Opinion

  The last time we met in this space I shared some thoughts about my first-born grandchild — a girl born to my son and his wife on June 1.  Well, believe it or not, this week’s thoughts are about my second-born grandchild — a girl born to my daughter and her husband on July 5. Evelyn Ann arrived...
  At this point in summer, our potted “gardens” of flowers are developing marvelous color. In a couple of my pots, I have a plant or two that are becoming a bit aggressive about how much space they want, so I get my pruning shears and give them some needed discipline. That must be done to keep...
      By Mavis Fodness Someone likens the feeling of turning 50 to that of a youth mastering riding a bike without training wheels. Remember the feeling of freedom and independence? That feeling has been building inside me for the past half century. It becomes official on Saturday. I will be 50....
      In several studies over the past decade, behavioral scientists have found that some people look so much like their pets that outside observers can match them based on pictures alone. The accompanying image, for instance, comes from a 2005 study in which test participants identified owner-pet...
Mary and I were at our grandson’s baseball tournament a week or two ago. The actual dates escape me but it was that really hot weekend. Of course, there wasn’t a shade tree to be found within the zip code of the baseball diamond. It didn’t take long and a canopy tent city sprung up. At one time, I...
  The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on November 10, 1922: “SELF SERVE” GROCERY TO BE OPENED TOMORROW New Style Grocery Store to be Conducted by Otto Orloske in Soutar Block A new grocery establishment to be known as the “Serve Yourself” grocery store, will be opened to the public...
  While we are in the midst of a summer full of busy weekends, July seems to be the busiest month of all. The weekends are booked with our grandson’s baseball tournaments, a wedding and a couple of class reunions for good measure. I actually have two 40th class reunions myself this month alone....
          By Mavis Fodness A grassroots movement is taking place to develop activities that get us up off the couch in Rock County. We hope more of this catches on. Kayaking down the Rock River, boating and swimming at a former gravel pit were some of the activities demonstrated last week. Not only...
  Growing up in Luverne in the 1980s and 1990s, I experienced a very quiet Fourth of July holiday in my hometown. Some years our family would travel to Leota to see fireworks or maybe to Hills to swim at the Rez. Any holiday activities were always in other towns. Luverne was closed for the Fourth....
  Transplantation is one of the most remarkable success stories in the history of medicine. But despite continuing advances in medicine and technology, the need for organs and tissue is far greater than the availability. The Star Herald this week features a story about Al Berdahl and his quest to...

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