently increased. Answer: State law requires all vehicles to stop for school buses when the bus driver activates the flashing lights and has the crossing arm fully extended...
Rick Peterson
As I ponder today’s current events, I was wondering what was consuming my thoughts last year at this time. With a quick look back at my late August 2019 column, I discovered that turning Social Security age was my topic of the week. So that got me to thinking what was on my mind the year before...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in The Rose History in 1911.   Rock County Village continued from 8-20-20 edition of the Star Herald.   Hardwick The Lodges          Four lodges have active organizations in Hardwick, the Modern Woodmen of America, Royal Neighbors of America, Odd Fellows and Rebekahs...

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