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The Halloween season recently conjured up a distant memory — sometimes you find the strangest things in ditches. Several years ago one early winter morning I was traveling south to Luverne when I noticed an object in the ditch along Highway 75 just west of the state park turnoff. I didn’t stop then...
Jan. 4, 1940, Rock County Star:   Early Morning Blaze Causes $40,000.00 Damage to St. Catherine Catholic Church   Building is Insured for About $30,000.00; Many Costly Furnishings and Other Contents are Total Loss to Parish; Fine Vestments Lost   Fire, which apparently originated in the furnace...
The curious part of my nature prompts me to ask a question to our readers. Does anyone remember what they were doing on the first weekend of November in 1999? I would guess not many could answer that question, and I know that I would have to plead ignorance if the same query was sent my way. After...
Super Thursday is at hand for a pair of Luverne High School squads. Both the Cardinal cross country and volleyball programs open postseason play at different sites. I have no reason to believe both the girls’ cross country and volleyball squads won’t extend their seasons tonight, which should set...
By Rick Peterson, Tollefson Publishing General Manager As you are probably already aware, Luverne has been selected to be the host city for the 2018 Minnesota Governor’s  Pheasant Opener. The date for the opening of the 2018 pheasant hunting season has been set for Saturday, Oct. 13. But as the...
To the Editor: As a retired 34-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force and the South Dakota Air National Guard, I feel it is important to comment on the most recent apparent failure of President Trump to extend the hand of compassion to the family of a soldier killed in an October 4th ambush in Niger....
Test results confirm It’s probably nothing   In my column a few weeks ago I shared with you the incredible difference in CT scan prices in the area. (Price range: $9,000 - $750.) Since then, many of you have asked the obvious question, “And … what did the scan show?”  A year ago when I visited my...
  The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on June 30, 1939:   SWIMMING POOL RATES SET BY PARK BOARD   Three Authorized Life Guards Designated—Free Time Announced   Appointment of a park board to have complete charge of all matters pertaining to the management of Luverne’s municipal park...
As women age, we go through stages of familiarity at the local doctor’s office. We get to know our doctors through sports injuries to reproductive health to making babies to making sure there are no babies. While these are all no doubt adventures in themselves, they’re stages we have some degree of...
Question: Can you talk about the law that covers a driver’s ability to watch a movie, video or broadcast on a cellphone, tablet or computer while driving? What if the passenger is in possession of the device? Answer: Minnesota state law says that a television screen shall not be installed or used...

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