Columns

Jason Berghorst
The official publication date of this newspaper is Aug. 20.  Each year on Aug. 20, I think about Aug. 20, 1997.  That was the day, 23 years ago, that I moved into my freshman year dorm at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall.  It was a big day for me, to say the least.  I was the first...
Troy Christianson
Question: Can you talk about boat trailer safety with all the traffic we see pulling these things? Answer:  State Troopers often encounter motorists pulling trailers that are experiencing breakdowns. Most often it involves a flat tire or trailer wheel bearing. Basic trailer maintenance involves...
The following appeared in The Rose History in 1911.   Rock County Village, continued from 8-13-20 edition of the Star Herald.   Hardwick          With the prosperous times in the country a decade ago, Hardwick kept pace and made rapid strides forward. The town’s second railroad — the branch from...
Scott Rall
When I need a “pick me up,” I just go for a wildlife ride and look for God’s creatures. They seem to have made it through thousands of years of ups and downs, and last week they got a really, really big surge upwards. Congress passed the Great American Outdoors Act. I will provide a little...
Kent Theisse
The August 12 USDA Crop Report projected a record U.S. corn yield and record production in 2020, as well as a record 2020 soybean yield and the second highest U.S. soybean production level in history. The yield and production projections were based on conditions as of Aug. 1. Normally the record...
Rick Peterson
I have a coronavirus activity challenge for you that doesn’t include wearing a mask, and if you do this as a family, social distancing can be set aside momentarily. In today’s Star Herald you’ll find a “Kid Scoop” ad sponsored by our hometown Sunshine Foods store. The message of the ad is to...
Mavis Fodness
While removing the leaf from the kitchen table one day, my thoughts landed on how a simple piece of furniture reflects the changes in our empty nest household. In our 30-plus years of marriage, Bryan and I always had a kitchen table and a dining table in each of the half dozen or so homes we’ve...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in The Rose History in 1911.   Rock County Village continued from 8-6-20 edition of the Star Herald.   Hardwick          Hardwick became a municipal corporation in 1898. So early in its history as 1893, however, the first attempt to bring about this desired condition was made...
My new Labrador puppy recently joined our family that already includes three Labradors at my house. They all live inside and are all topnotch pheasant hunting dogs. They are Tracer, age 8, Sarge, age 6, and Raider, age 4. My new puppy is called Ghost. My son served in the United States Marine Corp...
Brenda Winter
It’s a goal of mine to have at least one funny line in every column I write, but there’s nothing very funny about the times in which we live. Being funny has become a challenge. I’ve already written about the funny neighborhood woodchuck that has since waddled out of the neighborhood. I could write...

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