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  • By Mavis Fodness
    February 14, 2024
    Drum beats were crisper Friday night as the Hills-Beaver Creek Drumline students debuted the new snares, quint tenors and bass drums that arrived earlier this month. Band director Amy Comp was awarded a $14,000 grant from the Frank Boon Trust in December, and the district covered the rest of the equipment costs ($4,100). Dozens of boxes containing the new equipment lined the hallway outside the…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    February 14, 2024
    It was standing room only at Up the Dam Creek Bar Saturday afternoon in Beaver Creek where the Sportsmen's Club members hosted their 32nd Annual Wild Game Feed. An estimated 250 people supported the event, which featured rabbit, elk, frog legs, venison, pheasant, gizzards and other wild game in addition to an ample supply of fish and French fries (plus octopus and squid). “Some of the stuff we…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    February 14, 2024
    Attendees at Thursday’s basketball games in Luverne High School enjoyed fry bread tacos served by the American Indian Parent Advisory Committee (AIPAC). The parent advisory group shared a small part of their culture while serving nearly 200 people at the fundraiser. “It’s important to share this food with others because it’s part of our culture,” said Andrea Smith, who is co-president along…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    February 14, 2024
    For the second year in a row, Luverne’s Get Hooked Ice Fishing Derby has been canceled. Last year, there was too much snow on the ice, and this year there isn’t enough ice. According to Luverne Area Chamber Director Jane Lanphere, the committee met Monday night to make a decision about the event. “There will be no ice fishing due to the conditions of the ice,” she said. “It’s just one of those…
  • February 14, 2024
    U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) delivered remarks at the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s 157th Annual Convention last week in Minneapolis. “You are telling the stories that maybe not everyone knows about, that they don't read on Facebook,” she said. “Many of your stories uncover what happened at the city council meeting and tell people which business is opening and closing. There are a lot…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    February 14, 2024
    The Luverne High School speech team placed third Saturday at the Luverne Invitation Speech Tournament. Coach Gavin Folkestad said the day featured 15 schools with 170 students competing in the day-long event. “Everything went smoothly,” he said. Individually, nine LHS members received awards, three of them with first-place trophies. Results by category were: •Original oratory: Roselynn…
  • February 14, 2024
    Author, acclaimed chef and Catholic priest Fr. Leo Patalinghug spoke to a crowded St. Catherine’s Church in Luverne Feb. 7 about “Plating Grace.” His movement aims to bring families back around the dinner table by placing importance on the Eucharist. His hour-long presentation touched on why youth tend not to attend church — because it is boring. Patalinghug pointed out services are boring…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    February 14, 2024
    Members of the Luverne Economic Development Authority approved a residential grant request for the property during their Monday meeting, Feb. 12. Dan Pick and Julie Becker, trustees of the Leon Pick Living Trust, submitted the grant application to Luverne’s EDA. According to meeting notes on the property, the house is “in extremely poor condition, dilapidated, and beyond repair,” and “the cost…
  • February 07, 2024
  • By Lori Sorenson
    February 07, 2024
    The city of Luverne has sold its first TNT Tradesmen house and will invest the proceeds into a second TNT house currently under construction. The house was remodeled by the Luverne High School trades class, “Today and Tomorrow’s Tradesmen” (Tnt Tradesmen), led by woodshop teacher Darrel Van Aartsen of Van Aartsen Construction. The school partners with the city through building inspector Chad…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    February 07, 2024
    The Walgrave family had fun this week with the empty concrete base that will support the World’s Largest Nutcracker when it arrives this summer. The 8-foot-tall concrete base currently holds a 40-foot-tall post that will eventually support the 65-foot-tall nutcracker on South Highway 75 near I-90. It has been a source of both praise and controversy in the Luverne community. The Walgraves and…
  • February 07, 2024
    The Rock County Star Herald was recognized by its peers for excellence in journalism during the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s annual convention Feb.1-2 in Brooklyn Park. Star Herald production manager Heather Johnson was recognized for Best Design Portfolio, and Star Herald editor Lori Sorenson earned awards for Best News Photo and Best Columnist and was recognized with the Herman Roe…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    February 07, 2024
    Paper surveys have arrived at residences in Hills seeking opinions on topics such as housing, parks, city infrastructure and future projects. Responses are due March 1, and a Feb. 20 meeting will engage residents in the survey areas and allow additional input through interactive activities. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in Hills. Residents’ input will help city…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    February 07, 2024
    The public can weigh in through in-person, virtual or written comments on National Grid Renewables’ request to build a 1,522-acre solar farm in Vienna and Magnolia townships. The in-person public hearing will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, at Generations Events Center in Luverne. (In case of inclement weather or cancellation, the hearing will be 1 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 15, at the same location.)…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    February 07, 2024
    Plans are in place for improvements to the city parking lot north of City Hall in front of the Minnesota West Community College entrance. At their Jan. 23 meeting, Luverne City Council members approved bids and specifications and set Feb. 15 as the bid letting date for the project. The City Hall parking lot improvements project consists of removing the existing asphalt paving, salvaging,…
  • February 07, 2024
    Unseasonably warm weather, combined with a lack of snow cover, has taken a toll on the ice on some water bodies, particularly small ponds and drainage ditches often found in neighborhoods. These smaller, nearby water bodies can be magnets for curious children. These places often are overlooked when it comes to ice safety because they generally don't attract ice anglers, but at least eight…
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