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I’m in the position of being an outsider looking in during the Major League Baseball postseason. There’s no question in my mind that the Chicago Cubs are playoff darlings of the baseball world, and for good reason. As a franchise that hasn’t captured a World Series title in 108 years (1908), the...
Rick Peterson
Just a second while I strap on my spurs because I am about to get on my high horse. A year ago on this page I wrote about the rising cost of health care because of the Affordable Healthcare Act, otherwise know as Obamacare. Well, affordable health care is anything but affordable. Premiums are...
Brenda Winter
My granddaughters have reached the toddler stage so “going for a walk” has taken on a whole new meaning. Traditionally, “going for a walk” means moving quickly with the goal of increasing one’s heart rate. Toddler walks are different. Toddler walks are more focused on sticks, rocks, leaves and...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on December 4, 1896:   STATISTICS FOR THE YEAR 1896   The Total Acreage of Various Farm Products, the Number of Horses, Cattle, Sheep and Hogs, and Other Facts of Interest—Some Comparisons With the Statistics for 1895   The agricultural statement of...
It’s been 10 long years since he played fast-pitch softball game. For Ellsworth’s Marlin Boom, one decade seems like an eternity. Softball was a big part of Boom’s life during a 30-year career that included playing ball in four different decades. His passion for the game started in 1976 and was a...
Lori Sorenson
We have another almost-licensed driver in our household, which is about to have a profound effect on the grownups in our family who currently chauffeur him to practice, social outings and other obligations. I say “almost” and “about to” because the kid is 15 and has passed his behind-the-wheel test...
George Bonnema
Impatiens have been the best choice for an annual that will produce fantastic color in shaded areas. Now we may have to go for another option. Recently, I have noticed impatiens that have suddenly lost all of their leaves and are naked stalks. The cause is downy mildew. This fungus moved into our...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on February 13, 1925:   M. W. CHUNN TAKES ISSUE WITH REPRESENTATIVE JACOBSON   Contends That Measure Prohibiting Sunday Movies, Sponsored by Him, is “Foolish and Vicious.”   To the Editor of Rock County Herald: Many of the friends of Representative J...
In terms of its journey, the Hills-Beaver Creek volleyball team is half the way there. The Patriots entered the 2016 season with the lofty goal of becoming the first H-BC volleyball team to capture a Red Rock Conference championship. The quest has been successful to date as the Patriots entered...
George Bonnema
Just a reminder that if you have had indoor plants “vacationing” outdoors for the summer, it is time to start acclimating them to coming back inside. A day or two inside followed by a day or two outside will give them a chance to adjust to lower light and the warmer temperature without shocking the...

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