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Phil Drobnick (left), coach of the U.S. Men’s Curling Team, and Gisele (Gigi) Marvin (right), a member of the U.S. Women’s Hockey Team, pose for a picture at the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea.
All things considered, I wouldn’t be surprised if Luverne’s Craig and Randi Oftedahl were enjoying a tropical vacation right now. After surviving what had to be a hectic week filled with must-see sporting events, the Oftedahls deserve a little extra rest and relaxation. The superintendent of...
Son No. 2 has long held a fascination with mobility on ice. When he was little, we spent many hours ice-skating (in our snow boots) on the frozen lake at the state park. Of course, the exercise involved running and sliding, first upright and then on his behind. Mom participated only in the upright...
Question: What is the correct following distance? Everyone seems to be way too close behind each other. Answer: The only law regarding following distance pertains to vehicles pulling trailers. This includes trucks as well as semi-truck tractors with trailers. They must maintain a minimum distance...
  The following article appeared in the Feb. 15, 1968, edition of the Rock County Star Herald.   A Luverne Landmark for 80 Years . . . Town Hall Coming Down   Almost Stalemate On May 5 a committee reported to the council that they could not report on the canvassing in favor or disfavor – stalemate...
The Luverne boys’ hockey team is about to embark on a journey that could result in a history-making experience. The Cardinals open the Section 3A Tournament with a quarterfinal-round game at the Blue Mound Ice Arena. With a 14-0 record against section competition, the Cardinals earned the...
Fifty-three is just a number. That’s what I keep telling myself anyway. The number looks like %# using the keyboard caps lock. Written backward, it’s 35 — or #%. A 53rd birthday has no real significance compared with round numbers like turning 50, which I’ve found to be one of the best so far. But...
Sometimes things change around us and we don’t even notice them. Case in point: Over the last couple of weeks these two incidents happened. As I was walking back to the office from a much-deserved coffee break, a lady pulled her car over to my side of the street near the curb and rolled down her...
The following article appeared in the Feb. 15, 1968, edition of the Rock County Star Herald.   A Luverne Landmark for 80 Years . . . Town Hall Coming Down No final service will be held and no eulogy given this week when Luverne’s original City Hall’s last bricks and plaster are hauled away for...
After a tough couple of nights late last week, I would like to offer a little advice to the Hills-Beaver Creek girls’ basketball team. There is no use in crying over spilled milk. After putting together an incredible stretch of basketball that included posting 15 consecutive wins dating back to Dec...
I lost three pounds.  Three. Stinking. Pounds. What hurts the most about my weight loss results is that encouraging readers of this column to follow the Whole30 elimination diet for the month of January was my idea. Forming a Facebook group was my idea. Posting daily encouragement, recipes and...

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