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Rick Peterson
Before you know it, we’ll be hitting the unofficial midway point of summer. I know the first day of summer was just a little over a week ago. Yet once the Fourth of July comes and goes, we unfortunately shift our thoughts toward the dog days of August, then Labor Day, then back to school, and...
For the past four years, teams of Christian kids from the Luverne area have served on a weeklong, in-town mission trip doing the things locally that youth groups often travel hundreds of miles to do in other places. Under the supervision of two or three adults, the teens paint houses, replace...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in The Rock County Herald on Aug. 17, 1877. At a meeting of the St. Paul board of education held recently, a contract was entered into with Wilson, Hinkle, & Co., of Cincinnati, by which text books are to be furnished the city schools at one-half the rates formerly paid...
Troy Christianson
Question: I own a convertible that I only drive in the summer when it isn't raining. (I hate to put the top up). My commute to work is 1.2 miles each way. It is now of a vintage that I could get collector plates on it, but I've heard there are restrictions on when I can drive it with those plates...
Lori Sorenson
I stood at the bottom of the inflatable water slide with my cell phone camera pointed at the kids tumbling through the spray and landing in a laughing heap in a puddle at the bottom. I was there on official business as the Star Herald photographer covering Hills Friendship Days, but the kids didn’t...
Scott Rall
For those of you who have a hunting dog or just have a dog around as a pet, you know how much time and energy that can take. Multiply that times four and you can live in my world. For most folks it is not all that hard to find someone to watch the pooch when you want to be gone. Others will pay a...
George Bonnema
The lilacs have finished blooming so if you need to prune them, this is the time to get that done. Remember to cut them back far enough to give them room to grow to the size you will want them to be. If there are no leaves on the stems when you have finished the task, that’s OK. They will develop...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in The Rock County Star-Herald on March 17, 1949.   County Pioneer Growth of Certified Southern Type Brome Seed in State Rock county has gained distinction as being one of the pioneer counties in raising certified Fischer and Lincoln brome grass, a plant of vital importance...
Rick Peterson
Sunday is Father’s Day and the funny thing about Father’s Day for me is I don’t consider it a day set aside for me as a father. I know that sounds rather confusing, but what I am trying to say is Father’s Day for me is more about three other very important fathers in my life. First is my father, or...
Mavis Fodness
Monday night, a dedicated group of 4-H horse project leaders assembled new portable bleachers for the horse arena at the Rock County Fairgrounds. It’s no small undertaking. The bleachers arrived last week in a tidy box filled with hundreds of bolts, rivets and aluminum pieces. When assembled, they...

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