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The USDA Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) Direct Farm Ownership loans are a resource to help farmers and ranchers become owner-operators of family farms, improve and expand current operations, increase agricultural productivity, and assist with land tenure to save farmland for future generations....
Farmers and ranchers still have time to be counted in the 2017 Census of Agriculture, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Although the first deadline has just passed, NASS will continue to accept census information through the...
Area residents groaned over the weekend when yet another winter weather system moved through the  region and deposited six to eight inches of snow.Travel became treacherous and area emergency personnel responded to numerous crashes and vehicles off the road.Students slept in Monday morning when...
Rock County commissioners approved requests at their April 3 meeting from two companies for five conditional use permits. Duininck Inc. of Prinsburg requested four conditional use permits, and Reker Construction of Adrian submitted one request. Four of the five permit requests received no public...
Southwest Health and Human Services may see a budget shortfall next month and has asked its six member counties for a $2 million loan.  Rock County Commissioners agreed at their April 3 meeting to support the request, but only if the money is absolutely necessary. Commissioners Sherri Thompson and...
Every region in Minnesota has a gap between the number of children needing child care and the number of spaces available. That’s according to a new report from the Center for Rural Policy and Development that was reviewed at Monday’s meeting of the Luverne Economic Development Authority. LEDA...
Congressman Tim Walz addressed a group of local leaders in Luverne Monday for what he called a “Regional Vitality Summit” in Grand Prairie Events. Discussion focused on federal policies that matter to southern Minnesota, but Walz also pointed out that Luverne is among the most vital small towns in...
Concerned that the state of Minnesota is placing further stress on a complex disability service system that has left Rock County Opportunities in Luverne and other providers struggling for years, the Minnesota Organization for Habilitation and Rehabilitation (MOHR), its service provider members and...
The Magnolia All-School Reunion Committee is searching for the former Magnolia High School marching band banner. The banner was used in the last Homecoming parade, as pictured above from the Sept. 24, 1980, Star Herald. Reunion planners want to locate and borrow the banner for this summer’s three-day gathering.
Plans are underway for a Magnolia All-School Reunion on Labor Day weekend Friday, Aug. 31, through Sunday, Sept. 2. To complete the three days of festivities, planning committee members are searching for one element to lead Saturday’s parade —the school’s marching band banner. “If you are going to...
  Luverne High School Honor Roll   Quarter 3 A Honor Roll Seniors: Madelyn Aleman, Hans Bakken, Emilie Bartels, Trey Baustian, Jarod Berndt, Anthony Cavazos, Madilyn Dinger, Isabella Donohue, Chandler Eitreim, James Erickson, Alexis Ferrell, Tyler Fick, Anika Gust, Alexis Henrichs, Janae Kopp, Aric...

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