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Scott Rall
I recently made the seven-hour drive to Upper Red Lake in Minnesota. I figured this was about the 15th time I had made this annual trip to the best walleye fishing in North America. It is a father-son experience I cherish. For those of you who can remember back that far, the walleye fishing on...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in The Rock County Star-Herald on Feb. 9, 1950.   Lunch Program Inaugurated at Hardwick School   Hot Dish, Sandwich, Dessert and Milk Now Are Served to Children The traditional lunch bucket — as important to the pupil as pencils and books in years gone by — has vanished from...
Jason Berghorst
Recently a friend sent me a link to a satire video that had some fun with graduation open houses.  “So spot on,” the friend remarked in the text.  The video highlighted the most universal aspects of the traditional open house: •Hastily cleaned garages with the normal garage items hidden behind a...
Scott Rall
I never really figured out what I wanted to do after high school until I was about 28 years old. After graduation I took a few years off from schooling in the sales and marketing arena. I sold cars and then newspaper subscriptions. At age 28 I decided I wanted to be a regional fisheries manager for...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in The Rock County Star-Herald on Feb. 2, 1950.   County Receives Larger Allotment For 1950 Soil Conservation Practices   No Definite Information Available as Yet About 1950 Corn Acreage Cuts The 1950 appropriations for agriculture conservation practices in Rock county will...
Rick Peterson
Last year COVID-19 put the kibosh on my annual three-day fishing trip. For the past six years a couple of my buddies and I have been spending a few days fishing Lake Sharp on the Missouri River. We camp at the West Bend State Park in South Dakota. It’s not really camping when one of those buddies...
Brenda Winter
It’s been five years. Five years ago, I completed treatment for anal cancer and was told the cancer was gone. I was also told, in so many words, “If you make it five years, you’ll be considered cancer-free.” (They don’t say “cured” anymore.) So here I am five years later.  I made it. A friend once...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in The Rock County Star-Herald on Jan. 26, 1950.   $15,000 Polio Fund Drive Starts   Nearly $22,000 Spent For Polio Care by Local Chapter the Past Year Civic and social organizations have united to carry the March of Dimes campaign through its most crucial test, John Kurvink...
George Bonnema
If you applied systemic rose care as I advised earlier, that was six weeks ago so now is the time to make a second application. All forms of pine trees and shrubs are making their new growth now. That new growth is called a candle. For the more compact varieties of pines like Mugho and Tannenbaum,...
Troy Christianson
Question: Do I need an oversize or wide-load permit to haul a boatlift that is over 9 feet wide to my cabin? Answer: You would need to obtain a permit because the width is over 8 feet 6 inches. Hauling oversized items without a permit or escorts (if required) can be dangerous and is illegal....

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