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Minnesota State Patrol squad cars wait at at the South Dakota state Line Tuesday morning. Peter Bakken shared this image, which was captured near his home west of Highway 23 facing west. The acreage where the suspect was detained is pictured in the next mile to the right.
Rock County deputies were involved Tuesday morning in the arrest of a South Dakota kidnapping suspect who led authorities on a pursuit from Sioux Falls to western Rock County. The suspect was apprehended around 9:30 a.m. just over the border into South Dakota after Rock County farmers reported a...
According to Pennsylvania authorities, Cook’s addresses in the past 10 years have included Ohio, North Dakota, California and multiple locations in Minnesota. He has also been identified under other names and birthdates. Among them are Charles Johnson, Ralph Johnson and Charles Wright.
Mankato authorities arrested a homeless man in Blue Earth County Tuesday in connection with a 25-year-old Pennsylvania homicide case. The news struck a chord in Rock County after authorities said the suspect listed Magnolia as his most recent address. Charles Cook, 61, is suspected of shooting 76-...
Darrel Van Aartsen
The third of four candidate profiles on the contested races in Rock County appears in today’s Star Herald. Last week we focused on the school board races in Luverne, Adrian, Ellsworth and Hills-Beaver Creek. In the Oct. 6 edition featured the contested mayoral races in Hardwick and Beaver Creek...
Trees in Luverne and Rock County are sporting their fall colors as the summer season changes to fall. This photograph was taken Oct. 13 at the intersection of Lincoln and Estey streets, facing west toward Highway 75.   Also pictured are images from the Veterans Pond area in Luverne, shared by...
At an age where most people think about retirement activities, Luverne’s Velda Maine is on a new career path by becoming a local licensed pastor. As her T-shirt reads, “Church Can Happen Anywhere.” Maine believes the call to ministry can also come at any time.
While many of the Luverne High School Class of 1976 graduates are thinking about retirement, Velda Maine is starting a new career. She said sleeping in or planning the next travel destination may never be on her to-do list, but volunteering is. She said one such experience led her back to school...
Betania Topete (right) helps kindergartner Rene Flores complete a numbers puzzle. Topete, a fourth-year Spanish student at Luverne High School, is using the Spanish language skills she is currently mastering to help English language learner Flores in daily 30-minute lessons for her independent study.
The educational journey for Luverne High School Senior Betania Topete came full circle Monday as she worked one-on-one with kindergartner Rene Flores. Topete is one of four Spanish IV students practicing language skills with elementary and middle school students who are learning English as a second...
Rock County Sheriff Evan Verbrugge said he was surprised to receive state and national media inquiries Tuesday about a homicide arrest involving a Magnolia man. “It’s kind of intriguing, to be honest,” Verbrugge told the Star Herald Tuesday morning. “I’m not aware of any homicide.” When he searched...
Saturday marks a milestone for the local Masonic Temple. At a 5 p.m. rededication ceremony, the Ben Franklin Lodge No. 114 members will shed some light on the world’s oldest fraternity. The ceremony is open to the public. The Ancient Free and Accepted Masons were reorganized in the early 1700s as a...
The Rotary International symbol is included in the design of Luverne’s newest public park. Members of the Luverne Rotary Club raised funds for the park located on South Highway 75 that shares the organization’s name.
Luverne Rotary Club members, city public works employees and volunteers are wrapping up work on the new Rotary Park on South Highway 75 in Luverne. The club hosted a dedication ceremony Oct. 11 as part of their regular meeting, and City Council members remarked about it at their meeting later that...
Using various shapes as a template, author/illustrator Derek Anderson draws a character from his book, “Ten Pigs: An Epic Bathtub Adventure,” at an author visit Friday afternoon at the Rock County Community Library in Luverne.
Author and illustrator Derek Anderson told his audience Friday at the Rock County Community Library that he was not much older then than they are now when he knew what his career was going to be.  “I knew in kindergarten I wanted to be an artist,” he said. Anderson showed the picture of a rabbit he...

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