Opinion

  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 following appeared in the Rock County Herald on September 24, 1915:   NEW PALACE THEATRE TO OPEN WEDNESDAY First Attraction in Luverne’s New $50,000 Opera House Will be “The Prince of Tonight.” THEATRE BUILDING IS HANDSOME STRUCTURE Gives Luverne Splendid Opera House, Beautiful Ball Room, Two...
  Earlier in August I wrote about the problem of spotted wing drosophila, a newly arrived fruit fly that attacks our soft-skinned fruits. I was approached last week by a person who had read the article, and they were not picking their raspberries for fear of the fruit being infected by this insect...
  In the past five years Rock County’s debt has grown. Today the amount totals $11,115,019.29. At the Sept. 8 Rock County Board meeting, Chairman Ron Boyenga proposed taking on no more debt for the next five years. Instead of passing the resolution, board members supported the idea instead, making...
Ginger
  Why do we attach ourselves to pets when it’s so painful to part with them later? It’s a question I’ve asked often since Labor Day when our beloved golden retriever ventured too close to the highway. Ginger had joined me on the front porch for morning coffee while I chatted on the phone with my...
  These early autumn days of a really warm daytime temperature and a cool night are ideal for flowers to develop their best color. At this time, planters are full to overflowing with growth, and that much foliage requires a lot of water and food to keep the color coming strong. Many of my pots...
  The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on February 23, 1923:   KIWANIS CLUB TO GIVE SILVER CUP TO SCHOOLS Will be Used as a Trophy for Which Seniors and Juniors Will Annually Debate Purchase and presentation to the Luverne high school of a silver cup as a trophy for which the Senior and...
  The little prairie town of Luverne was changed overnight when its “opera house” opened in September 1915. Founder Herman Jochims spared no expense in outfitting the Palace with the latest and greatest in technology and décor. The New Palace Theatre was able to offer the finest in stage...
  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...
  In August the Ken Burns documentary, “The War,” was being rebroadcast on public television across the country. I happened to be going through the channels one evening and was lucky enough to come across the film and found myself watching for hours. The reason I figured the “The War” was being...

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