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Lori Sorenson
The college kid is back on campus, and while he’s four hours from home, we’re only a text message apart (or cell phone call if there’s a real emergency). So heading back to college doesn’t carry the weight of “good-bye” that my college days did. I had a dorm phone on the wall that placed calls to...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on December 26, 1924:   SHUT-DOWN AT POWER PLANT TODAY AND TONIGHT   No Electric Lights Or Power Will be Furnished for 24 Hours – Water and heat as Usual   Luverne will be without electric lights and power all of today, all of tonight and a part of...
The 2016 fall sports season should include success for a number of teams from the Star Herald coverage area. After conducting preseason interviews with the coaches, I believe good things are in store for local teams in cross country, football and volleyball. While Adrian returns an individual state...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on December 19, 1924:   C.E. OLDER, PIONEER, PAYS TRIBUTE TO C.O. HAWES   Recalls That He Was the Last of Several Young Men Who Went to His School in 1871-72.   “It is with profound regret and sorrow that I hear of the death of C. O. Hawes, who had...
George Bonnema
Hard as it is to believe and still harder to accept, next week will be Labor Day and that is the end of summer. I enjoy autumn but still regret summer’s exit … so on we go from here. I want you to stop feeding any shrubs, roses or trees for this season. We want the growth that is there to mature,...
It was 10 years ago when the Ellsworth boys’ basketball program put together an impressive run that may never be duplicated in our corner of the state. From 2006-09, the Panthers made four consecutive appearances at the Minnesota State Class A Basketball Tournament that yielded two state...
The summer of 2016 officially came to an end for me last Thursday. With a full slate of fall sports preview photos and interviews scheduled beginning Monday, what I was hoping to be a couple of fun-filled days in Fergus Falls for VFW baseball followed by a pair of club tournaments at the LCC on...
Rick Peterson
Rock River Beerfest is this Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Blue Mound Ice Area. If you buy a ticket for the event before Saturday, you can save yourself five bucks. Advance tickets are $25 and available at the Luverne Chamber office, Take 16 and the Blue Mound Liquor Store here in Luverne. Time...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on July 18, 1924:   ROCK COUNTY AS IT WAS FIFTY YEARS AGO   The ill-fated year 1873 began with the most violent storm in the history of the state from the time of the first settlement to the present date. For three days beginning January 7th, the...
Betty Mann
In November 1867, Mr. Hawes brought with him John Lietze and family who were to maintain a stopping place, or half-way place, as it was called on the mail route. Although both the Estey and Lietze families spent the winter of 1867-68 on the Rock river within ten miles of each other, neither knew of...

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