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10 years ago (2009) •The man found guilty last summer of murdering Luverne’s Carrie Nelson is appealing his conviction. Randy Swaney, now 38, is serving a life sentence in prison for the May 20, 2001, murder of 20-year-old Nelson in the Blue Mounds State Park. In August last year, a jury found...
10 years ago (2009) •The H1N1 flu virus continues to make its rounds through local families, and the numbers of affected victims are reflected in student attendance records. In Luverne Public Schools, absenteeism due to illness has remained high over the past couple of weeks. “Last week was really...
10 years ago (2009) •Heartland Express drivers, administration and buses moved into their new building near the Highway Department Monday. The 5,300-square-foot building includes about 1,700 square feet of office space, and the remainder is garage space. Heartland Express has four buses, but the...
10 years ago (2009) •Eastern Farmers Cooperative is moving dirt and pouring cement for a new 10,000-ton dry fertilizer storage facility west of Magnolia. Eastern Farmers purchased 15 acres of land from John Bowron and his sister, Judy Bowron, for the purpose of consolidating its agronomy operations...
10 years ago (2009) •There was a lot more than frost on the pumpkins over the weekend and into Monday. With winter weather Friday night into Saturday, and Sunday night into Monday, several inches of snow had accumulated on lawns, trees, shrubs, patio decks and, yes, on the pumpkins. After an...
10 years ago (2009) •The Rock County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a trio of break-ins that occurred last week in Luverne churches. According to Sheriff Even Verbrugge, break-ins were reported on Thursday, Oct. 1, by the American Reformed Church and Grace Lutheran Church. … On Friday, Oct....
10 years ago (2009) •The Rock County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a string of mailbox vandalisms in the Kenneth, Luverne and Magnolia areas. Damage reports came in from Wednesday, Sept. 16, to Friday, Sept. 18, and during those three days, 16 mailboxes were vandalized. On Wednesday, Sept....
10 years ago (2009) •First- and second-graders at Luverne Elementary have unearthed a stone in the playground that has even the grownups scratching their heads. Elementary boys were playing with trucks and tractors in the dirt along the fence line where the playground slopes downhill to the west....
10 years ago (2009) •The weekly Star Herald now has a daily online presence, thanks to its improved Web site launched this week. With a smoother format for uploading stories and photographs, Star Herald news and sports reporters are posting information to the Web site as they cover events. … With...
10 years ago (2009) •Dozens of firefighters from five area departments responded to a barn fire Saturday morning near Hardwick. According to Hardwick Fire Chief Dan Kindt, a tin pole barn at the Barry Kracht farm was fully engulfed in flames when he and his crew arrived. ... Kindt said the pole...

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