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The place he calls home for six months out of the year may have changed, but the goal remains the same for 2016 Luverne High School graduate Chaz Smedsrud. A standout player for the LHS boys’ hockey program during his high school days, Smedsrud always harbored a dream of playing college hockey at...
Season of Thanksgiving This year, readers, I’m thankful you read my column The season of Thanksgiving — and thankfulness — is upon us, to be followed shortly by the Season of Giving, which presumably adds up to one lump sum of Happy Holidays. Which can be overwhelming. Most all of us, if we’re...
It’s that time of the year again to give thanks for so many of the things we take for granted. When was the last time you flipped a light switch and said “thanks” when the lights came on? Just think about all the things around the house we never give a second thought to until they don’t work. There...
The following appeared in the Rock County Star Herald on April 12, 1962.   $1.25 Million Industry to Locate Here   Premium Packing Co. Plans To Employ About 75 Persons   A $900,000 dressed beef plant will be constructed three-quarters of a mile west of Luverne this summer in the largest single...
Do you vote yes or no? Should Luverne build its identity around the nutcracker collection currently housed in the county’s new history museum? The answer to this question has resulted in vibrant discussion on the Luverne Area Chatter Facebook page with many people saying, “yes, the collection is...
The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on January 30, 1947.   Enlistments In National Guard Will Begin Here Saturday Night   Drills Will Bring $2.50 Per Night For Privates, Capt. Tollefson States.   Enlistments will be accepted Saturday evening for the first time in the new national...
Two individuals who played key roles in Luverne’s volleyball resurgence this fall reaped the benefits of their efforts last week. Both first-year head coach Susan Bork and standout senior Alexis Ferrell received some prestigious awards for their contributions to Luverne’s 20-win season. It was a...
When I grow up, I’m going to tend a garden. I’ll work the black dirt, breathe in the earthy air and revel in the promise of a new growing season. I’ll diligently combat birds, bugs and weeds, and the garden hose will be on hand for when and where it’s needed. I’ll serve corn on the cob, crisp...
Last week Warren Herreid was laid to rest, and so many of you knew him far longer than I did. I can’t really remember how our paths crossed just 13 years ago, but for some reason he recruited me to chair the committee to raise funds for the perpetual care of the Rock County Veterans Memorial. The...
Jan. 4, 1940, Rock County Star:   Early Morning Blaze Causes $40,000.00 Damage to St. Catherine Catholic Church   About $30,000 Insurance No definite information was available but Father Matthews stated that between $25,000 and $30,000 insurance was carried on the building. The fire, accordingly,...

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