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Scott Rall
I figured it was time to give you all an update on my newest Labrador puppy, Ghost.  He just reached the 9-month mark and is doing all the things puppies like to do.  If you give him a free minute, he will run down the hall and hide under my bed and then destroy anything he found there or took with...
Trees are experiencing more stress than usual as a result of weather extremes in the last five years. There have been historically wet conditions in back-to-back years. In the last six months, there are drought conditions. Weather events stress trees, which then makes them more susceptible to diseases.
Spring is here. The soil is warming. Frost could impact vegetables and crops, but this is the right time to plant trees. If you ordered trees from our office this past winter, they will be available for pickup April 9. In the following weeks, the Rock SWCD will be planting trees around Rock County...
Nate Golla of the Luverne Farm Store presents a $1,200 check to BackPack volunteer Rhonna Jarchow (left), Rock County Food Shelf volunteer Katie Baustian and LACF Director Emily Crabtree Thursday morning, April 1, in the Luverne Area Community Foundation office. Golla presented the check in honor...
Rollie, the large pet rabbit of the Pat and Angela Swyter family in Luverne, helps with the trimming of the landscape Saturday in preparation for the Easter holiday the following day. Normally housed in the family garage, Rollie enjoyed the weekend’s 80-degree temperatures by staying in the family’...
The city portion of the project consists of mill off and overlay of both West Adams and North East Park streets. An alternate project would put a new sidewalk or trail connector from the bus barn area to the Luverne Loop to the West. The new sidewalk will pick up where the current one ends at the bus garage driveway and continue west until it meets the paved path west of the bus garage. It will create a safer environment for pedestrians.
The city of Luverne and the Luverne School District are teaming up on a joint project to improve streets around the school that have been torn up because of the school construction project. The city project consists of mill off and overlay of both West Adams and North East Park Streets. An...
Minnesotans who received an extension because of COVID-19 and have not yet renewed their driver’s license or ID card need to do so right away. Their licenses are invalid as of April 1. No testing is required as long as a driver’s license is expired less than one year and was in good standing prior...
Luverne Area Chamber members welcomed Vasshaus Candle Co. to downtown Luverne April 1 with a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the business’ grand opening. Pictured from left are Annie Opitz, Shelly Nibbelink, Tyler Bush, Sherry Standiford, Julien Booker, Jesse Booker (holding Avery), Shawna Marshall, Mark Standiford, Cris Oeltjenbruns and Becky Walgrave.
There were no April Fool’s jokes at the April 1 ribbon-cutting ceremony for Shawna Marshall and Jesse Booker, owners of the Vasshaus Candle Co. Luverne Area Chamber members greeted and congratulated the new business owners on Main Street Thursday morning at the Mall on Main. It marked the first day...
After 35 years of teaching youth how to ice skate, Cathy Shearer of Luverne decided to put her red suede skates on the shelf and retire from Blue Mound Figure Skating.
To Cathy Shearer ice-skating is not for the faint of heart. “Hard work always pays off — eventually,” she said last week. “Kids get jumps, then lose them. Sometimes for weeks or months they can’t land them anymore, then they get them back and learn that they have to fight to keep them.” Shearer has...
Scott Buchanan
Scott Buchanan took over the reins at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne in January amid a pandemic that had upended nursing home operations everywhere. But the new director took it in stride, having come from the Minnesota Veterans Home in Fergus Falls where the same pandemic procedures had...
Bison graze in the Blue Mounds in this 2020 Star Herald file photo.
Sixty years after three bison arrived north of Luverne, a new herd of the wooly mammals is starting in another Minnesota location. The Zollman Zoo in Olmsted County near Byron joins Minnesota’s Bison Conservation Herd. The long-term goal of the program is to build a conservation herd of 500...

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