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At an age where most people think about retirement activities, Luverne’s Velda Maine is on a new career path by becoming a local licensed pastor. As her T-shirt reads, “Church Can Happen Anywhere.” Maine believes the call to ministry can also come at any time.
While many of the Luverne High School Class of 1976 graduates are thinking about retirement, Velda Maine is starting a new career. She said sleeping in or planning the next travel destination may never be on her to-do list, but volunteering is. She said one such experience led her back to school...
Betania Topete (right) helps kindergartner Rene Flores complete a numbers puzzle. Topete, a fourth-year Spanish student at Luverne High School, is using the Spanish language skills she is currently mastering to help English language learner Flores in daily 30-minute lessons for her independent study.
The educational journey for Luverne High School Senior Betania Topete came full circle Monday as she worked one-on-one with kindergartner Rene Flores. Topete is one of four Spanish IV students practicing language skills with elementary and middle school students who are learning English as a second...
Rock County Sheriff Evan Verbrugge said he was surprised to receive state and national media inquiries Tuesday about a homicide arrest involving a Magnolia man. “It’s kind of intriguing, to be honest,” Verbrugge told the Star Herald Tuesday morning. “I’m not aware of any homicide.” When he searched...
Saturday marks a milestone for the local Masonic Temple. At a 5 p.m. rededication ceremony, the Ben Franklin Lodge No. 114 members will shed some light on the world’s oldest fraternity. The ceremony is open to the public. The Ancient Free and Accepted Masons were reorganized in the early 1700s as a...
The Rotary International symbol is included in the design of Luverne’s newest public park. Members of the Luverne Rotary Club raised funds for the park located on South Highway 75 that shares the organization’s name.
Luverne Rotary Club members, city public works employees and volunteers are wrapping up work on the new Rotary Park on South Highway 75 in Luverne. The club hosted a dedication ceremony Oct. 11 as part of their regular meeting, and City Council members remarked about it at their meeting later that...
Using various shapes as a template, author/illustrator Derek Anderson draws a character from his book, “Ten Pigs: An Epic Bathtub Adventure,” at an author visit Friday afternoon at the Rock County Community Library in Luverne.
Author and illustrator Derek Anderson told his audience Friday at the Rock County Community Library that he was not much older then than they are now when he knew what his career was going to be.  “I knew in kindergarten I wanted to be an artist,” he said. Anderson showed the picture of a rabbit he...
Luverne firefighters welcomed the public to tour the fire hall, trucks and equipment Thursday night during an open house for Fire Prevention Week Oct. 9-15. The event included a demonstration of how an automated sprinkler system can save lives until the fire department shows up.   Pictured here,...
Another downtown business has been approved for Luverne’s Historic Façade Improvement Program. The program offers free technical assistance for architectural design services as well as financial assistance in the form of loans and grants. On Monday the Luverne Economic Development Authority...
“When a stressed out nursing student covers a night shift in a hospital’s morgue, things start to become strange.” This is a description of the horror film, “Insania,” which is based on a short story written by Luverne High School graduate Rona Vaselaar. “I heard the story on the NoSleep podcast...
Luverne City Council members approved salary increases for city elected officials at their Oct. 11 meeting. They approved an ordinance to set the mayor’s annual salary at $8,450 per year. This is an increase of $2,550 over the current $5,900 per year. The ordinance also increases the aldermen’s...

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