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Lori Sorenson
Hunting season is upon us, and I don’t mean pheasants or deer. I’m talking about asparagus — spotting it in its natural environment, camouflaged in roadside ditches and grassy field driveways. Asparagus hunting involves special wild game hunting instincts not utilized with big game or birds. It...
Scott Rall
I recently spent a few days in western South Dakota shooting prairie dogs. This was a great trip and the subject of another column in the next few weeks. I was wondering what other kinds of creatures made a life on the grazed grasslands of this part of the state. As I was researching what those...
Scott Rall
The great Minnesota fishing opener was May 15. I have participated in this annual event about 25 of the past 30 years. When I was younger, I would start at the midnight opening bell. I entered every fishing contest in the area for the competitive challenge. Today my fishing exploits have far more...
Betty Mann
The following articles appeared in The Rock County Herald during 1895.   Jan. 11, 1895 The HERALD takes great pleasure in announcing to its readers that it has again made arrangements by which it is enabled to furnish the Weekly New York Tribune to its patrons for 25 cents per year, or both for 58...
Rick Peterson
It seems that I have come to a point in my life where my short-term memory forgets to work. Over my working career I usually begin my day with a daily to-do list. The list generally serves two purposes: first, it gives me achievement goals for the day; but mostly, it helps remind me of smaller...
Brenda Winter
I’ve known people over the years who guard their volunteer time at Redeemed Remnants like it’s a meeting with the Queen.  Now I know why. Redeemed Remnants is the resale/thrift store that generates finances for ATLAS of Rock County. ATLAS offers free Christian counseling and other services to...
Kent Theisse
The University of Minnesota recently reported that the median net farm income for southern and western Minnesota farmers in 2020 was $102,848. It’s the highest since 2012, which was followed by seven years (2013-2019) of poor income levels in the region. The 2020 net farm income levels in that...
George Bonnema
I hope you have noticed the beautiful lavender flowers of the rhododendron shrubs that have been blooming for the last two weeks. The variety is PJM, and these rhododendrons are broad-leaf evergreens, meaning that they do not drop their leaves in winter. This rhododendron grows to about 3 feet tall...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in The Rock County Star-Herald on Jan. 19, 1950.   New Café To Open In Beaver Creek   “The Beaver Café” Will Hold Formal Opening Jan. 25   Geo. Schultz  and C. L. Gray, Sioux Falls Man, Owners, Announce Business Staff Formal opening of the new Beaver Creek will be held next...
Troy Christianson
Question: Are you seeing increased speed more in the metro or Greater Minnesota? And are those increased speeds on the highway or the city streets?  Answer: The Minnesota State Patrol is seeing increased speeds across the state. Whether you live in the metro or Greater Minnesota, excessive speeds...

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