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From the outside, the former Luverne Elementary School, now City Center Apartments, looks much like it did when school dismissed for the last time in 1999. Now the building is for sale or investment through condominium-style ownership.
Story updated to correct per unit purchase price.    When Peter Schmid saw the for-sale listing of the former school in Luverne, he was instantly drawn to the three-story brick structure. “That building is golden,” said the South Dakota native. “We don’t have anything like this is Rapid City — our...
Keeping at least a six-foot distance, parents and students visit with teachers in front of the Hills-Beaver Creek High School Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 2, in an outdoor open house.
Teachers at Hills-Beaver Creek High School lined the front lawn Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 2, for a three-hour outdoor open house to kick off the school year. It was a chance for students to pick up Chromebooks and class schedules and reconnect with advisory teachers. The face-to-face, socially...
Brennen Rupp
Brennen Rupp is the new sportswriter at the Rock County Star Herald, now in his second week of covering local sports. “It feels good to get back to writing and back to covering high school and local sports,” he said Friday. “It’s been great. Everybody has been very welcoming and I’m looking forward...
First day of school pictures were quickly snapped by Erika Camarillo of her children (from left) Isaac, Norma and Favian outside of Luverne Elementary Tuesday.
Tuesday marked the first time in six months that Rock County students returned to in-person classes. “It feels ‘weird,’” said Jennifer Kessler. Since March, education turned to distance learning from home due to the coronavirus pandemic. The school year ended with students still at home with the...
Tornadoes, straight-line winds, ice storms, blizzards, flooding, wildland fires and droughts are the kinds of natural disasters most likely to cause widespread economic loss and personal hardship in Rock County. Taking steps to minimize the damage from a natural disaster is key to the county’s...
The 2020 Rock County Tractor Ride attracted 65 tractors that putted across the eastern side of the county Friday from the Luverne City Park to Lismore and back. They’re pictured here on the final leg east of Luverne traveling west on County Road 4.
Sixty-five tractors of various colors, sizes and ages rolled across eastern Rock County Friday for this year’s annual Tractor Ride. Weather on Friday was a perfect, sunny 75 degrees, with blue skies and mild breezes. Special to the 2020 event were white “facial” coverings tied in front of tractors...
Lila Bauer, who has operated the Luverne Pizza Ranch for 27 years, recently shared this image of herself with three longtime employees to recognize their service. At left, Kevin Elbers is chief delivery driver and started at Pizza Ranch in 1994. Missy Merrill, guest services manager, and Lori...
Haven't responded to the 2020 census? There is still time and several ways in which residents can respond: •Online – visit 2020Census.gov •Phone – call 844-330-2020 – phone lines are open 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. Central – seven days a week If a census taker visits your home or calls you, please answer...
Gil Haugen construction workers lift concrete floor planks into place Monday for the new performing arts center.
Luverne School Board members and contractors engaged in an hourlong discussion Thursday night, Aug. 27, about building progress and the pandemic’s effect on construction workers. The meeting involved school officials, representatives from general contractor Gil Haugen Inc. of Sioux Falls and...
A 1952 Packard Henney hearse recently emerged from a three-year restoration to join the Hartquist Funeral Home fleet of coaches this summer. Jeff Hartquist said he hopes the vehicle will promote family history and relationships that are important in funeral planning.
The process of laying a loved one to rest often involves reminiscing and reconnecting to compose a life history. At Hartquist Funeral Home in Luverne, an antique hearse now helps to bring back memories for families. “Reminiscing about the past helps us understand how we are the people we have...

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