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  • By Lori Sorenson
    April 24, 2024
    Blake Ziegler, a 2014 Luverne High School grad, ran the prestigious Boston Marathon on April 15, finishing in 2:43:47. His 6:15-minute-per-mile pace (a personal best) was good for 694th place, well toward the front of a pack of 30,000 runners. “Boston has been a lifelong goal of mine,” said the 28-year-old occupational therapist with Bergan Mercy Medical Center in Omaha. “And to be blessed…
  • April 24, 2024
    The electric utilities crew with the city of Luverne spent Tuesday morning placing new banners along Highway 75 through Luverne. The Luverne Economic Development Authority and Luverne Initiatives for Tomorrow banner committee chose the abstract designs with different messages about activities, people and landmarks around the city. Two banners are placed on each side of the light poles with one…
  • April 24, 2024
    Four Hills-Beaver Creek students received medals Sunday as part of the 20th annual Creative Writing Contest. Students in grades 3 through 12 could enter original work in three categories: fiction, poetry and non-fiction. The top three places at each grade level and in each category received medals. H-BC winners included: •Penni Moore, first-place non-fiction and first-place poetry, grades 5-6…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    April 24, 2024
    First-time state speech tournament qualifiers Jessika Tunnissen and Tyler Hodge are looking forward to returning to the event next year. The Luverne High School sophomores were among the top 24 speakers competing one of 13 different categories at Friday’s Class A event in Shakopee. Tunnissen, competing in informative speaking, placed 18th. Hodge, who competed in discussion, placed 22nd. “…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    April 24, 2024
    Members of the Magnolia Juniors 4-H Club spent time Thursday night, April 18, raking leaves, picking up branches and remembering community volunteer George Bonnema. “We’re kind of picking up where George left off,” said club adviser Marsha Fick. “His hands touched many areas in town and many are left with ‘now who?’” Bonnema was a former floral shop owner and in his retirement was an active…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    April 24, 2024
    Greg Antoine, representing the Luverne Area Pickleball Association, is seeking financial support from the city of Luverne to expand playing options in the community. The group is seeking $17,000 to purchase seven additional heavy duty portable nets to provide more courts for the sport that is rapidly growing in popularity. “Pickleball has been growing by leaps and bounds nationwide, and Luverne…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    April 24, 2024
    Patrons of the Rock County Community Library visit for more reasons than books, according to the library’s 2023 annual report. Some attended in-person programming. Some connected to the wireless internet. Some participated in special self-directed activities. In total, more than 31,800 people entered the library in Luverne last year, an increase of 411 from 2022. “We are up there with the…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    April 24, 2024
    Commissioners approved a $200,000 allocation at their April 16 meeting to close out the $1.8 million received through the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The final check was written to the city of Luverne. The payment fulfilled the county’s pledge total of $450,000 toward the remodel of the former Total Card Inc. building on Roundwind Drive in Luverne. In February commissioners…
  • April 24, 2024
    Rock County Star Herald and Announcer production manager Heather Johnson earned a first-place award from the Midwest Free Community Papers Association for an advertisement she created to promote the Midwest Classified Network. This year the contest called for designers to create an ad to promote their own publications using their own data and statistics while also incorporating the MFCP logo.…
  • April 24, 2024
    Three teachers from the Luverne Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) program attended the Minnesota Association for Family and Early Education conference April 10-12 in St. Cloud. Angie Janiszeski, Amy Chapa and local ECFE director and parent educator Lisa Nath attended the conference, which celebrated the 50th anniversary of ECFE in Minnesota. The Luverne ECFE program is celebrating 45…
  • April 17, 2024
    The Minnesota Department of Transportation invites the public to attend an open house in Luverne on Tuesday, April 23, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Trailhead, 601 E. Main Street, to learn about the Highway 75 project through Luverne, which is planned for 2026 construction. There is no formal presentation planned, and attendees are welcome to arrive anytime. Staff from MnDOT will be available to share…
  • April 17, 2024
    The highly anticipated 2024 total eclipse of the sun occurred Monday, April 8, across North America, and several groups of Rock County residents traveled to experience the once-in-a-lifetime event. Among them were Luverne residents Jim and Heather Johnson and their family who traveled to Indiana, as did Luverne brothers Knute and Gunnar Oldre. Lori Sorenson and her four sisters, originally from…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    April 17, 2024
    When the LHS production of “Legally Blonde, the Musical” opens next week for six evening performances, audiences will be surprised at what they see. “Not to give too much away, but this show has pushed LHS theater to grow in all aspects of the stage — from set designs to music,” said director Shawn Kinsinger. “This show has broadened the capabilities of what these students can do. It’s been…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    April 17, 2024
    Stacey Roemen celebrated her retirement from 38 years with the Rock County Farm Service Agency Saturday night at Take 16, which was crowded with family, friends and well-wishers.  “I could not have asked for a better night,” she said Monday. “It has been a pleasure and honor to work for the best farmers in the county and to work with such awesome people. It doesn’t seem possible that it has been…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    April 17, 2024
    The criminal vehicular homicide case involving Lucas Strassburg of Kenneth is scheduled to go to trial this summer, according to documents filed in Rock County District Court. Strassburg, who turned 37 on April 15, is accused of driving the pickup that struck and killed 76-year-old William Krotzer, Luverne. Strassburg allegedly fled the scene after striking Krotzer, whose body was found around…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    April 17, 2024
    In Rock County, ag land and residential values either didn’t change or increased 4 to 12 percent for the 2025 proposed tax assessments. That’s according to Rock County Land Records Director Rachel Jacobs who summarized her office’s findings at the April 2 County Board meeting. Last week marked the first of 17 Board of Appeal and Equalization meetings, which allow property owners an official…
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