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William Duncan of New Zealand takes his place in the parade. He is an exchange farmer working with the Sandager family by Hills.
Forty-six tractors were part of a long parade of both old and new farm implements that assembled at Luverne City Park Friday morning for a ride around the county. According to one of the organizers, Rodger Ossenfort, Friday’s event was a dry run for a tractor ride planned for next year’s 150th...
Firearms and muzzleloader hunters who want to harvest antlerless deer in a deer permit area designated as lottery this hunting season are reminded they must purchase their license and apply for an antlerless permit by Thursday, Sept. 8. Rock County is part of permit area 234, which will offer 100...
Jacob Madison of Magnolia enjoys the salad featuring zucchini.
Zucchini, a summer squash, was gaining in popularity at a recent Farmers Market in Luverne, thanks to Rock County Master Gardener Dawn Sandager. Sandager spends up to five weeks each summer at the market as part of her community outreach work as a Master Gardener, a title she earned five years ago...
Local law enforcement and South Dakota officials responded to what was reported as a car jacking Sunday in rural Rock County. According to the Rock County Sheriff’s Office, officers were called to the residence of 64-year-old Wayne Hartz around 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, regarding an assault and...
The filing period closed at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, for candidates interested in running for upcoming school board, small cities and some township elections. Rock County Auditor Treasurer Ashley Kurtz has received final information from those offices, and is finalizing candidates for the Nov. 8...
Three local races with three or more candidates were narrowed to two candidates each during Tuesday’s primary election.   Luverne City Council The first race decided Tuesday night was the three-way contest for the Luverne City Council Ward 1 seat currently held by Esther Frakes, who is not seeking...
Rock County, along with every city within its borders, has declined in population in the last five years, according to estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. The official government census is taken every 10 years, but the Census Bureau’s Population Estimates Program calculates changes in the...
Cattle farmers resorted to a steady spray of water to cool the surface of their pens. Pictured at left is Blac-X Farms.
Hundreds of cattle perished last week in and around Rock County after four days of scorching temperatures and oppressive humidity. Rendering trucks logged extra miles to keep up with mounting losses, according to Alan Klarenbeek. “We’ve got all four trucks running today,” he said Friday. “And we’ll...
The Severtson family from Kenneth is the 2016 Rock County Farm Family of the Year. Pictured from left are Kristoffer, Andrea, Sterling and Denise.
Living on a working Rock County farm often means long hours, dirty fingernails and a budget that never seems to stretch far enough. But the Sterling and Denise Severtson family of rural Kenneth wouldn’t live or work anywhere else. The Rock County Extension Committee recently selected the Severtsons...
Kyle Hemme
The Star Herald asked candidates facing a primary election on Aug. 9 five questions to inform readers about themselves. The five questions are: 1.) Community involvement 2.) Employment, education and family 3.) What made you decide to seek election/reelection to the County Board of Commissioners? 4...

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