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Darrell Hoeck
Darrell Hoeck has served on the Springwater Township Board for 38 years. He started in 1978 as a clerk at the encouragement of his father, George Hoeck, who served Springwater Township for 25 years. So, it’s fair to say local government leadership is in the Hoeck family roots. “Dad always said we...
A smiling Caitlin Miller talks with her rowing partner, George Pagano, Tuesday morning as a pair safely arrives in English Harbor, Antigua. The pair completed the 3,000-mile “Talisker Whiskey Challenge” in 58 days, 5 hours and 6 minutes, a new record for an American mixed pair team.
After nearly two months of non-stop rowing, Luverne High School graduate Caitlin Miller and her rowing partner, George Pagano, safely docked in Antigua Tuesday morning. Miller of Hardwick and Pagano of Media, Pennsylvania, competed in the “Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge,” a 90-day, 3,000-mile...
This Star Herald file photo shows the need for a buffer strip between the field and river.
Gov. Mark Dayton introduced legislation last year to mandate vegetative buffer strips along waterways in an effort to clean up Minnesota’s notoriously impaired waters. Ever since those details have emerged, farm groups have pushed back vigorously, especially on the piece of legislation that...
Luverne Public School Board members tour the remodeled girls’ locker room after their regular meeting Thursday night, Feb. 4. Lockers have been replaced and repainted and the shower area has been improved. Final tile work and shower partitions will be completed later this year.
A website made the purchase of two buses for Luverne Public Schools as easy as a few mouse clicks. For the first time, the district personnel used the state education department’s school bus purchasing program. Business Manager Marlene Mann said during the Feb. 4 school board meeting that the...
Luverne Elementary students took turns circling their handmade luminaries throughout the day on Friday, Feb. 5, in the gymnasium. This particular monthly walkathon event raised funds for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.
Like its larger predecessor conducted annually in Rock County, Luverne Elementary School’s Relay for Life event features pledges, luminaries and walking. On Friday, Feb. 5, the school’s event raised $5,656.40 for cancer research. “We had a very successful relay,” said Principal Stacy Gillette....
Four motorists find themselves in the ditch Sunday after gusty winds sent snow drifting over roadways causing a long slippery stretch. This photograph was taken in western Rock County on Highway 23.
Area residents had just dug out from the record-breaking Groundhog Day Blizzard last week when Round 2 hit just as the Super Bowl game was ending Sunday night. Many game day travelers found it difficult or impossible to get home Sunday night, and white-out conditions through most of Monday again...
Rock County Eye Clinic will purchase the dental office space, and expand this year after Dr. David Paquette retires Feb. 25.
Longtime Luverne dentist David Paquette announced his retirement this week while also revealing plans to sell his space to the adjacent eye clinic. In a letter to patients, Paquette said his dental practice will close Feb. 25. “I have been deeply privileged to provide dental care for you and your...
A honeybee in Tim Olsen’s beehive slowly moves back into the hive. Honeybees do not excrete inside the hives in order to keep their nest and the honey sanitary.
Area residents have a unique learning opportunity currently being offered through Luverne Community Education. “Intro to Beginning Beekeeping” is a new two-class offering by local apiculturist Tim Olsen. Classes will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 25 and March 10 in the Community Education building. “I...
First-graders in Sue Hup’s class recognize the 100th day of school through a project on what they would look like when they are 100 years old. Students crumpled paper to depict their wrinkled faces. Pictured with their projects from left are Nevaeh Groen, Reagan Gangestad, Tenley Behr and Isabella Steensma.
Thursday, Jan. 28, marked the 100th day students at Luverne Elementary have attended classes for the 2015-16 school year. “The 100th Day is a tradition at LES,” said Principal Stacy Gillette. “It coincides with our math curriculum and our 100s chart that we use with our students.” Classrooms in...
Snow covers the “o” in the stop sign at the corner of County Road 4 and 3 in Magnolia Wednesday morning.
Schools across the tri-state region closed classes for the day Tuesday, Feb. 2, ahead of the heavily forecast blizzard that started in Nebraska and Iowa and moved northward through southern Minnesota. Five to 8 inches of snow were predicted for Rock County and southwest Minnesota, and as the Star...

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