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Southwest Minnesota CEO students Mia Wenzel and Wyatt Decker hold tickets for the first of two class events called “Souper” Supper. The events take place this Saturday in Pipestone and Jan. 31 in Beaver Creek.
Students in this year’s CEO class are attempting to make supper a little more “souper.” The 14 students enrolled in the 2020-21 Creating Entrepreneur Opportunities are planning two “Souper” Suppers as a fundraiser for the program.
Luverne artist Mary Petersen talks about the six mini murals she designed and painted in the stairway to the Linda Dummer Costume Shop. The murals honor Dummer, a former Green Earth Player board member and avid supporter of the amateur theater group, who died in April 2019.
A visual tribute to a longtime Green Earth Players supporter now greets anyone entering the organization’s basement costume storage area.
Contractors removed the plastic covering from the front of the new commons and entry at Luverne Middle School-High School this week. As a state project, the $30 million renovation and remodel does not factor in Luverne’s building permits, nor does it contribute to Luverne tax base.
Southwest Minnesota CEO students Mia Wenzel and Wyatt Decker hold tickets for the first of two class events called “Souper” Supper. The events take place this Saturday in Pipestone and Jan. 31 in Beaver Creek.
Members of the Luverne Police Department in 1997 included Holly Emslander, Gerry Vorderbruggen, Brad  Berning, Mike Winkels, Police Chief Keith Aanenson, Jason Aanenson, Jim Sandstede and Lon Remme. This Star Herald photograph was taken in December 1997 just before the Police Department and Rock County Sheriff’s Office joined under the Sheriff’s Office.
Luverne artist Mary Petersen talks about the six mini murals she designed and painted in the stairway to the Linda Dummer Costume Shop. The murals honor Dummer, a former Green Earth Player board member and avid supporter of the amateur theater group, who died in April 2019.
Brennen Rupp photo/0121 Luverne GBB photo Brooklynn Ver Steeg attempts a shot in the paint during Luverne's home game against Jackson County Central on Saturday, Jan. 16.
Hills-Beaver Creek’s Oliver Deelstra drives to the basket during the Patriots’ season-opening game against Southwest Minnesota Christian on Saturday, Jan. 16.

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Contractors removed the plastic covering from the front of the new commons and entry at Luverne Middle School-High School this week. As a state project, the $30 million renovation and remodel does not factor in Luverne’s building permits, nor does it contribute to Luverne tax base.
A good way to measure growth over time is to track the number of building permits issued for construction. Luverne building official Chad McClure compiled numbers for 2020, when he issued 197 permits valued at $9.8 million.  Of those, six were single-family home construction valued at $1,245,228,...
Southwest Minnesota CEO students Mia Wenzel and Wyatt Decker hold tickets for the first of two class events called “Souper” Supper. The events take place this Saturday in Pipestone and Jan. 31 in Beaver Creek.
Students in this year’s CEO class are attempting to make supper a little more “souper.” The 14 students enrolled in the 2020-21 Creating Entrepreneur Opportunities are planning two “Souper” Suppers as a fundraiser for the program. A portion of the funds will support the individual businesses...
Members of the Luverne Police Department in 1997 included Holly Emslander, Gerry Vorderbruggen, Brad  Berning, Mike Winkels, Police Chief Keith Aanenson, Jason Aanenson, Jim Sandstede and Lon Remme. This Star Herald photograph was taken in December 1997 just before the Police Department and Rock County Sheriff’s Office joined under the Sheriff’s Office.
Keith Aanenson is perhaps best remembered as Luverne’s final police chief before the city of Luverne and Rock County formed a joint law enforcement department in 1998. Aanenson was born and grew up in Rock County and started his career in April 1967 when the Luverne Police Department still operated...
As COVID-19 vaccine doses reach Rock County, more residents are being inoculated against the highly contagious and often deadly disease.  According to local public health officials, in Rock County 472 people have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.  Of these, 81 people have received...
The Luverne City Council set a price of $529,900 on the recently acquired Lopau property on the west edge of town. Last fall the city purchased 10 acres of land from Lynn Lopau to develop for future housing. The city paid $475,000 for the house, garage and two acres, and $186,500 for the rest of the eight acres, including two outbuildings.
The Luverne City Council went into executive session Jan. 12 to set a price of $529,900 on the recently acquired property on the west edge of town. Last fall the city purchased 10 acres of land from Lynn Lopau to develop for future housing. The city paid $475,000 for the house, garage and two acres...
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide additional assistance through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), expanding eligibility for some agricultural producers and commodities as well as updating payments to accurately...
At the Jan. 12 City Council meeting, City Administrator Call administered the oath of office to Mayor Re-Elect Patrick Baustian (left), who then swore in Council Member Re-Elect Dan Nath (right) and Council Member Elect Scott Viessman. 
Hills City Clerk Connie Wiertzema (center, left) delivers the oaths of office at the group’s first meeting of 2021 on Jan. 12 to council member Ross Metzger (far left), Mayor Keith Elbers (center, right) and council member Stacen Burgers. Metzger and Elbers were re-elected to their positions and...
More aggregate and gravel were removed from Rock County in 2020 than ever before, topping the 10-year high recorded last year. Rock County Auditor-Treasurer Ashley Kurtz released the amounts Jan. 5. The $189,969 collected is based on the reports submitted by the 12 permitted operators in Rock...
Luverne artist Mary Petersen talks about the six mini murals she designed and painted in the stairway to the Linda Dummer Costume Shop. The murals honor Dummer, a former Green Earth Player board member and avid supporter of the amateur theater group, who died in April 2019.
A visual tribute to a longtime Green Earth Players supporter now greets anyone entering the organization’s basement costume storage area. Lining the walls to the basement are six mini murals featuring six of the GEP’s productions that Linda Dummer helped bring to the stage. Artist Mary Petersen...

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