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Scott Rall
I promised a while back to share with you my four-part series on dog training obedience and some more advanced training that you can accomplish on your own if you choose to do so. I will start this conversation with a variety of quotes I have coined over my 25 years of training experience: •If you...
George Bonnema
We have reached the fall equinox, which means we have equal day and night hours in a 24-hour period, with the night hours getting progressively longer. Poinsettia plants understand that means it is time to initiate their flower buds. Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 is the magic time frame for that 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. The following appeared in The Rock County Herald on May 6, 1943. Of all the trips she has ever made,...
Rick Peterson
Just a quick heads up to the 38th annual Rock County Pheasants Forever banquet just around the corner. Mark Thursday, Oct. 6, on your calendar. This year’s banquet, just like last year’s, will be held at Big Top Tents and Events in Luverne. By the way, Big Top Tents and Events has become the “go to...
Jason Berghorst
My day job is teaching world history and psychology classes to high school students. Each year in the second or third week of the school year, I teach about cultural diffusion in world history. Simply put, cultural diffusion is when one group shares its ideas, technologies and/or ways of life with...
Mavis Fodness
Sunday marked six weeks since Millie and I competed in a horse show. Rain postponed one show, and the other was canceled for lack of entries. The cancelations broke a pattern of preparation I followed every two to three weeks all summer. The pattern created my relaxed frame of mind by balancing...
Sgt. Troy Christianson
Question: I have recently noticed several semi-trucks with lug nuts on their front tires that are pointed and stick out beyond the edge of the cab. I’m concerned that they could cause damage to other vehicles. Is there a law about this?     Answer:  I believe you are referring to the lug nut covers...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in The Rock County Herald on June 10, 1971. Who in the World Were Gimm and Byrne? Not everyone remembers Gimm and Byrne’s any more. There are still some, however, who do, and this writer is one of them. Now that Ohlen’s Café, which years ago was Gimm and Byrne’s, is closed,...
George Bonnema
September is the time to get your lawn in shape for winter and the next growing season. If you are a “do it yourself” person, now is when to tackle perennial weeds like dandelions and similar broadleaf weeds. Those little seedlings are busy storing nutrients in their roots so next spring they can...
Writing about dogs is my favorite subject. If you have been a reader of my column for any length of time, you can already tell this by the number of times they occupy this space. Dogs, especially hunting dogs, are a 12-month-a-year effort.  Whether it’s training a new dog or keeping the older dog...

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