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Chantel Connell (left), Jesse Connell (driving) and his wife, Ashley Connell, lead a procession of more than 80 vehicles in Sunday afternoon’s cruise. Not pictured in the car were grandchildren Oliver and Quinn. The bright orange 1969 Pontiac GTO “Judge” was Terry Connell’s prized possession among his collection of classic cars.
The rumble of classic auto engines and the squeal of rubber on asphalt were part of a Sunday afternoon tribute to longtime Luverne businessman Terry Connell, who died Thursday, Nov. 18. To celebrate his life and to honor his memory, friends and family organized a classic car ride that started at...
Monday morning's funeral procession for James "Jimmy Jo" Johannsen included a Luverne Fire Department escort and an American flag draped from the ladder truck over the Highway 75 and Main Street intersection. Johannsen joined the Luverne Fire Department in 1973, and from 1981 to 1997 he served as...
Bicyclists whose names were drawn to win bikes are (from left) Lee May, Caleb St. Clair, Graycyn Woodley, Lilly Lanoue and Piper Meinerts. Luverne ACE Hardware donated three damaged bikes that Ken Peterson repaired and the Optimists purchased the other three for a total of more than $500 worth of bikes given away Saturday.
Saturday’s bike rodeo at the Blue Mound Ice Arena in Luverne brought remembrances of Keith Aanenson and the safety focus he emphasized to the Luverne Optimist Club-sponsored event. Aanenson, a former peace officer and chief of the Luverne City Police Department, began the bike rodeo through the...
Daniel DeBeer
About 40 trucks, most of them semitractor-trailers, lined Ellsworth’s Main Street Wednesday, April 7, for the funeral of Daniel DeBeer at Zion Presbyterian Church. DeBeer, 33, of Ellsworth, died on March 31 as the result of a trucking accident in Wyoming. According to crash reports, DeBeer was...
Members of the Luverne Police Department in 1997 included Holly Emslander, Gerry Vorderbruggen, Brad  Berning, Mike Winkels, Police Chief Keith Aanenson, Jason Aanenson, Jim Sandstede and Lon Remme. This Star Herald photograph was taken in December 1997 just before the Police Department and Rock County Sheriff’s Office joined under the Sheriff’s Office.
Keith Aanenson is perhaps best remembered as Luverne’s final police chief before the city of Luverne and Rock County formed a joint law enforcement department in 1998. Aanenson was born and grew up in Rock County and started his career in April 1967 when the Luverne Police Department still operated...
The Rock County Sheriff’s Office issued the following press release Monday morning: “At approximately 2 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, the Rock County Sheriff's Office received a call of a missing person. A member of the Rock County Sheriff's Office would locate a body floating in the water in the...
Amber Nath (left) and her mother, Sharon Miller, hold a picture of their father and spouse, Tony Miller (picture insert with Sharon). Tony died Sept. 25 and became Rock County’s first death attributed to the coronavirus pandemic.
The family of Tony Miller says the coronavirus was something they heard about on television or read in the newspaper. Since March the Luverne family donned masks, social distanced and expected the viral respiratory virus would be history in a couple of months. On Friday, Sept. 25, Tony Miller...
Mavis Fodness
My last in-person visit with my granddaughter, Jayden, was March 6. Almost 60 days later, on the bright, sunny Sunday morning of May 3, the grandmother in me knew it was time to see Jayden face to face. Unbeknownst to me, when my daughter Courtney told Jayden that MeeMaw Mavis was coming to Iowa...
Almost 100 children and adults gathered on the lawn of Tyson and Monica Facile’s Luverne home Friday night, March 13, in a two-hour candlelight tribute for the family’s 5-month-old son, Jackson, who died March 10 from AVSD (atrioventricular septal defect). Amy Chapa of Luverne organized the event...
Megan Boyenga reads a prepared thank you Sunday during halftime of the Vikings-Lions football game, which was shown during the fundraising dinner and online auction for her and her children to stay on the family farm.
Hundreds of family, friends and acquaintances gathered Sunday to support and to raise money for the Megan Boyenga family of rural Kanaranzi. The four-hour event raised $37,570 (as of Monday morning) for the young widow whose husband, Anthony “Tony,” died of a heart attack in June. He was 31. Megan...

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