2022

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 2022 when he issued 160 permits valued at $29,450,362. Of those, four were for single-family home construction valued at $757,134...
The Luverne Cardinals girls’ hockey team traveled to Blaine Dec. 26-28 to play in the 2022 Herb Brooks Holiday Classic. Last year the Cardinals were crowned tournament champions in the silver division, beating University of Milwaukee 8-1, Moose Lake 6-3 and Marshall 5-1. This year LHS returned to...
Renee Knobloch (left) and Harley Fransman hold plaques presented to them by Hills-Beaver Creek School District Board Chairman Arlyn Gehrke Dec. 27 at the district’s last meeting of 2022. Knobloch served four years on the board with Fransman serving 14 ½ years.
The Luverne City Council and Rock County Commissioners toured the Lineage freezer storage warehouse Aug. 30 being constructed in the Luverne Industrial Park. The gigantic building is roughly 400- by 450-feet with a 48-foot ceiling.
Rock County’s biggest news in 2022 generally follows the 2021 theme of progress and growth, with ribbon-cuttings and grand openings after last year’s big announcements and ground-breaking ceremonies. A well-attended Luverne All-School Reunion and 150th anniversary in July highlighted recently...
Last year saw many changes in the local business community including Luverne Farm Store son-father Nate and Gary Golla sold the nearly 75 year old business.
There was a flurry of business news in Rock County in 2022. Merlin Cleveringa announced in December his retirement and the sale of his longtime construction business to his foremen Adam Uithoven and Derek Sandbulte. The long-awaited Fareway Meat Market opened on the corner of Main Street and...
Luverne firefighters work at the scene of a house fire near Steen on Dec. 20.
A Dec. 20 house fire near Steen destroyed a kitchen and left two people temporarily displaced, according to Luverne Fire Chief David Van Batavia. The 911 call came in shortly after 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20, of a kitchen fire above the stove. Two occupants, including Kris Van Der Brink, were out of...
The following is a list of the obituaries that appeared in the issues of the Rock County Star Herald in 2022.   December 2021 Dec. 18: Jean Wallenburg, 66, Inwood, Iowa. Dec. 20: Randall Morgan, 72, San Clemente, Calif. Dec. 28: Thomas Feit, 70, Rushmore.   January 2022 Jan. 4: Randy Aanenson, 69,...
Boys' cross country team
By Greg Hoogeveen This year was a year to remember for local athletes and coaches. Several teams completed school history-making seasons while others had individual standouts among their ranks. (See related story). At the Star Herald we tried to capture the excitement and significance in the...
By Greg Hoogeveen The 2021-22 sports season saw many individual accomplishments that reached historic milestones within their sport. These moments were years in the making and involved many hours of work and dedication to accomplish. Six athletes from Luverne and Hills-Beaver Creek hit milestones...
Mike and Cheryl Cox received the Spirit of Philanthropy Award, which recognizes an outstanding individual or family for exceptional financial generosity and volunteer leadership in Rock County. This award celebrates extraordinary civic and charitable leadership whose generosity inspires others to give. They’re pictured with LACF director Emily Crabtree (left).
The Luverne Area Community Foundation hosted its annual Friends of the Foundation Celebration of Philanthropy Monday night, Dec. 5, at Take 16 Brewing Company in Luverne. The event recognizes and celebrates businesses, nonprofits and individuals who benefit from and support the foundation’s mission...

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