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It won’t be long until the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources releases their August roadside counts.  Just what are these reports and why are they important? Since about 1954 the DNR has conducted roadside counts primarily to count pheasants. They have individuals from all over the pheasant...
With pedestrian walkways prevalent around the city of Luverne, West Warren Street falls short and as a result pedestrian visitors are forced to use the roadway to get to Maplewood Cemetery.
So far after 15 days into the hands-free cellphone while driving era I have had only one near violation. I will admit that more than a few times after my phone rings or pings, I have made the motion to pick it up but resisted it. I suspect the hands-free law will take some time before compliance is...
Jason Berghorst
It may only be August, but I’ve decided to make a wish list. Instead of a Christmas list, however, I’m writing a wish list for Luverne. My guess is many local readers have found themselves saying, “I wish Luverne … ,” so I thought I’d turn my thoughts about that into a column. Luverne already has...
George Bonnema
My trees are dying!!!! I’ve had a few people question the leaf loss of their trees, and most often the trees they are alarmed about are flowering crab trees. This year is exceptional for infection of a fungal disease called scab. The infection starts mid spring, and the first symptom is a black...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in the Rock County Star Herald on July 8, 1965.   Weather Slows Work On County Highway Projects   Maintenance Work Behind Schedule, Too          The county highway department’s 1965 road building program is being delayed by wet weather, County Engineer Julius Brown said...
As much as I was looking forward to the prospect, history will not be made at the Luverne Country Club Sunday. The LCC will be the site of the 81st Men’s Club Tournament on Saturday and Sunday. It’s an event that has proved to be one of my favorite to cover during the summer months, largely because...
Mavis Fodness
Sometimes a little hope is found floating amid a sea of sadness. For Luverne native Abby Lange, that hope came June 26 when she helped a woman deliver a healthy baby boy. Abby works as a paramedic with Ringdahl Ambulance in Fergus Falls. The unexpected delivery was the result of a 5 a.m. emergency...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in the Rock County Star Herald on July 1, 1965.   TALK ABOUT A WET SPRING- She Pumps Water Every Morning At 3 A. M. To Keep Well From Getting Too Full          “It’s the absolute truth,” says Mrs. Elsie Herschberger, Kenneth.          “It’s been so wet this spring that I have...
As a sports editor here in Luverne for the past 33 years, I’ve witnessed a number of performances that I’ll never forget. Courtesy of Andrew DeBoer, I can add another outstanding effort to that long list. On July 29 the Luverne Redbirds faced a win-or-be-eliminated situation when they squared off...
Troy Christianson
Question: With the upcoming new hands-free law that is effective August 1, can a teen that is under 18 years old and has a driver’s permit or provisional driver’s license use their phone in hands-free mode? Answer: The new hands-free law does not change anything for teens under 18 with a driver’s...

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