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Our naturalist at the Blue Mounds State Park is a nature lover through and through. How do we know this? She loves even the lowest forms of life that slither in the grass. And she’s trying to encourage others to love them too by introducing “Chuck, the garter snake.” (See the related story about...
I am not a big fan of the countless useless postings on Facebook day in and day out. But from time to time I do enjoy a post. It’s safe to say any post that has to do with politics is a waste of time. Generally the posts that I do enjoy put a smile on my face. The following is one that did just...
Last week I gave some suggestions for indoor plant care and I want to continue that conversation today. Boston ferns are one of the plants that really benefit from annual “renewal” root surgery. As this type of fern grows, it develops roots that snake along the surface of the soil. In a natural...
The following appeared in the Rock County Star Herald on June 12, 1952.   Horse Show At Hardwick Is A Success   Hardwick’s annual horse show Sunday proved to be a success with 48 horses and ponies being entered in the various divisions. About 400 persons witnessed the show. Dale Shade, Luverne, won...
More snow!!!!!! Not so exciting for us gardeners who want to get planting, but we are along for the ride just like everyone else. With added snow — moisture — I want to remind you not to try to till your garden soil too soon. If you take a fist full of soil and squeeze it and it forms a tight ball...
Question: I heard the Minnesota State Patrol is carrying around some stuff to help people that might have an issue with opioid abuse. Can you talk more about that? Thanks for all you do! Answer: A Minnesota state trooper’s job is surprisingly varied. Sure, you’d expect them to patrol the highways...
My granddaughter arrived at my doorstep last week for her first sleepover. I admit spending six days caring for a 10-month-old seemed daunting. After all, it’s been more than 20 years since I cared for a toddler. Would the various cries, grunts and hand gestures still mean the same things after all...
The following appeared in the Rock County Star Herald on June 5, 1952.   Breaking Ground For The New Convent at St. Catherine’s church here took place Monday morning. Rev. M.L. Doyle is shown turning the first spadeful of sod, preparatory to the new two-story brick building. Members of the building...
Luverne’s Chaz Smedsrud had a solid hockey season as a member of the Notre Dame Hounds. Smedsrud, a 2016 Luverne High School graduate, displayed obvious improvement during his second season with the team, which competes in the 12-team Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. The former LHS standout...
Last summer Mary and I went to the Tim McGraw and Faith Hill concert in Sioux Falls, and ever since, Mary has been hounding me to work on my humble and kind skills. Now Mary and I may differ on my level of progress in these two areas, but I think I am making strides in the right direction. I will...

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