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Rick Peterson
You know, sometimes no matter how well you plan something, sometimes things can go ... well, not as planned. Such a scenario happened to our daughter a couple of weeks ago. Emily, who lives in Des Moines, Iowa, was hosting a Garth Brooks concert gathering for her brother and his wife and her sister...
Lori Sorenson
Dear neighbors, Hang in there, the kid will get his driver’s license next year Dear neighbors: This is an open letter to all of our neighbors, whether you are just up the road or across the section (or two or three sections away). Since we moved here nearly a year ago, we’ve really grown to love...
If I happened to be in the business of nicknaming the months, this April would be "Average April." Overall, April temperatures varied little, with average highs just slightly below normal and average lows a few degrees above normal. Even the extremes for the month were not that extreme, with the...
George Bonnema
Mother’s Day last weekend probably gifted many of you with outdoor hanging baskets or planters, and I want to stress the word “outdoor.” These annual plants require a lot of sunlight to produce the energy they need to keep the flower buds developing.  Keeping them indoors to “protect” them is not a...
Martha Fick
And He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered Him, ‘You are the Christ.’” (Mark 8:29 ESV) An elderly woman walked into a local country church. A friendly usher greeted her at the door and helped her up the flight of steps. “Where would you like to sit today?” he asked politely...
A commitment made by Adrian baseball coach Kevin Nowotny is paying off in a big way. Nowotny made a decision to let current AHS senior Logan Rogers compete at the varsity level a half decade ago. Rogers has made contributions to the program ever since as a shortstop and a second baseman, but he now...
Brenda Winter
I was 29 days into a 30-day anal cancer treatment plan. For the most part, I’d skated through the daily radiation and two doses of chemo without incident. I was a little tired, had a little nausea, and I had a little “sunburn” from the radiation, but nothing major. I began to wonder why I had been...
George Bonnema
I got to make my annual spring run to a few of Detroit’s largest garden centers this past weekend.  It has been a cool spring there as well as for us, so they were not fully stocked if the plants were not grown on site.  I still managed to find a few plants that wowed me that I haven’t been able to...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on July 11, 1924:   HARDWICK’S TWO BANKING INSTITUTIONS CONSOLIDATE   Farmers State Bank Takes Over Business of Security State Bank and Stockholders Pool Interests   The consolidation of Hardwick’s two banking institutions, which had been under...
RIck Peterson
They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but I am here to tell you this old dog can still be trained. I was on a sales call at Cragoe Realty last week and it’s not unusual for Gene Cragoe and me to get enthralled in a conversation about this, that or the other thing. Well, last week we had...

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