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Brenda Winter
Day 78 Dear Diary, We awoke again this morning to the sound of rain pattering against the bedroom window and the neighbor hammering away at his ark. We believe building an ark is a bit of an overreaction to a weather pattern, but we are willing to admit this rain is driving us all toward madness....
Betty Mann
The following appeared in the Rock County Star Herald on April 10, 1958.   Phone Subscribers Will Get Call Explaining Dial System          Starting Monday, April 14, Northwestern Bell Telephone Company will start calling all Luverne telephone customers, according to N. C. Johnson, local manager...
A conclusion I came to a couple of years ago lacks clarity right now. It’s not a big deal, but I don’t know if I was half right, or if I was completely correct, about a statement made after watching Luverne freshman Tenley Nelson run a race at a home track meet in 2017. The way it stands now, the...
Against my better judgment we purchased a vacuum robot this spring. It’s not a Roomba, but it’s better, according to my sister who enthusiastically recommended it. We have a light-colored dog and dark-colored flooring so pet hair dust bunnies make daily appearances. When the robot came on sale for...
When you start to age, that’s different from getting older — at least I differentiate between the two. Getting older has more plusses than minuses. On the plus side, as you get older, you get your driver’s license. A few years older you can vote. Tack on a couple more years after you’re old enough...
George Bonnema
This is the right time to prune any plants in the pine family. The new growth emerges as what we call a candle, and to keep the evergreen compact and full, we cut 1/2 to 3/4 of that individual candle off.  When the cut is made this early in the growing season, the cut edge will have time to develop...
A voice familiar to area sports fans will be heard a little less when the high school baseball season comes to an end later this spring. After 44 years in the radio business, Bruce Thalhuber will no longer be calling games as a play-by-play announcer for KQAD radio. Bruce T., as he is referred to...
In my series about dog personalities, I’ve written about my first dog, Scout, and I wrote about Tracer, the very best of the great three dogs I own. In my last column we talked about Sarge, Tracer’s brother from a different litter but with the same mom and dad three years apart in age. This week we...
Troy Christianson
Question: Both my daughter and I have a disability. I have the handicap license plates on my car and she only has a placard. When she drives my car, does she have to use her placard to park? Answer: The registered license plates are designed for you to be able to park that vehicle in a disabled/...
Mavis Fodness
My teenaged son and his friends introduced me to Marvel comics just before the cinematic franchise blossomed to include 22 movies and counting. Until the Marvel movies came along, I rarely watched movies at a multiplex, preferring to purchase the DVD and watch the movies multiple times in the...

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