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My last in-person visit with my granddaughter, Jayden, was March 6. Almost 60 days later, on the bright, sunny Sunday morning of May 3, the grandmother in me knew it was time to see Jayden face to face. Unbeknownst to me, when my daughter Courtney told Jayden that MeeMaw Mavis was coming to Iowa...
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Dear Logan, We’re sorry we won’t be able to share your first birthday with you this year. Again this MeeMaw will be late with her hugs and kisses of best wishes. It appears April 11 is just not a good date for us to get together. You don’t remember last year, but I was late meeting you in Iowa due...
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Last week, with Gov. Walz’s order to shelter in place for two weeks, we at the Star Herald newsroom did some of our work from home to distance ourselves from others in the office while continuing the delivery of the community news.      On Thursday, as I tested video conferencing from home (I found...
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Leap Day rolls around every four years, and I was excited about this year’s Feb. 29. Similar to daylight saving time, when we push our clocks back an hour in the fall, I see the 2020 Leap Day as a 24-hour bonus because it occurred on a weekend. What would I do with a whole extra day? Not only that...
The Rock County Star Herald received one group and two individual awards at the Better Newspaper Contest of the 153rd annual convention of the Minnesota Newspaper Association Jan. 30-31 in the Twin Cities. As a group the Star Herald staff received a third-place award in special sections for their...
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More than a year ago local readers were introduced to Ryan and Martha Tofteland. The young couple and their children, Finn and Liv, were visiting Ryan’s parents, Steve and Julie Tofteland, and his childhood home in rural Luverne for Thanksgiving 2018. It was a bittersweet visit for the young couple...
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Growing up, I often heard the phrase “Keeping up with the Joneses.” Now, I didn’t have any neighbors named Jones, but I knew the saying referred to buying something just because someone else already had the same item. By owning the item, you were at the same high social level, and those who didn’t...
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Our new puppy, Lucy, a lab-Brittany spaniel mix, often chases her own tail. The sight is comical, as she spins and snaps her teeth at her long brown tail. She spins in both directions, quite fast, until she catches her tail in her mouth and, after a brief pause, continues to spin in circles. I...
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Taking the back roads is a trait I inherited from my dad. As a kid I recall jumping into the Rambler or the F150 and enjoying the scenery to wherever we were going. While the destination was the same, the route changed each time. Now years later I have driven at least a dozen different routes to...
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Thirty years ago I was a junior reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe. I remember well the changing demographics of the then community of almost 10,000 residents. There was considerable skepticism and unfriendly bias toward the darker-skinned immigrants wanting to call Worthington home. The state...

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