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With three weeks to go in the regular season, I’m interested to see how the remaining schedules play out for three area girls’ basketball teams. Wins have not exactly been piling up for the Luverne, Adrian and Ellsworth programs this winter, but there are times when the statistics can be misleading...
A Luverne High School senior made history at the Blue Mound Ice Arena Jan. 19. Senior Makayla Sterrett became the all-time leading point-producer during the course of a thrilling come-from-behind win over the Marshall Tigers that evening. Needing two points to surpass her first cousin, 2005 LHS...
Troy Christianson
Question:  I encountered a funeral procession along a two-lane highway (no roads entering this section of highway) and the lead funeral home vehicle had a light bar on the dash flashing an alternating red and blue light. Everyone on the highway going opposite the procession pulled over to the...
Rock County Opportunities Inc. clients and staff toured the Rock County Star Herald office in Luverne Wednesday, Jan. 20, to meet the news and production crew. They were photographed and interviewed and saw how a news story develops from a conversation into a headlined article on a page. Pictured are (front, from left) Eleanor Dicks, Casey Van Engelenhoven, (back) Nate Schloendorf and Arielle Carlson.
Newspaper offices were at one time fascinating places to visit — with noisy presses, oversized rolls of paper and ink by the barrel. In my time at the Star Herald, we’ve never printed on our own presses, but there were lots of other interesting things to see and do. Tourists were photographed at...
The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on November 2, 1923:   PLANS FOR RED CROSS ROLL CALL PERFECTED   House-to-house Canvass to be Made in Luverne Sunday, Nov. 11th, From 2 to 4 p.m.   At a meeting called Monday evening by Dr. C. O. Wright, as county chairman for the seventh annual Red...
Mavis Fodness
My last consumption of a can of pop was 687 days ago. That’s one year, 10 months, 16 days — or since March 5, 2014. A month prior to that day I had my first (and hopefully last) experience with a kidney stone. Doctors cited pop as the culprit for the mineral buildup and gave me the advice to give...
Rick Peterson
Did you notice the funds in your checking account seem to be coming up short this month? Sure, the depleted checking account might be the result of overzealous Christmas shopping, but in my case, and for many of you that I talked to, shortages of $250 to $500 seem to be the norm due to the new...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on August 24, 1923:   FLAMING K.K.K. CROSSES MAKE WEIRD SCENES   Tourist Organizer of Ku Klux Klan or Local Wags Burn Two Emblems of the Order   Luverne’s first introduction to what might be termed a ceremonial of the Ku Klux Klan was given Friday...
The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on December 21, 1923:   U. S. AND GERMANY RENEW MONEY ORDER EXCHANGE   Under arrangements completed by the two governments, beginning November 1st, there again will be an exchange of money orders by the postal systems of the United States and Germany...
Future Minnesota Vikings fan Kingston Woods anticipates, but is denied, a spoonful of cheese dip during Sunday's game.
Heartbreak is not new to Vikings fans. Heartbreak is what we expect. So when the Vikings led for most of last Sunday’s playoff game only to lose by missing a field goal in the last few seconds — Vikings fans were not surprised. We are the kind of people who maintain low expectations so as to avoid...

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