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I’ve shared many conversations with Jere Ohme over the years, but one now stands out in my mind. Ohme passed away at the age of 71 on May 3, and my thoughts instantly bounced back to a brief give-and-take we shared during an Adrian High School football game more than a decade ago. The conversation...
Sometimes believing the glass is half full allows an experience to take on a positive vibe. Spring 2018 has certainly been a memorable one with its below average temperatures and the snow that kept falling into mid-April. On the farm in rural Hardwick, I know spring is in the air through the sounds...
Mary and I, like most grandparents, try to get to as many of our grandkids’ events as time allows. Last Wednesday was one of the times that we weren’t able to make one of those events. Time was a factor as was distance. Our eighth-grade grandson had a baseball game in Montevideo, so as you can...
We had a PERFECT day on Saturday. I just couldn’t go fast enough to do my whole list, but I gave it my best. Yes, the gardens are tilled and I planted until I ran out of daylight. The crops that need to be planted while the soil temperature is cool are onion and related alliums, broccoli, cabbage...
Many Expected Here This Weekend For “Agder Lag’ Two officials well known in Minnesota Scandinavian circles will be in Luverne for the 27th annual convention of the Agder Laget of the U.S.A. here Saturday and Sunday. Val Bjornson, state treasurer, and Th. Siqveland, the consul general for Norway in...
Question: What is your policy on troopers wearing the high visibility safety vests while at a crash scene?  Stay safe out there. Answer: All workers (tow truck drivers, EMS, fire, police etc.) who are working at a crash scene are required to wear high visibility garments or approved fire department...
Since our dearly beloved cat Harry went to the Big Cat House in the sky a few years ago, our home has been blissfully free of pets. (With apologies to pet lovers everywhere.) I know that pet adoption is all the rage these days. People don’t get a pet anymore, they “adopt” or “rescue” a pet. My...
The following appeared in the Rock County Star Herald on June 19, 1952.   New Gravel Plant Now Operating   Hallett’s are now in operation at their new sand and gravel plant located two and a half miles north east of the Rock Island depot. Announcement was made last week by Joe Lorge, St. Peter,...
The competitive juices are flowing again inside of Luverne’s Jerilyn Britz. It’s been a while since Britz has played golf in a high-profile event, but that will change in July. The 1979 Women’s U.S. Open champion has indicated that she will play the Inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open slated for...
Our naturalist at the Blue Mounds State Park is a nature lover through and through. How do we know this? She loves even the lowest forms of life that slither in the grass. And she’s trying to encourage others to love them too by introducing “Chuck, the garter snake.” (See the related story about...

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