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The Blue Mounds State Park is on its fourth camping season without drinking water — or water that’s safe to shower in, for that matter. But help is on the way, according to Phil Leversedge, deputy director of Minnesota’s Division of Parks and Trails. “The results of the recent legislative session...
This Star Herald file photo shows a gathering of community members and park visitors at the Blue Mounds State Park Interpretive Center for a Writer’s Series author event
The Blue Mounds State Park is popular for its unique features — the bison herd, native prairie and rock climbing on the Sioux quartzite cliffs. But it’s just one of nearly 70 state parks in Minnesota that require funding, and sometimes those dollars are allocated based on which needs are best...
The Rotary International symbol is included in the design of Luverne’s newest public park. Members of the Luverne Rotary Club raised funds for the park located on South Highway 75 that shares the organization’s name.
Luverne Rotary Club members, city public works employees and volunteers are wrapping up work on the new Rotary Park on South Highway 75 in Luverne. The club hosted a dedication ceremony Oct. 11 as part of their regular meeting, and City Council members remarked about it at their meeting later that...
Magnolia Fire Department First Responder Jessica Peters (left) dresses daughter Bridget Matherne in firefighter gear.
A recent fire at Magnolia’s campground prompted the Magnolia Fire Department to host a community gathering Aug. 9. According to first-year fire chief Scott Dohlmann, some people were surprised Magnolia had its own fire department, so he hoped Tuesday’s event would be educational for the community....
Youth can apply to hunt deer in the Blue Mounds State Park during a special hunt in November. “Parents or other adult mentors go with youth to the fields and forests during these annual hunting opportunities,” said Mike Kurre, Department of Natural Resources mentoring coordinator. “Time spent...
A few weeks ago, I visited the Rock County Board of Commissioners to discuss the DNR’s process for evaluating and deciding the future of the dam at Blue Mounds State Park, which was significantly damaged during the flood of June 2014.  Knowing our local communities have great interest in this issue...
About 50 people gather around the evergreen tree Thursday evening for the 2015 Tree of Lights ceremony. Sanford Luverne Hospice hosts the annual event.
More than 50 people participated in the Sanford Luverne Hospice 2015 Tree of Lights ceremony Thursday night, Dec. 3. The ceremony at the corner of Highway 75 and Main Street was the first time in the event’s 20-year history that it was conducted at the city of Luverne’s new Flag Park. “It was our...
In a special meeting Wednesday night, May 27, the Hardwick City Council voted to submit an offer to the county for tax-forfeited property located within city limits. The property at 105 N. Ross St. was once the site of a two-story single-family residence. The uninhabitable structure was demolished...
  The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is gathering information and assessing the future of the Lower Dam at Blue Mounds State Park in the southwestern corner of Minnesota. Significant damage occurred at the park last June after heavy rains. Floodwaters from Mound Creek caused a breach of...
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