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When coronavirus outbreaks closed down two of the region’s largest pork processors, private consumers turned to local meat lockers to butcher free market hogs. The sudden demand for service overwhelmed small processors like Jim Susie and Brad Schoneman of S & S Locker Service in Hills. They’re...
Smithfield Foods in Sioux Falls and JBS USA in Worthington stopped processing pork last month after coronavirus outbreaks spread rapidly among their workers. But when that happened, it interrupted a 40,000 hogs per day processing chain that left pork growers scrambling to find other outlets for...
More visitors are enjoying the Blue Mounds State Park than normal, according to park manager Chris Ingebretsen. “Day traffic is experiencing well over a 100-percent increase,” he said. “People are wanting to get out and enjoy the nice weather we’ve had.” Camping at the state park north of Luverne...
The Minnesota Department of Health confirmed 18 cases of coronavirus in Rock County as of Tuesday morning, up from eight cases reported a week ago. But Minnehaha County has 2,195 (up from 1,939 a week ago) and Nobles has 1,069 (up from 477 last week), both stemming from outbreaks in meat processing...
Luverne High School senior Chandra Javner created the winning design selected for the 2020 Tri-State Band Festival button. The school’s fine arts and graphic arts classes submitted selections from which Tri-State Band Festival committee members chose Javner’s design. She created the design in Mr....
Members of Palisade Lutheran Church in western Rock County worshipped with a "drive through" communion ceremony Sunday, May 3, under warm spring sunshine and blue skies. Pastor Laura Phillips administered the sacraments through driver’s side windows of cars cruising through the parking lot while...
Spring planting 2020 is making history in Minnesota for all the right reasons. Since Sunday, the state’s grain producers are well ahead of corn and soybean acres planted at this time last year and are ahead of the five-year planting averages. Soybeans have set a planting record. Last week farmers...
Luverne Public School District is among the 75 beneficiaries of an Enel Green Power $1.3 million donation. The district will receive $5,000, with an additional $5,000 to Pipestone Area Public Schools. Enel North America operates Prairie Rose Wind Farm in northern Rock County. “The company’s...
Four school buses and 30 personal vehicles made up Friday’s Hills-Beaver Creek School District’s teacher parade that drove through the district communities of Steen and Beaver Creek and ended in Hills (pictured above). Residents lined porches, parks and boulevards to wave and hold up signs in greeting to teachers.
Teachers and staff of Hills-Beaver Creek Public Schools took to the streets Friday afternoon in a “Teacher Parade” through the district’s communities. The group of almost 50 district employees climbed into about 30 personal vehicles and four school buses for the drive through Steen, Beaver Creek...
The coronavirus pandemic is crushing economies all over the globe, as well as right here in Rock County. That’s why the Chamber and the city of Luverne are partnering with local media — the Star Herald and radio station — to launch a gift card campaign this week called #strongertogether – Rock...

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