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Workers prepare footings for the walk-in cooler and freezer on the east side of the former Grand Prairie Events building, future Generations home.
Generations purchased the Grand Prairie Events building last summer, and the east side of the building has been under construction with a February move-in date. According to Generations president George Bonnema, the project has been affected by supply-chain delays and other pandemic-related hurdles...
Water seepage along the tunnel connecting the Rock County Veterans Memorial Building with the Rock County Courthouse was first noticed outside the Herreid Conference Room, where the county commissioners meet twice a month. Previous repairs to the drywall and ceiling tile proved fruitless as water continues to penetrate the tunnel’s membrane. The tunnel will be uncovered and relined this summer in a $250,000 project, which is paid through a donation by the K.A.H.R. Foundation.
Rock County Commissioners recently accepted a $250,000 donation to fix leaks in the county courthouse tunnel. The underground tunnel connects the Rock County Veterans Memorial Building with the courthouse. Water has been infiltrating the membrane-lined tunnel and damaging the interior walls and...
Next Era Energy hosted a stakeholders dinner meeting Thursday, Jan. 13, in Beaver Creek to update landowners, organizations and government leaders about the Walleye Wind Farm construction in western Rock County this year. Project developer Mike Weich reviewed the project timeline for nearly 100...
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...
Public Health officials caution that the likelihood of getting the virus increases as the case rate rises in Rock County. Jason Kloss with Southwest Minnesota Health and Human Services said Tuesday the latest spike in Rock County is likely due to the spread of the omicron variant. “We urge the...
Rock County Commissioners will meet Tuesday, Jan. 25, to finalize the county’s largest general obligation bond sale to date. The $4.5 million is for capital improvements in the courthouse and the health and human services building, primarily for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems....
Rory Melissa Christians became the first baby born in 2022 at Sanford Luverne when she arrived at 6:08 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4. She weighed in at 8 pounds, 14 ounces and was 21 inches long. She is the first child born to Duane and Devyn Christians of Wilmont. Grandparents are Dave and Judy Christians...
Members of the Luverne High School Robotics team (from left, Zander Carbonneau, Pierce Cunningham, Parker Carbonneau and Burke Johnson) demonstrate the capabilities of the team’s two robots Jan. 8 during Parents Demonstration Day in the lower level of the school.
The team kicked off the 2022 competitive season Sunday in Burnsville. Catch up with the school’s two robotics teams in an update in next week’s Star Herald.
Junior Kamryn Van Batavia (center) reached a rare milestone of 200 career points Friday during the game with Breckenridge-Wahpeton at the Blue Mound Ice Arena. Celebrating with her are (from left) Kully Sandbulte, Hobey Sandbulte, Krosby Sandbulte, Eddie Edstrom, Tenlee Pick, Mallorie Edstrom, Macie Edstrom, Hazel Mollberg, Sydnie and Sadie Gacke.
The Luverne Cardinals improved their girls’ hockey record to 16-1 with a pair of wins this past week. They traveled to Fairmont for an 8-2 win Tuesday, Jan. 4, before returning home Friday to beat Wahpeton-Breckenridge 9-1.   Luverne 8, Fairmont 2 It took a little time to get the Luverne girls...
Kristi (left), Tyson, Matt and Rex Metzger recently donated their great-great-grandfather’s buggy to McCrossan Boys Ranch in Sioux Falls. They’re children of Ray and Kathy Metzger, formerly of Hills, and they received the vintage buggy from Kathy’s father, Rex Leubecher, Sioux Falls.
A piece of Metzger family history found a new home at McCrossan Boys Ranch, Sioux Falls, where a 150-year-old horse-drawn buggy was donated last month. It originally belonged to Kathy Metzger’s great-grandparents, George and Augusta Leubecher, who homesteaded the farm where Kathy’s late father, Rex...

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