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An extra $10 will be charged to Rock County vehicle owners during their annual license renewals beginning in 2017. Rock County Commissioners voted unanimously July 5 to implement the wheelage tax as an annual funding source to maintain the county’s roads and bridges. The tax is a local revenue...
Luverne Public School’s special education program underwent a financial and programming review during the 2015-16 school year. Recently the school received the results from the compliance check: No corrective actions. “Clean. Compliant. Everything was rock solid and we were real happy about that,”...
One of the things Blue Mounds State Park is known for is the “Stone Fence”, a mysterious rock formation aligned perfectly in an east-west line.  Each year on the first day of spring and fall, the sun sets directly in line with the rocks. No one knows the origin of the rock formation for sure and...
A.C.E. of Southwest Minnesota was recently awarded a $250 grant from the Shopko Foundation to help fund the organization’s 2016 volunteer appreciation meal. Pictured above is Jeanne Vande Hoef from the Luverne Shopko store presenting the check to Norma Brands, Rock County Coordinator for A.C.E.
Danette Leenderts received a grand champion ribbon in food review with a “Candy Land” table setting and meal.
Rock County 4-H conducted their annual Presentation Night on Thursday, July 7, with members participating in performing arts, demonstrations, foods review and club banner judging.   This year performances included piano, clarinet solos, a clarinet and guitar duet and a drum solo piece. Participants...
The Fourth of July celebration at The Lake in Luverne was everything everyone had hoped for and more. “It was an amazing day,” was one comment on the Star Herald’s Facebook post about the event. “We appreciate it a lot for everyone that made it possible.” Another said, “The fire works were...
The city-owned Luverne Area Aquatics and Fitness, built in 1978, is about to get some updates and improvements. It could be a matter of new carpet and cardio equipment or as extensive as an outdoor splash park and indoor walking track. The extent of those plans depends on the outcome of public...
Matt Christensen, a 2009 Luverne High School graduate, is spending more than two years in China as a Peace Corps volunteer.
A 2009 Luverne High School graduate is spending 27 months in China serving as a Peace Corps volunteer and immersing himself in traditional Chinese culture. Matt Christensen, 25, is teaching English at Longnan University of Science and Technology in the city of Chengxuan. Chengxuan is located in...
Rock County may rejoin the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force. However, membership costs have more than tripled to join the agency that prevents and deters drug and violent crimes in southwest Minnesota. Information about BRDTF and associated costs was presented at the Rock County Board’s June 21...
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota announced last week that it will drop health insurance plans for individuals and families starting next year. The insurer said medical claims far exceeded premium revenue for individual plans, resulting in a loss of more than $500,000 over a three-year period...

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