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Being on the receiving end of a text during the morning hours of April 4 turned my world upside down. The message was short and went straight to the point, but it didn’t exactly make my day. “John, just wanted to let you know that I’ve decided to step down from my coaching duties at Adrian High...
I laugh a lot. Often it’s my loud or funny-sounding breathy laughs that are pretty well-known to those who know me. Sometimes it’s the quieter, bouncing-shoulders, belly-rolling, teary-eyed laughs that really get me. It’s not at all uncommon for me to find something funny, and it’s not always at...
The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on January 18, 1884:   Two tramps of suspicious appearance arrived at Luverne Saturday evening and took lodgings at the Merchants hotel. Their conduct was such that their movements were closely watched and the day following they were interviewed by...
Last week was a rough one on a personal level for me. That’s usually the same case for anyone who loses a friend, but the passing of Worthington’s Brian Korthals proved to be a difficult pill for me to swallow. In the world of business, some may have considered Brian to be a competitor of mine....
Well, bracket season is winding down, and for those of you living under a rock, I am referring to the NCAA basketball tournament. Our office is not alone when it comes to time wasted in the workplace because of the bracket. In fact, we have 24 brackets hanging on the wall right now. When you...
Anal cancer awareness A movement we can all get behind    March is colorectal cancer awareness month. A few years ago, when I was first diagnosed with anal cancer, I wrote a column for this newspaper lamenting the fact that my particular cancer — anal cancer — does not have an awareness month of...
The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on January 1, 1926:   MANAGER JOCHIMS INSTALLS NEW PIPE ORGAN AT PALACE   New Instrument, Which Has Almost Unlimited Range of Possibilities, to be Played Sunday Evening.   Patrons of the New Palace theatre who attend next Sunday evening’s show will...
A three-point shot can be a game-changing play in the sport of basketball. Based on the situation I face as an entry in the annual Tollefson Publishing NCAA Tournament pool, I could use a couple of them. Actually, a three-pointer won’t keep afloat a ship that sank when my bracket champion, Arizona...
When our beloved golden retriever died two years ago, we were heartbroken. Ginger’s absence in our home left a hole in our hearts in more ways than we could have imagined. We missed all the things that dog companions often take for granted — a wagging tail to greet us at the door, a wet tongue to “...
The following items appeared in the Rock County Herald in 1892:   March 8, 1892: Will Delamater caught a large wild goose about a mile and one-half south of town Monday. The bird was flying low with the flock and struck a telegraph wire and broke a wing. Will saw the casualty and went immediately...

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