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  • By Glenda McGaffee
    May 05, 2015
    The celebration of Mother’s Day began in the United States in the early 20th century.   In 1914 President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating the second Sunday in May as a national holiday to honor mothers. Estelle Leuthold, Hills, will celebrate Mother’s Day with her eight children, 20 grandchildren and 46 great-grandchildren in Jacobson Park in Hills. Her children are Sandy Feucht…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    May 04, 2015
    Members of the Luverne Fire Department responded to a grass fire west of Luverne Thursday morning, April 30. The fire started west of the First Assemblies of God Church along the north side of County Road 4 around 11 a.m. The fire appeared to be spreading toward the northwest across a field of corn stubble, but it didn’t appear that any structures were damaged. According to Luverne Fire Chief…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    May 04, 2015
    During his cultural exchange experience in Luverne, Akseli Hatakka from Helsinki, Finland, has garnered a nickname, a new haircut and an understanding of staying on schedule. For the past eight months, Hatakka has been hosted by the Cyndi Priebe family and adopted the nickname “Axl” at the beginning of his 10-month stay in the United States because people stumbled pronouncing his name. Axl comes…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    May 04, 2015
    The properties on the east end of Barck Avenue are under demolition this week as the city of Luverne paves the way for new housing in that block.The city of Luverne and Cleveringa Construction have entered into a development agreement for the construction of two triplexes and one twin home on East Barck Avenue.A tax increment financing district has been established to remove existing substandard…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    May 04, 2015
    On Sunday millions of women will be showered with gifts and words of appreciation. Mother’s Day will take on a triple meaning this year for the Anthony and Megan Boyenga household in Kanaranzi Township. The young couple learned in early February that they were expecting their third child — as well as the fourth and fifth. “We never, ever thought of having triplets,” Megan said. “We braced…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    May 04, 2015
    The Southwest Crisis Center is seeking a new director for its Rock County office after Raevette Loonan resigned early in April. “It was time for a change,” she told the Star Herald last week. Her resignation letter was dated April 8, and she is now training in a position at First Farmers and Merchants Bank in Luverne. “At least we’ll still get to see her in town, and that’s where I do my banking…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    May 04, 2015
    Each year Luverne High School’s upcoming graduates select a day as Senior Skip Day, celebrating their last days of classes by not attending or skipping school. Instead of trying to keep the students from missing class, district officials have given students a way to earn a half-day off from school through Senior Service Day. “It was done in a way knowing that seniors were going to have a skip day…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    April 28, 2015
    The Luverne Instrumental Music Department presented its 2015 Spring Concert Friday night, April 24, in the Cardinal Gym. The annual event included performances by the fifth-grade band, under the direction of Angie Swenson, and by the sixth-grade, seventh- and eighth-grade and high school bands, all under the direction of Richard Owen. New to this year’s spring event was a combined performance of…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    April 28, 2015
    Father Tom Jennings and the Wednesday afternoon students at St. Catherine Church, Luverne, celebrated Earth Day April 22 with trees, flowers and other living things. The city of Luverne is planting 70 new trees on city boulevards for Arbor Day, and Jennings and the children blessed one of them with Easter water. The tree is a flowering crab apple tree, which grows berries that feed birds and…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    April 28, 2015
    Highway 75 (Kniss Street) in Luverne will be under construction from May 11 to early September with a short in-town detour at the start of the project. To prepare business owners and residents along that route, the city of Luverne hosted a preconstruction meeting Tuesday night, April 21, in Luverne City Hall. The meeting, which attracted about 30 people, addressed the staging of the project,…
  • By Glenda McGaffee
    April 28, 2015
    Summer vacation will begin a day earlier for students attending Hills-Beaver Creek schools. The H-BC School Board decided on Thursday, April 16, to move the last student contact day to Monday, May 18. The last high school staff day is Tuesday, May 19, and the last teaching staff day at the elementary school is a half day Wednesday, May 20. The originally approved school calendar put the final day…
  • April 28, 2015
    Hills-Beaver Creek art teacher Mary Petersen applied for and received an Artist in Residence Grant from the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council (SMAC). Anne Krocak, a teaching artist, spent time in the H-BC classroom April 7 through April 16. Art students completed a mural that was revealed Monday, April 13. Pictured are the art students who created the mural, which is on display in the commons area…
  • By Glenda McGaffee
    April 28, 2015
    During a city council meeting April 14 the Hills Volunteer Fire Department attended to discuss increasing their retirement. They proposed increasing the benefit from $750 per year of service to $1,000 per year of service.  The council approved an increase of $850 per year of service. In other city business on April 14, building permits were approved to: •Larry and Linda Sanow at 704 Elizabeth…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    April 28, 2015
    Luverne’s Parents Partners in Education (PPIE) completed a unique fundraiser Friday, April 24, in a fun run around the Luverne Public School’s ball fields. This was the first year the group organized the event that had kindergarten through fifth-grade students request pledges from community members and then run a half-mile to a two-mile course. “Cardinal Dash: Keeping Cardinal Kids Running”…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    April 28, 2015
    Completing an outstanding supervised agricultural experience or SAE is only one requirement for the Luverne-Adrian FFA Chapter’s Star Farmer Award, one of the chapter’s top awards. For this year’s  recipient Andrea Severtson, a Luverne High School senior, it was a matter of more than one experience. Her adviser, Dennis Moritz, could have selected her most recent SAE in goat production. Severtson…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    April 28, 2015
    The Luverne Public Schools Instrumental Music Department conducted its 2015 Spring Jazz Concert Tuesday, April 21, at the American Reformed Church in Luverne. According to director Richard Owen, the groups first performed at the church last year and returned because of the facility’s excellent acoustics for audience members to better hear the small group of performers. Students performed seven…
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