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Kent Theisse
The University of Minnesota recently reported that the median net farm income for southern and western Minnesota farmers in 2020 was $102,848. It’s the highest since 2012, which was followed by seven years (2013-2019) of poor income levels in the region. The 2020 net farm income levels in that...
George Bonnema
I hope you have noticed the beautiful lavender flowers of the rhododendron shrubs that have been blooming for the last two weeks. The variety is PJM, and these rhododendrons are broad-leaf evergreens, meaning that they do not drop their leaves in winter. This rhododendron grows to about 3 feet tall...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in The Rock County Star-Herald on Jan. 19, 1950.   New Café To Open In Beaver Creek   “The Beaver Café” Will Hold Formal Opening Jan. 25   Geo. Schultz  and C. L. Gray, Sioux Falls Man, Owners, Announce Business Staff Formal opening of the new Beaver Creek will be held next...
Troy Christianson
Question: Are you seeing increased speed more in the metro or Greater Minnesota? And are those increased speeds on the highway or the city streets?  Answer: The Minnesota State Patrol is seeing increased speeds across the state. Whether you live in the metro or Greater Minnesota, excessive speeds...
Mavis Fodness
In the past year I’ve struggled with feelings of uncertainty, unanswered questions and an overwhelming cascade of local, state and federal happenings that have left my brain — well — foggy. Last week, Minnesota Public Radio aired a segment about exactly what I’ve been feeling. Apparently, mental...
Scott Rall
What time is it? It is food plot time. Conservation work is kind of like the fashion industry; you are always working about two seasons ahead. You do fall work to prepare burn breaks for the spring burning season. You plant food plots now in order for wildlife to have a food source three seasons...
George Bonnema
Seems that our weather has kept us guessing, and that includes the weather forecasters. We go from no frost in the 15-day outlook to a pretty definite light frost sneaking in the mix. Our average last frost date is May 15. To get an average, some years that last date is earlier and some years it is...
Betty Mann
“Generous hearted Rock countians came through in grand style for the annual Sister Kenny Fund Drive,” said Elmer Piepgras, Rock county drive chairman. When the campaign for funds closed last Thursday, donations totaling $3,505.51 had been turned in. This is more than double the quota assigned to...
Rick Peterson
Mary and I spent a couple of days in Des Moines recently for a family gathering, and from there we drove to Redwood Falls for our grandson’s confirmation. We were a couple of hours into our trip when we pulled into a Kwik Star gas station. For whatever reason, what we know as Kwik Trips in...
Lori Sorenson
There’s a reason music therapy is popular in nursing homes. Songs have a way of stirring memories that carry us back in time, often to happy moments of our youth. Today’s 85-year-olds still enjoy the “big band” sounds that they once danced to, and 75-year-olds may smile to hear Elvis Presley or...

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