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Betty Mann
The following was found in an atlas dated 1886:   ORGANIZATION OF ROCK COUNTY   Prior to its organization Rock County was attached to Jackson for civil and judicial purposes, and when, in the winter of 1869-70, the Legislature passed the enabling act, there was but comparatively little talk or...
History will be made at Luverne High School Thursday. For the first time since the cross country program was introduced at LHS back in 1990, the Cardinals have received the honor of hosting the Section 3A meet. The Cardinal boys take the course for the varsity race at 4 p.m., with the girls to...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on November 20, 1896:   The Northwestern long distance telephone line with headquarters in Skauge’s drug store, is completed as far west as Salem. All important towns along this route will be supplied with instruments. Last week the work of stringing...
Troy Christianson
Question: I heard one of my neighbors was pulled over by a State Trooper for driving his combine down the road. The trooper told him he needed a pilot car. Is this true? Answer: Farm equipment may be driven or towed to the left of the center of a roadway only if it is escorted by a vehicle...
Jason Berghorst
Since my middle school years, I've had an interest in politics. I think it actually is important who is elected and I think it matters how our elected officials act and react to people and situations. In my opinion, our candidates reflect on us as a nation, and their character counts. So, as you...
I’m in the position of being an outsider looking in during the Major League Baseball postseason. There’s no question in my mind that the Chicago Cubs are playoff darlings of the baseball world, and for good reason. As a franchise that hasn’t captured a World Series title in 108 years (1908), the...
Rick Peterson
Just a second while I strap on my spurs because I am about to get on my high horse. A year ago on this page I wrote about the rising cost of health care because of the Affordable Healthcare Act, otherwise know as Obamacare. Well, affordable health care is anything but affordable. Premiums are...
Brenda Winter
My granddaughters have reached the toddler stage so “going for a walk” has taken on a whole new meaning. Traditionally, “going for a walk” means moving quickly with the goal of increasing one’s heart rate. Toddler walks are different. Toddler walks are more focused on sticks, rocks, leaves and...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on December 4, 1896:   STATISTICS FOR THE YEAR 1896   The Total Acreage of Various Farm Products, the Number of Horses, Cattle, Sheep and Hogs, and Other Facts of Interest—Some Comparisons With the Statistics for 1895   The agricultural statement of...
It’s been 10 long years since he played fast-pitch softball game. For Ellsworth’s Marlin Boom, one decade seems like an eternity. Softball was a big part of Boom’s life during a 30-year career that included playing ball in four different decades. His passion for the game started in 1976 and was a...

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