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Rich Opsata slides forks under the generator he refurbished In October 2019 for the Ambassador International University in Zambia, Africa.
A small college community in Zambia, Africa, continues to expand its electrical power options, thanks in part to Rich Opsata in Luverne. A year ago in October he loaded a refurbished generator onto a trailer and drove to Orphan Grain Train in Norfolk, Nebraska. The volunteer logistics organization...
Meetings Beaver Creek Township Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday Nov. 16, at the township hall in Beaver Creek   Springwater Township Board will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, at the township hall. Battle Plain Township Board will meet 7:30 pm Monday Nov. 9, at the home of Mark Vander Pol.  ...
Meetings Grief Support Group will meet from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, starting Sept. 24, at Sanford Luverne for five weeks. Preregister at Sanford Hospice Luverne, 507-283-1805.  Library book sale starts Wednesday Friends of the Rock County Library will conduct their annual book sale beginning at...
Kim Rockman, director of Luverne’s Prairie Ally food forest, said there’s untold value in time spent outdoors and in eating fresh, locally grown foods. “Spaces like this, even though there’s not a lot of food being produced yet, it’s still just a great opportunity for people to come through and relax and watch the butterflies.”
The pear tree at Luverne’s Prairie Ally food forest is loaded with pears that are ripe for picking. On Monday they were still a bit crunchy, which is how Kim Rockman said she prefers them, but over the next several days she said they’ll be just right. “We really want the community to enjoy this,”...
Here, Kelly Schroer offers an ice cream sandwich during the drive-through event.
To thank the community for its support, Sanford clinics in Luverne, Adrian, and Edgerton hosted a drive-through event offering free summer treats this week. “The last few months have been challenging for everyone, but we are so grateful for the support the community has shown us,” said Diane...
The coronavirus pandemic is crushing economies all over the globe, as well as right here in Rock County. That’s why the Chamber and the city of Luverne are partnering with local media — the Star Herald and radio station — to launch a gift card campaign this week called #strongertogether – Rock...
To the Editor:      We want to send a huge “Thank You” to all our Rock County residents. Our American Red Cross blood drive on April 7 was an example of how our community pulls together in time of need.      A special thank you to Mike and Wanda Jarchow and their family for opening up their event...
Barb Bork consulted with daughter-in-law Annie Bork, who uses masks at Southwestern Mental Health Center, and they've arrived at one that's comfortable and relatively protective.
With increasing numbers of coronavirus cases confirmed in the region, homemade fabric masks are becoming increasingly common in grocery stores and other places of essential business.      Barb Bork of the Sewing Basket in Luverne has been helping to meet demand for fabric and supplies while also...
Rock County’s social calendar 20 years ago amounted to summer town celebrations, Tri-State Band Festival and, of course, Hot Dog Night. These were a lot of fun and offered great photo opportunities for news people. Today there’s a major event on the calendar nearly every other weekend, illustrated...
students are seeking help from the community for an upcoming class about the effects of global tariffs on local economies. “I like to look at local issues as a way to cover the content,” said government teacher David Rysdam, who is in his fourth year of teaching in Luverne. “The trade war has been...

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