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More panic buttons will be installed in the Rock County Courthouse due to action taken by the Rock County Commissioners at their May 5 meeting. An additional 22 of the small devices will be installed under desks and service counters, all within easy reach by county employees if emergency assistance...
Danny Roskamp kicks up dust while planting soybeans northeast of Hardwick last week. Due to the dry soil conditions, farmers across the state are reaching the fastest planting on record in 30 years.
Last week Minnesota farmers tied a 30-year record for the most soybean acres planted in a single week. That follows the pace set by corn planting the previous week when corn producers had the second-highest acres planted in 30 years, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service...
Tracy DeBeer of Adrian and Tyler Jacobs of Kenneth pose during their graduation ceremony May 8 from Lakes Area Technical Institute, Watertown, South Dakota.
For two area graduates, their recent graduation from community college is one they won’t soon forget. When Tyler Jacobs (Ellsworth Class of 2013) learned President Barack Obama would be the May 8 speaker at Lakes Area Technical Institute in Watertown, South Dakota, the 20-year-old didn’t believe...
  Dispatch report May 1 •Complainant reported that her client was not answering the door and she is diabetic. Would like a welfare check. She was taken to the hospital last night. •Complainant reported they found a license plate in the county. Contacted owner to pick it up. •Complainant reported...
Area fire and rescue personnel work Monday to extinguish the blaze at this hog barn fire east of Jasper that took the lives of two Jasper women.
Two people died Monday morning, May 11, in a hog barn fire four miles east of Jasper in Rock County. According to Rock County Sheriff Evan Verbrugge, Sharla Drew, 50, and Kristy (VanSurksum) Giesler, 32, both of Jasper, died in the blaze. Drew, an employee of New Horizon Farms, and Giesler, a...
The Luverne Fire Department works to contain a fire west of Luverne Thursday, April 30, near the Assembly of God Church.
Members of the Luverne Fire Department responded to a grass fire west of Luverne Thursday morning, April 30. The fire started west of the First Assemblies of God Church along the north side of County Road 4 around 11 a.m. The fire appeared to be spreading toward the northwest across a field of corn...
Axseli “Axl” Hatakka (right) is Luverne High School’s 2015 cultural exchange student and is pictured with his host family, Cyndi Priebe (center, holding Dakotah) and her son, Seth.
During his cultural exchange experience in Luverne, Akseli Hatakka from Helsinki, Finland, has garnered a nickname, a new haircut and an understanding of staying on schedule. For the past eight months, Hatakka has been hosted by the Cyndi Priebe family and adopted the nickname “Axl” at the...
The properties on the east end of Barck Avenue are under demolition this week as the city of Luverne paves the way for new housing in that block.The city of Luverne and Cleveringa Construction have entered into a development agreement for the construction of two triplexes and one twin home on East...
Rob and Gina Newman became parents of triplets almost 16 years ago. Pictured (front, left) are daughters Kelly, Brianna and Jamie.
On Sunday millions of women will be showered with gifts and words of appreciation. Mother’s Day will take on a triple meaning this year for the Anthony and Megan Boyenga household in Kanaranzi Township. The young couple learned in early February that they were expecting their third child — as well...
Raevette Loonan has been the Southwest Crisis Center director in Luverne since 1994. She's pictured here in 2011 for a Star Herald feature story on the agency.
  The Southwest Crisis Center is seeking a new director for its Rock County office after Raevette Loonan resigned early in April. “It was time for a change,” she told the Star Herald last week. Her resignation letter was dated April 8, and she is now training in a position at First Farmers and...

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