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  • By Brenda Winter, columnist
    April 04, 2023
    Like most of you, I have an opinion about the proposed 75-foot-tall plastic nutcracker intended to enhance tourism by drawing travelers off I-90. My opinion is, “Not in my back yard!” However, I live on the north end of Luverne and the nutcracker will be on the south end of Luverne, so it won’t be in my backyard. Therefore, I’m good with the whole plan. I’ve learned a great coping skill from my…
  • By Rick Peterson, general manager
    April 04, 2023
    Don’t know about you, but I am ready for baseball, track, golf, tennis and some softball. Our high school spring sports preview section is in today’s paper. Right out of the starting blocks, many of the scheduled games and events have been rescheduled because of winter hangover. The problem with postponing spring games is that the window to reschedule them is so short. Compounding that problem…
  • By Betty Mann, Rock County Historian
    April 04, 2023
    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 Sept. 9, 1943. (Continued from last week’s Star Herald.) Emma Hamann worked hard for her salary, though, for her job meant getting up at 5 a.m. in…
  • By Lori Sorenson, editor
    March 28, 2023
    It’s been said that for every tragedy there is a miracle to make up for it somewhere else. I don’t know who says this or if it actually happens, but I hope it’s true. Sometimes in grief after tragedy, hope is all we have. … Well, that and prayer. Lots of prayer. … By lots of good people who have been very good to us. In the days and months following the Sept. 13, 2022, death of our Carson, many…
  • By Mavis Fodness, reporter
    March 21, 2023
    As the weekly blizzards keep bearing down on Rock County this winter, the library is providing me with some needed sunshine. Thank goodness for an electronic connection to the Plum Creek Library System. I haven’t needed to worry about not having a good book available, and with road closures being a weekly occurrence, there’s no stress of returning books on time. The easy access is much…
  • By George Bonnema, Luverne Horticulturalist
    March 21, 2023
    I, as well as many of you, am getting weary of winter. The lengthening hours of daylight and warmth of the sun on the days we see it are encouraging. A road trip to Sioux Center yesterday (Sunday) to visit a relative showed lots of open ground, a sharp contrast to our white landscape and the snow-piled road ditches. My therapy this week is to go and cut a few branches of pussy willow, apricot and…
  • By Brenda Winter, columnist
    February 21, 2023
    Many of you may recall elderly goofball sisters of the stage Marlene and Darlene from Leota, Minnesota. Over the years, the pair have attempted to save the Luverne Senior Citizens Center (now Generations) from certain demise. Always the pessimist, Marlene believes the end of the senior center is at hand and it’s her job to keep the doors open. Darlene thinks there are simply not enough single men…
  • By Rick Peterson, general manager
    February 21, 2023
    You probably are aware that the first attempt at the Luverne Leap fundraiser for the Luverne Area Community Foundation was a huge success. With the help of event sponsors, the 29 jumpers were able to raise $23,000 for the Foundation’s general grant fund. As a first-time jumper into the icy waters at The Lake, I have to tell you it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Truth be told, the days…
  • By Betty Mann, president, Rock County Historian
    February 21, 2023
    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 Aug. 5, 1943. (continuation of the interview with Jacob Wahlert of Luverne) Two of his brothers left home before he did, and came to this country,…
  • By Scott Rall, outdoors columnist
    February 21, 2023
    The 2023 legislative session in Minnesota is underway. They have many items on their plate this session, and the one that will get the most attention is what to do with the many billion-dollar surplus the state has from the Recovering America Act that sent billions to the states. Unfortunately, this multi-billion dollars of federal money was borrowed and was added to the national debt of over 34…
  • By Lori Sorenson, editor
    February 14, 2023
    In addition to journalism and survival skills, college taught me the harsh consequences of a sedentary lifestyle and reckless diet. Late night homework with Cheetos, on-demand cafeteria soft-serve and weekend beer and pizza sent me home in sweatpants after my first spring semester. Fortunately, a 20-something metabolism and occasional three-milers on the gravel road near Kenneth took care of the…
  • By Scott Rall, outdoors columnist
    February 07, 2023
    I just got back from a few days in northeast South Dakota from a pike spearing trip. I had been to the location last year, and the group I was with had probably the best spearing trip they will ever have. There were large numbers of pike, and the average size was very good. I am not the kind of spear anger may other folks are. I think that once you have speared a pike in the 40–42-inch range,…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    February 07, 2023
    The calendar’s turned to February, marking a month into 2023 and those New Year’s resolutions I wrote in pencil. Instead of erasing those words of what I intended to do this year, I’ve embraced those goals. I vowed to be more active and not to say “no” to a physical challenge. With the resolution in mind, I picked up a bowling ball Saturday for the first time in years and competed against my…
  • By Betty Mann, Rock County Historian
    February 07, 2023
    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 July 29, 1943. This article is continued from last week. That fall, Mr. (Theodore) Lemke was helping his father plow. The place they were working was…
  • By Brenda Winter, columnist
    January 31, 2023
    The other girls recoiled in horror when Great Grandpa Gerald pulled back the plywood cover on his basement-based worm farm, but five-year-old Lillian leaned in, which is why she received a worm farm for Christmas. Grandpa’s worm farm is contained in a 100-gallon stock tank and holds several thousand worms. Lillian’s worm farm is far smaller than Grandpa’s. It’s not a stock tank, or even a 5-…
  • By Sgt. Troy Christianson, Minnesota Highway Patrol
    January 31, 2023
    Question: I was wondering if you are stopped at a stoplight in the left turn lane and an emergency vehicle with lights and sirens comes in behind you (either in the turn lane or the lane to your right), what is the proper procedure? Thank you! Answer: When it comes to encountering emergency vehicles while stopped at a stoplight and the only place to move is the actual intersection, it is best to…
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