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George Bonnema
I just seem to be giving you more things to do each time I write this, but maybe you pick the things you like to do or want to do like a menu ... at least I’m trying to keep you up to speed. So now we are into August, and last week I mentioned thinning or dividing bearded iris. August is also the...
The opening of training camp for the Minnesota Vikings couldn’t have come at a better time for me. I doubt the Vikings will match last year’s 13-3 regular season record, but I believe they are committed to winning after giving quarterback Kirk Cousins a big, long-term contract. Unfortunately, I can...
Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox is one of Minnesota’s famous folktales. It is said that Bunyan could cut down an entire forest of trees in one swoop of his axe, and Babe could pull anything that had two ends. As the tale grew, Bunyan used Babe to pull the twists and kinks out of all roads leading...
I know I am a bit of a fanatic about my gardens, but I do try to get the maximum production every growing season. Thus, I have just transplanted 48 broccoli and cauliflower plants into areas that I have harvested cabbage and cauliflower from. I transplanted seedlings of Romaine lettuce, Chinese...
The following appeared in the Rock County Star Herald on October 30, 1952.   Street Banner Controversy Becomes Election Stimulus   There was political fur aplenty flying in Luverne this week. And all because of a banner stretched across Luverne’s Main street, prepared and ordered erected by a group...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in the Rock County Star Herald on October 23, 1952.   Area’s Biggest Ears of Corn And Largest Eggs Will Vie In C and C Contest Friday   Merchants To Offer Host Of Special Values   The largest ears of corn and the largest hen’s eggs raised in the Luverne trade area will...
Rick Peterson
Another great Hot Dog Night has come and gone. You’re probably thinking summer has hit the midway point and you’re wondering, “Where did the summer go?” But then you realize there’s a lot more to come before we close the book on the summer of 2018. The Rock County Fair gets underway next week....
Brenda Winter
Standing in my son’s back yard pushing my granddaughter on her swing, she instructs me, “Higher Grammy! Higher!” I’m facing north, staring at the former Sunrise Motel at the west end of Main Street between RCO and the old Ripley gas station. The motel is being remodeled by John and Vinnie. It’s one...
George Bonnema
I trust that the planters you put together this spring are giving you the color you had hoped for. If you have a plant in that combination that has assumed a “take over” attitude, don’t be afraid to give it some discipline … with a pruning shears! Also, be sure to continue feeding to keep that...
I drive a 2005 blue Chevy Trailblazer. What does this say about me? “You are logical and thoughtful,” says cars.lovetoknow.com, based on my responses to an online quiz. Truthfully, I’m a tightwad who found a good deal at Papik Motors over 10 years ago when my previous Chevy Blazer started falling...

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