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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...
These sharp-dressed snowmen on West Luverne Street caught the attention of passing motorists Monday afternoon as their creators were putting on the finishing touches. Jennifer Nath-Huls, who lives there, shared this with the Star Herald at the end of the day. Pictured are (from left) Jocelyn Hartz...
Luverne Fire Department members made quick work of this car fire Wednesday, Feb. 10, in the Rock County Implement parking lot. Nobody was injured in the event, but the car, owned by Joel Thacker, appeared to be a total loss.
Luverne Middle School teacher Jerry Benson will receive the Minnesota Council for Social Studies Lifetime Achievement Award March 6. He is pictured in this 2015 file photo with Sen. Amy Klobuchar.
Luverne teacher Jerry Benson is among four teachers to be honored by the Minnesota Council for Social Studies. Benson will receive the MCSS’s 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award during a March 6 banquet in St. Cloud. Benson has taught geography, psychology, world history, civics and American history in...
Luverne Speech Team members earned the first-place large team sweepstakes trophy Saturday at the 2015 Redwood Falls Invitational Speech meet. Members include (front row, from left) Kat Siebert, Ryleigh Beers, Emily Wendland, Derek Krueger, Paul Witte III, Hannah Hoogland; (second row) Nicole Hoogland, Courtney Wendland, Dylan Thorson, Samantha Ykema, Shane Berning, Gunnar Oldre, Mikayla Wiederhoeft; (third row) Cameron Wessels, Anika Gust, Jacinda Hustoft, Knute Oldre, Grace Sweeney, Sage VerSteeg, Jonah Lo
The Luverne Speech Team took the first-place sweepstakes trophy at the Redwood Valley Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 13. Twenty-five members of the Luverne team were entered in the tournament, where 254 students competed representing 18 schools. Derek Krueger (great speeches) and Knute Oldre (...
Monday’s blizzard prevented photographer Brian Peterson from traveling to Luverne for a presentation on the “State of Wonders” book he co-authored. The book features the prairie and natural features of the Blue Mounds State Park and Rock County, and Peterson’s talk would have tied in with Luverne’s...

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