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2023

  • By Mavis Fodness
    September 20, 2023
    Homecoming activities at Hills-Beaver Creek High School will be Monday, Sept. 25, through Friday, Sept. 29, and students will participate in various activities throughout the week. Public events include coronation at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25, in the high school gymnasium, and the homecoming parade at 2:45 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, down Main Street Hills. The homecoming football game is at 7 p.m.…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    September 13, 2023
    The soybean harvest in Rock County is starting ahead of the state average, as early-maturing varieties are becoming ready for the 2023 harvest season. Soybeans are turning color, with 67 percent of the state’s crop showing signs of maturity five days ahead of last year and two days ahead of the state average. The USDA Minnesota Field Office reported on Monday that 31 percent of the state’s…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    September 13, 2023
    The third annual “Out of the Darkness” suicide awareness and prevention walk will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, in the Luverne City Park. The event raises money for research to end and prevent suicide and to show community support for those who have lost loved ones to suicide or have struggled personally with suicide.  It coincides with similar walks nationwide during September,…
  • September 13, 2023
    Dispatch report Sept. 1 •Complainant west-bound on Interstate 90, mile marker 3, Beaver Creek, reported debris. Sept. 2 •Complainant on S. Kniss Avenue requested assistance from another department. •Complainant west-bound on Interstate 90, mile marker 4, Beaver Creek, requested assistance from another agency. •Complainant on E. 4th Street, Jasper, reported a miscellaneous public assist.…
  • September 13, 2023
    The Luverne Fire Department appropriately displayed an oversized American Flag from its extended ladder truck on Monday, Sept. 11, on South Highway 75 in observation of Sept. 11, 2001, when the United States was attacked on home soil by terrorists. The 15-by-26-foot flag could be seen from both ends of Highway 75 in Luverne as it billowed in the breeze.
  • By Mavis Fodness
    September 06, 2023
    Rock County boasts 563 volunteers, according to the recently released A.C.E. of SW Minnesota annual report. “I am really honored to work with all the volunteers of Rock County,” said program manager Linda Wenzel. “We have the best group in the whole state of Minnesota.” Wenzel presented the report to commissioners Aug. 27. Volunteers will be honored Sept. 7 at the annual appreciation dinner…
  • By Photos and Text by Lori Sorenson
    September 06, 2023
    The Blackshire Farms Pumpkin Patch near Beaver Creek is now open for the season with nearly two acres offering 50 different pumpkins, squash and gourds, many of them heirloom varieties. The patch, owned by Sean and Marcella McFarland, is open from noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday (every day except Monday) at 953 74th Avenue. “We stretch the boundaries of what goes into a pumpkin patch,”…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    September 06, 2023
    The city of Luverne tax levy proposed for 2024 is $3,232, 740, an increase of $466,180 over the current levy. Luverne City Council members reviewed budget plans for 2024 and discussed the impact of the levy on taxpayers. The budget calls for $2 million in the general fund, $692,900 for the Luverne Aquatics and Fitness Center, and $440,140 for principal and interest on existing debt. City…
  • September 06, 2023
    Over the past several months the Rock County Star Herald staff and website hosts have been working on a new and improved Star Herald website presence. The site promises easier navigation, bigger photographs, more content and a better mobile-friendly version for cell phones and other devices. “We’re really excited to introduce the site’s new features to our online readers and advertisers,”…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    September 06, 2023
    Artists with Luverne’s Conspiracy Tattoo business took home seven awards, including Best of Show, during competition in the annual “Jackpot Junction Tattoo Function” Aug. 25-27. Conspiracy Tattoo operators Tony and Christina Perez attended the event in Morton where Tony won: •first and second place in the Cartoon/Super Hero category. •first and second place in the Gamer/Nerd/Pun category…
  • September 06, 2023
    Dispatch report Aug. 25 •Training in session at the airport in Luverne. •Complainant on Plaza on Main Street reported property damage. •Complainant on Dakota Road reported a fire. •Complainant on S. Cedar Street reported threats. Aug. 26 •Complainant on N. Cottage Grove Avenue reported trespassing. •Complainant reported trespassing. •A warrant was issued on W. Main Street. •Complainant…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    September 06, 2023
    Thirty-two 4-H’ers from Rock County traveled to St. Paul to compete in the 2023 Minnesota State Fair. Fourteen of those 4-H’ers competed at the livestock encampment on Aug. 23-27. Their animals were among the 2,562 brought to this year’s Great Minnesota Get-Together. Danette Leenderts of Hills took the champion ribbon for her British slick shorn steer. She was also a finalist in the beef…
  • September 06, 2023
    St. Catherine Catholic Church 203 E. Brown St., Luverne St. Catherine Ph. 283-8502; www.stscl.org Monsignor Gerald Kosse, Pastor Sunday: 8:30 a.m. Mass. Masses: 9 a.m. Wednesdays, 10 a.m. Friday at the nursing homes – check the bulletin. All Sunday masses will be live streamed on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pg/stccluverne/videos/. Visit www.stscl.org for more information.  …
  • September 01, 2023
    The annual Fly-In or Drive-In at Luverne Municipal Airport drew visitors from the tri-state area Saturday morning when car and airplane enthusiasts shared their vehicles with the public. While clouds delayed the Young Eagles’ flights, the children and adults explored cars, trucks and planes in addition to an inflatable bouncy house.  
  • By Mavis Fodness
    September 01, 2023
    Superintendent Craig Oftedahl encouraged teachers and staff returning to school next week to be “M.A.D.” Make a Difference. Oftedahl presented his annual message to staff Monday morning during the first of five in-service days in Luverne. He was inspired by South Dakota State University’s retired football coach John Stiegelmeier who spoke to the Luverne community last spring. “One of the…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    September 01, 2023
    Luverne School Board members adopted a new five-year agreement between the district and the Luverne Hockey Club to continue interscholastic ice hockey Under the new agreement approved Aug. 24, the district will allocate more financial support to the 25-year-old program for boys’ and girls’ teams at the middle and high school levels. “We took on a little more expense on the school side,” said…
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