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Crowds gather on Luverne's Main Street for Hot Dog Night in July as many local celebrations return in 2021 after 2020 cancelations.
This year in Rock County may best be described as a recovery year following a pandemic-stricken 2020 that forever changed communities. The Star Herald carried fewer pandemic-related headlines in 2021, but it’s fair to say the virus remained an important factor in nearly all sectors of daily life...
In 2020, workers from Gil Haugen Construction of Sioux Falls begin laying bricks for the new middle-high school commons and performing arts center that will bridge the middle-high school and the elementary buildings together.
The Luverne School District finished a five-year building project this fall when classes resumed for a construction-free school year — a first in two years. Superintendent Craig Oftedahl praised students and staff for their tolerance and cooperation. “Not only did they assist with the input into...
Luverne City Council members approved a resolution in support of traffic lights and right turn lanes at Main Street and Highway 75. The resolution approved at their Tuesday, Dec. 21, meeting represents a response to the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s proposal for a roundabout at the...
As part of its year-end budget planning, the Luverne City Council reviewed and approved capital expenditures for the coming year. Each city department presented priority lists for equipment and improvements needed for the next five years. The council approved the capital improvements during the...
With the recent snowfall and icy conditions across many areas of Minnesota, CenterPoint Energy is reminding its residential and business customers to keep their outdoor natural gas meters clear of snow and ice in order to prevent a leak or service interruption. Although designed to withstand winter...
Kent Theisse
At the end of every year, various publications, websites, etc. have their “Top 10” or “Top 5” list for that year. In this column of “Focus on Ag,” I am highlighting my “Top 5 Ag Topics” for 2021, based on issues that were discussed in the columns throughout the year. Following are my Top 5 ag...
Adults and youth who make up the 2021 Federation Committee include (front from left) (from left) Marissa Maloney, Russell Forrest, Teresa Kinsinger, Lanette Elbers, Karly Kruse, Justin Mente, Leah Kruse, Lanae Elbers, Brianna Kinsinger, Nathan Kinsinger, Krista Burkman and Caleb Raak.
Under the theme, “This is how we roll,” adults and youth members of the Rock County 4-H Program gathered Nov. 6 in the Luverne Elementary commons to recognize the achievements of 2021 and hand out awards. The annual potluck event was attended by more than 110 members, parents, leaders and sponsors...
December 2020 Dec. 8: James Hendel, 85, Sioux Falls, S.D. Dec. 16: Edward Berning, 90, Adrian. Dec. 23: Eugene Stoterau, 86, Sioux Falls, S.D. Dec. 27: Lianne Buckmiller, 64, Pipestone.   January 2021 Jan. 2: Nicholas DeBoer, 90, Leota. Jan. 4: Burdell Willers, 95, Beaver Creek; Arden Hull, 87, New...
The second-grade classes of Kelly Bergan, Laura Louwagie, Lori Nath and Kristin Schomacker take the stage performing “Russian Dance” as music teacher Morgan VanHolland directs. The students’ performance of “The Nutcracker (in 20 minutes or less)” was the first elementary music program in the new performing arts center. Did the students meet the 20-minute timeframe? Yes.
ormed their first holiday music program in the school’s performing arts center Thursday afternoon, Dec. 16. The 86-member second-grade class took the stage first with “The Nutcracker (in 20 minutes or less).” Students challenged music teacher Morgan VanHolland to read the narrative quickly as they...
Team ‘E’ Fieldhouse of Hope hosts an open house Dec. 7 in the newly remodeled location on Third Avenue in Hills. It includes an office area, multi-purpose room, equipment storage and soon-to-open public fitness center.
A Dec. 7 open house celebrated the Team “E” Fieldhouse of Hope opening in Hills and Game Plan 4 Hope’s volunteer fan club. “We are excited to see how the building is going to help us with our current mission and open doors to new opportunities in the future,” said co-founder Missy Bass. Hills...

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