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The “powers that be” in charge of running the Luverne American Legion baseball program made what I deem to be a positive move heading into the 2015 season. I didn’t know about the decision until recently, but choosing to join seven other programs as first-year members of the Minnesota-South Dakota...
If you have rudbeckia goldstrum, the perennial black-eyed Susan, and you are noticing angular black spots on the leaves, your plants are being attacked by a fungus called septoria leaf spot. To prevent that disease from totally destroying the beauty of the plant, you need to spray both upper and...
The fourteenth annual convention of the W.C.T.U. District No. 5 will be held in this city commencing Saturday June 21st to continue three days. Elaborate preparations have been made to make this the most notable event of its kind ever held in Luverne. A corps of able speakers will be in attendance...
Question: Why is it important not to disturb roadside ditches during the spring and summer?

 Answer: Roadside ditches are highly productive nesting sites, and they provide some of the most valuable wildlife habitat available in the state. More than 40 kinds of birds and animals nest on the ground...
Question: I read an article about gas-powered bicycles/mopeds and I have some questions of my own. What is needed in addition when one has a permit or driver’s license? Answer: These rules apply to required equipment and gear for moped riders: •A moped must meet the same lighting requirements as a...
There are times when limited to being a spectator can be a discouraging experience. June 10 wasn’t one of those times for this scribe. On the verge of fishing the big water of Ottertail Lake during the annual Rittenhouse family vacation, I had no intention of assuming a spectator role. After all,...
  Last summer my family unknowingly fostered a Canada goose. I last wrote about how Gary came to us as a duckling, but as he (or she) grew, it was obvious he was not a duck. The yellow and gray fuzzy ball developed beautiful gray, white and black feathers, and my husband, Bryan, taught Gary how to...
  It’s funny how column topics can change from one major life event to another. I’ve written about the transforming experience of moving from a home after 20 years of accumulating stuff. That was good column fodder. This week’s column was going to be about actually leaving our beloved home to the...
  By  Wow! The first official day of summer is still nearly two weeks away, and it has been a busy summer already. With three class reunions and two weddings still on the calendar, mixed in with a couple of summer celebrations and a birthday or two, the weekends are full. Before all summertime...
  Dear Rock County readers: People who know me know that history has been a passion of mine for nearly my entire life. That's why it's been so gratifying to see that I'm not alone in my mission to preserve our Rock County history and to establish a fitting home for local artifacts and information....

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