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When the USDA released its annual crop production report last month, it confirmed Minnesota’s 2015 crop season as its best on record. On Thursday, Feb. 18, the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Minnesota Field Office released individual county results and confirmed 2015 was also a good...
Oliva Reverts (left) chooses a heart-shaped cake with Brandy DeSollar at the cakewalk.
The Luverne Music Boosters hosted big crowds at their annual Winter Carnival Saturday night in the Luverne High School Gymnasium. The night featured carnival-style games, bingo, a cakewalk, cotton candy, root beer floats, balloon art, face painting and more. The event is one of the Music Boosters’...
Caitlin Miller (left) raises a lit flare, and rowing partner George Pagano holds up an American flag as the two enter the English Harbour in Antigua Feb. 16, the final destination for the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. The pair completed rowing the 3,000-mile challenge in 58 days, 5 hours and 6 minutes, the fastest completion by a pair of American rowers.
After 58 days, 5 hours and 6 minutes rowing across the Atlantic Ocean, Caitlin Miller’s first steps on land were a little wobbly on Feb. 16. “That first step we all felt we were swaying,” said Miller during a phone interview a day after the race. Miller is the daughter of Alex and Karen Miller of...
Rock County farmer Pete Bakken talks to fourth-graders in Harvey Dunn Elementary School, Sioux Falls, Friday, Feb. 19, about what cows eat on the farm as part of the yearlong Adopt A Farmer program through Ag United for South Dakota. The fourth-graders here are in the classroom of teacher Anne Nolan, pictured in the back of the room.
Rock County farmer Peter Bakken visited fourth-grade students at Harvey Dunn Elementary in Sioux Falls Friday, Feb. 19, to show them what “cow food” is made of. Bakken has been “adopted” by the students and has been sharing video messages with the class every month since school began last fall. In...
Pictured at Friday's legislative update at the Luverne Area Chamber office (clockwise from left) Esther Frakes, Lorna Bryan, Rep. Joe Schomacker, Mark Ommen, Bob Bolger, Sen. Bill Weber, Gary and Janine Papik and Beth Bartels.
The Luverne Area Chamber hosted Sen. Bill Weber and Rep. Joe Schomacker for Contacts and Coffee Friday morning in the lower level of the Chamber office. Weber and Schomacker, both of Luverne, discussed items of interest from the 2016 legislative session and took questions from citizens and local...
Luverne's Jack Mulligan (center) visits with DNR representatives Brady Swanson (left) and Jon Lore at the Tuesday, Feb. 9, open house in the Luverne Elementary School Commons.
More than 100 people attended the Feb. 9 meeting about the Blue Mounds State Park lake that drained when floodwaters tore through the dam in 2014. Most showed up to voice their support for replacing the dam and beach, but they learned — and many came to understand — water quality was the broader...
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...

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