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When Steve Kelly (left) and Nicole Slater planned their wedding reception at Grand Prairie Events in Luverne Saturday, they didn’t know both families are related to two of the town’s earliest settlers.
When Steve Kelly of Hartland, Wisconsin, proposed marriage to Nicole Slater of Rushmore, he had no idea they would be opening a time capsule to the earliest days of Luverne. Prior to the couple meeting at Dordt College, Steve had never heard of Luverne. “My familiarity with Luverne was watching...
Dave Mulert, ICS Consulting site superintendent (far left), Greg Holmberg, foreman with Gil Haugan Construction, and School Superintendent Craig Oftedahl watch Gary Henning with Henning Construction, Adrian, use excavators to dismantle a portion of the middle-high school west wing June 19.
In a matter of days, a portion of the Luverne Middle-High School was demolished and officials ceremoniously broke ground. Wednesday afternoon, June 19, Gary Henning from Henning Construction of Adrian used an excavator to begin removing a portion of the two-story west wing to make way for the...
Gevo, Inc. and Juhl Energy Development are proposing locating two wind turbines about two miles west of the Gevo biofuel production plant near Luverne. Organizers are seeking a variance because the turbines are too close to neighboring property lines. The public hearing for the variance is Monday.
Organizers of the first wind energy project under Rock County’s new renewable energy ordinance are asking for a variance because one setback requirement cannot be met. The public hearing is at 7 p.m. Monday, July 1, at the Rock County Law Enforcement Center in Luverne. Gevo Inc. proposes erecting...
Mike and Traci Davis, who own property adjacent to the lake, are proposing nine to 10 campsites with cement RV pads (not pull-through) and full hookup — water, sewer and electric. The sites would be across the street from The Lake, north of Edgehill Street along a private service road that would loop off from Edgehill.
The Luverne Planning and Zoning Commission conducted a public hearing Monday night to consider a conditional use permit for a commercial campground at The Lake. Mike and Traci Davis, who own property adjacent to the lake, are proposing nine to 10 campsites with cement RV pads (not pull-through) and...
Premium Iowa Pork CEO Dan Paquin (center) shows MPCA commissioner Laura Bishop (to his left) and other state and local leaders the company's remodel and retrofit of the former IBP plant during a tour Friday.
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Commissioner Laura Bishop was in town Friday to meet with Luverne city leaders about wastewater treatment and its role in promoting economic growth. “We’re here to see how things are progressing with the city — both with the NPDES permit as well as the growth we’...
Barb Bork wisely shifted gears to attract an increasingly popular quilting market after fewer customers were sewing for garments. "We had to evolve into quilting or we wouldn't be here anymore," Bork said. The quilting craze served her well, prompting a Sioux Falls store.
Sewing Basket owner Barb Bork grew her business between legendary retailers Audrey Wildung at the Style Shop and Margaret Vegge at Renfro Variety Store. That was when shoppers still crowded Main Street for annual Crazy Days bargains, and they had plenty of buying options in the vibrant downtown...
McDonald’s in Luverne recently completed a total interior and exterior renovation of the restaurant in order to enhance the customer experience and match McDonald’s improvements being made throughout the country.
Customers at the Luverne McDonald’s are greeted by a total renovation that includes an electronic self-ordering system. The project, which lasted about eight weeks, is part of a national reimaging process for McDonald’s restaurants across the country. “It’s a completely different-looking building,...
The Rock River might be just right for some water adventure this Saturday. The second “I Rocked the River” canoe and kayak water trip is scheduled for this weekend. The first such event took place in 2017, but excessively high water levels last year jeopardized participant safety and forced...
The Star Herald interviewed Tony and Megan for a feature about their triplets in 2015. He's pictured here with his T-shirt about the triplets.
Ellsworth farmer and Luverne High School graduate Anthony “Tony” Boyenga died Saturday from an apparent heart attack. In a press release from Rock Valley, Iowa, police chief Monte Warburton, the Sioux County Communications Center received an emergency call at 3:03 p.m. Saturday of a possible...
New Luverne Middle School Principal Jason Phelps led the list of hires Thursday night, June 20, at the board of education meeting. Phelps, who attended the meeting, received a 6-0 hiring vote from board members. Director Colleen Deutsch was not at Thursday’s meeting. Phelps begins his duties Monday...

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