2020

Blake Wysong (left) receives a plaque and words of gratitude during his last official Hills-Beaver Creek School Board meeting on Dec. 28 from Board Chairman Arlyn Gehrke. Wysong served one four-year term and chose to retire. “Thank you for your service and dedication to the Hills-Beaver Creek...
Dispatch report Dec. 25 •Complainant on E. Oakland Avenue reported theft from a vehicle. •Dispatch reported phone outage. •Complainant on 115th Street reported a water issue. •Complainant on S. Elizabeth Street, Hills, reported a suspicious phone call. •Complainant reported water outage. Dec. 26 •...
In just over a year in operating Vinnie’s Dang Fine Dine in Luverne, owner Leroy Austin was selected by area residents as the winner of the recent “We Love Pork” challenge. Austin’s entry also earned the trophy for this year’s “We Love Beef” challenge.
Vinnie’s Dang Fine Dine owner Leroy Austin became a double winner last week when the Luverne Area Chamber honored the Luverne restaurant with the “We Love Pork” challenge trophy. In September customers voted Austin as the “We Love Beef” burger battle winner. “The response to our two dishes and how...
This year in Rock County started out in the usual way with local headlines about business developments and school activities and the annual fishing derby at The Lake. But after March, there isn’t one Star Herald edition untouched by news relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. It started abruptly with...
After several weeks of brown winter conditions, a Dec. 23 blizzard delivered a white Christmas for much of the region, leaving several inches of snow in its wake. Along with the snow, the storm brought high winds, with gusts up to 70 mph, causing driving conditions to deteriorate rapidly Wednesday...
The Star Herald news writers each year at the end of December consider and recap top stories that filled the pages throughout the year. We thought 2019 was a rough year, with a continued depressed farm economy, destructive flooding and tru Shrimp’s broken promise of a $100 million development. We...
Dispatch report Dec. 18 •Complainant on 171st Street, Luverne, reported a break-in. •Complainant eastbound on 243rd Street, South Dakota, reported a pursuit. •Complainant eastbound on 41st Street, Ihlen, reported a pursuit. •Complainant on 181st Street, from Highway 23 to the South Dakota border...
Colleen Deutsch is retiring from the Luverne School Board after 20 years. She leaves as the district completes a remodel of the middle-high school building and construction of a new commons and performing arts center on the school campus.
The Dec. 17 school board meeting was the last for Colleen Deutsch, who retired after 20 years in district leadership. “Timing was good and we had others interested who have children in the district,” Deutsch said. “I’ve really enjoyed my time on the board.” Deutsch was elected to her first term on...
The year 2020 will likely have its own history textbook when it’s taught in school. It was a year that started just like any other, then the COVID-19 virus hit in March and everything changed. The pandemic hit the sports world in the United States on March 11 when the NBA shut down operations. It...
November 2019 Nov. 5: Helen Krogmann, 89, Luverne.   December 2019 Dec. 14: David Jauert, 70, Duluth. Dec. 20: Donald Schellhouse, 76, Sturgis, S.D. Dec. 21: Dick Van Hofwegen, 91, Hardwick. Dec. 23: Nona Walter, 92, Brandon, S.D. Dec. 29: Bryan Boelman, 62, Sioux Falls, S.D. Dec. 31: Betty Cashin...

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