2021

A good way to measure growth over time is to track the number of building permits issued for construction. Luverne building official Chad McClure compiled numbers for 2021 when he issued 128 permits valued at $15,077,990. Of those, seven were for single-family home construction valued at $1,128,742...
Scott Rall
The 2021 pheasant hunting season has come to a close, and overall it was a year I would consider only fair. I keep track of the number of birds I harvest each year. In fact, I have one tail feather from each rooster dating back to 1996 when I got my first trained hunting dog. This year my harvest...
The H-BC boys’ basketball team traveled to Marshall to take on the Canby Lancers on Thursday Dec. 30. The H-BC Patriots were able to take control in the second half to cruise to an 83-68 victory. In what was a back and forth affair in the first period, senior Cole Baker (25 points, six rebounds,...
Dispatch report Dec. 24 •Complainant eastbound on Interstate 90, mile marker 14, Magnolia, reported debris on the road. •Complainant on E. Dodge Street and 140th Avenue, Luverne, reported a possible unsafe ATV riding. •Complainant on County Road 6, Beaver Creek, requested a deer tag. Dec. 25 •...
Tom and Jodi Fick were honored as Outstanding Conservationists of the Year at the annual meeting of the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts Dec. 12-14.
Tom and Jodi Fick, Luverne, were honored as Outstanding Conservationists of the Year at the annual meeting of the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts Dec. 12-14 in Bloomington.  They were selected by the Rock Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) for the award,...
In 2020, workers from Gil Haugen Construction of Sioux Falls begin laying bricks for the new middle-high school commons and performing arts center that will bridge the middle-high school and the elementary buildings together.
The Luverne School District finished a five-year building project this fall when classes resumed for a construction-free school year — a first in two years. Superintendent Craig Oftedahl praised students and staff for their tolerance and cooperation. “Not only did they assist with the input into...
The Hills-Beaver Creek High School football team’s run to the Minnesota State High School Nine-Man Championship is one of the Star Herald’s top news stories for 2021.
The “pause” in prep sports events ended in January 2021 as experts figured out how athletes and spectators could safely gather for sporting events during the coronavirus pandemic. Prep athletes began winter sports practices on Jan. 7, almost two months after the normal start to the season....
Kent Theisse
At the end of every year, various publications, websites, etc. have their “Top 10” or “Top 5” list for that year. In this column of “Focus on Ag,” I am highlighting my “Top 5 Ag Topics” for 2021, based on issues that were discussed in the columns throughout the year. Following are my Top 5 ag...
Dispatch report Dec. 17 •Complainant on S. Cedar Street requested an unlock. •Complainant on W. Mead Court reported a loud stereo at location. •Complainant on E. Dodge Street reported tires flattened. •Complainant in city lot on E. Maple reported a loud noise from several vehicles and young adults...
Adults and youth who make up the 2021 Federation Committee include (front from left) (from left) Marissa Maloney, Russell Forrest, Teresa Kinsinger, Lanette Elbers, Karly Kruse, Justin Mente, Leah Kruse, Lanae Elbers, Brianna Kinsinger, Nathan Kinsinger, Krista Burkman and Caleb Raak.
Under the theme, “This is how we roll,” adults and youth members of the Rock County 4-H Program gathered Nov. 6 in the Luverne Elementary commons to recognize the achievements of 2021 and hand out awards. The annual potluck event was attended by more than 110 members, parents, leaders and sponsors...

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