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George Bonnema
The weather forecast for this summer was hot and dry. We have already had the hot, but I’m appreciating the frequent rain that has prevented the dry. Weather isn’t something we can control, but we can work with it to make the most of our summer garden experience. The wind we had on Friday evening...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on October 3, 1924:   POPULAR ENTERTAINERS TO BE HERE FOR ONE WEEK   Clint and Bessie Robbins and company Coming to Palace Theatre Monday Evening With New Repertoire   Clint and Bessie Robbins and their company, longtime favorites of Rock county...
There’s a downside to planning two life events on the same day. It’s over way too soon. Last month my family celebrated a high school graduation and a wedding all on May 22 for the two youngest children. My last column was all about May 23 — how I longed for the day after the exhausting weekend....
George Bonnema
It is Monday … again. I’m amazed at how fast these summer days disappear!  I always seem to have three more things to do than I can possibly accomplish in a day, but I give it my best shot. So I understand your dilemma about finding time to keep up with all the gardening tasks required to keep the...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on September 12, 1924:   LUVERNE PLANS FOR DEFENSE TEST DAY   Local Committee Completes Arrangements for Fitting Observance of Day This Afternoon   CO. H TO BE RECRUITED TO FULL WAR STRENGTH   Parade at 3 0’Clock will be Followed by Speech, Music and...
Rick Peterson
Before we close the books on Memorial Day 2016, I would like to extend a thank you to Lois Nelson. It wasn’t until Memorial Day this year that I learned of Lois Nelson and her commitment to playing taps as part of military honors at local veterans’ funerals for the past 20 years. A few years ago I...
On May 4 four blue eggs appeared in the nest resting on the brick ledge outside our front door.
One of my Memorial Day projects was to clean up an abandoned robin nest that had been built on the porch. It took only a few minutes to rip the tidy round nest from its perch on the brick ledge and scrub away the mud with Dawn soap and water. There, in the span of five minutes, went an entire week’...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on August 29, 1924:   ROCK COUNTY USED 1,223,002 GALLONS OF GASOLINE IN 1923   Report of State Oil Inspection Department Shows Rock County Generous Buyer of Gas Rock county used 1,223,002 gallons of gasoline during 1923, according to the annual...
Luverne High School Class of 1997 as sixth-graders tour the Minnesota State Capital building in May 1991.
I've always been a fan of the old saying, "The more things change, the more they stay the same." I believe that's true and often notice examples of how it applies in life.  Each May I am reminded of this old adage when I organize the Adrian sixth-grade class trip to St. Paul.  The more things...
George Bonnema
On April 18 I mentioned applying systemic rose care granules to my shrub roses to both feed them and protect them from sucking and chewing insects. That application is repeated at six-week intervals, so it is time to give them another shot of energy. The difference this product makes in the amount...

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