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  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    June 12, 2024
    Luverne and Hills-Beaver Creek athletes earned medals in 11 events at the 2024 Minnesota State High School League Track and Field State Tournament Thursday, June 6, and Friday, June 7, in St. Michael. “I thought the kids had an excellent state meet,” LHS head coach Pete Janiszeski said. “We were very pleased with their efforts and their continued commitment to excellence and being their very…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    June 12, 2024
    The Luverne Redbirds won two games last week, beating Lakefield 10-0 Wednesday, June 5, at home and Hadley 5-3 Sunday, June 9, on the road. The Redbirds improve to 6-1 on the season and will play three teams this coming week. Luverne is scheduled to travel to Worthington Wednesday, June 12, to take on the Cubs. They will travel to Windom Friday, June 14, to play the Pirates, and on Sunday,…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    June 12, 2024
    The Luverne Junior Legion baseball team hosted a six-team, two-pool tournament Friday, June 7, and Saturday, June 8, at Redbird Field. Luverne ended the tournament in first place, taking down Madison 11-5 June 7, New Ulm 16-6 and St. James 8-3, both on June 8. Then on Monday, June 10, Luverne beat Windom 12-5 in a head-to-head game on the road. The Luverne Jr. Legion team is now 4-0 for the…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    June 12, 2024
    Following are racing results for local drivers competing in Rock Rapids, Hartford, Slayton, Worthington and Brandon for the week of June 3-9.   Rapid Speedway Rock Rapids, IA – June 7   Sportsman’s 3rd - #24H Brock Harnack 9th DNF - #17 Brandon Boeve   Hobby Stocks 2nd - #22E Eric Gaul 15th DNF - #10 Blake Schneekloth   B-Modifieds 11th DNF - #19X Trevor Kracht   Stock Cars 8th…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    June 05, 2024
    Saturday morning’s Buffalo Days Run for a Cause in Luverne City Park attracted more than 60 runners who enjoyed cool, calm weather conditions. “We really were blessed in the weather category,” said Lori Sorenson, who organized the event as a fundraiser for Carson’s Cause. She is co-founder of the local nonprofit that works with elementary students in area school districts to reframe brain…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    May 29, 2024
    The Luverne Redbirds calmed the Tea Storm, beating them 12-2 Friday, May 24, at home. The Redbirds scored first, putting two runs on the board in the bottom of the second inning. Jake Haugen doubled on a line drive to right field, scoring Darek Lundgren from second base, and Ethan Beyer scored from third on a ground out to the Storm shortstop from Braydon Ripka. In the top of the fifth, Tea…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    May 29, 2024
    Luverne native Carly Olson was named to the 2024 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) All-Conference team. Olson, in her freshman year at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, batted in the No. 5 spot all season, started in all 42 of the Gusties’ games between catcher and third base. Olson led the team with a .351 batting average and a .450 slugging percentage. Olson ranked…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    May 15, 2024
    The Luverne Redbirds caged the Worthington Cubs 10-0 in their season opener Sunday, May 12, at Redbird Field. The Redbirds piled up nine hits in the game. Derek Lundgren, the No. 7 batter in the order, led the way by driving in three of Luverne’s nine RBIs. Cade Wenninger set the tone for the team at the top of the lineup with three hits in four at bats and scored twice. Ben Serie took the…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    May 15, 2024
    Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU) freshman Paris Van Dyke, Luverne, was named to the 2024 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference All-defensive team. Van Dyke, a 2023 graduate of Southwest Christian High School, Edgerton, appeared in 49 games with 43 starts at first base for the Mustangs this past season. She led all SMSU infielders with 305 putouts and a .997 fielding percentage in…
  • By MN DNR
    May 15, 2024
    Firearms turkey hunters who have an unused tag from an earlier hunt period can participate in the final spring turkey hunt period from Wednesday, May 22, through Friday, May 31. Hunters can also purchase a license for this time period. Archery-only and youth ages 17 and younger are allowed to hunt during any time period, including the final one. Hunters cannot purchase both a firearms and…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, Sports Editor
    May 08, 2024
    The Hills-Beaver Creek trap shooting team hosted their second Annual Border Battle event at the Garretson Sportsmen’s Club Friday, May 3. Minnesota teams from H-BC, Luverne, Southwest Minnesota Christian and Edgerton Public and South Dakota teams from Garretson, Dell Rapids, and Madison participated in the event. “The event brings shooters together who may compete against each other in the…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    April 24, 2024
    Elise Jarchow, a 2021 Luverne High School graduate, was named the NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association) National Player of the Week in women’s tennis Monday, April 22. As a junior Jarchow plays tennis for the University of Northwestern in St. Paul. Jarchow went 4-0 in singles matches Saturday, April 20, against Division II Bemidji State and posted her 100th career win in her…
  • By MN DNR
    April 17, 2024
    Enrollment is open through May 14 for Minnesota’s 2024 Walk-In Access program, which pays landowners to allow public hunting on private lands. Since 2011, the Walk-In Access program has enrolled parcels of 40 acres or larger with high-quality natural cover. Land enrolled in conservation programs like the Conservation Reserve Program or Reinvest in Minnesota is preferred, but is not a…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    April 10, 2024
    With the announcement of Jaxon Nelson, a native of Magnolia and LHS hockey standout, signing a one-year entry-level hockey contract with the NHL Boston Bruins, Luverne has two more hockey players from the 2014 state hockey team who attained professional hockey status. They are Chaz Smedsrud and Toby Sengvongxay. Both played alongside Nelson in the Cardinals’ 2014 appearance in the Minnesota…
  • By Scot Rall, Outdoor Columnist
    April 10, 2024
    It is sure starting to feel good outside. Temperatures in my neck of the woods this weekend are going to be in the high 60s. It makes me want to go fishing. The Minnesota opener is scheduled for May 10. Time to double-check to make sure the boat registration is up to date and that the motor starts without issue. I find it perplexing how you can put your stuff away for the winter, and without one…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    April 03, 2024
    Magnolia native and Luverne Cardinal hockey alumnus Jaxon Nelson has signed a professional hockey contract in the NHL with the Boston Bruins. “It’s a surreal moment for myself and my family,” he told the Star Herald Tuesday morning. His announcement comes on the heels of a thrilling hockey weekend in Sioux Falls where he played a starring role on the Minnesota Gophers team in two regional…
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