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Mavis Fodness
There’s one sure sign that spring has arrived at my house. A bucket may not be as exciting as watching geese fly north or the winter wind having a little less bite. In my house the large container on the kitchen counter signifies spring is here. Along with the bucket, a rubber nipple and a two-...
Mavis Fodness
We are all going to die someday. It is a fact. Simply put. But we humans continue to deny or simply ignore death as a part of our lifecycles. We are often unprepared when the Grim Reaper comes calling. Unprepared as having one part of the burial ritual already completed for family members: The...
Walter Mondale and me
Having the opportunity to meet Walter Mondale recently brought back memories of 1984 and my first opportunity to vote in a presidential election. I was 18 years old and a college freshman. Mondale was the Democratic presidential nominee and was the first to choose a woman as his vice presidential...
Mavis Fodness (left) and Lori Sorenson.
Staff writers at the Rock County Star Herald received three state awards in the Better Newspaper Contest of the 149th annual convention of the Minnesota Newspaper Association last week in the Twin Cities. Reporter Mavis Fodness and Editor Lori Sorenson were honored during the Thursday night, Jan....
Mavis Fodness
My last consumption of a can of pop was 687 days ago. That’s one year, 10 months, 16 days — or since March 5, 2014. A month prior to that day I had my first (and hopefully last) experience with a kidney stone. Doctors cited pop as the culprit for the mineral buildup and gave me the advice to give...
“This Old House,” “Fixer Upper” and “Property Brothers” are among my favorite home improvement shows. It’s exciting to watch the resurrection of a once-loved home into a structure that is cared for again. Recently I have become a big fan of cooking shows and one in particular — so much so that I am...
  Luverne School Psychologist Renee Guy and teacher Amanda Fields have co-authored a chapter in a textbook for their peers. The “Handbook of Response to Intervention: The Science and Practice of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support” is meant for an educational audience and retails for $399. “It’s a...
  Freshly painted barn brings dreams of very own quilt design Sac County, Iowa, has more barn quilts than any other place in the country ­ or so its website indicates. Visitors can even run a self-guided tour to all 58 sites by printing the simple map off the Internet. For the past couple of years...
  The saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” was never more poignant in describing my experience at this year’s state 4-H horse show. Unbeknownst to me, a Clay County mother and daughter were dealing with a nightmare the day after the Rock County delegation pulled onto the state fairgrounds...
  The decision on what to wear each day should be an easy task. But for me the routine likens itself to deciding what to eat for supper each night by looking in the fridge. So each morning I continually look in the closet for what looks good to wear. Having too many choices is playing a huge part...

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