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A racing event with a twist will be staged at the Rock County Fairgrounds Saturday. The celebration of Buffalo Days in Luverne has included dirt track action at the local oval for a while now, but this year’s slate will include a special event that adds extra intrigue to the Saturday night lineup....
Question: What are the most common vehicle equipment violations you see? Answer: The most common violations I have seen are:  •Window tint violations: Law prohibits tint on the front windshield. Passenger cars are limited to 50 percent on all side and rear windows. Pickups, vans, and SUVs are...
I was among 47 American tourists getting off a bus at the Nazareth YMCA to learn about the birthplace of Jesus. Apparently we Christians have a lot of our facts wrong about the Christmas story.  For starters, it could have been early fall — maybe September — when Joseph and Mary made the trip to...
I have been asked if an orphan train ever came to Luverne. I found this article in the Rock County Herald on April 27, 1883:   Another opportunity to those who wish to provide homes for boys and girls will be given one week from today – Friday, May 4. Rev. Mr. Matthews, of the Children’s Aid...
As I was thinking about Memorial Day weekend, I remember last year there was some online discussion as to flag protocol on Memorial Day. So I did some checking and hopefully this will help you. The American flag is flown at half-staff anytime the nation is mourning. The proper protocol for flying...
Last month in this space I lamented about the loss of the Casey’s store on Main Street. That store was a good example of not appreciating something while it’s there. Living just a few blocks away, and driving by each day on my way to and from work, I stopped there anywhere from two to five times...
The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on April 30, 1926:   DUST OBSCURES SUN IN SEVERE WIND STORMS   Saturday and Tuesday Marked With Worst Storms of Dust Ever Known in This Section   DUST PILED IN DRIFTS LIKE SNOW IN A STORM   Damage to Early Sown Grains Problematic Owing to Such Sowing...
The Buffalo Ridge Officials Association is in desperate need of help. After years of administering the rules of the sport of football with integrity and pride on many fields here in Southwest Minnesota, the BROA is currently facing a number crisis. “We had about 15 or 16 officials right here in...
The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on May 12, 1922:   FAMOUS SCREEN STAR HERE IN PERSON NEXT WEDNESDAY   Helen Gibson, Heroine of Many Thrilling Serials, to Talk on Hollywood at Palace Theatre   Rock county motion picture fans are to have the pleasure of seeing and hearing Miss Helen...
We made a quick trip to Detroit last weekend … well, if 14 hours driving time going and 14 hours coming home could be considered quick … and we had two days to spend there with our son … that was the weekend. In the midst of that, we got to shop six of the biggest garden centers in the greater...

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