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Jan was my neighbor. You wouldn’t have known her because she and Dar didn’t get out much. They moved here in ’07 on account of the veterans home. They were two retired army nurses traveling across the countryside when the home caught their eyes. So they stayed. They and three cats — Willie, Annie...
  The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on May 12, 1922:   BURGLARS RANSACK BANK; BUT DON’T PROFIT GREATLY Pry Into Drawers, Desks and Safety Boxes; Cut Through Vault Wall — Safe Unmolested Gaining entrance in the building by breaking out a glass in the front door, the Farmers State bank...
As it turns out, I wasn’t alone in being confused about the news I received last week. Upon learning Luverne High School junior Chaz Smedsrud had been selected in the 26th round of the United States Hockey League draft by the Sioux Falls Stampede, I quickly reached a conclusion. “There goes Luverne...
  The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on May 5, 1922: Next Wednesday, May 10th, Will Be Big Bargain Sale Day in Luverne Sixty-one Business Houses Join in Holding Community Sale Day, All to Offer Special Bargains in Seasonable Merchandise Sixty-one of the business houses of Luverne have...
Biometric data. Your stats. Your digits. BMI, waist-to-hip ratio, height, weight, body surface area, dress size, pant size, bra size, even IQ. While we’re at it, EQ, LDL, HDL, A1C and TSH. Some of these measurements are familiar to some of you. What are they? They all measure people. Or do they? I...
  The final step in clearing my attic for our new homeowners was removing several Rubbermaid tubs of toys that had survived the keep-or-throw process. In 19 years of accumulating toys, we had thrown very few away. Once the boys outgrew them or stopped playing with them, I simply packed them away —...
Juan Carreon receives the vinyl folder that will hold his Luverne High School Class of 2015 diploma from Principal Ryan Johnson earlier this month. Carreon worked through the school’s alternative school to achieve the diploma that only a handful of members in his family have achieved.
Experiences often shape who we are and define what we become in life. No one knows that better than Juan Carreon, a 19-year-old I met for the first time during his graduation ceremony on April 15. The informal afternoon gathering at Pizza Ranch was full of smiles, congratulatory conversations and...
  Last week was the citywide junk pickup, and by unofficial observation the amount of junk that is put on the curb is dwindling from year to year. Junk pickup is definitely on my top 10 list of favorite city perks. I don’t really have a top 10 list but if I did, junk pickup would be ahead of leaf...
  The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on April 28, 1922:   TWO LUVERNE COMPANIES SECURE LARGE CONTRACTS   National Concrete Co. Secures $36,000 Tile Order; Quartzite Quarries, Inc., Sells 200 Carloads Crushed Rock Two of Luverne’s manufacturing concerns, the National concrete Materials...
  Last week had me wondering just how much cold the tender new growth of perennials, shrubs, and trees could actually tolerate … nature never fails to amaze me. At 25 degrees for a low, I saw very little damage to anything, including my blooming daffodils. I’m hoping that was the last of that kind...

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