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Greater protection is available through FSA’s Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) for crops for which Federal Crop Insurance is not available. Options created by the 2014 Farm Bill, provide greater coverage for losses when natural disasters affect eligible crops. Previously NAP...
Luverne School District will receive an additional $48,638 as a result of setting a 1.9-percent levy increase for 2016. School Board members unanimously approved the final levy at their regular Dec. 17 meeting that included the annual Truth in Taxation hearing. The hearing is required by school...
Rock County Commissioners formally approved the 2016 county tax levy at $5,153,362, which is 2.88 percent more than last year’s levy. The county’s preliminary levy had been set to increase 3.88 percent, but at their Dec. 22 meeting, commissioners decided to allocate $50,000 from the county reserves...
Developing recreational opportunities, such as a canoe and kayak route on the Rock River, was a recurring theme in 2015.
A glance at the Star Herald headlines in 2015 shows Rock County residents enjoyed a relatively stable year in terms of breaking news. There were highlights of a bumper harvest, new school superintendent and the Palace turning 100, but the story of 2015 unfolded in recurring themes. Headlines...
Rural county roads were passable but snow-covered Tuesday morning. This photograph was taken west of Luverne on County Road 5.
A white Christmas arrived in Rock County Friday evening, Dec. 25, blanketing the area with roughly 7 inches of fresh snow. Just to be thorough, Mother Nature followed up with another 6.5 inches Monday night into Tuesday morning, prompting a whole new round of cleanup. The combined 13.5 inches in...
Rain and muddy roads had delayed the move of Scott and Lisa Remme’s house from Steen to east of Luverne for about a month until Wednesday, Dec. 23, when frost had made the roads more solid.
Drivers in the east- and westbound lanes of Interstate 90 may have been startled by a two-story house being transported over the bridge between Luverne and Magnolia Wednesday morning, Dec. 23. No one was more apprehensive of the travel than the home’s new owners, Scott and Lisa Remme of Luverne. “...
Two people from Sioux Falls were injured in a Christmas Day accident on Interstate 90, west of Beaver Creek, three miles east of the state line.
A Sioux Falls couple received non-life-threatening injures in a rollover accident on Interstate 90, three miles east of the state line at 1:42 p.m. Friday, Dec. 25. Fred Bryner, 87, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, was driving westbound in a 2014 Mercedes when it traveled into the median and rolled,...
Lorraine Stoel poses with her winning entry in the Carnegie Cultural Center’s Festival of Trees contest. Stoel used more than 70 handmade cards she designed featuring the iris folding technique to decorate her tree.
More than 70 handmade cards decorated this year’s winner of the Carnegie Cultural Center Festival of Trees contest. Winner Lorraine Stoel earned the first-place award of $50 for her tree design called “Got Mail.” Her tree displayed her handmade paper cards using iris folding, a paper folding...
Since Greta VanDerBrink took the reins as Rock County RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) coordinator 13 years ago, the program has grown to be the largest and most successful in the seven-county area.
"As one person, I cannot change the world, but I can change the world for one person.” Greta VanDerBrink said this quote by Paul Shane Spear captures the essence of her work matching volunteers with people who need help. “This has been one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made,” said VanDerBrink...

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