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I suspect Mary and I are like most grandparents in that we do things only grandparents would do — like drive three hours round trip to watch an 8-year-old grandson play a ball game of some kind. The sport or activity the grandson or granddaughter is participating in doesn’t really matter; the draw...
Is there anything more American than a family road trip? Generations of Americans have piled into the family car and headed west to see the sights. Many of us have memories of the long trip across South Dakota on our way to “see the faces” and vacation in the Black Hills. Visits to Wall Drug, Mount...
The following appeared in the Rock County Star Herald on October 2, 1952.   State Road Deal Protested State To Delay Letting Of No. 70 Grading Contract Pending Amendment Vote                   Outcome of the voting on controversial Amendment No. 5 in the election on November 4 will determine...
A teenager passes the behind-the-wheel driver’s test. That’s not a big deal, as it probably happens more than 100 times a year in Rock County alone. It happened again last Wednesday when our daughter, Melanie, secured her license to drive on her 17th birthday. Again, I’m sure anyone reading this...
Although their ultimate goal of qualifying for the state tournament went unrealized, the members of the 2018 Luverne High School baseball team have a lot to be proud of. Not only did the Cardinals produce the second most wins (24) in Mike Wenninger’s coaching career, the Cardinals sported the...
This past Saturday I served as the “official” photographer at the 70th wedding anniversary celebration of my husband Bryan’s aunt and uncle. It's not been unusual for the Fodnesses and Stuckenbrokers to be together at special events over the past seven decades. I met Doris and Harry three decades...
The following appeared in the Rock County Star Herald on September 11, 1952.   Jaycees Will Sponsor Show Dance Sept. 24   A 90-minute variety show, and an evening of dancing has been planned here for Wednesday night, September 24, by the Luverne Junior Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds above expenses...
Question:I see vehicles with straight pipes, motorcycles with straight pipes and hear many others that sound as if they have no muffler. If the law is there, why is it not enforced? Answer:Minnesota State Statute 169.69 states:  “Every motor vehicle shall at all times be equipped with a muffler in...
I know it’s only June and this weekend is Hardwick Jubilee Days, then soon after we celebrate the Fourth of July followed closely by Hotdog Night. But I want to give you an update on the Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener coming to Luverne this fall. Plans have been underway for almost a year now...
My husband and I are preparing to sell one of our rental properties. Even though we have hired a more-than-capable Realtor to do all of the sales work, I must, because I am a writer, write the “sales text” myself. I began by reading articles about “real estate words that sell.” Apparently sellers...

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