Hardwick

Wes and Patti Pierson (front) had an “army of volunteers” help them clean up two large trees that blew over in the May 12 storm. They are (from left) Leroy Schomacker, Kyle Hemme, Paul Aukes, Darrell Hemme, Hunter Ahrendt, Jeff Ahrendt, Tony Roos, Justis Ahrendt, Shawn Blom, Peyton Blom, Gunnar Oldre, Paige Blom, Kaleb Hemme, Tori Hemme, Damien Ahrendt, Knute Oldre, Michael Halsne, Brad Ahrendt, Chad Versteeg and (not pictured) Kyle Oldre, Lowell Ahrendt, John Hemme and Keith Schmuck.
Two large pine trees blew down between the house and garage at Wes and Patti Pierson’s home in Hardwick during the May 12 storm. They contacted Rock County Emergency Management Director Kyle Oldre about possible FEMA support but learned there wasn’t funding available. The couple had to leave their...
Frederick "Bill" Claussen
Frederick William “Bill” Claussen, 80, Staples, formerly of Hardwick, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022, at Reflections at Lakewood Health Systems in Staples. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 7, at Zion Lutheran Church in Hardwick, with visitation one hour prior to the service at the...
Dan Kindt
Daniel Harold Kindt, 62, of Hardwick died unexpectedly on Friday, April 22, 2022, at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 28, at Zion Lutheran Church in Hardwick. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 27,...
Betty Mann
The following article is part of the Diamond Club Member group that began in the January 7, 1943, issue of the Rock County Star Herald. Members of this group consist of persons of age 75 and older. The visit of Jesse and Frank James, two of the most noted robbers in the 1870’s, to Rock county was...
Iva Elbers
Iva Jean Elbers, 83, Luverne, died Tuesday, March 8, 2022, at the Sanford Luverne Hospice Cottage in Luverne. A funeral service was Saturday, March 12, at the First Presbyterian Church in Luverne. Burial followed at Maplewood Cemetery in Luverne. Iva Jean Wessels was born to Fred and Jennie (...
Donald Weinkauf
Donald “Wino” Weinkauf, age 66, of Hardwick, Minnesota, died peacefully on Wednesday, March 9, 2022, at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 13, 2022, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home – Luverne Chapel.  A short memorial...
Frederick Claussen
Frederick William “Bill” Claussen, age 80, of Staples, Minnesota, formerly of Hardwick, Minnesota, passed away on Tuesday, February 15, 2022, at Reflections at Lakewood Health Systems in Staples. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at the Zion Evangelical...
Jessie Wenzel
Jessie Lorraine Wenzel, 91, Luverne, formerly of Hardwick, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022, at the Sanford Luverne Hospice Cottage. A funeral service was Saturday, Feb. 19 at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hardwick with burial at Maplewood Cemetery in Luverne following the service. Jessie...
Barbara Brinkhous, 63, Hardwick, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022, under hospice care at her home. Visitation will be Wednesday, Feb. 23 from 5-7 p.m. at Rock River Community Church, rural Luverne. A funeral service will be at the church on Thursday, Feb. 24 at 1:30 p.m. with a light luncheon served...
The Green Lantern Bar and Grill (far right) was purchased by Linda and Steve DeSplinter in 2019. Because of the building’s proximity to the former KJ’s Korner Bar (the middle and far left buildings, which were joined together from the inside), upgrading the Lantern’s kitchen was difficult. The DeSplinters purchased the corner property last week, and both derelict buildings were demolished Monday.
Two derelict buildings on Hardwick’s Main Street were demolished Monday, drastically changing the historic streetscape of the town. The demolition follows the city’s role in facilitating Linda and Steve DeSplinter’s kitchen remodel in their Green Lantern Bar and Grill. The project has been hindered...

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