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Mavis Fodness
Keeping a car clean is an exhausting chore. I like to have the vehicle shine and its tire rims sparkling as I drive around. I also like the inside to be clean. Unfortunately, not everyone in my household thinks that vehicles you use and get dirty should be cleaned right after use. Over the weekend...
Scott Rall
It is that time of year again when I need to purchase my new licenses for everything from the early light goose season to a spearing license, deer license, small game license and then the gamut of special stamps needed to hunt some of those seasons. Deer licenses come later into the summer. About...
Betty Mann
The following article is part of the Diamond Club Member group that began in the January 7, 1943, issue of the Rock County Star Herald. Members of this group consist of persons of age 75 and older. February 11, 1943 The name “Drake Station,” unfamiliar to the majority of Rock countyians born after...
Scott Rall
It could actually be an unpaid Minnesota holiday if you didn’t know better. There are lots of days on the calendar that Minnesotans look forward to, but they don’t hold a candle to the Minnesota Fishing Opener. As the time wound down ahead of the big day, anglers in garages everywhere got ready to...
Betty Mann
The following article is part of the Diamond Club Member group that began in the January 7, 1943, issue of the Rock County Star Herald. Members of this group consist of persons of age 75 and older. February 4, 1943 When prairie chickens were so numerous in this section of the country that one could...
Rick Peterson
So what’s in a name? The name parents pick to bless, or in some cases curse, their new baby with can be a daunting task. As you may know, my name is Rick, but that is not my legal name. I have no problem with Rick. After 60-plus years, it kind of grows on you. My legal name is where the curse part...
Brenda Winter
My mom is quiet, reserved and a bit on the shy side. Lots of folks like crowds and gatherings and spectacles. Mom doesn’t. Which is why it was a bit of a challenge to throw her a proper 80th birthday party. Her idea of a good time is reading a book in her sunroom or maybe mowing the lawn. So, we...
Lori Sorenson
As a kid, I often pondered who and what I might grow up to be — an artist, musician, athlete, teacher. (Don’t we all dream of being teachers?) Why didn’t I just enjoy being a kid? I had a great childhood. Yet I distinctly recall a preoccupation about what comes next. I still do. Maybe we all do. It...
Sgt. Troy Christianson
Question: I recently heard something about the new phone number “988” for people dealing with a mental health crisis. With all these three digit numbers, 911, 411, 511, can you talk about that? Answer: 988 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the...
Mavis Fodness
Last year I set a goal to compete in the WSCA Champ Show on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. One part to achieving that goal was to be a more physically fit rider. For nine months I pushed myself to ride daily, and as a result, I achieved that goal and brought one of those big prize ribbons home....

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