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After three days of free COVID-19 testing at Grand Prairie Events last week, 545 people received nasal swab tests. Of them, 26 were positive and 519 were negative. According to Shawn Schloesser of the State Emergency Operations Center, the event accomplished what it was supposed to. “We were very...
This black-and-white image of the Palace Theatre recently surfaced in the negative file at the Rock County History Center. The photo by Jim Herreid shows crowds of people wrapped around the block along Freeman Avenue along the west side of the Palace building during a Wednesday Night Free Movie...
Workers with Superior Caulking (from left) Keegan Westen, Amanda Den Herder and Dave Niessink have started on the facelift and repairs that will result in a brand new look and needed upgrades at the Luverne Counseling building.
The Luverne Counseling building downtown will be improved through the city’s Historic Facade Improvement Program. The Luverne Economic Development Authority approved funds for the building at 118 W. Main Street. The project is estimated to cost $76,800 and Luverne Counseling is applying for the...
Lauren Fitzer and her boys, Harrison and Leon, cuddle with a fuzzy kitten during their visit to Harmony Gardens.
Fifteen parents and children ages 0-5 enjoyed animals and activities during “Fall Time Fun” at Harmony Gardens on Highway 75 north of Hardwick on Oct. 13. They painted pumpkins, ate snacks and played with kittens and goats during the event organized through Luverne Community Education.
Dan Niemeyer combines east of Hardwick Wednesday, Oct. 9, and expects to finish harvest weeks ahead of last year. Dry weather conditions that began in August allowed crops to quickly mature and led to ideal harvest conditions, although conditions were also ideal for field fires.
Rock County farmers are well ahead of the average grain harvest timeline for the 2020 growing season. Last week Hardwick farmer Dan Niemeyer was combining his last field. Weather this year has been more cooperative. Last year Niemeyer recalled the wet weather delayed spring planting with most seed...
Since the 2020-21 school year began, Luverne School District has recorded 135 COVID-19 related absences. In the week leading up to the Oct. 8 reporting period, active cases dropped to
It’s been a challenging start to the 2020-21 school year for the Luverne district where learning resumed amid a major construction project and a pandemic health threat. With the “hybrid learning model” elementary students attend in-person classes every day while the middle-high school students are...
Luverne's Doug Bos (left) reacts to a swab by nurse Sherry Donnahoo Tuesday afternoon at the COVID-19 test site in Luverne.
A handful of Minnesota National Guardsmen descended on Grand Prairie Events in Luverne Monday and within two hours turned the events center into a COVID-19 community test site. The Minnesota Department of Health is in its fourth week of offering free, “no barrier” tests in communities around the...
Hills-Beaver Creek High School 2020 Homecoming coronation will take place Monday, Oct. 19, at 2:30 p.m. on the school football field. Last week eight seniors were selected as the 2020 Homecoming Royalty along with the coronation mistress and master of ceremonies. Pictured are (front, from left) Lauren Tatge, Annie Bos, Allison LaRock, Abby Knobloch, mistress of ceremonies Taryn Rauk, (back) Zander Wysong, Chase Bosch, Tory Knobloch, master of ceremonies Gavin Wysong, and Calvin Erickson.
Hills-Beaver Creek High School is preparing for the upcoming 2020 Homecoming celebration Oct. 19-23. Activities will kick off Monday, Oct. 23, with a 2 p.m. coronation of this year’s Homecoming king and queen. The event will take place at the school’s football field. Members of the royalty were...
Four residents at the Tuff Memorial Home in Hills have lost their lives to Covid-19, and 30 others have tested positive for the virus. In addition, 15 staff members are positive as of Tuesday and are taking measures to quarantine. Some of those are returning to work after quarantining and some...
Keith Elbers
Voters in Hills will choose between two candidates running for mayor in the Nov. 3 general election. Incumbent Mayor Keith Elbers is being challenged by Arlen Leenderts. The Star Herald asked the two mayoral candidates four questions about why they decided to run for office and what they feel...

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