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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...
Workers prepare to bury an 8-inch water line along County Road 11 near the County Road 5 intersection west of Luverne Wednesday, Sept. 2. The work is part of a $5 million expansion and improvement project to the western and northwestern parts of Rock County Rural Water.
It’s been a busy summer for Rock County Rural Water, which is improving and expanding its system in the western and northwest part of the county and connecting to Lewis and Clark on the south end. Both projects, which happened to come together at the same time, will make the system stronger and...
A Worthington man is facing burglary charges for stealing fuel and other items from the Luverne Municipal Airport this summer. According to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday, Sept. 2, in Rock County District Court, 54-year-old Bradley Daniel John was allegedly recorded on security surveillance...
Sidewalk crews work their way south along the east side of South Highway 75 Friday afternoon. By midmorning Tuesday, they had already come back to the west side of the highway, working their way north to Main Street. Driveway approaches will be poured this week.
Little by little, the orange cones are disappearing on Highway 75 in Luverne as the 2015 construction season comes to a close. Sidewalk crews have been working in earnest to catch up with last week’s surface work. A final step in the project will be to restripe the highway from four lanes to three...
The Rock County Historical Society will conduct its annual meeting Tuesday, Sept. 15. As part of its agenda, it will elect four of the 12 board members with expiring three-year terms. “We all agreed to run,” said Historical Society President Betty Mann, whose term is expiring along with Jane...
Luverne High School’s 2014-15 exchange student Akseli Hatakka is the designer of the 2015 Tri-State Band Festival button on sale now at the Luverne Area Chamber office. The buttons serve as admission to the Saturday, Sept. 26, field competition for the band festival.
Each spring the Tri-State Band Festival Committee partners with the Luverne High School graphic and fine arts departments to develop designs for its annual band festival button. The purchase of the button allows admittance into the festival’s afternoon field competition event on Sept. 26. This year...

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