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  • By Brenda Winter, columnist
    July 10, 2024
    Melvin was not really a stray cat. He was obviously a cat that someone had loved and lost or, God forbid, loved and dumped at the edge of town. I introduced him to you in April. “It was just after the Big Chill a few weeks ago that Melvin appeared by our back door.  The big orange tabby was also a few feet from death’s door. He had a cut on his face, a broken tail, a gimpy leg and hadn’t had a…
  • By Scott Rall, outdoors columnist
    July 10, 2024
    There is nothing else to talk about in southwest Minnesota except flooding. I have lived in this part of the state for 50 years and have only seen it this bad a few other times. Lives are changed and fortunes ruined. The only light at the end of this tunnel is that the waters are receding and most of the roads that were once closed are now open again. I was blown away about how fast the gravel…
  • By Jason Berghorst, reporter
    July 03, 2024
    I recently spent five days in New York City — my third trip there but my first time staying in the heart of Manhattan near Times Square.  I think few vacation destinations in the United States can be more different from Luverne than Midtown Manhattan.  The height and number of buildings. The crowds and constant rush of the people. The traffic jams and nonstop, pointless honking.  The sheer…
  • By RIck Peterson, general manager
    July 03, 2024
    When I received my annual Minnesota registration renewal notice reminder letter in the mail a couple of weeks ago, it came as no surprise. The tabs on my vehicle come due in July. My vehicle is old enough and then some to qualify for the lowest renewal fee. It wasn’t too many years ago that my tabs cost me in the $40 range, but now it’s $96.75. Well, kind of. Roughly 30 percent of the increase…
  • By Lori Sorenson, editor
    June 26, 2024
    Betty Mann, our beloved community historian, is a self-proclaimed crier. “I cry at the drop of a hat,” she says. “I cry when I’m sad, I cry when I’m glad and I cry when I’m mad.” She said if her husband encountered her in tears, he’d ask, “What is it this time?” She jokes about her tears, but as a self-proclaimed non-crier I’m a bit jealous, because I’ve learned the benefits of a good cry. I…
  • By Scott Rall, outdoors columnist
    June 26, 2024
    I went on one heck of a road trip last week. I decided to go see the world, or more precisely, a large part of the state of Minnesota. It was part adventure, part volunteer work, and part a small-paying side hustle. I am a very passionate supporter of public lands. These are often referred to as state or federal lands. I call them citizen-owned lands.  This means that every acre of a Wildlife…
  • By Mavis Fodness, reporter
    June 19, 2024
    Father’s Day meant a three-generation gathering at our Hardwick farm. There was food, an air-conditioned garage and a recently purchased jungle gym to keep the youngest generation busy. Laughs and a good meal were shared by all the families involved. Family, I’ve realized, has a myriad of definitions. A more traditional definition of family is those related by birth or marriage. Another…
  • By RIck Peterson, general manager
    June 19, 2024
    This past Sunday was Father’s Day, and I think most dads would say every day is Father’s Day. Sure, some of those days being a dad can be a bit troublesome, but for the most part every day being a dad is a good day. Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Sept. 11 (not because of 9-11) and Father’s Day are the days I think about and remember my dad the most. Memorial Day and Veterans Day were the two days…
  • June 12, 2024
    The origins of Flag Day can be traced to a resolution adopted by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1777, following a report by the special committee assigned to suggest the flag’s design. It recommended that the flag of the United States shall be of 13 stripes of alternate red and white, with a union of 13 stars of white in a blue field, representing the new constellation. Both President…
  • By Brenda Winter, columnist
    June 12, 2024
    While most mothers of the bride spend months planning a daughter’s wedding, I’ve spent months wondering if there is something I’m supposed to be doing.  Our youngest, Kate, who is getting married Aug. 31, will never be called a Bridezilla.  “She said yes to the dress” on Facebook Marketplace. She asked her (one) bridesmaid to wear “whatever.”  I’m not even sure if I’m supposed to wear a dress…
  • By Scott Rall, outdoors columnist
    June 12, 2024
    I recently spent the day in the boat with a professional fishing guide by the name of Travis Frank. You might recognize this name as he is also the host of the Pheasants Forever television show called “The Flush.” Travis is a fully jammed up guy with a schedule this 63-year-old could never manage. He works for Ron Shara Productions and hosts several shows and is involved with the production of…
  • By Jason Berghorst, reporter
    June 05, 2024
    It’s graduation season.  For me that means the end of the school year, returning to part-time summer work at the Star Herald, and graduation parties.  In my role as a high school teacher, I’m usually invited to 25 to 35 graduation open houses each year.  While it’s not possible to get to all of the events over the five consecutive weekends, I get to as many as I can.  In my 22 years of…
  • By Rick Peterson, general manager
    June 05, 2024
    When you have two people in the same household who could use a little aid in the hearing department, it can make for some trying times. If one of those two people needs a little more aid than the other, they should be the one to get the hearing aid first. So now you have a household of two people, one hearing much better, and the other one not so much. When the hearing deficiencies were on a…
  • By Scott Rall, Outdoors columnist
    June 05, 2024
    I made my annual trip up to Upper Red Lake last week, and for the first time in a very long time we caught very few fish. The main reason for the dismal catch rates was the weather. We had high winds two of the three days that we tried to fish that kept us off the water. I have an old, sturdy Alumacraft boat that has been on some pretty rough water, but even for me this was just too much. We…
  • By Lori Sorenson, editor
    May 29, 2024
    The Rock County Star Herald last week published its Class of 2024 graduation special edition. It features photographs of graduating seniors with information about their high school involvement and future plans. We enjoy putting together the annual edition because it’s a chance to be part of such an exciting and hopeful time in the lives of these students and their families. We wish them well…
  • By Scott Rall, outdoors columnist
    May 29, 2024
    I am so glad May 15 has come and gone. This date is the deadline for many of the projects I engage in for conservation purposes. When you light prescribed grassland fires for habitat regeneration, this needs to be done by May 15.  This allows the habitat interruption to take place before the onset of the primary nesting season. The same is true for mowing newly planted CRP acres. These are…
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