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Hard-to-fill teaching positions at Luverne Public Schools may receive a salary boost under a proposed hiring strategy. Luverne Superintendent Craig Oftedahl explained that it’s difficult to fill some positions in the district due to lack of candidates. School board members Katie Baustian, Eric...
More downtown public parking will soon be available, thanks to an agreement between Rick Reed and the city of Luverne. On the agenda at Tuesday night’s council meeting was a resolution allowing the conveyance and recording of subdivided property — in this case, from Reed Motors Inc. to the city of...
Motorists are advised to pay close attention on Interstate 90 from the South Dakota border through the Beaver Creek area as traffic changes are made to accommodate the progress on the bridge work. The Travel Information Center at Beaver Creek is now closed for about two months. However, travel...
Amy Klobuchar
In Minnesota we understand the importance of a free press. It’s hard to forget in our state — Minnesotans are among the most engaged citizens in the country. Last year we again ranked first in the nation in voter turnout. Minnesotans volunteer at the second highest rate in the country. And we...
“Our local Rock County Star Herald prints the pulse of the community. In doing so, readers are informed and enlightened on positive and negative impacts of news happening in our area. Thank you to their dedicated reporters and staff that cover a wide variety of activities that demonstrates the...
What would Rock County be like without the Star Herald? Think of all that would be lost — not the least of which would be an official record of our lives. Our archives date back to 1873; we’ve been here nearly as long as our forefathers who settled the prairie 150 years ago. Even in an era of...
Roughly 120 people learned the basics of rock climbing at the Blue Mounds State Park over the weekend. All eight “I Can Climb!” sessions were filled with participants of all ages from all over the tri-state area. Trained professionals from Vertical Endeavors Guided Adventures, Minneapolis, provided...
Jim and Marilyn Van Santen's home on County Road 6 north of Beaver Creek had significant damage from a Monday blaze. The cause of the fire is unclear.
It’s not immediately evident looking at the exterior of the house, but Luverne Fire Chief David Van Batavia said Jim and Marilyn Van Santen’s home is “significantly damaged.” The house on County Road 6 north of Beaver Creek and west of Luverne caught fire Monday evening and a neighbor reported it...
Dr. Nicole Woodley
Female patients at Sanford Luverne Medical Center will soon have more options for women’s health services with Dr. Nicole Woodley, who starts Aug. 28 (see story on Page 3A). Dr. Woodley, a Luverne native, provides obstetrical and gynecological services and will be the first full-time OB-GYN at the...
This sign is posted on the Rock County Courthouse door alerting residents of possible delays in the licensing center.
Nearly a month after the state’s Driver and Vehicle Services updated its computer mainframe, local residents are still waiting for business to return to normal. “We are at about 20 percent functionality,” said Rock County’s Auditor-Treasurer Ashley Kurtz last week. “With all the different types of...

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