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Releasing the young bluegills into the lake are is John Chambers (left) and watching (from left) Summer Aning, Jeremy Wallenberg (back), Dustin Aning, Emmalee Wallenberg and Danny Aning.
Proceeds from February’s Get Hooked Fishing Derby raffle were used Tuesday morning to stock 725 hybrid bluegills in The Lake west of Luverne. John Chambers (right) with 10,000 Lakes Aquaculture of Osakis delivered the 4- to 6-inch fish to Luverne and placed the young fish into buckets for Dustin...
Grant Binford
Despite high consumer demand for meat in the coronavirus economy, livestock farmers are receiving lower prices for their products than before the pandemic. Meanwhile, four companies — Tyson, JBS, Cargill and National Beef — control 85 percent of U.S. beef processing and are achieving sizeable...
An excavator made quick work of the former wooden elevator at Chandler Feed Co. in Hardwick Thursday afternoon, May 7. According to manager Miles Brown, the small grain storage structure hadn’t been in use recently and its age (estimated to be one of the early structures built at the city’s...
Area high school seniors are graduating on their original commencement dates, but the ceremonies won’t be in gymnasiums or on football fields. Instead graduation events will be conducted remotely as recommended by the Minnesota Department of Education in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19...
Pork processing plants in Sioux Falls and Worthington closed a month ago when coronavirus outbreaks spread among workers. Meanwhile, Premium Iowa Pork has been plugging away at the $30 million overhaul of Luverne’s former Gold’N Plump facility to serve as its latest antibiotic-free pork processing...
The Luverne Dollars for Scholars chapter hit a milestone Monday night during the Luverne High School awards program, which was shared via YouTube. Midway through announcing the list of 68 seniors who received scholarships, chapter president Don Klosterbuer paused to recognize that the program had...
Matt and Roger Hanson, working with the Sioux Falls office of American Engineering Testing, St. Paul, drill for a soil sample Wednesday, May 6, on 131st Street just west of Highway 23. The geological testing company is working for NextEra Energy Resources to test road quality for future construction of Walleye Wind Farm turbines in western Rock County.
Flagged wooden stakes along road shoulders in western Rock County mark areas where soil borings are testing road quality for the upcoming Walleye Wind Farm construction. The 100-megawatt wind farm will have 36 turbines in Beaver Creek and Martin townships along with portions of Rose Dell,...
Kacie Kracht (right) organized a virtual Avera Race Against Cancer run in Luverne on Saturday to continue a family tradition of honoring her aunt, Kim Vander Poel, and her successful fight against breast cancer 11 years ago. Helping Kracht organize the event for their families’ eight-member team was Luverne High School classmate Kynzie Hamann. Normally the team would have run Saturday in Sioux Falls with about 6,000 other individuals.
For the past decade, Luverne’s Kim Vander Poel found strength among the runners and other cancer survivors participating in the Avera Race Against Cancer in Sioux Falls each May.  Since her successful fight against cancer in 2009, family members would form a team around Vander Poel and complete the...
The Minnesota Department of Health confirmed 19 cases of coronavirus so far in Rock County as of Tuesday morning, up one from 18 a week ago. The numbers have leveled off somewhat in neighboring counties where outbreaks sickened hundreds in meat processing plants in Sioux Falls and Worthington.  ...
The goal was $40,000, but by the weekend the “Share the Luv” campaign had raised nearly $45,000 for the gift card promotion.  “It looks like it’s going to be an outstanding promotion,” said Rick Peterson, general manager of the Rock County Star Herald, which is teaming up with the Chamber and KQAD-...

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