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The 65th Annual Tri-State Band Festival will be Saturday, Sept. 26, with 23 bands participating. Parade competition begins at 9:30 a.m. on Main Street in downtown Luverne. Nineteen marching bands will perform on the parade route.  Parade marshals for the 65th Annual Tri-State Band Festival are...
A 16-year-old boy on rollerblades suffered minor injuries when he struck a pickup truck at the intersection of Donaldson and West Main streets at 10:12 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 10. Trae Davis of Luverne was participating in a physical education class and was rollerblading south on Donaldson Street,...
Dennis and Benji Kellenberger will double the size of their swine operation within a mile of Steen city limits, thanks to Rock County Board approval on Sept. 8. The father and son operation will increase their existing feedlot from 720 animal units to 1,440 just south of Steen in Section 32 of...
Luverne’s levy is set to increase by 5.04 percent for taxes payable in 2016. That’s according to Luverne City Council action at the Sept. 8 meeting when the preliminary levy was set at $1,633,623, which is $78,433 more than the current levy. This includes $1,275,000 for the General Fund, and $358,...
Stockmanship expert Curt Pate, Montana, tells ag professionals at Bakken Farms Tuesday morning that cattle prefer not to be herded from behind; instead, stay in their peripheral vision.
A “Low Stress Cattle Handling Seminar” in Rock County Tuesday morning showed area livestock producers new techniques for moving animals. Sponsored by the Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program, stockmanship expert Curt Pate was at BlacX Farms in Beaver Creek Township to demonstrate better ways to...
Deputy court administrator Carol Bertrand keeps a badminton racquet near her desk as protection against bats inside the Rock County Courthouse. Last week commissioners approved spending $34,500 out of reserves to bat-proof the more than a century old building.
Steps will be taken as soon as next week to stop bats from inhabiting the Rock County Courthouse. At their Sept. 8 meeting, Rock County Commissioners unanimously agreed to hire Prestige Services, Canby, to bat-proof the entire structure. Cost will be $34,500. The board’s action is in response to a...
Elly Klosterbuer takes her turn in the Hula-Hoop contest.
Rock County Big Buddies mentor Carla Van Santen and her friends and family hosted a carnival for the Big and Little Buddies at her home in Luverne Saturday, Aug. 22. Some of the games included bobbing for pickles, a cakewalk, football toss, tattoos, face painting, ring toss and marble relays. Peer...
A magical world of mushrooms is sprouting up in the boulevard and on the yard of Dave and Rosie Paquette’s house at 201 N. Estey Street. Dave stopped at the Star Herald office last week and encouraged a photographer to capture the oversized toadstools to share with readers. The large white...
Rock County Red Arrow donated $2,500 each to Rock County Senior Dining and Luverne Street Music Wednesday, Sept. 2, at the Senior Center. Pictured are (from left) Luverne Street Music representatives LaDonna Iveland, Janine Papik and Susan Skattum, Senior Center representatives Janice Fick and Alyce McClure, and Red Arrow treasurer Mike Schacht.
Rock County Red Arrow recently wrote checks for $2,500 each to the Rock County Senior Center and Luverne Street Music, two new organizations Red Arrow now supports. “We came into some extra money after the books were closed,” said Martha Morse of Red Arrow. “We do not keep it on hand; we like to...
Midwest Fire had a brand new 2,000-gallon All Poly Series tanker-pumper from the Morehead City Fire Department in Morehead, North Carolina, on display at the Fire Rescue International Show in Atlanta, Georgia, Aug. 28-29. The apparatus was delivered to the Morehead City Fire Department to begin serving the citizens of Morehead City.
A Luverne manufacturing company has acquired recent business accolades for workplace satisfaction and sales records. According to Prairie Business Magazine, “Midwest Fire demonstrates a commitment to being great and understands employees are its greatest asset.” The magazine named the Luverne...

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