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Feb. 20-27 was National FFA Week, and several students drove their tractors to school Tuesday, Feb. 23. They’re pictured here at the Holiday Station on South Highway 75: (from left) Justin Mente, Riley Baker (who drove the tractor on the far left), Tucker Oeltjenbruns, Tyler Reisdorfer (who was...
Twelve members of the Blue Mound Figure Skaters captured the first-place team trophy at the Yankton Winter Miracle Feb. 20-21 in Yankton, South Dakota. Pictured (from left) are Elisabeth Kelm, Moriah Flanagan, Maranda Thier, Breanna Richters, Brooke Top, Marisa Thier, Hannah Henning, Katharine Kelm, Anisa Vanden Bosch, Ashley Hohn and Hannah Hofer. Not pictured: Mara Thier.
The Blue Mound Figure Skaters were represented by 12 skaters at the Yankton, South Dakota, Winter Miracle on Feb. 20-21. The teams Blue Mound, Yankton, Sioux Falls and Brookings were represented at the competition.  Even after having a couple of skaters become ill and not being able to finish...
Since the Rock County Community Library closed to patron visits Feb. 15, workers from Jones Library Services, Carlisle, Iowa, returned to assemble the new shelving that arrived earlier than expected. They later brought lending materials from the basement back up to the main floor. By week’s end the...
Phil Gorter with G&S Auto Sales and Services, Luverne, removes a 2006 Pontiac G6 from the ditch along County Road 8 near 161st Street Tuesday morning. Driver Carol Bertrand, 57, of Wilmont, was treated and released from Sanford Luverne Hospital. Roads were slick due to freezing moisture at the...
Luverne High School’s Mock Trial Team returns to state competition March 3-4 in St. Paul. The team earned the right to compete at state by defeating Lakeview High School Feb. 20. Pictured are (front, left) team members Knute Oldre, Tatiana Gust, Susan Thompson, Emma Verbrugge, Kaitlyn Roberts, Dylan Thorson, (back) Hannah Hoogland, Hans Bakken, Jadyn Anderson, Mira Uithoven, Madi Schandelmeier, Megan Rogers and Alexa Chesley.
Luverne’s Mock Trial Team returns to this year’s state tournament building on confidence from last year’s tenth-place finish in the state. “We think we are better prepared,” said junior Dylan Thorson, a three-year member of Luverne High School’s team. “Last year we were sort of awestruck.” The 2015...
Christopher Theilken
A Hills woman and an Illinois man were arrested Sunday after emergency personnel were called to a Hills residence for a heroin overdose. According to criminal complaints filed Tuesday in Rock County District Court, 32-year-old Christopher Theilken, Springfield, Illinois, and 35-year-old Serenity...
More Rock County residents now have the option to vote by mail than ever before in a general election. This fall, registered voters in seven additional Rock County precincts will receive ballots in the mail instead of traveling to their traditional polling locations. These precincts include the...
Local farmers making structural improvements to their operations with federal funds are finding themselves on a waiting list. Kurt Halfmann, Natural Resource Conservation Service district conservationist, said there are significant delays in the approval process. He said 21 producers have completed...
Nine Luverne students received medals/honors Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Pipestone Invitational Speech Tournament. Pictured front from left are Megan Rogers, Gunnar Oldre, Samantha Ykema, Marisol Hartshorn, (back) Ryleigh Beers, Knute Oldre, Dylan Thorson, Paul Witte and Derek Krueger.
The Luverne speech team competed Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Pipestone Invitational, the largest invitational ever hosted by the Pipestone speech team. Twenty-four teams brought a total of 409 student speakers to the event. Each participant competed in three preliminary rounds, and the top six from...
Chris Jelken is a 2016 Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership award recipient. The ExCEL award is given yearly to high school juniors through the Minnesota State High School League.
Chris Jelken, a Luverne High School junior, has been selected as one 36 juniors statewide to receive the Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership award through the Minnesota State High School League’s ExCEL Awards Program for 2016. Jelken is the only student in the Star Herald coverage...

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