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  • By Mavis Fodness
    March 06, 2024
    For 30 years Brenda Teal has been the official greeter for Luverne Public Schools’ district office. She has answered the phone since 1992 and has been the first person people see when entering the superintendent’s office. On Feb. 29 Teal retired from her position as the district’s administrative assistant and payroll clerk. Chocolate cake (her request) was served as many of the district’s 225…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    March 06, 2024
    Commissioners accepted the resignations of two Rock County employees Tuesday, March 5, and plan to fill the positions as soon as possible. David Haugom tenured his resignation as the veterans service officer (VSO), a part-time position he’s filled for 14 years. He submitted his letter of resignation Feb. 20. “I especially have appreciated the flexibility you have allowed me in running my…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    March 06, 2024
    The Hills-Beaver Creek School Board approved a new three-year contract with Superintendent/Elementary Principal Todd Holthaus Feb. 26. The contract extends through the 2026-2027 school year. In the compensation package, Holthaus will receive a salary of $151,000 (a 4.14-percent increase) for the 2024-25 contract year, $157,000 (3.97-percent increase) for the 2025-26 contract year, and $164,000…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    March 06, 2024
    Star Herald Outdoor Columnist and 40-year wildlife conservationist Scott Rall earned national recognition Saturday as “Volunteer of the Year” during Pheasant Fest in Sioux Falls. This year, for the first time, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever recognized a national “Volunteer of the Year” to celebrate members and volunteers who optimize the organizations’ mission of protecting wildlife habitat…
  • March 06, 2024
    Norbert Fick, Luverne, (second from left) received his meals on wheels delivery from a John Deere tractor Thursday at noon. He’s pictured with Tucker Oeltjenbruns (from left), Eric Sandbulte and Evan Wittry of C&B Operations, Luverne. “He’s been razzing our help that he wants his meals on wheels delivered in a tractor,” Sandbulte said. So, on Thursday, Fick received his delivery in a new John…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    March 06, 2024
    Retired Luverne businessman Dick Herman hasn’t missed a meeting over the 50 years he has been a Lions Club International member. Each month since 1972, Herman attended the club meeting either in Luverne or in Arizona, where he and his wife, Clarice, spent their winters. “It’s a local group and we do things for the city, the community as well as for the world,” Herman said. Asked to join by a…
  • March 06, 2024
    Luverne Superintendent Craig Oftedahl reads to kindergarten and pre-kindergarten students Friday March 2 in the Luverne Elementary School media center in observance of Read Across America Day, which is also Dr. Seuss’ birthday. He read “Go Dogs, Go” and “I Am Human,” pausing to show the group the pictures on each page before turning the pages to continue.
  • By Mavis Fodness
    March 06, 2024
    The Luverne High School speech team traveled toMontevideo Saturday, where six students earned medals. As a team, the school placed sixth in the small group category. Overall, 162 students from 13 schools competed in the speech invitational. Luverne placings included: •Informative: Jessika Tunnissen, first; Bridget Sandager, fifth. •Creative expression: Bri Kinsinger, third; Anna Reisdorfer,…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    March 06, 2024
    Luverne and Hills-Beaver Creek high school students have ended their mock trial seasons. Luverne tallied a 2-2 record while H-BC ended the season at 1-3. First-year Luverne coach Zoe DeBates said she is satisfied by the performance of her young team and the months of work they put into this year’s mock trial case. “Our season was cut shorter than we would have liked, but they did very well,”…
  • March 06, 2024
    All Rock County fifth-graders are working on good decision-making skills through the 10-week D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program with School Resource Officer Jeff Stratton (pictured above with Hills-Beaver Creek Elementary fifth-graders on Monday.) Each fifth-grade student in H-BC and Luverne completes a workbook, “Keeping it … REAL” (Refuse, Explain, Avoid and Leave), which offers…
  • March 06, 2024
    Agricultural producers who have not yet enrolled in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for the 2024 crop year have until March 15, 2024, to revise elections and sign contracts. Both safety net programs, delivered by USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), provide vital income support to farmers who experience substantial declines in crop prices or revenues for the…
  • March 06, 2024
    All Minnesotans are invited to a statewide virtual public meeting to view the potential changes and improvements to Minnesota’s Capitol Mall. The designs are based on community input gathered through a statewide online survey with over 1,400 responses and following a four-day design process which included in-depth meetings with over 75 Minnesotans. A statewide virtual public presentation is at…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    February 28, 2024
    Opponents of Rock County’s first large-scale solar farm say the 1,500-acre business will change the rural ways of living. Three concerned citizens talked with county commissioners at their Feb. 20 meeting about how the large number of solar panels will harm the environment, ruin the rural landscape and take needed farmland out of production. Grant Binford and Jane Nelson of Magnolia Township…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    February 28, 2024
    Although the comment, “bigger nutcracker than Luverne” was made in jest, Hills residents weren’t shy about sharing ideas on where they see their community in 10, 15 or 20 years from now. The Hills City Council is currently developing a strategic plan with the help of the Southwest Regional Development Commission (SRDC). The plan will guide the city in long-term projects and where resources…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    February 28, 2024
    A state grant will provide funding for a new surface on the 4.2-mile Blue Mound Trail in 2025. At their Feb. 20 meeting, Rock County Commissioners approved a cooperative agreement with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to cost share in the project. The Blue Mounds State Park’s cost share will be up to $100,000, based on the three miles of trail located in the park. Rock County will…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    February 28, 2024
    Hills Beaver Creek High School students are wrapping up a monthlong campaign to raise awareness of teen brain health ahead of World Teen Mental Wellness Day on March 2. Student council members took the lead on the effort that included T-shirts, fundraising, district-wide communication and a halftime message at the Feb. 26 home basketball game. “We wanted to promote mental health and recognize…
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