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Last week I mentioned my regret about the days getting shorter. Humans notice that, but so do plants. The word photoperiod indicates the amount of uninterrupted darkness and daylight in a 24-hour period of time.   Equinox makes the point where we have 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness....
  The following appeared in the Rock County Star Herald on November 20, 1952.   To Build Drive-In Theatre   K.C. Sargent of Clarkfield, Minn. has purchased 16 acres south of Luverne for the purpose of erecting a drive in theater here. Sargent said he had bought 16 acres of the Charles DeVries farm...
As a lifelong Minnesota Vikings fan, I’ve witnessed a lot of gut-wrenching losses over the years. None hurt me more than the devastating loss to the Atlanta Falcons in the 1998 NFC championship game. The Vikings were the No. 1 seed for the NFC playoffs and never lost a home game in the friendly...
OK, in the spirit of full disclosure, I had a birthday about three weeks ago ... and as the years add up, so do the aches and pains. My most recent pain flare-up centered around my neck area. As with most things that go on in my life, they become topics of conversation at the office. During one of...
My favorite stubborn German had a stroke last week. My 80-year-old dad was out for a ride on his motorcycle when he noticed the sides of the road seemed out of focus. It was hard to balance when he came to a stop at an intersection, and he didn’t pull in the clutch before he shifted. Getting the...
George Bonnema Luverne horticulturalist The calendar says September so I’ll admit that we’ve moved out of summer even though I regret giving up the wonderful long days and opportunities of seeing progressive growth in flowers and vegetables ... now we are into the “wrap up” season.  If you are...
The following appeared in the Rock County Star Herald on December 25, 1952.   Skaters Now Using New Rink On So. McKenzie   “The best skating rink we've ever had,” is the opinion Luverne’s youngsters have of the city’s new ice rink at the corner of McKenzie and Warren street. The rink was opened...
The month of September got off to a bad start for me when I learned about the passing of Cliff Boom. Boom passed away on the first day of September at the age of 70, and I’m sure I wasn’t the only one to be saddened by the news of his death. As an employee of the First Farmers and Merchants State...
Apparently meal kit delivery is a thing. It’s not quite restaurant delivery in that you still have to cook it, and it’s more than grocery delivery, because you don’t have to plan the menu. The meal ingredients are delivered to your doorstep to be cooked in your own kitchen. They’re already cleaned...
Question: If I sell my vehicle to a private party, what do you recommend I do to protect myself in the event the new owner gets into a crash or is arrested prior to them transferring the title into their name? Answer: If the vehicle you sold is involved in a hit and run or pursuit and the driver...

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