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Rick Peterson
I wear my coronavirus mask more often than not, but not 100 percent of the time, which I probably should. I kind of relate the habit of wearing the mask to wearing my seatbelt in the car. When the recommendation to wear your seatbelt first came out, it was done so as a way to save lives. Wearing...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in The Rose History in 1911.   Rock County Village of Hills continued from 5-28-20 edition of the Star Herald.          The farmers residing in the vicinity were given the privilege of christening the new town. They chose the name Oslo, but before the site was platted, late...
Scott Rall
Star Herald editor Lori Sorenson recently told me her son just acquired a black Lab puppy for hunting. Most new puppies go to their new homes at seven to eight weeks of age, so that little one will be about 7 1/2 months old when he gets to use his natural instincts. I wrote a few months back about...
Jason Berghorst
Staying positive was one of my main goals as the pandemic began to impact us in mid-March. As the weeks – and  now months – have gone on, it’s gotten somewhat harder to stay positive for me, and maybe for you, too.  In order to focus on the positive, I’ve been making a mental list of the changes...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in The Rose History in 1911.   Rock County Village of Hills          Ranking second in size among Rock county villages is Hills, situated in the southern part of Martin township, two miles from the Iowa state line. It is located at the junction of the Great Northern and...
Mavis Fodness
My last in-person visit with my granddaughter, Jayden, was March 6. Almost 60 days later, on the bright, sunny Sunday morning of May 3, the grandmother in me knew it was time to see Jayden face to face. Unbeknownst to me, when my daughter Courtney told Jayden that MeeMaw Mavis was coming to Iowa...
Rick Peterson
Back in 2006 I was asked to be the featured speaker at the Memorial Day program at Maplewood Cemetery here in Luverne. It was an honor, but I don’t fully understand why it was bestowed upon me. I can tell you, however, that for me it was one of the greatest honors of my life and for that, I’ll be...
Betty Mann
Rock County will celebrate its 150th Anniversary this year. The news will be the history of Rock County, townships, and communities. The following appeared in the Rose History of Rock County, printed in 1911.   County and Township Organization — 1870-1878 (continued from 05-14 edition) Dover (...
Brenda Winter
My vision for the future is unclear, mostly because I can’t see through my bangs. Whoever said hair styling is not an essential service has not seen me with eight bobby pins holding the hair out of my eyes. I’ve always had short hair with short bangs, not the sheepdog bangs I have now. As a little...
Scott Rall
We’re in the process of getting a new puppy, and it reminds me of the very first hunting dog puppy I ever had. I grew up with lap dogs, but this was a yellow Labrador named Scout, the first puppy from the first breeding at the newly created Round Lake Kennels around 1996. I knew about as much as...

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