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I have to give our Minnesota Twins credit. After suffering through four seasons of futility, the Twins emerged as one of Major League Baseball’s best stories in 2015. An 83-79 overall record might not please everyone in Twins Territory. I considered the winning season to be an unexpected surprise....
  The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on April 13, 1923: SHOCK IS SEVERE 25 MILES DISTANT   Presence of the Unexploded Charge is Discovered by Accident After Quarrymen Had Used Dynamite Near It. Discharge of a 750-pound “toe-cap” deposit of dynamite at the Quartzite Quarries, Inc.,...
  I like to think after 38 years of marriage I know when my wife, Mary, is playing a mind game with me. Recently, however, I discovered she has me right where she wants me even though I think I am in control. Case in point. I was getting ready to watch the first Minnesota Vikings game of the season...
The Luverne girls’ cross country team more than met its goal at the Lac qui Parle Valley-Dawson-Boyd Invitational in Madison Sept. 22. Cardinal coach Pete Janiszeski said his team was focused on staying close to the host team in the meet’s final standings, an LQPV-D-B squad that has won the last...
  The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on September 24, 1915:   NEW PALACE THEATRE TO OPEN WEDNESDAY First Attraction in Luverne’s New $50,000 Opera House Will be “The Prince of Tonight.” THEATRE BUILDING IS HANDSOME STRUCTURE Gives Luverne Splendid Opera House, Beautiful Ball Room, Two...
  Earlier in August I wrote about the problem of spotted wing drosophila, a newly arrived fruit fly that attacks our soft-skinned fruits. I was approached last week by a person who had read the article, and they were not picking their raspberries for fear of the fruit being infected by this insect...
Ginger
  Why do we attach ourselves to pets when it’s so painful to part with them later? It’s a question I’ve asked often since Labor Day when our beloved golden retriever ventured too close to the highway. Ginger had joined me on the front porch for morning coffee while I chatted on the phone with my...
Something became abundantly clear to me last week. The members of the Hills-Beaver Creek volleyball team and the Patriot coaching staff will always be able to count on Avery Van Roekel. Van Roekel, a 5-10 junior who rarely leaves the floor and a top-notch player in the front row, is a key member of...
  These early autumn days of a really warm daytime temperature and a cool night are ideal for flowers to develop their best color. At this time, planters are full to overflowing with growth, and that much foliage requires a lot of water and food to keep the color coming strong. Many of my pots...
  The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on February 23, 1923:   KIWANIS CLUB TO GIVE SILVER CUP TO SCHOOLS Will be Used as a Trophy for Which Seniors and Juniors Will Annually Debate Purchase and presentation to the Luverne high school of a silver cup as a trophy for which the Senior and...

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