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The now defunct Beaver Creek wind turbines are silhouetted against a setting sun this fall. Those seven turbines will be removed as part of the NextEra's requested construction permit submitted to the PUC. NextEra purchased the wind rights from Renewable Energy Sytems (RES) in 2019
NextEra Energy will begin construction next summer on 40 or more turbines in western Rock County if plans are approved for the Walleye Wind Farm A remote-access public hearing is set for Jan. 5 for the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to share information and accept comments about the 109.2...
This year in Rock County started out in the usual way with local headlines about business developments and school activities and the annual fishing derby at The Lake. But after March, there isn’t one Star Herald edition untouched by news relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. It started abruptly with...
Since all staff and students at Luverne Elementary wear face masks, fourth-grade teacher Jennifer Engesser designed a bulletin board that reads, “Even superheroes wear masks.”
The coronavirus pandemic’s full force hit local schools in mid-March when Minnesota officials closed buildings to lessen the spread of the COVID-19 virus. School closures in South Dakota and Iowa soon followed. The empty school buildings in Luverne, Hills and Beaver Creek became day cares for...
After several weeks of brown winter conditions, a Dec. 23 blizzard delivered a white Christmas for much of the region, leaving several inches of snow in its wake. Along with the snow, the storm brought high winds, with gusts up to 70 mph, causing driving conditions to deteriorate rapidly Wednesday...
Local public health officials say Rock County’s vaccine rollout is going according to plan. “Right now we are in the midst of Phase 1a for COVID vaccination,” said Jason Kloss of Southwest Health and Human Services. The people prioritized to receive the vaccine in this phase include health care...
Two days before the Christmas break, Gil Haugen Construction workers were busy preparing the new Luverne Middle-High School commons floor for more concrete as the HVAC system is installed in the new media center on the second floor. A railing will be installed on the second floor so that students, staff and visitors can see down into the commons area.
Luverne School Board members agreed to dip into savings to make the new school commons area more impressive. At their Dec. 17 meeting, they voted to add $70,000 to the original base bid of $250,000 for the flooring. Board members approved spending up to $70,000 from the fund set up in 1994 with the...
Rock County Commissioners voted unanimously Dec. 22 to increase the 2021 levy by 2.5 percent. The local levy increase will add $154,937 to the county budget for a total local contribution of $6.345 million. The county’s overall budget is $12.8 million for 2021. State aid accounts for $562,744 in...
The Luverne School District received a clear opinion from auditors at the Dec. 17 School Board meeting, continuing its history of receiving the highest audit rating possible. Conway, Deuth & Schmiessing has been the longtime auditing firm for the Luverne School District. CDS representative...
Colleen Deutsch is retiring from the Luverne School Board after 20 years. She leaves as the district completes a remodel of the middle-high school building and construction of a new commons and performing arts center on the school campus.
The Dec. 17 school board meeting was the last for Colleen Deutsch, who retired after 20 years in district leadership. “Timing was good and we had others interested who have children in the district,” Deutsch said. “I’ve really enjoyed my time on the board.” Deutsch was elected to her first term on...
The Minnesota Association of Townships (MAT) announces its 2021 Scholarship Program, which will award up to five $2,000 scholarships to high school juniors. All students currently enrolled in 11th grade and attending a Minnesota public, private or parochial school or a home study program are...

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