Opinion

I’m kind of a Christmas tree snob.  You know — the sort of person who has to have every decoration in exactly the right place.   The small ornaments go at the top. The larger ones at the bottom. Each year requires a color theme. Mismatched bulbs are not allowed. The key to a really beautiful tree...
With Christmas shopping in full swing, I am quickly being made aware of how out of touch I am with what grandsons ages 13, 10 and 7 want for Christmas. One would think buying the boys clothes would be the easy path to take. It didn’t take long to discover this wasn’t going to be easy. What size...
Question: The other day at an intersection I noticed a car with the windows so frosted up that the driver had to roll down a window to check for cars coming from my side. What is the law on frosted windows? Answer: When I received this question, my initial thoughts were of a fatal pedestrian crash...
To the Editor: Like my colleagues around the state, I was ecstatic to learn that the smoking rate among teenagers is falling to record low levels, according to the Minnesota Student Survey results. However, this great news from the Minnesota Student Survey is tempered by some very serious findings...
Wondering what to be thankful for this year? We’re putting teachers on our list This week, Nov. 14-18, is American Education Week. It’s a time for schools nationwide and their communities to observe the role of public education in shaping the success of future generations. In Rock County, this is...
  Question: What is the difference between careless or reckless driving? What about “exhibition driving”? Answer: In general, the difference between reckless and careless is that “reckless” is generally “intentional” or the driver “should know” that the driving behavior could injure or kill someone...
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In the past year, two domestic violence-related hashtags have made a huge impact on social media. One in the summer of 2015 began close to home for us. A young Sioux Falls woman was physically assaulted by her boyfriend while she was driving. She later...
Jason Berghorst
Like me, you felt it this past Friday and Saturday. Some of you, like me, were energized by it and liked the feeling. Others of you dreaded it. But we all noticed it. The change of seasons was in the air last weekend. Temperatures in the sixties during the day and low fifties at night felt...
A statewide editorial June 24 called on agriculture to take the lead on managing pollutants. As farmers, we’re always working to improve how we grow food, feed, fiber and fuel for an increasing world population. And when it comes to the important issue of water quality and managing pollutants,...
George Bonnema
We have had wonderful moisture for our flower and vegetable gardens and our season is about two weeks early. If you have hostas, I’m suggesting that you be on the lookout for slugs. These slimy critters eat irregular-shaped holes in the leaves, and if you don’t attack them early on, you will have...

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