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  • By RIck Peterson, general manager
    April 10, 2024
    My wife, daughter and granddaughters, not to mention a couple of Star Herald staff members, are sporting permanent bracelets these days. Personally, I had never heard of such a thing until just recently. Apparently, a permanent bracelet is just that – permanent. Go figure. If you’re in the dark on this like I was, let me clue you in on how this works. In my case, our daughter made an…
  • By RIck Peterson, general manager
    March 27, 2024
    Last month, February had an extra day, yet it always is the shortest month every year. March has its regular complement of 31 days as always, but for some reason it seems to have gone on forever. One thought as to why March seems to never end this year is because we’ve had a hint of four different seasons the last four weeks. Sub-freezing temps followed by mid-summer temps. Throw in a touch of…
  • By RIck Peterson, general manager
    March 13, 2024
    From the cheap seats over the weekend I experienced the agony of defeat and the thrill of victory. Believe it or not, the agony and thrill happened in the same game. Like most of the country, I have become a fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes and Caitlin Clark. I was going to watch the Sunday Big 10 Championship game from my cheap seat in the garage. Not realizing the game was slated to start at 11 a.m…
  • By RIck Peterson, general manager
    February 28, 2024
    Every four years Feb. 29 shows up on the calendar, and for some it’s their birthday. To those folks I say, “Happy Birthday.” For me and thousands of pheasant hunting enthusiasts, it means it’s Sioux Falls’ turn to host the Annual Pheasant Fest. This year’s event kicks off on Friday for three days of all things pheasant hunting. There is literally something for everyone. Over 400 exhibitors will…
  • By RIck Peterson, general manager
    February 14, 2024
    Every time something about the world’s largest nutcracker coming to Luverne is published in the paper or on Facebook the anti-nutcracker folks seem compelled to voice their concerns. Earlier this month it was Groundhog Day, and I can only imagine the local naysayers from Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, when they heard about the idea of Groundhog Day. I can’t help but imagine the conversation at the…
  • By Rick Peterson, general manager
    January 31, 2024
    The local Kwik Trip should be opening soon and is highly anticipated by many of the locals. I have to admit watching the Kwik Trip construction project over the last nine months has been impressive. From start to finish it seemed to be a well-orchestrated effort. My first experience with the Kwik Trip was really at a Kwik Star along I-35 in central Iowa on our way to visit our daughter in Des…
  • By RIck Peterson, general manager
    January 17, 2024
    Over a very short period of time, Luverne lost three great men. I extend my sympathy to the families of George “the flower guy” Bonnema, Dave “the pilot dentist” Paquette, and Elmer “the coach” Menage. It was the summer of 1975 when I first met coach Elmer Menage. Coach Menage was selected to be one of the coaches, and I was selected as one of the players for the second annual North-South…
  • By Rick Peterson, general manager
    January 10, 2024
    Over the holiday weekend we did a little cupboard cleaning at the Peterson household. By that I mean down-sizing the number of pots, pans, coffee cups, thermo beverage containers and just about anything else that hasn’t seen the light of day for some time. While doing so, we would run across some things we forgot we even had – or what they were, in a couple of cases. I must say it was quite…
  • By RIck Peterson, general manager
    December 27, 2023
    I started writing this column before we had our office potluck Christmas party over the lunch hour in the office. There are only 10 of us, but we had enough food for twice that number. There are some very accomplished cooks among us. About the only one that may lack in the culinary experience department might be Wyatt, our sales associate. Wyatt took the bold approach and volunteered to make…
  • By RIck Peterson, general manager
    December 13, 2023
    Mary and I spend a fair amount of time driving around town after dark checking out the Christmas decorations. Frankly, the city park has never looked better. It’s just another example of Luverne doing it right. The gigantic inflatable Santa recently went up at the home on the corner of Highway 75 and Dodge Street, and it’s a perfect spot for him. It’s like he’s out there saying, “Merry Christmas…
  • By RIck Peterson, general manager
    November 29, 2023
  • By RIck Peterson, general manager
    November 15, 2023
    I misplaced my phone the other day, and you won’t believe where I found it. I’ll give you a couple of hints. I was using the phone as a flashlight, so think dark space … or in this case, a dimly lighted space. Hint No. 2: I was working in the back garage at the office. Hint No. 3: I had completely covered up the phone so you couldn’t see it without uncovering it. Hint No. 4: After covering up…
  • By Rick Peterson, general manager
    November 01, 2023
    So on most Monday mornings around our office, conversation usually starts with “Did you have a nice weekend?” Oftentimes the response is based on the weekend weather or maybe how the Vikings did. This past weekend the weather wasn’t all that great, and while the Vikings won, they lost their quarterback for the season. My weekend, however, based on weather and football was nothing short of…
  • By Rick Peterson, general manager
    October 18, 2023
    It’s funny how everything has changed. Some things you thought would never change – yet they did. Case in point, the pumpkin. Used to be one color choice – orange. Then the white pumpkin crept into the fold, and now you have a regular buffet of pumpkin colors to choose from. While I am not an expert of pumpkins, I am not sure if all the pumpkins on our front porch ARE pumpkins or if they’re…
  • By Rick Peterson, general manager
    September 20, 2023
    A recent column of mine was about how I enjoy looking for things other people have lost. A couple of Saturdays ago, while Mary and I, along with Gilbert, the dog, were on a Ranger ride, I got a phone call. The call was from a frazzled mother from Redwood Falls. She explained that her son had been in Luverne most of that day for a cross country meet and had left his iPhone somewhere on the…
  • By RIck Peterson, general manager
    September 06, 2023
    I don’t know if you believe in coincidences, but here is proof they do happen from time to time. Last week Mary and I happened to be at the horse races in Des Moines, Iowa. So the Monday morning office conversation centered around horse racing. During the conversation I asked if anyone knew the distance of a furlong. Not sure why, but at the time nobody googled it, so the furlong question went…
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