Columns

  One benefit of being a reporter is the role of quiet observer in a community — following events but not interfering with the news as it unfolds. A story assignment in Jasper two years ago is one such event. The experiences of one family have left a lasting impression, and I continue to follow...
Wes Grieme has been in the business of instructing tae kwon do in Luverne for a long time. His instruction has spanned 34 years, to be exact. Needless to say, Grieme has witnessed a lot of great things over the past three-plus decades. However, when it comes to belt-testing sessions at the local...
  I have never seen die-back in spirea like I observed this spring. However, most have recovered and are blooming beautifully. I want to remind you to shear those flower heads off after that first flush of blooms and the new growth will give them a fresh look for the rest of the season. If you have...
  The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on September 1, 1922: GROCERY PRIZES TO BE GIVEN AWAY TONIGHT AT PALACE The following prizes will be given between the first and second show Friday evening, featuring the County Grocery. The groceries to be given are purchased of Snook’s Grocery,...
  Each new growing season brings its own unique set of circumstances that determine which pests and diseases will be evident in our gardens.  This year I am seeing a lot of fire blight in fruit trees and cotoneaster hedges.  This virus is devastating to plants it attacks. As bees travel from flower...
  The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on June 19, 1902:   Union Services at the Park A meeting of representatives from the different churches was held in the lecture room of the Presbyterian church last Monday evening and the question of holding union meetings in the park similar to...
          By    You might not believe it given the Baby Brezza Formula Machine mess and the television volume debacle, but Grandma Mary and I got another chance to watch our granddaughter Brooke for a couple of hours Saturday morning. Brooke’s mom and dad were in the Jubilee Days parade in Hartford...
  It was just another Father’s Day picnic. Except it wasn’t. This year was different. A 7 pound, 10 ounce first-time guest made the difference. Wrapped in pink, dressed in a pink “Daddy’s girl” T-shirt and actually looking a little pink, the special guest slept, stretched, yawned and slept some...
The “powers that be” in charge of running the Luverne American Legion baseball program made what I deem to be a positive move heading into the 2015 season. I didn’t know about the decision until recently, but choosing to join seven other programs as first-year members of the Minnesota-South Dakota...
If you have rudbeckia goldstrum, the perennial black-eyed Susan, and you are noticing angular black spots on the leaves, your plants are being attacked by a fungus called septoria leaf spot. To prevent that disease from totally destroying the beauty of the plant, you need to spray both upper and...

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