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  So the other morning I was going through the channels on television. I ended up landing on the History Channel and the show was about where words and sayings came from and how they got their start. I learned that the saying “Good Bye” actually got its start from that saying “God be with you.” The...
  We all remember the days when our children were babies and we’d feel invisible when arriving at social gatherings with our little bundles. “Oh, he’s so cute. And look how he’s grown. Come here, sweetie. Let’s hear you say, ‘Gram-ma.’” Um. Hello? I’m here. Anybody care? Good to see you all, too....
  The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on December 15, 1922:   LIVESTOCK MEETING WILL BE HELD TOMORROW State Livestock Specialist to Propose Methods of Eradicating Tuberculosis From Rock County Herds The lecture on tuberculosis eradication work which has been scheduled for tomorrow...
  I had a friend ask me what it would take to make a Christmas cactus bloom. Their plant was several years old and was a large plant but it never produced a single flower. Christmas cactus, like a poinsettia plant, initiate flower buds when the days get shorter and the nights get cooler in late...
Laura Richters surrounds herself with the scrapbook albums and books she has created over the past 20 years, including the redesign of the first page of her wedding album. Having the books allows her to easily relive and share the special event memories with friends and family.
  Laura Richters of Luverne is a scrapbooking marvel. Last month at the Rock County Fair, Laura was sitting comfortably in a folding chair with a computer set up in her lap. She was archiving yet another family event. “This is my passion,” she told me several months ago. It’s a passion she started...
The Luverne Redbirds make their third consecutive appearance at the Minnesota State Class C Amateur Baseball Tournament Sunday in Watkins. Luverne, the Region 13C champion, takes on Fort Ripley at 7:30 p.m. While playing in state tournament games has become commonplace for many of the Redbirds, the...
If my instincts are correct, I believe I recently had a brush with future greatness. Projecting what will happen 15 to 18 years down the road can be tricky. In this instance, I’m pretty sure my glance into the proverbial crystal ball will prove to be true. My hunch centers around a recent addition...
  Did you feel it this past Sunday and Monday? I bet you did, and you more than likely said, “Oh my! There’s a touch of fall in the air.” If you did, you would be right. Fall, football and pheasant hunting are just around the corner, and I, for one, couldn’t be happier. The first day of fall isn’t...
  I am near the end of a three-week stay at a Mexican cancer clinic. After a year of trying to stop the progression of anal cancer using non-traditional methods, I decided I needed additional guidance. So here I am at Hope4Cancer three blocks south of the Mexican-American border. I don’t know if...
  It just seems like many crops are maturing earlier than they normally would. However, when I look back in my archive of garden advice, we’re not too far ahead of a typical season. Summer always becomes a blur because we have waited so long for it to arrive and then we’re back to facing another...

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