Rock County Sports

McKenzie Helgeson
The Luverne Country Club has a new manager entering the 2020 golf season. McKenzie Helgeson is the new person in charge inside the clubhouse. Helgeson replaces Denise Iveland, who served as the LCC’s manager for the last four years before moving to Nebraska with her husband, Mark Iveland. Helgeson...
I read an article in the Star Tribune about the number of Minnesota citizens who have permits to carry concealed handguns. The number was really high and higher per capita than many other states. The laws of the state that allowed a citizen to carry a concealed handgun went into the books in...
I was recently discussing what percentage of sportsmen and women fudge on the rules a little in terms of game and fish regulations. For some reason there is a segment of this group that does not place the same emphasis on game and fish rules as they do other regulations. I have never had even one...
How is it that you can fish with more lines per person in almost every other state than you can in Minnesota? Our neighbor states have always allowed more lines than Minnesota does. Today you can fish with one line in open water and two lines when fishing through the ice. It varies, but I know, for...
Choosing a new hunting companion should be all fun and no stress, but as the last two columns have shown, there are several pitfalls a puppy shopper can fall into if they do not do their homework. Hip Dysplasia is one of those.  The other is Exercised Induced Collapse. The last health issue in...
It is so important to do your homework before you make a decision on which puppy you might buy and from what breeder. Last week I explained the basics of hip dysplasia and what a breeder can do to reduce the chances any of the puppies they might sell from having it. There is another genetic defect...
My new puppy, due around Feb. 10, will be named Bravo, and it prompted a series of columns about choosing a dog. Last week I wrote about the differences between flushing dogs and pointing dogs. I have always been a flushing dog guy, but I love all dogs. Black Labs are my thing and I usually have...
I get asked all the time how I come up with topics for weekly columns I have been writing for over 17 years (about two years for the Rock County Star Herald). The answer is curiosity. Many times I will see or hear about this bird or that animal, and I want to find out for myself what they are all...
This is a time of year my phone rings frequently with calls from folks who want to get their hands on some corn to feed wildlife — pheasants in particular. So, is feeding pheasants a worthwhile endeavor? The answer is that it really depends. Pheasants during winter periods will feed primarily on...

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