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George Bonnema
For those people who love mowing their lawn, this has been a great spring.  For those people who hate mowing the lawn … well, the rest of us can tell. Proper mowing is one of the keys to a healthy lawn. Set your mowing height at 3 or 3 1/2 inches tall. Taller grass forms a deeper root system. The...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on August 22, 1924:   OLE-TIMER RECALLS THE DAYS OF THE EARLY ‘70S   George DeForce Returns here After Absence of Forty-Eight Years — And, Becomes Reminiscent.   George DeForce, who first came to Rock county with his parents fifty-two years ago,...
Skyler Wenninger has unique plans for the summer of 2016. The 2013 Luverne High School graduate and current South Dakota State University student will be playing a lot of baseball in the coming months. He simply won’t be taking his swings and playing shortstop for the Luverne Redbirds as much as he...
Mavis Fodness
May 23 will be a joyous day even though it lands on a Monday this year. It will be the day after my youngest child graduates from high school. It will also be the day after my youngest daughter is married. How these two events came to be scheduled on the same day can be blamed (in part) on the...
George Bonnema
Spring is always a time of transitioning from winter to summer and this year has been no different. The weeks of warm weather have teased us into thinking we were pretty much past the last frost, but then reality scared us … maybe me especially … my casualties were limited, but there were some...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on August 12, 1924:   BUILDING FOR HEALTH EXHIBIT REST ROOM AT COUNTY FAIR   Three Organizations Unite for Construction of Exhibit Building and Rest Room at Fair Grounds Under arrangements completed this week, the Rock County Chapter of American Red...
A Luverne High School graduated wrapped up an outstanding junior season as a member of the Southwest Minnesota State University men’s track program Saturday in Sioux Falls. Alex Weis, a 2013 LHS graduate, compiled a total of six meet titles for the Mustangs in 2016. His sixth one came Saturday at...
Rick Peterson
You know, sometimes no matter how well you plan something, sometimes things can go ... well, not as planned. Such a scenario happened to our daughter a couple of weeks ago. Emily, who lives in Des Moines, Iowa, was hosting a Garth Brooks concert gathering for her brother and his wife and her sister...
Lori Sorenson
Dear neighbors, Hang in there, the kid will get his driver’s license next year Dear neighbors: This is an open letter to all of our neighbors, whether you are just up the road or across the section (or two or three sections away). Since we moved here nearly a year ago, we’ve really grown to love...
If I happened to be in the business of nicknaming the months, this April would be "Average April." Overall, April temperatures varied little, with average highs just slightly below normal and average lows a few degrees above normal. Even the extremes for the month were not that extreme, with the...

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