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An April “thunder blizzard” of epic proportions stalled over southwest Minnesota Friday through Sunday night, delivering thunder, lightning, hail, gale force winds and record snowfalls. Luverne volunteer recorder Troy Thone estimated more than 15 inches for the weekend — a new record. “It’s a tough...
Hundreds of area residents began their record-breaking blizzard in the dark after 70-mph straight-line winds snapped nearly 90 power line poles in Rock County and southwest Minnesota. The event prompted a temporary outage around 7 a.m. Friday lasting several minutes for much of southwest Minnesota...
At one point during the weekend blizzard, all state roads in southwest Minnesota were closed to traffic. That included I-90 from the South Dakota border almost to Fairmont and US Highway 75 from the Iowa border to Canby and all other state roads in between. These closures were announced early...
A young man from Luverne was killed in a snowmobile crash Saturday night during the blizzard. According to the Rock County Sheriff’s Office, 28-year-old Jacob Gonnerman was traveling along County Road 4 around 10 p.m. Saturday when his snowmobile collided with a guard rail near the I-90 underpass...
A familiar face will be in attendance at the Sanford Luverne Hospice Dinner and Auction Saturday night. Barb Glad was the first director of the local Hospice program that began 25 years ago at a time when dying well was a strange new concept. In 1993 people still hesitated to talk about dying, but...
Helen Saum is the volunteer coordinator for Hospice and has been largely responsible for the success of the annual banquet, which has brought in hundreds of thousands of dollars over the past two decades. The Star Herald asked Saum to reflect on her role with the program in the 20 years she has...
Amid other storm impacts over the weekend, a widespread power outage displaced 26 resident students and 10 staff members at Southwest Youth Services in Magnolia. The students and staff spent all Friday in Luverne after Gov. Mark Dayton issued an executive order allowing the Minnesota National Guard...
For the next two school years Luverne students will be in class an extra half hour each day. Classes will be in session from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for both the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years. Traditionally the Luverne school day is from 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Board members unanimously approved the...
The Southwest Crisis Center will honor five area residents as their “Faces of Hope” Saturday night, April 21, at their annual banquet. The event starts at 6 p.m. at the Hiawatha Lodge in Pipestone. Meghan Maes is the Rock County nominee. Others nominees include Angie Titus, Jackson County, Andrea...
Winterlike spring weather has prompted the city of Luverne to postpone its annual spring cleanup days one week. Residents had been instructed to place items on their curbs April 23-26. Now they’re asked to participate April 30 through May 3. Details and route dates are in the city ad on page 8A....

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